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A Yucatan Story - Monte Zucker - part 3 of 1 2 3 4 5 6

Published 01/04/2005

I knew from past experience that infrared worked marvels when photographing sunlit green trees against the sky, but I had never before photographed portraits with infrared. Wow, was I in for a pleasant surprise! I kept the picture simple, composing the photograph instinctively without having to think of her placement in the photograph. I used a 28- 135mm IS lens on an infrared-adapted Canon D60.

"Attitude!" is what Lino kept calling for.

Attitude is what he got! One of Lino's incredible talents is directing his models for mood, expression and attitude. The photographers in his class all positioned themselves for what they felt would be the best camera position as Robert spoke to the models and "worked them" as only he can do. I set myself up for a two-thirds camera position of their faces and really lucked out with this picture - one of my favourites of the week.

Talk about a fantastic vacation resort. The Reef (Yucatan, Mexico) was a picture-postcard any and every way you turned. The trick here was to simplify and focus in on elements that would form pleasing compositions. This bridge and palm tree, for instance, created a graphic design from a low angle that showed beautifully against the skyMonte Bally


Talk about a fantastic vacation resort. The Reef (Yucatan, Mexico) was a picture-postcard any and every way you turned. The trick here was to simplify and focus in on elements that would form pleasing compositions. This bridge and palm tree, for instance, created a graphic design from a low angle that showed beautifully against the sky

I made this photograph on the first day of class when Robert's arrival to Merida was delayed. I became the instructor-for-a-day and showed how I photograph all day long in direct sunlight as well as in shade. When making this photograph I pointed out how I positioned myself and my subjects using the direct sun as my main light, keeping as much as possible the light crossing my subjects at a 45° angle.

I was shooting with Canon's 20D for everything other than the infrared. My photographs are captured on a new high-speed, 2GB Delkin memory card. I never ran out of "film!" The colour was unbelievably gorgeous and the speed of the card writing the image after each exposure was incredible.


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