FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS
In only the first week of business, I got my first phone call from my friend Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg with an intricate plan, and when he pitched it to me, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to shoot something not many people would ever get to.
“Hey Lutes, you wanna go shoot tomorrow night on a jump right next to the freeway?” Twitch asked me. Before I could even think, I said yes and began planning in my head how I’d pull off the shots in near darkness. The next day, I met up with riders Twitch, Andy Bakken, Darryn Durham, Tyler Bereman and shooters Max Mandell, John Sanders, and Dave Dawes for a night that none of us won’t soon forget. The jump was almost unbelievably right on the side of the 60 freeway, and we lit the face up with a portable generator. Still, in spite of the flood lights, the landings were nearly pitch dark, making for a very gnarly experience for the riders and us.
When it was all said and done, I came away with some very unique shots thanks to a portable strobe and some creatively synced Canon flashes—when the strobe died. I love doing this stuff, and after the success of this night, plans are already in the works for the next poached night time session.