The new issue of Ride BMX is out and features Shawn Mcintosh on the cover with a gnarly double peg. For a little more insight on this shoot, I hit up the one and only Jeff Z for a little behind the scenes info about this day.
Stew Johnson was in town along with Van Homan and Ben Lewis and filming for the next Fit DVD was in full swing. Since we were in LA, it was Shawn McIntosh’s time to shine and he was knocking out clips at a bunch of spots that he had been staring at for months. It was an intense few days of non-stop bangers. On the day Shawn did this ledge, his plan was to do another wild move about 45 minutes south of LA, and if that went well (which it did), then we’d drive up to LA and he’d wrap the day up with the Wilshire ledge.
I was lucky enough to be around the entire time Stew was in town and the grip of photos I got between Shawn, Benny, and Van was pretty nuts—enough to get the ball rolling for interviews with Ben and Shawn. By the time we got to the Wilshire ledge, I knew I had enough photos of Shawn for a full-length feature and this would’ve been the icing on the cake—a cover shot. So I did everything I could to get the best photo possible for a cover. I planned to shoot the photo with my Hasselblad at first, but after trying to compose it and have enough room for the proper cover crop, I knew it wouldn’t work because I didn’t have enough space behind me to move back and using a fisheye for a ledge that size would’ve been ridiculous. So I went with my digital body with a 24-70, pulled out on the wider side and I shot looser than I normally would to allow enough wiggle room for just the right cover crop.
DIG 98 COVER by Rob Dolecki:
-This is Clint Reynolds’ second DIG cover; first was for Issue 82: an over-under air with Ryan Corrigan at the La Perla bowl in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which I also shot.
-This was shot a week after Texas Toast. Due to other commitments, I only had a week to stay in Austin and opted to skip out on Toast so I could spend the whole time with Clint, Matty, and Nutter, getting their split interview together. Because the Texas summer heat had just ended and all three dudes were working on the Toast jumps in the weeks prior, and thanks to a monsoon flooding everything out less than a week before I got on a plane to Austin, the first jumps at East Side were just starting to get resurfaced when I arrived. The first two days were spent working on Main Line, then the next day riding them in. A storm came through that night and soaked the trails pretty well. That resulted in another full day of working on the trails, and the last two days produced some heated sessions of the local crew re-riding them in, as well as a few other bad-asses like Chase Hawk, Baz Keep and Lima. The hip Clint is riding in the photo saw extended trains the last day. It conveniently poured like crazy the following day as I got on the plane back home, which incapacitated the trails in the following weeks. Luck of the draw.
-This happens to be the second DIG cover at East Side trails, both being trails-themed issues. The first one (Issue 68) was of longtime nomadic Austin resident Tony Cardona, who recently got married and had his first child.
-This photo was shot with my favorite megapixel masher, a Canon 1DX. The brightest light source available on the market was used, and it didn’t cost anything for it.
-The process for this DIG cover photo choice was pretty off-the-cuff, as they usually are. Will (Smyth, Editor-In-Chief) loved the photo, made a mock cover with it, and everyone who saw it loved how the cover looked.
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