Rider Wes Booth Photo By Matthew Gorveatte
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Rider Wes Booth Photo By Matthew Gorveatte

193 Comments

  • + 103
 so sick! POD...almost looks like he's wearing a thong haha
  • + 62
 maybe he was Wink
  • + 305
 Where did the art of photography go? It's all lost in Photoshop now...
  • + 5
 pod fo sho sick pic! tup
  • + 3
 nicest pic ive seen it a long time.. keep it up Matt Smile
  • + 8
 Im guessing tuck 3?
  • + 2
 pod!
  • + 183
 No more HDR please!! Just because you have the option to process your photos in “HDR” doesn’t mean you should do it for EVERY photo. These pictures don’t even look like real photographs anymore; they look like computer generated images. I really hope HDR is just another fad and it will soon pass.

Beauty is in simplicity...... it's not just cramming computer generated effects into an image and calling it a "photograph".
  • + 60
 Hear hear! HDR should only be used in VERY specific instances where it would add an artistic effect to the photo that would mesh well with the lighting conditions and composition, not just to make an otherwise color and texture bland photo more interesting.
  • + 3
 Thats barely "HDR" thats just turning the blacks down and the whites up. he has alot of other more intense HDR pics out there and he does it like that because its basically his Trademark because he makes it soooooooo good
  • + 44
 I'm no photo pro but I'm preeeety sure your wrong Kaleb. HDR is an art form, Shasta said it best, its nto something that should be used to make a photo look interesting. It is taking away from the subject, thats composition 101. Its good for certain things, but is clearly over used in his photos....Not to mention. mmmmm covered that though. Seriously. the HDR is getting overused, its clearly not REALY HDR as action shots cannot be recreated multiple times at different exposures, so he is just creating virtual exposures and merging those. Please stop with the HDR.
  • + 2
 please don't stop! I think it looks sick!
  • + 24
 Matt if you want to be half respected in the industry, for the love of god stop using HDR on EVERYTHING. Even the helmet cam videos you put up - HDR?! Why?!
  • + 11
 Its not even real HDR.
  • + 1
 Wah! wat a shot
  • + 4
 har-rar-rar-rar-BOOM-dee-yay
  • + 7
 P to the O to that D
  • + 17
 whats that spell POD!!!!!!!!
  • + 48
 S to the T to the F to the U

What does that spell?
  • + 60
 SHUT THE f*ck UP!!!! tup
  • + 15
 go suck a fat cock
  • + 3
 I love it.
  • + 5
 good pod
  • + 4
 DAAAAAAAAAAAYum!!! thats a sick pic!
  • + 7
 I'm all for HDR but this is too over the top. It's supposed to look so real but perfect exposure, not like its CGI Rolleyes
  • + 2
 good POD.
  • + 8
 LOL^^^ at the guys that are sayin this is no photography..... how do you suppose he got the picture?? its a combination of pictures with highs and lows and all its doing is bringing out the colors with a punch.

all i can say is Damn good pic!!

tup
  • + 13
 Ummm, no, you’re wrong. I don't need a lesson in photography from a guy who doesn't know it himself. It's impossible to get a true HDR photo for any action shot since you need three photos at the exact same position (how are you going to capture the rider at the exact same moment (with the same body position) three times?)

This photo is done with a computer generated "HDR" effect.... not real HDR.
  • + 6
 Its not a photograph, its a picture. A good picture, I'm not saying its bad, but its definitely not a photograph.

And I'd rather see someone hit the killer hip in the background... Wink
  • + 16
 nice g-string
  • - 8
flag reillykintzele (Jul 16, 2010 at 0:52) (Below Threshold)
 it took me a week to realize that he's doing a tnh 360.
  • + 5
 Kool Photo. im a photo noob so what is HDR?
  • + 6
 NorcoTweek obviously has no idea how an HDR works... Facepalm

Technically, this is nothing like the original. I'd explain but it's a bit to technical unless you know what you're talking about.
  • + 6
 Oh whoops, didn't see that comment, it's when you take 3 shots of the same scene, with 1 under-exposed (darker) shot, one normal (just right), and one over-exposed (brighter) but on fractionally, and then you use a program to blend the 3 photos so that every part of the photo has perfect exposure.

