About a week ago, I had an assignment to make a portrait of roller coaster enthusiast Todd Neese. Normally, I would attempt to photograph a subject participating in their activity of choice rather than posing for a portrait. But Neese did not have any immediate plans to ride a coaster. Also, the nearest roller coaster would involve a lengthy drive. So, I did the next best thing and brought a roller coaster to the photo studio. Before Todd came to The Times building to have his portrait made, I had him email me a couple photos he had taken during his recent coaster excursions.
With this set of images, I decided to project one photograph against a white seamless backdrop to give the appearance that Neese was in front of the coaster. In addition to that, I used an off-camera speedlight to separate Todd from the background image. I also used a slower exposure and moved my camera to give the sense of motion.
Here’s the final product that accompanied Doug Doughty’s August 15 story. To read Doug’s story click here
- Jared Soares