Lords Of Dogtown- Skateboarders At stART On The Street

A few years ago, I saw the spectacular, based on reality film “Lords of Dogtown”. Based on the famous Z-Boys of Venice Beach, CA in the 1970’s, the film introduces its audience to a surf culture that had long been misrepresented in media and pop culture. It even features a few great cameos of none other than the Nikon F, as photojournalists are seen throughout the film capturing these amazing performers. Worcester, MA’s StART On The Street, once again, proving itself as a spectacular photographic mecca.

Drawing upon that inspiration, I decided to stop down for a few shots, and “drag the shutter” for some, yikes, slow shutter speeds. This went totally against my usually scientific, rule-based approach to photography. Afraid that I would have crazy looking blurs, I instead was able to capture a sense of motion. The slowest speeds here, if I remember, at 1/30th/sec. Pretty daunting with a 135mm lens, but I think it worked.

Cannot wait to photograph this type of event again. Once again, Nikon F3HP, and Plus-X.

Hitting the jump ramp at blinding speed.

Hitting the jump ramp at blinding speed.

A little faster shutter speed, yet still slow enough to bring a sense of movement.

A little faster shutter speed, yet still slow enough to bring a sense of movement.

Guessing this was indeed about a 1/30th/sec. exposure.

Guessing this was indeed about a 1/30th/sec. exposure.

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