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Entries in monochrome (5)

Saturday
Nov172012

Town Hall in Lajitas, Texas

Got back a couple of days ago from a road trip out to West Texas.  We visited Uvalde, Marathon, Big Bend National Park, Terlingua, Alpine and Van Horn, to name a few stops.  I'll be posting some favorite images from the trip as I sort my way through the collection of photographs.  This first post is of the Town Hall in Lajitas, Texas.  The sky during the day had great clouds.  I used an 11mm lens aimed toward the sky to emphasize the impressive clouds in this shot of the Town Hall.  

For the Photo geeks out there:  This is a seven-frame HDR image processed in Nik Software's HDR Efex Pro.  I then corrected the keystoning (paralax distortion cause by angling the camera upward instead of keeping it parallel to the building) of the Town Hall and removed some distracting elements (sensor dust, a small sign in a window, a pickup truck and a golf cart) within Photoshop CS6.  The final step was a monochrome conversion using Nik Software's Silver Efex Pro 2.

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.



Saturday
Jan282012

Jewellianna

Dancers are some of my favorite photographic subjects.  Having attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas, I gained an appreciation for dancers early in life.  You could always tell the dancers in school by the way they carried themselves when they walked into a room.  

I recently had the privilege of photographing Jewellianna.  She needed some images for an upcoming audition, so I set up an impromptu studio space in my family room using a large roll of grey seamless paper.  

 

Photograph ©2012 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Click image to view a larger version.

I used a 2400 Watt/second Speedotron pack and two heads.  I set one up in a 5' octobank softbox with a grid camera left to serve as the main light.  On the other head I used a small 7" reflector and a narrow grid placed camera right, behind the subject, to serve as an edge light (notice the side of her head and neck).  I also used a Nikon SB-600 speedlight, camera right, near the camera to serve as fill.  Both the Nikon Speedlight and the Speedotron pack were triggered wirelessly via PocketWizards.  

See other images of dancers on this blog.

 

Saturday
May282011

Twirl

I enjoy experimenting when shooting.  Often times, you get awful, unusable results, but it's very satisfying when your experiments yield something that makes the mind wonder and brings a smile to your face.  (Click the picture to view it larger.)

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

What you see here is an image of my daughter from our recent photo session.  You can see the first image here.  We took a different approach in shooting this one.  Instead of having her progress directly from right to left ending with a rear curtain sync flash pop, we had her twirl around and I manually popped the flash at a moment of my choosing.  I then let the exposure continue a bit to fill in the frame some more.  

What are your thoughts?  Is this kind of photography too "out there" for your tastes?  Which image do you prefer?  Why?

Saturday
Apr232011

Study in Motion

Studio shot of my daughter moving across the frame.  I had a lot of fun collaborating with her on this shot.  Click on the image for a larger version.  

Setup info: 4’ softbox with grid (to control the spread of the light) to the left of the model.  Hot light about 20’ to the right of the frame.  

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

Wednesday
Mar242010

Terlingua Ghost Town Ruins


Photograph ©2010 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.


Ruins in Terlingua Ghost Town.