Even though a lot of people have pulled their docks and stored their boats for the winter, I still have a few shoots from earlier in the summer to write about. This particular day was a multifaceted deal with my good friend and Liquid Force rider Matt Larson. Skipper Bud's Marina in Oshkosh loaned us a sacked Tigé Z3 for a few hours, so we loaded up with fresh gear from LF, Vooray, and Teva and set out on the bay to do a little riding and surfing, before returning to the dock to shoot some product details.
Matt is an up and coming rider going to school in Green Bay. I have known his since he was just learning to ride cable when he was in high school. This year he has a some serious backing, and just joined the Vooray Clothing team in the last month or so. Vooray send a big box of product to Matt for the shoot, as you can see, they make some cool stuff.
I spend a lot of time shooting with a Nautique 211, the Tigé is a very different boat. Much bigger, and certainly a more spacious interior. This z3 had plumbing for soft tanks, which fill and dump insanely quickly. It seems like an minor point, but it's so nice to be ready to go with a massive wake within 10 minutes of turning the key, and then to be able to go on the lift immediately upon getting back to the dock.
Obviously, you need to find a use for the fisheye, whenever you bring it.
Matt rode for like an hour, putting up with my requests to do the same thing over and over until we got it just right.
After getting back to the dock, we shot a bunch of PR and detail shots for Matt's various sponsors. I put a few of my favorite in this post. I will update it as these get used over the next year.
I actually went into this shoot thinking that I would be using available light, but a cloudless day and our 4pm time slot got the best of us. A single AB 800 in a 3x4' softbox helped balance a reasonable sky with a reasonable exposure on Matt.
This technique isn't exactly a replacement for a cloudy day, but it looks pretty good and is super fast to set up and move around, which is an important thing.
Right at the end of our shoot, we got exactly 2 clouds that passed directly in front of the sun, giving us about 10 minutes of shade.
Those Teva Gnarskis look pretty awesome, especially in the shade.
So does Matt Larson.
More to come. -J.H.