Patriot's Tight End Aaron Hernandez (81) loses his helmet on a hard tackle by Linebacker David Harris (52) of the New York Jets. Photo By Heinz Kluetmeier / Sports Illustrated

In the second half of a late season game at Patriot Field, most of the stadium was cloaked in shade except for a slash of reflected sunlight from the VIP box windows. I walked to the other side of the field with hopes of capturing that narrow tunnel of light. I was all by myself at that spot with no other photographers or players nearby…always a good sign! 

Then the play happened…and off came the helmet of a tattooed, well-muscled super hero! Occasionally it’s nice to have dreams working out for you in the spotlight of reflected light…taken tight! Shot loose, it would have been nothing but a field of darkness with a just a glimpse of a focused “sun strobe.”

Heinz Kluetmeier

Heinz KluetmeierHeinz Kluetmeier was born in Berlin, Germany, and raised in Milwaukee, Wisonsin. At 15, he was already shooting pictures for The Associated Press and after high school, was offered a full-time job with the AP, but he chose to study engineering. While attending Dartmouth College, Kluetmeier continued to shoot in the summers for the Milwaukee Journal and the AP and after graduating in 1966, worked for a year as an engineer. Shortly thereafter, Kluetmeier became a staff photographer for Time, Inc. where he shot for both Sports Illustrated and Life magazines. He has since shot over 125 covers for Sports Illustrated and twice served as their Director of Photography. Some of his best known images are his 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice' cover, and his underwater shot of Michael Phelps winning the 100m butterfly by 0.01 of a second at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


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