Parkour Photography

Last weekend me and Jeremy were assisting our good friend Pete while he was shooting Parkour. I’ve seen guys doing parkour on youtube before, but never in person. I’ve to say – stuff that they can pull up is quite incredible. Mike was our guy – super fit and full of energy. He came to meet us in Chicago around 4PM, and we were going on till like 11PM, and he was still doing crazy stuff, even at the end. I was tired by the end, and heck – I was just assisting and occasionally shooting, I wasn’t running on the walls or scissor jumping like Mike:)Throughout few hours I was able to snap couple of pictures tho:

Here is Deep Octa camera right feathered on the subject:

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Setup for next two pictures: Deep Octa in front above the camera, and 1x zoomed SB-800 behind the subject (changed WB to cloudy for warmer color):

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I wanted to get big DOF on this one, so I changed lenses from 24mm 1.4 to 85mm 1.2 and I shot @ 1.2. Problem with that was that Elinchrom Quadra was too powerful, and I didn’t want to go to lowest ISO, because I wanted to get some ambient light. And what’s the solution – inverse-square law of course:)– meaning that we backed up a lot with Quadra and Deep Octa:

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before we started shooting, we scouted the location a little bit, and we found that there is train up there – not the safest place to be tho (that’s why we asked Pete to stay in the car and keep it running in case CPD would like to come up there too – naah, just kidding – it wasn’t that bad:) ) It was already getting dark, so I cranked up my ISO to 1000, set aperture to 1.2 and started shooting. Light source – Nikon SB800 on 1/64 subject left:

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I like this particular one, because of the shadow on the train – see that?

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Then we moved to another location, and surprisingly Mike was jumping even higher and was doing more crazy stuff – what a guy – he was like a machine. Pete found really cool location, but I wasn’t taking pictures at that time anymore – so if you want to check them out and see what came out of the one below¬† – visit Pete’s photostream on flickr

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