Lighting test. I'm using 2 lights: a strobe firing into a 61" umbrella at camera right, and a strobe pointed directly at Santos at a lower power near the upper left corner of the background.
The first few shots were of Santos actually running/leaping through the frame. The strobes are pumping out a lot of light, so they're not fast, and we couldn't get a sharp face. Now we're trying standing in place. Sharp, but weak on action.
Then we hit paydirt: Jumping in place. When I was able to capture the apex of Santos' leap, I got both a sharp face and sweet action. Santos delivered a lot of unique action poses.
This wasn't the first time Santos' hood turned itself inside out!
The strings on the hood added a lot to the action, but they were always unpredictable.
We liked this pose but worried about the writing on the shirt being distracting...
So we changed shirts, and boom! Here was the postcard! The only thing I'd have changed about this shot is to free the trapped hood strings.
You gotta have fun when you're posing all night. Santos looks very playful here!
We liked this pose but when it was cut and pasted into the postcard it looked like he was walking on top of the text below. Not quite the effect they were going for.
This was my personal favorite pose. Somehow, Santos didn't break much of a sweat on that unusually warm March evening. I sure did!