I shot this photo in January 2016 with my friends Matthew Litherland and Nicolai Blaser. We went to Ulm to shoot some photos in an old building. Luckily for us the skatepark in the building had been restored a few weeks before we arrived.
It was a Saturday evening. We had special permission to ride the skatepark after the regular opening times. We spent about four hours in the park and had the whole building to ourselves. After a few test shots I found the angle I wanted. My dude Matt aired out of the ramp and I took the photo. The first shot was already pretty good.
We had the idea that Nicolai could hold the tripod with the fixed portable flash over the ramp to create an interesting shadow on the transition and floor. I was shocked how close Matt got to the light. I used a short exposure time and full flash power. With that much flash power I could create a dark mood and take away all other light in the building.