Have you ever seen the first photo I shared here? If not, you’re missing out!
Well, every now and then I find myself looking back in my archive, exploring the shots I’ve taken, the moments I’ve captured. Often thinking “How did I even share that? It’s awful!” Yeah, I know you’ve probably been through that too, haven’t you? HAVEN’T YOU!!! Haha.
The thing is, it’s always great looking back in time and realizing how much we’ve not necessarily changed but actually evolved. I’m not claiming to be a great photographer for I’m not such and there’s still a ton of things to learn, techniques to master. It’s a process. But the good news, guys, is I’m IN the process, we’re all IN the process.
It is important to know your craft, to try to be better with what you have. We cannot wait to have certain equipment to then try to make the best out of it. Start now! You don’t need high-end gear to make a beautiful shot. No, you don’t. Would it help? Hell yes it would, but, is it necessary? No, it’s not. Make things work with what you own, call it a phone or the most expensive camera on the shelves, knowing that none is warranty of great outcome. Trust your eye, your inner instinct.
Know that you’ll change and that this macro of a flower you once thought to be absolutely amazing is actually nothing new and, actually, quite cliché. We all have taken a photo of a flower in our lifetime, true. And don’t get me wrong, flowers are beautiful and all but, let’s face it, it’s not something new, nothing that’s not been seen a million times before. Maybe that’s why I’m not particularly fond of shots of flowers, they tell me nothing about the photographer, and that’s not what I’m looking for in you. If you’ve taken a successful shot of a flower, then you know how to work with focus, DoF, and aperture so, why not putting that knowledge in use with much more interesting subjects, I ask?
Who am I to tell you what to shoot? No one, you’re right, I’m just making suggestions and talking real shit. That will always bother someone, it’s something that’s expected, it’s something natural for people to get offended by. “But, Alejandro, my shot of this dandelion is amazing!” No, it’s not. Well, yeah, it probably is but it’s something I’d react to in the following way:
So yeah, push yourself into different worlds, try harder, and not only try, go all the way! Ok, I’m losing my point here, I was gonna talk about my Tumblr experience and now I’m talking about… flowers? Sorry about that.
So, as the title reads, It’s been a while since I posted this heavily-vignetted, 400% skin-smoothed, noise-reduced shot that looked like crap but, hey, it is my crap and I embrace it, just as I embrace what I believe my current style is. A lot has changed, or so I believe. You be the judges.
"Sorrow through a tinted glass…" April, 2010.
"Shot 01, Set 06 I Once upon a time in Oaxaca" October, 2013.
I’ve tried multiple tools, filters, and so on but what I’ve learned the most is getting to know my camera, become one, let it be an extension of myself so that we talk in the same language. Again, it’s all a process, a beautiful one.
Thanks to each and every one of you who’ve followed this blog for 3 years and a half, you all are amazing people to whom I owe much of what I do today photography-wise. You inspire me in more than a single way and I cannot thank you enough for being there on the other side of the screen, reading, watching, discussing, even hating.
It’s been a great journey. It’s been everything!
Set 06 I [Once upon a time in Oaxaca]
Set 05 I [Once upon a time in Oaxaca]
Set 04 I [Once upon a time in Oaxaca]
Set 03 I [Once upon a time in Oaxaca]
Blogs We Like: Alejandro M. Campos Herrera
Alejandro is a pillar of Tumblr’s photography community. He not only curates submissions and membership at Lensblr, but also oversees the Photographers Directory, which “aims to project photographers on tumblr on to the global stage, by recognizing and showcasing their original creative work.” But don’t let all that administrative activity throw you—Campos Herrera remains one of the most prolific and consistently amazing contributors to Tumblr’s photography community as well.
It’s impossible to know where to start with Campos Herrera. His Black and White photography is sharp, timeless, and (I’m not exaggerating) awe-inspiring. His color work is equally mind-blowing, ranging from soft, memory-glossed scenery to some of the most dazzling cityscapes that his hometown Puebla offers. It’s some of the best photographic work on Tumblr, and we’re lucky to see so much of it.
Links to Alejandro’s numerous other social media can be found at the top of his blog.
I can’t believe I missed this post from the (and I’ll quote) “handsome group of designers and developers” at Pixel Union. I seriously can’t!
Well, first off, I’m so sorry I overlooked this post as I was sort of away over that time span (this was posted in June, for crying out loud!) but I’m glad I found this just now, and I’m also glad I can thank you guys properly.
Words cannot describe my gratitude, I’m simply blown away by this post, by the words, everything. Just thinking of you guys taking the time to even look at my page is reason enough to be grateful. I’d like to thank Fred Spears, who’s the one responsible for this great feature of my work on Pixel Union’s blog. Fred, you are too kind to me, I don’t even know what to say.
I’d also like to thank everyone who’s been supporting me on this over-three-year journey. You’ve changed me, you really have and I’m so grateful.
Have a great day, everyone.
P.S. Guys, google your names for you never know what will show up ;)
Set 02 I [Once upon a time in Oaxaca]
Set 01 I [Once upon a time in Oaxaca]
Hello there, friends! Some things have happened over the past week, or two. Here’s a list, if you don’t mind:
-The good guys at Instagram decided to make me a “Suggested User” on September 18th for a period of time (I don’t know exactly for how long). It’s brought 16K+ new followers since then. WOOT! So grateful!
-I lost my phone on September 22nd while walking my dog. It fell from my pocket (I was wearing fleece. Never wear fleece pants when walking your dog, I’m telling ya!) at some point at this huge park. I stayed there looking for it for hours (literally). Never found it…
-I got a new phone the next day. Since I couldn’t wait for the 5s to come out, I got the 5 again. No news about the 5s/5c here yet, probably until December. So, the 5 it is.
-It was my birthday. If you didn’t send me a message on that day, I don’t like you anymore. Jk :)
-I signed a good deal for a 70D on Sunday. They said it would arrive here in about 10 weekdays. Turns out it only took a couple of days and I got it yesterday (Yay me!).
-I’m going to Oaxaca for the weekend, expect some photos :D
So there’s that, my friends! I hope you all are doing great. Keep inspiring everyone with your work.