Photographer looking for the best

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Photographer looking for the best

Postby kowalski99 » Mon Jan 17, 2011 7:21 pm

Hi all,

I'm a Manchester based photographer looking to do some parkour images in the near future, and on an ongoing basis.

I'm looking for people who would like some wicked looking pictures of their free-running skills around the manchester area.
Pref people who are really into it as chances are you will have better skills = better shots

Check out my work here:
http://www.danielkowalski.co.uk/

For an idea of what to expect in terms of style and quality, im going for something like this:

http://blog.distilennui.com/wp-content/ ... -05481.jpg
http://moblog.net/media/d/h/a/dhamaka/p ... cket-2.jpg
http://kiell.com/pk3/blue.jpg
http://www.tmsmobilenews.com/wp-content ... 00x296.jpg
http://www.honolulumagazine.com/images/ ... _0010b.jpg
http://www.extremesportstrader.co.uk/sh ... r_jump.jpg

Please get in touch if interested in this

many thanks

Daniel Kowalski
expstudios@gmail.com
http://www.danielkowalski.co.uk/
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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby playhater » Tue Jan 18, 2011 12:28 am

What do you want the pictures for?

and anyone who wants a "wicked" looking picture is probably not the person you're looking for.

Your whole post was pretty cute :)
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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby xK13Rx » Tue Jan 18, 2011 3:55 am

Adam <3
erm id do it as long as these "wiked pics" arnt going to be posted on your tumblr or any home erotica sites
so as long as they stay away from porn sites and tumblr il go with the flow (pardon the pun).
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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby David Bray » Tue Jan 18, 2011 9:52 am

I don't know if your camera skills are wicked enough to show off my mad flips. I shall have to abstain. Probably crack your lens with my awesome.
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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby Robin_a » Tue Jan 18, 2011 10:57 am

he's not lying he's the best at Parlour, we recently had a competition and we ascertained that his style was the 'maddest'.
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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby kowalski99 » Tue Jan 18, 2011 2:53 pm

playhater wrote:What do you want the pictures for?

and anyone who wants a "wicked" looking picture is probably not the person you're looking for.

Your whole post was pretty cute :)


The pictures will be used for personal portfolio only. I hope to get advertising work later with parkour work along the lines of what Klaus Thyman does with his guys in London:
http://www.thymann.com/photos.php

Yeah i understand where your coming from - hard difference to marry - people who are genuinely into it dont need something to prove right? Unless its paid of course which is something i cant do this time round.

Still, everyone want pictures of what they love? Use them for avatars, promos, website, whatever i couldnt care really ...If your interested your interested.

I'm just up for capturing something real on film ...not a snapshot though.

One idea i have is to strap light bands round arms and legs at night - you'll get the flow of the light as you move. Want to get the best elements of it ...push it as far as i can etc
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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby playhater » Tue Jan 18, 2011 4:25 pm

Ok well, i/we train tuesday/thursday/saturday every week. (6pm/6pm/10:30am)

I think what people generally do is come once to have a look at what we're doing then decide if they want to take pictures or not and if you can't make any of those days inbox me with an ideal date/time :)
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Postby Hannibal » Tue Jan 18, 2011 5:10 pm

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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby mcquade » Wed Jan 19, 2011 12:35 pm

Adam/Playhater summed your post up well when he said it was cute. He meant it's naive of you to ever think that writing a post like that will do anything but discourage people from working with you.

The example pictures you posted vary greatly in terms of "style and Quality".
This picture:
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In particular is simply poor. Can I inquire as to why you chose that one out of the 1,220,000 images that come up when you search for parkour on google images? I am seriously curious as to what you, as a professional photographer, like about that picture!

Like Adam said, come along to one of our training sessions observe what we do, take a few snaps and speak to us. I'm assuming (I can only really speak for myself and the well experienced guys) that most of the people there won't be too interested in doing stunts for you in return for pictures, either through lack of ability or lack of novelty. I also don't think there are many guys into self promotion, that is not what parkour is about. However we still train and perform our "free-running skills" so there are many shots to be had.

A lot of photographers have taken pictures of our movement, and they generally take the same sort of pictures, so it would be nice to see something different. To be fair, your post-processing "wicked skills" should fulfil that request.


