Thursday, November 25, 2010

Shooting Parkour

Over the past couple of weeks I have had the chance to shoot my friend, Paolo, who an in athlete in Parkour. Parkour means to move quickly and efficiently as possible through an urban setting. Parkour has also been described to me as the art of escape; think of a wild animal being chased and how quickly they move over objects to get away.

Shooting an athlete flying through the air is a lot tougher than you might think. Light, physical form, environment, mood, which lens, and limited time are racing through my mind when I shoot Parkour. Some of the Parkour moves are so extreme that they can only be performed once or twice by the athlete, so you betting get it right with one shot! It helps to know the exact move being performed, where the athlete will be while flying through the air and the exact position of the body for the shot. Basically, I collaborate with the athlete to create the final image.

more after the jump!

1 comment:

Loyce said...

This is so cool. I'd love to try to shoot something like this. I have quick reflexes and patience from shooting newborns all day, but this would be quite the challenge.

Excellent timing. These were caught just right, Mike.