“The Rock”. This place has so much mystery… I was fortunate to visit this old abandon prison last winter, on a very stormy day. There was an eerie feeling, as if ghosts were there, welcoming my presence….
The news are filled with stories about 18, 24, 26, 30, 40, 60 megapixels cameras, and counting. It seems like there is an ongoing competition from companies to increase the sharpness and resolution of images all the time. However, there is something about the dreamy look of photographs that I like. In fact, once I thought that the more depth of feel, the more sharpness, the better. Today, I feel I am going backwards. And you know, I do not care, in fact, as I get older, the less I worry about what art critics have to say. I took this image early in the morning, the place was an old bedroom, and the feeling about being there was wonderful. The light painted the place with magic, regardless of how sharp the details are. Did I used a 18 megapixels camera?? nope, a 40 megapixels?? nope, ok how many megapixels them?? Well, a plastic camera, with a plastic lens, with only one stop and aperture, and a role of film. The final outcome, a very nice, dreamy image that I hope you like as much as I do.
First of all, I wanted to apologize for no posting in my blog for the last several weeks. Unfortunately, I was ill, and unable to gather enough energy to come to the computer and work on a new image. As you all know, life sometimes present challenges and we have to face them the best way we can. Despite of being very healthy all thess years, I was unfortunate to acquire the H1N1 virus. No life threatening, but certainly a challenge that lasted more than I anticipated. The positive side of this is the fact I spend more time with my wonderful wife and children, and I thought about a lot about my work.
One of my good friends recommend me to visit the Nicasio Reservoir, which is a 30-minute trip from my house. She was right, it is magical. This image of the 85 happy ducks is a simple testimony of the place. Thank you Shirley!!
I wanted to wish you a wonderful 2010, and to thank you for your support and appreciation of my art.
I have been asked many times if I have placed the moon in “Photoshop“, if the picture is real, or if I have manipulated the image. I guess that is one of the problems with digital photography, people are not trusting anymore what somewhat capture in the moment. No, the image is not manipulated, is real, is the harvest moon. I have the opportunity to visit Death Valley in California in October a few years ago, I planned the trip purposely to capture the beauty of the harvest moon. In fact, if tonight you go outside, you can see the beauty of this time of the year. The moon appears on the early in the evening, just before sunset. Because of the time of the year, the moon appears huge, and bright, as well as, clear. I had the opportunity to take this image with a Hasselblad, and telephoto range lens in the Death Valley, just as the moon was raising, the light in the mountains was due to the sun, which was just minutes before setting. I remember the feeling of seeing sucha beautiful landscape. Yes, I wait, I wait for some time, hoping that the moon will appear over the fog to capture such image. It lasted just a few minutes, and I was able to capture a full role of black and white film. What you see, is what I considered the best of all my bracket images.