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.