Portraits: Taekwon-do Varsity 2012

Written by Nasir Hamid on March 6th, 2012

Shortly before I photographed the Oxford Powerlifting team I caught the start of the Taekwon-do in the Oxford v Cambridge 2012 Varsity competition. I didn’t have much time so I only managed to photograph three members of the Oxford team, the other two portraits below are of spectators. I made these portraits off to the side of where the fighting was taking place and unfortunately I couldn’t find a clear section of wall to use as a background.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RZ67 and 110mm lens with Fuji Acros 100 film, processed in Kodak HC110 (dilution b) 1:31.

Fighter #1

Fighter #2

Fighter #3

Joram helping me test my lighting

A cool looking spectator that I thought would make a good portrait.


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Gerard says:

    I think I kind of prefer the out of focus area as a frame, like you see in the third and fifth images here, rather than a blank wall….

    • Nasir Hamid says:

      Thanks, Gerard. The background isn’t as distracting as it could have been. I was in a rush to set this up and I had hoped to get a darker background by having the subjects stand away from it and I didn’t expect the strobe to illuminate the back wall as much as it did.
      Maybe next time I’ll take a digital body as a Polaroid. I prefer not to rely on it and did this without.

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