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

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Happy Cinco de Mayo and 2 Year Anniversary to Monica and Luis – Corpus Christi, Texas and Ranch at San Patricio, Texas – May 5, 2012 | Wedding Videography

Happy Cinco de Mayo (to Everyone) and 2 Year Anniversary to Monica and Luis!!!

 

You hear it all the time, and I’ll say it again here, “TIME FLIES!”  Here on the cusp of summer, I find myself recalling the wedding CELEBRATION of Monica and Luis at the The Ranch at San Patricio on May 5, 2012.  It was the first time I saw performers on stilts, party masks invade the dance floor, and the first time I saw “La Vibora” (check out video below).

Let me wax poetic for a second, I encourage you to celebrate culture and encourage tolerance, embrace our differences as an opportunity to explore and find beauty, not as a breeding ground for fear and hate! That said let the party begin!   Here’s a playlist to help you celebrate Cinco de Mayo.

From an earlier post:

Monica and Luis celebrated their nuptials with a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church and reception at The Ranch at San Patricio.  It was a wonderful day to celebrate a wedding. I’d like to share a piece of this wonderful and truly unique moment (at the very least unique to me) with the sequence of the garder belt and bouquet toss. We’re all familiar with the fact that the lucky recipients are allegedly the next in line to marry.  What transpired yesterday on Cinco de Mayo 2012 had a wonderful twist – quite literally! Naturally the ladies took their turn first, lined up, held hands and then ran amok across the reception hall “ducking” underneath the outstretched veil of the beautiful bride which was held by her dapper young groom Luis, both were elevated by standing on a chair while supported by their friends.

Then the men’s turn, and in turn, they almost completely knocked over Luis – all in good nature of course.  I decided to film this sequence in one continuous shot.  Enjoy the moment and be sure to check out a few pictures from the event below, I was there to capture video but couldn’t resist snapping a few photographs, especially when the men in stilts appeared…

Be sure to keep an eye out for Jade and Jamie of Journey Tree Studio who did the wonderful wedding photography!  Learn more about them at http://www.journeytreestudio.com/

The band is called Manhattan Show and if you’d like a truly unique experience with interactives and props then visit www.manhattanshow.net!

For the video I used a Canon 5d Mk II with a Canon 320 Ex II as a camera light and Glidecam HD 2000 without the body support, for the most part my movement wasn’t too shabby.

Wedding Ceremony

Monica and Luis departing Most Precious Blood Catholic Church

Donde esta el Mariachi???? Esta AQUI!

I was roaming around and she suddenly stopped and posed. I couldn’t resist capturing the moment!

It’s the simple moments like this one that really makes me fall in love with weddings.

The mother of the Bride

Amelia Munoz –  mother of the Bride

I LOVE THIS ONE!

I LOVE THIS ONE!

This was an interesting moment. I was using an off camera flash to light this scene, for some reason the girls just stared upwards at the flash.

This is when things took it up a notch.

This is when things took it up a notch. This is part of Manhattan’s celebration.

Monica took her turn…

…as well as Luis!

Who’s louder – Las Damas??

… o Los Muchachos?

My traditional photo at the end of the night with the newly weds!

Vanessa and Demetrio 1 Year Wedding Anniversary – Living Pictures Video – Corpus Christi, Texas – June 9, 2013

Vanessa and Demetrio are celebrating their one year anniversary today!  This past month they also welcomed a new member to the family!  Happy Anniversary to you two… and many, many more!

 

From an earlier post:

Vanessa and Demetrio celebrated a traditional Catholic ceremony at the Corpus Christi Cathedral. For some private portraits, the newly weds and I met up at the Water Gardens in Downtown Corpus Christi. Shortly after, the bridal party joined us. Apart from the stifling summer heat, it was an eventful and wonderful time!  We happened across a man in drag costume filming a PSA with intentions of crashing a certain wedding party’s photographs, but as the director later accounted, “calmer heads prevailed,” and so they didn’t crash our session.  We also crossed a group of people touring downtown on segways, who not only obliged to let the bride and groom borrow two segways for a picture, they also posed with them.  Then we headed over to Holiday Inn at Emerald Beach to officially celebrate the wedding. Here are some moments that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE and would like to share with ya’ll (as we say down here in Texas!) Enjoy!

The segways stopped by... we asked if the Bride and Groom could hop on one...

Father of the Bride Dance

This was a special moment where Vanessa’s father described what he felt for her in the form of music – he played Pavarotti’s performance of “Nessun Dorma”

Mother of Groom Dance

The Newly Wed’s First Dance

Photobooth fun

.... and now the dancing begins!

…. and now the dancing begins!

The Beautiful Mother of the Bride

Come Here Lover Boy!

Father and Mother of the Groom

Bouquet Toss


…and they’re off to the start of what I know will be a beautiful, happy marriage!

Happy 1 Year Anniversary to Monica and Luis – Corpus Christi, Texas and Ranch at San Patricio, Texas – May 5, 2012

Happy 1 Year Anniversary to Monica and Luis!!!

