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Month: January, 2009

The same guy again

I started taking action photos in 1984.  In the beginning it was mostly photos of windsurfing and pictorial photos that went with the trips that we took.  What amazes me from those days up to now is that some athletes and players always have the tendency to pop up into your frame again and again.  From day one you just get nice photos of these athletes and on the otherhand there are always some players that you need some photos of and it just seem the you can’t get decent photos of these guys.  Sometimes it can take up to two years just to get a decent photo that one can use.

I remember how i always got some nice pictures of Gary Teichman former Springbok captain.  At some stage it felt that he was aware of the camera specially before the games when they were singing the national anthem.  On more than one occasion i got some photos of him staring right into my 600mm lens and completely felt that he was looking straight at me.  At the end of his career i made a limited edition poster with some of these photos of him( a Collage) that was disrtributed by the Shark Tank In Durban. Then there was Francois Pienaar, the captain just before Teichman, that i never got a nice shot of.

On 25 January Celtic FC played Royal Zulu FC in a PSL soccer match and beat them by 6 goals to one. I got this photo of Thabo Nthethe which is one of the players the past two years that always seems to pop up in my viewfinder.



Studio Fashion Shoot

On 15 January we took some fashion photos of model Debbie in the studio. For the photo below i used a four light setup to get the result. My main light was from the left which was a 1m softbox on a 500w Elinchrom.  From the back right i had a Bowens studio light fitted with a honeycomb filter aiming at her hair that gave the nice warm touch to it. From the right i had a studio light fitted with a snoot and a blue filter attached aiming to the left hand side of her face. If you look closely you see some blue touches on her face.  On the background i had a light fitted with a purple filter and by shining it on a white background a gave a little bit of purple touch to it. On the righthand side we used a big white polystirene bord to throw some light back into her face.

I used a Nikon D3 fitted with a 85 mm F1.4 lens. The setting were; 1/100 sec,  F10, ISO: 200, WB: 4750 kelvin and the picture control setting was on standard.  No sharpening or soft focus was applied to the photo. To be honest this is how the photo was taken with no alterations.