David Whitney French Photography | The Athlete

The Athlete

August 12, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

One of my favorite types of photographs is that of an athlete. The a still photograph can't show motion like a video, but I would like to think that I can get someone to think about the motion that could be getting ready to happen. 

For this shoot, I used one light in a medium soft box, directly in front of the subject's face. The subject held the pose as I sat on the ground with the camera. I intentionally underexposed the background, by increasing the F stop that gave me a greater depth of field. This allowed me to show not only showcase the athlete, but the track as well.  

This was shot with a vagabond mini lithium attached to an Elinchrome D-Lite 4 and a Paul C. Buff Rectangular soft box. The camera was a Nikon D610 with a 24-70 lens. 


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Photography, Lessons Learned, and Cycling.



I have been taking pictures since I was about 6 years old.  I started with a Kodak Instamatic.  Just holding that Kodak was fun back then. Today, the camera badge may say "Nikon", but the fun of taking someone's photograph is still there. 


Times have changed regarding photography over the past 20 years.  My first business was in in Corpus Chirsti, Texas back in 1992.  I went under the same name, my name, David Whitney French Photography.  One of my favorite photo gigs was doing weddings.  Why?  Well, besides being a challenge at times, with the stress of getting the right shot in the age of film, everyone was happy!  It was a happy time for the groom, bride, attendants, everyone.  What more could I ask for?  Hanging out, with a camera for a few hours or more with a bunch of happy people.


Oh, and I like riding my bike!