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Dynalite Helps Light Official Team Portrait Of New York Mets

Dynalite Helps Light Official Team Portrait Of New York Mets

Since 2006 Dynalite Inc. has been honored to work with New York Mets official team photographer Marc Levine in taking the team portraits from outfields of Shea Stadium to in the last few years at Citi Field.  Portrait sessions are always simple on the surface, but as any photographer can tell you there are many obstacles that need to be addressed and overcome to have a successful image.  If you thought shooting a family of four in a studio over the course of an hour is difficult, shooting a major leauge baseball roster in just a few minutes in center field might not be for novice photographer.

With most studio based portraits photographers are offered the luxury that is control of all the lighting and elements indoors, however in grassy outfield of Citi Field, you are subject to unpredictable winds and the sun, which makes you appreciate professional baseball players fielding each time Dynalite lights the team portrait.  With Mets official team photographer Marc Levine in charge of posing and capturing the image, it fell to Dynalite to balance out these elements to provide a even and controlled lighting environment.

To accomplish this, Dynalite utilized three of our SP1600 power packs, SH2000 studio heads, along with two Rime Lite 71″ Grand Series and a single 12×71 strip bank. The equipment itself might seem minimal, however the obstacles presented by shooting a professional baseball roster and team officials can be many.  And for the past 6 years, our gear has accomplished this difficult feat.

The time of day is always key in outdoor portraiture, especially when utilizing strobes to balance out ambient light with the sun.  Although this is an obstacle, it also is a favor as the stadium background in the portrait is purely ambient light, this allows us to concentrate on our subjects and foreground.  With this many subjects of varying size, complexion, attire including wearing baseball caps, shadow and light must be balanced on our subjects.

This balance is achieved by equalling the power of the sun in the foreground but not to the point of creating harsh shadows on our subjects.  This is achieved by using the Rime Lite Grand 71″ parabolic reflectors which not only distributes soft even lighting including no harsh shadows on the subjects.  With the sun behind and overhead, lighting for the players wearing baseball caps requires additional light modification.

To accomplish evenly lit faces of the players and personnel, we utilized the 12×71 strip bank from Rime Lite positioned low and horizontally between the two 71″ Grands.  With a lower position and the shape of the bank, this head is directly lighting the subjects, and the Grands filling balancing out the light and shadows on the foreground as well as the subjects.

Each SP1600 power pack has a built-in PocketWizard™ MultiMax receiver enabling wireless syncing to Marc Levine’s camera.  Although packed with 1600 watt seconds of power, the SP1600’s were in fact powered down to increase the speed of the flash duration for this image. In the end we were able to shoot at 1/125 ƒ 9.0 at ISO 200 on a Nikon D800.

Below is the finished image provided by Marc Levine that shall be the official 2012 New York Mets team portrait.  It is always an honor and a privilege for Dynalite to be part of what has become an annual tradition.  Special thanks to Michael Corrado for providing the candid images included in this post.

 

© Marc Levine Photography

 

 

Jeremy Saffer

Jeremy Saffer

Jeremy Saffer began making the rounds within the magazine world at the young age of 17, publishing his work on the covers of such varied publications as Metal Maniacs, Hails and Horns, AMP, Outburn and many more. Saffer has blazed his own trail, working with artists, celebrities and models from all across every spectrum. From My Chemical Romance, Jeffree Star, and A Day to Remember, to Megadeth, Alice Cooper, The Misfits, Rob Schneider, and even Gary Busey…all have spent time in front of Jeremy’s watchful eye and steady hand at one point or another.

Jeremy establishes relationships with his subjects; he has earned the trust and respect of his peers via his attention to detail, and an unerring work ethic, which can only result from years of hard work.
Recent years have seen a flurry of activity from the Western Mass native. Whether it’s organizing his own seminars and workshops, releasing his acclaimed Bring the Noise collection of band photography, or adding to the ever-growing collection of record and magazine covers featuring his work. The immediate future holds even more possibility for Jeremy, with an imminent and highly anticipated collection of Corpse Painted Nude photography set to turn the rock photography world on its ear, and even more surprises lurking around the corner.

 

One thing is certain: whatever does wait for Jeremy Saffer out there in the shadows…odds are pretty good that he’s going to shoot it.

Whether on tour, on location, or around the studio; Dynalite has been my choice of lighting since I first began my career behind a camera. The Jackrabbit kit is the perfect portrait kit; being lightweight, versatile, battery powered and most importantly, rugged.I could be in the dead of winter shooting on a frozen lake, or in the middle of a dessert shooting under a cloudless sky, and the Dynalite kit will never fail to fire, recycle quickly, and provide consistent and perfect lighting, no matter the shooting conditions. Dynalite has proven, time and time again to be the best, never fail lighting, that I can always trust to provide the most consistent and balanced lighting for anything that finds its way in front of my lens. – Jeremy Saffer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ezequiel De La Rosa

Ezequiel De La Rosa

Ezequiel De La Rosa

Ezequiel De La Rosa was born in Cuba and has lived in New York City for over 20 years. Having lived in Paris and Milan, he has traveled extensively in Europe as well as South America. Collecting a broad range of experience in his travels, the roots of his career in style began as a professional hair and makeup artist working with the illustrious Scavullo, James Moore, Guy Bordain, and Terrance Donovan.

In 1999 having been trained by the finest, De La Rosa started his own venture, picked up a camera and never looked back. Having his finger on the pulse of style has been integral to his success. As a professional photographer his work has been featured in top fashion magazines around the world. Beyond that, his down to earth attitude makes people feel at ease and his ability to interact with a variety of personalities has gained him trust of many celebrities and publicists. Clients appreciate his artistic composition, responsiveness to their special requests and his ability to adapt. His enthusiasm and expertise as well as his traditional photographic technique mixed with state of the art technology keeps his work on the cutting edge.

De La Rosa continues to work as a photographer for major advertising agencies as well as celebrities and editorial magazines. There is no telling how far De La Rosa will go with his venture in photography.

 

See more of EZ’s work

EZ Studios

 

Dynalite Helps Light New York Mets Team Portrait

Dynalite Helps Light New York Mets Team Portrait

Every year Dynalite has the privilege to assist New York Mets photographers in lighting up the official team portrait.  Below are some candid images from the center of Citi Field where the portrait was taken.  To light up the New York Mets 2011 roster, Dynalite used Rime Lite Grand Softboxes as well as other light modifiers mounted on our AH400 and SH2000 flash heads which were powered by the SP1600 power packs with built-in PocketWizard™​ wireless technology.

“Lincoln Lawyer” shot with Dynalite

“Lincoln Lawyer” shot with Dynalite

Click to see how the shot was done

Recently photographer Jay Clendenin photographed Michael Connely (author of the film “The Lincoln Lawyer”) for the L.A. Times Calendar section along with the film’s star Matthew McConaughey in the garage of the Four Seasons hotel in Los Angeles.  Click the image above to see the full article on the LA Times website by Kathy Pyon about the shoot and how Jay explains how is Dynalite strobes helped make the image.

Jay Clendenin is a Los Angeles based photographer with more than 12 years of experience navigating the star-studded world of Hollywood, the political intrigue of Washington, D.C., and all spectrums of society between the east and west coasts.  Jay’s signature documentary style and intimate portraiture for the L.A. Times, Time, Newsweek, People, and countless other national and international publications have been widely recognized by Communication Arts, NPPA, WHNPA, and POYi.