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Tales From The Tryst

October 28, 2010 1 comment

I did a photoshoot for XS and TRYST nightclubs for the halloween promo/flyer. It was pretty last minute request and I wasn’t completely informed of how this would turn out, so i just found out what was going on in each scene and lit and shot them appropriately. It was last minute but the photos worked out, and I had a blast, if I were to do it again, I would have done a few things differently, but overall had a great time working with everyone! The flyers were not done by me, once the photos are shot its usually up to the art director/graphic designer for the final product, which the photographer has little to zero input 90% of the time 100% of the time.

This is my edit, of a similar photo used in the Tryst flyer.

Above photo is just cleaned up of small imperfections, but the tones were pretty much straight out of camera. This was the first time i got to use my new Paul C. Buff 86″ PLM v2 Reflector.

This was definitely one of my favorite shots….its just a cool shot even though we had some “wing failure”.

The theme from both XS and TRYST was awesome. Thanks to Danny Mahoney for bringing me in on this shoot. Had a blast!! check out XS Blog here!

and we took a bunch on white as well.

These can be found all around Town Square.

Tonight is Tales from The Tryst, perfect time for the blog post (I thought). Have a safe Halloween everyone!!!

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shenanigans!!

April 20, 2010 Leave a comment

“This photo was taken by Al Powers after we conducted a lighting test. This is with a speedotron beautydish w/30 degree grid. And yes, I’m in SPACE!!!”

So, not meaning to back track, but Friday I helped out my good friend Al Powers with a lighting test between a 7′ white Photoflex octabox, 70″ white lastolite umbrella, and a silver 86″ PLM. Check out his comparison here. My personal favorite was the 86″ PLM, the light quality/efficiency and price make it the best bang for the buck modifier on the market, and I’m honestly almost sick of waiting for mine. I’ve been waiting for my version 1 PLM forever, but recently was told I’d be recieving Version 2 upon arrival of the product (whenever that is). The PLM has its downsides however, If used outdoors, I’d feel so much better using the photoflex 7′ Octadome just because I know it won’t “lift-off” on a windy day, you can also use just the inner diffusion panel for a more “edgy” look vs using the inner/outter diffusion panels.

Oh….and if you ever bought any sandisk extreme 3/4 card, install that program called Rescue Pro. I accidentally deleted about three photos in a row that I wanted to “LOCK”, and well, I got really lucky that’s all. Also, living off of 3-4hours every day will eventually take its toll and make you speak jibberish and do stupid things. Lesson learned, well at least I hope so…

One more thing….Happy Birthday DAD!!!!

Going back…way back…back into time..

February 4, 2010 Leave a comment

I remember when my brother first got his Nikon DSLR, it was a Nikon D70. I was pretty jealous as I think I had saved up for my first Canon powershot g3!! Talk about old-school! I remember it came with a 32mb CF type 1 card, and i paid about $80 for a one gigabyte card! Anyways, I didn’t know I’d end up having such an interest in photography as I do now. Nikon has always been “backwards” to me coming since my first DSLR was a 30D, from lens mounting to just the wheels in general. Thankfully the Nikon D700 has options where you can reverse the wheels, and tiny creature comforts that made the transition a lot smoother. Well, I purchased a 2nd hand D70s from a buddy on OTAP. He gave me a smokin’ deal I couldn’t pass up. I’ve been looking for a 2nd (crop/aps-c) body for family stuff, walking around, and the d700 is kind of intimidating to point at strangers (on both ends!), this one looks like I’ll be able to get away with more stuff, and shooting in certain areas as its not-so-serious looking.
Why a D70s? Why not? well, I guess it’s because I’m cheap and not made of money! When I need to start shooting 2 serious bodies, well I’ll think about it then. Right now this is perfect, the prehistoric 5 AF points, and the electronic shutter (which allows 1/500 sync speed) will suit just fine for a walk around body and high-speed-sync sun-killer. It kind of reminds me why I wanted a DSLR in the first place, which was mainly Image-Quality, off-camera flash abilities, and that narrow depth-of-field shots my brother used to always take which my Powershot couldn’t do for the life of it.
I decided to test it out, and do an outdoor “sportrait” during mid-afternoon. I think it came out decent, there are a few things wrong with these, but I’m kind of posting these a bit premature, I just shot these yesterday, so don’t mind my funky edits. This one is from the D70s.

I know I can light outdoors now which is good to know for future shoots. I believe that shot was at 1/500, I should have pushed it a bit more, and thats was with 3 strobes with diffusers on full blast!

That was with the D700, different edit/tones than the last, this pose looked a lot better in black and white, almost gave it more feeling. You can see a lot more detail with the D700, but thats to be expected. And lastly a set-up shot! I can’t believe I actually remembered!

On a more personal note, I started shooting for work again! I haven’t shot nightlife since end of December! This weekend I’ll be shooting the UNLV vs BYU game, I can’t wait! Looks like the rest of the week I’ll be at the SpyOn Open Bar events! Check it out, and get your photo taken! Thanks for stopping by! Leave me a comment if you like these behind the scene type shots. I’ll start to do this more if there’s a demand. Good ni….Morning! and have a great day!

dolls n laundry pt 2

October 10, 2009 Leave a comment

It took a little bit longer than wanted to actually have these photos up. I ended up having to get my own model release forms filled, and ended up going with a different edit than the original ones I posted up previously. Please check out the blog post “muchacha sucia” as I updated photos there. I had a problem with the original ones I edited. Hopefully Enjoly and the the girls enjoy these, I look forward to working with her on future projects.
this one of Corina was one of my favorites, its got a dramatic feel to it vs the others

another of faith

and one of jenna, she also works at hypnotic with enjoly, and has a great attitude! all very nice people for sure!

