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CORPUZ FAMILY PORTRAIT (2010 A) - Honolulu, Hawai'i, USA
Well, here's my crazy, weird, perhaps mildly disfunctional... but always loving family:) These days it's pretty tough to coordinate everyone's schedules to arrange a family portrait, so I had to wait for a candid moment to capture.
Luckily, purely by coincidence, I just so happened to have my camera on a nearby tripod with a diffused, speedlite in the hotshoe, one bare strobe at about 45 degrees camera right on a lightstand (too windy for an umbrella), and another bare speedlite at about 80 degrees camera right on a gorillapod slrzoom on the ground. All of the lights were gelled with 1/2 CTO filters. I forgot to bring my radio transmitters but luckily infrared did surprisingly ok.
If you look closely you can see me pointing the remote trigger under my brother's arm to set off the camera. Was originally planning to edit it out in photoshop but decided to leave it, as my original idea for this shot was to show all of us in a natural state, doing things that we can often be seen doing, to try something different than a standard "smile-at-the-camera" shot.
It was kind of a pain to peel the five of us away from our busy schedules to go somewhere photogenic at the same time and get this done, but for me it was worth it. Got a couple more versions to come too, but I think I like this one best. If you look closely you can see a sailboat and some kind of parachute or paraglider thing.
To see the remake of this photo in New York City, click here: http://smu.gs/uGagJj
CORPUZ FAMILY PORTRAIT (2010 B) - Brooklyn, NY, USA
This photo is kind of a remake of another family portrait which I think I can safely say is one of my better shots (see it here: http://smu.gs/tLCxGi) While I don't think this picture is nearly as good, I still like it, and because it's my family, I love it. It's taken straight from the camera without any editing. I was always planning on coming back to improve this one but decided just to leave it as is.
The background is darker than I wanted it to be. If we had eaten our Katz diner sandwiches a little faster and arrived ten or fifteen minutes earlier I would've been able to catch a glorious sunset sky of pink, purple and orange. I could see it on the walk to the pier from the subway. With every labored step, as my back and shoulders ached from the weight of my massive camera bag, I could see that gorgeous sunset steadily fade away, and by the time I got there and had my tripod and three speedlites set up it was gone. Ohhhh well.