Monday, September 27, 2010

After the Shooting

Dorchester, MA 091710 Boston Police representatives, members of the local clergy, parents and their children attended a meeting on September 17, 2010 at the Dorchester High School cafeteria to address parents' concerns after a shooting occurred the previous Tuesday during the Eagle Pop Warner (5- 7 year olds) team practice. The children had to take cover while a gunman ran through the field while firing forcing parents and coaches to dive on top of the children to shield them.(Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MET BEHIND THE SCENES: At first I was not exactly sure what was I supposed to get out this assignment since it sounded as if THE photo happened when the gunman ran through the field. However once I arrived and saw the parents' faces and the haunting look in the children's eyes it became obvious to me that I was there to show our readers how such wanton acts of violence can affect a community. TECH STUFF: Shot with two cameras like I always do. One w a 80-200mm 2.8 and another one w a 24- 70mm 2.8. ISO varied from 1600 inside to 5000 outside. Aperture, I stayed pretty much with shallow apertures throughout the whole time since in this case it was about isolating my subjects from the background. I pretty much stayed between 2.8 and 5.6.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Yoga Masters

Newtonville, MA 091610 Five master yoga teachers opening a new studio in Newtonville called Down Under Yoga. (l - r) Justine Wilthshire Cohen (cq) dark hair, Natasha Rizopoulos (cq), Patricia Walden (cq), Barbara Benagh (cq) and Peentz Dubble (Cq) were photographed at the studio on September 16, 2010. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/G BEHIND THE SCENES: Because this a topic dear to my heart I made it a point to be the one to photograph this assignment which included coming in earlier than when my shift was supposed to start. But I really didn't mind doing it because photography has yet to feel like a burden to me. They ladies were amazing, I just wished I had more time to talk to them. It was awe inspiring to see what a well trained body can do. TECH STUFF: Shot with a 1200 Prophoto Pack and four heads. Decided to set the lights only coming from one side, the left, since it was a small room and I wanted to create drama in the photos. All the heads had different size grids on them based upon how close to the subjects the lights were positioned. The further away the bigger the grid size in order for more light to hit the subjects. Three of the four lights are on stands and the fourth is on a baby boom. The latter is positioned above and slightly from the left with a very wide grid to create a metadata baseline for all the subjects. The individual shots were mostly shot with one or two lights depending upon the pose and whether I ascertained if they needed a second light to create separation. ISO 100, lens 24-70mm 2.8, 80-200, Speed 1/60th sec, aperture 5.6 for the group shot 4.0 for individual shots. EXTRA NOTE: Remember I work for a newspaper so we are not allowed to retouch images beyond: sharpening, dodging and burning and cropping. Thus, the electrical outlet showing in the background will remain as such.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Street Scenes

Boston, MA 091110 The mid-day sun casts shadows against the back of one of the buildings in the Quincy Market/ Faneuil Hall area on September 11, 2010. Boston, MA 091010 Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale in the Downtown Crossings area in Boston is one of several eateries opening in the area. This was for a story on businesses boosting the economy of the area. BEHIND THE SCENES: Sometimes you shoot an image whose appeal goes beyond what is there. In the case of the Quincy Market shots, I first saw the long shadows and that is what attracted me to to the scene. But it was the person walking in the shadow and the pigeon caught in mid air that made the photos. TECH STUFF: The pigeon and pedestrian shots were made w a 24-70 2.8 at an ISO of 250, exposure 1/320th sec, aperture 22. PHOTO THEORY: The human eye might be the best camera in the world. What we see with our eyes is an amazing range of latitudes when it comes to light gradations. The mid-days images if seen with the naked eye would not be as dramatic since in reality your eye can see details in the shadows as well as in the sun-light areas. This is where you as the photographer rely on your experience and your knowledge of your equipment and its limitations. I took an ambient reading and the original exposure might have been something along the lines of 160th/sec at aperture 22 and the ISO of 250. That is the camera matrix metering (five point) system wanting to be in the mid range to get some detail in the shadows and getting rid of some details in the highlights. However I know from experience if I let my camera do the thinking for me the result would be a not-so appealing image. Thus, I underexposed the image by a full stop, or full stop and a third in order to create a much more dramatic image. The other aspect of the image with the pedestrian is that I lucked out since they were walking in the shaded and I knew they would just show up as a silhouette. The last point in this image is that I chose the frame in which the human subject was perfectly framed by a door frame found in the background. GOD is in the details. The other image I threw in here so you could see how an unexpected element, i.e. flying pigeon, can make a better photo. God is in the details and we should always be open to serendipity. SECOND PHOTO: Boston, MA 091010 Night scene at Downtown Crossings outside of Stoddard's, one of the new restaurants which have recently opened in the area.(Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ BIZ TECH STUFF: ISO 3200, aperture 2.8, speed 1/80th second, hand held while kneeling. (Due to many years of experience I've gotten very good at hand holding the telephotos steady even below their suggested limits for hand holding. Also going down on one knee and holding my breath while shooting helps make the image sharp.) PHOTO THEORY: In this case what makes this photo for me is the body language of one of the men in the background as he reacts to a woman entering an adjacent business.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ethiopian Food

Somerville, MA 090910 Baklava desser, Kitfo, Ethiopian coffee ye-minchet abish, from Fasika Restaurant in Somerville. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff) Food BEHIND THE SCENES: This was a quick one which took longer to set up than to actually shoot. The good part of the food itself was that not only did it have bright colors but it also had a very three-dimensional component to it. This lends itself for a lower angle to put the reader at eye level with the subject matter- the baklava in this case, and the dish itself was bright and created patterns which helped the composition. I kind of styled the coffee a little by being very selective on what to include in the background and what to leave out. The owner of the restaurant originally had brought four coffee cups and saucers accompanied by candle light. I kept removing objects until I was satisfied that the message of the image of coffee was an immediate sell. TECH STUFF: Shot with my same formula: Two flashes controlled by a remote at food level or slightly higher pointing down toward the dish. One flash from behind at 11 o'clock and another one at 5 o'clock in the front. ISO 100, WB Flash, Speed 25oth of a second, lens 100 2.8 macro.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Ninth Annual Boston Tattoo Convention

Boston, MA 090310 Laura Rost (cq) of Sharon, CT reacts while having a T-Rex tattooed on her shoulder, Cody Meyer (cq) of About Time Tattoo of Nashua, NG works on Emily Duhamel (Cq) of Bridgewater who was having a quill tattooed on her side, Nick Kelley (cq) of Precision Body Arts of Nashua, NH works on Kevin Silva (cq) of Somerville, and tattoo artist Scott Quinney (Cq) left with cap on, with Route 9 Tattoo of Framingham works on Alyssa Nigrelli (Cq) of Sharon who was having the face of her Labrador "Rex" tatooed on her arm during the Ninth Annual Boston Tattoo Convention at the Sheraton Hotel on September 3, 2010 which goes through Labor Day. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ MET BEHIND THE SCENES: It was kind of a slow news day since we are all waiting for the outcome of Earl as it grazes MA, so I was told to check out the first day of the convention. It was supposed to be an in and out stop but I had so much fun shooting I stayed for a couple of hours. TECH STUFF: Shot with my two trusty lenses 24-70mm, and 70-200mm both 2.8. WB Auto, ISO 1600 in the camera w the telephoto and 2000 in the camera w wide angle.