This past week we inducted another photographer in the Firing Squad champions gallery based solely on your votes. We certainly can’t pronounce his name, but Adam Chrabaszcz becomes the third Polish photographer to win four weeks in a row, leading us to assume Yobeat must be really big time in Poland. Either way, congratulations Adam, now tell us a little bit more about your shot.
Tell us about this shot. Who is the rider, where and when was it taken?
The rider in this shot is MichaÅ‚ GreÅ„ , polish national halfpipe team rider. The shot was taken in WrocÅ‚aw, Poland and was supposed to be one of many street shots this winter. As it came out, it was the only street session that we shot. We prepared some other spots, but the winter was so unpredictable, that we couldn’t do anything more in the city. Despite that, I’m pretty happy with this image. It got published in ‘Snowboard MDS’, a polish magazine. Got me and MichaÅ‚ to the finals of Burn Snowpark Rally in Leogang, Austria, by winning mission 2 of the contest (we ended up 2 place in the finals). Got into YoBeat Champions Gallery, of course 😉 Third time lucky, I guess, since I tried twice before 😉
What set up did you use to take it?
This is a simple one strobe setup. We also used car headlights and normal lights for the wall background and video shots. For the other shot (below), I did a two strobe setup.
If you took it again, would you do anything differently?
I like the photo as is, wouldn’t have changed anything.
Did you learn anything about photography from the Yobeat peanut gallery?
One thing, that sometimes a bad picture with a good trick can win with a very good picture with a simple trick. But this isn’t a rule everywhere. Best thing is to have a superb shot with an insane trick.
Who are you, where do you live, and what do you normally shoot?
I’m an extreme sports photographer based in WrocÅ‚aw, Poland. I mostly shoot snowboard, freeski and FMX.
What is it like being a snowboarder in Poland? Is there much of a scene there?
Poland is a funny country regarding snowboard and snowboarding. The scene is mostly focused on rails and street jibbing, since the resorts aren’t so good and the snow parks don’t have good kickers either. We don’t have a halfpipe also 😉 The good thing is that street riding in Poland is insane and people are really good at it. For jumping we visit our friends in the Czech Republic 😉
Where can the people see more of your work?