Archive for August, 2009

“muchacha sucia”

August 31, 2009 2 comments

“dirty girl”  is all in reference to the “grungy laundromat themed photoshoot” that I did with local photographer. Anyways, this was a last minute shoot that sounded like something I’d like to do. It consisted of 2 make up artists, 4 girls and 2 photogs. It was a really cool theme, anyways, I’m happy with it, I’ve been playing a lot more in Lightroom 2 as well. Lighting was pretty simple I used a ab800 camera right 1/4 power in a 54″ photek softliter, and sb800 for a rim at about 50mm 1/8 to 1/16th power. I wish i had a set of grids during this shoot, so much that when I got home I ordered a set of 7″ grids for my alienbees, and a 22″grid for my beauty dish for next shoot!!

don’t mind the edits, I thought they were suiting to the location/grungyness of the image. kind of went for that desaturated/bump in contrast “pin up style” edit.

and lastly heres molly kaiser, i actually took a setup shot of this one which i’m proud of since i usually pack up with the quickness and leave!

heres the setup shot: btw, voice activated light stand only used for this shot, i thought it would be like extra eye candy! =P

on a more personal note, I had a pretty big oral surgery the morning after the shoot, and well i’m now minus one wisdom tooth, and 2 problematic teeth, and minus a little bit of bone from my jaw……sounds fun right? If a dentist tells you, you might need a bone graft? that means you might be SOL, and in for a crap ton of pain. just a little random FYI….

more updates coming! check back soon!!!


shooting babies

August 17, 2009 Leave a comment

sounds really gnarly, but its really not. HAHA! A friend of mine John G who just recently had a birthday requested to have pictures taken of his god daughter and niece. I agreed knowing i’d have to do a photoshoot soon of my nephew as well. One thing I didn’t realize is how hard it is to get both babies attention and how physically draining it is. I thought I was bad with babies, John’s about 10x worse than I am, and not to mention his face was just….priceless. I’m not gonna post up the traditonal ones, but more of edits i was playing with. this was shot in home, white seamless over carpet (soft in case they fell over or anything) with ab800+22” beauty dish camera right, ab800 with a 56″ softliter used for fill above babies, and 2 sb800’s into seamless. (yes i think this could have been a 2 light project, but i decided on white seamless for some reason)

this one for example, i was going for that “ceramic doll” type look with the dead to earth type look in her eyes. I think it came out okay for roughly a few min in PS. I think this picture would be rad for a “zombie baby” look!

This one was not shot high key, but edited for a highkey, sepia tone stock photo.  (if that makes any sense at all!!) anyways i blew it out on purpose because you know whats there, then again these edits arent for everyone.

also, I got word of another showing of “ROUGE” next thursday, so expect this week’s tuesday project and that to come in the near future! also a photoshoot of paulo’s new daily driver.  (havent done a rig shot in forever, need to brush up!)

photo assignment: bboy type shoot

August 17, 2009 Leave a comment

So this week’s strobist assignment was pretty dope. It was pretty much a test shoot for more of a skater/bboy/athlete type photo shoot. The group got larger this week as well! We tried out a new spot and really at first just tried to see if we’d get kicked out, it ended up going so smoothly we all got to shoot/set up the lighting to our liking. It would have helped if we actually had someone that fit the profile, but we just shot with what we had. Maybe next time I’ll bust out some pre-2002 bboy freezes! hah! (i dont think that’ll ever happen). I used my newly acquired alien bee 22” beauty dish, and al’s new century stand+boom combo (which is next on my list of purchases). We used 4 lights, ab800 fill from above, 2 sb800’s from sides for rim, and sb900 up top for accent light.  The thing with these photowalks is mainly time. Some of the Canon guy’s  cameras were having a hard time focusing in the dark, I wasn’t having problems with that, my own eyesight was my enemy. I couldnt see where the rear sb900 was, and endedup with the flash as a specular highlight more than an accent for the person. (it kind of worked out in some photos though) anyways, every tuesday in the las vegas area we’ll be doing this.

