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Concrete Slopes by vinnymack Concrete Slopes by vinnymack
"Concrete Slopes"
By Vincent T Joachim
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To get to this event you had to have a media pass and some credentials. I was freelancing in Calgary at the time and had to talk ultra smooth to get in. That is a skill all photographers have to develop.

They put a half pipe by city hall along with some fake snow. This picture was taken in August on a hot summer day! As you can see the trees are still green.

I was lucky enough to talk my way up to the top of the half pipe. The access I got was amazing. Snowboarders and skiers were literally jumping right over my head.

This is a picture of DV8 contestant going out of control during a jump located in downtown Calgary. This is a 100% real picture.

This picture represents the raw excitement and uncertainty of photography at that time for me. I was fresh out of college jumping into the exciting world of photography not knowing where I was going to land :)

To see daily pics and video add me on Facebook!!!
Vincent T Joachim
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Daily Deviation

Given 2008-03-30
This skier in a somewhat surreal setting with a Calgary landmark in the background makes you wonder what's going on, but rest assured, nothing's edited here. Concrete Slopes by ~vinnymack and the rest of his gallery is worth learning from. ( Suggested by timeisatraveller and Featured by evanhwong )
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Rededsky Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Great picture,
I live in Calgary. weird to see such an identifiable landmark on the front page of deviant art.
your gallery is fantastic!
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Evan-Execution Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008   Digital Artist
Amazing shot.
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bulloney Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
sweet shot.

so the burning question is: did he land or faceplant? :)
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:iconvinnymack:
vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks.
That is a good question. I'll leave it up to the viewer :)
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DarkGeneral Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
And they say there's nothing to do in Calgary.. that's a wicked photo, almost could be a promo
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Glad I could represent Calgary!
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DarkGeneral Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
You certainly do it well! =)
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furtune Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008   Traditional Artist
great shot I remember this contest my snowboard coach was in it.

I saw the calgary tower in the DD and was like what is that infront of the calgary tower
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
haha nice! Glad you like it! Much respect.
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nickyn Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
wowww awesome shot!
im from calgary and the tower totally caught my eye haha

love it!

:D
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:iconvinnymack:
vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Glad a fellow Calgarian likes it! :)
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:iconnickyn:
nickyn Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2008
for sure :D
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TerrorCookie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Wow, amazing capture.

This hits really close to home, too. I'm from Calgary. It's nice to see a Calgary Daily Deviation! Good work. :)
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:iconvinnymack:
vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Much appreciated that a fellow Calgarian enjoys it :)
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TerrorCookie Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
You're welcome! :)
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DesiTitan Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
oh damn, i was kind of shocked to see the calgary tower in dd section, never thought so many calgarians were here on DA
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
haha I didn't think there were that many Calgarians as well!
I like your style of work! are u a graphic designer. That is what I use to do as well.
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DesiTitan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
Yeah I guess you could label me as a graphic designer, but it's more of a hobby than anything else, I don't do this professionally like you
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008  Professional Photographer
You Should!
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DesiTitan Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
haha, not really sure how to get involved in it
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2008  Professional Photographer
you already got the skillz! Just take some night courses at SAIT or the full time program there or at Sprott College!
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MightyMichelle Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Was that at Olympic Plaza?
I don't even remember this event, lol.
Great shot though!
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Yes it was taken right in front of City Hall overlooking the city :) Thanks!
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khizarmalik Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
yeah, i think it was!

i think that's the theatre right in the bg.
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Ryua Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
That's awesome... it made me do a double take when I saw it on the front page, I was like, "Hey, that's the Calgary Tower! I go past that on my way to school!"
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Sweet thanks! :) Glad a fellow Calgarian likes it!
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natnotgnat Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
YAAAAY Calgary!
Congrats on the DD, and wonderful shot!
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks. Much appreciated from a fellow Calgarian!
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dubayawalta Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Interface Designer
thats so cool
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vigilantlywaiting Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Very impressive shot. I love that you can see the tower in the background. Awesome job.
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the comments :)
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X-Ameer Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
lovely
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666vampirate666 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
thats amazing was it scary having them flying over your head like that? alot of my friends love to surf skate and some even go aay to skii, one of my child hood friends is a pro skater in london now and id love to take pictures of things like tat oe day i just dont think im brave enough lol any way i love the angle and how cclose you are i mean the only way for these sorta pictures to look amazing is to be right there with them and i love that you got the buildings behin in shot and quite clearly too most pics of ext sports catch the person and what their doing but the backgrounds almost always blured because of how much their focusing on the person and not so much the sport :) (ill shurrup now lol)

xzx bubbly xzx
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks much appreciate for your comments. Yes the closer the better. Give it a shot and see what happens!
"If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough." - were first uttered by the legendary war photographer Robert Capa.
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666vampirate666 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2008
your amazing! well good luck with your photography :) if your not already on your way to fame i hope you get there soon :)

xzx kayleette xzx
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Elzera Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008   Photographer
PRETTY :D
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Kei-Le Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
This is very interesting to look at. It has a touch of familiarity, too, since this is where I live. I really like this.
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torchboy Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Awesome shot!

There's crazy things like this going on a lot downtown in Calgary. Last summer one day in the middle of downtown on Stephen Avenue there was this long pool and a motorized rope set up and people were waterskiing down the street.

A few days later under the blazing sun on the same street one of the nearby ski resorts was advertising and they had a giant mountain of snow that people were throwing at each other.
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
WOW I totally missed that event! Did u take any pics?
Thanks for the comments:)
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ratfinkle Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Student Digital Artist
absolutely mind blowing!! and aptly named too! great job :D
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mack1time Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Very Nice with my cities landmark in the background!
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks! Glas you like it :)
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Lokria Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Awsome shot!!! Congrats!!!
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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Lokria Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
ur welcome!!!
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aronarts-webmedia Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Great Shot! :D
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks :)
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ShatteredAngel9 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008
Nicely done! I live in Calgary, and you used our landmark to it's fullest in this pic. Keep it up!
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vinnymack Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Professional Photographer
Thanks for the comment! Glad a fellow Calgarian likes it :)
I see you are into poetry. My cousin is involved in poetry in Calgary. If you haven't done so already, you should checkout some of the shows and participate. Checkout [link]
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Catharinina Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Great capture of the moment. :)
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