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Nordic Skier Portrait

skieur nordique - nordic skier athlete - nordic skiing in switzerland. How pro Downhill & enduro Racing riders train in the winter
skieur nordique - nordic skier athlete - nordic skiing in switzerland. How pro Downhill & enduro Racing riders train in the winter
skieur nordique - nordic skier athlete - nordic skiing in switzerland. How pro Downhill & enduro Racing riders train in the winter

As part of a campaign or project for a brand of clothing or sports equipment, it is common for a portrait or series of portraits of their Ambassadors to be made. In the case of this project, I realised the portrait of a Nordic skier.

These ambassadors are frequently elite athletes, or athletes actively practicing the sport in question. The idea being for the brand to support their positioning in the desired field, and to create this emotional link between the athletes and the brand with the people attached to these athletes.

For this Nordic skier portrait, I did a visual at sunrise at 7am. The light being grazing, just after the passage of the sun over the mountainsides, I wanted to give a more commercial and more “creative” style to my portraits using artificial light.

Nordic Skier – Final Portrait

nordic skier athlete - nordic skiing in switzerland. How pro Downhill & enduro Racing riders train in the winter

Given the type of projects, I made the choice to take what was more efficient, more efficient and lighter, and my choice was the Profoto B10 and the Profoto A1 which are always in my bag.

List of Gear

Lighting Setup

Lighting diagram - Skieur nordique - portrait - Profoto B10 - OCF Octa 2ft - fujifilm X-T30

I placed my talent back to the sun (backlit) in order to achieve a flare effect on the skis or as a rim light. I then positioned my Profoto B10 on the right with the OCF Octa Softbox 2ft (60cm) 1 meter away from my subject, in order to obtain a soft key light effect on the athlete.

In regards to post-production, all the work was completed through Capture One Pro 12, and exported in various formats, and finally passed through JPeg Mini to optimise storage and delivery to client.

Minimalism, etc.

As part of this project, I did not need a fixer, a set assistant, a stylist or MUAH. However on some larger scale projects, I work with a whole team including a set assistant, stylist, make up artist, hair stylist, digital tech, photo assistant, video team for Behind the Scenes (in view of 360 Communication), this allows for a rapid and efficient execution of the Key Visuals, allowing a strict application of timing, thus impacting positively on the final deliverables and budget.

At your disposal as part of your projects, do not hesitate to contact me for more information.

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