Usually when we are doing a film shoot we decide if the feature we are going to capture will look best early in the morning or within the last hour of the day. That seems to be when the light is the best and when we go for it.
We’d spent the morning shooting the Junkyard Segment for Brandon Semenuk’s movie Rad Company and the cameras had been put away and we were all thinking about lunch. I was walking around the course trying to figure out what time of day the light would be best to shoot a sequence of both the logging truck step-up and the boner log. The problem was that neither feature got good light at the same time because the truck jump was tucked in tight against the trees and the boner log was out in the open.
Suddenly I realized that the best time to shoot both features was now – in the middle of the day when the clouds covered the sun and diffused the light. Brandon was walking around the course looking at the jumps and I took a test photo from the photo location that seemed best and I showed him we could get both features in the same shot. He liked the idea and grabbed his bike and rode the line twice and this sequence is the shot we got – at 12:28 in the afternoon.