Plastique by Roberto Leal (OldScratchedVinyl)) on
Plastique by Roberto Leal

This picture is something special for me. At first it might give you the impression of being something really simple but what you don't know is that that is not a real person. This was shot at a SportMax by MaxMara cocktail party where they presented the new Spring/Summer collection off the runway by pairing them with 3 different bits of food that related to a part of the collection. This was on its own a bit interesting tho, in my opinion, could've been handled better. Plus the store got incredibly crowded after an hour or two and taking pictures became almost impossible.

The colours I was able to get from the white mannequin are almost skin-like, so lifelike, without altering the gray-ish blue too much. The white belt does look a bit yellow but if you see where it is directly lit it is perfectly white, so it would've looked like that either way.

On another note today I was able to play with the Sony NEX-6, the newest one, and was definitely impressed but at the same time it still made me realise just how far I've been able to push my old camera to achieve results like the one posted here. Always good to feel some kind of motivation to keep shooting and keep improving and working around limitations. :)

I've got some news as well, I'll be launching a new "website", which is pretty much a photography portfolio with some of my work and contact information for anyone interested in my work. Stay tuned. As always, thanks for reading. :)



Milan Fashion Week 2013

Milan Fashion Week 2013 by Roberto Leal (OldScratchedVinyl)) on
Milan Fashion Week 2013 by Roberto Leal 

As promised I shall update you regarding my plans for Fashion Week here in Milan, it's getting scarily close. Having base here it will be easy to move around for me, which makes things less complicated, and I'm lucky enough to have a lady friend who is attending a bunch of runways. Sometimes I'll have the chance to tag along inside and shoot some pics there but honestly I'm looking forward more to shooting people outside, back to some street style, and shooting at the aperitiv's (cocktail parties) and all those weird events that go on.

Now, I know some of you will be flying in for this occasion and that many of my readers actually have their own fashion blogs and alike so I would like to extend my 1kFaces project to this week in some way. Maybe not take feature shoots for the project but take some street style or portraits or whatever time allows.

So if you're interested in doing some sort of collaboration with me write me an email to OldScratchedVinyl@GMAIL.COM so I can reply faster than with a message elsewhere and we can try to set something up. Could be anything from a 5 minute shoot outside a runway to something more elaborate. Who knows what can come of this but seems like a good idea to me to extend this open invitation to whomever reads my blog.

As far as schedule goes it's a bit hectic and honestly I'm just letting the lady-friend handle all the logistics haha, but I'm sure there's time in between times... if that makes sense. That's all for now I guess, I'll keep y'all updated later on with more details and hopefully some instagram hipsterness. Cheers and see y'all soon.



I've crossed oceans of wine to find you

I've crossed oceans of wine to find you by Roberto Leal (OldScratchedVinyl)) on
I've crossed oceans of wine to find you by Roberto Leal

It's been said before but is as true as anything I've ever said could ever be.

In regards to the picture, lately I've been asked about my lighting "techniques" and which flashes do I use/prefer. So I wanted to answer this here, with this picture that I think is a good example of what I'm about to say. I do own a flash, it's awful, costs like 2 dollars and uses AA batteries on it, I've actually never used it, I only have it because they gifted it to me when I bought a film camera. So, I don't have any "real" flashes at all, I have looked around tho and talked about them with a friend who purchased a pair and if I was going to buy one I'd go Nikon; but again, don't trust me on this since I've never owned one of them.

It's not that I do not want to use flashes, it's more about my main camera not having a hot shoe to put one on it. At all. It came with one of those smally ones that do more damage than good to the images so I never use it either. My favourite source of light is always the sun and the natural light reflected on big walls or shiny architecture. I guess I had to learn to adapt to my lacking of equipment and 100% street shooting and developed some of my own crazy ideas about how to position people and how to choose the background components of a picture. Definitely I'm always still learning on this so I won't tell you exactly what I think is right cause I'm probably very, very wrong but this kind of works for me.

So that would be my best advice for all of you amateur photographers like me. Read about everything you can get your hands on online, check out other people's work, look at videos on youtube ( I watch a lot of camera reviews of stuff I could never afford ). Understand your camera and lens and how it compares and try to make the best of it. Expensive equipment won't make you better, so work with what you have and then in the future if you get your hands on something better you'll be better equipped to make the best of that as well.

Cheers, from a snowy Milan.



Life by Roberto Campos (OldScratchedVinyl)) on
Life by Roberto Campos 

Time takes its toll in all of us, we grow old and sometimes we forget to learn. We think we did, we think we matured and grew wiser and smarter through experiences and struggles... yet sometimes, when everything seems to be good again, we fail to keep all those things with us. I wonder if there is a max amount of actual useful wisdom we can carry on with every so often, if it gets slowly replaced or reset at every other intersection.

Some of us go through life without worrying too much, some say in the end it might all be just useless baggage. Some dream endlessly about could've 's and should've 's or tomorrows that never seem to come, alike. It's hard to live in a now that lasts less than an instant.

Temporary lives in temporary places, an internship at an office where no one remembers your name. Life, tho, has its own way; its own way to take back what was originally hers. We should think more often about the things we do that we leave behind after we move on, as persons, as a human race.

I know you've all heard about the phrase "What kind of world will we leave for our children?", and probably didn't give it much thought. I think it's because it comes with bad connotations, it comes with worries and regret. I think a better question is "What will you leave behind that will make your children proud?".


Serenade of water

Serenade of water by Roberto Campos (OldScratchedVinyl)) on
Serenade of water by Roberto Campos

"Time passes, people move. Like a river's flow, it never ends. A childish mind will turn to noble ambition. Young love will become deep affection. The clear water's surface reflects growth. Now listen to the Serenade of water to reflect upon yourself." — Sheik