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Green Bay WI Commercial and Editorial Photographer Matt Ludtke www.ludtkephoto.com

2014-2015 Green Bay Packers NFL Football Photos

To say I slacked at keeping my blog updated with photos from this NFL season would be an understatement. I blame it on a combination of busyness and laziness. I apologize to those of you who would visit regularly to see my photos from the games. I thought, with the Super Bowl being played this coming weekend, that now would be a good time to showcase some of my favorite shots from the season. I only missed two games this season because I had other assignments I had to shoot on game day. As always, it was a fun season and I am already looking forward to the next. Thanks for looking.

Matt

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Green Bay Packers Demetri Goodson Portrait Shoot

A couple of weeks before Christmas, I got a call from the photo editor at the Houston Chronicle, looking to see if I would be able to shoot a portrait of one of the Packer players at Lambeau field. The image would run on the front page of the sports section in one of their upcoming issues. Of course I said yes and started getting the shoot organized over the few days that followed.

The player I would be shooting was Demetri Goodson, a rookie corner who grew up in Houston. The paper had been following his career throughout high school and college and now into the pros. Demetri actually played college basketball for a couple seasons before transferring schools to play football his last two years. He thought the NFL would be a better fit than the NBA. (Must be tough having to choose which pro sport you want to play)

Our original idea for the portrait was to shoot Demetri in front of his locker in the Packers locker room. After a few e-mails back and forth with the Packers PR staff, we found out we wouldn’t be able to shoot in the locker room. Being pretty familiar with Lambeau my self, I suggested some other spots that I thought would be good places to make a cool portrait. Unfortunately, the only place we were granted access to shoot was in a small media room used to shoot video interviews. Not the most ideal place, but I knew we could come up with something. I decided we would shoot Demetri on a solid colored seamless background and place the emphasis on him in the portrait.

The day of the shoot, my assistant and I got to the stadium about two hours before we were scheduled to have Demetri on set. The Packers PR staff gave us access to the room when ever we wanted to get in that day. I figured two hours would give us plenty of time to get set up and do some test shots. I’d always rather be set up, ready to go, and have to wait around for the subject and not have the subject waiting for us to try to scramble to get ready to shoot. We got set up and tested everything with about a half hour to spare.

When Demetri arrived, we talked a little bit before we got him out on set. We introduced ourselves and quickly got to know each other before we talked about the type of shots I was looking to get. It’s always good to try to get your subject comfortable before you put them in front of the camera. Thankfully Demetri was very easy to work with and was willing to let his personality to come out. We shot some standing and sitting shots on our background and 15 min later (the amount of time we were given to shoot him) we were done.

All in all, I think the shoot was a success. The paper was happy with the shots and so was Demetri. Anytime you can make your client happy, you know your shoot was successful. Here are a couple of my favorite frames. Thanks for looking.

Matt

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Just Andreas Salvesen : In studio soccer shoot.

A couple months back, I was contacted by a Division 1 soccer player from UW-Green Bay named Just Andreas Salvesen. Just had seen my work and wanted to know if I’d be willing to put together a photoshoot with him as the subject. I jumped right on board and got the ball rolling to put the shoot together. One of the biggest obstacles we faced was the changing weather. It started getting really cold in the last weeks of October forcing us to shoot in a studio environment. From a lighting standpoint, I liked this idea because I could easily control the way I wanted to light the shots easier in the studio. The environment was the biggest challenge. Aside from portrait style shots, Just also wanted some action shots. Well since soccer is played on grass and the studio we were shooting in didn’t have a grass floor, I needed to figure out a way to get grass. Luckily while I was shopping at my local home improvement store I happened to walk into the carpet section and found my solution. They happened to have a 9×12 foot remnant piece of fake turf. Bingo, I found the solution. The fake turf was the good stuff too, the kind that is hard to distinguish in a photo if it’s real or not. Once we had all the elements in place we did the shoot. I decided to shoot the action shots on a black background because I wanted Just to really pop out as the main element in the photos. After we got the action stuff out of the way we finished up the shoot with some nice portraits. All in all, Just and I were both happy with the results. Thanks for looking. Matt

