Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Mr. Touchdown

"Provo High wide receiver Keomaka Unufe has scored six touchdowns in the first two games of the season and the Bulldogs are now 2-0. Unufe poses for a portrait in the Provo High School locker room, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009."

I was assigned to shoot a sportrait the other day. I was nervous. Why? Well, lets see:

1) My co-worker Mark Johnston has been doing these crazy, awesome conceptual composites of athletes. Basically he shoots the players in the studio, and then HDR backgrounds, and then simply combines the two for a photo illustration. They are rad.

2) My good friend Matt Roth in Baltimore is the king of sportraits. He really thinks these things out and then melts your face off. Don't believe me, check out his posts here, here and don't forget Phelps here.

3) It's not a competition, but it sort of is. I am competing against these guys. And they're good incredible.

4) I haven't used my lights in more than a year.

5) Oh, right. I haven't shot a sportrait in more than a year.

I think it turned out OK, even for dealing with the entire team standing, sitting and screaming behind me.


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