Andrew presented us with a fun challenge for his senior portrait commission. The first challenge was to get exciting rowing photos with his Texas Rowing Center jersey. I have run around Lady Bird Lake enough to have seen the rowers in their sculls and the coaching chase boats. We coordinated with one of these chase boats to get action shots on the water of Andrew rowing with the Austin Skyline behind him. A cool experience all around with good morning light, a knowledgeable boat driver and a cool lake breeze. Reasons like these are why I love my job so much!
Our second challenge was to take place at the skate park near ACC. Andrew can ride a BMX like a madman (ask about his injuries), and we were tasked with getting a different look and feel for these. More x-games, less Harvard. We mounted our EF 15mm fisheye onto a 1.3 crop 1dIII for the higher flash sync rate (we cheated a bit at 1/320). Mounted up a beauty dish on an Einstein on a stick with my assistant holding without unfurling the tripod legs. We tried to keep a minimal approach with a busy open skate park with skaters, bikers and bladers buzzing around. I must say, I really want to ride a bike around the bowl, the speed and force looked to be fun. My job was to capture that feeling as best we could.
The last part of our shoot was simple in comparison, nice casual portraits with a bit more of the Austin Skyline. The timing of the day’s work had us out at mid day in open daylight. No problem for us! Just a quick exposure of slight over exposure on the background and then bring in the highlights on the face with a medium softbox balanced with our base exposure.
Andrew was super fun to work with and wish him all the luck in the is rowing season, no broken bones this year!
Let us know if you have an interesting senior portrait idea that we can tackle