Col Du Galibier - Photo by Alban Pernet

Col du Galibier Longboard Opening

After a harsh winter, the mythical passes of the French Alps were opened and it was time to visit Col Du Galibier between Savoy and Hautes Alpes for the grand longboard opening!

The crew said goodbye to their snowboards and skis and replaced them with their longboard gear to tackle this sixth highest mountain pass, with an altitude of 2,645 meters above sea level.

To us the high peaks, the altitude, the lunar mountains and the endless runs that bend are home to the most enduring riders.

For me these kinds of sessions are moments of true expression, while the riders Pierre Hardillier, Benjamin Sornin, Alex Martin, Yanis Markarian, Elton Vejux, Augustin Joan Montes, Alice Bonnet and Arnaud Tisserand got a chance to enjoy their freedom, and together the whole trip took on another dimension.

Photos by Alban Pernet Photographiste
Website: www.albanpernet.com
Instagram: @albanpernet

Partners: Blackkross longboard, Fastboa, Entre Couzs Collectif

Longboard Girls Crew France - Behind the scenes of filming a new video

French Girls Going Down – Behind The Scenes Photos by Alban Pernet

In June, the French Longboard Girls Crew found themselves filming a new video called French Girls Going Down. The filming took place on Espigoulier Pass, located near Marseille, France.

Anne Poursin, Marjorie Roméo, Lyde Begue and Laure Descloitres took two days off to skate a giant corkscrew road. Meanwhile, Augustin Joan-Montes from AJ Médias captured their motion and me, Alban Pernet documented their adventure with the lens of my camera.

This trip was an opportunity to appreciate the fast and feminine style of the girls riding, who are always happy and smiling. Even after two day of non-stop runs under the hot sun of Southern France.

The new French Girls episode features the following riders:

Anne Poursin (ROCKET Longboards, Politic Longboard Activist and Naitup Tent)
Marjorie Roméo (Wigga Skateboards)
Lyde Begue (Restless Longboards, RipTide and CDK)
Laure Descloitres (9.81 Swiss Boards and Idle Slide Gloves)

All of the girls are members of the Longboard Girls Crew France and the new Entre Couzs Collective.

Photos: Alban Pernet Photographiste

Mushroom gastronomic skate trip

Mushroom Gastronomic Skate Trip

Just before the Go-Goats Freeride (France) in September, Pierre “le Laboureur de Talus” Hardillier, Mathieu Zeder, Thib “la Roulette” Mordacq and me, Alban Pernet, found ourselves on a three-day long skate trip around Morzine. We filled our days with big rides down the small roads, filming, picking mushrooms and preparing delicious dishes on a “Campingaz”. Adoring fresh vegetables, mushroom sauces and good food, it really was a real gastronomic skate trip…

The first morning, a big shooting session to warm up after a night of camping too wet… on El Diablo spot. Riders: Thib and Mathieu
The first morning, a big shooting session to warm up after a night of camping too wet… on El Diablo spot. Riders: Thib and Mathieu
Thib, Pierre and Mathieu trashing the lower part of the spot.
Thib, Pierre and Mathieu trashing the lower part of the spot.
In a real autumnal scenery, between fog and big wet drill.
In a real autumnal scenery, between fog and big wet drill.
The trio in the fog of the Joux Plane pass
The trio in the fog of the Joux Plane pass.

Mushroom gastronomic skate trip

The second day was more conducive to riding than shooting, but allowed us to discover the other spots of the corner… the other face of Joux Plane pass, Praz de Lys- Sommand…
The second day was more conducive to riding than shooting, but allowed us to discover the other spots around the corner… The other face of Joux Plane pass, Praz de Lys- Sommand.
The third day, we came back to El Diablo for an unreal flash shooting session…
The third day, we came back to El Diablo for an unreal flash shooting session.

Mushroom gastronomic skate trip

Featured riders:
Pierre “Le Laboureur de Talus” Hardillier (Blackkross, Sabre Trucks, UD Mag, Fastboa)
Mathieu Zeder
Thib “La Roulette” Mordacq (Madrid Skateboards, Venom, Trojan, Trapstarnation, CHWAG)

Alban Pernet Photography
https://www.albanpernet.com

Interested to see more from the El Diablo spot?
Here’s a run shot by Thib La Roulette with Hugo Besset tailing him just inches away.

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Christian Kreuter - CK Photography

Mastering longboard photography – The Christian Kreuter Interview

CK Photography – I guess most of you guys already got shot at least once by this guy. Christian Kreuter, the Kassel (Germany) local is not only a downhill skateboarding addict, but also a passionate photographer.

What’s he up to do next, where does his passion come from and how long does it usually take time for Christian to get that one perfect shot – read through to find out more. Enjoy!

How did you start with the photography and what inspired you to focus on longboarding?

Photography drew my interest when I was a little kid, because my grandpa was one of the first guys in our area that owned a SLR (analog single-lens reflex) camera back in the days. I was embossed by countless old school slide evenings with my grandpa.

I started skating back in 2012 and because I was using my DSLR for two years already, I just gave it a try and shot my first longboard pics with the local scene here in Kassel.

One year later I shot my first downhill event, the I-Berg Freerace. I didn’t skate back then, but I wanted to get a closer look at the “pros”. I attended a few other events in 2013 for skating and shooting.

After attending the Fairytale Freerace 2014, I got some inquiries from different skaters wanting to get a glimpse of my pics. One of them was TD Longboards founder Lennart Thomsen.

