What It Takes To Make A Great Photo

Or Why You And Me Will Never Be Steve McCurry Yesterday I did something that my wife thought was completely crazy: I drove 200km to Bologna and back, just to meet Steve McCurry, listen to him talk and get one of his books signed. Luckily, we had a break in a long series of foggy days and the journey was …

My First Column For Fuel Your Photography

I have recently started contributing to the Fuel Your Photography collective blog with an article titled How to Capture Splashes with High Speed Flash which is based on a previous blog post here and adds new content and new images. Be sure to check it out if you would like to learn how to take images like the one below …

The Green Beam

This is a cool place to take pictures from: The hill at the center of the Greenwich Park, right by the Royal Observatory. From there, you get a wide view over the eastern part of London, from Saint Paul to the O2. The view is especially conductive to spectacular pictures, especially at dusk, when the sky turns a deep blue …

Standing on the Tripod Holes of Giants

A couple days ago, I noticed the following picture by Elia Locardi on Google+: I was stunned by the similarity with this other image I shot in May: I was even more stunned when I noticed how the boats in the harbor and even the plants in the foreground looked almost identical. Figuring the two pictures had to have been …

David Tejada Workshops in Austria

Today I booked my flights and confirmed my attendance to David X. Tejada‘s Small Strobes Big Results lighting workshop, to be held in Linz, Austria, Oct. 7th. I am very excited to finally be able to take part in what promises to be an awesome training day and to take my proficiency with strobes to the next level. I have …

Another update on the PhotoPress Production affaire

You might remember all the hullabaloo concerning the workshops by David X. Tejada that were to be held in Europe in 2010, how they were cancelled and how the producing company, PhotoPress Production, basically ran away with my money and that of other participants. If you don’t, head on to this blog post. On this front, I have some bad …

Updates to the PhotoPress Production affaire

You might recall my entry about the issue with the refund I was expecting from PhotoPress Production. Well, I am still waiting, but there have been some updates. First, Rui M. Leal, a photographer from Lisbon who saw his workshop canceled too, wrote a detailed blog post calling out PhotoPress Production. Looks like he was more effective than me, as …

Postcards from Cinque Terre

Yesterday, while I was returning home from a business trip to Pisa, I decided to take a detour with the intention of taking some sunset/dusk pictures in Vernazza, one of the Cinque Terre. After a long drive along very narrow, steep mountain roads, I parked my car a short distance from the town, which is a car-free, walked down to …

Pouring Wine

By way of the Photoshelter blog, I just came upon the work of Ryan Matthew Smith. he is the photographer behind most of the pictures contained in the book Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking. If you have an interest in food that looks and tastes great, you should probably buy it, but given my limited penchant for …

Where have I been?

The blogosphere seems to be ablaze with news that iPhones keep track of all the locations you visit and store this information in an unencrypted file on your desktop when you sync with iTunes. A small application can be downloaded here that will plot that data against a map of the world. Here’s a screenshot I just took, zoomed in …