B/W - Powerlifting

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mikan
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Re: B/W - Powerlifting
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NewEraPhotographer wrote:

I've shot some power lifters in the past... I found it very difficult to get good photos of people with very contorted faces and in positions that look amazing when in motion and viewing the incredible feats of strength, but unflattering when catching a moment in time. I ended up focusing on getting smaller details like the weights with the lifters in the background stretching or chalking up, the lifters getting under the bar or in position, etc. One of the best I captured was after a buddy broke his PB on hang snatch and threw the weight down... the bar and weights bounced back up a couple feet and I caught him flexing and yelling with excitement with a wide angle that also captured the surrounding weights and Olympic platforms.

Did you get any other shots in this or other shoots that you'd consider similar to those? I'd love to see if you did.

Thank you very much for your comment. Yes, powerlifters are not easy to photograph for the reason you mentioned. In fact, my camera (Sony a6300)'s facial recognition stopped working  when my friends were squatting up. The camera thought they weren't human faces!! LOL

But I still like the focus they show, before/during the lift, and also the faces after they hit a PR (though I didn't get to catch those this time because this was a practice Meet). I bet your image of the Snatch was awesome!! And I think Oly lifters are probably more fun to photograph than Power lifters; because of the momentum Oly lifting requires, it looks more like "action" images.

I do have more images, but the ones I posted are my favorite, and processed in B/W.

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