I try to have ideas ahead of time, but sometimes the best things happen in the moment. This image of Thomas Hulsman, a young biathlete from Airdrie, goes with a story featured in airdrielife magazine’s latest edition out now.
I had taken some images of him in action before he had to put his gun away for safety reasons. We were walking back to the firing range for a portrait, and I wanted to make an image in the tunnel. I wanted to set up a speedlite, and then I started seeing the fluorescent lights inches above his head were giving the exact lighting I was looking for, butterfly lighting (https://petapixel.com/2014/05/29/walkthrough-shows-quick-effective-butterfly-portrat-lighting-setup/).
Thankfully we realized what we had for ambient lighting and were able to bang out a few shots before freezing in the -20 C weather. It hit me a couple shots in that it looked like he was in the barrel of the gun that he had to leave out of the image.
You can view the story here: http://airdrielife.com/local_life/he-shoots-he-skis/