So Formula D Irwindale “Final Round” is coming up, and I cannot wait! I also did a shoot of a local buddy’s car out here. Shot it with natural light and with strobes, figuring out what i’m going to do with the set at the moment. I also took delivery of my custom built rig =P. I can’t wait to test it out, too bad the last car i shot has carbon everything and a flat black roof!! i dont want to risk anything at the moment, might just have to use it on a different car!!

Painting with Light

September 18, 2009 4 comments

So….there has been an abundance of  automotive fluorescent lighting threads using constant light sources, strip lights, and other types of baller lighting gear.  I was curious to see what kind of results could be had with LED light sources and fluorescent tubes  (stuff i have at home), but first I needed a car!  I called up Nick Dizon from Vegasdrift because well, simply he has the cleanest Z in town, and he’s usually down for stuff like this! Plus his car is black, and lets get real, shooting black cars at night isn’t always the easiest to do…(reflections are killer and lighting setup is different than other color cars…at least for me) so this would be the perfect choice! All I used was a portable power supply (could be replaced by a location with a wall socket) and a craftsman 2′ fluorescent garage work tube. I did a test pass with the LED’s and was not a fan, maybe if you light it from behind the cameras POV, but theres no point really and rather bust out the speedlites.

I tried all different types of passes on the car, just to see how it would result, and see what I liked/disliked, just an FYI, the final shot i’m going to post was about 25 seconds long, and I made about 4 passes on the car. I also took a still image w/out lights and used to the background for a composite in case I left a light trail somehwere (which I did) Later that night I came to a conclusion doing a composite  of each pass would probably be the best/time efficient. you can really get the type of highlights you’re looking for by doing so, just don’t plan on having a huge set, with this type of lighting, so shoot some off during daylight if you’re looking for more than one picture!

here is one of the first sets that we did, lots of harsh reflections in the body and uneven fluoro, this was  due to time, I didn’t know what to expect and these were the results.

This one was worth the night in my opinion.

Overall, I had a great time trying this out, and think the results are pretty cool for what little equipment was needed. This is something that anyone with a DSLR, a tripod and some garage work fluorescent lights can do, which is pretty awesome.  Yes the picture isn’t perfect and completely to my standards, as the front/rear bumpers lose detail at the bottom, but its not bad in my opinion for starters. I will probably work on this a little bit more, add a few things, try multiple light sources, etc. but don’t expect a “how-to” then!

Lighting

July 4, 2009 1 comment

With my work/school schedule, shooting at optimal times is hard for me. I shoot whenever I can fit it in, and portable power is a must. I usually have at least 3 speedlights on me at a time, but I decided for the next 2 cars to use 2 AB800’s and my Vagabond II (portable power pack).

Virtual Works Racing is a local shop that does all fabrication in house. From intake/turbo manifolds to roll cages, to one off suspension parts. A good friend of mine, Juddi Lin is working on updating their website/myspace page and long time friend with the shop owner. The supra shown below is shop owner Dana Westover’s daily driver. Dana puts out some of the fastest and cleanest drag supra’s on the west coast. You might recognize his drag supra which is the blue mkiv on the bfgoodrich ads that are still in print. Anyways, 850+ hp, daily driven, stock interior with roll bar/door bars. Thought I’d work on my lighting. I actually want to shoot some of their manifolds for fun some day. Their work there is top notch!

dana

I shot this car later that day. This is Nick Dizon’s daily driven Nissan 350z. Fresh from the paint shop with brand new Origin aero. Nick is the owner of the vegasdrift website, and in charge of all their SICK local events. He’s also throwing the vegas pro am for formula d vegas. check it out if you didnt see the flyer a few posts back at vegasproam.com. I wish we had these monthly events when I was still driving. It’s actually hard to go to one of his events and not give in and buy a missile car to destroy at the local jams.

nicks 350

Forrest Wang so happened to be in town, with his new daily driven s14, and met up during the photoshoot. I did grab a few pics, not my best rig shot, but this was the widest i had on me at the time (Tamron 17-35 on D300). I ended up having problems with that lens copy, and had to actually swap it out for another one. Quality control is a problem across the board it seems no matter what company. heres one of the quick edits. congrats to forrest for 3rd place during D1 Anaheim!

forrest

On another note… I really need to up my game, I think my job/school/personal life really conflicts with shooting, and I need to maybe challenge myself more. I think I might do a weekly photo challenge to keep this blog healthy. (after my 2nd trip to hawaii july 12-22) Check for updates from there as well. If I could get more cars featured places that would be nice as well….hmm…..lots to do..

Redbull Feature!!

March 28, 2009 Leave a comment

So I’m pretty excited that my coverage from Redbull’s WDC got featured in the March issue of Modified Magazine! Thanks a lot to Mike Maez for making it happen!!

modifiedspread

So I was asked to take bikini shots of a friend of a friend. I usually only shoot cars/events so I had a friend of mine tag along, Al Powers (powersimagery.com). He brought out his Vagabond II, an ab1600 and photek softlighter. Between those a few light stands, 580exII’s and a shoot-through umbrella the results came out fantastic!!

nayeli