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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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lost and found

i was culling through some photos a few weeks back and came across one from a session i had posted months ago and and it was an image i had failed to post and that i failed to even share with the model herself after it was edited

this was part of the series i did that involved the ouija board and the scull shots that you can see here:

http://tinyurl.com/godriguez-death-becomes-her-gp
http://tinyurl.com/godriguez-scull-gp

this was my day of immense frustration when i had extreme flash issues yet this one was one of the few occasions when the flashes did what i wanted them to do. this was actually shot during a very bright and sunny day, gotta love high-speed sync when it all works like it is supposed to :)

photographer/editing: me
IG: @the_godriguez

model/wardrobe/headpiece: Angejolie Belle
IG: @angejoliebellemodel

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virgo has risen

the final image from the "virgo" series as she has now hit her zenith and is enveloped in all her golden glory

this one is my fave in this series and i really wish i had created a BTS video for this one but sadly i did not. i will try to be more proactive in the future and remember to capture my editing sessions

as always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask away. also, if anyone is interested in learning photoshop or even how to create composites like this i am available for individual teaching sessions either in person or online, message me for rates and availability

photographer/editing: me
IG: @the_godriguez

model/wardrobe/headpiece: Angejolie Belle
IG: @angejoliebellemodel

HMUA: Priscilla Monnique Artistry
IG: @priscillamonniqueartistry

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pistons are pumping

i am trying to create a motor piston in cinema 4D and managed to figure out how to do it using connectors and a motor to make the whole thing rotate (see video)

while it looks great and runs smooth, i need to be able to regulate the speed of it and make it a consistent speed much slower than it is currently running from start to finish. right now it slowly reaches it's full speed after a few turns and i need it at max speed right away. i have messed with the motor's speed and torque, but it still either slowly starts and then reaches max speed or it is too weak and won't drive the shaft around at all

my question is, is there a way to make a motor ignore all mass of the objects under it's power and just simply turn at a steady rate? or should i rig this differently so that i can use perhaps some sort of IK tags to make it work the way i want and control the speed more fluently?

i do not know how to use espresso so unless someone has a simple tutorial using that or could rig a simple test scene for me to see, then that is not an option either

thanks in advance

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virgo rising...again

another take on the "virgo rising" session, this time taking her into the ethereal realm and keying on the idea that she is an air sign

photographer/editing: me
IG: @the_godriguez

model/wardrobe/headpiece: Angejolie Belle
IG: @angejoliebellemodel

HMUA: Priscilla Monnique Artistry
IG: @priscillamonniqueartistry

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love never dies

don't wait for that one day out of the year to tell your significant other that you care about them. don't measure that love with material things but rather show them that you care for them always and forever and give them your heart every single day

with that being said...happy VD to all the hopeless romantics out there

this shot was a valentine's day present i made for my wife Miki a few years back, i know i drive her crazy sometimes–all the time–but she knows how much she means to me...love you honey

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virgo rising

so last week i filled your stream with some very dark and brooding pieces and i am going to give you just the opposite this week

this shot–along with the others i will be posting this week–were taken during the same session as the series i posted last week. same model and HMUA for both shoots and it was fun–and challenging–to pulloff two completely different looks within the short amount of time we were together

Angejolie approached me about doing a Virgo inspired shoot and we discussed it being very light and airy and ethereal and the results are what you seeing based on that. the headpiece is one of her creations and the golden, glowing makeup and flowing hair from HMUA Priscilla added the perfect compliment to the overall look

model/wardrobe/headpiece: Angejolie Belle
IG: @angejoliebellemodel

HMUA: Priscilla Monnique Artistry
IG: @priscillamonniqueartistry

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get shorty

I know everyone is probably real busy today, so I'm gonna keep this post short

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the calling ~ BTS

as promised, here is the–much requested–behind the scene post for my image the calling

concept:
as i explained in my previous BTS post, the model in this shot–Angejolie–approached me about doing a dark series based around some of the central themes of the show "Penny Dreadful" and one of the one things she asked me was can we do a levitation shot, to which my answer was a resounding...yes!

setup:
i have seen a lot of levitation shots and the ones that succeed have proper lift for the body so the task was to support her body evenly to give that look.