P.S. it took a while before I stumbled upon the arrows on your site, and I had to refresh to get back to the main menu. Also the reference style section by 99th Floor is completely illegitimate with the passage below it stating you are the founder of 99th Floor.

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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby Hannibal » Wed Jan 19, 2011 2:44 pm

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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby playhater » Wed Jan 19, 2011 4:57 pm

David Bray wrote:Probably crack your lens with my awesome.


probably not :? .

mcquade wrote:Adam/Playhater summed your post up well when he said it was cute. He meant it's naive of you to ever think that writing a post like that will do anything but discourage people from working with you.

Just the way the guy presented himself :|

mcquade wrote:I am seriously curious as to what you, as a professional photographer, like about that picture!

Very true^ (i like it because he does a flip :!: :D )

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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby kowalski99 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 7:58 pm

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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby kowalski99 » Wed Jan 19, 2011 8:11 pm

playhater wrote:Ok well, i/we train tuesday/thursday/saturday every week. (6pm/6pm/10:30am)

I think what people generally do is come once to have a look at what we're doing then decide if they want to take pictures or not and if you can't make any of those days inbox me with an ideal date/time :)


Sounds good. I will turn up fresh faced but hopefully go home with something worthwhile. :)
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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby Robin_a » Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:37 am

There can often be a confrontational approach to internet forums... especially this one. Think of it as a culture clash, 'best' isn't really a concept that's overly appreciated within the community, neither is slang it seems.
Video is the medium of freerunning this is one reason that photos aren't seen as a great incentive to 'perform'. Also with the nature of parkour, photographers often come and take pictures and through the misconception that parkour is a showy and flashy sport, think that we will want to show off for the camera or 'doing stunts in return for pictures'.
kowalski99 wrote:I dont expect people to 'do flips for me'. Documentary photography is what it is, I would simply turn up. I would not want to work with people who weren't interested in getting pictures, i think we've established this already. Anybody thats interested may like to look at people who specialise in Parkour photography, granted. I dont specialise and have no Parkour images in my portfolio...hence why this is a challenge and will be fun. I dont expect anything other than...'yes, im interested' or 'no im not'.

This is the type of post to encourage people to work with you.

As to that image... it looks like an opportunistic snap shot, not what your looking for? as an 'expert' can you honestly say that this picture is well composed?
this is one by Thymann it's framed much better http://www.thymann.com/data/editorial/0 ... ur8_l2.jpg
this is also the type of shot that you could probably achieve... So yeah, out of the 1,220,000 images why that one

I think your 'bio' can be mistaken for a reference from 99th floor. I mean no offence in this but I do find it curious how you are 'naive' to National trust buildings, the Redsand Charity or any of the other projects in relation to your naivety to parkour?.
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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby playhater » Thu Jan 20, 2011 12:59 pm

I pick out some key words to save you all reading the paragraph!

Robin_a wrote:photography

Robin_a wrote:is

Robin_a wrote:naive
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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby kowalski99 » Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:47 pm

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Re: Photographer looking for the best

Postby saulala » Thu Aug 16, 2012 2:16 am

I know its an old post and its pointless to comment, but I was a little bored :D

Naive photography.... I think its very common that photographers approach parkour as something stunning and flashy. If we observe parkour in mass media, most involves filps or really crazy stunts, because that's what attracts the audience! However I find pictures of someone doing just flips or big jumps a little plain, even though some are top quality and makes me wonder how they achieved such. Maybe it is just me who, it seems, loves emotion and story in the picture. Most parkour pictures I have seen has really nice composition that do catch the eye but well most time the dude is just randomly flying.

These are the typical pictures I find when I look for parkour/freeruning :)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/22082267@N08/3539025064/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/7618401@N07/5124360908/

These are few examples of pictures that are a little bit more interesting for me (well it is just personal taste):

http://www2.metrotimes.com/36/images/_D ... static.jpg
http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2012/ ... 4mnsti.jpg
http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ln36a ... o1_500.jpg
http://www.neildavidsonphotography.com/ ... r-jump.jpg
http://www.parkourgenerations.com/sites ... 675707.jpg

Now I feel like taking pictures myself!

P.S. Daniel, I hope you have worked hard to improve and made some lovely pictures! ^_^
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