Photographed Amare Stoudamire a couple times when he was a hotshot with Phoenix. We got along fine, and he actually gave me some time to work, an unusual event when in the company of a big time athlete. Made some decent pix, which Sports Illustrated did not use, as I recall. Shot him as well for Sports Illustrated for Kids, which did run as a cover, if memory serves.
The big guy, the Elinchrom 74″ Octa, is like cheating at cards. Basically, you put this light up and everything looks nice. I have often been on location where this light replaced a good idea, which I was bereft of at the time. Big, soft, luminous, this puppy covers the waterfront in fine style. Perfect light for tough spot, when you got no time and your noodle is crackling with all the intensity of a three way bulb on dim.
Or, if you are in the company of somebody 6’10” and tipping the scales at 240. Big guy, big light. It makes things quick and easy, which is where you want to be when you have the star for minutes. It also makes adjusting the light tres simple. No grids, tape, snoots, and multiple small flashes which will not fire on cue, etc. With the octa it’s basically up, down, left, right. Not too tough to do.
Highlight flash off the floor in the background is well, you know, the Phoenix Suns, man, the sun, right? Geez, I get some lame ideas at times.
Amare’s got an amazingly soft touch, which in part derives from his eye hand coordination and the sheer size of his mitts.
So I shot that. SI didn’t go for it, as I said.
During the shoot, I did one of most stupid things ever. We were at the half court stripe, and he looked at me and gestured with his head towards the faraway hoop. “Got a hundred bucks?” he asked. I blinked. Stared at it and blinked. Said no. Damn. I probably had a hundred bucks in my pocket. Coulda gone shot for shot with Amare Stoudamire from half court. I mighta even won. Lord looks after a fool, right? Mighta got lucky on my first shot. Oh, well. Just kept shooting pictures.
The way Amare’s been tearing it up for the Knicks lately, it would be a sure way to lose a quick Benjamin. Basketball at the Garden is fun again. Gonna go to a game in Feb. with the K-Man. Damn, it’s good to be home….more tk.