November 23, 2017

SOBE – Rocks Girl

20130725_1925PA_001_PSHOOT_SOBE_ROCKS_GIRL_1024xAUTO.JPGSOUTH BEACH, Fla. (July 25, 2013) – There are no shortage of rocks along the jeti at South Beach. There, when the sun slowly finds its way falling into a sunset, location photography is a breeze.

Photography by MichaelUribe.com.

Vol: 20130725PA

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Kondwani – River Walk

20140119_1100PAD_066_PSHOOT_KONDWANI_PACES_MILLS_RIVER_WALK_2048xAUTO.JPG ATLANTA, Ga. (Jan. 19, 2014) – Model Kondwani Kapembwa and photographer Michael Uribe take time out of their busy schedules to conduct a photo shoot along side a river somewhere in Atlanta.The weather was cold, and challenges existed for both the model and the photographer to maintain their composure during the day while shooting on location.

Vol: 20140119_1100PAD Photography by MichaelUribe.com

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Photographer’s Notes:

There were a couple of challenges involved in this shot.
First, the water. The river bent a number of times, and in order to get the composition I wanted I needed to step into the water. Otherwise, various background elements not desired would have made their way into the composition.

The weather was also cold. This limited the time Kondwani was able to model between each session. After each shooting session, Kondwani would bundle herself up in a blanket to warm back up. This, not only kept here comfortable, it also kept goose bumps from forming on her skin which are very noticeable if measures are not taken to keep the model warm.

The distance Kondwani was able to walk for each shot was also limited given where the portable lights were position around here. I had her walk back and forth along a path around six feet long to keep the light hitting her relatively consistent.

Kondwani made the best of the mood during the shot. I love how she improvised during the shot by slowly poring out sand from the wooden cup while she walked. An unexpected surprise.

Because I was also shooting into the sun which occasionally found its way between the trees, I needed to stay in one spot or shield my lens to avoid lens flare.

When shooting along a sandy beach, I was also mindful of excessive foot prints cluttering up the sand. Though in these shots, given the low angle I was shooting at, foot prints in the sand were not too much of an issue. However, in scenes where the model is surrounded by sand that is visible in the composition, that would be much more of a concern.

From an equipment standpoint, one of the lights needed to be placed into the river to keep it from getting into the shot. Though the river was shallow, and its current was moving relatively slow, setting up the light in the river was done very carefully to avoid dropping anything into the river such as the pocket wizards, portable battery power or even the flashes themselves. Efforts were made to insure each device was tightly affixed to the stand.

It’s one thing to describe the concerns of setting up valuable electronics in the middle of a river, and its another thing doing it yourself. You just are going to have to try it once to understand the heighten level of urgency it brings to the set.

Kondwani – Grassy Field

20140119_1100PAB_180_PSHOOT_KONDWANI_PACES_MILLS_GRASSY_FIELD_2048xAUTO.JPGATLANTA, Ga. (Jan. 19, 2014) – Model Kondwani Kapembwa and photographer Michael Uribe take time out of their busy schedules to conduct a photo shoot in a grassy field.The weather was cold, and challenges existed for both the model and the photographer to maintain their composure during the day while on location shooting.

Photography by MichaelUribe.com.

Vol: 20140119_1100PAB

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Kondwani – On the Rocks

20140118_1030PAF_1682_KONDWANI_LENOX_PARK_ROCK_SIT_1024xAUTO.JPGATLANTA, Ga. (Jan. 18, 2014) – Model Kondwani and photographer Michael Uribe take time out of their busy schedules to conduct a photoshoot sitting on a rock as the sun worked its way through the trees.

The weather was cold, and challenges existed for both the model and the photographer to maintain their composure during the location shoot.

Photography by MichaelUribe.com

Vol: 20140118_1030PAF

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Kondwani – Silver Rails

20140118_1030PAB_0676_KONDWANI_LENOX_PARK_BRIDGE_SILVERRAIL_2048xAUTO_sig.JPGATLANTA, Ga. (Jan. 18, 2014) – Model Kondwani Kapembwa and photographer Michael Uribe take time out of their busy schedules to conduct a photo shoot on a bridge with curving silver rails. The weather was cold, and challenges existed for both the model and the photographer to maintain their composure while shooting.

Photographer’s Notes:

The silver rails on this bridge are what motivated me when composing this photograph. The idea was to have Kondwani position herself in such a way so that the line of her back was similar to the curving lines of the silver rails on the bridge.

The shot turned out to be more complicated than expected. The angle to take the photograph was restricted between each of the cement columns between the rails. I wanted to shoot as much to the side of Kondwani so that I was nearly at a 90 degree angle from her. This would avoid having the rails appear more of a background feature instead of a lines feature.

Shooting at an extreme 90 degree angle also would make the pathway fade into the far distance blurred by a shallow depth of field. Another obstacle I needed to work around was created by various brackets supporting the railing. If the brackets were included in the photograph, they would have competed with the curving lines of the railing.

I also didn’t want to shoot too extreme of an angle so as to not have the perspective effected created by the individual silver rails. Composing too much to the right would have removed the perspective effect.

The shot was accomplished entirely in camera with no major post processing involved. Only basic enhancements to the photograph were performed such as cropping, sharpness, brightness, etc., in post production.

I look forward to revisiting this shot in the future to experiment with different compositions.

A work in progress.

Vol: 20140118_1030PAB Photography by MichaelUribe.com.

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