Trash Can Area for Water Polo Portraits
Photographers walk around seeing light. The stereotypical "stop right there, the light is perfect" that movies play upon the photographer and the leading lady being so enamored that she found perfect light. Other photographers see scenes and can both see and create light. Some still just have to wing it!
When covering Cal Men's Water Polo the original plan was to take headshots and a team photo. But then the team photo got scraped when one of the players couldn't make headshot day. Since the shoot was going to have extra time, I had planned to do some fun creative photos with the players in the water. Somewhat similar to a shoot I did with USA Water Polo years ago but with lights now that I have my Elinchrom ELB 500. Hello battery powered, have lights, willing to go anywhere. But that also got scraped because some of the players weren't cleared for being in the pool yet.
That left us with two options, using the white background and making some generic photos, or since the SID said they'd only be used on social media and if it didn't work out, no worries, gave me a lot of flexibility to try something more creative.
Just outside Legends is an area where they keep the trash cans... which actually makes a perfect background when you light it in a more interesting way. And thankfully with my Elinchrom ELB 500, I didn't have to worry about finding an outlet.
The beauty of photography, especially still photography, no one has to know the full scene, only what's captured in your frame.
With a little help :)
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