A group of high school seniors pose outside their classroom at Singley Academy. They are fundraising to go to the presidential inauguration in January 2013. Thursday, November 15, 2012. Irving, Texas. (Abril Murillo/SMU).
Linda Pitts, SMU graduate (’60) and now Centennial vice-chair, participates in the Homecoming parade accompanied by her grandchildren. They are looking and greeting the people gathered on the curbside to watch the parade at the Southern Methodist University, University Park, Dallas. Saturday, October 27,2012. (Abril Murillo/SMU).
Mayela Villalobos, RISD staff is having a good time while she picks a wig from her daughter’s room. Villalobos has to have a wig for “crazy hair-do day” the next day at the school where she works. Her husband Manuel Murillo is visible on the mirror. Plano, Texas. Sunday, October 21, 2012. (Abril Murillo/ SMU)
Arturo Vargas, national executive director of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) speaks to Jay Torres, a reporter for the Star-Telegram newspaper. Vargas has just finished his lecture that took place in the auditorium of R.L. Paschal High School. Saturday, October 20,2012. Fort Worth, Texas. Vargas was one of the guest speakers at the Eighth Annual Conference on Immigration and Education. (Abril Murillo/SMU)
Collin College freshman, Erick Murillo, 17, reading a newspaper in the convergence newsroom at the SMU journalism department.The time is 8:00 p.m., he is waiting for his sister to finish an assignment in the room next door. Sunday, Obtober 7, 2012. Dallas, Texas. (Abril Murillo/SMU).
Kim Lin, owner of Chinese-Japanese restaurant Lite Wok. He is waiting for customers to arrive a cool Sunday afternoon. He has been the owner of the restaurant for 7 years already. Plano, Texas. Sept. 30, 2012. (Abril Murillo/SMU).
Pablo Camacho, 62, at the Plano Balloon Festival makes his third sale of the day at 6:30 a.m. He expects to sell at least $5,000 over the weekend so that he can go visit his family for a month in Queretaro, Mexico. Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012. Plano, TX. (SMU/Abril Murillo).
UTD Junior Edgar Chimal takes his girlfriend’s dog, Avy, to get her Bordetella vaccine at a low-cost vaccination drive. Avy chewed her harness and tore it while he was registering her, therefore, he has to carry her to the next station. It is a rainy day in Richardson, Texas. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012. (SMU/Abril Murillo)

SMU Journalism senior, Abril Murillo, poses for her self-portrait, Sunday, Sept. 9,2012. In Plano, Texas. She is wearing hear favorite dress, sunglasses and a black hat. Her father is helping paint her with light coming from a small flashlight (SMU/Abril Murillo).

Abril Murillo with her Golden Retriever “Avy”. She pets her dog while listening to music in a warm afternoon in Plano, Texas. She is listening to “Titanium” by David Guetta ft. Sia. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. SMU/Abril Murillo
Six-year-old Cam Mcguire enjoys a hot afternoon in White Rock Lake. He has just finished taking a ride with his grandfather on a canoe. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. In Dallas, Texas. (Abril Murillo/SMU)

Mary Chandler and her four year old grandson, relax at White Rock Lake. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, Dallas, Texas. (Abril Murillo/ SMU)

Islamic women finish their prayers as they prepare to go the “Eid, Pray, Love” banquet. The event celebrated the end of Ramadan, the islamic holy month of fasting. Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012. Inside the Southern Methodist University campus, Dallas, Texas. (Abril Murillo/SMU)

10 thoughts on “Photos

  1. For the picture titled “Islamic women praying,” I used no extra light, only the artificial light of the Hughes Trigg Student Center inside SMU campus. The women were all students from universities across Texas that were invited to participate in an event called “Eid, Pray, Love.” The event was a film festival and a banquet that celebrated the end of Ramadan, the islamic holy month of fasting. The lighting was pretty good considering that the time this picture was taken was around 8:30 p.m. I also like this picture because of the spontaneity of the moment and the devotion of the woman with the pink hijab or head covering.

  2. I shot “Abril with Avy” outside, in my backyard just after it’d rained. Both my dog and I are still wet. My major concern was to figure out how to make my dog stay still. After about forty pictures later, my dog finally gave up and stopped moving so much. No artificial light was used, the only light source comes from behind and above.

  3. “Ken and Grandma” was shot around 6:50 p.m., my favorite time of a summer day to take pictures. The direct sunlight adds a beautiful color to the picture. Spontaneous pictures like this reflect everyday life and are unique. I took this picture without warning them, and out of 40 pictures, this is the one I liked the most.

  4. I shot “Cam leans on tree” about 20 minutes after I shot “Ken and Grandma”, again, shot during my favorite time of the day. I like that this picture looks in 3D because of the direct and indirect mix of sunlight. I did not use flash for this picture. I took about 20 pictures of him trying to look natural but by the last shot he was tired. I said to him that we were done but right after I said this he leaned on the tree relieved and I very quickly was able to capture this natural pose.

  5. “Light painting me” was shot in complete darkness at my backyard a little bit before midnight. The light effect was made by setting my shutter speed to eight seconds, timer to 10 seconds and have my dad paint me with light during the exposure. My ISO was set to 100.

  6. “Edgar and Avy” was a completely spontaneous picture. I planned to photograph other people but when I turned to see how my boyfriend was doing…I saw the perfect moment to capture. My ISO was set to 100 and my shutter speed was medium-low.

  7. I shot “Pablo Camacho and girl” at the Plano Balloon Festival on Saturday. It was very early in the morning around 6:30 a.m., therefore, the light was great. I took more than 100 pictures of him without noticing me but this one stood out the most to me. It was spontaneous and I felt like it captured the perfect moment of connection between the subjects.

  8. “Kim Lin” was shot a cool Sunday afternoon. My ISO was set to 100 and my shutter speed was set to low. Out of about 50 pictures this is the one that depicted Mr. Lin’s environment better. I liked it because you can see the waitress behind, the kitchen, the menu, the register, and other details that are part of Mr. Lin’s daily life in his restaurant.

  9. I shot “Erick reading” with my ISO set to 100 since the light in the room was good. I sat far away from him so that I could zoom in and create the effect of a soft foreground and a soft background. My subject’s face is in focus and that was my main objective. I used a low shutter speed since he was not moving very much.

  10. “Erwin throwing ball” was shot at night around 8:00 p.m., my shutter speed was set to high so that I could get a good picture of the basketball in the air. I raised my ISO a little to make the picture lighter but not too much so that I could still have quality in it. I had to take about six pictures of him before I could finally get this one, good thing he really wanted to win a stuffed animal for his girlfriend and tried many times.

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