No Skating Allowed

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 11:50 pm
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There was no shortage of icicles in last week’s post but truth be told, we are not getting any closer to winter — it was all CGI. What happened to Punxsutawney’s favorite oracle? Somebody please put an end to the rodent’s reign of terror, preferably Bill Murray. I captured this photo essay series of photographs back in March but this could have taken place last weekend just as well, kids are already busy skating the Civil War Monument in Washington Park to the ground. It’s fine, really, the APD is pretty accommodating and even gravity suspends its laws. Unfazed by the falls and the bruises, they try and try again.

I’m working on new interviews at the moment, there isn’t much to read below so here is my chance to suggest you take a seat and head over to the full-screen Flickr slideshow, it’s just that much convenient. Come back for the video at the end.

No Skating Allowed - Albany, NY - 2009, Mar - 01.jpg by sebastien.barre
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No Skating Allowed - Albany, NY - 2012, Feb - 17 by sebastien.barre

If my memory serves me well, I had just received my new Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS lens back then and I was on the lookout for some action shots. This lens can do much better than what is on display here, it’s fast and furious, built like a tank, and can deliver fantastic pictures, consistently. This is still my favorite lens 3 years later, it’s not cheap, unfortunately, but I don’t think it’s even worth spending $2200 on the new version. Don’t be afraid to push it in daylight, some of these shots are still a bit blurry at 1/400th sec., but a few others are absolutely clean at 1/1000th sec. and ISO100.

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Soft landing…

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Below, a very mellow skating video by Raphaël Aupy, shot in Paris near the Trocadéro, a popular hangout across the Eiffel Tower where kids get to skate, dance, and make me feel old. Shot on Red, 3 years ago, at 120 frames per second. More reasonably priced cameras can shoot at 60fps nowadays — grab a copy of Twitor and off you go.

And with this post, I’ve now posted all the photos I took… in 2009. Yeah for backlogs. My 2 cents on this issue? If you take a lot of photos, there isn’t anything that can touch Adobe Lightroom on a PC, you will save a boatload of time importing, organizing, and post-processing your shots. However, try not to postpone your workflow for too long — if you can’t find the time now, chances are you won’t find extra time later. If the motivation still isn’t there 6 months later, maybe they aren’t pictures worth keeping, after all. I wasn’t quite sure myself here but it was interesting to go over the framing choices I had made years ago, they were screwed up. I bet in 3 years I’ll look at this post and go: “yup, still screwed up”. That’s OK.

Tags: skating, Washington Park

3 Comments

 
  1. Sally says:

    cool shots, except now the grandson wants me to get him a skateboard! What’s the music to the video?– it’s very pretty.

  2. Sebastien says:

    Thanks. Like that song too. Apparently “It’s Alright” by Bang Gang on the album “Something Wrong”.

  3. Sally says:

    thanks for the song info.

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