Photo shoot for the Women of Crossfit Kitchener calendar. I’ve posted about all six of my Crossfit calendar shoots; to see them all, click here, or the “Crossfit” tag at the bottom of the post. Lindsey was photographed in Kitchener, at the peak of the hill in McLennan Park, aka “Mount Trashmore”. We needed an unobstructed view of the sky—just her, a little bit of ground, and the sky. She tried a few different yoga positions, but this one—dancers pose—seemed to work best for the situation. It was super windy, and Lindsey could only hold the position for so long before losing balance.
The above pic made it into the calendar. Some camera tech: shot on a Canon 5D mk II, 70-200 2.8L IS II USM lens, one flash was gelled full CTO and triggered by a Pocket Wizard (Mini TT1 on-camera, Flex TT5 on flash). Settings: ISO 320, 90mm, f/18, 1/200th).
It was waaaaaay too windy to put the flash on a stand, so Ben served as my human-light-stand, just out of frame for most of the shots. However, he made it into a couple pics (below).
Joanne Mittelholtz is the owner of Crossfit Kitchener, and one strong woman. She had the idea to make a calendar of strong, beautiful women, and donate all proceeds to Anselma House, a local women’s shelter (see: the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region website). Ben Kane and I offered our services pro bono, and each took on the task of photographing six of the twelve women, one for each month. Special thanks to Carly Blasutti, who did make up on almost all of my shoots for the calendar.
Shots for the Women of Crossfit Kitchener calendar (the above pic made the final cut). Nicole was photographed in Toronto, in the graffiti covered alleys behind Queen St. near Spadina. I love shooting there. We were rained out on our first attempt but that ended up being a blessing in disguise… we had the most amazing roti instead (Vena’s, on Bloor, near Lansdowne). The place even said it was the “best in town”! It also happened to be the day of the Zombie Walk, so the streets were crawling with Z’s. Were are lucky to be alive.
Camera tech for the inquisitive types: The top image was shot on a Canon 5D mk II, with a 70-200 2.8L IS II USM lens. The long lens flattens the perspective and makes the wall look huge. Settings: ISO 400, 123mm focal distance, f/5.6, 1/500th. The camera was on a tripod and we took two exposures, one with Nicole in place, pretending to throw the ball, and another with just the ball. Both shots were combined in post. We did many takes; thowing the medicine ball over and over would have killed Nicole. I’ve exposed just a little dark for the ambient light, and two flashes (580 EX II’s) are edge-lighting her from out of frame. Sweetened in Lightroom and finished in Photoshop CS5.
Ben Kane (below), who shot the other 6 photos for the calendar, next to “Kane” graffiti on the wall. He was standing in to test out a potential shot location.
Below is an outtake that didn’t make the calendar. It was a hard activity to photograph—the “wall ball”—and a hard choice to go with a final pic that didn’t show Nicole’s face. This was an attempt to solve that problem. Two exposures were mixed together in post, essentially cloning Nicole.