brian sumner's picture

Ready to Explode

September 24, 2015

I'm very much interested in combining the sports and portrait aspects of photography in as much as they can accurately convey each other accurately. So this could be a 'sports' picture and it could be 'portrait', in the formal sense. This is a pitcher I was hired to shoot and really wanted to portray the buildup that goes into that first pitch. I just used a 2 light setup; nothing crazy. Edited primarily in Lightroom, I really liked the tension added by the uniform twisting and tightening around him, so I further emphasized those relationships. Converting to black and white was an easy choice; it is just much more cohesive without any color to distract the viewer.

50mm · f/16.0 · 1/200s · ISO 100
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Louis Hopgood's picture

I love this! From concept to execution I think it is 5 stars. The lighting is so spot on and must have been hard to adjust as he can't exactly hold that pose for minutes at a time haha! Especially with the brim of the hat so low, getting light onto the right side of his face so as not to lose that eye. Also, just enough spill on the ground behind him to show the viewer that he is on the mound.. Great work!

brian sumner's picture

Thank you very much!!!

Felix Hernandez's picture

I love it!..... Great light and B&W.

george ayonayon's picture

great shot Love the look

August Miller's picture

Nice job on your "sportrait" !

brian sumner's picture

Perfect!!! Thank you. And I'm using that term from now on. :)

Brandon Adam's picture

Gorgeous light. Well done!

brian sumner's picture

Thank you, Brandon!