brian sumner's picture


I recently had the opportunity to photography one of college football's legendary coaches, Bobby Bowden. He was speaking at an event I was covering and I asked if he wouldn't mind if I snapped a quick portrait afterwards. I knew I wouldn't have much time, so I just grabbed a studio strobe with a medium softbox on it and set it up beforehand in a separate room. On his way out, we went in and I was able to get one shot and this is it. I love how it came out, and even more so knowing I had once shot to get it right. Admittedly, it was a bit overexposed in camera, but nothing I couldn't adjust in post.

Canon 5D Mark III
70mm · f/22.0 · 1/200s · ISO 125
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Michaela Alusikova's picture

amazing portrait!

brian sumner's picture

Thank you!!

DJ Kast's picture

Great photo and really cool story!

brian sumner's picture

Thank you very much!

Eric Reichbaum's picture

Great shot Brian, and a great story as well!

brian sumner's picture

Thank you very much! One of my favorites. :)

Mike Patrick's picture

Great shot. Very well done. Great subject.

brian sumner's picture

Thank you very much, Mike!

Percy Ortiz's picture

Very nice work! well done...
On a separate note, is it just me or does Bobby look a bit like Mario Testino?

brian sumner's picture

Lol. Thank you very much. I can see it but not until you mentioned it, though. But I do now!

Timothy Brickell's picture

What a great opportunity! Is this the dark side of Bobby? Love the shot. I'm a 40 year Noles fan.

brian sumner's picture

Lol. Not sure about that. I'm a big Gator fan, so it was definitely an interesting experience. Respect where it's due, though!