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La Paloma



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33 Comments | Report
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 July 09, 2014
Fantastic shot .. Congrats ")
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta July 09, 2014
Beautiful image. Congratulations on being Featured.
catini
 
catini July 09, 2014
Great feel in this shot. Congrats on your feature!
iceman2
 
iceman2 July 09, 2014
Beautiful capture.Congrats!
SpokeninRed
 
SpokeninRed July 09, 2014
Completely beautiful!!
Bruz PRO+
 
Bruz July 09, 2014
Love the mood of this. Beautiful. Congrats on the feature.
mickeyherd
 
mickeyherd July 09, 2014
Well done.
vojce PRO+
 
vojce July 09, 2014
nice..bravo
gondmagdi Premium
 
gondmagdi July 09, 2014
wonderful shot !
fotogalmexican PRO
 
fotogalmexican July 09, 2014
superb
moroi-visage
 
moroi-visage July 11, 2014
Wonderful!
coastluver59
 
coastluver59 July 11, 2014
Magnificently composed, with wonderful ambient light. Congratulations well done!
Mulice Premium
 
Mulice July 12, 2014
This is so Beautiful!
abihillphotography
 
abihillphotography July 13, 2014
Absolutely stunning!
christybiggs
 
christybiggs July 14, 2014
Ooooooooooo... :-)
CappyGirl
 
CappyGirl July 15, 2014
Beautiful work!
CherylG
 
CherylG July 21, 2014
Beautiful!! Award well deserved!!
damianaimers
 
damianaimers August 21, 2014
brilliant image
michaeltillman PRO+
 
michaeltillman August 25, 2014
Congrats on the Featue. I love the composition of this shot. My question is; who thought up he the theme for the shot? Great job.
fotogalmexican PRO
 
fotogalmexican September 30, 2014
superb
billythekid
 
billythekid November 17, 2014
Love how the light, dress, and textures all come together perfectly.
Barbpsp4
 
Barbpsp4 November 18, 2014
Breathtaking.
Marimage
 
Marimage November 20, 2014
J'adore, le mouvement de la robe, la profondeur de la photo...superbe
stevek47 PRO
 
stevek47 November 25, 2014
A wonderful image.
printsIlike
 
printsIlike December 16, 2014
Exquisite, well done :)
johncbrady
 
johncbrady January 19, 2015
Beautiful
ghphotouk PRO+
 
ghphotouk March 11, 2015
Fantastic shot, beautiful movement with the model in motion and the bird still, i would love to see this in its original high resolution so that all the beautiful textures can be seen in their glory :)
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ntgreen May 01, 2015
Great image ... wonderful model, setting and composition!
alexandrawill
 
alexandrawill July 25, 2015
Beautiful shot!
Mike_Ydea
 
Mike_Ydea July 25, 2015
Nice shoot
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mmunksgard November 17, 2015
Love the texture!
datagirl
 
datagirl November 24, 2016
Congratulations on the win
hannawagendorp
 
hannawagendorp February 16, 2018
So much of your work has an incredible almost otherwordly feel to it, great job!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in one of my favorite places in the world. This is the ex-hacienda Jaral de Berrios in Guanajuato, Mexico. It is Mexico's largest ex-hacienda built around 1777, and in the 1830's it was Mexico's wealthiest hacienda. Legend has it that when the Marquis who lived there died, he gave a smaller hacienda to each of his ninety-nine sons. There are also tales of gold hidden under the floor boards, stashed during the Mexican revolution, so many of the rooms have been torn up. Currently, it is all but abandoned. You have to pay a small fee to enter, but there is really no conservation happening and every time I go I see more things damaged or missing. Birds and bats live in the ceilings, and in many places the floors and roofs are collapsing. It is actually a really dangerous place.
Time
This was taken mid-day, so you can see the light streaming in through the open doors in the background, creating those beautiful shadows.
Lighting
At the time I took this, I was really interested in long-exposure photography, so this was actually shot on a tripod with a remote. The exposure settings were: 1/5sec, 5.6f, iso 100. There is nothing but natural light.
Equipment
The camera is a Nikon d7000 and a Nikkor 10-24 lens, the tripod is a Manfrotto and I used a cheap remote to trigger the shutter.
Inspiration
This is actually a self-portrait. I have been taking self-portraits since I began taking photographs some twenty years ago. Occasionally, I do use models, but most often I am alone, and I just like the consistency of using myself. This image is part of a much larger series of self-portraits shot in the same location. Each time I returned, I sewed a different costume. I stayed up most of the night before that shoot sewing the skirt from about five meters of fabric, so it would move and flow. The other costume I was using at the time was black and resembled a bat, so I wanted to do an image that contrasted it, something that was light and airy, representing a dove, thus, the name "La Paloma." My favorite part of this image is the pigeon that flew into the last room as I was shooting. I didn't even know he was there until I saw the images on my computer that night.
Editing
Honestly, most of my current work is very photoshop heavy, but at the time, I was really trying to do everything in camera. This image has only been color corrected in Lightroom, nothing else. I spent five years on a long-exposure series that completely rejected photoshop. What came out of that was a really solid foundation for the work I am doing now.
In my camera bag
I normally carry lots of equipment because I am also a documentary photographer, but that's an interview for another day. In my bag, at the moment, I have: Nikon d7000, Nikon d90, Sigma fixed 50, Nikkor fixed 16, Nikkor 10-24, Nikkor 24-70, Nikkor 35-50, Sigma 70-300, 2 Cheap remotes, UV Filters, Polarized filters, a ten stop neutral density filter, gorilla pod, Speedlight 600, manfrotto tripod, medium Intuos Pro pen tablet, 17" Macbook Pro.
Feedback
With an image like this, you have to play with the exposure until you get the look you want. My biggest concern was that my face be in focus, while my skirt was moving. I had to keep the shutter fast enough to stop slow movement and slow enough to blur fast movement. Then, I took a lot of images dancing, spinning, and moving. In the end, I had a pretty good crowd of on lookers, which can be a little nerve-wracking, but I got the shot so it was worth looking like a goof-ball for a little while.

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