JVDA Photography: Blog https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog en-us (C) JVDA Photography [email protected] (JVDA Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:04:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:04:00 GMT https://www.jvdaphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u433143879-o823034378-50.jpg JVDA Photography: Blog https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog 80 120 Talking Lucha: Filling the Pentagon Void https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/talking-lucha-filling-the-pentagon-void AAA was the first company in Mexico to give me a break shooting Lucha. Thanks to Cristina A. and IS Rostro at AAA, I was able to shoot the 2015 Lucha Libre World Cup, Verano de Escandalo and Triplemania 23. Therefore, I cannot help but wish them the best, in good time and in bad. Since those days the company I grew up watching has lost a bevy of major stars, the latest being Pentagon Jr., Daga and Garza Jr. Too me its clear that 2 things must be done at this point, and that is the purpose of this blog post.


A) Establish Hijo del Fantasma as a Top Star

Fantasma has a ton of talent, and carries a powerful legacy. It needs to be clear that he is in the AAA premiere class. They really can't afford to lose him, and AAA needs another top tecnico if for example Psycho Clown were to get hurt. Fantasma has played a great heel, but at this point in time with the loss of Fenix, Evans, Garza etc. AAA needs a strong tecnico. 

B) Filling the Void, Sign Top Talent

Ok this is the hard one, but at the same time, there is tremendous talent right now in Lucha Libre. I am going to simply create a list of people who I think could fit in and help rebuild. 

1) Cibernetico- Tons of Charisma, the fans love him, and in my opinion he belongs in AAA. Have him rejoin Averno and Chessman and have him feud with Pagano and the Clowns.  They could have a cage match at Triplemania where a mask or hair is lost. It's easy and it writes itself. Cibernetico vs. Pagano brawls are fresh enough for this too work.

2)Top Free Agents: Xtreme Tiger, Flamita, Laredo Kid, Golden Magic, Ultimo Ninja, Epydemius- These are phenomenal talents. Any company would be lucky to have them. They are either stars or stars on the rise and are ready to fill in the spots left by Fenix, Garza Jr., Jack Evans, and Daga

3) Indy Invasion- There is some really great luchadors out there on the indies. Young teams like Mala Hierba, Indystrongtibles, Kamikazes, Macizos, Gold Generation, Compares, Fortaleza etc. would provide a fresh I'd like to see any of these young teams come in and feud with AAA talent. Would give AAA some fresh feuds, and would give these great teams a chance to reach a greater audience. 


Who would you like to see fill the void? I left out any CMLL talent, simply because I have no idea who might even consider jumping ship. Please leave me a comment below, and while you are here, check out my photo archives here!

[email protected] (JVDA Photography) AAA Libre Lucha Wrestling https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2017/1/talking-lucha-filling-the-pentagon-void Mon, 23 Jan 2017 00:34:47 GMT
Electric Nissan Shoot https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2016/2/electric-nissan-shoot The picture below popped up in my facebook memories today. Last Year, Nissan USA shared this photo, with a very flattering caption, completely on their own, and I didn't find this until a week later. You never know who is looking at your photos.


link: https://plus.google.com/+Nissan/posts/4jtMySUdqfu


BTS: This photo was taken in a VERY dark room, at a sketch battle I believe. I had about 15 minutes and no tripod for a long exposure. I borrowed a step ladder to set my camera upon, and used my speedlight to light the car. Only had time for one angle. Quality of light was very poor, so I had to make sure to light it myself. I think this was a composite of 3 exposures. I used perhaps a 15-20 second exposure each time, popping the speedlight from several angles in order to light the car as evenly as possible.

[email protected] (JVDA Photography) Automotive BTS Lighting Nissan Photography Shoot https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2016/2/electric-nissan-shoot Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:22:21 GMT
NAIAS Auto Show Shooting Tips https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2016/1/auto-show-shooting-tips I have had the honor of shooting NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) for a local website, the oakland press, jalopnik, and dupont registry during the media preview days the last 3 years. Along the way I have learned a couple things. In this series I am to answer questions that are commonly asked regarding shooting the show.

Q. What are your favorite lens to use on these shots?

A. Ok so let's talk focal lengths.  I usually keep an wide angle on one camera and a telephoto on another camera so that I can get a number of different looks, perspectives, and angles and to keep the album from getting boring. Shooting ultrawide allows you to get close enough to the car to keep random people from getting in your shot. On public days this is especially important.

The images below are shot with a telephoto (85mm), and an ultrawide lens. I am happiest with the shot from the 85 prime, but getting this shot without anyone in the way took a lot of patience. Good thing, a good friend was nearby to talk to while I waited for an opportunity to get the car at the right rotation and with no one in the frame. With the ultrawide I just walked up as close to the car as possible and framed the shot. There is simply no space between myself and the display, so noone gets in the way. Problem with wide angle is that it is too easy for lens distortion to damage a shot.

