Author: Pedro

My Sweet Heart

This past weekend I participated in a Photo Quest with Dina Belenko at 500px.com. The theme was food photography and we used Dinka’s style as inspiration. Here’s what I came with after the 4 days:   And if you are curious about the process,here’re three photos showing how the original idea made it to the final version: Read more →

Extension tubes: Macro on a budget

If you want to experiment into the macro photography world the best cost efficient option is to use extension tubes. These are exactly what their name says, an extension tube we place between the camera body and the lens. This has the effect of moving the lens further away from the sensor increasing the magnification of the lens. The larger… Read more →

Summer’s almost gone

This photo was taken by Lucia Guynot de Boismenu, my daughter. She “borrowed” my camera and started taking pictures from our living room. When I saw the photo I immediately liked the mood of the afternoon light and the view of the chair on the front deck. It spelled “summer!”. I did the post processing in Photoshop using DxO film… Read more →

Waiting for the hammer to fall

Sometimes a fine photo comes from a moment of inspiration and using what you have around. I took this one on my basement workshop while playing with my camera. I put my best macro lens, a mere close up, and picked up a tool with some character. Placed a black cardboard as background and use the available light diffusing it… Read more →

Winter Is coming

Technically it was still summer but I couldn’t resist seeing this dry leaf on top of the garden table as a sign of what is coming. And I also do love water drops, or small poodles 🙂 The pattern you see is printed in the back of the glass. I used my 24-70 on a tripod while I was holding… Read more →

Follow the arrow

Small street in Montmartre, Paris. As I pass by the entrance of this small, narrow, street I had a glimpse of the light and saw the person. Raised my camera and took the shot. Post processed in Photoshop CC using Nik’s Silver FX Pro 2 for B&W conversion. Read more →

Saunders Park, Halifax

Sometimes I take a long time until I come to execute a project. And this is one of those times. I’ve been planning to shoot this monument since the first time I saw it, probably around 2013. I pictured what I wanted from the start, low wide angle view of this flying arrow. In long exposure. It’s strange how sometimes… Read more →

Paris in B&W, Encore I

Canon EOS 6D Shooting Mode: Manual Exposure Shutter Speed: 1/500 Aperture: 8.0 Metering Mode: Partial Metering ISO Speed: 100 Lens EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM Focal Length 24.0mm Post processed with Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop and Google’s Nik’s Silver FX Pro 2. Read more →

The science behind ETTR (expose to the right)

During my recent article about noise in digital photography I briefly mentioned the technique known as Expose To The Right, or ETTR. This technique is used to reduce the amount of noise in the photo by overexposing the shot without clipping the highlights. When you apply this method the histogram curve will be shifted to the right, hence the reference… Read more →

Black sky i Göteborg

I took this photo back in fall 2010. It’s a shot of a bridge in Gothenburg, Sweden. I shot it in colour and did nothing with it until 2016. It wasn’t until a couple of weeks ago while browsing old catalog I re-discovered it and somehow had this realization that this could be a good black and white photo. I… Read more →

Singer

This is another discovery while browsing my back catalog. I remember shooting this photo  and then forgetting about it for years. In another moment of inspiration I launched myself into editing it in black & white and fund myself surprised with the result. Simple shot, strong subject and the magic of B&W. How could I missed this for so many… Read more →

Golden age of image editing software

Over the years, since I started photography, I’ve used a number of different photo editors. My flavour of the day changes quite often and is no surprise I find myself using a wide array of editors, plugins and other tools. I  tend to move from one to another depending on which direction I want to take on the post processing.… Read more →

Editing process I

I started photography doing a lot of editing in Photoshop and HDR with questionably results. Then I met an excellent photographer in Montreal that made me go back to basics and try get everything right on the camera. That work wonders on my skills. And after that phase I returned to editing in Photoshop with a different attitude. I started… Read more →

Doodling on small pieces of paper

I do not consider my self good at drawing or painting, not at all. But sometimes when I start doodling I end up with some drawings I actually like. Not strictly photo related but within the realm of art, here are some of my alien friends: The sleek one I made it on my Samsung Note 4 which has an… Read more →

Cruise’s reflection

Halifax, Nova Scotia, being the main port in Atlantic Canada we receive many cruise ships visit during summer. Where they dock is very accessible and close to the city downtown buildings. So close that I was able to capture this reflection. Read more →

Light painting

Introduction Not long ago I participated on a photo-challenge where we had to create a shot using light painting technique. I put hands at work and came up with a composite shot which obtained the 1st prize in the challenge. I then decided to write an article on how I prepared, shoot and post produced the photo. And here it… Read more →

Summer blues

I love sunsets and when this one happened I thought I missed the best light. But I shot a few pictures. There was something magical with the fading light hitting the lighthouse. I attempted to recreate the mood with a coll treatment of the shot. Read more →

DIY guide for home studio photography

This article is about overcoming all sort of limitations, money being the first one, to start on studio photography. I’m sure you’ve seen tutorials about studio photography where they use soft boxes, diffusers and strobes. And then when the tutorial was over we were left wondering what to do and how to do it in a non-existing budget. As a result… Read more →

