Kristina and Ernest Wedding Day Preview including Living Pictures Slideshow

Ana and Mark Living Pictures Video Slideshow and Preview | October 25, 2014 | Corpus Christi, Texas

 

 

2014 Wind Fest | Portland, Tx |Publication date April 14, 2014 | Corpus Christi, Texas

Below are some of my images and ensuing rants, ramblings, and explanations about the who, how, why, where, and what-is and what-nots of my 2014 Windfest coverage in Portland, Texas for the local Corpus Christi, Tx newspaper on April 13, 2014.

The first image involves the ride called “Tornado.”  My approach was to play with motion tracking photography (not sure if that’s the technical term).  There was something interesting about how seemingly disinterested this one girl was while riding, just twirling her hair so nonchalantly.  I would have gladly traded places with her, not that I’m not perfectly content with my lot, just saying.  I was unable to catch her camera center. But this works for me.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

The following photo was one of my favorites from the day.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Adolfo Sanchez and grand son Jeremiah Sanchez, 17 months, ride the merry-go-round at the . They were both first time attendants of 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times
Adolfo Sanchez and grand son Jeremiah Sanchez, 17 months, ride the merry-go-round at the . They were both first time attendants of 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014

When I showed the picture on the back of the camera to father of the child he asked, “you made this just now with your camera?” I immediately said yes, though I wondered later how else I could have made it.

Then there was Elvis:

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times What I love about shooting wide angle ~16 mm focal range, is well, the angle the unique perspective provides.  They say that the 50mm focal range most closely resembles how the eye sees, and I don’t disagree with this,  in so much as our eyes see more than we can, or rather we perceive more than we’re able to actually focus upon.  I think the wide angle perspective really allows us to feel as though we’re in the moment through TOTAL immersion.  This is not to say that any other focal length such as telephoto ~200 mm, does not provide a similar effect;  I just believe it tends to provide a more personal immersion, as opposed to TOTAL immersion.  Take for instance this shot of Elvis, one can almost feel like this could be them…

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

… which is very different from the feeling of “I could be there now” the below photo provides:

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Drew Barbee photographs a family picture in front of the “Himalaya” ride at the 2014 Windfest on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at Daniel P. Moore Community Complex.

The following two are self-explanatory.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Anika Smith , 7, Vivian Pshigoda, 5, Jessa Smith, 6 of Rhythm and Moves Dance Academy perform at the 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Their routine included tap, ballet, jazz, and Polynesian/hula.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Anika Smith , 7, Vivian Pshigoda, 5, Jessa Smith, 6 of Rhythm and Moves Dance Academy perform at the 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Their routine included tap, ballet, jazz, and Polynesian/hula.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Anika Smith , 7, Vivian Pshigoda, 5, and Jessa Smith, 6 of Rhythm and Moves Dance Academy wait to perform at the 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Their routine included tap, ballet, jazz, and Polynesian/hula.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times Anika Smith , 7, Vivian Pshigoda, 5, and Jessa Smith, 6 of Rhythm and Moves Dance Academy wait to perform at the 2014 Wind Fest on Sunday, April 13, 2014. Their routine included tap, ballet, jazz, and Polynesian/hula.

 

With this one I tried to capture children at the first visible turn, and then one at the base, exiting the slide.  I didn’t get it.  But the following image is interesting to me, since it almost looks as though the child is frozen on her back at the base of the slide.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

Tornado

And finally, another motion shot.

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

Micah DeBenedetto/Special to the Caller-Times

Thanks for stopping by!

Mari Bridal Portrait and Pearl Canvas Gallery Wrap Print | Corpus Christi, Tx | March 29, 2014

By the time this post is published, Mari and Daniel will officially be married (I wrote this the night before in case you were dying to know).  Congratulations to them both!!!!!  For Mari’s bridal session, we ventured over to the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center.  Needless to say it’s a beautiful space.  I recommend joining and becoming a member.

However what I’m really excited for is her 12″x18″ canvas gallery wrap with Pearl canvas and hand applied brush gel coating.  Below is the image she selected.

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Here is an obligatory selfie with Mari giving the PEACE sign in the background, I couldn’t share this until now.

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Mari’s Bridal Portrait SELFIE at the Botanical Gardens in Corpus Christi, Texas on March 29, 2014.

Here are a few of the others from the session.  Now to sleep before the big day!

Anti-Preview of Wedding Highlights – Diana and Joe | Corpus Christi, Texas | November 16, 2013

This is my first Ant-preview-wedding-highlight-post. I came up with the idea to honor two artists that celebrated their union in one of the more unique spaces that anyone will come across, the tunnel at La Retama Park.  I was the lucky soul charged with “officially” capturing  the day’s events.  As you can imagine, artists tend to know other artists including photographers, and there were plenty around to enjoy in this celebration.  Even Diana’s lovely niece Dana, a bridesmaid, is a photographer.  She periodically stepped out to capture her moments, on film.  Even at one point her camera was more trusty than my own, since I ran into a little bit of flash issues during the formal portraits.  She was mighty quick and sure to point this out, and for that I’m forever grateful!!!

Given the unique space, I couldn’t be more relieved to have been aided by these two fellow photographers, who fortunately are just as guilty as I am in creating the following images.  Kim doesn’t like looking into the camera, something about stealing her soul, and Derek is the other. I’m the one with the Bride and Groom, and was in the midst of No Shave November.

