Luis A. Solórzano: Blog en-us (C) Luis A. Solórzano [email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) Wed, 16 Dec 2020 04:33:00 GMT Wed, 16 Dec 2020 04:33:00 GMT Luis A. Solórzano: Blog 120 116 Runner HSS Using two Godox AD600 Lights at full power, ISO 200, 1/5000 secs. - one can really stop action.   Still learning to track with the Canon EOS R5 and it's ability to track the human face.  Ideally more rim light with a third light be better, but I like this image, as I still experiment with HSS and moving subjects.



[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) Wed, 16 Dec 2020 04:32:39 GMT
Canon EOS R5 Focus Stacking Pepper Flower Focus StackedPepper Flower Focus StackedTest with the Canon EOS R5 using the focus stacking feature it has. This was done using a basic Canon 50 mm f2.8 macro lens at f11, 1/13 sec and ISO 200 using a total of 35 images. I think this is great for focus stacking in the field. I illuminated this pepper flower with a LED light panel.    Test with the Canon EOS R5 using the focus stacking feature it has. This was done using a basic Canon 50 mm f2.8 macro lens at f11, 1/13 sec and ISO 200 using a total of 35 images. I think this is great for focus stacking in the field. I illuminated this pepper flower with a LED light panel

[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) Tue, 03 Nov 2020 04:48:34 GMT
Godox Light Test Now using Godox lights.  For this two were used.  Main was of to the left of the model and the second from behind to the right.   Shot at f1.4 1/8000 sec. ISO 50 with two Godox AD600 lights

[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) golden hour hss portrait sunset Wed, 14 Oct 2020 03:23:27 GMT
El Mundo I had the photo for El Mundo from several years back and did not finish it. It's not finished, and realized, I also did not post El Gorrito, which i have and will post.   


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[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) Sun, 14 Jun 2020 03:18:10 GMT
El Barril Finished El Barril from Loteria today - should have a few more coming soon to finish.  Challenge will be La Chalupa and La Harpa


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[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) Sun, 07 Jun 2020 17:46:55 GMT
El Apache I was able to do El Apache today.  I had the props saved for several years, but now Matias was able to model for me!  i will finish this series by the end of the summer.


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[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) Sun, 07 Jun 2020 03:46:58 GMT
Ladybug Latest at focus stack a ladybug.  Taken using the Cognysis rail and the Canon 65 mm MPE 1-5X 


LadybugLadybugFocus stacked at f 9, 1/160 sec; ISO 125 at 50 microns - 50 images total

[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) Sat, 06 Jun 2020 05:09:30 GMT
They are back! Nine - Nueve!!!

I still have not finished.  I figure I have a month of free time in the evenings and weekends before life somewhat normalizes.  So dug up files i did not finish.   I have El Barril (9); La Garza (19); El Mundo (37); and El Venado (45).  So i only have five more to go.  I have all the props and now older boys for El Diablito (2) and El Apache (38).  The most difficult will still be La Chalupa (48) because El Arpa (53) has been located but the dam virus is keeping me from shooting it!  Leo (1)  rooster is easy



[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) Sat, 02 May 2020 03:35:34 GMT
Macgregor 21 Keep Replacement I don't use my blog often enough and other free sites are full of junk that makes images go away over time.  I figure, better use this blog and after all photography is still involved!  This is meant to help anyone that owns a Macgregor sailboat or sailboat with a swing keel, in making homemade boat stands to elevate the sailboat to remove the keel.  I have seen several methods of doing this on the internet, and frankly many of those methods concerned me.  I also went to my local boat shops and received quotes from $1800 - $3000, and in the end my total cost including the materials and paint was no more than $400.  Most of the timbers and wood I used came to me free, from other craigslist or construction sites that gave me free wood.

