FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Imagonovus
Eclipse at the Lighthouse
A moment and a unique opportunity to photograph. The March 3rd, 2007 lunar eclipse at the Arecibo Lighthouse, Puerto Rico.
Enjoy the Silence
1: How long have you been involved in photography?
My father was a painter and practised photography as a hobby as well as one of my older brothers. I've been practising photography as a hobby too for 30 years and as you can see in my photostream, I don't have a developed technique, shot whatever that is pleasing to my eyes and also like to experiment different things.
I've learned to develop b&w film as well to enlarge photographs in my own lab built in my home when I was 14. I worked for many years in a color processing lab, that gave me the opportunity to experiment with color, effects and multiple exposures on the same negative, now with digital photography and graphic software, it's much easier for editing, optimizing color and special effects.
I like to use photography as a way to express visions or places in my imagination. Michel Tcherevkoff, one of my favorite photographers said in an interview: "I use photography to create my own visuals. I don't record reality. I record what's in my mind, based upon what's out there. I have no problem pushing the envelope and making it look like a painting, an illustration, or any other word or medium that doesn't exist yet. It doesn't matter. It's not about the process; it’s about the result."
This is my way to use photography too, it doesn't matter how I got there, what matter is the result, how people react seeing my images.
2: Equipment you use?
Canon BP-E2N Battery Grip
Canon 10-20 mm
Canon 24-105mm L
Canon 100-400mm L
Canon 530 EX II Flash
Slik Pro-330EZ Tripod
3: Mac or PC?
PC, and with all its problems, I'll stay with PC
4: What inspires you?
Light, shadows, clouds, weather, lines, curves, magazine ads, TV ads, painting, others people photos.
5: Preferred subject matter?
Nature, especially the open spaces, trees, clouds and the moon.
6: Name one thing you haven't caught with the camera that you REALLY want to capture.
It's difficult to name just one. For me it will be action shots, portraits (You almost don't see people in my pictures) and remote places like Machu Picchu in Perú, Pulpit Rock in Norway or Torres del Paine in Chile to name a few.
7: When in doubt about your art, who do you confide in?
I mainly rely on myself or in flickr community.
8: Qualifications/training in anything? ie: Photoshop
I use Paint Shop Pro and I'm totally self taught. One learn something new everyday, and I've learned a lot watching pictures of other people. Many people have asked me before, for example, on how I touch up my photos to look like they look. I answer that I use four tools that you can't find in any graphic editor:
Patience, Practice, Desire and Observation.
9: Plans for the future?
Photography is just a hobby and I like to continue to enjoy it as a hobby, to try new things and to learn as much as I can.
10: In one word, describe your photography.