Like in this photo, you can see the shadows of the trees are much lighter than they should be, but that also means you can see more detail.
  • + 1
 ahhhh, cheers.
  • - 3
 Took me a while to realize it was a 3 tuck... I was like, "Tuck on a step down? what??"

Haha cool photo.
  • + 2
 how do you know that rider has a helmet or not ? tup
  • + 1
 sick tuck3!!!
  • + 5
 lol; i love taking pictures, and i love computers, so I do what i love, and that is all, i do no more or no less. makes me smile, so i post it, that is my personal rule
  • + 5
 Oh yeah, personally i'm a big fan of HDR, I do a bit myself, check out my albums Razz but I don't know if HDR should get VOD or POD, it's so easy to take an average photo, apply HDR and make it POD quality instantly. Kinda takes away the spark that makes awesome photography.
  • - 2
 better than any dh pic
  • + 8
 dirt should not look grey, unless it is grey. which in this case it is not. Photography should be done 99% in the camera- the only things that should be done in post processing are file conversion, color correction (within reason) and maybe a little bit of curves adjustment (again, within reason). Photoshop tricks and such are fine for digital art, but don't go calling it photography. It's not.
  • + 2
 I quite like this HDR business but more for landscape shots than riding shots
  • + 6
 his arm has no elbo
  • + 7
 I am not sure how he got an HDR shot, if it's a moving image? I mean, HDR has to be shot like, 3 frames off a tripod, different exposures right? How would he have done that in like 1/10000th of a second, to ensure the rider is in the same spot.

As for HDR, I actually happen to like some HDR shots, like city scapes at night, and car photography. As for the art of photography being lost to photoshop, that is a true statement too. However, with the evolution of cameras, so comes the evolution of the darkroom/post-production era. Hence, photoshop is here to stay, and I assume HDR is as well.

This is quite a nice photo; not my favourite, but a nice shot Smile
  • + 7
 i dont know/care much about HDR, this picture is really sick, love how the skin tones and dirt match
  • + 6
 To everyone who says a true HDR cannot be don't with an ACTION SHOT you are WRONG

Ten Steps On making an Action HDR
1-you go get a camera
2-get some knowledge
3-you put that camera on a tripod
4-you take a picture of the jump (where the rider WILL be) at -1 or -2
5- Take a picture of the jump at +1 or +2 or what ever
6- don't MOVE YOUR FCUKING TRIPOD
7- Take some pictures of the rider doing the jump at 0 so they look more natural
8-put them together using Photomatix
9- observe the TRUE HDR with ACTION
10- Shut up!
  • + 10
 FINALLY PEOPLE ARE STARTING TO REBEL Against HDR!!! had i posted anything against it a year ago i would have got 100000 negative props. i mean seriously it takes way more skill to just take a good picture that doesn't need to be edited.
  • + 5
 HDR can be used to significantly improve the lighting in some shots, and is best used when you can barely tell that it's an HDR. However, the HDR on this photo is way overdone, and not even necessary for this shot in my opinion.

And to Mazekwon, if you used your "process" you would still only have one exposure of the rider himself, so it would only be a true HDR of the background. Confused
  • + 3
 HDR just looks terrible, its always so obvious when it's been done. "True" HDR can be replicated so easily and it looks no better than "fake" HDR.
  • + 4
 this is quite the chain of replies lol
  • + 2
 you guys might as well start a thread on HDR since your all so anal about the technicalities of it, STFU and go ride your bike FFS
  • + 1
 tha is for the people up there in the comment! stop bitching it is just a very nice pic ,
  • + 4
 sorry but the HDR ruins it
  • + 7
 I played this video game once.
  • + 1
 woohhooo another POD by mr darkvalleydownhill. i guess this means a majority of people like HDR
  • + 1
 His arms make him look like hes just escaped from a sims game, STOP EDITING PHOTOS PEOPLE!!
  • + 0
 personally i like this picture idk y u guy cant just except the fact that it s just a picture like who cares that its edited the guy probably did this on purpose
  • + 1
 ridenwc1 it's true, but hdr being desingned to take the foreground, background and subject make em all look enhanced and one exposure persay, it wouldn't make much of a difference.

