This photo was taken July 29, 2016, at Pala Skatepark, San Diego, California.
A long way from Colombia
Cris Arevalo, a skater who visited California in the summer of 2016, came to check out the skater scene in Southern California. What he found was what some people consider the birth of skater culture, having spawned such greats as Tony Hawk, Ryan Sheckler, and Shaun White. Cris traveled all the way from Colombia and found the Pala Skatepark that quiet Friday afternoon of July 29th completely empty. There were two other skaters, and two dudes in the little house keeping an eye on things.
Perfect day for a photo shoot
I loaded up the Canon 70D with my matching 70-200 f/2.8L, set the shutter speed to 1600, the f-stop to 5.6, and the ISO to automatic. When a few clouds rolled in, I closed it to 6.3, but that was enough to capture the shadows and the contrasts without losing any highlights.
The midday sun – Awesome shadows
As Cris was trying out the rails, drops, and ramps the midday sun began to create the moving shadows beneath him that added depth to the action shots.
Perfect weather – perfect shoot
The weather stayed warm and breezy, not heating up too much. We managed to get a few hours of shots in before we called it a day.
Back home to Colombia
Cris is back in Colombia now, and he’s promised to return soon to hit the rest of Southern California and maybe head East to Detroit and New York.