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Chris | by ZachAncell
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This is from a photo shoot I did last week at the last minute. The shoot really came into place over a period of a day. I had been wanting to work with another basketball player for a while and Chris seemed like a perfect fit. The only issue was that he's recovering from knee surgery so we had to avoid any jumping or crazy movements. So, for the time being, no dunking... But, I had plenty of other ideas and this is a concept I had brewing in my head for a while.


I met with a potential client a few months ago who had asked if I shot anything more editorial. Besides shooting my sisters wedding I didn't have anything that really wasn't posed or I had a clear idea behind of it. So, this was my attempt to go more "editorial" and to be honest, I'm not really sure I even accomplished that vision. But, that doesn't mean I'm not happy with the result.


The processing is a little toned down for me, it's not the full blown look but that may be hard to tell in this more "environmental" portrait. I'm going to send it off to the people I talked to before and get their take on it. If all goes well, this could lead to some work down the road.


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Strobist info: A little different setup than usual but still consisting of 3 lights. The main light is a PCB Einstein (w/ 30 degree grid) set up about 9 ft in the air pointing down at the ground placed right behind the backboard. The court acts as a reflector and produces some nice front light on the subject. Another Einstein (w/ 15 degree grid), placed behind the subject but slightly more towards the camera to light up the back of the subject. And, the last Einstein (w/ 15 degree grid) was shot out of frame to hit the backboard and light up that portion of the frame. All the lights were triggered with Pocketwizards.


*Oh and one final tip. You may want to cut the lights and zoom in on this photo. There's some background elements that you can't see when you're in a well lit room (and when you zoom in the black background helps too)*


Take care!

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Taken on January 3, 2011