Night BMX in Yokohama
One of my goals for this year is to do more personal photography shoots and projects throughout the year, and to document what I am doing and how I’m doing it here in this blog.
The first shooting of the year for me was a night time flatland BMX shoot with the Yoshida twins Nao and Koh. These two are great riders and lots of fun to shoot as well. One of my last shoots of 2017 was with Nao actually, during the day in Yokohama, and we had so much fun I really wanted to head back at night.
We first met up at the “象の鼻パーク” or “Elephant Noes Park” in Yokohama. It is a cool little park right beside the ocean. Once I get to a location the first thing I will do is take a slow walk around and see where would be good to shoot. And even though I do this at the start of every shoot, I also keep my eyes open while walking around to see what other things might inspire me during the night, which is always a good idea no matter where you are shooting.
I’m not going to go into crazy detail about every location we shot at that night, as that would be a long a boring blog entry, but I would like to go over the general aspects of shooting action sports at night with a flash. When shooting action sports you generally want to use a fast shutter speed to stop the action, but at night when you shoot with a flash, you can also use the flash itself to freeze the action. And this is what I did during our shoot in Yokohama.
The flash I used for these shots was my Broncolor SirosL 800, which has a very short flash duration, which is great for stopping action at night, even with a slow shutter speed. If you look at the images below I have put the shutter speed and other information with the pictures for your reference. If you look close at the pictures you can see some light drag around the riders, but I think this is more from the ambient light than anything else and is bound to happen when shooting like this at night. And yes, I could have shot with a faster shutter speed, but by doing this I would be killing the ambient light around me, because your shutter speed is what controls ambient light when shooting with a flash. So by keeping my shutter slow I was able to allow enough ambient light in, but by using the very short flash duration of the Broncolor Silos 800 L was able to freeze the action. Good combo for sure. Just don’t go so slow that you get camera shake and make a blurry picture, unless that is what you want to do artistically. I see many people shooting like that at clubs and it can make for some cool images.
Enjoy the images, and if you have any questions please feel free to let me know.
1/40, F2.8, ISO 2000
1/125, F3.2, ISO 2000
1/100, F3.2, ISO 2500
1/100, F1.4, ISO 1250