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Photos from New York City

A couple weeks ago I was in New York City attending the yearly Photo Plus Expo and conference. Having visited the city a few years ago, I knew I wanted to spend some time this trip wandering the streets shooting street style images. The city has a great pulse making it feel very alive with so many different people and cultures. Most of the photos were shot with my Fuji x100s and a few with my Canon 5D mark III and an 85mm. Here are my favorite shots from the trip. Thanks for looking.

Matt

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X-C Skiing Shoot With The Fujifilm X100s.

Two of my favorite features of the Fuji X100s have to be the leaf shutter and built in ND filter.  For anyone who works with strobes, these are two unbelievably useful features to have in a camera. If you aren’t familiar, ND filters reduce the amount of light entering the lens/camera.  With out getting too technical, this is useful when you are shooting in bright light for example and you want to use a wider aperture.  Without an ND filter, this is especially difficult to achieve if you are also trying to shoot with strobes in that same environment.  When shooting with strobes, most cameras have a limited maximum shutter speed you can shoot with.  Shooting faster than this shutter speed will result in the physical shutter of the camera showing up in the photo, cutting off some of the light produced by the strobe.  This isn’t an issue with a camera that uses a leaf shutter as opposed to a focal-plane shutter. Leaf shutters allow you to sync a strobe at pretty much any shutter speed.  The only limitation then becomes the speed of what you are using to trigger the strobes with from your camera, as well as the flash duration of your strobes.

 

This past week I set off to shoot a shot I have had in my head ever since I got the camera.  I wanted to shoot a sunset cross-country skiing action shot lit with strobes.  The X100s was the perfect camera to help me get the shot.  I asked Phil Anschutz, a division 1 college skier, if he would help me out.  He was onboard so we set out to shoot.

 

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When we got to the location, the sun wasn’t quite as low in the sky as I wanted it, so we started by shooting a lit portrait.  I shot the portrait with my Canon 5d mk III and an 85mm lens.  I had to shoot with a –3 stop ND filter to be able to knock down the ambient light and shoot at a wider aperture.  I lit the shot with Elinchrom strobes.  The main light was a beauty dish set above camera in front of Phil.  I then used two more strobes with high performance reflectors behind Phil on each side, rim lighting him.

 

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After we had gotten the portrait shot, we moved on to shooting the action shot.  I called upon the abilities of the X100s for this picture. I eyed up my shot and lit it very similar to the portrait.  Beauty dish for a fill just left of camera with two strobes with high performance reflectors rim lighting Phil as he skied.  The tough part was timing not only when Phil was in the light “sweet spot,” but also him making sure he was in a good looking physical position as he skied past the lights. The camera’s leaf shutter allowed me to sync my strobes at 1/500s, helping me to knock down some ambient light but also making sure I didn’t get any ghosting as my strobes froze the action.  The set up worked flawlessly, helping me get the exact shot I was hoping for.

In my opinion these are some pretty powerful features to have in a compact camera that costs only around $1,200.  This is just another reason why my X100s is one of my favorite cameras.

Basketball floor remote camera: A quick and easy way to shoot a different angle.

 

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Remote cameras are nothing new to sports photography.  In fact, for major publications and news agencies, remote cameras are a regular part of shooting an event.  A little over a week ago I shot a basketball game between UW-Green Bay and Valparaiso for UWGB.  I had an opportunity to borrow a fellow photographers Canon 1Dx for the game, giving me three bodies at my disposal for the night. (I currently have two Canon bodies that I shoot with that are my own).  I thought, what a good opportunity to set up a third camera as a remote for the game.  I like to take every opportunity possible to give my client a different angle than what they are use to getting from shooting a basketball game.