But Palmer does it with the +/- of a single exposure and he is the man behind the glass, which only goes to show it's the results not the process.
  • + 2
 HDR is getting out of hand.... I don't like the way it looks at all.
  • + 2
 lol 666 faves
  • + 1
 people may hate the HDR, but i think this pic is unreal.
  • + 1
 same here ebo421
  • - 2
 just stop making bad HDR shots.
  • + 3
 Smooth guys, kill the dude, darkalley, don't give up. Just because a load of bollockless internet haters hate your hdr, don't let it put you off, its an art form ,and one you're good at!
  • + 1
 I love this photo. I just don't think HDRs should get POD. Because you can take any poosy photo and make it awesome! This on the other hand is very well done. Like OllyJ said, don't let a few 13 year old biker noobs tell you what's good and bad. Smile
  • + 3
 if hes gonna give up then pinkbike is gonna loose one of the most talented guys on here. dont give up man
  • + 3
 Bull shit, from a photography standpoint, this pic was ruined by the HDR. If he didn't HDR it it would look fine.
  • + 0
 im tired of hearing about the HDR thing its a nice picture if u cant except the fact the the person who made made it like this then dont comment
  • + 1
 LoL his right arm looks so loooong!
  • + 2
 I dont even know what HDR is, but I really like this picture, so please stop whining about that, will ya?
  • + 2
 no problemo
  • + 1
 I just landed in minila in the philipinens and my plane leaves for bangkok thialand in an hour, and it is super weird, but cool for sure, \i am filming tonz, and i cant talk to anyone i feel like a stranger, in a sea of faces i dont know, lol i when to the mall of aisa, and some on tryed to sell me a 1 day old chicken that was deep fried, i was shocked and took a picture of it, lol i will post what \i am up too, \i was board and tried to find the skate park in minila, but it was too far away, and i could not, but i found a shop that sold bikes, and i showed them one of my videos, any they craped there pants, lol, i need to learn there language, or i need a girlfriend that speaks what they do and english, \i will not be making bike videos for a couple of months, I need to make a name for my self, in the world some how, any of you know anyone in bangkok, i could make friends with, all the help i could get would be amazing, I am glad they dont have to know english to watch a video, lol, peace matt
  • + 1
 noppppeee.
  • + 1
 You can get same effects by screwing with the "tone curve".. Boost the shadows.. reduce the highlights.. blah.. blah... whatever.. what matters is you present an awesome picture... and this is an AWESOME picture.
  • + 1
 Oooohhh god!! Awesome Overload !!!!
  • + 3
 cool POD for sure.... Is this a bike site or a photo critic site... Obviously he knows that he tweaked the pic, but good eye you photo gurus... you busted him. Instead of complaining just put up cooler ones... you guys probably can... wright?
  • + 3
 I tell you, this 'colour photography' just looks fake. I mean real pros shoot in black and white on a pinhole camera and develop the film themselves. None of this digital cheating nonsense that makes photos not even look real. Where did the art of photography go? It's all just colour this, automatic that.

I really hope colour photography is just a passing fad.

Luddite enough for you?

