Basketball portraits

As I mentioned in a previous post, last minute notice I found out that there would be 2 teams,
and I would have 2 hours to get individual portraits & team pictures. Things looked to get worse:
the A team was playing a friendly match and the B team was having fun on the backup court.

Me & Nico took up the other half of the court to set-up. Even before arriving I had a vision:
cool wooden floor, state-of the art basket ring , ugh … not !

This is what your average Belgian gym looks like :

your typical gym your typical gym

Note it’s 21:09PM now.

Snapping a shot at F8 at 1/250th gave me what I wanted to see …. nothing! Pitch black! Sweet.
So now we have control, we can light the parts we want to show up in the final picture and make this gym look like Madison Square garden.

This is what the setup looked like, using only small portable flashes on light stands triggered by poverty wizards. An 580EXII and medium softbox in front of the model as the main/fill, 2 SB600’s snooted with cardboard left & right behind the model for the rim lights and another FL40 snooted and aimed at and slightly passed the ring/board to light the background. Another light stand with a black piece of paper was brought in to act as a gobo.

(for full specs click through on the image and check the notes on flickr)

The first player portrait was taken at 21:18PM.
The B team (youth) took turns posing in front of the camera & during substitions the guys from the A team dropped in as well.

Sometimes a misfire by one of the flashes gave some darn cool results as well.

The last player portrait was taken at 22:07PM. Plenty of time left for the team pictures & some experimenting. But more about that later this week! Stay tuned.

View the complete set.

A special thanks to Nico for assisting me and hauling gear.
Lucky for him me, on the times he took away my flash recycle time he managed to get some good shots in.

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