2013 Colorado Buffaloes C-Unit

I have been wanting to do this for a while.  Actually even before I moved to Colorado.  At the Great Alaska Shootout they have fans dress up and the fan favorite gets to sit on a couch placed court side to watch the game. But, I moved away.  At one of my first football games in Boulder, I saw a fan dressed up in Halo armor and suddenly my idea started to formulate again.

Nothing happened through football season, but then Basketball season started and suddenly I had the chance to move forward on my ideas.  I talked to the media contact at the University of Colorado and pitched my idea to him and he was good with it, so then I went to a couple fans that dress up for the games and pitched the idea to them and they loved it.  So, we got going on planning and last Sunday I had 9 costumed Buffs fans show up to have photos taken.

I wanted to do something edgy, and so I picked a location in front of a big black poster in the concourse area of the Coors Event Center.  On this poster there is a screened photo of a buffalo.  What a great background.  I used rim lighting via two Vivitar 285’s flashes behind my subjects at an angle, and then my Canon 580 EXII on camera with a grid.  I just wanted a little fill light.  Yes, I could have pulled the 580 off of my camera, but it was at such low power and just being used for a little fill, it did not make that big a difference on or off camera.

Here are the results!

I would change a couple things.  I needed a little more light for Buff Girl, and Flash Buff the pose just did not hit me.  But Buff Man and Buff Hair came out just how I wanted….

These photos are available for media use only through Cal Sport Media.

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