Monday, August 2, 2010

Beautiful daughters is the curse of the Delgado Family

August 2nd marks two birthdays in the Delgado family, along with the anniversary of one the coolest family weddings. This wedding was of my cousin Mariana and her husband Diego a few years back. Location : Uncle's Hacienda in Monte Escobedo, Zacatecas, Mexico.

With many more cousins in the family, future memorable moments will come. Beautiful daughters is the curse of the Delgado Family.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Photo Running at 2010 NBA Finals

This screen grab is why I enjoy running. Its the cover of the New York Times website. Photo is by Lucy Nicholson, staff photographer for Reuters. The immediate publication of the image after capture is everything for a wire. Speed is everything, and the biggest concern for any wire agency. You can have a better image but if you can not transit, its worthless. Seconds make the difference. I may not get a byline as a photo runner however this cover image on the Times site was my reward.

I simply want to thank Reuters for allowing me to return, as a runner this 2010 NBA Finals. The tile of the role says everything however, here is further clarification of my responsibility at the games.

Point A : the photographer.
Point B : the awaiting laptop.
Objective: safely take the CF card back and forth, on demand.
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Also must thank two security guards at Staples Center; Henry and Robert for allowing me to zip by all 4 home games. Without their help, I would have been stuck getting checked every time a card needed running. I highly advised taking the time before tip off to become known and familiar with the layout and security personnel. A simple introduction:

My name is ********
I am runner for *********
I will be running like a mad chicken, at the end of game 7.
Please don't stop me.

Attached are some images from behind the scenes before game times.

Cheers !

My tradition photo of documentation photo with my trusty sandals. The usual rainbows actually came apart before game 2. In its place, the trusty back up, Birkenstock. FYI running shoes are a must, this is way before tip off.

Here is the Reuters editing area. From the floor at Staples, through the tunnel. Take a right, and another right and you will find the local media area. Laptops and photo editors waiting and stationed for transmitting. This was my view for most of the time.

Shawn Cullen, assistant # 1 for SI takes one of many hikes up the ladder for a remote setup. Watching the logistics of SI is simply amazing.

Here is the view from the Arch early before the game. This is when I make it a point to become familiar with the layout and the security guards. A media pass and runner badge is a useless piece of paper, when a security guard decides to stop you.

Here is me on the floor before game 7. One day I will learn to smile on command and iron my shirt. FYI, shorts are big plus when running. A beard, even if little helps clear the path to run.
Photo thanks to Lucy.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Assisting Manuello Paganelli

Simply wanted to share a few frames from Pag's shoot for Ebony. Frames were provided by Manuello Paganelli and show case a variety of the setups created and utilized for day's shoot. Several back grounds were utilize, many chairs, dresses and more shoes that I have ever own in my life were on set. Talent was Niecy Nash and the shoot took take place last week on April 15th, 2010 in Los Angeles. My role was assistant number 3. Ingesting cards, and keeping the cards in order was my primary role. However ipod duty and of course setting up and breaking down the set were on my list of shoot duties. It was blast to use so many dynalite heads and power packs. Shoot was just a blast from the start to the end.

I have been on many shoots however this one was unique thanks to Pag. It was an working assignment however I really enjoyed the one on one time instruction from Pag. I look forward to future assignments. To assist is a great learning experience on the job, and I recommend all to take on as many possible assisting opportunities as possible. There is nothing like pulling in traits from other photographers, then putting it to use in one's own shoot. Also take notice of the bearded assistant (me) handling the boom on the left. Its the last assignment for the beard.

All photographs from this post are from Manuello Paganelli and were granted permission to be displayed for this posting. For Pag's work, check out his site:

Cheers !