Light painting-My favorite photographic technique

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Light painting-My favorite photographic technique

What's light painting? Per Wikipedia, light painting (aka light drawing or light graffiti) is a photographic technique in which exposures are made usually at night or in a darkened room by moving a hand-held light source. In many cases the light source itself does not have to appear in the image. The term light painting also encompasses images lit from outside the frame with hand-held light sources. The latter is how I light paint; I hold the light source outside the frame and "paint" the subject with the light, manual exposure open the entire time. I hold the light longer over places I want to highlight/expose more and move quickly around areas I want to appear softer.  It's tricky, that's for sure!  Everyone's aware of how lighting is everything in photography; well, in this case, lighting can make or completely kill the image.  If you highlight the wrong areas, specially when taking portraits, you can have some alien-like faces! This is a pretty time-consuming technique not only when taking the pictures but you'll be surprised at how much light comes in a room even at nighttime. I still recommend it!  If you have questions, send me an email and I'll share some helpful tips. :P

Portraits:

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Wakeskating...my favorite water sport!

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Wakeskating...my favorite water sport!

Wakeskating Trick

What's wakeskating? In short, it's skateboarding on water. Wikipedia defines it in part as a water sport and an adaptation of wakeboarding that employs a similar design of board. But unlike wakeboarding, the wakeskater is not bound to the board in any way. So how do you stay on the board, you ask. Similar to a skateboard, the top of the board (wakeskate) is covered with griptape and the rider usually wears wakeskating or skateboarding shoes in order to grip the board and perform tricks. The rider wakeskates behind a jet ski, boat, cable system, or winch at speeds of 20-25 mph.  I wish I had this snippet to pass out to everyone who looks at me in bewilderment every time I mention how much I love wakeskating, specially folks in the San Francisco area.

The mecca is still Orlando, Florida, the town I moved from not too long ago...(sniff, sniff). If there's anything I miss from that city it's the wakeskating fever that permeates its many lakes year-round. These pictures and videos will show you what this sport is all about. If you plan a trip out to the East coast and you're into extreme sports on a budget, I would recommend you make a stop at OWC or any lake that favors the most sought-after wakeskating butter.  :D

Learn basic wakeskating tricks through videos >

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Soundtrack: Rope (Deadmau5 Mix) by Foo Fighters http://t.co/zPoxXzJ

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Wakeskating - How-to videos

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Wakeskating - How-to videos

So you've graduated from basic riding upright and now you're ready for the tricks (and the falls that come with that). It's awesome no matter how many times you fall. The more falls, the less fear. Don't give up! What helped me tremendously was watching how-to videos.  Here are a few instructional videos that should explain two basic wakeskating tricks. Let go! :D  

Nick Taylor Pro Wakeskater

Nick Taylor Pro Wakeskater

Wakeskating Tricks

Wakeskating Tricks

Wakeskating 101: Pop Shuvit

Wakeskating 101: Kickflip

This is the life!

Washed Up Before We Were Has Beens - Liquid Force & Obscura - OFFICIAL 2010 Wakeskate Teaser from vas entertainment on Vimeo.

If you have about a half-hour watch Aquafrolics by the Nike 6.0 Wakeskate Team:

Aquafrolics

Highlights from Parks Bonifay's Double or Nothing contest (Sept. 2010): Mostly Wakeboarding

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