Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Making a splash

"Provo High School swimmer Rhett Prestwich started swimming to help with his cystic fibrosis and now competes. Prestwich launches out of the pool as he poses for a portrait at Provo High School, Wednesday, Jan.20, 2010."

Sportraits - sport plus portrait - simple enough.

To this day, I've only photographed one swim meet and exactly zero portraits of swimmers - until last week.

Every time I get sportrait, my first thought is, "F%&*, how would Roth blow this up?"

That's the good thing about having awesome, face melting photographers as friends - Continual inspiration.

Anyways, I wanted to do something with this swimmer that obviously included the water. I looked on archive at work to see if anyone had do anything like I was thinking and didn't see too much exciting.

So going into the shoot, I had an idea but then changed my mind last minute. And then
with that idea, I changed my lighting, too.

The above is what I ended up with. I felt a bit rushed and only fired 50 frames during the quick assignment.

I'll keep my original idea in my back-pocket for my next swimmer portrait. In addition, there is a lot I'd change about this image, but I then again, there is always something I wish I could change about all my pictures.

So tomorrow, I'll continue to chase the perfect picture.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's an amazing image. I love the chiaroscuro effect.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010 12:03:00 PM  
Blogger Mark Johnston said...


Wednesday, January 27, 2010 1:13:00 PM  
Blogger Sarah A. Miller said...

wow. amazing. you are great at controlling light.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010 11:39:00 PM  
Blogger Drew Nash said...

One of the strongest swim portraits I've seen in a long long time. The leap up through the water really makes people take a double take. Must have been a bit rough trying to mark the exact spot he was gonna come up through the water. Very well done on a tight schedule.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 5:56:00 PM  

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