Wednesday, August 04, 2004

McMeans beaming shadow

Mark M. Hancock / © The Dallas Morning News

Texas Woman's University (TWU) junior Amber McMeans practices on the balance beam at Achievers Gymnastics Center in Denton on Wednesday, August 4, 2004.


Marie said...

Sweet shot! Was that lit by available light or by well-placed strobes? Either way, well captured.

Mark M. Hancock said...

Thanks! I shot it with a snoot on a single strobe. Sports wanted something "edgy" for a combo package about physical fitness and college, but they didn't want a portrait. This was my compromise: an actual workout image with severe light.
She did her normal practice, and I kept dragging my strobe around the gym to whatever apparatus she worked next. In the end, I think this was frame No. 5. I had more time to calculate the light angles while she was warming up.

There was a different image where her form is better, but her ponytail wasn't sticking strait up like in this image. It's the little things that make the difference.