Sunday, March 9, 2014

And back to CrossFit


I want to start by mentioning the importance of having a plan when you’re doing a shoot (so as to not waste anybody’s time, or in some cases, so you don’t waste what little time you have with the subjects), and always remember to check equipment before a shoot, I did have a handy checklist to pack everything, but (because stupid checklists are stupid), I forgot my power strips, and extension cords. We got lucky, as right across the street from our location, there was a Home Depot, but this was more of an annoyance, and it could have been a big problem for us had Home Depot not been that accessible.

Now back to the scheduled blog post, a couple of Sundays back, we went to Patty’s old CrossFit box, we got together again with Christian and Jorge, and a couple of additional athletes (Rene and Luis), to make some more pictures.

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These shots are always challenging as this guys are not coming to pose and take pictures, but to exercise. We try to take this into consideration when approaching them, and particularly when we are setting up (as I mentioned before, you, or your equipment, do not want to be close to the weight drop zone, among other things). I usually try to keep things simple, and use as little equipment as possible, our first shoot with this guys was me, Patty, one lens, 5 speedlites, and a 30” octa (plus light stands)… not this time. I brought EVERY single piece of equipment and lights we own (granted, we didn’t use it all, but better to have it a not need it...), After seeing where we would be setting, we dialed back to two studio heads inside gridded 13x55 strip banks for edge lighting, and another one, high on a C-Stand, inside a 22” beauty dish as our main light (and this was the setup for most of the day, then we changed the beauty dish for a 60” Octa for the last portraits), and after we solve the little “power” issue, we got some frames.










I am always impressed, not only by these guys dedication, but by how accommodating they're... can't wait to work with them again.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Vacation over...


Well, winter is over in the BLB household, we took some time off to host family and friends, and after the little vacation, we dusted our cameras, light modifiers, lenses, and ourselves, and we are ready to get back to the hustle.

We had family over for New Year's, and after dinner, we pulled a light, the big momma octa, and had some fun.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

To Start Again

So, going back on my word…

Three years ago, I crossed the Florida state line while flipping it off and muttering “I will never come back”… So now, I’m swallowing my words while I prepare to go back in a week, and relocate myself in Miami. I decided to document the trip (as I tried to do the first time around), with my 35mm cameras (I’m gonna be traveling during the day only, so yay for me), I guess we will see what comes out of that (other than the need to re-acquire a nice scanner).

In the meantime, I am going to (try to), take some portraits of my local friends before I leave, nothing to elaborate, but definitively will shoot for some well lit portraits.

I will update further as the week goes by.

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Saturday, April 27, 2013



Well, I’ve been a bit busy at work, so I didn’t have time to update the blog, let me just say that I went down to DC to catch the Cherry Blossoms again, and the streets were closed and I missed the sunrise… So once again, I failed this year…

Luckily, like last year, there’s a beautiful Cherry Tree in my house, so I took a couple of pictures of if instead.

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Also, I went down to Florida (I know, what a surprise), and spent time with my sisters, but more importantly, with grandpa (who I hadn’t seen in two years), I need to spent more time with the old man, as (and this is gonna sound worse than I intend to), he has more days behind than ahead (see what I meant?).

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Also, I spent some time playing with strobes, and teaching Patty how to use them (we’ll wait for her to edit her pictures, in the meantime, the ones I took)

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And well, now to the title and first image, last week TWiP discussed one of my images, I’m attaching the image again, and the video here


(The critique starts at 56 minutes, or you can follow this LINK)

A million thanks to Frederick, Ron, and Valerie. Also to TWiP in general, been listening to that show for a while, and even on slow weeks, the show is a blast. To prove that I listened to Valerie and Ron, I edited the picture and here’s the result.


and to proved I listened to Frederick too


Couldn’t find a model, Frederick, but I drew one…

Thank you very much for reading go follow TWiP (and the hosts), and have a nice weekend