Christopher RadfordCameraPentax K-5LensSMC Pentax-M 28mm f/2.8ISO400F-Stop10.0Shutter Speed1/640About the shotThis piece originated from a sequence I shot of Ryan Lloyd a couple summers back. I'd broken my right shoulder a few weeks earlier and spent most of the afternoon lying on my stomach on top of the landing of the 90° hip.I knew what I was after, a sequence of a rider in a perfectly symmetrical arc. I knew that the two main ingredients were a tight hip and a rider who can whip the hell out out of it. Ryan came through with his part and the original sequence I ended up with was pretty awesome and Ryan was very happy with it too. But that wasn't good enough for me, I needed to push it a little further, I just wasn't sure how. After looking up 'parabola' online I came upon dozens of crazy diagrams explaining parabolic curves, got excited about it and simply drew a diagram over the original sequence. At the time I thought it was pretty cool but no one else did. So I forgot about it until more than a year later I stumbled upon some old graph paper at my parents’ house and had a eureka moment.I shot the paper on a desk with my hand and the pencils. The hard part came next – I had to mask out the original sequence from the background. That done I placed it into the paper shot, added a few filters and pencil strokes which gives it the appearance of being drawn, then with a custom brush to replicate a pencil crayon added all the graph details and words. So from shooting to final realization of an idea, 17 months! BiographyI'm an amateur photographer who divides his time equally between New Zealand and the UK. I've been lugging a camera around with me for six years now but I've been riding a BMX for well over 30 years, so that was always going to be a natural starting point for my photography.Sometimes it takes more than just a lens attached to a camera to realize an image as seen through the prism of the mind’s eye. That's where my interest in photo realistic compositing and manipulation was born from. Combining action sports photography with manipulation is always a delicate dance, as I know only too well from my many failures at connecting with my target audience. But you should know I'm a tenacious individual, I wont quit till I've bent your world to fit my vision! Or maybe I'll just keep climbing mountains and taking pictures of sunsets.