Recently, Houston-based photographer Robert Seale was hired by Sports Illustrated magazine to make a picture of Tampa Bay Rays slugger Evan Longoria for its April 4, 2011 issue. Like so much of what Seale does, the strong photo he produced was the combination of a good idea, extensive preparation and, in this instance, a willingness to photograph straight up from beneath a 400lb sheet of Plexiglas. Here is his account of how the photo came together.

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