Where to Stand (Quad Skating in Napanee)

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Documentary, Quad Skate Culture, Roller Derby

Last year I spent a lot of my weekends following the Belleville Roller Derby team around, especially their Fresh Meat members.  This year, due to scheduling conflicts, I cannot continue that project.  However, I have decided to try and photograph quad skating in the setting of skate parks.  I tried it out a bit last year, but it’s been a bit slow getting things moving this year.  Today I finally made it out to Napanee while a couple of the Kingston Chicks in Bowls ladies were there.

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The biggest challenge is finding the best place to stand.  Not only do I need to pay attention to where, and what, the skaters are doing, but I also have to dodge others on skateboards and bikes.  (At least there weren’t any scooter kids there.)  Being in the right place, and pressing the shutter release at the right time, for each trick and picking the orientation that best suits the skater’s body position is a lot to keep track of.  I am not ashamed to admit I am a neophyte at it, but it gets me out of the house and hanging around people, which is a good thing.

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Photos were made with a combination of a Nikon DSLR and the Fuji X100T.  I find the X100T’s continuous auto-focus too slow to capture this sort of subject.

 

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I am a film photographer based in Prince Edward County. I make images of people, places, and things - you know, nouns.

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