one of eric, one of the photogs there and one of the set up below (photo credit to: al powers)

and a group shot from the night. photo edited by al powers.

dead on arrival

August 11, 2009 Leave a comment

so i’ve been pretty busy flipping upgrading gear lately, I finally added two sb800’s to my gearlist. Nikon’s CLS is to blame, as along with my buddy Al Powers.  Exactly a week ago was the revival of our weekly tuesday photo walks/excursions. We bring a few friends (other photogs) and try to do a creative lighting assignment each week.  Anyways, last week led us downtown. I’m sure as the weeks go by , the content will get better, as its a work in progress right now I think it went pretty well, and i’m looking foward to later on tonight! We used the “light on a stick” method with an umbrella bracket/shoot-through for most of the shots. Anyways,  onto the photos!

this one was a bit sketchy if i wanted to use it or not, it was a 1 second exposure, hence the shake/blur in the background. i think its just enough in focus to use it.

fremont st is always fun because random (drunk) people are always coming up and talking to you. in this case i was  “dude in blue” hahaha! apparently next guy wearing blue they wanted a picture with ::rolls eyes:: and here you have it.

that pic was taken by al, LOL. FML

heres a pic of mine of  the  d90 video of what just happened. LOL, playing in black and white lately.

and one of my favorites from the night. if only i focused on the girls expression/eyes rather than the creepy dude asking for money! This was probably my favorite because of the feeling you get, everyones disgusted/creeped out and i don’t have to really tell a story at all to get that feeling.

thats it for now! check back soon!

don’t forget your fork, theres pie!

August 3, 2009 1 comment

So its been a while since my trip now, and I do have some pics I’d like to share. No car pics yet as I’m working on a feature for  motormavens featuring sean’s shop and his infamous ae86.  The hawaii trip for me was rough, lots of sad times, good times, good friends/family etc, getting lost, towed, irritated to shit, you know…stuff that makes vacations memorable. Hah!  Anyways, I did take a ton of pictures, but i’ll only post 5 or so. I still think I didn’t have enough time shooting, and left the islands unfulfilled, but I’ll try to plan another trip next year! maybe just stick to Kauai, Maui, and Big Island, Oahu = do not want.  Budget car won’t have to charge me $27 a day for not being under 25 anymore either! WHAT A RIP!!! btw I’m 25 now, next stop 30’s =x!

Heres a picture of the Hanalei Pier (across the street from my grandparents house). This place has some of the nicest sunsets i’ve ever seen, Its a shame i didnt get more pictures, I actually spent most of my time there repairing, fixing or cleaning things. I actually spent 2 days putting together/pulling out a front end and getting a 88 Toyo P/U to run again. (what kind of vacation is that right?/nah i enjoyed it!)

One thing about Kauai, is that its the wettest Island in the chain. It rains everyday even if it doesn’t seem like it. Shortly after this pic was taken it went from slight showers to heavy rain, so of course with all my gear i went to seek shelter under the pier. I had to wait for the rain to stop, so why not set up for another pic?

Heres another night on the northern shore of the hanalei bay.  the colors just make me miss that place so much already!

Okay, enough of hanalei, I’ll end up posting a million pictures!!!  Heres one of Honomua Bay/marine sanctuary! (made me wish i was a stronger/swimmer/diver) i hear its absolutely beautiful underneath there!

which is near hawaii kai, which is just photographers heaven. you can walk by a million different spots that scream hawaii in the backdrop. seriously made me think of wedding photographer’s dream.

I’m going to wrap up this post with several pictures of a best friend of mine. I’ve known Jon since 1997ish? He’s an active auto enthusiasts and has had some really sick rides, especially his last daily 350z/sc300.  Anyways, he wanted to get pics taken w/his gf kyley, so we hit up a few spots. thank god for sb28’s and elinchrom skyports. it really makes traveling light easy!