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Friday, October 19, 2012

Liam Doran: Opening Day at Arapahoe Basin

Earlier this week, Pro Showcase photographer Liam Doran was asked to shoot a series of portraits for the first day of the 2012/13 ski season. The client wanted slightly gritty-but-fun images of the folks that showed up. Here's Liam's account of the shoot:

"I set up a small outdoor studio at the base of the ski area where I could easily approach skiers and boarders and ask them to be part of the shoot. The wind was gusting, and almost immediately, it tore my seamless background paper in half and nearly knocked over my light. I ended up taping the seamless directly to a wall and weighted down the light and 5-foot OctoDome with 2 sandbags and a gear-filled pack. I configured the OctoDome with all silver panels inserted, positioned it about 4 feet away from the skiers/boarders, and shot away. 

Most people would stand in front of the seamless as if we were taking a mug shot or something. My assistant and I only had 15-30 seconds with each subject and had to quickly coax them out of their shells and give us their individual personalities... The client, the ski area, and the ski community has been extremely enthusiastic about the results, as it is far different than the usual opening day images."

Here are a few examples of the shoot:

You can see more portraits from this shoot here.

To learn more about the Photoflex 5-foot OctoDome that was used for these portraits, click here.


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