Category: Lifestyle by Leica Category Finalist Credits: Photographer: Theodore Van Orman Athletes: Cody Barger, Jordon Houck Location: Frisco, CO, United States Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM ISO: 4000 F-Stop: 3.2 Shutter Speed: 1/400 Flash System: none "Life is a special experience, and being able to capture it has grown very important to me." Biography: At the age of 12, I bought my first BMX bike with money I had earned washing dishes at a cake bakery. That bike was the match that sparked the revolution of my life. BMX has transformed my view of the world and how I want to spend my time. I spent most of my childhood building dirt jumps in my parents' backyard in Michigan. My older brother Beeler started taking photographs of my friends and me riding with my father's old 35mm. After a high school darkroom class, I bought my first 35mm. Not really grasping its full potential for several years, I was just a casual shooter. With time my desire to document only grew stronger. The more I saw things vanish from my life, the more I felt compelled to make images. Life is a special experience, and being able to capture it has grown very important to me. I enjoy using natural light to photograph. I find working with the available light "keeps my eyes open" and makes for more unique images, when the sun is being kind. My goal is to document riders in their natural form, not to create something that would never have happened. Candid photos are always the strongest in my opinion. I continue to ride, build and photograph in Denver, Colorado. The Shot: I was thrilled to check out this spot after seeing a few blurry cell phone photos of it. Full pipes are few and far between and one of my favorite things to ride. After being invited to check it out, I stayed up most of that night anticipating the next day. Two hours in the car and a short hike through a forest, and we were heading up into the belly of this beast. The only light source for th - Thursday 29th November 2012 (1 Picture)
Red Bull Illume Photography, Competition and Runners Up
Photo credit: Theodore Van Orman/Red Bull Illume
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