Chance Encounter With San Jose Skateboarders – Matt & Brian


Matt in the air

Photograph of Matt executing a move in the air

Just Two Guys With Their Skateboards And a Video Camera

While walking about and photographing San Jose, I ran into a couple of skate boarders who were practicing some moves and video taping themselves. I approached them and took some photographs. Like most chance encounters, there is always opportunity to get some great shots. And as always, I was left wishing I had taken more.

The two avid skate boarders were Matt and Brian. The two had taken turns video taping one another with their camera, performing board kicks, flips, spins, and various other moves. My daughter and I had spent so much time watching, as opposed to say shooting, that we only got a few good shots towards the end of their run.

What gets me is the amount of concentration they both demonstrated and strived for. While executing their tricks, they had on head phones to block out noise from around them, so that they could focus on what they were doing: launching themselves and their boards into the air with the intention of catching their boards with their feet and landing smoothly once both hit the ground again. Definitely something easier said than done.

Matt in the air

Photograph of Matt in the air

Less Gawking, More Shooting

While I have a few great shots of Matt getting airborne, I had watched Brian doing the same, but wasn’t able to get shots of him pulling off his moves. My bad.

Had I thought about it, I probably would have approached them earlier on and maybe spent a bit more time maybe setting up some cool shots, perhaps with both of them executing moves in tandem.

Definitely something to consider for the next time. Some other thoughts also include maybe having done a headshot of each of them and maybe using a hot shoe flash to freeze them better in the air as well as darken the ambient… pretty hard, considering the time of day this was all happening at, however.

 

Matt taking a break on his board.

Matt taking a break on his board.

You can check out more photographs of the two in the gallery.