 

The only issue I had that day with getting a remote set up for the game was the time crunch I was under.  I started game day by waking up a 4am to go shoot B Camera video on a shoot an hour south of Green Bay.  I knew as soon as the video shoot was over, I would only have a small amount of time to drive back home to shoot the basketball game. Normally one of my favorite remote camera positions is to shoot directly down on the basket from the rafters of the Resch Center in Green Bay. The only problem with this position is it takes about a half hour to get a camera set up, ready to shoot in that position. Instead I decided to take a quicker route and set up a floor remote.

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The set up I used is fairly simple.  I use a ground level light stand with a ball head attached.  I set up my Canon 1D mkIV with my wide angle zoom lens and set up the camera to fire every time my main camera fires. I used Pocketwizards to trigger the camera remotely. I composed my frame, locked down my focus and was ready to shoot. I like this set up because not only is it quick, but it’s also easy to set up. It also allows the remote camera to sit next to me while I shoot the game. I can keep an eye on it, making sure it is triggering and its not getting messed with by fans.

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A frame from my main camera, a Canon 1Dx with a 70-200mm lens.

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The corresponding frame from the remote camera. Canon 1D mkIV shot at 17mm.

The floor set up worked out very well for the game.  This angle allowed me to piece together in Photoshop, a 7 shot sequence of UWGB’s Keifer Sykes on a break away dunk all in one shot (first photo of the post).  It was a picture that my client had never gotten before and they were very excited about it.

 

UWGB Phoenix vs Wisconsin Badgers NCAA Mens College Basketball

Back in November I was assigned to cover the UWGB vs Wisconsin men’s college basketball game here at the Resch Center in Green Bay.  This game has become a regular pre-season match up for the past few years, and has historically always been a close game between the two schools. This years game was no exception.  The lead changed multiple times during the game which ultimately lead to the Badgers wining by only a margin of three points.  UWGB’s Keifer Sykes had an opportunity to tie the game up in the last second but unfortunately the shot he put up didn’t go in.  This matchup is always a great game to cover.  Not only is there a good deal of action, but the atmosphere is electric.  This year the game was a sell out, packing the Resch Center with the biggest crowd I have ever seen at a UWGB mens game.  Since this game the Phoenix have been on a roll and are currently in first place in the Horizon League conference. As for the Badgers, they have fallen from third in the AP top 25 pole to currently not even being ranked in the pole. Still, there is a lot of basketball left to play this season and things can change quickly in only a matter of a few games.  Here are my favorite shots from the game.  Thanks for looking.

Matt

P.S. I also shot a cool time lapse of the game for UWGB. You can find it at their web site by clicking the link below.

http://www.greenbayphoenix.com/mediaPortal/player.dbml?db_oem_id=22500&id=3106036&catid=39907

 

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Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes reacts in front of Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky after dunking on the first possession against Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin’s Nigel Hayes and Green Bay’s Alec Brown fight for a loose ball.

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Wisconsin’s Wisconsin’s head coach Bo Ryan reacts to a foul call against the Badgers.

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Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes drives to the hoop while being guarded by Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson (12) and  Frank Kaminsky (44).

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Wisconsin’s Josh Gasser is fouled by Green Bay’s Kenneth Lowe.

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Wisconsin’s Ben Brust drives to the hoop past Green Bay’s Greg Mays (left) and Keifer Sykes.

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Green Bay’s head coach Brian Wardle argues a call with an official.

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Wisconsin’s Ben Brust shoots over Green Bay’s Jordan Fouse (4) and Carrington Love (12).

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Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminsky posts up against Green Bay’s Alec Brown.

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Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes shoots a last second shot to try to tie the game while being guarded by Wisconsin’s Traevon Jackson (12) and Frank Kaminsky (44).

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Green Bay’s Keifer Sykes shoots a last second shot to try to tie the game in front of a sell out crowd at the Resch Center in Green Bay WI.