Polo Rush

By: Gustav Hoiland

Mar 01 2010

Category: bike polo

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Focal Length:18mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:NIKON D80


Ohhh, the glory of low light conditions.  Makes for some spectacular semi-planned exposures.  Plan = shoot polo player from above as they move.  Unintended niceties = that intense white stripe behind the player that creates this vortex of energy. The mallet in hand, recognizable but frantic.  The helmet that looks almost in focus, but then is seen to be in motion.

And the color!  The redness of his helmet, jacket, mallet head, and tire.  The light red stripe on the court.  The orange bleed on the left of the white line (sideboards).  All against this deep blue that is so beautifully cross hatched with the leftovers of tire skids.  Finally, that light that is coming from the above right.  This orange glow that casts its illumination onto the player and creates the deep blacks on his other side.

That’s Birdseye, a New York polo regular.

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