as a photographer shooting wakeboarders from an inner-tube is an amazing experience but we've all seen images like this I want to take it to the next level and do something that's really gonna push my own portfolio and create something that I've never seen done before one wake up calls will call for all to get prepped and dressed attract the Jacobs hard to relate snowfall and full-day marks one foot apart and squads from the quads and the rhythmic is stopping progression we can't step step in the previous step left left right left over off and kids and this orphanage when faint serves a cold plate you end up here we're requesting the child would tell we're treating well he's their family interviews at least 12 with a returning view from the pack remove these kids anticipating wait but the men in black suits hoping to be chosen but not even knowing where none of them are going that's on which our kids are holders method they never map when your explanations mention the proper size and sentence remember execute forgive us mama on things as they for the desperate they can't give it click clack click assemble the weapons m16 rifle old trick drip one shot one hits on my shot some lift and they all never forget the Sushil mistakes they killed remaining men then the successful Gen will be tested again my whole thing is I love commercial looking images I love to look at magazines and see images that sell something and for me to bring that to an extreme sport really brings both the athleticism of these athletes together with the commercial side of photography and produces something that I think is is on another level it's not just sports but it's also it's also a product and I've always liked those sort of images a couple weeks ago I got to go out to trophy lakes and I was shooting their rail slide competitions called wake Fest and it's really cool you know they set up a boat they have a bunch of riders come in from all over the country and they just do rail slides all night I wound up shooting a little bit out there and it's very difficult at night to have any control of the situation and you have these riders being launched at you so very cool experience but I wanted to do something more traditional with the wakeboarding so I approached Dale Slayer one of the better wakeboarders here in Charleston about this concept that I have I really wanted to do an F Stoppers video that showcased wakeboarding behind a boat but then also some other element that was more of a studio shoot and I wasn't quite sure at the time what that would be but he was thrilled he jumped right on board and he wound up calling four or five guys to come down from North Carolina up from Florida really the whole southeast and we had five or six amazing wakeboarders come down to Charleston my favorite type of image from the back of the boat is actually in an inner tube I was using an evil marine bag so everything's set in the camera without external controls which makes it a little more difficult but basically your pre setting your focus you're setting a relatively high ISO so that you can choose a high shutter speed and at the same time get a large depth of field with a small aperture if you look at my portfolio or pictures inside magazines for the most part the scenery changes but the actual photography itself is very similar so it really caused me to think what can I do differently to make an image that really stands out with this same sport what can I do with wakeboard photography that I haven't seen done before and might might be able to allow me to light in a way that's not as natural as you would have behind a boat think about this is like the ropes coming in it's going to like a big you and that's where I'm going to come up on the ladder hook into it with the carabiner don't be able to hang upside down hang around through some grabs wakeboard line is going to be attached to a probably a tie hook over there where they're going to ratchet it so it's going to pull me forward producing that stretched out look like you would get if you had tension on the boat we have a pretty elaborate lighting setup here we have an octa Bank in the very back that's doing just a very minimal amount of fill most of the lighting in the front is being done by this beauty dish right here and it's just kind of off to the side lighting his face then I have two kicker strip boxes on the sides that are really illuminating a lot of the water but also giving that edgy look to the board side of the two riders and then way here in the back we have a gridded bare bulb light that's also kind of kicking behind as a hair light and again it's just all illuminating the water when you shoot water you really want to illuminate it from the back and then these guys have a lot of video lights set up which makes this setup look even crazier luckily we're able to use these really cool lights made by Photoflex that we can actually fit up into the soft boxes of the strobes the reason we're doing this is just with uh with this much depth of field the modeling lights on the strobe units themselves just not powerful enough so I believe we have two kicker lights on the video as well as a big square softbox here for the the main feliner you but telling us rope coming at me so you may apply to hit him right here you I'd shoot with a d700 usually I like the look of that camera but today I really wanted to be able to see my images as we're going through them on a big screen so in order to do that I'm tethering to the iPad and right now the best way to do that is through the IFI SD cards and luckily the d300s cameras have both compact flash and SD cards so this way I can have a large image on the iPad so I can quickly see what the very detailed water splashes are doing with the Lighting's doing sometimes it's very hard to see that on the back of the camera I am shooting 70 to 200 Nikon lens I believe I'm probably in the 100 millimeter range which allows me to get really far back and get a tight shot so everything's nice to focus the trickiest thing with this photo shoot has been trying to get the water to look really good so we've been doing a lot of splashes with big buckets little buckets spray nozzles so several different things we've done so far and it's turning out really good these images look unlike anything I've seen before I think these images turned out great I mean my vision was to shoot them kind of in a nighttime scenario with black background and a lot of hard life with water spraying I think I think they're really interesting I really am happy with the way this photoshoot turned out one of my favorite images I threw up on the f Stoppers website and allowed our readers to do some photoshop to it and I have to say the results are great I mean it's not what my original vision was at all but it looks very commercial it looks very stylized and I think it's definitely a route that you could go further with this type of photo shoot I have to thank everyone that was involved there was no other way to do a photo shoot like this without having an incredible team so I'd like to thank everybody that was involved and hopefully you know everyone was really excited to come back on another project you forget to pick them out the Ganges giving rules as you use a ball without use a click 9 click that you into this maze that they navigate with grace all pitfalls to two drops of prey they evade and they come to a label for the place that should be the sea lumber and debris that play upon this feelings out one word heard they concur and agree before the founder struck some glass there must you struck the lab with the tools in shock they have like the bread was the first Bible going to explore and keep the briefcase while the others interface that healthy escape will remain and the latest back across the lake successful missing what the head recognition that the guilty special can have maybe everything they all here forget that stop is a sponsored in part by Mountain Yeller so I would drink honey you take a sip and show us how good at it I'm good man

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Love this. <3

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    I love it, great work!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Looks like that setup took a ton of effort. I think the best shots were the ones with the fine beads of water (looks more realistic to me). Smart setup to create a new look, nice work! Props to the boarders too, I'm sure they got muscle fatigue fast with that setup so props to them for getting it done, some really great shots for sure.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    wow, those rail shots, was rly bad

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    first canon i see on fstoppers

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    SICK!….I mean really SICK!
    Amazing Photoshop too…Just WOW!
    Did I mention SICK?!! 🙂

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    THIS IS JAW DROPPING AMAZING

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    unreal. great idea and execution

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Legit dude! those shots are sick.. no one was wearing a lifejacket tho! haha

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    i have a lot to learn about lighting 🙂

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    song > nine leaves – Remember Execute Forget

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    what song is this?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Is it just me… or do they only have videos about photographers who shoot with nikon ==

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    this is amazing.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    @redtippmann the amount of photoshop Jaymes did was unbelievable! The high res file he sent us had like 20 layers and tons of masks…he's the read deal, no simple plug in or anything

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    AMAZING Patrick!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    @Abbelito90 Remember Execute Forget by Nine Leaves

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    I wish I had the vision for this sort of thing. Top notch guys!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Whats the song in the begining?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    @Jarold82 too many! I think we had about 30 total people counting everyone. I joke about the number of people but it really is nice having so many hands help on a production like this.

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Great shots!
    How many people are involved in this shooting (out- and indoor)?

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    You guys have limitless imagination!

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    awesome video ! Loving those shots

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  • June 20, 2019 at 3:59 pm
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    Awesome job!!! Really an interesting piece of video about photography!

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