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Jessica Mezey With Gossamer Wings At Foz Do Douro

Jessica Mezey

Jessica Mezey

You’re not seeing things. These three images are one shot with different editing. The beach shoot with Jessica included this wooden pier off the boardwalk around Foz do Douro — a typically unbusy spot, even in the summertime. Probably because it’s typically gusty, which for our purposes makes an excellent natural wind machine for motion. A performer like Beyoncé has to carry motorized ones with her on tour, to make her look like she’s in a perpetual shampoo commercial. (And sometimes those machines try to eat her, but she keeps singing.)

Anyway, I posted three versions of this one photo because I couldn’t make up my mind which one to show. When it comes to editing, photographers favour a speedy work flow and I’m no different. But since this is my blog, I’m showing several versions to illustrate how a single image can carry several different moods based on colour (or lack of it). There’s even digital cross-processing in the one above, and I haven’t applied this style to any photos in years (mostly because it was a fad).

Talking about photo editing is only marginally more exciting than talking about document editing — would I do that to you? — but occasionally I enjoy posting the different versions to ask people to make up their own minds which one they prefer. The answers always surprise me; I can never predict them. If you have a preference, let me know in the comments.

Other posts from that same shoot:

Foz Do Douro With Jessica Mezey
Tiny Dancer, Dancing In The Sand
My Dog The Photobomber

Jessica Mezey

Jessica Mezey

Jessica Mezey

Jessica Mezey

August 8, 2015
Album: Portugal [Summer 2015]

Porto In Black and White, With Jessica Mezey

São Bento Railway Station, Porto | model: Jessica Mezey

After the colour blast that was yesterday’s post, it’s time to give the cones a break and switch to monochrome. Because I work so much with colour, I forget to play around in black and white. It’s taken some years to figure out the situations when black and white work better than colour, and thankfully in the digital age it isn’t necessary to make that decision before shooting. (The last time I shot black and white film was in high school!) Colour photos can be converted in post-production, with an array of options for black and white conversion: channel-mixing, contrast, or HDR if that’s your thing. It may seem counterintuitive, but converting to black and white does not make editing a whole lot easier except for one thing: white balance.

These photos were all shot the same day with Jessica Mezey in the historic centre of Porto, which in the height of summer makes it challenging to keep the tourists outside the frame. São Bento Railway Station (above) was the busiest of these three spaces, but we got what we wanted and none of the security people asked us to leave, which is always a good thing.

Note to self: post more black and white!

City Hall, Porto | model: Jessica Mezey

Câmara Municipal do Porto

Torre dos Clérigos, Porto | model: Jessica Mezey

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August 10, 2015
Album: Portugal [Summer 2015]

Festas do Povo de Campo Maior: A Colour Explosion

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The Festas do Povo de Campo Maior photo album is filling up nicely, which means it’s time to set it free. It’s too large to show as a slide show within this post, so I point you to the album in Flickr to see the rest, and yesterday’s post for some video clips.

The paper artistry extends beyond flowers: there was a street decorated like a farm with paper pigs and cows, a wine-themed street with paper grapevines and barrels, paper swans and bullfighters, wishing wells and paper tapestries. Someone even decided to build a cardboard tank in front of the castle!

The Alentejo Region is hot and dry, perfect for an event built around paper, but I did wonder what would happen if and when rain entered the forecast. The event is over eight days, there’s some likelihood for precipitation. Do they have an emergency plan to uninstall within a few hours and then reinstall when the threat of rain passes? The committee has been working on this event since January, I’m assuming they have a rain plan. Let’s hope they don’t have to implement it.

It was an 1,100km round trip for us to attend this event, but Festas do Povo de Campo Maior only takes place every four years, or whenever the townsfolk decide they’ve recovered sufficiently from the last one and are ready to tackle it once again. Considering there are around 20 kilometres of paper decorations, you can see why! We arrived before 10 o’clock in the morning, left around six o’clock in the afternoon, and we still didn’t get to see everything. The level of detail and painstaking work behind these displays isn’t for money (the entrance fee is only €4), it’s truly a labour of love by the people of Campo Maior.

Long live the arts in every corner of Portugal!

Event info (August 22-30, 2015): http://festasdopovo.pt/

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August 23, 2015
Album: Festas do Povo de Campo Maior [August 2015]

Festas do Povo de Campo Maior: Videos

I think we can all agree: a videographer I am not, but I try. With a large-scale event such as Festas do Povo de Campo Maior, which centres around a massive volume of paper artistry — much of it very detailed work — then photography isn’t really enough to show it properly; this event needs video, too. Photography lends itself more to detail, but video is better at giving a point of reference for size, with the added bonus of sounds and movement. Watch the clips in HD for details!

I made a bunch of videos, but some of them didn’t make the cut. There was one outtake video I had to stop filming partway through once Paulo and I realized Ice was peeing on one of the flower stands! So embarrassing! (I did upload it to Google+, though, so we could relive the embarrassment at any time.)

If you think you hear a lot of Spanish chatter in these videos, it’s because Campo Maior borders the Extremadura Region in Spain (less than 10km away) and this event draws a lot of Spanish visitors. So many, in fact, that some of the signage is in Spanish and I heard more Spanish than Portuguese yesterday. Festas do Povo de Campo Maior attracts visitors from far and wide, but it is very much an Iberian event. Pics forthcoming…

August 23, 2015
Album: Festas do Povo de Campo Maior [August 2015]

Casa Aguiar Photo Booth

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Our weekend in the Alentejo is over, and we have hundreds (and hundreds) of photos to show for it, between Montemor-o-Novo Castle and Festas do Povo (Flores de Papel) de Campo Maior. Also some video, but that will come later. For now, just a few photos I shot at Campo Maior of two-thirds of Casa Aguiar after they turned a window into an impromptu photo booth. I couldn’t decide which ones I liked the most, so I posted them as a series. The last one makes me laugh — matching smiles!

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August 23, 2015
Album: Festas do Povo de Campo Maior [August 2015]