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Mark Rodriguez (Godriguez)
photographer, animator, designer, illustrator, husband, father, carbon-based life form, the list goes on and on
photographer, animator, designer, illustrator, husband, father, carbon-based life form, the list goes on and on
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the inquisition - behind the scenes

i shot all the components for this image which was for the word "cinematic" for the +Chrysta Rae photography scavenger hunt yet decided last minute to scrap it and go in another direction. it wasn't until the hunt was over that i decided to revisit it and put it all together as a final image

setup/lighting

for this self portrait shot i knew i wanted a dark somewhat seedy feel like that of a dingy police room so i set about creating the mood.

in most movie interrogation rooms there is an overhead light over the table and rather than trying to create or buy a prop, i used my beauty dish as the actual light with my alien bee studio strobe and included it right into the shot

to add a little bit of separation for the detective closest to the camera i added another strobe in a strip bank directly behind me to add a that extra hint of light

i needed a bit of extra light into the eyes of the criminal so i added a bounce reflector in front of the table aimed up at my face to add that little bit of kick of light

since i don't smoke cigarettes, i created a fake one using the body of a ballpoint pin and then stuffed it with lit incense to produce some smoke. i did add some extra smoke to the room using my smoke machine to help give the overhead light some direction and add to the mood of the scene

editing

editing for this shot was pretty straight forward as everything was lit evenly and kept in place. i added a touch more smoke after the fact and then it was all done

final thoughts

was really happy how this turned out and the fact that this was actually a throw away shot made it even more of a joy to finish

as always, if you have any questions about any part of my part of my work feel free to ask, I am always happy to further explain if needed
if you enjoy these videos, please subscribe to my youtube channel and that way you will be informed when new ones are released

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what's in the box?

check out my @godriguezart story on instagram to find out "what's in the box?"

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i see right through you

for +Johnny Wills's #joinindailiy the theme for today is "Looking straight at you" and i think this shot qualifies for that

follow john and join in on this fun daily theme

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i'm batman!

found a little friend on our front porch today, i got him safely back up into a tree and it Looks as though he was able to fly off on his own power

i still keep meaning to build a batbox for the yard, maybe this was the inspiration to make it happen

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+Mark Rodriguez​ you just survived hurricane irma, what are you gonna do now?

im going to DisneyWorld!

a much needed playdate with the family after the stress of the past week...we all needed this

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tilting windmills - behind the scenes

Don Quioxte has always held a special place in my heart, i recently wrote a post explaining the fascination which you can read here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+MarkRodriguez/posts/PDCStmerBtk

for this shot i wanted to show his passion and a bit of his madness all in one shot and so i set about to create it

props/lighting

for the top of the helmet i used a mixing bowl i got at a thrift store and for the brim i cut a piece of luan and fixed it together with aluminum tape. i then painted and treated it to look a bit rusted and beat up as in the story his armor once belonged to an older relative and in my mind it was most likely a beat beat up and weathered

for the key light i used one Paul C Buff Alien Bee in a 48" gridded octobox off to camera left and angled downward. even though the final composite was to be an environmental setting, i wanted an even portrait like quality to the light

behind me, to add ambient light, i used another alien bee with an orange gel aimed up at the ceiling, back drop and at a reflector panel. i used the gold side of the panel to cast a little extra warmth to the over all ambient light as the final shot was to look like it was outdoors in an open field of sorts

i shot many different looks and angles as i kind of had something in mind for the final shot, but wasn't quite sure how my background elements would work together

editing

the background was to be composed of a few shots i had collected on my travels with one in particular that i shot specifically with this image in mind

the background is made up of images from california (windmills and walking path) and the mountains are from a herding dog farm in ireland. after some finagling in photoshop with the various images i finally had created the image i truly always wanted to make

final thoughts

if you read the post i originally made for this image (see link at top) you will know the significance that this image means to me and why i felt it so important to create it. having had this vision in my head for so long and waiting until i could execute it properly was well worth the patience and certainly worth the time–not only spent waiting–but that i eventually put into creating the final product

as always, if you have any questions about any part of my part of my work feel free to ask, I am always happy to further explain if needed
if you enjoy these videos, please subscribe to my youtube channel and that way you will be informed when new ones are released

…enjoy

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there has to be a morning after

feel asleep last night a little after we finally lost power and just as the worst part of the storm was upon us.

awoke this morning to the sound of generators humming outside and shortly thereafter fired mine up to add to the cacophony of power. the yard is littered with branches and assorted debris and whatever i did hear hitting the roof last night is now gone as it is void of any debris

all things considered, we fared well. when irma hit land she broke up pretty good and significantly lost some-but not all-of her steam by the time she finally came through.

our only real casualty was a tree falling in the back yard that took out our fence and is now residing in our neighbor's pool. i will address that situation with my chainsaw once the weather lightens up as we still have rain and occasional gusts coming through

Happy to be alive

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the eye of the tiger hurricane

the eye of the hurricane is almost upon us and we are definitely seeing the worst of it now. by some miracle, we still have power even though everything behind my house and all areas surrounding my house are the dark

i have heard extremely large thumps on my roof so i know either some good sized limbs have fallen or Santa clause has come early, either way i will know more about what is up there in the morning

i have been taking the time to go out on my porch and take in the majesty of nature's wrath as there is no greater thrill as watching wind and rain whipping through the trees

will report back after the eye us past and the worst is behind me

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blow me

reporting In from brandon, Florida, wind and rain is definitely increasing, trees are swinging big time, but staying strong. we still have power though all surround areas have gone dark...just a matter of time i am sure and we will be without as well

Will report back after awhile

#irmagerd #hurricaneirma

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