This morning I went over to PGE Park to shoot some portraits of a couple of guys for the next program cover and inside feature articles. I have shot portraits of players for these things for over 5 years now and generally I do some kind of dramatic sky, big lights, low angle, 16mm kind of photo that I like, but today I wanted to break out of that little box I so often find myself in. So, I went to the park with only an 85, a 70-200 and a reflector. Left all the lights, grids, boxes and wide angle lenses at the studio. I also did not want to shoot anywhere near the pitch. So instead, I shot one in the stadium seats and our cover boy outside of the stadium.
It’s amazing what one little reflector can do. It’s 107 in Portland today, so there was no shortage of sunshine to bounce light off of. Since these photos will be used in the team magazine, I made sure to leave room for the designers to add the mast head and type, etc on each photo.
I like how they turned out. It’s good to challenge yourself to shoot in other ways when you feel trapped in a creative box. Next time you go shoot, leave your favorite lens at home and limit yourself to one you don’t use very often and see what you come up with.