He asked me, whether he could get a shot of his teamrider Quirin Ilmer and indicated me to launch a Facebook page, so that all skaters could see my pics. I thought that was a good idea and a few days later I launched the Facebook page “CK Photography”, the feedback of which was really lovely.

KnK Longboard Camp 2014 ~ Facebook gallery by CK Photography
KnK Longboard Camp 2014 ~ Facebook gallery by CK Photography

The KNK Longboard Camp later in the year 2014 was my absolute highlight. Despite poor weather conditions I had some very unique runs with skaters, who I later became good friends with. KNK was pure madness (laughs).

One week later, after I finished my post production work, I uploaded the pictures on my Facebook page and the “likes” went totally crazy. I literally reached the whole world with my work. People love their sport and I can capture those moments, this is just an awesome feeling.

Are you planning to shoot any events in 2016?

Honestly I wish I could attend every BigMountainSkate event in 2016. I really respect all the work the guys do and I wish I could be part of it with my pictures. Almabtrieb, Alpenrauschen and Bela Joyride are definitely on my radar for 2016.

OH Rider Fionn Kraft at KNK 2k15 ~ CK Photography
OH Rider Fionn Kraft at KNK 2k15 ~ CK Photography

There are some big differences between a planned shooting for advertising and shooting at events. I really know this by myself. How about you? Do you shoot “planned” shootings as well?

No, not really. As I often shoot at events, I don’t plan that much, I like to do some extra detail planning on portrait shootings and landscape pictures. Sometimes I plan skate shootings, like a shooting at noon with a flash. Here you tell the skater the exact place where to slide or do a trick, but I am more into the “real” pictures, which are not set-up.

At an event you can’t really tell the skaters how to skate and what kind of shots you would like to get. How does it take to get good shots out of an event?

As you said, as photographer you can’t plan where the skaters skate and slide before a corner. Only when you skate the road by yourself, you know exactly when something is about to happen where and when.

Tech-talk alert! You shoot with a Nikon camera, right?

Oh yes, I am a real Nikon Fanboy 🙂 I shoot with a Nikon D800 Body since 2015 and in previous years I worked with a D7000.

What I want is maximum quality and the Nikon D800 provides me with 7360×4190 pixel photos when shooting raw format (info: raw means, that the photographer has to do the final development of the picture. Shooting with .jpeg files, the camera does the development and you get a finished picture).

Chris' gear for getting awesome shots

Only the burst mode is pretty slow of the D800, but I exclusively shoot with single exposure. This means I only have one chance to get the perfect shot. So if I miss the moment, it’s forever gone.

What lenses are you using for shooting downhill skating?

I am shooting 90% of all my skate pictures with the NIKKOR 70-200 2.8 VRII. When I shoot with a really wide open aperture, the pictures are pin sharp and on point and also the focus speed is really fast. And only for about 10% of my shots I use the Sigma 35mm 1.4 ART for landscape or campground shots.

What about post-production? How do you get the perfect image done?

I don’t make any difference, if it is people, landscape or skateboarding photography – I always check my basic rules, to see if I this is the perfect image.

  • Is the focus on point?
  • Is the exposure right?
  • Did I capture the right moment?

So straight after a skateboarding event, the picture selection can take some days. When shooting a three day event, I mostly have 800-1200 picture to look at, but I learned to keep the rejects small.

And when I know the pictures that suffice my criteria I do some small corrections and put on the “CKP Look”. Right after that, I do the easiest thing, but also the most satisfying part of my work – export the pictures for Facebook, upload them and share them with all the skaters out there.

Would you share some useful tips for all the hobby photographers out there?

Sure! Here are some tips:

  • So firstly don’t focus only on one photography topic. Take a look at the whole spectrum of photography, because you will learn a lot of things from one topic which you could use for another.
  • Secondly I would say, that creativity is the next important thing. Therefore you should look for new angles and try some different camera adjustments like aperture, exposure time, or shooting with flash.
  • Last but not least, I think you should take a look at other photographers and probably try to copy them or adopt stuff you like, to find your own photography style. Also, ask questions – talking with other photographers really helps and I honestly feel happy when I can help others. So contact me anytime you want!
  • Uh, and before I forget, I have some tech-talk information for you guys out there: The lens is way more important than the body of your camera set-up and you should get your hands on fast memory cards. It is really a pity, if the memory card is too slow to capture the right moment!

What other motives do you shoot besides longboarding?

I also shoot people, landscape and travel pictures and therefore I launched a second Facebook page at the end of 2015 for those kind of pictures. As you said, I recently shot a lot of skateboarding, but I want to broaden my mind and learn something new.

The good thing with photography is that you can shoot everything and therefore it is really necessary to look beyond the boundaries.

When shooting with people, I don’t want to catch an orchestration, I am more interested in people and how they live, what they have experienced or what makes him or her special. And when I’m shooting landscapes, I am aiming to capture pictures of touching places and where I can think back in time when looking at them.

Thank you Christian for a great interview and your insight into longboard photography. Any shoutouts?

Of course. I would like to thank everyone out there who support me and follow me on social networks. I’m very proud, that i can work with BigMountainSkate and Longboard Magazine. Special thanks goes out to my family and friends:- Mom and Dad, love you.- of course Grandpa, who has shown me the path to photography- my crew: Arthur, Fionn, Al, Philipp and Elias- the „Sonnenblümchen Racing Team“: haha, if you read this you will know who i mean 😉

If you’re in town, get in touch and we skate some hills together and take some photos. Otherwise, I hope to see you on the hill soon and keep safe. Cheers!