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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.


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.