Unforgettable San Antonio – Outdoor Retouching

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We can’t think of a better way to follow the release of our second advertisement from the Unforgettable San Antonio campaign than to take an in-depth look at the retouching and compositing that helped bring this image to life. You may remember a few months ago when we released the Buckhorn ad, that we included a unique look through the retouching, starting with the blank canvas and rocketing through a month of work in just under a minute. You’re in luck because history is repeating itself and we’re sharing another in-depth look at how this amazing ad came to life. Keep reading for the video breakdown and more behind the scenes…

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Unforgettable San Antonio – Outdoors

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How do you approach creating the impossible? When tasked with making photos that simply do not exist outside of imagination and concept, how do you bring those ideas to life? More importantly, how does it all come together? – These are just a few of the questions that we had to ask ourselves earlier this year when we began an unforgettable project for the city of San Antonio, Texas working with Proof Advertising. It’s been weeks of shooting, months of retouching, and thousands of photos later, but we are very excited to share the second of these incredible advertisements – San Antonio Outdoors.

From Sea World to the Zoo, penguins to peacocks, famous artists and musicians both old and new, bluebonnet flowers to roller coasters, the outdoor advertisement we were tasked to create for San Antonio was simply too wild to exist in one place. This ad in particular presented unique challenges because we needed to not only capture all of the separate elements, but also a very specific moment in time; the short window when the Texas state flower blooms wild across the landscape of the city. Complicated? Surely. Impossible? Never. Keep reading for the behind the scenes story of how this unforgettable advertisement came into being….

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Alejandro Escovedo

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Some days on set, we get lucky and get to spend an afternoon with a living legend. Earlier this year while we were down in Texas for our Unforgettable San Antonio tourism project, we did just this – shooting the country and alt-rock star, Alejandro Escovedo. Even if his name isn’t immediately familiar, chances are you still have heard his songs; for over thirty years he’s been on the scene, performing recording, touring and making awesome music. Thankfully for us, Alejandro found the time to spend an afternoon in front of our lens – keep reading to see the results…

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Dia De Los Muertos Portraits

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Halloween may only be a day away, but one of the more interesting ways to party is to observe Dia de los Muertos, or day of the dead. As a way to celebrate and remember those who’ve passed, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Mexico and in other cultures around the world. As part of our Unforgettable San Antonio tourism campaign, we spent a day in the studio shooting these made-up marauders. We even have the behind the scenes stills & video to prove it. Keep reading for the full story…

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San Antonio Animal Kingdom Portraits

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Earlier this year, we spent quite some time in San Antonio, Texas shooting an unforgettable tourism campaign for the city. Thanks to that project, we were given the amazing opportunity to experience and photograph all aspects of the city and it’s inhabitants – even the animals at the San Antonio Zoo & Sea World. While shooting for the advertising campaign, we also snapped a few portraits of our animal subjects that we’re excited to share today. Of course, what would an experience like this be without behind the scenes? Keep reading to see more portraits as well as how these photos came together…

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Unforgettable San Antonio – Buckhorn Saloon Retouching

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Now that we’ve released our first shot from the Unforgettable San Antonio campaign, we thought it was only appropriate to take a deeper look at how it all came together. With a final file that tops out over 10 gigabytes and 200+ layers, it is hard for us to even describe the complexity of what we’ve created here. So we’re not just going to talk about it – we’re going to show it. Keep reading for a more in-depth, layer by layer look at the Buckhorn and an interview with the digital artist who helped bring this image to life…

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Unforgettable San Antonio – The Buckhorn Saloon

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How do you approach creating the impossible? When tasked with making photos that simply do not exist outside of imagination and concept, how do you bring those ideas to life? More importantly, how does it all come together? – These are just a few of the questions that we had to ask ourselves earlier this year when we began an unforgettable project for the city of San Antonio, Texas working with Proof Advertising. It’s been weeks of shooting, months of retouching, and thousands of photos later, but we are rolling out the first of these incredible ads – The Buckhorn Saloon.

When you’re asked to create a photo in a famous historic saloon with eleven talent, one NBA superstar, two priceless paintings, nine unique costumes, 55 taxidermy animals, and one former NBA superstar, the only correct answer is simply “Where do we begin?”

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