The June 2012 issue of Vogue showcased some great images of several Olympic US athletes with supermodel Karlie Kloss as shot by the legendary photographer. Annie Leibovitz. Annie is known for her complicated lighting and elaborate sets, as well as her stunning photographers. Now, as we get closer to the London Olympics, Vogue has also released the behind the scenes photos of Annie at work, as well as a video. Thanks to The Daily Mail for the photos! Enjoy the photos and the video!
For Ryan Lochte’s photo, Annie had Ryan swim in a plastic layer filled water and suspended over Annie. It is actually a pretty crazy set up, although the reflection on Ryan seems a bit strange to me.
It’s an interesting choice that in all of the backdrop photos, Annie chose to include some of the equipment like the ladder in the shot.
For the Dwayne Wade and Karlie Kloss shoot, Annie shot both talents separately and composited both of them together in post.
Compositing was also done for Mike and Bob Bryan’s photoshoot with Karlie.
Curiously, there was no composite done for Ashton Eaton’s hurdler jump over Karlie! Ashton really jumped over her, and in sand, too.
Finally, I’m actually surprised that Jonathan Horton’s photo with Karlie Kloss did not have the behind the scene pullback. It’s actually a really great image. You can see how it was shot in the video at least.
Check out the video for the Annie Leibovits Olympic photoshoot for US Vogue:
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