Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Photography Practice: Venice Beach Skate Park

While I still call myself a photographer, for the last year or so the only thing I've really shot is stuff for my blog, I never really take photos for the sake of artwork, rather than for a blog purpose, though I have my camera on my person more than I ever used to before the blog. I think it had a lot to do with lack of inspiration, but when I was down watching the skaters in the skate park at Venice Beach the other week I decided they would be some good technical photography practice; I used to be very good at motion and sports photography. Ironic really, that I'm so happy with some of these shots I've decided to make a blog post out of them!
I think this has to be my favourite shot of the bunch I took, mid motion as this guy wiped out after I think his third attempt at landing after a particular jump. Repetitive failure at this bit aside, I was in awe of him as he had some serious skills. However, he has not as impressive as some of the small kids, the youngest of which was only 7 years old, who were absolutely fearless and more skilled than a lot of the adults!
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I don't know why, but I think I prefer some of the motion shots of the guys falling off than doing successful jumps and tricks... maybe because you get better body positions, movements and postures? 
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Next? I want to buy or borrow a long distance zoom lens so I can stand with my feet at the edge of the water and shoot the surfers riding the waves just off of the shore. I really wish we had places like this in London! 


  1. What a fun place to hang out!! I really love the first shot.
    xo Andrea
    Wonderful and Marvelous

  2. Possibly my favourite post in the history of the internet EVER! I need to visit and I need to hang there.

  3. Great pics! You are an excellent photographer and an equally great writer!

  4. You're right, that first pic is awesome! Love the way is body is angled and you can see how every muscle is working to try to land that trick. Nice work!

  5. Ahhh this is so amazing! xx

  6. Rachael Poklitar5 October 2012 at 00:38

    i enjoyed these! proooobably because i still have a thing for skaters..haha


  7. These are amazing shots Rachel!

  8. Thank you so much - I'm glad you've been enjoying my blog posts!

  9. Love the first pic! Skaters and extreme stunt scooters for the boys: what else do they need?

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