My first objective was to draw diagrams of how to build my supports and those are here, with enough details to replicate if needed:


In this next image you can see the stern support or cradle:

Here is another view of it:

Next you can see the front cradle and it was rather simple to build and it's not in my diagram above.  Showing two views of it:

Once both of these were build, the next step was to put both under the boat.  I did not do this by myself and had help from my friend.  I did not feel comfortable doing it along as I have seen some do.  We used a 3 ton floor jack with wood blocks to raise the boat high enough to get my supports under the boat. I jacked up at places that were solid on the hull and did it careful so as to not damage the hull.  The aft was raised first.  It was done slowly.  Once the height was reach, we rested the aft of the boat on the rear cradle.  I don't recall the exact height, but it was between 25"-26".  Once the aft was in place, it was secured to the rear cradle with a ratcheting strap to prevent movement of the boat as we would have to get into the deck for replacing the keep bolt, winch, and cable.  In these next two images you can see how the aft looks like when it was placed on the rear cradle:

In this side view you can see how the boat is secured to the rear cradle with a ratcheting strap:

Now it was time to raise the front of the boat.  This was the second time help is important because the boat tended to move to one side as it was being raised.   My friend raised the boat with the floor jack, again placing wood under the front and raising the boat until I could get my front cradle under the front keep of the boat.    In these next images you can see how it looked:

At this point it was time to see if I had enough clearance to remove the swing keel. And this image is looking aft and it shows the clearance:

The following images show how the boat is off the bunks and has enough safe clearance to remove the swing keep.  I also used 4" x 4" blocks as a safety measure between the trailer bunks and hull. 

Next an image to show how all of it looks.  I needed to feel safe and this really made me safe if I was going to replace the keel by myself.  

I researched various methods to remove the keel and decided that a sled was the best way.  Some sleds that I looked at were truly Egyptian in style, in that they were a big hunk of a sled that would be placed on top of plastic PVC pipe to roll backwards.  I did not want to do that.  I wanted to roll back and to the side as I had a fence that prevented me from rolling it.  And I wanted to pull it and not use and pulling device like a pulley to get it out.  I then bought two furniture dolly's at Harbor Freight and placed wood on top of them and think this is a simple solution.  The following images show the design of my sled.  But I decided to really reinforce the rear of my sled that would receive my keel so that it would not move on the sled.  Plus, I literally was going to roll it about a block down the side walk from this yard and into my backyard, so it had to withstand that.

Then it was a matter of removing the keel bolt and lowering the keel on the sled.  Again, I did this alone as my cradle were very solid.  I used a small floor jack and scissor jack to lower the keel and the following pictures illustrate these steps.

Now I just had to push and pull my sled one block to my yard and with this solid sled it was possible. Once the keel was in my yard, I used an engine hoist and the two remaining images show that.  I decided to use POR 15 and it works for me, because this is a trail sailboat and not in a slip.  When I am done sailing, I have the ability to go into my local car was on my way home and rinse all saltwater off, as I sail in San Francisco Bay.





[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) :swing boat cradle keel macgregor 21 removal" Fri, 27 Apr 2018 05:40:10 GMT
I am back I have been away from posting items here in some time.  Back to posting here and there.  In this time, photography continues but for fun.  i will continue to add images of items I have photographed.  I have since repaired one microscope and aquired phase contrast for a compound microscope.   Below is an image on my site of diatoms that were collected along the Central Coast of California mostly in San Mateo County. These were collected using a phytoplankton net and the samples were scanned until all the resulting diatoms and dynoflagellates were extracted.  This final image is a combination of both organisms.  I used photoshop to compose the final image


[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) Tue, 16 Jan 2018 03:12:49 GMT
El Pescado I am still working on Loteria.  I thought that by now I would be finished but to make it photo realistic is going to take longer than I thought.  Mainly, because the last 17 images are difficult to reproduce because of many reasons. So with that this weekend I finished El Pescado.


[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) El Loteria Pescado Mon, 06 Jan 2014 08:46:00 GMT
La Sirena La Sirena I did several months ago and wondering if I should post her as topless like the original version.  With the model I worked with, we did both topless and with a bra.  In the end I am posting the image with a bra.  If ever I get to show my Loteria in a gallery, I would show the topless image.  Finding a model with the long hair was the only difficult part.  Then it was a matter of just getting my Photoshop skills to make the image work.  Like most of these images, this was taken in my studio.  La Sirena

[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) La Loteria Sirena photograph photorealistic Fri, 30 Nov 2012 06:01:59 GMT
El Musico and Las Jaras Today I uploaded El Musico.  This was not as difficult as dressing some of the other humans in Loteria.  I only made a few rounds to vintage stores in San Francisco to find the clothing.  I made the red bow tie and the music sheets and guitar case were brought to the shoot by my friend and great Bay Area salsa singer Julio Bravo. I really wanted a musician for this card and found that in Julio.  The image was easy to produce for me in Photoshop.  I took the original and placed Julio into the card.  I hope you continue to see the many more images I have for my version of Loteria.

