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The high school football season is upon us, and I’ve been shooting photos of some individual players for the upcoming previews of the season. I’ve alternated shooting action shots of some of them and portraits of others.

The action photos show what the athletes can do. Their ablilties and athleticsm, their strength and speed, and, through their action, there’s a certain visual excitement to the photos

The portraits are something different. They can show who they are and what they are like. Hopefully something of their internal resolve and determination shows through.

Augusta Chronicle photograher Corey Perrine has created a series of portraits of high school athletes. Using unusual light sources, such as Christmas rope lights and fiber-optic lamps, and light painting techniques, Perrine has created photos that combine the visual vibrancy and excitement of an action photo with the more contemplative aspects of a portrait.

Perrine has a gallery of his photos on the SportsShooter website and a video on how he shot them on the Augusta Chronicle site.

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