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Photo of the Week 12

Photo of the Week 12
Our featured "Photo of the Week" this time is this powerful sports action photograph of a man in armor standing alone against an oncoming host of other fighters. Summer activities, such as this, are highly popular in certain crowds.  They hold re-enactment events for this purpose.  Cramer Imaging attended a few of these events with the hopes of achieving a photo just like this.

This man depicted here, along with the others not focused on, are members of a medieval re-enactment group known as the SCA or Society for Creative Anachronism.  These men enjoy creating and dressing up in their own medieval style armor and fighting with swords and shields like the wars of bygone days.  This photo was taken during some of their melee combat.  There are also single combat options as well.

It was a hot and dry day.  The air was quickly full of dust kicked up from the combat on the battlefield.  This obscured much of the fighting.  Making sure I had a good photographic angle but would not be injured or trampled by the fighters was a difficult business and I had to be constantly on the move.  There was little in the way of down time for me.  I got my exercise in too that day.

Action sports photography is about being in the right place at the right time and being ready to click the shutter at a split second's notice.  There is no time for dialing in the composition nor the exposure.  The moment is there and then it is gone faster than it takes you to read this sentence.  If you do not have a high speed camera, lens, and memory card, then you will rarely succeed in this branch of photography.

This amazing photograph did not originally look like this.  It lacked the isolation of the single fighter which makes it so powerful.  This was achieved through post-processing techniques which are not for the faint of heart or the beginner to try.

This particular picture was taken, processed up like this, and delivered to the man behind the helmet later that day, much to his surprise and delight.  It is a high compliment to hear someone like this exclaim in delight that they are going to hang a copy of this picture on their wall.  Such was the case here.

Professionally quality action photograph of heavy fighters in armor from the SCA in Mantua, Utah by Cramer Imaging

This picture is a member of my award-winning collection.