Baseball Portraits With 400 Pounds Of Plexiglass

Robert Seale is a high end sports portrait photographer who was recently commissioned by Sports Illustrated to photograph Evan Longoria of the Tampa Bay Rays. His attempt to create something unique and a bit off-kilter involved using a huge 8'x5' piece of Plexiglas that was 1.25 inches thick and 400 pounds. He then set the huge piece of Plexi on a 5 foot tall frame of scaffolding. Using a couple of Profoto Pro-7B strobes and a unique 'below the player' angle, Robert was able to create this photograph for the magazine. The concept and image are fantastic but unfortunately the BTS video is just a timelapse. If you have a hard time imagining what is going on in this video, head over to Rob Galbraith's post for a traditional write up.

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For a second I saw Eva Longoria.. how disappointing.

Mike Folden's picture

Sound would have set this thing off.

Patrick Rodwell's picture

Great behind the scenes time lapse! My brother played baseball through college. This reminds me of a shoot I did of him in high school, where we went out into a vast corn field and set up Profoto strobes! The whole "Field of Dreams" theme. This was in Idaho so it wasn't hard to find a corn field!

Patrick Rodwell's picture

Great behind the scenes time lapse! My brother played baseball from age 5 up through college. This reminds me of a shoot I did of him in high school. We went into a vast corn field and set up Profoto strobes! The whole "Field of Dreams" theme. However, this was in Idaho so it wasn't hard to find a corn field!

Patrick Rodwell
Seattle Commercial Photographer
http://www.patrickrodwell.com

Seriously fstoppers i'm all for change and everything (even though i personally liked your old design better) but really what is up with this whole white text on white background stuff? I can't read half the post and have a pretty hard time reading the other.

Patrick Hall's picture

chill out Tom, a text script got changed by accident :)

Glad to hear it :)

This probably isn't the best place to leave this comment but....

White text on light gray & white backgrounds in the comments is IMPOSSIBLE to read.
Please change this ASAP.

John Schell's picture

Great video. I couldn't have been the only one with Yakity Sax playing in my head?

Patrick Hall's picture

I'm shocked this video is getting such a low rating. I assume it's because there isn't much to the BTS video because I would LOVE to have an image like this in my portfolio.

Is it just me or the nike shoes doesn't really belong ? I mean he is dressed as he would be if he was in the field and hitting a ball, why is he not wearing the proper shoes ?