Get dramatic skies without HDR

I used HDR a lot in the past and loved it. But as time passed by and I learned more about photography my taste also changed. So I stopped using HDR. But I always liked the dramatic skies that HDR creates. I recently learned a nice simple technique to achieve the same without having to shot bracketed and create HDR… Read more →

Nature is a stand-up comediant

A macro shot of a small flower. I used my 24-70 mm with extension tubes. They don;t have the electrical connections so the camera defaults to a max. aperture and focus is manual. I find it easier to move back and forth to focus. DoF is razor thin!   Read more →

Green Lips

A close-up shot of a leaf in my backyard. Used my Canon 24-70 mm f/2.8L that has a magnification of 0.5x. Some vendors call this a macro lens. I don’t think so 😉 I always use DPP to convert from RAW and sometimes, like on this one, I transfer the file to Photoshop to do some extra editing. here I… Read more →

Wizards of light

Introduction There’s no question that light plays “The” main role in photography. Without light there won’t be photography at all. As photographers we all intuitively know, or learn, how to see and use light. We discover the property of different materials and how they affect light. We use those materials to modify existing light. We reflect, shape, tint, diffuse and… Read more →

Photo collection: little treasures

I have to confess I’m a self controlled sentimental hoarder. In other words, I like to collect things that ties me to a place or a time from my past. Mostly these are small items with little or no value but they mean something to me. From a clay church figure I bought in a tiny villa in Peruvian Andes to a… Read more →

Photo collection: Sides B

Sides B refers to the “other” side of a 45 rpm single. A second citizen status song… Here is a sample of photos I took and worked on but that never made the “publish ready” status. I think of these as the B side of those 45 rpm singles. And hence they deserve being published as those “B sides”.   Read more →

DIY: Remote shutter release

Long time ago I was looking to buy a remote shutter release for my Canon Rebel XS. I wanted to start long exposure photography and I was on a budget. Initially I considered buying a knock-off from Hong-Kong but then I found these D.I.Y. sites showing you how to build your own. Having a background on electronics and in possession… Read more →

4 tips to take a great portrait

If you are passionate about photography you most likely invested some money in a decent camera and lens, or lenses. You read, talk and share about photography whenever you can. This turns you into the family personal portrait photographer. There’s no way to escape the curse 🙂 It is better to learn a few tricks to get the job done… Read more →

A Guide To Shutter Speed & Aperture

The problem with understanding aperture, exposure, f-stops, shutter speed is that you need to think on 3D. Yes, 3D. And no, I’m not nuts. Just imagine three separate levers that will control how fast a bucket gets filled with water. Try to imagine you need to fill in the bucket with a determined amount of water. You keep the funnel open too… Read more →

12 Resources that will help your photography skills

I’m a strong believer that the vast majority of people develop their artistic trade by a long process of learning, practicing and experimenting. This will lead each of us to discover our own “voice” and produce unique pieces of art. Of course there are a few born with that spark of genius spontaneity but here I’m writing to the other… Read more →

Generations

This shot shows a huge blackboard where people would write where they where coming from. It was places outside Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Pier 21 was the main port of entrance for immigrants to Canada in 19th and 20th centuries. Read more →

Echoes of a Proud Nation

After many years in Canada I had the privilege to assist to a Pow Wow in Kanawake reserve, south of Montreal. It was an amazing experience. And although I didn’t have the proper lens I managed to capture some shots worth sharing. Read more →

7 things I learned on my 1st year in a photography group

In August 2012 I had the enormous luck of finding a photo group that changed my photography skills 180 degrees. Through another Meetup photo group I meet PTS and the person that has the humility of sharing all his knowledge with whoever wants to learn and improve his/her photography skills. On the very first meeting, on a hot and humid day… Read more →

A day at the races

I had the opportunity to spend a day in a motocross race event. It had been raining a lot the days before and on race day it was cloudy and with sporadic showers. The result, a sticky, muddy track. Which I had to walk around and cross so very soon I ended with an added 2~3 kilograms on my feet… Read more →

Chlorophyll Heart

  I feel like I’m repeating myself saying this, I did not use Photoshop or any other post processing tool. I made this shot hanging a leaf from a stick. Place a yellow paper as background. I place the set up close to a window during a sunny day. I cover the window so the background paper had all the… Read more →

Rocket 76′

It took me 8 years to finally visit this piece of architecture art that’s Montreal Olympic Stadium. It was a night shooting walk organized by my current photo group PTS. As usual, shot in Raw with all settings done in the camera. I only did a minor crop and contrast adjust in Canon DPP. Read more →

The day I got a contest mention and how it all begun

Some time ago when I was starting on G+ I enter in various online activities. Back then there were several initiatives to promote sharing and discovering of skillful photo  artist. I participated in quite a few and got my 5 minutes of honorable mention on this one: John Batdroff  organized a B&W contest back in 2011, I submitted this picture and got… Read more →