Before-and-After Sportrait: UO Tennis

Monday I gave you another preview of the photo I created for the University of Oregon’s Women’s Tennis poster and Wednesday I posted how the composite was built. Today, I thought I’d show a little before and after of one of the individual portraits making up this composite. Like I mentioned last week in the Step-by-Step Acrobatics and Tumbling Composite, the background goes through the same “HDR toning” that my Sportraits go through. When I started out, the processing techniques that I was using were what I learned from Joel Grimes at one of his workshops. But, like everything in
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UO Acrobatics and Tumbling

I was commissioned by the University of Oregon’s Athletic Department to shoot the poster for their Acrobatics and Tumbling team for the upcoming season. Sometimes it’s difficult going into a project with no clear instruction of exactly what they want you to photograph. The only request was that I make the girls look badass (literally the wording) and felt that I would be a perfect fit for the project. I did my research and came up with a few ideas based upon some of their stunts that I felt would translate into a good photograph. Some of the difficulties were
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Tennis: Megan

Now that the weather has started to change in the Pacific Northwest I’ve been trying to take advantage of as many not rainy days as possible. In all honesty, I’m more than happy to shoot on a cloudy day because it provides a perfect backdrop for some of my more edgy photographs. The biggest problem is when rain shows up unannounced and I have my all my lights set up. So, I spend most of my time checking and rechecking the weather to make sure my gear is going to stay dry. Tennis has quickly become one of my favorite
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80 Percent Mental

Concept: It’s often said sports are 80 Percent Mental (I think the exact percentage fluctuates) and I always felt like that would be an interesting photo project. The idea is to capture various athletes competing against themselves and depict the mental battles each and every athlete deals with. Initially, I didn’t plan on publishing any of the images until the project was finished. My hopes were to spend this summer photographing 10 to 20 different subjects in all different athletic arenas and then publish the entire series at once. However, with limited resources and some timing issues, I decided it
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Michael

One of the best relationships I’ve cultivated in Portland is with Sports and Lifestyle Unlimited modeling agency. A huge problem being a portrait photographer over being a still life or a landscape photographer is finding subjects to capture. That’s one thing I love about landscape photography. I love being able to scout a location online and go out whenever my schedule sees fit. I don’t have to work around any other person’s schedule (well except the weather). But, I’m getting off topic. Since getting connected with Sports Unlimited I have a huge source for finding talent for upcoming shoots. There’s
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Sunny

Last weekend I setup a photo shoot with some local models to do some testing for both our sakes. Most of it was more lifestyle oriented but there was one setup/location that ended up being more like my traditional style. When it came to processing the photos, it should come as no surprise that I immediately worked on the images that would end up on my website. The rest of the lifestyle work is more for getting a potential job so I knew I’d have to spend more time because the workflow isn’t what I’m used to. The first three
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Hurdle Photo #2

Here’s the last photo in the three image Ashton Eaton series. This last photo probably personifies who I am as a photographer the most. I’m 5′ 10″ and I try to never take a photo at 5′ 10″. By this I mean, I never try to take a photo standing up. A huge amount of the worlds population is within a 1-foot range of that height and I don’t want to always create a familiar scene. So often times, I find myself laying on the ground in the dirt (and once in huge puddles of water) just to get a
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Block Start

Today we’re going to take a closer look at Ashton’s Block Start photo. It’s definitely my favorite of the series. As, I was running through the post processing I was a little unsure of what to do because I wasn’t able to shoot and backgrounds while I was down in Eugene for the day. So, I started playing around and got the crazy idea to change everything purple to match his uniform. I sent Ash a screen capture and he liked it so I ended up posting it (I was really considering not publishing the image until I was able
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Hurdle Photo #1

Image Details: Canon 5d Mark II, 70-200mm f/2.8L IS, 73mm, ISO 100, f/16 Having a hard time getting to sleep tonight so I thought I’d get a head start on the blog posts I promised following my photo shoot with Ashton Eaton. I’ve had some questions about the three photos that I’ve uploaded the past few days so I wanted to give you all a little closer look behind my thought process for ¬†each of the images. This one is a pretty simple setup that I got from a fstoppers.com video I watched a while back (Pocket Wizard Flex Review).
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Ashton Eaton

This past weekend I drove down to Eugene to work on a commissioned project with my friend (and subject of a lot of my sportraits) Ashton Eaton. Basically, Ashton contacted me to work on putting together some new imagery in combination with some of our old images so that he can fill his new website with some great photos. Of course I love the opportunity to work with one of my friends and get some great photos at the same time. So really it was a win-win. We had back and forth discussions for probably about 5 months trying to
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