The other day I had the opportunity to photograph some real athletes in Spokane, Washington: Austin and Demi.
No these good looking people are not models nor did they wear makeup or have their clothes purchased for this shoot specifically. These photos were taken to try out some of my newly acquired gear that allows me to capture objects moving using Strobe lighting outdoors. The light I was using was a 640WS Einstein strobe with a Lithium ion battery pack and 30×40 softbox on a 9.5ft stand.
These shots were taken between the hours of 3pm and 5pm so that I could use the sunset as a secondary accent light. This is a technique I use as much as I can because I enjoy the feel and mixing natural light and artificial light. Around this time of day the sunset really acts as a nice almost surreal background to the shots you take.
The shot above shows Austin, an 800 Meter Specialist doing striders. Striders are a quick jog/sprint that is used to stretch out your legs and get your mind into keeping a pace.
I don’t actually remember what the joke was but this was shortly, oh wait a minute I do!!! I was carrying my light stand with 10lb weights, a battery, speaker, strobe and soft-box on it to get this shot. I was holding all of that << with one hand and carrying it down the track as they walked and shooting with the hand. You would never guess how much weight a photographer has to lift during a session or how much stuff they might just bring.
The shot above shows Austin and Demi doing a warmup lap coming around the starting line, if there is one thing that I know from experience about running it’s that you should never sprint or doing any sort of fast motion high exertion exercise without a proper warmup and stretch. Too many times have I seen an athlete pull a muscle, cramp or just wimp out because they didn’t warmup properly.
This photo is just to shot the clouds in the sky and the light raking across the grass.
This photo above is showing Demi running her intervals. Intervals are a speed work exercise to teach your body what speed you need to run at to achieve your goal times. There are different methods where you can run faster than your goal time for shorter distances than your actual race. This techniques gets your body comfortable with the pace and when its time your actual race your body is ready for the speed. Intervals typically include distances anywhere from 100 meters to 1600 meters. Say you do a intervals with a 400 meter distance as the sprint, meaning your sprint for 400 meters at your goal pace, then you will take a 100 meter recovery jog where you catch your breath and rest before you do another 400 meter sprint. You can see that if you did a few of these you would get quite exhausted. But try it sometimes you’ll be glad you did.
Below are some more fun photos from the day.
This Photo and most the photos I did during this shoot day feel lighter and have more energy because if you notice both of Austin’s feet are in the air. This gives the photos the feeling as if gravity isn’t there and he is floating.
This last one is a Pano of Shadle Park High School’s new Tack Facilities, click it to view it larger. I hope that you enjoyed this blog post, it was a fun one for create.