[Pics] Flickr Spotlight #9 – Amazing Athlete Portraits

[Pics] Flickr Spotlight #9 – Amazing Athlete Portraits

As some of you may know, I started my photography career as a sport/basketball photographer, and I'm a big sports fan in general. This month is one of the craziest months in sports world-wide with March Madness, Champions League Quarter Finals, Euroleague Quarter Finals, and of course some really great NBA games - so I thought it's a great time to do a post related to that topic: Athlete Portraits.

Here are some of the most amazing athlete portraits found on Flickr - some from photographers you may know already, and some from people you never heard of before - but they all got one thing in common: Amazing shots!.

Blake Griffin - LA Clippers
Photo: Joel Grimes.

Joelle No. 1
Photo: Kristian D'Amato.

Ken Wallace Gold Medalist
Photo: Kenny Smith.

Photo: Kiliii Fish.

Kevin at the track
Photo: Jerry OConnor.

Swim Team
Photo: Chad Coleman.

Photo: patrick crawford.

golf 02
Photo: Nathan Sweet.

Ashton Eaton: West Grandstands
Photo: Zach Ancell.

Photo: Jose Mercado.

Portrait of Frank
Photo: William Yu.

190/365 Big League Slugger
Photo: Matthew Coughlin.

Joe Duarte MMA
Photo: Elevendy Inc.

Photo: Rob Hammer.

New Zealand Elite triathlete Ryan Sissons
Photo: Xavier Wallach.

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Noam Galai is a Senior Fstoppers Staff Writer and NYC Celebrity / Entertainment photographer. Noam's work appears on publications such as Time Magazine, New York Times, People Magazine, Vogue and Us Weekly on a daily basis.

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Awesome portraits Noam. I can't help but notice though, all of these portraits are rather heavy on the strobist-technique. If an athlete portrait photographer really wanted to stand out from the crowd, he'd probably try a slightly more edgy, raw style of photography.

3 people I know of have been featured in the flickr spotlight this week. Glad they are getting exposure. BTW, Frank (athlete in Williams' image) is a really nice guy.

Love the Blake Griffin shot (probably biased as I'm a huge fan). An idea for a future Flickr Spotlight - automotive shots (or a particular type if you want it to be less generic).

Some great shots, although one or two of them look a little too artificial for my personal taste. :)

some of thoose use a little too much dodge and burn for my European taste
But really nice pics!!

This is a good one too, especially since it's a sport that isn't as common as the others. http://www.flickr.com/photos/ski_bumm/5709996831/in/set-72157624600520271/

See a lot of sport portraits used with the same lighting technique, strips on the side, dish on the top..
Kinda 'boring' to see that, some stand out.. other just don't. 

Wish they had more variation.. :)

Would this count? Shot wide open @ 2.8 using VariND, an Elinchrom Quadra in a deep octa and two speedlites as rim: http://blog.richardpardon.co.uk/?p=1969

Will be posting some other athletic portraits shortly. There also on FlickR if that helps :-)

If you didn't know better, you'd think that most of the images were taken by the same photographer.  There's a consistent style, somewhat dark with dramatic lighting.  This is the trend today.  In 50 years, someone will look at these images and say, "Well,that was the style back in the early 21st century."  So, what will be the style in 10, 20, or 30 years?  Can anyone predict?

Slightly more edgy and less polished I should hope

As promised, have permission to post the latest Athletic portrait i've done, this time of a rower gold medalist and olympic hopeful:


Shot wide open with a VariND filter and single quadra head in a deep octa

Your pics are great! love the lighting!

i sort of agree... the styles are all very similar.  Here is a climber's portrait from last year I shot.  I did my damnedest to stay away from the over processing...