I would like to thank Diana and Joe for commissioning me to capture memories of their day.  This is something where I’ll always look back upon as being one of my more significant moments as an artist and photographer.

Disclaimer: this is not intended to reflect poorly on either my fellow photographers, including myself, or the subjects within these following frames.  It is only intended to poke fun at my conventional Wedding Highlight and honor the union of Diana and Joe.  Non-alcoholic, virtual cheers to them both!

The couple exiting the tunnel.

The couple exiting the tunnel.

Overexposed – Out of Focus – Blurry

These lovely images are some combination of these three.

Fun with or without Flash

Again, pretty self explanatory, and these images involve issues dealing with high speed sync, flash misfires, overexposures or underexposures due to flash, etc… As you can imagine, there are a lot of dark pictures.

Out of Focus

I’ve been slowly compiling a series of my “out of focus” wedding images, aptly titled “out of focus series.”  This is the first time I’ve shared any of them, you know with the whole stigma of not wanting to be seen as a poor or bad photographer… except when it’s done with an artistic vision in mind; which can ultimately lead to one being called genius.  No really, feel free to leave a comment about how genius this post is, my humble ego will be extremely thankful.

What the Heck?

yeah… what the heck…  Save the one of Joe making a face in the street corner because that shot’s just cool, and the same goes for the one of the photographer in the tunnel doing her thing, and then also Diana making the silly face with Joe.

Actually Not Bad Category

Blinks and Other Poor Timings

Photojournalism Update – May 8 and 12, 2013 – Corpus Christi, Texas

Maribel Quintanilla – Closet Snoop – Corpus Christi, Texas | Print Date May 12, 2013 |

Here’s the link to the newspaper article.

PHOTO BY MICAH DEBENEDETTO, MICAH DEBENEDETTO / SPECIAL TO THE CALLER TIMES  A black skirt from Stein Mart and a Rock-n-Roll red and black shirt with black belt, and matching jewelry all from Cavender’s is the perfect outfit for a South Texas gal.

PHOTO BY MICAH DEBENEDETTO, MICAH DEBENEDETTO / SPECIAL TO THE CALLER TIMES A black skirt from Stein Mart and a Rock-n-Roll red and black shirt with black belt, and matching jewelry all from Cavender’s is the perfect outfit for a South Texas gal.

Nueces County high school students receive $67,000 in scholarships from livestock show – Corpus Christi, Texas | Print Date May 8, 2013 |

Here’s the link to the newspaper article.

 

PHOTO BY MICAH DEBENEDETTO, MICAH DEBENEDETTO / SPECIAL TO THE CALLER TIMES Cheyenne Frost (right) is presented a scholarship from the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show Association on Tuesday in Robstown.

PHOTO BY MICAH DEBENEDETTO, MICAH DEBENEDETTO / SPECIAL TO THE CALLER TIMES Cheyenne Frost (right) is presented a scholarship from the Nueces County Junior Livestock Show Association on Tuesday in Robstown.

 

Photojournalism Update – May 5, 2013

Happy Cinco De Mayo!  Today marks a special, albeit small landmark for my photojournalism career – two subjects were covered in the Hola! section of the Corpus Christi Caller Times. Not just ANY two people but the Queen and Princess of the Court of the 60th annual Buccaneer Days Coronation. It was also an honor because I was personally selected from the group of freelance photographers because of I was the “best freelance photographer for on-location lighting.”  Back pat Micah, and thank you very much for the fine compliment Todd Yates – Chief Photographer with the Caller Times.  Lighting is a craft that I’ve made a top priority to learn and hone – it is the basis of all photography after all!   All photos Copyright Caller.com.

Closet Snoop: Maude Porter and Madlyn Constant – Corpus Christi, Texas | Print Date May 5, 2013 |

Here’s the link to the newspaper article.

PHOTO BY MICAH DEBENEDETTO, MICAH DEBENEDETTO/SPECIAL TO THE CALLER TIMES Ready for summer: Constant in an emerald green BCBG Max Azria maxi dress with gold Kate Spade strappy wedges, gold and emerald quartz dangle earrings, and J. Crew bangle bracelets and Porter in an Elie Tahari white cotton pique top and turquoise jeans with bright orange patent pumps.

PHOTO BY MICAH DEBENEDETTO, MICAH DEBENEDETTO/SPECIAL TO THE CALLER TIMES Ready for summer: Constant in an emerald green BCBG Max Azria maxi dress with gold Kate Spade strappy wedges, gold and emerald quartz dangle earrings, and J. Crew bangle bracelets and Porter in an Elie Tahari white cotton pique top and turquoise jeans with bright orange patent pumps.

Instituto de Cultura Hispanica’s annual International Dinner celebrates diversity – St. Pius X. Catholic Church | Print Date May 5, 2013 | Corpus Christi, Texas

Here’s the link to the newspaper article.

Residents come in waves to World of Water event – Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History | Print Date May 5, 2013 | Corpus Christi, Texas

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PHOTO BY MICAH DEBENEDETTO, MICAH DEBENEDETTO/SPECIAL TO THE CALLER TIMES ABOVE: Nathan Acosta, 8, and Rosario Martinez discuss whale bone vertebrae Saturday.

PHOTO BY MICAH DEBENEDETTO, MICAH DEBENEDETTO/SPECIAL TO THE CALLER TIMES ABOVE: Nathan Acosta, 8, and Rosario Martinez discuss whale bone vertebrae Saturday.