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Photographed by Jeffery Salter for Sports Illustrated Magazine

Photographed by Jeffery Salter for Sports Illustrated Magazine

It was a hot day in Miami.  We set up at 7 am. in a pool at the St. Regis.   My four photo assistants donned swimming shorts.   You won’t believe how hard it is to keep a 3/4 inch Plexiglass table from floating away with one of the world’s top soccer players on it.  Light was harsh, harsh and harsher.  The pressure was on.  Sports Illustrated’s Director of Photography, Brad Smith wanted an Iconic photograph.  Here’s my try.

Mario was cool.  A bit jetlagged from just arriving in Miami from Milan the day before.  He wanted to do the photo shoot and  go to the Mall.  He’s a great athlete, who plays classical piano and met with the Pope, but still only 23.

In the deep in end…photo by Brad Smith/SI

Here are a few shoot details,  a plexiglass table needs plenty of sandbags on the legs otherwise it will definitely try to float away…..  This photo was taken with a Phase One IQ260 digital back (which is wi-fi enabled on a Phase One DF+ camera body) and Profoto lighting – all available from Capture Integration.  The wifi enabled Brad to review images on an iPad as I shot.   As I mentioned earlier we started setting up at 7 a.m. when the light was just amazingly beautiful…however as these things go…we didn’t start shooting until close to noon. The light was extremely contrasty.  However, I was able to capture detail by having a digital camera back which has a dynamic range of 13 stops and  flash syncs at an incredible 1/1600 sec.  The Phase One camera fitted with a 80 mm Schneider-Kreuznach Leaf shutter Lens that allows you to sync your strobes up to 1/1600, with that I toned down the back ground a bit and lit Mario with a Profoto 5ft giant silver umbrella fitted with a Profoto flash head powered by a 7B battery.   Not rocket science, but their was no way in heck that I was going to put anything that needed to be plugged near the pool. Just saying…..

I’ve got to thank my “A” team, Alexander Larson, Redmund Flores, Ray Wadia, Olivia Senghor (groomer),  Kristina Kitchen (prop stylist and plexiglass table wrangler) and Leonard Watson for all their hard work. I hope they enjoyed swimming in a swanky pool with Super Mario!

 

 


Photographer: Jeffery Salter | Picture Editor: Marguerite Schropp | Art Director: Chris Hercik

I wish I could say we spent hours analyzing slam dunks but all I can say is 48 hours before this photo was taken I was just leaving the Museum of Modern Art in NYC after trying to see the Bill Brandt photography exhibition when Marguerite called and asked. “Where are you?”.   My next call was to Delta Airlines to book a 6:30 am flight back to Miami.  My second call was to Capture Integration in Atlanta….that’s where my camera was at.

The shoot location was the Grand ballroom at the Four Seasons Hotel.  It took about six hours to unload the production truck, navigate basement labyrinth under the hotel to make it into the ballroom and set up.  My team built a set for a head to toe photograph intending to show LeBron James casually leaning back against a flat nonchalantly holding the 2013  NBA Championship trophy.  When LeBron arrived for my scheduled seven minute shoot he was dressed extremely casually….so it was close-up time.

Here is a short BTS of my seven minutes with the King.

LeBron James cover shoot for Sports Illustrated by Jeffery Salter

My hats off to the Capture Integration in Atlanta who flew down to provide digital capture for the shoot.  It was amazing when Dave Gallagher brought along two brand new Phase One IQ260 digital backs with DF+ cameras.  The LeBron shoot was taken with the “King” of Medium Format Digital cameras and is the first editorial cover shoot done with the camera.

 

 


Bob Motley a Congressional Medal of Honor winner and the last living umpire from Negro Leagues Baseball.

Why do I photograph?  This is the reason.  A chance to meet someone who made history.  An American Hero.  An Icon. A loving Husband.  A true role model.  It was and still is an honor and privilege to have been allowed to poke my nose and camera into Bob Motley’s life.

My father served in the U. S. Army for 20 years and saw action in the Korean War and Vietnam War.  My stepfather had over 300 parachute jumps in the Vietnam War.  When HAO commissioned me to do this assignment I began to pack  my bags as the art director Jimmy Gonzales spoke to go to Kansas City.  That’s where Bob Motley lives.

