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Tuesday
Mar012011

Eight

My friend Steve set up a session with a model and invited me to participate.  The model went by the moniker "Eight."  She was quite tall and and wore heels to boot, so she towered over me.  Eight was a bundle of energy and couldn't wait to start shooting.  We found our first shoot location and I stepped back and started to dial in my initial camera settings only to look up and see that I had already missed four poses.  She meant business. I knew I was going to have to step up my game to keep up with Eight.

Within minutes of starting our shoot, I got this image.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.We moved to a new location a few steps away and I was struck by the blue and green door.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

We then moved to the next establishment over, Halcyon.  The way the overhead lights mixed with the setting sun grabbed my attention.


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Next we rounded the corner and I saw the golden hour light hitting this red window.  


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When the golden hour light faded, we moved a few steps further up the sidewalk.


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Next we hiked a block or two over to the new W Hotel and shot in front of a bare concrete wall.  In this shot, I was looking for a fashion magazine kind of look.


Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.After we finished the shot above, a lady walked up and asked if we wanted to pose the model on her bike.  I was thinking it was a scooter, which would have been fine, but then she motioned over to this Ducati.  Whoa! We were going to put the bike on the sidewalk that you see on the right, but luck was not on our side.  The moment she drove the bike up on the sidewalk, four cops who were having dinner at a sidewalk cafe immediately told her to get the bike off of the sidewalk.  I thought we were in trouble, but somehow we were able to negotiate a few minutes in this lane of the street that was closed due to construction. Fortunes turn quickly. We had a  blast shooting the bike. 

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Next, we headed up Congress Avenue and found this trailer that I believe serves lunches during the day.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.The evening continued and I got more shots here and there, but our pace slowed after this location.  All of these images above happened in about an hour and 20 minutes.  Quite a productive evening.

Saturday
Feb052011

Snow Fountain

Snow in a water fountain.

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Thursday
Oct282010

Austin Cycling

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We set out to make an iconic Austin cycling photograph.  I Think we succeeded.  Waddayathink?

 

Saturday
Oct092010

Goddess of Liberty

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Here's another view from Wednesday's gilding of the star held by the Goddess of Liberty.  In this shot you can see her exaggerated features (which are better suited for viewing from a distance).  
I had so much fun on this photo shoot.  I got to shoot people doing something quite unique, in a cool place, up high, with great weather.  Sprinkle in a little historical significance and some technical challenges to overcome and this, I’m sure, will be one of the most memorable photo shoots of my life.  
Thursday
Oct072010

Lone Star

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As part of the restoration of the Texas Capitol building, the star held by the Goddess of Liberty statue on the tippy-top of the Capitol was gilded.  William Hayden (left) invited me up to document the process.  I should note that the company, The Gilders' Studio, donated the gold for the gilding of the star.  This is one of many shots I took during a couple of hours up on the scaffolding.  
 

I couldn't have asked for better weather.  Photographically, it was a bit challenging as I was shooting into the sunrise the whole morning.  I was free to walk around three sides of the scaffolding that surrounded the statue as they were working on the 4th (East) side. This image was shot with a 10.5mm fisheye lens.  I was extremely close to the subjects, so I took the opportunity to use this fisheye lens for part of the photo shoot.