Darts

Darts · Fri, 6 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Playing again with repeating patterns in the composition. Almost every element in this photograph is a repeated element: 3 darts with their strong shadows, the dartboard rings with alternating green and white sections, and lastly the scores at the bottom. The bull is positioned following the rules of thirds, while the darts are all above the top third, but well balanced with their shadows and the scores at the bottom.

Parking garage

Parking garage · Thu, 5 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Almost everybody knows the rule of thirds, and some go even further and employ it, but there are other ways for creating a good composition. One that I particularly like is the use of repetition in some elements. A rather uninteresting scene can be converted into a nice photograph by the use of repetition. This is the case, by my taste anyway, of this photograph. By the way you can find parking garages like this all over Manhattan, always with lots of announcements and signal and always full.

Mannequins with hats

Mannequins with hats · Wed, 4 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Setup

Setup

I didn´t have a photo today, and time was running out. However I decided to get an try something harder than a simple snapshot. Took my two new mannequins (birthday presents, if you have to know), two of the hats that you might recognized from a recent photo of the day, and setup up a little studio home. I put cover one flash unit, set to the left of  the first mannequin, with bubble wrap and some other white diffuser left over from some gift wrapping. Using the flash in manual mode I ajusted the power to get the right exposure. The light was getting there, but still needed to soften the shadows below the hat. I used the back white face of a calendar that was lying around. For the backgroun I hang a white sheet on the door.

Parking spot

Parking spot · Tue, 3 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Finding a parking in New York City is not an easy task. If you find yours, don´t hesitate, go for it!

Hats

Hats · Mon, 2 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Three hats hanging on the wall shoot with HDR techniques. Some light was coming thru the vertical shades of the room hitting the hats in a repetitive pattern. This shot could have easily been done with HDR, although the top black hat would not have revealed so much detail, but since I owed an HDR photo for this week I just went and took it for this purpose.

Batman and the recession

Batman and the recession · Sun, 1 Feb 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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Even the most powerful men in Gotham get hit by recession. Today Batman was spotted in Central Park with his brand new bike… Are we safe?

Waiting room

Waiting room · Sat, 31 Jan 2009 · © Copyright 2009-2015 Luis Gracia. All rights reserved
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A yellowish coating calms the mood of the scared patient, an array of chairs quietly awaits for the crowd to be accomodated, a mosaic of journals and magazines entertaint the escort: I guess dentist´s waiting rooms are alike all over the globe.