John Haynes / November 24th, 2008 / Photo Journal
PHOTO JOURNAL: John Haynes #8

John Haynes is unstoppable. Or at least the seemingly-never-ending stream of photos coming from Minneapolis thanks to his efforts is unstoppable. Either way, we’ve always got plenty of John’s work swirling around, so here’s a new PHOTO JOURNAL showcasing the wonder of natural light… and a really nice AO Soul. — ONE

There is a misconception among skaters that we skate photographers hate natural light. To clear this up I’ll explain—we don’t hate natural light, we just hate not being able to control light. Often times the natural light at a spot would be great for us if we got to pick the exact time to go to a spot, however, we all know that this is not how skate shoots work. Since most skate sessions happen in the middle of the day, you see us cursing the contrast of the sun beating down from straight over head. On the flip side, you see us getting excited on overcast days when we can use our lights to their full potential.

This photo of Josh Ulrichson is an example of how sweet natural light can be. We got to this spot during early evening in the fall, when the light is lower in the sky. The sun just dipping behind the trees offered the cool splashes of light on the rail and the whole scene. I did use one strobe, from high back right, to help Josh’s black shirt stand out from the natural shadows occurring on the trees behind him. To be honest, I should have turned that strobe down quite a bit, but it’s not bad.

This photo is a great example of perfect circumstances coming together to make the whole shot just look a lot more natural. Throw in Josh’s extremely cool AO Soul 360 Revert, and my job was as easy as pulling the trigger. — John Haynes

Discussion / PHOTO JOURNAL: John Haynes #8

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  • Michael Garlinghouse - November 24th, 2008


  • drew amato - November 24th, 2008

    awwww yeah! John is the man! Josh is so good too.

  • Chris Wedman - November 24th, 2008

    love that trick, love the angle…good work!

  • Adam Morris - November 25th, 2008

    Right on, man.

  • tien - November 26th, 2008

    john always impress me with his beautifully composed photos.

    good job my friend; i hope we can drink and eat skewers together again soon.

  • ryan loewy - November 27th, 2008

    I enjoy these photo journals so much, especially John’s because he explains how he took the photo and the circumstances surrounding it. Being a photographer myself, I greatly appreciate this column that ONE offers.

  • alejoh - December 2nd, 2008

    ThaT AO is wicked! i like!

  • Mason - December 5th, 2008

    They should take multiple pictures.( different spots and stuff.) John is sweet i hope somday i can skate with him. i live in mn

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