Pasi SalminenCameraCanon EOS 5DLensCanon 70–200 mm 2.8LFocal length, digital105 mmISO125F-stop4.5Shutter speed1/800About the shotThis spot is very well known in Finland. I was there for the first time about 10 years ago; the place was very rough, but nice. About five years ago, the electric company repaired that concrete, which made the spot a little easier to skate, and cleaner looking. When I shot this photo, I was there with Pirkka and the Perus crew. I asked all the other skaters to stand back so that I could shoot Pirkka, and told him how I wanted the shot to look. Pirkka was stoked about my idea and started to try the trick. He tried about 10 times, and then he made it.BiographyI got started in photography by shooting skateboarding. For the first eight years I shot skateboarding in my hometown of Ulvila, Finland. After I finished school I moved to Helsinki to get a job. For three years, I was an IT specialist - you know, coding programs and being a real nerd. From that nerd job I got enough money to buy some nice camera equipment and almost immediately started to shoot snowboarding. Three years was enough to be a nerd so I started working with a skate and snowboard distributor in Finland. With that job I got more time to shoot. After shooting two to three years almost full time, I decided to take charge and became a full-time photographer. In the winter, I make my living from shooting snowboarding and the rest of the year I shoot stuff for corporate communications, events, products, people, and anything else to get money to live.I take my job seriously. When it comes to photos, I am a perfectionist. I’ll sometimes use six to eight flashes to fill light where I want that light to be. From looking at my photos, you can easily see that I like to play with flashes.