I went to a football game to meet the Middleton High School cheerleaders and to take a few photographs. The goal was to capture some of the excitement of a high school football game. I quickly discovered that my focus had turned to the players on the football field. I moved along the sideline trying to capture the exact moment when the ball was caught, or when a great tackle was made. Nothing felt quite right, though.
I began walking around to the other side of the football field and stopped to see what the point of view was like, and knew I had found my image. This is what I saw through my viewfinder.
Although this wasn't a very dramatic image, what I envisioned was a kind of one-versus-many kind of standoff. The editing required the removal of the teammate in the background and a re-cropping of the image area to create the look image that I wanted. In addition to refining the beginnings of the finished image, it still required much more drama and impact.
With the team colors in mind, I edited the background with a matching color in mind and punched up the colors of the player to make him the focal point and eliminate any distraction from the background. The image was finished off with a matching secondary border color and expanded frame to give the image a finished look.
The resulting image is a unique, stylized piece of sports art, and is a great way to highlight the power of sports.