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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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love is in the air, every time i look around

if you are down in the clearwater beach, cleveland street area this friday stop by and check out the latest art show Amore at Studio 617

i will have a few pieces in this show alongside the amazing work of my fellow Tampa Bay Society of Photographic Artists photographer cohorts.

along with the gallery show opening, it is also Blast friday in clearwater and there will be live music, food trucks and street vendors all up and down cleveland street so come on out and make an evening of it this friday:

https://www.facebook.com/events/1731957250170846/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22feed_story_type%22%3A%2222%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&pnref=story

hope to see you there

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bloody mary - breakdown

when model Angejolie Belle​ approached me to do a dark themed shoot based on the myth of “Bloody mary” I was immediately on board, so with herself and HMUA Priscilla Monnique Artistry​ we set about one afternoon to summon the demon Mary

setup:

as the story goes, you are supposed to stand in a candlelit lit room and repeat her name three times–why is it always three?–and after the third time Mary allegedly appears and she can sometimes be friendly and other times she will eat your soul

since the final image was to be a composite of Angejolie playing both characters, positioning was critical to sell the concept and make the whole thing work. I knew the positioning I wanted for both characters so I brought in a floor length mirror so I could get the physics correct and also so she had something to play off of while posing as she was genuinely seeing her own reflection in the mirror

lighting:

lighting was a bit tricky as I had to light her multiple ways for each part, yet try to keep the lighting similar.

for the part where she is normal, I had behind her a Paul C. Buff, Inc.​ alienbee studio strobe inside a gridded octobox to cast light towards her. For the red glow that was to be emitting from the mirror, I placed a heavily red gelled speedlite above the mirror and right at her to bathe her and the floor below in red light

for the part where she was mary, I removed the mirror and positioned her at the approximate angle to match the reflection. Overhead I had an alienbee strobe gelled red inside a beauty dish and then had a gridded speedlite aimed right at her face to illuminate just it without washing out the rest of her body. It was a bit tricky getting it to hit her face right on but after multiple tries we finally got what I need for the final shot

post production:

once in Adobe Photoshop​ I started the piecing together parts of the multiple shoots. I began with one of the looks for mary but after working with it for a while I did not like the interaction with that version and the one I chose for the regular version of her so I brought in another one of her poses and it gelled immediately

the mirror frame I found through a creative commons image search for standing mirrors (image credit below) and though it wasn’t the highest resolution I would have liked to have used, it fades back into the background nicely and does it’s job to solidify the storyline and give an air of gothiness (is that even a word?) to the overall image

HMUA Priscilla did a fantastic job with the makeup on both characters and even though mary was plenty bloody, I did go in and add a bit more to her hands and arms via PS just to add a bit more to the creep factor

final thoughts:

loved how this image turned out in the end. This was a tricky setup and shoot for sure because if the angles were not correct, the characters would not have appeared to be interacting properly with each other but I tried to keep things in mind like where the characters were to be in relation to each other during the shooting and that made the post production that much smoother

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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photographer: me – www.godriguezart.com
model/wardobe: Angejolie belle – IG - @angejoliebellemodel
HUMA: Priscilla Monnique artistry – IG - @priscillamonniqueartistry

mirror image: https://www.1stdibs.com/furniture/mirrors/floor-mirrors-full-length-mirrors/exceptionally-fine-19th-century-neo-gothic-cheval-mirror/id-f_1274708/



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mirror, mirror, on the wall...

happy friday everyone and welcome to some new art from yours truly

this image is a collaboration between model Angejolie Belle HMUA Priscilla Monnique Artistry and myself that we shot a month or so ago and i finally was able to complete the edits

i will have the full breakdown of how the shot was created and the inspiration for it in my "speed edit friday" video post which i will be sharing shortly, so be on the lookout for that

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oh what a night

thank you all who made it out to the RAWartists VERSE show last night in orlando. it was an amazing turnout and i met and talked with so many fantastic people my head is still spinning

i will have a more in depth post about the evening once i can fully wrap my head around it, but for right now–though i am thoroughly exhausted as you can see in this picture taken at the very end of the night–i am riding this wave of happiness and gratitude

again, i thank you all for your support

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orlando i will be in you tonight

everything is loaded up and i am ready to bring the Godriguez experience to orlando tonight at Venue 578 from 7 to 11pm

the event is VERSE presented by RAWartists orlando and it is a multi-facteted creative event involving painters, photographers, jewelry designers as well as musicians, performers, and fashion designers all under the same roof, showing off their skills for all to see

tickets for the event are still available: https://www.rawartists.org/tickets/purchase/2145/317466

hope to see you all there tonight

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word to ya mutha'

wishing all the mothers out there a wonderful day–and not just today–but everyday for all that you do

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put the root down

it is speed edit fridays here at the twisted world of Godriguezart and i today i am serving up one fresh off the press...err...computer. i have also included the breakdown of the shot to go along with it, so let's begin

Tree of life - breakdown

I created this image along with the awesome photographer Marybel one sunny day here in brandon. if you have not yet seen the full image it can be viewed here: http://tinyurl.com/godriguezart-tree-of-life

She approached me about getting together and shooting and so she came over and we headed down to Edward Medard Park which has truly some of the coolest trees you have ever seen and a favorite place for me to shoot. The trees truly have a life of their own as it appears that they are about to rip right out of the ground and start walking due to their exposed root structure

for this shot Mary turned from photographer to model and did it so effortlessly as I had her position herself at the base of the tree allowing her vivid red dress to fall around the roots of the tree.

Lighting:
the shots were taken in the middle of an extremely sunny day and there was a lot of dappled light coming through the trees so I stopped down my camera–and using high speed sync–lit her and the trunk of the tree with a 580EXII speedlite. It gave me just enough accent light to keep her illuminated yet drop the background down considerably

shooting:
we then took subsequent shots laying the dress along the roots of the tree in anticipation of compositing the material following the roots in a flowing fluid motion. After we got what we needed we moved onto other locations around the park and continued to shoot for some other previously posted images both myself and Marybel have shared

post production:
once in lightroom I picked out the images of Marybel and the various individual dress shots and one by one brought them into photoshop for final compositing. After working with the material for awhile I was just not feeling the original concept I had in mind so after a few failed attempts I switched gears and instead of having the material above the trees, I decided to make it as though she was feeding the tree with her life essence as flowed down into the soil. This solution was exactly what I needed and after that change in direction the rest of the image flowed–no pun intended

I intentionally left that part of the process in the speed edit video as I want to show that compositing is not a perfect science and it does not always go the way you intend despite the best laid plans and no amount of photoshop can fix a failed concept

final thoughts:
though the final result swayed some from my original vision, I am ecstatic with the final results and it is further proof that you should never try to force a concept into a shot that is not working. It is always a better idea to step back, take a breath and see if there is another solution to the task at hand.

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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photographer/post editing: me - www.godriguezart.com
model: marybel photography - www.marybelphotography.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVXfPoPa7VM&t=8s



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blow out the candles

wanted to say happy birthday to +matthew rappaport to the best partner an undercover high school detective could ever have...you rock!

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this is not a post

last night as i was leaving the monthly meeting of The Tampa Bay Society of Photographic Artists –where we ritualistically sacrifice animals and small children in the name of fine art...just kidding...but sometimes we do have donuts at the meetings–i noticed the pipe of one of the other members on the ground by the front door and i could not pass up the opportunity to grab a shot of it and create a modern day ode to Magritte out of it

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