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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
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?

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
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.