Leica Q – New Camera

Five months ago I decided to upgrade my gear, I was tempted to choose a Nikon DSLR Full frame, as my previous was not full frame (Nikon D7100) but I decided that this was not the right choice as my primary shooting style is street photography and a DSLR is a very big for my purpose.

The other alternative was to buy a Mirrorless system, I like some of these cameras; especially because of its size, however the one that I have (Olympus OMD Mark II) is very good for street photography but its image quality is not as good as the photos that I can take with my Nikon D7100 camera. I decided that was not a good choice as I wanted to start printing my photos…

So what? I research and I found a camera that have both worlds, small enough for street photography with super image quality. My choice was the Leica Q…. You will ask why not to wait for the Leica Q2 as it was just announced… The price difference was 2X, while the Leica Q2 is at aprox, $5500usd, a used Leica Q in very good conditions was at $2,300usd. So to save that money I decided that the Leica Q was the perfect choice for me…

And guess what? The Leica Q has overpassed all my expectations.

Here some images that I have took with the Leica Q.

If you have any specific question just send me message in the comments or through my Instagram and I will let you know my experience…

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Why Photography?

About 4 years ago I discovered a way to express myself, a way to create a way to show others the way I see the streets. Here some ideas of Why I do photography, please write in the comments Why you do photography.

Diversity / Interact with new people.

I like to create portraits of random people that I consider unique, everytime that I walk in a new street I’m curious of the people, I think that 98% of the people is very common (non-unique), but the other 2% is people with something special that make them shine among the others, this is especially seen in old people. Here some examples:

Create – Photography as a way to do art

I like photography as it allows you to imagine, dream and create. FOr me create is a way to do something extraordinary out of the ordinary, here some examples:

Discover Beauty in the world.

Is a great way to pay attention to our environment, is the perfect way to see beauty out of mundane moments. FOr me photography has helped me to see beauty where before I didn’t see anything…

Travel More

When you are into photography, you will be always thinking where is the next great spot to shot, and you will dream to be in places that you have never imagine (how about Tokio, London, Chicago, NY, Vietnam, etc), but also I have discovered that to make great shots you don’t need to travel so far, I’m currently living in Panama CIty, a place that before making photos I considered “small” with few options to shot, but this has forced me to see it in a different way and I discover to many places to shot…

Comment why do you like about photography, what is your purpose or inspiration to go out and shot

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Photowalk in Panama City, Street Photography

Kuna Women, Panama by torobravophotography T

Photowalks is the perfect exercise to go and shoot street photography; being with a group of people that is shooting randomly will make you feel more comfortable when approaching strangers, and you will be able to get closer to the subjects.

“Yes, people still read the newspaper” torobravophotography 

The other interesting thing is that you will meet new photographers and you will learn from them, try to interact with them, pay attention to what they do, what setting they use in their cameras, what they do to approach random people in the street, you will learn tons of new things.

Here some photos of a Photo walk in Panama City. Fist in black and white and then Color, tell me which ones you like more:

And now some pictures in color:

Taxi Driver by torobravophotography 
“layers” torobravophotography 

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Why I shoot Street Photography?

Street Photography is more than creating images, is about slow down and appreciate the things around us. I work in a multinational company where slow down is simple impossible; my day start with something urgent and end with something more urgent. What I like the most when I shoot in the streets is that I don’t have pressure, I take my time to interact with people, I disconnect from social media and last but not least I use mi imagination to create photos that would never be possible, sometimes is about seeing the right place and wait until something interesting happen. Here an example a kid playing Cricket in Panama? I only saw this one time in 8 years living in this country….

Kid playing Cricket in Panama torobravophotography 

Shooting street photography is challenging, you have to be aware of the environment and form the people . In some locations you have to take more risk than in others, but what I have learn is that you need to tackle your fears, go and shoot, the worst thing that have happened to me is angry people that asked me to erase the photo. I learned that to take better photos you need to be closer to the subject and that exact moment is when you put yourself at risk.

The hardest part of shooting in the streets is to be brave, its that exact moment in which you know that you need to shoot but you feel that you are crossing a barrier that put you at risk. For example the next photo is form a native person in Panama (a Kuna). It is not easy to be in front and shot, its not easy to do that with a prime lent (no zoom) in this case a 17mm lent form my Olympus camera. But guess what? She don’t even saw me…

Kuna Women, Panama by torobravophotography 

One thing that I always have in my mind, is that a shoot that is missed is a shot that will never return, this happens in street photography as your task is to find the right moment or as Henri Cartier Bresson explains is to find “the decisive moment”.

Hope you have enjoyed this, leave your comments with your own thoughts.

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Photography – What I’ve learned from David Alan Harvey?

“Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like.”.

Photograph your own backyard. Many people think that they need to go some place far away to make interesting photos. Do something about it, go and look inspiration across the street where you live. In my case I born in big city (Mexico City), there it was easier to find good spots to shoot, and there after I moved to live in Panama, which is very small compared to the place where I live, but I have found that just crossing the street there are many opportunities to take interesting photos.

