Amazing Photo of NBA Star Anthony Davis Dunking the Sun

Recently Custom SLR Photographer Dustin Snipes was approached by Red Bull to do something really unbelievable…shoot NBA star Anthony Davis dunking the sun. Yes, you read that right.

Check out the finished product:

Anthony Davis dunks the sun

Obviously shooting the sun poses quite a few challenges:

  • It’s bright
  • It moves
  • It can seriously hurt your eyes

Dustin found a few ways around this:

  • He added 8-stop ND filter
  • He scoped out the spot and stuck to a strict schedule
  • He wore dark sunglasses, had the filter on, and squinted a lot. (Although, despite all of this, his eyes still were sensitive after the shoot.)
Dustin Snipes photographs Anthony Davis dunking the sun

    Many of you may wonder why he didn’t simply Photoshop the image. We asked Dustin, and he said there were talks of using a bright light to imitate the sun or using Photoshop to create the image of the sun, but he said he wanted to “do it right.” They chose the location specifically for this shoot, and there was nothing obstructing the view of the sun. One thing’s for sure: Dustin’s persistence and hard work paid off with this surreal shot.

    NBA star Anthony Davis dunks the sun

    You can get a glimpse behind the scenes in this short video:

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    Getting Creative to Get the Shot: The "Human Shoulder-Pod"

    Guest post by Ryan Taylor

    You don’t always have what you need to get the shotthat’s when you have to get creative. Whether it’s because you didn’t have time to get a proper scout in before the shoot, you discover a new angle while on location, or it’s just impossible to get a piece of equipment to the location (like a ladder), sometimes you have to improvise.

    Oftentimes I have been on shoots that require us to hike a decent amount in order to get to the location. Bringing a piece of equipment like a ladder is just completely out of the question. Because of this, you can often find me trying to climb anything to get different perspectives.

    A while back I was on a shoot where this was the case. I was talking through the shot we were getting with the client. While I thought what we were getting was good, it would be a lot better if I could get a bit higher vantage point. Unfortunately there was nothing to climb. He jokingly suggested I get on his shoulders. I laughed for a second, and then thought to myself that it wasn’t a bad idea. I wouldn’t exactly be described as a “large person,” and figured it was worth a shot.

    The extra few feet that I got was just what I needed, and I have been using this technique ever since. Recently we’ve even found ourselves on shoots almost looking for the “shoulder-pod” angle. It often gets weird looks from spectators, whether they’re spectators in downtown San Francisco or angry sparrows protecting their nests along running trails on the coast. It may be unconventional, but I can tell you one thing: It definitely works.

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    [VIDEO] "The Last String:" A Tribute to Tennis Racket Stringer John Mundorff's Career and Love Story


    Video/ Photos by: Long Nguyen Words by: Amy Rigby

    The little shop at 533A Ramona Street was easy to overlook. Tucked away inside the bustling Nola Restaurant and Bar in downtown Palo Alto, The Racket Web appeared to be nothing but a tiny room filled with tennis memorabilia. Antique wooden rackets, vintage tennis ball tins and yellowing newspaper clippings lined the walls.

    Similarly, the owner, John Mundorff, soft spoken and exceedingly modest, was easy to overlook. But the moment photographer Long Nguyen set foot in the store in early 2013 to get a tennis racket restrung, he knew there was more than met the eye.

    "The first day I met John, I knew that I wanted to document him,“ Nguyen said. “I can’t describe what I felt, but I knew that someone needed to tell his story.”

    In September 2014, Nguyen found out Mundorff would be shutting down The Racket Web within the next month. That's what inspired Nguyen to produce "The Last String," a touching tribute to Mundorff's career and, somewhat surprisingly, a love story too.

    What many passersby on their way to enjoy a meal in Nola never realized was that the man in the tiny store inside this busy restaurant served as the sole racket stringer for the Stanford University tennis teams for 30 years. During that time, Stanford won 27 NCAA titles.

    "You might not measure my career in terms of financial things and stuff like that," Mundorff said. "But I think I've done a pretty good job. I'm proud of it."

    Mundorff opened The Racket Web in October 1977, after taking up tennis as a hobby with his wife. Back then the store was surrounded by other small businesses—a frame store, a tie-dye shop and a pottery studio. By 2014, Mundorff's was the last store standing.

    During his 37 years of stringing rackets in his shop, he worked with tennis coach greats Dick Gould and Frank Brennan, growing to see them more as friends than as clients. In fact, Mundorff recalled the time his wife suffered a heart attack; Gould was one of the first in line to visit her.

    "It cheered her up..." Mundorff said, trailing off as he choked back tears. Finally he whispered, "I can't talk about that.”

    For Mundorff (known as "Mundy" to the Stanford tennis teams), the most valuable part of his career was not the wins, the titles or the prestige—it was the friendships he formed. 

    "This place has been a hub of all those friendships,” he said. “This is where they came together. That's not going to be there anymore, but the lasting memories for me, and hopefully for them, will still be there.”

    Though stringing rackets was a labor of love, Mundorff decided to retire in October 2014 in order to pursue his true love: his wife of 47 years.

    "We got married to be together," he said. "You take all these vows and stuff about 'Till death do you part'...but you're parted by work. We want to be together. So I'm looking forward to it."

    He described a recent trip to Santa Cruz, where he and his wife walked hand-in-hand, had an outdoor brunch, and spent time "just looking at each other” while enjoying the sunshine.

    "We're looking forward to those kind of simple things,” Mundorff said. “Just being together."

    Though The Racket Web is closed now, the memorabilia packed up and stored away long ago, the legacy of Mundorff’s passion and love will live on long after the last string is strung.

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