first i had her on the table using clear plastic tubs under her so i could get some separation from the table but that wasn't working so i moved to my heavy duty wooden dining room chairs. after testing it out myself–i would never put a model through something i would not test myself first–the chairs proved to be the perfect support system for the look i was after

the lighting was one +Paul C. Buff, Inc. alien bee in a diffused 21" beauty dish directly overhead and another alien bee, bare bulbed aimed at the backdrop to illuminate through the material

i shot the model first, then the table by itself, and finally draped her night gown material over two light stands so that i had additional material to work with when it was time to composite of just the flowing gown

i shot with my 16-35mm right about in the middle range around 22mm at 1/200sec at f/5.6. once i had enough to work with i hopped over to photoshop to piece it all together

editing:
this was a tricky composite as i had several elements to try to blend together. i first separated the model from the background and then did the same with the table as i knew i was going to be creating a whole new background for the scene

i then pulled pieces of the material from the shots i did with the gown alone and found pieces that matched her angle and form and blended those pieces into the scene

for the final background i used a background texture that i purchased awhile back from one of +Renee Robyn's collections and then used some of the floor elements that i had created in a previous shot to finish out the room

for a final touch i created some smoke, lighting, and shadow effects to tie the scene together and that was it

final thoughts:
for being the first time doing a levitation shot i was extremely happy with the results i ended up with and i think this is now up there with one of my most favorite shots i have created

i have to thank HMUA Priscilla Monnique Artistry for her spot on makeup and hair work and give a huge thanks to model Angejolie Belle for putting her faith–and safety–in my hands and trusting in me to make a truly memorable shot for all of us

please checkout both Angejolie and Priscilla's work on their social media pages as well and book them for your next shoot

model: Angejolie Belle
IG: @angejoliebellemodel

HMUA: Priscilla Monnique Artistry
IG: @priscillamonniqueartistry

as always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask away. also, if anyone is interested in learning photoshop or even how to create composites like this i am available for individual teaching sessions either in person or online, message me for rates and availability

...enjoy

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salvation restored

here is the final image for the salvation lost series. our subject was shrouded in darkness, pleaded for forgiveness and now it appears she has been released from the blackened shroud she cast upon herself...or has she?...

thanks for following along and be on the lookout for the BTS speed edit video for yesterday's the calling image that i will be also posting today

if you missed the first parts of the series you can see them here:

part 1: http://tinyurl.com/godriguez-luck-of-the-draw
part 2: http://tinyurl.com/godriguez-salvation-foresaken
part 3: http://tinyurl.com/godriguez-calling

photographer/editing: me
IG: @the_godriguez

model: Angejolie Belle
IG: @angejoliebellemodel

HMUA: Priscilla Monnique Artistry
IG: @priscillamonniqueartistry

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salvation forsaken ~ BTS

as promised, here is the breakdown and speed edit video for my salvation forsaken shot

concept:
the model in this shot–Angejolie–approached me about doing a dark series based around some of the central themes of the show Penny Dreadful which included, tarot cards, levitation, and the questioning of ones faith. based on those themes i set about a bit of a themed storyline that strings together the images in the series as that of someone who tried to obtain power by unsettling and dark means and when that dark power consumed her it was then that she had to recant and attempt to pull herself back from her ill fated situation

this was the first time i had ever used a makeup artist of any kind and Priscilla knocked it out of the park. the makeup design was fully between she and Angejolie and it was exquisitely dark and lovely for the shoot

setup:
for the shot i went with one +Paul C. Buff, Inc. alien Bee studio strobe in a diffused 21" beauty dish directly overhead the model.

i keep a few boxes of click and lock faux wood flooring in my studio so i snapped together some for her to kneel on, though in hindsight i needed more behind her as you will see in the video as it didn't fully go all the way behind her...bad mark...bad mark

i stood on a ladder to get the vertical downward shot on her. i used my 16-35mm set at 33mm at f/5.6 and 1/200th sec and after i got what i felt i needed it was off to photoshoptopia for the final edit

editing:
angejolie said she did want to have blackened eyes so i took care of that as well as separating her from the background as i knew i needed to extend the wood floor background...again...bad mark...bad mark

i wanted to keep Priscilla's makeup work as pure as possible as it was spot on so i made only a few small modifications to it by adding droplets to the ends of the streaks on her face as they had dried up by the time we started shooting

final thoughts:
i was extremely pleased with the final results and had a great time working with both Angejolie and Priscilla and look forward to working with them again in the future

please checkout both Angejolie and Priscilla's work on their social media pages as well and book them for your next shoot

model: Angejolie Belle
IG: @angejoliebellemodel

HMUA: Priscilla Monnique Artistry
IG: @priscillamonniqueartistry

as always, if you have any questions please feel free to ask away. also, if anyone is interested in learning photoshop or even how to create composites like this i am available for individual teaching sessions either in person or online, message me for rates and availability

...enjoy

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