Athletes- Jess and Charlie

I had the pleasure a few weeks ago of catching up with 2 very dedicated athletes Jess and Charlie. I really wanted to achieve nice clean images and really project strength the discipline in the shots.

We shot it at the Nudgee running track early on a Saturday morning. Check the whole post for more images and the explosive final image we finished of Charlie.

For most of these shots, i used 3 lights. One octabox and 2 strobes with grids and changed them up for strip boxes for some shots. The track is a great blue colour, even though it is quite damaged, you won’t be able to tell from the photos.

We started with some stretching so the guys could warm up. I didn’t really like the back ground very much so i choose a high angle for the photo above but i couldn’t do the whole shoot like this so here’s a lower angle with the back ground cleaned up. Jess got her stretch on.

Here’s some of Charlie.

Charlie has around 2 percent body fat. He works and works out at the gym everyday. You can tell right?

Next up some portraits and some fake sweat!!!

This is were my lighting really started to shine. Shine!, get it. Well the fake sweat was shining, it’s all about were to bounce the light off his skin. As much as i wanted a nice blue sky, we didn’t get it so the clouds rolled in. Kinda makes this portrait a little moodier and darker. I kept 2 of these photos in this post because i wasn’t sure which one i like better. Here’s the other one.

This one is a little more engaging to the viewer.

Now Jess

I now realise these 2 images are almost identical but we were running out of time and i didn’t have to move the lighting.

Jess is a bit of character and doesn’t take herself to seriously so i’m posting this one just for her. It was in the middle of one of her laughing fits.

Ok now this is shot i had in my mind when i organised the shoot. I wanted an explosive start off the blocks. Now as most photographers know, you can’t sync past around 250th of a sec with off camera flash. I have been fighting this problem for years shooting rollerblading. It’s completely fine when you are working in low light or have flashes that run in control TTL mode. Well i mixed the 2 to create this shot. I have my new Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 on the camera with a 580Ex on top of that. Then i had my 3 Alien bees set-up around Charlie then i had another 580Ex off the right of Charlie on full power running in TTL mode.

I can’t wait to get all Flex TT5 Pocket Wizards as this would be a lot easier syncing past 250th in full sunlight. As it was, i shot this photo at 320th. Anyway after this lengthly description, check out the image below.

As you can see when you examine the image, the flash did a great job of freezing as much as it could but it’s just wasn’t enough. I still really love this image. As you can see his right shoe is blurry, and around the edges of his arms also blurry. The flash still managed to freeze most of his muscles and capturing the shear power of this start. If you want to see a large version of this image, it’s on my site in the start-up slideshow here .

Here is a larger cropped in version of Charlie’s head and arm. As you can see around his hair, the flash didn’t freeze it and his body is less than pin sharp. As we were running out of time and as photographers we have to do our best with what we’ve got, there wasn’t much i could do about it. If i wanted to reproduce this shot, i would take charlie into the studio where i can control all the lighting and freeze him.

Thanks for reading, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask or leave a comment.

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