BTS: Martin Schoeller Photographs Ryan Lochte

Photo ©Martin Schoeller

Martin Schoeller is one of my favorite photographers, and it so cool to see a BTS video of the Time cover above with a few nice layers of technical info included.

Video and links after the jump.

So that black background didn't just happen by fall-off. Schoeller and his crew spent some time on this, but got a really nice set of images. No idea what the underwater strobes were. If anyone knows, hit us in the comments. There is a "Behind the Covers" piece at Time's website. For more of Martin's work, see his portfolio site, or this annotated BTS video of a female bodybuilder portrait.


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Blogger David Hobby said...

Sorry about the scrunched-up text below the embedded video. Something about the embed code from Time is breaking my HTML below the vid, and I can't fix it.

Any suggestions, I am all ears. Or if the video pops up somewhere else, like YT, please let me know and I will embed from there.


July 19, 2012 1:55 PM  
Blogger Goes.2.Eleven said...

Maybe it's just an Apple display thing. Looks fine on Internet Explorer.

July 19, 2012 2:00 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


It's the link breaks, actually. Neither enter or hard BR tags are working after the embed code, and I can't see why. Also, there are little lines after the text that are a result of the same.

Hopefully, they will port the vid to a more embed-friendly venue soon. They often do. I'll swap it then.

July 19, 2012 2:30 PM  
Blogger said...

I saw that in my Timepictures twitterfeed and i have to say that the swim cover is absolutely smashing.
The other two was good as well, but the swimcover is so crisp.

July 19, 2012 3:37 PM  
Blogger Drew Shapiro said...

I'm guessing his submerged strobes are Ikelites with optical triggers- pretty standard setup for SCUBA photography. With full manual control, they'd be perfect for an assignment like this.

July 19, 2012 4:15 PM  
Blogger Jürgen Banda-Hansmann said...

I had a look at Time's Behind the Covers page and was amazed how much in the images was changed in post. Have a look at the the cover image of Lolo Jones and the image it is based on.

July 20, 2012 2:13 AM  
Blogger kristin said...

a bit of a non-sequitur: I just recently came across Martin Schoeller's work and have been reading up on him. how the heck do of say his last name? is it skeller? shoaler? somethg else?

July 20, 2012 9:01 AM  
Blogger kristin said...

oops - never mind; he says his name in the video. dur.

July 20, 2012 9:04 AM  
Blogger brian bankton said...

Been a fan of Martin Schoeller for a while. What an awesome image....

July 20, 2012 10:39 AM  
Blogger stefano giovannini said...

Pretty amazing photos. It looks like he used underwater enclosures for cameras and strobes.

his last name is pronounced Shöller

"oe" , ø, ö and the similar french "eu" have a similar sound half way between "o" and "eh". Do not think the sound exists in English - as French actors' names Depardieu and Deneuve gets often mispronounced

July 20, 2012 1:24 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hey David,

How about an NSFW on links? I have come to blindly follow/trust your links and was a bit surprised by a NSFW image in the portfolio collection.

Happy Friday


July 20, 2012 10:48 PM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


Dude. If you are "blindly" following people, and have a very low tolerance for that kind of content (I saw nothing NSFW) you have a recipe for repeated disaster.

Might wanna back away from the internet a few steps.

July 20, 2012 11:39 PM  
Blogger [AS] Photography said...

David, I had watched and shared this video before, that is bit in more detail on similar underwater photo shoot. Probably this might help to understand the setup better.

July 21, 2012 7:26 AM  
Blogger sd_nyc said...

Black water is easier when they're swimming in open waters.
I tend to shoot at -2EV and a polarizer helps.

July 24, 2012 5:24 PM  
OpenID Simon said...

Regarding the dotted underline, in this post you have
span class="full post" (two classes)
instead of
span class="fullpost" (one class)
and the post class is the one adding the dotted underline. Changing to one word fullpost should do the trick.

July 25, 2012 2:58 AM  
Blogger David Hobby said...


Thank you! The breaks are still broken, so must have been two separate issues. But thanks for the other catch. Won't make that mistake again...



July 25, 2012 9:26 AM  
Blogger Haristobald said...

This made me remember a shoot I took a few years ago.

I just had two lights coming from camera left and right a few inches above the surface and snooted to avoid the spill.

A ring flash was used just above the swimmer.

due to the underexposed ambiand the water stayed black.

July 26, 2012 5:36 AM  
Blogger Haristobald said...

here is the link I was talking about ;)

July 26, 2012 5:39 AM  

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