PS Good shot, though I must agree I think there are better situations for HDR than this.
  • + 2
 i think this effect is awesome, cant see why people dont like it honestly if you dont like it dont look at it simple as that.plus matthew likes to use these types of effects so if you dont like it dont go complain. because none of us cares if you dont like it.
  • + 3
 almost looks cartoon, great picture
who's boss at these jumps?
cause i might be coming to kelowna this summer, ever need help building?
  • + 2
 good luck finding these, pretty sure nobody is gonna give away the location
  • + 2
 its dreaaaaaamland , and no i doubt you will find it haha
  • + 1
 hehe nope you wont be able to ride em either its on private land
  • + 1
 Brett236 is my soulmate.
  • + 2
 i could care less what everyone else is saying about the HDR, i quite enjoy the way you do it. It's different, it's done well, and it's interesting, so keep it up. Also Wes is goooood at bikes!
  • + 5
 SOOOOOOOO SICK WWWOOOWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 2
 all anyone talks about is how the picture was taken how it looks what about the rider ???? if u wanna complain about how the pic is go to a photo website or something and let everyone else enjoy the rider and his skills
  • + 2
 I have a question. Why hate on this photo or any other for that matter. Just wondering. Go ride your bikes more so you have less energy to whine like a bitch.
  • + 1
 lol; thx rob, i do what i like, and that is all, I think it is funny that i could stir so many emotions, toward something like a pic, wes and i tried like 4 times to get that shot, and I like this one because, of where i lined up tree and how it looks like he is like 25 feet up on that tree, it really shows the hight, and no i don't just use hdr to make it be all super amazing, ppl, i just like the look and i like taken pics. I am making videos for DJs now, I am going to film LAMFO tonight, and I am stoked, i just got done filming deadmu5, i am smilin. rob we need to go riding again, I had fun trying to chase you down the hill, in kamloops at rio, what a fun trail
  • + 2
 look everyone hew is giving this guy abuse over his amazing picture just shut the f*ck up and stop trying to belittle people great pic mate keep it up Big Grin
  • + 2
 i love this photo and the hdr just adds to the overall effect of the shot matthew is a seriously talented photographer and has a good eye for a photo.well deserved POD
  • + 3
 I've been searching a step-up spot like that for years!!! It's awesome...as well as the pic&trick!
  • + 16
 suck my cccccccccuuuuuunnnnnnnnntttttttttttttt you nazi
  • + 3
 Are you trying to make your self sound like an ass hole?
  • + 1
 Oh and by the way the definition of Nazi is " a German member of Adolf Hitler's political party "
His comment doesn't really support that
  • + 1
 what the heck is wrong with you obvious pro? you never build any jumps?
  • + 2
 i have waited up all night to see a pic i have already seen...... sweet.... but it was still totaly worth it Radness pic! good night pinkbike ... word
  • + 2
 Fo real?! I feel bad for you Razz
  • + 4
 in my opinion this is a wasted photo. to many effects
  • + 4
 in my opinion i think this is sick! pod
  • + 1
 HDR: Turning the most boring photo's into something worth looking at. Although it seems as though the guy that took this picture only knows how to shoot HDR or HDR like photos.
  • + 0
 wat the f*ck does HDR mean?
  • + 2
 Huge dick rabies.
  • + 4
 this really deserves POD awsome shot Smile
  • + 4
 this picture makes me dizzy
  • + 1
 Can people stop complaining about HDR. Photography is the art of taking pictures!!!! Its is that simple, it can be in HDR, cross-processed, or any other type of editing, and it is still a flipping picture. Nuff said!
  • + 1
 Hahaha, so, so many photo critiques out there. We all have our own style, stick with what you enjoy. Nice work good sir, keep it up.
  • + 0
 thipicture makes very little sense if ou look at it properly lol
like wheres he going to land when is he going to land ho did he get to whee the f*ck he is
good but id have to say fake ?
  • + 2
 Art is the expression of the imagination, not the dupilcation of reality!

Top shot man :-)
  • + 2
 no... just... no... sooooooo overdone... not even a real HDR...

Where's the original?
  • + 4
 i'll add on to my above comment...

This faux HDR effect makes it really difficult to tell what's going on, it seriously lacks depth.

*Maybe* if it were the original... but this is taking it too far. I'd understand if it were just a novelty thing where you only do one or two, but this is used in damn near every one of your photos on pinkbike...

Do you feel as if you need to do this to make them better? Pretty lame if you really think that...
  • + 1
 He could just be practicing the technique with his mtn bike photography so he can use it in other areas of work. I like it i think its a good photo caught my attention off the front page and i cant say that about many photos on this site that have been POD.
  • + 0
 I'm not gonna say it's a bad photo, but it is way over edited...

Still, far too many of his shots are like this...

