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UB photographer uses ‘multiple’ approach to show athletics in new light

Multiple-exposure photo illustration of wrestlers.

“When I saw that the wrestling team competed on a mat with a very large UB Bulls spirit mark, I knew I had to get this shot directly from above,” Levere says. But it wasn’t easy. It required the coordination and approval of various individuals in order to mount the camera under the scoreboard in Alumni Arena and control it wirelessly. Due to the timing of the matches, the camera had to be in position about 40 minutes before the matches started. The remote system had to stay up until the last match was completed over an hour and a half later. The camera was mounted with a 16mm fisheye lens, with Levere correcting for distortion from the lens in post-production.

By UBNOW STAFF

Published January 11, 2021

In early 2019, while thinking of different and unique ways to photograph athletics on campus, University Communications photographer Douglas Levere had an idea: He would make some creative multiple exposures of sporting events.

Multiples, as in hundreds of images.

“Putting the camera on a tripod and shooting multiple exposures of a sporting event allows the athletes, ball and fans to move and be in different places from frame to frame over the course of hundreds of exposures,” Levere explains.

“After the shoot I take these images into Photoshop and select the best ones to create a single multiple exposure composed of hundreds of images,” he adds.

The result is the completed photo illustration shown here. The images were scheduled to be published last winter, and then the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Multiple-exposure photo illustration of divers.
Multiple-exposure photo illustration of basketball players.
Multiple-exposure photo illustration of water polo players.

Levere plans to photograph other sports, such as football, soccer, track and field, fencing, softball, hockey, boxing, lacrosse, rugby and table tennis, in a similar fashion in the future.

“I continually try to find new ways to see the university and draw our community to view, consume, engage and enjoy our campuses,” Levere says. “Being able to create these photo multiples of different sports allows me to be more creative and show UB’s campuses in a new light.”

Multiple-exposure photo illustration of women's volleyball players.

Says Levere: “This was the first sport I tried to shoot with this multiple exposure method. I moved to several locations shooting three different matches, making sure to photograph many instances of the ball and as many action shots of different players to paste them into the multiple later on.”