Producing Las Jaras was more involved.  It required for me to make a arrows.  I made the arrows several months with this theme involved but had to add red and green colored feathers to the first set of black feathers I had on them.  The I had to arrange these in my studio to look like the original image.  I was able to do this by using many fishing lines to suspend the bows in Las Jaras.  The final image is my version of Las Jaras.


[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) El Loteria Musico de Thu, 29 Nov 2012 02:33:32 GMT
El Pajaro and El Nopal These were easy to obtain while in Arizona.  The prickly pear cactus is abundant in Southern Arizona as was this bird.  More to add this week in my Loteria.


[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) Tue, 27 Nov 2012 04:10:46 GMT
La Rosa This was a simple image to produce.  I shot it in my studio using a plain white backdrop and the rose was in a planter.  No frills with this simplest of images.  Could possibly be the most economic of all the Loteria images I am making.


Fue una imagen simple de reproducir.  La tome en mi estudio usando un respaldo blanco y la rosa en una meseta.  Simple imagen y possiblemente la mas economica de todas las imagenes de Loteria que estoy reproduciendo.


[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) la loteria photography rosa Sun, 25 Nov 2012 02:57:03 GMT
El Alacran El Alacran was easy for me to shoot.  But not with a price!  All of these Loteria images I am producing have a price of one sort of another.  My friend Warren Savary and fellow photographer has given me great insight into the world of scorpions.  For years I have watched in wonder at the images he can produce of scorpions.  I purchased this scorpion at the East Bay Vivarium in Berkeley, California.  I paid about $25 for this Arizona Desert Hair Scorpion (Hadrurus arizonae).  My kids were thrilled at having this animal as a pet after I was done with it.  

The shot was done in my studio using an Alien Bees ring flash on white paper and three Alien Bees 800s to get rid of any shadows.  I used the Canon 5D MKII and a Canon 50 mm Macro lens for this image.  However, in the process of getting the scorpion in the position like the original Loteria image, I was stung.  And the true price I paid for this image, which felt like a bee sting.  After I kept it for about 5 months and it ate nothing, gave birth to its young and then ate them, soon thereafter it died. 


[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) Alacran El Loteria Photograph realistic Sat, 24 Nov 2012 01:17:37 GMT
La Dama The first image I did was La Dama.  It took months to find the outfit in the color and style.   I gave up at thrift stores and was looking for big Department Stores for sales.  One day at Macy's this business suit was for sale as the exact match to what I wanted to do. As for the model, I had my best friends cousin lined up as the model.  Veronica agreed and then into my studio and with post photoshop work the shot was done.


La Dama

[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) art dama la lasphotos loteria photographs photography photos realistic Thu, 22 Nov 2012 19:20:31 GMT
Loteria When I was a child my father enjoyed Loteria.  He was very happy to show his children how he played the game as a child.  I played it many times and was always enamored of the images.  As a photographer I always wanted to do  my own version with a photo realistic approach.  Many have tried to photograph Loteria, but to do all 54 images as close to the real game in a photo realistic manner is difficult, even for an accomplished artist.   My progress on this major project can be seen here -      I have a new appreciation for Loteria and have gone to great lengths to find the props and items in the game, making many of my own.  This project will take all my artistic and photographic skills to accomplish. 

For example, El Paragus was a technically difficult image to produce.  The umbrella is under simulated rain using real water drops.  The planning took several weeks.  The 14 foot 1/2" copper pipe was drilled with over 200 hotles and had water running in it.  The shot used 7 strobes and a complex set up to hang the backdrop and umbrella.  It took me over four hours to set this shot up.  And I shot from late afternoon until dusk, to get the perfect image.   Here is the set up:

And the final image after some work in Photoshop:


El Paraguas

Please visit my blog to see my progress.

[email protected] (Luis A. Solórzano) art el la lasphotos loteria paraguas photographs photography photos realistic Wed, 14 Nov 2012 03:19:52 GMT