About Me

 

 

The most important concept that you should know about my style of photography, is that I like to shoot most anything. I am curious about the world and trying to see it through the cameras eye which hopefully allows others to notice nuances within the world we live in.

I was born in Havana, Cuba in 1964 and came to the United States when I was 5 years old and lived in New Jersey. I got into photography from taking a class in high school where we able to take photos from film cameras and home made pin hole cameras. We developed the film using chemicals and even though everything we shot was in black & white, it showed me how we focus differently on camera, then what we actually see through our eyes. In college, my girlfriend and I used to take vacations a few times a year and that’s where my photography started to grow. I finally made the investment of purchasing my first SLR (Minolta Maxxum 9xi) which lasted for 5 years and then upgraded to Minolta Maxxum 800si (which I still have today). I took thousands of photos as I traveled to many U.S. states and Canada. All those photos are finally scanned and saved digitally but keep the negatives for future projects. After living in New Jersey for over 40 years, I moved to Laughlin, Nevada. This was a small town but within a few hours drive I had the variety of the South West most beautiful national parks. The topography was so different from state to state and weather was incredible. While in Laughlin I had a almost tragic event which altered the rest of my life. While on a hike to the top of one of the highest peaks near my town, I made a nearly fatal error of trying an alternate path to get back to my car. This 1 day hike turned into 3 days in the hot Nevada desert. I ran out of water the first day and there was no water to be found. To make this short, I didn’t think I would be alive the next morning on the 2nd night there. On the third day I was able to find some hikers who called for help and in the evening of that night I was helicoptered and taken to the hospital where I remained 3 days to recoup.  The emergency doctor explained that I only had about 5 hours to live. I guess you really do see things differently coming from an experience like this and it opened my eyes to so much more. After 3 years living in Nevada, I moved back to Miami, Florida where my father lived. My mother had passed away and my father had re-married and he and his wife needed some help as my father had cancer. I got a job within a few months and I made my first DSLR purchase of a Canon 40D kit. Even though it was slightly expensive, I knew that creating files digitally would pay off in the long run. Now I can shoot without having to worry about composition as I could later delete the photos that were not keepers. Even though it was a cropped sensor camera, it still took incredible photos. I have upgraded again and now using a Canon 6D full-frame camera with mostly Canon glass. I am now experimenting and trying to learn software such as Lightroom and Photoshop to manipulate my photos and fix things during post processing. I believe it has made me a better photographer as I now can compose my photos prior to post processing and not have to do too many changes later on.

I thank you for taking the time of reading and visiting my profile and I hope you enjoy my photos as much as I did taking them.