Sebastian Keep hit me up one day and showed me a photo of a car park in Brighton and told me he wanted to go down two levels on his bike using a kicker ramp at the top and quarter landing against a wall. Bas being who he is nailed it with no problem and later told me it was just a warm up for the big one.
This gap was also situated at a car park but this time Croydon, south London on a busy main road that meant doing the gap at 7am on a Sunday. The gap still blows my mind; never have I turned up to shoot BMX and been so worried about my friend who was riding.
We had two photographers that day, myself and George Marshall. George had downstairs covered while I was up top. Once I noticed all the curves in the architec-ture there I decided to use my fisheye and get as close as I could without losing Bas in any frame of the sequence.
With something this crazy and with no test run, I wanted the risk of failure to be at a minimum. That meant no flashes, no transmitters, and holding that shutter down until it was safe to let go. I will be very surprised if I ever shoot anything so scary and in-sane again in my life.
The camera I used for this shot was a Canon EOS 5D Mark III with a Canon 15mm F2.8 fisheye lens. I used a shutter speed of 1/800 to make sure I avoided the chanc-es of motion blur and minimal noise with the ISO set on 1000 and a personal favour-ite f-stop of f/5.6.