Mark Shaiken’s Athletes

Catching Air | © 2012 Mark Shaiken

Catching Air | © 2012 Mark Shaiken

Mark Shaiken is a Kansas City photographer who aims to “tell stories, one image at a time.” For his athletes series, he’s using HSS to capture the action. Here is a story he wanted to share about his shooting told in his own words.

I use my FlexTT5’s to take shots of developing athletes in action, whether on the track, at a lacrosse field, a baseball field, a motocross course, a climbing rock, a boxing facility, etc.

Adding light is absolutely essential to get the look I’m going for. I can control the ambient light, adjusting for ISO, aperture, and speed, and then add light to the athlete for the “look.” I had heard of McKenzie and her hurdling and thought showing her from below, as she went over the gate, would be a good, unique perspective. We were lucky the Kansas skies cooperated that day.

BTS | © 2012 Mark Shaiken

BTS | © 2012 Mark Shaiken

I used 4 Nikon SB900s in a 30″ FourSquare (made by Lightware in Denver). The FourSquare has a small bracket that attaches to the bottom of the FlexTT5. I triggered the SB900s with a FlexTT5 and an AC3 ZoneController on the camera.

Here, the FourSquare was actually behind me so I needed the FlexTT5, which works reliably and perfectly, to trigger the flashes wirelessly. I especially love the AC3 as it allows me to quickly and easily make light output adjustments from the camera, even in bright sunlight.

Behold! The cutest lighting diagram on the PocketWizard blog…

Lighting diagram | © 2012 Mark Shaiken

Lighting diagram | © 2012 Mark Shaiken

Camera settings: Nikon D800; Nikon 24-70mm lens at 26mm; ISO 100; f/4.5; 1/1000 second.

See more of Mark’s work on his site. Connect with him on flickr.

 

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