Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Assisting Corron

One of my friends is a local sports photographer, and he has been talking for MONTHS about getting a Robert Seale style shot of one of the Rice football players, Jarett Dillard. Well, this morning at 5:45 I was there to help him out, and he did it. Sure, there were technical glitches (who on earth knows how to set a pocket wizard to fire on second curtain?), sure it was freaking cold, sure I had to run up and down a hill in the freezing weather lugging equipment (and I'm still coughing because of it), and sure it was so ridiculously early that I swore when my alarm went off that it had to be a joke. But it was 100% worth it. The skyline was PERFECT. The wind was still. There were even a few stars out when we started. There is just something about watching sunrise over downtown, the way the sky warms into an orange glow around the buildings...

The set-up was two 4x6 soft-boxes, one behind and to the left of JD, the other in front and slightly to the left of him, and one bare flash head behind and to the right of him for some awesome helmet glare. The trainer that came with JD had brought a mini-tramp and a crash mat, and JD got his morning workout catching a football and hitting the crash pad (which he said was NOTHING, because he's used to hitting the turf normally).

In the end, though, Scott pulled it off, and I was totally impressed. I can't wait to see the final images- he's shooting for a billboard, and I think he may have done it!

4 comments:

Jesse said...

Oh SNAP it sounds like it went well! I'm soooo jealous I wasn't there! Can't wait to see the proofs and the final image :-)

Gordon said...

don't you just set the camera to fire the flash on the second curtain (pocket wizards or not ?) It'll trigger the flash when it triggers it, the pocket wizards will do their thing ?

Kari said...

Yeah, I believe you're right. He didn't set either the camera or the PWs correctly, and it was freaking 40 degrees and way early in the morning, and the sun was rising- I think a practice run would have helped him/me out.

RobertSeale said...

So where's the picture?