Dino or “Flaco” Pérez ?

Dino © Marcelo Isarrualde

Dino or “Flaco” Pérez ?

You will see Flaco Pérez in this blog quite often whereas Dino, I don’t think so. Álvaro is a great friend of mine who is always ready to take part in all my photo experiments. You will remember him from the post “Crisis? What Crisis?“. And today he has got a role in this one, too. He’s becoming my “muse”.
We had decided to drive to the Sant Adriá del Besós beach when suddenly on the way, we saw Dino. We got off the Vespa and discovered there was an exhibition on dinosaurs. There was a strong contrast between the ambience under the marquee and the midday sun in a clear day. Dino’s picture was taken with a Canon G9 ISO 80, 1/320 and f8.

Dino © Marcelo Isarrualde Dino at Barcelona

I tried my DIY battery that I had just built and took a quick picture of my friend. There were a lot people waiting to get in the exhibition and only had time just for three shoots.

"Flaco" Perez on Capture One Pro © Marcelo Isarrualde  “Flaco” Perez on Capture One Pro

I wanted to focus the attention on my friend despite having Dino’s presence in the background. Therefore I underexposed the background to -1EV and shoot Flaco’s portrait with a Metz 32 CT3 to balance the difference in light between the ambience under the marquee and outside it. The portrait was finally taken at 1/640, f8. The flash was shoot with Pocket Wizard and the little Canon G9 synchronized very well at a high speed. Even compared to my Canon Mark III that synchronized only till 1/250 the G9 was able to reach 1/2500 !
After the takes, I used Capture One Pro to gain back some details in the dark areas of the blue curtain as well as of my friend’s face.

"Flaco" Perez © Marcelo Isarrualde “Flaco” Perez

Lighting diagram © Marcelo Isarrualde  Lighting diagram

Dino or “Flaco” Perez.pdf

Emerging

It was the last day of the summer, and with it many people’s holidays would have now come to an end. I wanted to take a fun picture to remember the good times we have had, and also to remind that it was time to go back to our routines, early general elections and the crisis.

Would we swim or sink?

Swim or sink © Marcelo Isarrualde

Technically it was a very easy picture to take. We just had to wait until the sun didn’t shine the beach directly. But we couldn’t wait too long because otherwise the reflection of the sky in the sea would become darker. At that time of the year the best moment had to be around 6 pm.

I used a portable flash Canon 580 EX II with a diffuser Gary Fong Light sphere Collapsible as I needed enough power to be at least + 1 EV above the ambience light and to project subtle strike of light onto the face of our diver. To avoid reflections on the glass of the googles and to better see the face, I stand in front our model. And as electrical power source, I used my DIY battery!

Despite the fantastic colour of the sea, I wanted to add it a slight blue shade cast with a warm touch to make our diver look tanned, as if he had spent the whole summer at the beach.

I could have left the colour treatment for the post-production, but why not kill two birds with one stone and save time?

Sometimes thinking analogical can be very practical! I put over the flash a colour correction gel of ½ (orange colour temperature), that gave the skin the warm orange colour shade that we wanted. The colour was later balanced with the RAW development, while the rest of the scene still kept a blue shade. Finally a greenish-blue touch was also added.

Making of © Marcelo Isarrualde

Lighting diagram © Marcelo Isarrualde  Lighting diagram

Emerging.pdf

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Crisis ? What crisis ?

The world is in crisis due to uncontrolled credits granted by banks. Nothing new under the sun with this regard those who come from Latin America. But now the crisis is also affecting the “less” Latin America, Europe and Spain. This is why I wanted to pay tribute to the crisis -by way of “exorcism” – reinterpreting that fantastic cover of Supertramp album “Crisis, what crisis?”.

Supertramp

I spend my Summers in Barcelona, – because I have holidays at the end of the year- and I go quite often to the Sant Adria del Besós beach from where it’s coal-fired power station can be seen. I find it a fascinating place which I wanted to capture in my “remake” of the cover . Also with this remake of the album cover my intention was to minimize the trascedence of the crisis and having some fun at the same time. It is interesting to think that just a year ago I had photographed Santiago Niño Becerra for Gentleman magazine for an article in which he had already predicted the crisis…

The picture was shot with natural Light reducing it’s contrast with a external camera flash at -1/ 2 EV. The color of the skin was later destaurated and the overall contrast of the scene was increased. These retouches were subtle but very effective.

Lighting diagram © Marcelo Isarrualde Lighting diagram

Double take

When Alejandro Castellote saw the picture published, he pointed out its resemblence with one of the photographer Marcos López, that I had not seen yet. I know and admire his work and even had the chance to met him briefly in the photographic syposium Tercer Colquio Latinamericano de Fotografía de Caracas .

Having had taken the picture in a similar style to the one of Marcos Lopez without actually knowing it, made me think of “Double Take” by Richard Whelan, a fantastic book that my good friend and ex business partner Guille Robles gave me. It deals with reasonable likeness in general the same way Pedro Arroyo does with his reasonable discoveries.

Crisis.pdf

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