Holding the star

Holding the star · Thu, 14 May 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Variations on an old theme: pushing the star, and now I present Holding the star. This time, to make a more interesting portrait of our friend I used a lensbaby, instead of a moving star.

Second place

I got fantastic news today in the mail. I have been selected as the second prize winner in a contest organized by B&H. Some of you might remember my previous post about the Lensbaby. That day I attended a Lensbaby workshop at the B&H Event Space and after some lectures and presentation of the Lensbaby system, each participant borrowed a Lensbaby and we all got to Times Square to snap, snap, snap pictures. We were given a list with 15 topics to shoot for about 3 hours before we had to return “our” Lensbabies back. After 1 month of anxious waiting, finally the results of the contest is here and I got second place, yeah!

NYC skating - image from the B&H Lensbaby photo safari

NYC skating - image from the B&H Lensbaby photo safari

Well, thanks B&H for giving us the opportunity to try out these lenses, it certainly was a lot of fun. And congratulations to the winner, Rue LeClaire, and third place, Joe Josephs.

Other images from the contest can be seen at the B&H Event Space Flickr group and my own can be seen in Flickr photostream.

Lensbaby festival at Times Square · Tue, 31 Mar 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Today was a blast. I had so much fun trying out a lensbaby for 3 hours in Times Square I lost count of how many photos I did. Want to know: 236! This is going to be a looong post. Just kidding, I’ll just upload a few of them. For starters, the opening photo is a combination of lensbaby and panning. I am still trying to figure out how was I able to take this panning in just one try. Hey, sometime one gotta to be lucky!

The next two images were shot in ToysRUs, representing two action figures:

Superman

Superman

Starwars

Starwars

The next two images present Times Square as we know it: busy, busy, busy:

Performance tickets

Performance tickets

Crowds

Crossing

The next one is another combination experiment. I took 5 frames of this photo at different exposure levels to get an HDR images. This was necessary to maintain detail in the foreground while not blowing up the distorted background. I think it turned out ok, although may be a bit noisy:

Times Square in HDR

Times Square in HDR

And to finish, guess whom I found around? Our old friend batman!

Batman

Batman