Monday, November 29, 2010

2010 Boston Globe's 25 Most Stylish

Beth Ludlaws a.k.a "Ms Thang" was photographed for the 25 Most Stylish on November 5, 2010 at Jamaica Pond. BEHIND THE SCENES: Every single photo shoot was dealt with on a case by case scenario which included sometimes lengthy conversations with the subjects in order to find out a suitable location for their photoshoots. Sometimes the latter was determined by their availability or by geographical convenience. TECH STUFF: Every photo shoot but the Boston Ballet dancers was done with one softbox either plugged to a wall or with a battery pack. The Boston Ballet shoot was originally planned for five lights but a right before shooting commenced one of my two battery packs blew up so I ended up lighting them all with two lights. The rest were all shot with one light. Sometimes the light source was bare and only with a dome reflector on the head in order to control the spill of the light. Most of the times I used a square soft box. ISO: mostly 100 or 125 ISO depending on the camera that I was using. Speed: varied from 1/30th to 1/320th of a second. Lenses: 24-70mm 2.8 in most cases and a couple of times I used my 80- 200mm 2.8 as well. EXTRA INFO: This would be my fourth year involved with this project and once more I was humbled by how the best laid plans mean nothing sometimes. So you simply do what you must in order to adapt. You keep shooting, you keep moving and keep adjusting.
2Boston Ballet members: Lawrence Rines (cq)(african american, glasses, gray jacket, white shirt), Leah Cirio (have a discrepancy between this spellng and the website's spelling more info TK) (gray top w a lot of draping to it, dk hair) her brother Jeff Cirio (cq) (with lil hat on), Kelsey Hellebuyck (cq) short black short dress with shoes w straps) and John Lam (cq) (w knee high tall light brown boots). They were photographed at a space adjacent to the Boston Ballet in South Boston on October 8, 2010.
Paige Tatum (Cq) was photographed at her Jamaica Plain home backyard on October 27, 2010.
T.S. Whitlow was photographed at Forest Hills Cemetery in Roxbury on October 13, 2010
Marc Brent (cq) was photographed at the Boston Harbor and Rose Wharf on October 20, 2010
Naomi Mirando (cq) was photographed on November 4, 2010 at her Fort Point Channel apartment.
Willa Bodman (cq) is a teacher of Russian language and culture at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School in Cambridge, and head of the World Language Department and she was photographed on November 3, 2010 at her Cambridge home.
Clayton Samuels (cq) was photographed for the 25 Most Stylish on November 5, 2010 outside of the African American History Museum in Beacon Hill
101210 Architect David Hacin (cq) was photographed on October 12, 2010 at his South End.
Yolanda Sellucci (cq) was photographed on October 17, 2010 at the Larz Anderson Museum.
Alyssa Braithwaite was photographed on October 19, 2010 at the John W. Weeks pedestrian bridge which connects Cambridge and Allston.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Runner and the Thermodynamics

Charlestown, MA 111610 Members of the band "Runner and the Thermodynamics" Marc Pinansky (Cq) with beard, Mike Oor (Cq) base and drummer and Roger Knight (cq) practice at a Charlestown, MA location on November 16, 2010 as they get ready for an upcoming performance in Cambridge, MA. The band was together from 2000 to 2005 and had reunited for this occasion. (Essdras M Suarez/ Globe Staff)/ G BEHIND THE SCENES: This came in as a band practicing assignment so I made sure I had ear plugs in my camera bag. The music was loud but these guys were very good. Great visual representatives of the archetypal band members too. TECH STUFF: ISO 2500; aperture 2.8- 9.0; speed 1/15th- 1/60th. Some images were shot with an off camera flash being set off by a remote on top of camera. The main light was a big fluorescent box of lights above them which worked for those playing right under it but the drummer was in the shade; thus, the flash. After all was said and done I remembered what my friend Dominic Chavez, a great photographer, always says; "do not disrespect the light." So I followed suit and the final portrait was done just with the overhead fluorescent and I think it worked pretty well.