Gary Salter’s comedic lighting of elderly footballers

December 9, 2010 — 4 Comments

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copyright, Gary Salter.

Gary’s well-conceived and beautifully-lit image illustrates the aftermath of a seriously-senior football match. Every detail is accounted for (I personally love the prosthetic leg hanging off the back wall) and the casting is superb. Gary shot this with 5 lights.

You can see a higher-res version here.

Camera: Canon 1Ds Mark III with 35mm lens, set on a tripod 8 feet back. Shot at 1/125, f11, ISO 100.

Lighting: The key light on our foreground hero and his blood pressure-checking teammate is a medium softbox at f11 boomed high above and slightly to camera right of the pair. A silver beauty dish at f16 (+1 stop) is high out of frame to camera right and positioned half way between camera and the rear wall. This produces the strong highlights atop their heads and their sides. Another beauty dish at f11 is boomed from camera right five feet off the rear wall and aimed toward the players resting on the back bench. A 7” reflector at f16 (+1 stop) is boomed in from camera left near the rear wall and is aimed downward and left. The fill comes from a magnum reflector at f5.6 (-2 stops) shot through a 6’x6’ silk, positioned six feet to camera left.

Comments: An avid footballer and fantasy football coach himself, Gary named the squad “Zimmer” for a not-so-random reason. Barry Zimmer’s fantasy team had badly beaten Gary’s two weeks prior. And Zimmer, never a gracious winner, made sure to rub Gary’s nose in it.

Payback is a bitch, Barry.

  • Gary

    Interesting, I seem to remember shooting it on a Hasselblad H1 with the old
    Imacon back.

    We built the set in the studio, giving us more room for bigger lights.
    We shot with admixture of flash and HMI.

    I don’t follow football, and zimmers a make of walking frame in the UK.
    But very entertaining blog! Like it.

    The F11 bit is infect accurate!


    • Thanks for writing in, Gary. Glad to hear the f11 was at least correct. You sure you don’t know a Barry Zimmer?

  • No

    Fantastic blog; speaking as a noob to lighting it’s very interesting to see how shots are, and can be, constructed. Thank you! Deejaybee

  • dan

    interesting blog!
    i can’t wait for the next photo!