Will Pursell / April 3rd, 2012 / Photo Journal
PHOTO JOURNAL: Will Pursell #3

This photo is from one of the first nice days of spring in Vancouver. After months of rain we finally managed to get a beautiful day to go and skate. We decided to hit one of the local bowls where I snapped this pic of Taylor Ritchie doing a cross grabbed forward fishbrain. I wanted to push my camera to its limits for shutter speed. I used my flashes mid-day at a shutter speed of 1/8000 of a second at f2.8 with my 85mm Nikon 1.8 lens. The fastest my camera can take a photo. The result is a crazy sharp photo. I almost wish he had long hair or something like a cape to signify how fast he actually hit the trick. I used a ABR800 ringflash with the Vagabond lithium for power to camera right. SB800 behind him on camera right for a rim and popped a Lumopro 160 in the bowl for a key. The sun was also shining strong and high behind him. All flashes triggered with Pocket Wizards. I hope this is not the last photo I get of Taylor before he moves to Barcelona!


Discussion / PHOTO JOURNAL: Will Pursell #3

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  • Sam Cooper - April 3rd, 2012

    1/8000 a second with flashes!!! what camera are you using that allows your flashes to be recorded at such a silly rate? heard people talking alot of good about that 85mm 1.8, can see it is amazing from the results here

  • Oscar Zabala - April 3rd, 2012

    Amazing pic! Don’t understand the technicalities of photography, just loving the pic so bad

  • Will Pursell - April 5th, 2012

    Sam, I used a D700, I used pocketwizards new technology to offset my shutter (its called hypersync). you need to use relatively slow flash durations to be able to do that thats why the alien bees are perfect. The 85.18 is my second fav lens I own and its pretty cheap. and thanks oscar

  • Avery C - August 22nd, 2012

    Perfect, so sick

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