PHOTO JOURNAL: Steve Steinmetz #1


It was a sunny but cold Saturday in San Diego over the Thanksgiving weekend when I met up with Damien Wlson, Nick Wood, Lyle Shivak and Russell Day at a local skatepark near downtown at 10:30 am. We all warmed up for a bit and then headed to the first spot. As we approached, I saw a bright blue handicap ramp railing zig-zagging down a small hill in front a community center. We originally went to this spot to get a clip of Nick. However, due to unseen circumstances, Nick was not able to get the clip so Russell seized the opportunity to skate another feature of the railing.

I didn’t want to get in the way of Nick’s filming, ’cause I had all my gear, so I had to figure out where, how, and if I wanted to shoot the photo. After some consideration, I set up my flash to face Russell as he was doing his trick; I wanted enough light to show the cross bar of the rail. The main danger element of this particular trick. I shot a couple pictures from behind Russell, but Nick’s head kept getting in the frame and the landing was obscured.

Before I could change my angle, Russell took a bad fall and landed on his ankle wrong. He said he was done for the day. I hadn’t gotten a decent shot. But after five minutes he decided it wasn’t as injured as he thought, so he just kept on doing Soyale after Soyale, which allowed me to just keep shooting till I got the shot I liked. For this picture I was basically in the middle of the road and slightly to the left of the rail. I could clearly see that the trick was a Soyale, and Russell would be turning towards the camera looking for his landing with the cross bar in view. The biggest obstacle for the shot was that there was a large tree that blocked the sunlight from shining consistently on the rail and Russell. I used a Nikon Speedlight SB-600 at full power and a Nikon D5000 DSLR with a 18-55mm @ 55mm, f18, 1/200s ISO 500. — Steve Steinmetz

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David Jaimes - Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Nice to see a photo journal started by someone near San Diego!

Yo Steve I don’t know if you’ve been to the OG rail on Palm Ave in National City. It’s between 20th and 22nd.

It would be nice to see people hitting that again. If you can get a few tricks on that, you are pretty good on on soul plates.

Watch out for the turn at the end.


Greg King - Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

I had the pleasure of shooting this spot the day after this past SDSF Open. The approach sucks balls and the rail isn’t that great either. The real treat for me was seeing the ledge that Shima did fastplant to royale on, in the contents of a late DB (Schude shot it). Southern California is overcrowded with awesome spots and I’m totally jealous. Russell is the shit. Nice soyale, nice snap.

Rob Zbranek - Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Worked my ankle on this same rail. High, rough run-up, curb, etc. My kind of rail. Ha. Day for President! S Y F

Russ - Saturday, December 4th, 2010

sick pic