Leica-M Monochrome Test: Leica Store West Hollywood, CA.

16598623143_d1448e177f_oThe people at the Leica store in West Hollywood, CA invited me over on a rainy day to test out the Leica M-Monochrome. One of the best cameras I have ever used and the lenses were amazing!!! Too bad I dont have the $11,000 for the full set up. My friend/assistant Sandra was my dummy for this shoot as I was for her on a few shots. Take a close look at the many layers of black in the photos. The depth is beautiful!

Birdman, Sandra

Sandra

Sandra

Sandra

This photo was pitch black and the camera has the ability to recover 11 stops!!!!!

Sandra

Sandra

Noctilux f/0.95!!!!

 

 

 

VIDEO: “Palace Costume” – Miss Van, Victor Castillo, Dan Quintana & Esao Andrews in Los Angeles, CA.

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In March, Barcelona based artist Miss Van came to visit sunny Los Angeles, CA and found a mysterious looking store on Fairfax Blvd. she wanted to paint. After a friendly exchange of words with Palace Costume, which is an old cinema costume shop usually closed to the public, she invited her friends over to paint the blank front walls. LA based artists Esao AndrewsVictor Castillo and Dan Quintana came to add their work that is usually seen on canvas so it was nice to see their work on a different medium. Once finished Dan, Esao, and Miss Van had a fun time exploring the inside of  the costume shop that lead to some hilarious photos on the roof top of the shop. It was a lot of fun shooting this video, I hope you all enjoy!!

Esao Andrews, Miss Van, Victor Castillo, Dan Quintana

Esao Andrews

Miss Van

Esao Andrews, Miss Van, Victor Castillo,

Miss Van

Miss Van

Dan Quintana

Sunset

Victor Castillo

Miss Van

Esao Andrews, Miss Van

Esao Andrews

Miss Van

Victor Castillo

Dan Quintana

VNA 29 – Cleon Peterson

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Make sure to grab an issue of VNA 29 and read the amazing interview on LA based artist Cleon Peterson. I was lucky enough to be chosen to shoot Cleon and have my photos from Life is Beautiful published, totaling in 7 published pages of my photos! Purchase a copy here.

Cleon Peterson

Cleon Peterson

Cleon Peterson, Birdman

Cleon Peterson

This image was used as a post card for VNA.

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Cleon Peterson, Birdman

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VNA 29

VNA 29

The photos from these can all be seen on my previous post on the Life is Beautiful festival from 2014 here.

Samantha Bentley in Los Angeles, CA.

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Recently I got to shoot one of my favorite models Samantha Bentley, an AVN award winning actress from London. We had tried shooting a year ago but her schedule was insane so this year when I heard she was in town I had to find a way to set up a photo shoot with her. Luckily London based street artist INSA was just in town and let me borrow a one of a kind cat suit and bathing suit with his signature print on it to shoot models in. INSA and I have done a few shoots before so I was happy find someone new to the addition to my INSA Girls series. I asked Samantha to be part of it and took her to a roof top location that I knew would be the perfect backdrop during the sunset. Being my first time using my new softbox I was really excited to see what it could do and needless to say it was worth the investment! My idea was to have her be the bridge supporting all of LA, hence why I titled the main shot (above) “London Bridge.” There was also a collab we did with Read the Label clothing, a brand based out of Los Angeles where we took some pics around Melrose Blvd. in West Hollywood. After we had fun taking pics I wanted to show Samantha what America was all about and my friend Leba and I took her to the Angeles Shooting Range in the Angeles Crest Forest!! She was frightened at the hand guns at first but when it came to using the semi auto AR-15 she was able to hit a target 200 meters away on her first magazine! A natural…MERICA!!! Take a look at all our flicks and fun we had. Cant wait to work with her again. Search her work as it is AMAZING but also use caution as she is the epitome of NSFW.

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Thanks Colin Day for helping me out as my back injury was killing me that day!

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The Rapid Box is amazing! Highly recommend it!

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Angie working her magic on Samantha as we start the set with her wearing the catsuit.

