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Adrenaline MMA Fighter Shannon Ludlow
April 25, 2010, 9:34 pm
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Recently I had the opportunity to do a photoshoot at the Adrenaline Training Center in London, Ontario with the amazing Shannon Ludlow. Prince Justin Atkinson was gracious enough to set this up and also help with lighting and insight during the shoot. Shannon needed a photo for an article being written about her which gave me the chance to shoot in an octagon. I won’t lie, the idea had me salivating!

Not only did this session provide some great pics but also gave me some great lessons on environmental photography. Several factors coincided so that the first time I would actually see the facility would be at the time of the photo shoot. This would prove to be important because a) there was a lot of equipment around that was hard to avoid putting in the frame and b) there was significantly more ambient light from the many windows than I was expecting. In the end the ambient light had little effect on the photos because of the lighting setup I use but it was still a learning experience.

The shots turned out great however, and here are a few:

In almost every shot I used a Canon 5D MkII, 24-70mm 2.8 lens, 1/125th, ISO 320 and f/9. Three Photogenic 1500 heads were used with 2 strip boxes and a standard square softbox.

Thanks again to Justin and especially Shannon!

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Hockey Environmental
April 1, 2010, 4:07 pm
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Recently I returned to the studio to work on improving the lighting technique I used previously on basketball players. I also attempted to use a moderate amount of a high-pass filter to add extra sharpness and a more dramatic flavour to these images.

And here’s a couple with Pawel’s actual favourite team. I’m sure the blue and white felt uncomfortable:

Special thanks to “Waterboy” Ryan Robbins and to the model, Pawel Wnek. Pawel is a photographer at Fanshawe as well – be sure to check out his work here.