Mount Baker High School junior Alec Postlewait uses the earth to take down opponents and is our All-Whatcom County Boys’ Wrestler of the Year. He was photographed at Cowden’s Bellingham batch facility at Stoneridge Wednesday, March 23, in Bellingham.
The earth element photo was the hardest to brainstorm and make interesting. I also ran into a few road bumps during this portrait. Basically, I didn’t have any lights available. I resorted to having one flash gaffers taped (a photographer’s life saver) to a large softbox that was connected to my camera with an off-camera chord. And then I had sunlight. I used the softbox (with reporter Joe Sunnen’s help) to block the sun from Alec as much as possible. I wanted him to be coming at the camera while looking mean with the sand coming through his hands. It’s not as dramatic as I originally wanted this picture to be, but with the tools I had available, it’s decent.