Samantha Bentley, Insa

Samantha Bentley, Insa

Samantha Bentley, Insa

Samantha Bentley, Insa

Samantha Bentley, Insa

Samantha Bentley, Insa

Now for the bathing suit

Samantha Bentley, Insa

Samantha Bentley, Insa

Samantha Bentley, Insa

When the roommate comes home early and is like, “So uhhh….whats going on guys what are you doing?” A fucking photo shoot now get out!!!

Samantha Bentley, Insa

Samantha Bentley, Insa

Samantha Bentley, Insa

Cause pizza and boobs thats why…

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Now for second set with Read the Label clothing.

Read The Label x Samantha Bentley

Read The Label x Samantha Bentley

Read The Label x Samantha Bentley

Read The Label x Samantha Bentley

Found a way of using what I learned at TMZ in shoots with models.

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Showing Samantha and her friend Samia Duarte how to use a gun at the out door shooting range….tough life.

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Craola & Lyte in Redondo Beach, CA.

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Craola

Lyte

Lyte

Went down to Redondo Beach, CA to catch Craola and Lyte working in the alley way of a Brazilian Boxing studio. He was just starting to get the flu and my back was killing me but we pulled through! Luckily I had my friend Sandra around to help me to pick up my tripod…which I didn’t even use but it was the thought she brought it for me that counts. Sadly had to leave to my physical therapy session before I could watch the final touches of the wall but they were just about done when I left. Stay tuned for more with Craola!!

Tools of the trade

Tea for the sniffles

Craola, Lyte

Craola, Lyte

Reflections.

Birdman, Craola

Tools of the Trade

Craola

An older piece from last year.

Yard dog

Yard dog that hated me but loved Sandra….little bitch.

Craola

Collateral Damage

Collateral damage.

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Craola

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Photos can be seen on 12oz Prophet: http://www.12ozprophet.com/news/12oz-prophet-exclusive-craola-and-lyte-in-redondo-beach-ca

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And Arrested Motion: http://arrestedmotion.com/2015/01/streets-greg-craola-simkins-x-lyte-redondo-beach

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-BM

Leica M240 test: Shark Toof in Down Town Los Angeles, CA

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A few months back the friendly people at the Leica store in West Hollywood, CA let me have fun with one of the new cameras, the Leica M240 with a 28mm and 35mm lenses. Using that camera was intense! It was a manual focus and when you looked inside there are two images in two small squares and once they interlocked the subject is in focus. 80% of the work was within the view finder and 20% was from bobbing and weaving with my face to get the right thing in focus. It kinda looks like when you cross your eyes and let them go back into place and focus. Fun thing about these cameras is when the photo looks out of focus it looks beautiful because of the soft focus the Zeiss lenses. When you get something out of focus with a Canon5D what the fuck is the matter with you it has an auto feature!

While I had the camera at my expense I went to downtown Los Angeles to see what Shark Toof was up to as he painted a massive wall. Fun fact, he crowd funded the money for all the supplies he needed to paint the wall. Really awesome to see when that happens to artists. There was a fun party with lots of people that I came late to because of my day job at the time. The bright side was there was still tacos when I arrived….they were bomb as fuck too.

I used my Canon5D Mark II with a 24mm lens for the last two shots. Everything else was with the Leica. Enjoy!

Shark Toof

First example of how beautiful the photos are when they are out of focus with the Leica’s.

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Thats better.

Shark Toof

Shark Toof

Shark Toof

Shark Toof

Shark Toof

The detail on the bricks is bananas!

Shark Toof

Shark Toof

Shark Toof

Shark Toof

The closer I go the harder it got. It became a fun challenge to see how tiny of a movement I could make and how drastic the photo would become. Had to take several photos to find the right point as some would focus on his watch or weird parts of his arms. Glad this came out the way it did.

Shark Toof

Nom!

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Me sitting on a roof top with my Canon5D/24mm Canon Lens taking long exposures of the finished wall. There was a party that night and the nice people at Superchief Gallery in downtown LA cleaned up the space in front of the mural and left some event lights on for me. 30 second exposures with my Canon.

Shark Toof

Shark Toof

Closer.

The pics ended up going on to StreetArtNews.

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