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One of the coolest aspects of Vital BMX is that it gives upcoming BMX photographers and videographers a place to be discovered. Any Vital BMX Member can upload photos and videos to the site so the BMX world can see what you’ve got. We’re going to be keeping a close eye on the photos and videos uploaded to find the talent, and if you think your works deserves to be recognized, let us know by e-mailing mlosey@vitalbmx.com.

To get this Vital BMX Portfolio into action, we have ten rad images from Andres Harambour, one of South America’s finest photographers. If you like to see good BMX photos, flip through his portfolio and make sure to rate and comment on the images. If you’re a camera bug, pay close attention to the text bellow, because Andres did a great job of explaining how he took each photo.
 

 

Nicolas Harambour Unturndown
This is one of my latest pictures. It was shot in "ElepÈ Park" in La Plata, s southern part of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was shot with a Canon 1Ds, 15mm fisheye and two flashes a with Pocket Wizard system. It was a few minutes after sunset and there were not that many people in the park to bother me while shooting. I enjoy a lot shooting lookdowns and unlookdowns; they are really cool tricks for pictures, and often the position of the rider helps to make a good composition. I like this one a lot because of the balance between the light on him and the light in the sky with the clouds. Also the fisheye effect helps a lot to make the trick more powerful to the viewers. The rider's name is Nicolas Harambour (my brother).
 Martin from San Luis This picture was shot in San Luis, about 500 kilometers outside of Buenos Aires. I don't tend to shoot many "ass shots" but I liked this one because he looks like he's going to fly out a lot higher. That day I didn't have much time to shoot, only about half an hour, because there was a really big storm coming. That's why the sky is that color, which helps to make the picture special. This one was shot with two flashes, a Canon 1Ds, and a 100mm f2.8 macro lens. There were very few riders since those dirt jumps belong to one of the locals, so I could put my flashes anywhere I wanted to. That always helps when shooting. The rider's name is Martin, a local from San Luis.
 Diego Street Whip This photo is from around January. It was shot in downtown Buenos Aires, next to a building in the office area near Puerto Madero. We went out that day with a bunch of friends looking for some different places to shoot and we found this very simple cement white thing that we could use to jump into the grass. It wasn't really a cool place to ride but I think that is what makes this picture a bit more special. It shows that you can do a tailwhip almost anywhere these days. This was shot at night with three flashes (I use use two Vivitar 285HVs and one Canon 550EX), Canon 1Ds, and Canon 15mm fisheye. What I like the most in this picture is the fact that you can see his face very clearly, and the motion blur in the background lights helps to show that it's happening very fast. The rider's name is Diego Longobucco, a rider from Buenos Aires.
Manuel at the Museum
This is one of my favorites. It was shot inside a museum in Santiago, Chile. An artist wanted to include BMX in his next piece, so he made a mini ramp and painted it with the pattern that all his artwork was painted that day, and then he called a few local riders to do an exhibition. I was lucky to be in Santiago so I went to get some shots of it. This one was actually shot the next day when I came back when there were not so many people watching. I tried to make the lines of the building parallel to the edges of the frame, but it wasn't perfect so I cropped it a bit from the original. I like the fact that the people in the back don't really care that he is riding inside a museum. They look really natural and minding their own business. This one was shot with my old Canon 300D, Canon 50mm 1.8mm, and two flashes on each side of him. The rider's name is Manuel Gaete from Santiago.
 Backlit 360 This photo is very different, and that's why I like it. This was shot at a contest in Con-con, a place in the region of Valparaiso in Chile. The dirt jumps were huge and there was a lot of people around. The light didn't help, either, so I tried a few close-ups and came up with this backlit 360. No flashes were used in this one. I used the Canon 1Ds and 100mm 2.8 macro lens. This one is also different because I never use a black and white filter with BMX pictures, but this one looks better with it. I don't have the name of the rider...
 Nicolas Spine This was shot at Metropark in Buenos Aires. It’s normally a skate-only park but we can ride bikes on Mondays and Tuesdays. I like this photo because it’s really simple. Sometimes because of the places and trick you can't make a picture look simple like you may want it to be, but this was different. There were lots of people there, but I got lucky and no one else was in the frame. The lighting in this one is a bit more obvious; two flashes with one lighting from the right to his back as a main light, and another one from the left making a more 3-D look. The rider is Nicolas Harambour from Buenos Aires.
Diego Spine
This picture is from a bike-park in Rosario, Argentina, a city three hours north of Buenos Aires. This was shot the day before a contest in that same warehouse. There were many people riding but I had some space to shoot comfortably (which I didn't have during the competition). I used the Canon 300D with a 15mm fisheye and two wireless flashes as usual. I like the fact that you can still see his face even though it was shot from the back. Also the lurkers in the back show the amount of people trying to find out what was going on inside that warehouse. The rider's name is Diego Longobucco from Buenos Aires.
Diego Hip Flip
Another shot of Diego Longobucco from Buenos Aires, this time in "ElepÈ Park" in La Plata. This one was shot from just outside the park the day before a contest. He was pulling these weird backflips with a 90-degree turn over the hip. The afro really helped to make this shot because the flash in the back could light it perfectly, making a silhouette that separates him from the background. This is an older picture—about two years now—but I always liked it a lot. For this one I used my 100mm f2.8 macro lens and the 300D with three wireless flashes.
Nicolas Under the Lights
An old shot in "Metropark" in Buenos Aires. Again my brother (Nicolas Harambour) with an unlookdown. What I love about this shot are the lights in the roof; they make an interesting composition as it contrasts from the rider. They take your eyes to the back of the park but without finding anything that distracts from what is going on. I think this was one of my first BMX shots I really liked. I used my old 300D with the kit lens (18-55mm) that sucks. We got there early to shoot before it filled with people. 
Nicolas Street
I don't have many street shots, but I really enjoy shooting street. I think this picture is more than two years old. I remember it was winter, it was really cold, and we rode all day and night with guys from La Plata. That place is in Recoleta, a very typical part of Buenos Aires. You may have seen this spot in "Props Passport 2002." I like the background tones a lot in this shot, very warm compared to the temperature of the flashes, which really helps with the mood of the place, kind of bohemian in a way. The rider is Nicolas Harambour and the camera is Canon 300D with 18-55mm lens. 

 

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