Friday, January 9, 2009

Test Steelers Shot

I was inspired this week by Scott over at Weekly Photo Tips with his set up for a Twilight shot. I was going to try something similar, and might still, but I choose to use the technique of using rim lighting in this sports shot. I used a WL Ultra 600 in a Medium soft box for main front @ F8, and used 2 SB800's Gobo'd with cardboard in manual mode at 1/4 power for the rim lights on optical slave mode. The background was a Chroma Blue pop up. I extracted Michael from the blue with Filter-Extract in CS3 (not upgrading to CS4) used a Faux Dave Hill Look Technique with some tweaks to fit this image.(You can find the REAL Dave Hill here.) Little Lucis Art on the jersey and pants. I did throw a curve in there also as well as the Friday Night Lights are from Istockphoto. I am going to tweak the lights a bit, move my rim lights up a foot or so to get more effect when I shoot next. Also want to get some grease for under the eyes and maybe a little vasoline and dirt for grim.

Those of you who know I am a bleed blue and silver guy, I am trying to raise Michael to LOVE football, not just a team. So I fully endorse and encourage the rooting for other teams, you never know, there may be a lesson in there for this old Cowboy fan.

10 comments:

Shawn said...

So awesome on so many levels!

It's a GREAT photo, too, even without the Steelers gear!

Nice work!

Michael Palmer said...

Thanks Shawn!!

Sue said...

Mike...you're making my head spin with all the rim, gobo, soft box, photo-techie type talk! :)

This little ole nature photog from KY doesn't understand all of that.

However, the more I look, the more I see. The more I see, the more I learn.....well, you get the idea!

Thanks for playing a role in my on-going photography education!

oneshotbeyond said...

lol...how could he not LOVE FOOTBALL??! The greatest game there ever was and will be.

In awe over what you did with this shot and the work that went into it. The final product is great and I'm sure with your additional tweaks even you will be stoked on the results! Keep inspiring the rest of us Mike.

Michael Palmer said...

THANKS Sue and Heather - I usually do not put this much effort into a shot so it means a lot to hear good things.

Kevin Mullins Photography said...

Mike - this shot is very cool. I love the rim light effect and really appreciate you sharing the setup. Success at the extract filter as well is spot on - I find that a beast to use sometimes. Of course, rugby is the best sport in the world, but at least its a similar shaped ball ;-)

Jen Rinaldi Photography said...

Mike, Mike, Mike...

totally blown away! i think i have to head to MD for a class at your house. you've totally helped me with off camera lighting but when i read what you wrote here it sounded like the teacher from charlie brown...

this photo is a winner like your lil guy!!

Andy said...

NIcely done, as always.

Scott said...

Well done my friend!

Scott

juliemcleod said...

I keep coming back to look at this one again and again. It is simply awesome. I love that Dave Hill effect...