I honestly thought I had already written something about this amazing session… obviously not. Although I have already started to use some of images, one of which has already become one of my favourites.
Back in December (2012) I had the opportunity to photograph once again a gymnastics group in Lüdenscheid, Germany. It was their last session before breaking for Christmas so it was practice session, but not so intense that my photography was going to get in the way. It was my second visit to the group and I gather all the young gymnasts were excited about me coming to the session. Many had put on their competition gymnastic outfits for this.
One objective for me was to find more gymnastic poses that work as portrait shots. From a technical perspective these shots were taken using three pocket wizard III’s – which are beautiful bits of kit, but unfortunately do not support high speed synchronisation. So everything was captured using two speedlites (a 430ez and 550ex) mounted on stands off camera left and right, and a little behind the subjects, with the camera set at 1/200 of second to freeze motion at much as possible. I had as back up my Elinchrome BXRI 500’s studio strobes and as it turned out I needed them as the 430ez gave up the ghost during the session.
For me – this type of imagery stands out and it’s something I now offer to schools and sports clubs and organisations, so if you have a child or group you would like photographed this way – and I think I could probably capture any sport this way, give me a shout and we’ll explore the possibilities.