Ben Von Wong Photographs Extreme Sports on the Walls of Jerusalem

Benjamin Von Wong, along with several other photographers (including Fstoppers' own Mike Kelley) was recently sponsored by a non-profit called Kinetis and Broncolor's GenNEXT program to travel to Israel to photograph and explore. While the group was there they came up with some really awesome shoots including this recently released series by Benjamin Von Wong of athletes doing ridiculous tricks in historic Jerusalem.

Benjamin brought with him his trusty Nikon equipment, including his D800E, 24-70, 70-200, 16mm, and his newly purchased Broncolor equipment. Below are some of the images from Ben and his crew.

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Austin_Rogers_Fstoppers_Ben_Von_Wong_Extreme_Sports_15 Image courtesy of Noa Magger via Vibe Israel

Austin_Rogers_Fstoppers_Ben_Von_Wong_Extreme_Sports_16 Image courtesy of Noa Magger via Vibe Israel

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Austin_Rogers_Fstoppers_Ben_Von_Wong_Extreme_Sports_17 Image courtesy of Noa Magger via Vibe Israel

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For more details about his shoot be sure to check out Benjamin's original postBroncolor GenNEXT, and Vibe Israel.

[Via Von Wong]

All images used with permission.

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39 Comments

Looks like a hell of a lot of fun!

Brian Zed's picture

Mr. Wong is always entertaining. Great locations! I love the Para Lightformer and the Lights! (But i can´t afford it…..)

You can rent them for pretty cheap ($ 80-120) for the para and same amount for the Move. At least in Europe.

Brian Zed's picture

You´re right :)

As an action sports professional photographer, this is, at best a joke. We would consider the photos fake since they are just flailing off rocks and not landing the tricks.

why does it matter if they land?

Its kind of a respect for the sport and what really happened. Personally this past winter we spent two days shooting a skier on a very challenging rail, I got pleanty of fantastic shots but couldn't use them (morally) unless he landed the rail. He eventually nailed it and I could use the photos.

well I guess it depends on the story you are trying to tell. You sound like you're in the business of sports photography, so I can see your point, but Von Wong is telling a different story. It's about that peak moment

Brad Kearns's picture

these dont really tell a story.....I cant look at these photos and tell how big the rail/drop is or where hes landing.........a good action sports photo shows the whole story. where they took off and where they landed.

Well if they don't land your not really photographing extreme sports. Your photographing people pretending to do extreme sports. The whole point of photographing something challenging like an "extreme sport" is to show off the skill and excitement of actually doing the action.

Noam Galai's picture

As long as it's not news coverage, who cares if he landed or not? he did it as a creative project... as long as the photos look good - who cares what happened before/after.
If I shoot a basketball player jumping to dunk, I dont care if he makes it or not... if the shot looks epic - that what i care about

You obviously are not a rollerblader or bmxer. It's about the culture....it's like shooting a dancer doing a pas de chat, but then he lands on his ass. The dancer will never agree to have that image used, even if perfect while in the air. it's a state of mind....and what in the industry we define as "posers".

Look, I'm no Von Wong defender as I find a lot of his stuff overly-hyped on these types of sites but in his defense he's coming from an ENTIRELY DIFFERENT PLACE than the way some of the folks here are shooting.

If you're shooting a movie and the stunt guy eats it at the end but for that split second it counts the shot looks good guess what....IT'S GOING IN THE MOVIE. It works, sells, and is appealing to look at ...end of story.

It has nothing to do with disrespecting the sport or being posers. Dramatic shots whether in the movies or on stills are MADE UP. It doesn't necessarily have to be real or from a documentary perspective.

I wouldn't call the scenarios the athletes i work with put themselves in "made up". Action sports are entirely real through and through and what happens before and after the shutter matters. Try using that argument against a (insert sport here) magazine. It wont go over well.

Again, shooters such as yourself and Von Wong are shooting for completely different reasons. You're shooting from a photojournalistic standpoint - there's an implied legitimacy that's needed there.

Von Wong is shooting it from an end-product entertainment standpoint only...he's probably not submitting this to any sport magazine so it's not needed that he prove the jumps were landed, etc.

There's room for both types of shooting IMO.

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