Bob volunteered to serve during World War II.  During fighting in Okinawa, Bob and his fellow Marines were sent out from the water onto the beach in waves. “The first and second waves got wiped out completely. I was in the third wave. We lost half of our troops. We set up the beachhead and dug our foxholes” When he thought all was clear, he put his foot up and was shot in it. “If I had put my head up, I would have been shot in the head.”

While recovering in the hospital, he got bored staying in Bed. He wandered outside, found a softball game that needed an umpire – and found his life’s passion.  (see footnote #1)

The last living umpire from Negro Leagues Baseball, Bob 89, made the call for many of baseball’s all-time greats: Satchel Paige, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, Willie Mays and more.

After photographing Bob at home with Pearline, his wife of 61 years, we decided to drive over the Kansas City Royals Stadium to photograph Bob in action.  But first we had to get to the stadium.  Bob rolled Pearline out to their mini-van, gently loaded her into it and said, “meet you at the stadium.”   I felt rather strange letting an 89 year old and 79 year old drive themselves to a photography shoot for me……but needless to say.  They beat me and my crew to the stadium.   By the time I arrived, Bob was dressed in his crisp black umpire outfit standing in the middle of Kansas City Royals stadium.  He had rolled Pearline to Royals dugout where she kept dry from the light rain shower.  A loving husband.

[Footnote 1. from article written by Andrea Gollin who provided text for the story “Leading from Battlefield to Baseball Field” published in Humana Active Outlook Magazine]


Dog Days of Summer

Hmmmm.  Working with kids and animals….love them.  Try working with Barney, Angelina, Clyde, Fox and Lassie –the cutest homeless dogs on the planet.  They didn’t quite get the set lingo.  Freeze! Hold it! Love it!  Beautiful baby! The light loves you!  Dogs wanting green jelly beans, diet Pepsi and  a doggy trailer with a star on it lathered with  mucho petting and lots of attention. It wasn’t the day for me to wear my black is the new black ensemble…..now sitting in a laundry bag covered with gold hair, black hair and brown hair.  The set was pure helter dog-skelter!   Lucky for us doggie treats went over smashingly well! (The all volunteer team, model Stacy Lyon from Wilhelmina, stylist Kristina Kitchens,  make-up/hair by Melissa Connor and dog lover Eva ate human treats…pizza!)   When Eva Wittels called from Project Fashion Tails, an initiative started to educate the public about the plight of homeless animals,  I knew it was going to be a fun shoot.  And hopefully these deserving  haute couture dogs will have been adopted by the time you see these photos from the shoot.

 

When the housing bubble collapsed many people who lost their homes were forced to surrender of abandon their animals.  According to Eva Wittels from Helping Homeless Animals, “this only added to Miami’s homeless animal population.”  She started the Miami-based Project Fashion Tails to put animals from rescues to pose with 40 world-renowned fashion photographers. Charest-Weinberg and Eva Danielle will be presenting the work at Charest-Weinberg Gallery in Miami on September 22, 2012, Saturday at 7:00 – 10:00 pm.

See you dog and cat lovers there!


Steve Harvey is a multi-talented entertainer, who is successful in radio, comedy, acting and as a host on television with the “Family Feud” show

“June 4th shoot Hey man, are you available on the 4th (next week) for a shoot in Atlanta?”  Yes.  “Stay loose, I’m trying to make this work.  Be in touch on it soon.”  That’s it.  Thats how this assignment came to be.  In this case it’s a portrait of Steve Harvey, a multi-talented entertainer.  Dudley Brooks, the picture editor gave me the gig and told me the story was for EBONY’s Black wealth issue.  He said to me you are photographing a media mogul.  The first image which popped into my head was of a Russian Oligarch sitting in a gold throne between two Siberian tigers (the gold ones or rather ones who would allow themselves to spray painted gold) with four nubile Russian beauties wearing nothing but gold spray paint…..The editor would only okay the “Gold throne”.   I managed to get in a shot during the two hour shoot Steve with a gold frame as well.

I’m not an etch a sketch master….a quick reference drawing.

A doodle can move the visual process along.  I like the challenge of creating a meaningful image from a few  words, sometimes descriptive, sometimes not.  Some of my visual tools includes implying  meaning through subject expression, lighting, subtle tones and prop choices.

"Larger then life, echoes of Citizen Kane"

This is my slightly surreal take on Steve Harvey. A larger then life gold frame, floating in a sea of red velvet.

 

Lighting diagrams are a big help. I try to previsualize the assignment as often as possible. It helps when work with a team. Puts everyone on the same page.