HDR is not to make it look colorful and "poppy"

It's used make a photo more like what your eye would see (it gets a bit complicated here)
  • + 0
 I dont even know what HDR is, but I really like this picture, so please stop whining about that, will ya?
  • + 4
 that is so rad (:!
  • + 1
 good pic... but whats with the saturated colours etc. for?
i dont know much about photoshop and that, but it would look way better without all the shizz you done to it..
  • + 1
 HDR or not its still a sick shot, if its not your cup of tea then quickly switch to another one of thousands of other epic shots found on our beloved Pinkbike.
  • + 2
 Anyone who complains about the way ppl take pics or what method they use should post there own pics or shut the _uck up.
  • + 2
 haha, for sure. I love that no one is actually commenting on whats happening in the pic, which is pretty impressive. Wingy keyboard jockeys with nothing better to do than cut down the efforts of someone who's actually getting out there and doing something: welcome to the internet.
  • + 4
 Good PoD. I Love HDR Big Grin
  • + 3
 dudes who cares about how much hdr is used its a sick shot
  • + 3
 GOOD PICWink VERY NICE PODBig Grin
  • + 3
 I don't like it.
  • + 1
 sick shot is it just me or is he about to hit into the tree. great pod guys keep i up
  • + 1
 Looks like a thong..lol..and it also looks like he going to flat land.....full exstion!!!POD
  • + 3
 POD
  • + 3
 pod thong haha
  • + 3
 Nice one!
  • + 3
 nice pod
  • + 2
 So sick that should definateley be POD
  • + 2
 wow that's different ,must be POD, Big Grin good pic
  • + 3
 another great POD pic Smile
  • + 3
 POD Smile
  • + 3
 saved
  • + 3
 sick shot Smile
  • + 1
 Hooo weee,,, nice shot and my favorite trick Big Grin
  • + 1
 truly nice pic. Nice light.
  • + 1
 sooooo nice sick extentions i love it pod for sure
  • + 1
 I photoshoped this photo, watch on my pictures Salute
  • + 1
 pod like all your other photos. sick skill.
  • + 2
 the best tuck ever Big Grin
  • + 1
 Lol.. it looked like a game when i first saw it !!
  • + 1
 The ground even looks animated
  • + 1
 Is Dreamland public or private?
  • + 1
 Flying so free that everything else doesn't seem to matter!
  • + 1
 POD Matt always has a way of making every picture his own style!~! SICK
  • + 2
 nice one
  • + 1
 mint fricken picture! this is prob one of my fav ones yet!
  • + 0
 What software did he use? Oh, wait...I don't care.

Is that a 360 no-hand stepup? or a no-hand stepdown?
  • + 2
 step up, bammmm, sooooooo big
  • + 1
 Is dude sportin a thong???
  • + 1
 Can I make a photoshop with this photo and put in my photos?
  • + 2
 This sweet to ride
  • + 1
 the colour and trick there is insane a definete POD!
  • + 1
 f*ck thats pick is nice Salute
  • + 1
 Nice one! it would've looked even cleaner without the tree on the left.
  • + 1
 kind of looks fake :S
  • + 1
 sweet...totally sweet
  • + 1
 awsome picture
  • + 1
 i love it
  • + 1
 sick pod i luv it!
  • + 1
 IS THAT YOU!
  • + 1
 SICK MAN pod for sure
  • + 1
 WOoow awesome POD! Big Grin
  • + 1
 looks like a video game
  • + 1
 sick looks sandy
  • + 1
 Love it.
  • + 1
 Very nice POD
  • + 1
 pod
  • + 1
 thats totaly raaaad!!!
  • + 1
 100th comment! whoo...
  • - 1
 this picture sucks you cant tell where hes coming from or where hes landing.
  • + 1
 they're in west kewlona?
  • + 0
 did i mention i can dig like a black man, lol
  • + 1
 great..sick colors
  • + 0
 nice thong faggot
  • + 1
 wtf? thong? you're lookin too close at his ass brother!
  • - 1
 poster, that makes you dizzy. but not a POD worthy pic.
  • + 0
 its a real photo.....
  • + 2
 NO SHIT
  • + 0
 ....
  • + 0
 pull your pants up
  • - 1
 to rider and photgrapher : sick job!
  • - 1
 Great pod with great colours!
  • - 3
 that foto is SICK !
  • - 1
 I'M FLYING!!
  • - 2
 thatz a kool looking sTep dOwn...!! LOlz x
  • + 1
 pretty sure that's a step up that's what it said in the description I think he's just 360ing tuck no hander it so you can't see the landing cuase if he wasn't where he's going seems pretty sketchy
  • - 1
 wat a pic m8

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