From an earlier post:

Monica and Luis celebrated their nuptials with a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church and reception at The Ranch at San Patricio.  It was a wonderful day to celebrate a wedding. I’d like to share a piece of this wonderful and truly unique moment (at the very least unique to me) with the sequence of the garder belt and bouquet toss. We’re all familiar with the fact that the lucky recipients are allegedly the next in line to marry.  What transpired yesterday on Cinco de Mayo 2012 had a wonderful twist – quite literally! Naturally the ladies took their turn first, lined up, held hands and then ran amok across the reception hall “ducking” underneath the outstretched veil of the beautiful bride which was held by her dapper young groom Luis, both were elevated by standing on a chair while supported by their friends.

Then the men’s turn, and in turn, they almost completely knocked over Luis – all in good nature of course.  I decided to film this sequence in one continuous shot.  Enjoy the moment and be sure to check out a few pictures from the event below, I was there to capture video but couldn’t resist snapping a few photographs, especially when the men in stilts appeared…

Be sure to keep an eye out for Jade and Jamie of Journey Tree Studio who did the wonderful wedding photography!  Learn more about them at http://www.journeytreestudio.com/

The band is called Manhattan Show and if you’d like a truly unique experience with interactives and props then visit www.manhattanshow.net!

For the video I used a Canon 5d Mk II with a Canon 320 Ex II as a camera light and Glidecam HD 2000 without the body support, for the most part my movement wasn’t too shabby.

Wedding Ceremony

Monica and Luis departing Most Precious Blood Catholic Church

Donde esta el Mariachi???? Esta AQUI!

I was roaming around and she suddenly stopped and posed. I couldn’t resist capturing the moment!

It’s the simple moments like this one that really makes me fall in love with weddings.

The mother of the Bride

Amelia Munoz –  mother of the Bride

I LOVE THIS ONE!

I LOVE THIS ONE!

This was an interesting moment. I was using an off camera flash to light this scene, for some reason the girls just stared upwards at the flash.

This is when things took it up a notch.

This is when things took it up a notch. This is part of Manhattan’s celebration.

Monica took her turn…

…as well as Luis!

Who’s louder – Las Damas??

… o Los Muchachos?

My traditional photo at the end of the night with the newly weds!

Rob (my first cousin) and Amanda Wedding – Kingsville, Texas – July 28, 2012

My first cousin Rob married his longtime sweetheart Amanda this past weekend in Kingsville, Texas.  I had the chance to attend as a guest still with camera in tow.  The reception was held at the King Ranch Museum, which is a really, really lovely venue.  The two looked beautiful and happy – exactly the way the couple should look on their wedding day.  Congratulations to both of them and I’m certain they’ll share a lifetime filled with great joy and happiness!

Click here to view slideshow.

Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico – Corpus Christi, Texas – Harbor Playhouse – June 16, 2012 – Youtube Video

I finished the Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico DVD and I couldn’t be more proud.  I’ve uploaded dance sequences from Colima titled “El Pitayero” and Sinaloa titled “Sinaloa Medley.”  I implore you to to experience one of these performances in person to see the colorful dresses and its corresponding ebb and flow as the ladies sweep across the stage, enjoy the interaction between the male and female routines as well, and most importantly experience the unique culture and flair from particular regions of Mexico through the art of dance.   I’m still planning to put together a highlight of the entire evening and as soon as that’s done… you’ll hear about it here!  Enjoy!

 

NOTE: I don’t like to make excuses but I was running two cameras essentially by myself and I overexposed some sequences in the first half (Sinaloa), and then thankfully corrected it … midway through first half.

FROM A PREVIOUS POST:

This past weekend I had the privilege to videotape the Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico perform alongside the Kingsville Youth Ballet Folklorico, as well as the mariachi group Mariachi Olas Del Mar!  It was an amazing show filled with wonderfully vivid and colorful clothing and cultural dances and songs!  I look forward to sharing a highlight video as soon as humanly possible, until then enjoy a few pics I took with ambient lighting.

Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico – Corpus Christi, Texas – Dark Knight Rises Trailer/Film

I just finished syncing the footage of three cameras for the Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico performance.  I’ll be posting a highlight video soon.  Here’s the time line snapshot from Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.

Adobe Premiere CS6 Timeline

…. and with all due respects to this project I’d much rather be in line or actually seated in the Dark Knight Rises screening at this point watching previews, munching buttery popcorn, and slurping high-fructose corn syrupy cherry coke!!!  Here’s the trailer I made for the competition… which I submitted incorrectly… WAH WAH!  I still really like mine anyways….

FROM PREVIOUS POST:

This past weekend I had the privilege to videotape the Ballet Folklorico Viva Mexico perform alongside the Kingsville Youth Ballet Folklorico, as well as the mariachi group Mariachi Olas Del Mar!  It was an amazing show filled with wonderfully vivid and colorful clothing and cultural dances and songs!  I look forward to sharing a highlight video as soon as humanly possible, until then enjoy a few pics I took with ambient lighting.