Be sophisticated, don’t be easily satisfied. Ask yourself how good you want to be and based on that, learn form the best photographers. It will be always better to learn form Magnum Photographers than to spend time seeing single images on Instagram. Now a day with digital cameras you can spend a lot of time in a single scene and shoot many photos, don’t get satisfied with the first, is better to take many and choose the best.

CHILE. 1987.

Find your voice. Ask yourself what is your life about?, where are you coming from? What is your aspiration?, what makes you unique? Who is the persons that you want to become? And form there you can start building your own photography style.

Capture soul and emotion. In street photography you are always taking pictures of random human beings, try to make eye contact to know more about the person that is in front of you, get closer to see his/her emotions.

Get inspiration form outside. To make better photos its not only about learn photography technique, its also about learning form other arts, other disciplines; for example learn about painting, there you can learn how to do layers and then apply that to your own photos. When you find an interesting scene move around the angle of your camera, move yourself, until you get the right image.

Composition is about to make it right. All the elements needs to be build into what you are trying to communicate, find that exact moment in which everything is perfectly connected.

Keep it simple. This applies not only into photography, also apply to business, and daily life. I used to have a boss at Procter & Gamble that used to say that we need to do simply things that even his son of eight years can understand. In photography you need to focus in the subject, or in what got your attention and then eliminate all the distractive elements.

You won’t make good pictures every time. Photography is like playing the piano; you can try it or you can play it six hours per day. If you want to be a master you need to shoot everyday.

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International Women Day, Portrait Photography

In my last post I shared some women portraits in black and white, now I wan t to share some others in color.

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Tell my in the comments sections which is your favorite….

International Women Day, portrait Photography

Yesterday the International Women Day was celebrated. In this post I want to share some portraits that I have taken oven the past 5 years to women in different countries (Peru, Panama, Chile, Mexico, England, etc).

These photos were taken with a Nikon D7100 camera or with with an Olympus OMD camera.

Tell me which is your favorite¡¡

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Lets start with “Mexico Lindo y Querido”:

Now Panama, the country in where I live:

And finally a series of random photos in other countries:

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Diablicos Sucios – Panama

El baile que realizan los llamados “Diablicos Sucios”, representa solamente una de las nueve danzas del Corpus Christi. El nombre proviene del hecho que antiguamente su indumentaria era confeccionada con tela manta sucia, que luego era pintada con rayas negras y rojas, calcadas con achiote y carbón, pero que después de un tiempo los colores se corrían al mezclarse con el sudor dando el aspecto de estar sucios.

La  Máscara es una parte principal de un Diablico y es sí misma representa la figura de animales o diablos

Tuve la oportunidad de ver a varios de estos diablicos durante la celebración del carnaval en la Ciudad de Panama.

Aquí algunas fotos tomadas con mi cámara Nikon D7100 y mi lente de 50mm.

Aquí algunas otras en blanco y negro:

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Panama Carnivals – StreetPhotography

One of the most expected days in Panama are the Carnivals which are celebrated in Marche every year.

Everything starts with the parity of the “Momo King”, and then you can find celebrations all over the country for four days. On of the uniques traditions in Panama are the “culecos” which is a tradition in which the people joint together to get water discharged from a water pipe, from there you will see people dancing reggaeton under the water.

Here some photos form, all were taken with my Nikon D7100 camera and 50mm lenses.

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Now some in Black and White:

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To be more happier, make more photos. Street Photography in Santiago, Chile.

Let’s start with a thought, as a street photographer you are also an artist. You paint with the light and the camera is your tool. I discovered that when I am an artist, I’m happier.

For me photography is a hobby and a passion, and a way to be happier. When I go for a street walk I’m happier, is a way to be calm, to disconnect form the day to day worries and just walk and pay attention to all what is around us.

Chile, Santiago by torobravophotography 

Photography also triggers a constant need to go to new places, to discover the world, now when I have the opportunity to be in a different country or city I always ask where are the most vibrant places to take photos.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMER

All the images were taken in Santiago, Chile in Nov 2018¡ With my Olympus OMD Mark II Camera.

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StreetPhotography, Oaxaca, Mexico

Recently I was in Oaxaca which is without doubt one of my favorite cities in Mexico and why not in the world. Here some photos that I took with my Olympus and my Nikon camera.

Emjoy it¡

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Photography Composition, The Fishing Technique

Boy playing in Panama, by torobravophotography 

When it comes to composition, there are rules, tips on how to brake the rules or simple advices on how to make better photos, this time I want to share my learnings on the fishing technique.

I learned in the blog of Erick Kim the fishing technique, which consist in select firsts a good background and then wait until a subject comes in, or something happens.

This technique helps you to not only see people in the streets but also teach you how to be aware of all the elements, such as: the buildings, the leading lines, the sky and clouds, the shadows.

Here some of my photos that I have taken using the fishing technique:

London Subway, by torobravophotography 
The black cat, Panama Skyline by torobravophotography 
Do you want to get married? Peru, Lima by torobravophotography 

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