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Back 3 Explosion

Back 3 Explosion


© Chris Garrison

ZAP Skimboards team rider Austin Bleiweiss in Naples, Florida. Photographer Chris Garrison explains the setup:

Flash Setup:
We used one Elinchrom Ranger AS pack, with a single A head at 7.0 (almost full power). I use all Pocket Wizard Multimax’s for wireless triggering, they are the most dependable (needed for action sports). I have the battery pack set up in a Burton Zoom Pak Pro, which fits the battery pack, two heads perfectly.  Austin’s friend, professional firefighter Andrew Johnson, bravely waded out with the 1100 watt back pack and light on a small stand into the water, about 20 feet off shore. It was low tide at the time so that water wasn’t too deep, and the Burton bag is decently water proof! I had Andrew hold the light as high as he could at a downward angle about 20 to 25 feet away from where Austin planning to go. We have to go with the waves; so there was about a 10 to 20 foot area that Austin was aiming for, which meant Andrew would have to run in the water to get to the right spot. Almost as entertaining as watching Austin.

Camera Setup:
I used a Nikon D2x with the 24-70mm f2.8 lens. It was shot at 1/250th at ISO 100 and 36mm. Basically I ran with Austin and got as low as I could to the water without submarining the camera. I’m pretty sure I put the bottom half of the D2x in the water for this shot, but it was so worth it.

This and many other shots will be printed in the next issue of Foreverskim for everyone to enjoy!

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  1. That is a pretty elaborate and expenive setup for that photograph. It is beautiful, but I would think you could use a speedlite in a water housing and nail it without potentially blowing up thousands of $ in the ocean.

    Well done Chris, glad it came out so nicely! I look forward to seeing the rest.

  2. Generous,
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