Behind the lens: Super Bowl illustration brings story into view

Photographer: Richard Gwin

Camera: Nikon D1H digital

Lens: 80-200mm set at 86mm

Shutter speed: 1/250

ISO: 250

Aperture: f18

Food writer Jim Baker wanted to write a story about Super Bowl-watching parties and the food of choice at such gatherings: buffalo-style chicken wings.

There's really no way to visually tell that story before Super Bowl Sunday except to create a photo illustration. Baker figured he could gather appropriate props: a plate of wings and common accompaniments, beer and some sports memorabilia to represent the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots, who meet today in Houston for Super Bowl XXXVIII.

But how would we bring all the parts together to best tell the story? Imagining a Super Bowl gathering, the answer came to me: a TV. I went to Stoneback Appliance, 925 Iowa, and picked up an old out-of-commission television with its guts ripped out and brought it back to the studio. The rest was easy. I arranged the props on a table behind the empty TV screen and used two white strobe lights to achieve depth of field.

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