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Photographing Extreme Sports on the Streets of Jerusalem | Von Wong

By Chris Nachtwey on June 19th 2014

Von Wong is at it again, this time on the streets of Jerusalem! Using his new Broncolor strobe gear, Von Wong does a great job of balancing strobes with ambient light to capture extreme sport athletes in action.


Check out the video below for a behind the scenes look!




Nikon D800E

Nikkor 16mm f/2.8

Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8

Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8

Broncolor Move 1200L

Broncolor Para 133



Von Wong kept this shoot simple and utilized two broncolor strobe set ups for all the lighting. Since he was in direct sun for most of this shoot, he needed to use the strobes at full strength and wanting to freeze the athletes in motion, he used a high shutter speed. To achieve this, he used the Pocketwizard TT5’s hypersync feature which allowed him to use the strobes at full strength and sync his camera and flash with shutter speeds up to 1/2000 of a second.

Von Wong continued to have syncing issues and had to resort to shooting at large apertures and syncing his camera and strobes to 1/250th of a second. This creates a similar effect as the hypersync does, but with fast moving objects, a slower shutter speed may not be able to freeze a moving object. From the look of the images, Von Wong still nailed it.



This shoot by Von Wong was one of the best examples I’ve seen in a while of mixing flash and ambient light to freeze athletes in motion. The images are stellar and like all of Von Wong’s projects, he had a great team helping him out, which is always the key to a successful photo shoot.

For more go check out Von Wong’s blog.


CREDITS: Photographs by Von Wong have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist

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Chris Nachtwey is a full-time wedding and portrait photographer based in Connecticut. He is the founder and creator of 35to220 a website dedicated to showcasing the best film photography in the world. Chris loves to hear from readers, feel free to drop him a line via the contact page on his website! You can see his work here: Chris Nachtwey Photography

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Anthony McFarlane

    Impressive! One day I hope to have the resources. However I am going to try it with my speedlights!

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  2. Kurk Rouse

    There is no limit to this guys creativeness

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  3. Ben Greaves

    Von Wong always does nice work but $12K in lighting?? Daaaayum!!!!

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  4. Rambo Estrada

    Motorised scooters! *cringe*

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  5. Jacob Jexmark

    Another great article on Von Wong. Always a treat to read and look at. Still flabbergasted by the underwater shoot he did awhile back. Just amazing. He is a great inspiration.

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  6. alejandro behr

    great article!!

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  7. Anthony Thurston

    Great stuff from Von Wong, as always!

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  8. Joseph Elliott

    I’d really like to try out this hyper sync. I think a mini TT1 might be my next purchase

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  9. Matthew Saville

    Oh man, I miss BMX Trials! Good stuff, I wish I could get back into that.


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