Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Unassuming


© 2014 Rob Castro

Taken one Friday night at the street of Claremont, California. I've been in a rut. I haven't been creative. I was getting depressed. I needed to go out.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Helga checks her email


Helga is waiting for her date. But her date is an idiot. Russell always forgets his schedule. (He has done this before with his other dates - but that's another story.) So he sends Helga a message.
"M on my way. Ritz Carlton OK with U?"
Helga is amused and takes another drag from her electronic cigarette.
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Physician heal thyself: This is really a botched shot but I really like the gesture so it's a keeper for me. It's for the most part blurry (by accident) and I should have been focusing on her face but ended up focusing on her cell phone. This is pretty common in street photography when anything (in this case it was me) would be moving and unpredictable (also me). Almost all photographers make this mistake. Maybe Apple will like this photo and use it for their next iPhone 10.0.

[Fujifilm X-Pro 1, 35mm, Buda, Hungary]
Copyright 2013 Rob Castro

Dahil Sa Iyo


Michelangelo:  Where are you originally from?

Juzno:  From Mars.

Michelangelo:  I will sing you a song from your place.

Juzno:  Okay.

Michelangelo (singing):  Dahil sa iyo … nais kung mabuhay...

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pete the Elder


The great Magnum photographer Elliot Erwitt once said that it is better to shoot an iconic picture rather than a good but boring one. I certainly would not call this image iconic – although in a few years maybe it will – only time will tell. A boring picture? But that is subjective.

I am almost sure that Pete would not like this photo.  But that would be his own opinion.  In any case, it doesn't matter to me.  Because I like it.

I was pleasantly surprised by the result. I thought that the lighting was bad as it was mostly florescent predominantly coming from the top but I think the warm backlighting helped. The classic Nikkor 50mm from my Rose's vintage Nikon FE may have contributed to the wow factor. Despite using a crappy 8 mp Canon Rebel XT, the combination of the lens and the camera as appointed by providence all contributed to this shot.

© 2013, 2014 Rob Castro
Reworked from February 13, 2013 post

Addendum:

I used an old Nikkor 50mm lens (truly a great glass on this one - that's why I used it) which was designed for the film SLR. So everything is operated manually including the focus. Without the benefit of the auto focus and split screen I just eyeballed the shot and went for broke. Since this was a stolen shot and the environment was a bit dark, it made shooting more difficult. So yea I wished I had focused on the eyes but focusing on the wrinkles is the next best thing :-)


I also liked the colors on this one. It's not often that I render my portraits in color as I'm partially color blind but I think this one works for me. I did render the image in B&W but this version is my fave.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Earl while his mojo is working



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Juzno:  Can I make a request?

Earl:  I don't do request. Can't you see that I'm a hip old jazz artist portrayed in classic film-noir black and white?

Juzno:  How did you get those streaks behind you?

Earl:  I don't know but every time I play the sax they seem to follow me.

Juzno:  You really are a hip old jazz artist.  Are you portrayed in colored?

Earl:  Never.  Colored is a bad word.

Juzno:  Oh.



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Where are we?


"Where are we?" Mildred cried out.

Captain Hook had taken the children to his secret cabin. In the meantime, Vera and Chuck were arguing with one another on who is the greatest of them all. Vera thought that she could out do Mildred who was the presumptive leader. She tried to convince Chuck of this since she was older than him. Chuck made the argument that he was the only son and therefore heir to the throne.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Teenage Hobo Dude


Alleen


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Alleen is her middle name.  But she goes by Kamilah.  Sometimes I refer to her as KC in my writings.  Rose calls her Baboo.  But most of the time she is just our Pangga.


Shot last Autumn.  I needed a model to test my lighting set up.  KC is always willing to comply.  I think I used a small soft box on this one. I must have read somewhere that one is suppose to point the light on the subject's nose.  I think I pointed it at angle instead.  Don't really remember.  But it seems that way now that I'm looking at it.  Or maybe she turned her head when I took the shot.  Yet I am quite content with this test shot.  It's all that matters.

The Fat Lady Sings the Blues


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For me, one of the highlights in our tour to Spain was watching a flamenco show in Seville.  We enjoyed the dancing and the flamenco guitars.  But the best was this Diva whose voice captivated everybody.

Friday, August 08, 2014

A Day at the Library in the Age of Innocence


Babe 1:  Oh, great, they still have Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov.  That's got to be heavy.  I'm checking it out.

Babe 2:  I wonder if  I should check out Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House or should I go for Neil Young's Waging Heavy Peace?


Hope your day is going well.

If not, then here's something to cheer you up.  The age of innocence.  Youth.  The future.  I know you will not let them down.


Have a great weekend.  Peace. - R

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Cool Scott Pose



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He is a rebel.

I was fortunate to get this shot.  Taken on available light outdoor with a vintage Zeiss Ikon Nettar (circa 1949) using Kodak TMAX 400.  The popup viewfinder is pretty much useless when it comes to focusing.  One just have to guess how far to focus.  I figured about four and half feet.  The view finder only serves as a guide in framing one's composition.  I didn't even meter this and just went for broke.  Except for this exposure, everything I shot on the film roll was botched.  I developed the film using generic solutions, and scanned the negative.  The scanned image was processed in PS for dodging and burning, and darkening the background.  I know the image is not comparable to Irving Penn but I am quite proud of this shot.

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

David and the Mindlessly Jejune World



David:  Mommy, when I grow up - I want to be a rock and roll musician.


Mommy: Now David - which will it be?  You can't be both.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Stealing Avedon





Art © 2014 Rob Castro

A wise photographer once said, "The lights don't matter.  The camera doesn't matter.  The lens doesn't matter. The only thing that matters (to a portrait photographer) is, how do you get that look in their eyes?"  Yowsa.