PHOTO JOURNAL: Kris Troyer #1

Drop Soul to Mute 180

While relaxing in the air conditioning at Revolution Skate Shop one day, James tipped us off to an abandoned hotel he’d heard a skateboard photographer talking about. He spoke of some stair rails and gaps, and best of all, an abandoned pool; something most, or none, of us have had the pleasure of shredding before. We set out in Arizona’s famous summer heat — I believe it was 113 degrees — to find this new spot. After climbing or squeezing through a rather large fence with an equally large “No Trespassing” sign, and wandering through the barren courtyard following decaying “POOL” signs, we discovered a massive pool with a 3-foot transition and 7 feet of vert. After some carving around and excessive sweating (and retreating to the gas station for more water), Chad came up with this Drop to Soul in the deep end, with a perfect 180 Mute grab out to flat. The failing batteries in my flash forced Chad to do this several times, and he did it again for a clip immediately after this shot. Shot at f/8.0, 1/250, with a Vivitar 383 about 15 ft left of the subject on full power. — Kris Troyer

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lui summer - Sunday, June 20th, 2010

Very nice shot… and what a spot!

John Haynes - Sunday, June 20th, 2010

i REALLY like how you did not over do/light this, so many photographers ruin great shots like this by overdoing it… great spot/background

Travesty - Sunday, June 20th, 2010

I think the best part of the shot, is the “no life guard on duty” sign.

alf - Sunday, June 20th, 2010

amazing tee

Sam DeAngelis - Monday, June 21st, 2010

woooo… troyer in the PJ game?!?!? word! keep it up my man!

Michael Braud - Saturday, June 26th, 2010

That shit is awesome.

I can’t believe he did that to flat!

FUCK yes.

The palm trees set that shit off!

KP - Saturday, August 29th, 2015

Awesome shot. where is this place?