Photographer Rich Flores and I took turns switching between models and getting them in different locations. As the night went on, each model would sneak away and put on a new pair of jeans. We were asked to leave one location and we did. We set up and began to shoot. A short while later, we were asked to leave again. Photography is a tricky business. You never know where you will end up shooting, so it’s really not practical to try and ask permission. It’s art, baby!
My got a nice workout that night. I used it for the pay phone shots of Angela Wong, bridge shots with all three models, and the church shots with all three models. The solid build of the lens is impressive. It held up nicely in the light rain that was coming down throughout the night.
Nobody bothered us for the remainder of the night and we were able to get some really great shots. Special thanks to the models for wearing summer clothes in the fall. It was chilly! All that matters in the end is that we took some amazing shots. Everything came together just right.
Models: Charlie Kelly and
Salon: Denna Fuentes
Hair: Elizabeth Jones ()
Makeup: Karen Buttacavole ()
Photographer: Christopher John Sztybel
Lighting Assistant: Lew Montalvo
I try to keep my equipment bags as light as possible, so I once again shot with . Since I shoot in full manual mode, even with flashes, I have total control over each exposure. I can appreciate , but I still prefer manually setting all of my equipment when I have the luxury of time.
The warehouse was massive, so each of us could should wherever we wanted without getting cramped. Toward the rear of the building stood a huge brick wall which turned out to be one of the best backgrounds.
We kept things moving throughout the night sharing each other’s setups and eventually it was time to break out my favorite piece of equipment; THE FOG MACHINE! I don’t like to overuse it, but it’s definitely great for adding a little extra something to a scene. I will usually manipulate it a bit in post-processing, but having it there in the actual scene helps keep the effect grounded in reality.
Thanks to our fantastic and professional models and . Special thanks to Pablo for providing us with a motorcycle and modeling for a few shots.
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Earlier in 2010 I designed a concept poster for the Jersey Shore Roller Girls. Instead of using team photos, I went with a hand drawn art deco theme. The sport of roller derby goes back to the time of the 1930s and one of my favorite things from that era is “The Rocketeer” by Dave Stevens. It was important to have that hand drawn and airbrushed technique and less of a “Photoshopped” look. I let highlights and glows fly and oversprayed areas to keep things unrefined. Less time spent on details and more time spent on overall feeling.
One of the elements I enjoy the most is the track below all of the pieces that are in your face. It helps keep everything bundled together. In a future revision, I might consider adding streaks of light, representing each team, racing around the track. The extra line work would help keep the bottom portion of the poster as interesting as the top.
I would love to revisit this design one day, but for now it will remain in this stage. For more information on the best roller derby league going, please visit the . They play almost every month and it’s a guaranteed good time. I suggest hitting up the beaches and boardwalk before the bout to get the full experience of a true day at the Jersey shore. Summer will be here again before you know it.