Last night was the first opportunity I’ve had to make it out to a Sickles varsity football game. I showed up early and saw TV cameras everywhere as Bright House Networks was televising the game as well. Sadly, it wasn’t Sickles’ night. Jefferson came in fast, strong, and decidedly hungrier than the Gryphons.
I packed light for the game. My Canon 1D Mark IV and my Canon 300 f/2.8 L IS lens. Nothing else. That way, it’s harder for me to accidentally leave something behind!
Having not photographed swimming since I was still in high school, this was a shoot I was really looking forward to. I wanted to capture the swimmers in their environment, without squinty eyes and hard sunlight falling on them. I brought a large scrim and set it up near one end of the pool. I had the swimmers come over, one by one and step on a stool that brought them out of the water a bit more, and shot with a single beauty dish camera right providing the main light.
I stayed as low as possible (I was lying on the edge of the pool), but would have liked to spend more time cleaning up the background. The chairs make the image a bit more ‘vacation-y’ than I’d like. Next time, I guess.
Nice day of football in Lutz today as the Colts took on the Dolphins. The sky changed all day, so I was constantly adjusting my exposure and color balance, but I got lucky with great light and peak action for this shot.
This is a slightly more cropped image that will be used for the cover of the September World of Westchase magazine. The article highlights a local boy battling cystic fibrosis and was meant to feature him, but show the supporting family members as well. I received a lot of positive feedback from this image and I’m very proud of it.
Single beauty dish to camera right. The rest of the light is indirect sunlight.
The image above is from the most exciting finish of any game from any sport I’ve ever witnessed. This was the Boca Blast lacrosse tournament in South Florida. When the game is tied after regulation, the game goes into sudden death overtime. If the game is still tied after two overtime periods, lacrosse gets one of the coolest tie-breakers ever – the braveheart. In a braveheart, each team gets a goalie plus one player. The goalies take their places in front of their nets and the two other players face-off against each other for control of the ball. They battle, leaving everything on the field. The first player to score, wins the game.
In this game, our player lost the face-off, but our goalie stopped the shot. When the goalie went to pass the ball, our main player was dead tired, so the goalie took off with the ball, rand down the field, and scored to crazy jubilation. Greatest finish ever.
Each year, the World of Westchase gives out scholarship funds to exceptional local high school students. This shot was from the session I do each year for the World of Westchase and will be featured on the cover of the June issue. Main light is from a beauty dish up high and a kicker light low and behind the subjects. I lucked out with the great light as the sun was starting to get low in the sky and cast some great shadows.
I was hired to photograph my first big (and I mean B I G) national cheer competition this weekend. It was a major eye-opener as it not only involves extremely long days, but next to no rest or down time whatsoever. I know I’ll catch hell from blue-collar working folks, but holding the camera up, steadying it, and firing away takes a major toll on you. (I can hear it now: “I’ll trade you my masonry job for taking pictures of college cheerleaders any day”)
Really, it was exhausting. You literally have 2 minutes to capture 7-10 top-quality images per competitor. With the crowd going nuts and the music pounding away at 16 bazillion decibels, trying to keep your composure is difficult at best and nearly impossible at worst. I can’t wait to do it again.
I had the pleasure of spending the late afternoon shooting both softball and baseball for St. Mary’s Episcopal Day School today. The weather was perfect for being outside, but the setting sun made shooting locations tough to come by as I ended up shooting into the sun more often than I’d like. Still, I was able to capture some great images and had a great time.
Pictures at Ed Radice always means a windy day for us – it never fails! This year was no exception, either! We had gusts up to 30 MPH blowing our paperwork and equipment everywhere. It made for some very difficult softball pictures, as I’m sure you could imagine.
That aside, everything went very smoothly. It was nice to hear from parents that our package prices were reasonable and that they were happy to find that we didn’t force our customers into purchasing expensive minimum orders just to be able to add on smaller items. We understand parents like choices – and we like make sure we offer them.
Thanks to a referral from a former client, I met Garrett and Sally. They contacted me about having some maternity portraits created before Sally’s due date (a couple of weeks away!). We arranged a date that worked for everyone and I was able to create a great studio look in the living room of their own home. This kept both of them (especially Sally) a lot more comfortable than having the portraits done in a mall studio where worrying about passersby might keep her from relaxing enough to enjoy the session.
We spent about an hour and a half making sure we had everything Sally wanted. The session went error-free and very relaxed. Working with both of them was easy, so much so that I’ve been asked to return once the baby is delivered so I can create some gorgeous photographs of their first child.