September 26th, 2011 by alliancewakeskate

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and bloggers, commenters and trollers… welcome to the second Alliance Photo Battle. Here before your e-viewing eyeballs are the first two competitors in this digital gauntlet, both hoping to continue on for a shot at the grand prize. In case you need a refresher, here’s how things are going to work.

- Two photos battle each week.

- Online viewers vote for the picture they think is best.

- Winning photo from each battle will be automatically entered into the final tournament.

- Losing photo will be forced to suffer in e-purgatory.

Start your MyBook/FaceSpace engines, ’cause the battling begins NOW!

To submit your photo for consideration please email

This week we bring you two not so similar photos of wakeskaters winching. You make the choice of who captured the moment of steeze better. Leave a comment if you like the photos or if you think you could do better….

PHOTO #1 Eli Kean 

PHOTO #2 Nathan Beels

Which Photographer Deserves To Move On?

  • PHOTO #1 ELI KEAN (65%, 290 Votes)
  • PHOTO #2 NATHAN BEELS (35%, 159 Votes)

Total Voters: 449

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11 Responses to “Alliance Photo Battle: Kean vs Beels”

  2. Sonya Mink Says:

    Eli Kean’s photograph is far superior than the other photograph. The lighting effects coupled with the water droplets captured in mid-air are amazing. Eli’s photograph is a work of art.

  3. cole Says:

    a ride up spillway to ollie on fs bs… higher stakes higher respect BEELS..

  4. Josh Says:

    One is an actual photo, while the other is the result of photoshop. Count me as a person who respects the ability to take a great photograph as opposed to someone who can manipulate a digital image.

  5. Clark Says:

    I am not saying anything bad about bells photo. As i like the photo and the trick.

    I can tell you that both were edited in some fashion. But I can tell you that keans was mostly done during the shoot, notice I mostly. Digital is not designed to have a final product straight out of the camera. Digital sensors capture an image of lower contrast so it can get as many stops of light as possible. It also captures colors differently because digital cameras can only capture a limited about of information of the colors.

    The sky was amazing that night and that is the reason that we shot it at that time. As for the lighting we were shooting off camera flash and both of us are photographers and know how to use lighting.

    I would now like you to tell me what you thought was so photoshoped about it.

  6. what a joke Says:

    dont even start this fluke of a contest again.

  7. DMC Says:

    Eli- much better image.

    Nate- probably cooler riding.

    Eli wins, this is a photo contest. Also, image doesnt appear that manipulated to me aside from some much better planning when it comes to lighting.
    Also before “photoshop” people still processed their images outside in the darkroom, it just took longer. Oh, and WHO CARES if someone took the time to edit their work to the best of their abilities. A poor original image will still suck no matter how much you try to edit.

  8. Chris Says:

    Hiding in the bushes doesn’t make a good shot.

  9. Justin H. Says:

    Wait, if the past year of wake photos and vids have taught me anything, a shot through bushes/grass/leaves is 1.473x more stylish than the same shot without.

    Both are great shots.

  10. Eli Kean Says:


    I only added a little boost in saturation. We used two off camera speedlights to stop the action and get the colors in the sky.

    I can send a straight from camera image if you’d like to see what “manipulating” I did in post production.

  11. Collin Kornhaus Says:

    Eli’s photo>Nathan’s photo


    Front 3 shove down a gap> back board up a gap


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