Steve Wiens Photo

Check it out!
March 18, 2010, 12:23 pm
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My friend Paul has a new photoblog! Be sure to check it out – he’s a fellow Fanshawe student and he’ll have some killer stuff up for you to enjoy!

PWnek Photo


Basketball Portraits – With Actual Basketball Players This Time!
February 22, 2010, 9:28 pm
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Today I finally got some time before their practice to do some portraits with Fanshawe basketball players. Here are some of the results:

The funny thing is – out of the 4 images I posted above, only 1 uses the floor of the gym as I intended. I didn’t have a whole lot of time with the players so I still have a few more poses and angles I’d like to try, but overall I’m happy with how these turned out. Next time I’d like to make better use of the floor to create a more interesting background.

Huge thanks to Pawel Wnek who held the front light up on a boom arm. That thing is heavy – luckily I was shooting so I didn’t have to lift it!

Lighting for an Environmental Basketball Shoot
February 17, 2010, 7:07 pm
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I’ve had this idea for a shoot in my head for a few weeks now but I put it off because of the possibility of a school strike, among other things. It’s basically an environmental portrait of a basketball player on court, with some great dynamic lighting from behind and a soft light from above to fill out their body. Today I got to spend some time in the studio attempting to create that lighting scenario.

(Thanks to Jim Kost and Dave Raposo for advice on the type of light and equipment.)

This isn’t exactly right but the light is falling off behind him just as I would like. The light on his legs is exactly what I want at his shoulders… So:

What I’ll need to do in the actual shoot is raise the lights from the back to about waist level, but here you can see the effect. Also, the light from above is too harsh. A softbox from that position would help things a lot, as well as tilting the subject’s head upwards so as not to lose the eyes. So, that’s pretty much it. Imagine a player on a basketball court, posed straight up with a ball under one arm…. That’s what I’m going for and now I have to create it in the school gym. If I can pull this off well enough the school Athletic Department has hinted that they could possibly buy a portrait of every basketball team member.

My first real publication
February 15, 2010, 8:29 pm
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In August of 2009 I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to shoot the EuroCan Cup International Hockey Tournament at the John Labatt Centre in London, Ontario. It was a four team charity event with teams from Austria, Germany, Switzerland and a London Knights Alumni team competing. I was pretty pumped at the opportunity, and pretty much threw myself at the organizers just for the chance to add some of this stuff to my portfolio. Frankly, that would have been enough for me at the time but on about the second or third day I was approached by a writer from a Swiss newspaper – Neue Luzerner Zeitung. After a little discussion and later when he had a chance to view my work, they bought one of my images and published it in that day’s paper.

Note that under the picture it says “Bild Steve Wiens.” Yep, that’s me! I still find it kind of funny that they chose this image, as the guy getting hipchecked is the Swiss player… I also don’t get why they cropped it like they did, as this is the original image:

Swiss Paper full shot

If you can read German and would like to see the entire article it can still be found online here.

(Edit: Also, from Wikipedia, this: “Neue Luzerner Zeitung is a Swiss regional newspaper based in Lucerne. The German-language daily has a certified distribution of 134,526 and a readership of 290,000.” Up to 290 000 people saw my image!)

This Should Be Interesting

Welcome to Steve Wiens Photo. It’s certainly been a while since I’ve blogged in any fashion so should this go south, bear with me. However, it’s become apparent that a place like this is a great way to publicize my work as well as keep people up to date on new stuff as it comes out. It also will provide a place for discussion of technique or concepts.

So… Let it be known:

I Like Sports Photography.

There. Now you know. Most of the images I post here will be of that nature, but I also love product shots, so hopefully I’ll get some of those up here too. Why do I need to tell you this, you ask? Shouldn’t it be obvious from the header at the top of this page? Probably… but lately I find it necessary to defend the genre in which I hope to make my living. A large sect of photographers seem to view sports as second rate, as they think it doesn’t allow the photographer to be artistic or creative because you aren’t generally in control of most of what shows in the final image. First I say – what does that matter? Whether an image is staged or spur of the moment, if it is good it will still have impact and beauty. Isn’t that what every photographer is going for? Second, it’s true – in live action shots the amount of control a photographer has can be quite limited. The most important aspect a sports photographer has over his/her shot is the ability to capture and translate the fluidity or impact of a sport in motion. Somewhat overlooked by most is the ability to capture emotional impact as well. The thrill of victory or the agony of defeat – these things are primal and quite powerful.

I hope to show you these things here.

Welcome to my blog.

Up next: an overview of my previous work.