Photographer: Thad Allender
Camera: Nikon D1H
This is a portrait of a trio of linemen from Kansas University's football team media day event at Memorial Stadium. Since the event was scheduled for mid-afternoon, I brought along two lights to help overpower the sunlight and rid the photo of any harsh shadows. I positioned the lights equally distant from my left and right side to expose the scene evenly. Technically, I was ready to shoot; all I needed was my subject and a concept.
I was interested in shooting through the face mask of a helmet to give the reader a similar perspective to that of a football player. The face mask also helped frame the players and add a layer of information to the image.
My next hurdle was to convince the players I wasn't crazy for shooting their portrait from inside a helmet and that they'd look really cool if we could pull it off.
I staggered the players, asked the man in the foreground to squat down, and I began shooting. After firing off about 30 frames in 5 minutes, the shoot was over.
It might be the only time I can strap on a helmet in front of a trio of 300-pound football players and make it out alive.
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