One Building, Two Seasons, Three Cameras…

Last winter, a Canadian friend of mine from Duke spent two and a half months in Lima doing an internship at a mining company and we overlapped during the last four weeks of it. One day, she asked me to accompany her to visit art galleries in Barranco and take some photos of the ocean. I used to have a Nikon Coolpix S2600 then (which belongs to my mom now) so I thought accompanying her would be great fun. And it was great fun indeed! We wandered around for a while, visited a couple of galleries, got a coffee at one of my favorite cafés, and, of course, we took a bunch of photos. An epic win!

This excursion was also positive because I discovered an overlook that became one of my favorite places in Lima. This overlook allows you to have a great view of almost the entire Lima’s bay: you can distinguish Magdalena, San Isidro, Miraflores on one side, and Barranco and Chorrillos on the other side! If you’re lucky and it’s bright enough during the summer, you can see San Miguel and part of Callao. How could this place not be a recurrent place to take photos of the bay? 

Just next to the overlook there was a building that was still under construction then. Although it seemed mostly finished, nobody lived there apparently. The connection between that specific human construction, the other buildings on the edge of the bay, the sky, and the sea was simply amazing! It definitely needed to be documented! This is the picture taken with Nikon Coolpix S2600 that day, August 3rd, 2012:

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Lima’s Bay: January (Coolpix S2600) vs. August (Canon EOS Rebel T3)…

On Monday, my dad and I drove by the highway going along the edge of Lima’s bay. In Chorrillos, there’s an overlook (another one!) that I particularly like because one can actually get a wide view of the bay. I try to go there as much as I can, and, of course, every time I can I take pictures.

For instance, at the beginning of January I took this photo with a Nikon Coolpix S2600 that I used to have and that belongs to my mom now (I gave it to her as a gift when she lost the gray Olympus that accompanied me over the entire course of my Eurotrip)…

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Original vs. Edited: Exposure…

It’s time for an “original vs. edited” post!

Previously, I tried to define what exposure is in a very simple way: a photograph is underexposed when the amount of light and brightness is reduced so more shade and darkness are created, and the edited image looks more obscure than the original. In contrast, a photograph is overexposed when the amount of light and brightness is incremented so details that were originally hidden by shade are clearer and the edited version looks brighter than the original. Of course, this sounds very abstract if one lacks of a picture to compare these two concepts. That’s why, let’s see what happens when we underexpose and underexpose a picture I posted some days ago.

Some friends and I launched a Kickstarter campaign to make a short mystery movie in Wilmington, NC. The first day of filming the sky was very grey and it even rained heavily for a while, which made filming both challenging and exciting. We end up filming a distinguished beach house mystery (coming soon)! Among the pictures that I took to document our adventure, I particularly like this one because of the dynamics established by the interaction between the sky, the ocean, and the pier. Let’s see the original:

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Some Basic but Relevant Tips on Photography Composition…

Composition is perhaps the most important aspect of photography for me. I have developed an increasing awareness about it and would like to believe that this awareness has made my photographs look better progressively. Because our eyes tend to explore images both horizontally and vertically rather than to focus on a single central point, arranging the elements of a picture creatively can make a photograph more dynamic and appealing.

However, I don’t consider myself an expert on composition, so, like I said in a previous post, when facing a new adventure, consulting people with previous experience sounds like a good idea. By simply typing “tips photography composition” on Google, I was able to find the following web page some time ago; this link has been very useful since the first time I read it. These 10 tips are pretty basic (rule of thirds, balance, depth, and so on) and you may unconsciously know them already; however, they are quite relevant either if you are beginner or want to continue boosting your photography skills. Read them carefully; I guarantee that after reading them, you’ll feel like grabbing your camera to explore new possibilities.

10 Top Photography Composition Rules

Obviously, these are just tips, recommendations, pieces of advice, and not fixed rules that everybody needs to apply irrationally and all at the same time. Use the ones you consider more relevant regarding the effect you want to create in your photos.

Now, let’s see a concrete example of how some of these tips work. This is a picture of my best friend Teresa when we were in Wilmington, NC, last May filming our most recent short.

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