Prequel to the Sequel

A week full of pole vaulting

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 03/02/2011

Over the weekend I stopped by the Big Ten Conference indoor track championships that were held in the Armory to grab some photos for the paper. I’m naturally attracted towards the pole vault competition because I vaulted for two years in high school. I also knew that we had a freshman, Matt Bane, on our team that is really good, and was probably going to place high in the event, which is content the paper was looking for. Bane ended up taking first in the vault and set a new personal record.

While watching others jump, I became aware of the super clean graphical background, something rare in the Armory, behind the crossbar and wanted to grab a frame using it to my advantage. I also decided to include the entire cross bar and use the standards as “bookends” for my photo. I’ve also got this thing going on where I’m composing and cropping my shots for a a 2:1 ratio format.Hopefully I don’t exhaust it too soon.

Illinois’ Matt Bane clears the bar in the pole vault competition during the Big Ten Indoor track championship held at the Armory on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011.


After his stellar performance, Matt ended up being awarded Illini of the Week from the Daily Illini, and I was asked if I could go out and make a portrait or him for the paper. I agreed to shoot him, but quickly realized I had no idea on how to make a pole vault portrait interesting, I had a case of writer’s block. When I arrived I was told I wasn’t allowed to have him take a couple jumps because he wasn’t dressed to do any physical activities, nor was I allowed to shoot his feet, because he was wearing sandals. Knowing I had a very limited amount of time with him, and had certain restrictions, I just had him hold his pole right in front of him. There are probably a ton of different things I could have had him do, but my brain fart prohibited me from it. I am fairly happy with my lighting on it, and I think it produced the most three dimensional looking photo I have ever churned out. My only gripe about the photo is the weird shadow on the right side created by one of my rim lights.

*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini

Track Conference

Posted in Personal, Sports by brmeyer3 on 05/19/2009

On thursday, Summer officially started for me. When i got home, i unpacked all my stuff and threw it into the garage, and hopped right back into my car to go to My high schools track conference. I spent most of my time with my camera magic armed to a pole hoping to get some cool pictures of the pole vaulters. I had a lot of problems with getting focus right and triggering my camera.  Once light was gone, i hand held my camera and did some off camera flash for the jumpers. Sam, from my old high school set a new PR of 15 feet. Another kid from my sister high school, jumped 15′ 6″, beating his previous PR by 2 feet, and he did this after running the 110 m and 300m hurdles, which i still dont know how he managed to do that. In the middle of the whole pole vault frenzy was going on, i managed to get a pretty good pan shot of another kid from Neuqua, its not the slowest pan, but his face is really sharp.

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*All images copyright Brad Meyer

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Track

Posted in Editorial, Sports by brmeyer3 on 05/03/2009

Yesterday afternoon i had the opportunity to shoot the track meet here. It was our only outdoor meet of the year, and i was kind of anxious to shoot it. I got their and started mucking with my remote camera and was constantly fiddling with it. I hung around the pole vault pit for a long time because i jumped in highschool and it is my favorite track event. I didnt shoot nearly as well as i thought i would have tho. I miss jumping a lot, i wish i could still do it, but my broken rotator cuff wont let me. Also shooting with two cameras means twice as many photos, which sucks.

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*All images copyright Brad Meyer and the Daily Illini