Posts Tagged ‘Sports portraits’

Rod Mar’s Soccer Shoot

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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This is probably the first time we post a full-blown ad that was not done by ourselves.

It is the good people at Glazer’s Camera in Seattle, who together with photographer Rod Mar did their very own promo video for the Pro-B4 battery pack.

The session was captured in the video above by videographer Ty Migota, showing Rod and his team getting some great action shots of soccer athletes with the Pro-B4, a 5-foot Reflector and a bunch of other Profoto gear.

It is an ad, yes. But we thought you might like it.

You can see more of Rod’s work at his website.

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Joe Morahan’s Colorful Splashes, Part III

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Sports Photography

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 Joe Morahans Colorful Splashes, Part III

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Two weeks ago, we published the first part of the story of Joe Morahan’s colorful splashes, in which Joe talked about how the shoot came to be. Two days ago we  published the second part, focusing on the actual lighting setup. This is the third and final part, in which Joe talk about the postproduction that went into the project. In Joe’s own words:

As any creative will tell you, you never really get over the rush of excitement seeing your vision realized. When I first closed my eyes and imagined this series, I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to pull it off. In the end it came down to luck — “when preparation meets opportunity.”

I’ve previously talked about how this body of work went from cool images floating around in my head to practical problem solving on-set. Now, I’m going to talk about the post-production and editing that gave my raw images that shot of adrenaline.

After several days of shooting, nearly a dozen models, thousands of water balloons, and buckets upon buckets of water on my studio floor, I was left with some really neat images. As a visual effects junkie, though, I always want to take my images to the next level. I’m not as interested in photojournalism or “straight” photography, as much as I am in telling a really dramatic and slightly surreal visual story. My favorite images always make me feel like I’m dreaming. Read More

Joe Morahan’s Colorful Splashes, Part II

Written by Joe Morahan on . Posted in Sports Photography

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Two weeks ago, we published the first part of the story of Joe Morahan’s colorful splashes, in which Joe talked about his inspiration for the shoot and how it came to be. This is the second part, in which he gets down to the nitty-gritty details, in case you are crazy enough to try this at home. Here is the full story in Joe’s own words:

I’m no stranger to freezing motion. I majored in industrial/scientific photography at Brooks Institute. I’ve captured tons of speeding bullets and exploding objects using high-speed cameras and triggering devices. The great thing about photographing speeding bullets is that they’re fired using precision mechanics, making them incredibly consistent. It’s all about known factors, and getting your calculations right. Once you know the speed of the bullet, the time it takes to reach an object, and when to fire your flash and camera to capture just the right moment of impact, you can capture an almost identical image each time. Not so with a human subject!

Unlike a bullet with a consistent speed and trajectory, human beings have free will. They can choose to move in a million different directions, in a million different ways. Coordinating the movement of my model with the explosion of the water balloon created quite the math headache! No matter how hard the models tried to stay consistent in their movement and speed, the timing would differ in each take. Read More

Joe Morahan’s Colorful Splashes

Written by Ron Egatz on . Posted in Sports Photography

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 Joe Morahans Colorful Splashes

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Photographer Joe Morahan has been on our radar for a long time. We’ve covered his work previously, and his love of high speed sports photography hasn’t diminished since then.

Based in Denver, Colorado, we usually find Joe capturing athletes outdoors. He recently explained a series of indoor shoots which are no less impressive and action-filled than his outdoor work.

“This summer has been so hot, I think I subconsciously needed to do a shoot that reminded me of being a kid, looking for a way to stay cool – an erupting fire hydrant, a neighbor’s lawn sprinkler, a Slip-n-Slide… anything!” says Joe.

“I began imagining a shoot where I could combine my summertime prerogative of keeping cool with my background in high-speed industrial photography, and my current passion for creating sports photography and films.

“Like many photographers, I keep an “inspiration” file going of cool techniques and styles. I soon found an image that was pretty close to what I wanted to achieve: a female athlete hitting a splash with a baseball bat. The effect was just as striking as I had imagined! I started to get really excited about using this technique in my sports photography, and taking it to a new level.

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Behind the Scenes of a Sports Illustrated Cover

Written by M. Gertz on . Posted in Portrait Photography

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Profoto Robert Seale Sport Illustrated Behind the Scenes of a Sports Illustrated Cover

Houston photographer Robert Seale got the chance to photograph three basketball players who rarely pose together, the Spurs “Big Three,” for the cover of Sports Illustrated. The catch? He would only have 5 minutes with them to produce a series of images with multiple looks.

His solution was to build a set that would be able to create multiple looks without ever having to move his subjects. With 4 lights, powered by Protofo Pro-7a’s, Robert got 6 different looks and 1 very happy art director.

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