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[Behind the Scenes] Brandon Semenuk’s RAW 100 Photo Gallery

[Behind the Scenes] Brandon Semenuk’s RAW 100 Photo Gallery

12/03/2015
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12/03/2015

A couple weeks back we got to venture into the misty woods somewhere in the Santa Cruz area for a rare and special opportunity to shoot stills alongside Rupert Walker as he shot Brandon Semenuk for his Red Bull Raw 100.

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Heading into the woods…

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Unsuccessfully channeling Jordan Manley vibes. Haven’t heard of him? Click Here and make sure you read the caption.

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Damp and eerie…To be honest it was super refreshing to shoot in conditions like this in California.

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The weapon of choice for the day. Brandon’s Trek Ticket S – 1 rear brake driven by a Gyro which stopped working and dirt jump tires. Gnarly – he basically couldn’t slow down at all during the whole shoot. Also check out Brandon’s sweet custom “Revel in the Chaos” TLD D3 lid.

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Scoping some lines buried in leaves.

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Sketchy step up tailwhip landing between trees.

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Brandon wasted no time getting right into the heart of things.

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Lichen, moss, poison oak, and all sorts of foliage. Most good, some bad.

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Rain. Malfunctioning camera equipment style rain. Not sure how you ride like this guy in the rain style rain.

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“one more”

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This is how you set up for a turn.

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And these are various ways that you execute a turn. One man firing squad.

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Aside from grooming some lips, Brandon rode this old trail fairly raw…Fitting.

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Ridiculous, no words.

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We shot all day. This is how our shoes looked by 10:00 AM. Well, Brandon’s shoes anyway.

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Coming in hot without any good way to slow down.

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Heavy lifting to keep the blood flowing.

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Countless takes.

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Countless turns slayed.

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Creative lines.

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More light prepping.

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“Like this”

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Yes, just like that….maybe even better.

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And better still…Drifting off of the lip for this one. Completely batshit crazy.

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Thank goodness for modern cameras as flash would not work around a video shoot like this. The woods were dark. ISO 12,800 dark to stop action. Pans help sometimes.

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“Dropping”

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If this doesn’t make you want to ride…

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Exit speed, and then some.

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The very last action shot of the day. 1/500th//f1.4 for the photo nerds. Almost got hit as Brandon skimmed his way by. We got lucky all around.

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The last photo of the day from the closing scene.

Massive thanks to Brandon and Rupert for letting us tag along.

To watch the full video, click HERE.

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