When I was covering Simple Session (one of Europe’s biggest skateboarding & BMX contests), I saw this one wall free of any logos and big tire marks. It looked so clean that I just wanted to draw something on it – so I decided on a skater’s shadow!
Although I didn’t have much time, I wanted to give it a try. I went to the car to get the transportation ropes I usually use for attaching my surfboard to the car. I took a 4-meter light stand and mounted it on the top of the vert with ropes so that the speedlight would be above the skater’s head. Another flash was set up normally to fill the shadows a bit.
I asked Gard Hvaara to ride the vert, and the result was big, with a nice shadow on the 5.5 meter high wall. The photo came out better than I imagined it would!