I wanted to give a little background to the development of this image. A few have asked. I had the idea of a backlot soccer match that made reference to David and Goliath and it seemed to offer a lot of character and potential. I opted to shoot in studio for production control and lack of a perfect location; dirt, sweat and scrapes all crafted by stylists. After a little study of paintings of the famous Biblical seen, I roughly sketched out a placement composition.br /br /One of the biggest challenges was to get these reserved teens (some who didn’t speak English very well) to open up and get in the mood. In truth, they were taking turns growling and running from a yellow shirt tied onto a c-stand. I spent several days after shooting environmental elements and then began compositing. After some trial and error, I fine-tuned the masking, shadows and blending of the elements. Lastly, I added some color enhancement, contrast and texture to give it the final touch. A lot of work, but a fun image to bring to life.
Here’s some production and progress photos: