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Sunday
May152011

Alexandra Gándara

I had the pleasure of photographing the beautiful Alexandra Gándara for a few minutes last week on a breezy hilltop near the Palmer Events Center in Austin, Texas.  Alexandra is a dancer who moves quite gracefully.  We plan to shoot together again in the near future.  
 
Strobist info: 
• Flash with CTO gel on white shoot-through umbrella, camera left for the first two images, camera right for the third.
• Bare flash with CTO gel behind subject used as rim/accent light on right side of subject.
• Both flashes trigged via PocketWizards.
 
Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.
 
I desaturated the background (and the dress a bit) in the next image to separate Alexandra from the environment.  I was a bit reluctant to share this image in the same post as it will invite comparison when I feel the image should stand alone, but here you have it anyway.  
 
Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.
 
I'm not pleased with the light and the crop of this third image, but I'm sharing it with you because I loved the pose.  This was one of the first shots I took of Alexandra at this location and it was before we moved the key light around to the other side.  Moving the light solved the problem of the shadow of her nose being cast across her right eye.  The crop is too tight for my taste as I would like a bit more space to either side.  One of the reasons I plan to shoot with her again is that, even with bad lighting, Alexandra proves that it is difficult to take an unflattering shot of her.  
 
Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved. Thanks again to my friend Steve for finding Alexandra and inviting me along to shoot with them. We always have fun assisting each other as we take turns shooting. 
 
Saturday
Feb052011

Snow Fountain

Snow in a water fountain.

Photograph ©2011 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

Thursday
Oct282010

Austin Cycling

Photograph ©2010 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

 

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

 

Saturday
Oct092010

Goddess of Liberty

Photograph ©2010 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.
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

Photograph ©2010 Alex Suárez. All rights reserved.

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.