after participating the 48-hour film jam in austin a couple years ago, i took the pug i was dog-sitting at the time on a walk and spotted this beauty on the street. i’d never seen anything like it before…and i haven’t seen it parked there since that evening. proper ghostly.
the in bardo album from white arrows is the winner this week. spotify knows i like them and recommended this album when it came out recently. it’s super good. just like their 2012 album, dry land is not a myth, i could listen to the whole thing over and over again.
from time to time i’ll visit anthropologie to check out new arrivals and browse the sale section, especially in the hopes of finding cool housewares, coffee table books and other goodies. this past weekend yielded some good discoveries: giant paper garden umbrellas, a beautiful soft lightweight blanket and adorable notepads from le typographe. these lovely pieces seem ideal for the yard, for cooler days, curled up on the couch, and for scribbling notes and bright ideas.
despite having posted 100s of #autosides on instagram, i’m still not always the best at identifying what kind of car i’m looking at…but i’m getting better. and, luckily, car companies tend to emblazon it somewhere on the body of the car.
not long ago i had the pleasure of working with 2 models who were, at the time, completely new to me. coworker and fellow photographer, the awesome julie sparks andrada, and i were using the terrific studio space at photogroup in south austin, working on portfolio images, and julie had connections with these gorgeous models as well as the talented makeup artist bethany renfro.
having pinned several images of models with hair piled high and dramatic eye makeup, i knew what looks i had in mind, and these girls delivered.
both of these images were shot using a 5 foot octobank with a directional grid. the light was closer to sasha, just above her, angled down, positioned camera left. i had her very close to a rich grey background so the gradient is just from the single light source. for emily’s shot, the octobank was hiked higher up on a light stand, camera right, and positioned farther from her, producing an image with slightly more contrast. the green background was lit with a 4 foot strip soft box to create a soft linear gradient from right to left behind her.
a canon 5D with a 50mm 1.4 lens was used to produce both shots.
i retouched both images to fix some stray hairs and add extra dewy-ness to their skin, but these girls photographed so beautifully–i couldn’t be more pleased with the resulting images.
one of the ongoing themes in my instagram stream is #autoside. i love love love old cars–mostly 60s and 70s models. whenever a car catches my eye, i take a straight shot of the length of it wherever it’s parked. i always use the hashtag, so if you look for it on instagram you should see a fair number of my images among the 1000s of photos others post under that tag.
i’ll keep posting favorites here every week :)