85 Prime Ultrawide

Q. Where are you placing your focus point for full car pictures?
A. There is a general rule of thumb when it comes to portrait photography that says you should focus on the eye nearest to the camera. When I am shooting a car, I take the headlamps to be the eyes, and apply the rule. I also like to have the front grill and emblem in focus, so this often means making sure I have enough depth of field.

Q. How many photos do you usually include in an album

A. Album composition is very important in my opinion. Nobody wants to see every decent shot you took. For a large show like NAIAS, do everyone a favor and pick your top 50, max. If you only have 20 which truly standout, only share those 20. IMO it is more impressive to upload 10 really well done photos than 200 decent-good photos. When looking at a portfolio, clients aren't going to sit there and go through 200 photos. Pick out your best ones, and share those. If you'd like include a link to the full album. Furthermore, 20 great shots will get diluted within an album of 200 photos. Also, Mix up your angles types of photos. Even if you limit your album to 50 photos, if they are all front isometric shots, it gets pretty boring after awhile.  Mix it up!

[email protected] (JVDA Photography) Auto Detroit Ford GT NAIAS Show https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2016/1/auto-show-shooting-tips Wed, 06 Jan 2016 15:41:19 GMT
Cinco de Mayo: An American Holiday https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2014/4/cinco-de-mayo-an-american-holiday This may come as a shock to some of you but Cinco de Mayo is in fact an American, not a Mexican, Holiday! To be brief, During the civil war the French were allied with the Confederate army and hoped to use an occupation of Mexico to gain power in North America. When the Mexican troops defeated the French, the result was a strategic victory for the United States. 

Cinco de Mayo will be celebrated in Detroit this Sunday in Southwest Detroit! I went with my family last year and had a great time. Check out some of my favorite pics from last year's event.


[email protected] (JVDA Photography) Cinco Detroit Mayo de https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2014/4/cinco-de-mayo-an-american-holiday Wed, 30 Apr 2014 14:23:56 GMT
Sigma Once Again Goes Above and Beyond https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2014/4/sigma-once-again-goes-above-and-beyond I was among the people who were shocked last summer when Sigma announced the 18-35 1.8 Lens. My immediate response was too sell 3 of my lenses. If the lens preformed well I knew the 18-35 mm 1.8 would make my 35mm 1.4, 17-55 2.8 and 18-55 kit lens obsolete and I took a gamble. Sure enough the lens has received glowing reviews and lived up to all expectations. When I had the opportunity to shoot the 2014 NAIAS for the oakland press. I left my L glass at home. The NAIAS Gallery is featured below. 


Now Sigma is once again making waves by releasing a 50mm 1.4 Art Series Lens($950) that is being compared favorably to the $4000 Zeiss Otus Lens. Whether you are a Sigma fan or not, you at least have to commend them for their effort. Just one year ago, I thought sigma was just another value brand that produced cheaper versions of tried and true Canon glass. I hope Sigma keeps up the good work, and I also hope we get some new and exciting glass from Canon Soon.


[email protected] (JVDA Photography) 1.8 18-35 Art Lens. NAIAS Otus Sigma Zeiss https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2014/4/sigma-once-again-goes-above-and-beyond Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:12:25 GMT
Homework and Fun at Ice Nine Group! https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2014/2/homework-and-fun-at-ice-nine-group My latest Homework assignment required me to evaluate the roof panel of a current generation Ford Mustang. In Michigan, dealerships are closed on Sundays, so I was in a bit of a pickle. Lucky for me, Keith over at Ice Nine Group has some of the finest Ford Mustang's in all the land. 

I won't bore you with any of the photo's of the roof panel evaluation, but here are a few shots of the gorgeous Chevelle he had in the shop which is on its way to Autorama! Wow!


[email protected] (JVDA Photography) Car Chevelle Chevrolet Ice Nine Muscle Muscle Car https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2014/2/homework-and-fun-at-ice-nine-group Mon, 24 Feb 2014 13:00:00 GMT
Motor City Gumball Day 1 Recap Video by JVDA Photography https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2014/2/motor-city-gumball-day-1-recap-video-by-jvda-photography More Than Just a Rally, It's the experience of a lifetime.

The 2013 Motor City Gumball was one for the ages and will not soon be forgotten by those were a part of it. We are proud to bring you the Day 1 Recap Video. Enjoy!

Be sure to stop by the 2013 MCG Gallery for posters and prints available for purchase.


[email protected] (JVDA Photography) City Detroit Gumball Michigan Motor https://www.jvdaphotography.com/blog/2014/2/motor-city-gumball-day-1-recap-video-by-jvda-photography Sun, 23 Feb 2014 13:22:40 GMT