Photography Contest – Panama

Today, I submitted some photos to participate in a Photography Contest in Panama, the subject of the contest is: «Culture and Traditions» I decided to submit some photos that I took in Panama, and I did it as a way to thank this beautiful country for being our home in the last 9 years o. I’m not from Panama, actually I’m from Mexico; but I have lived here the last 9 years due to my work.

Here the photos that I submitted, please tell me in the comments what do you think, if you want to see more photos just go to my Instagram account.

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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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Instagram accounts: torobravophotography 

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.

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

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Instagram accounts: torobravophotography for BNW or jair_100 my personal account.

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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Instagram accounts: jair_100 or torobravophotography for BNW only.

Mary Ellen Mark – Photography

Mary Ellen Mark

Mary is an American photographer known for documentary and portraits photography. I got inspired by her work when I saw her collection named Indian Circus, as its well connected with the type of photography that I like (street photography). To be a good street photographer you need to be in front of the action, you need to have courage to shoot but at the same time you need to be candid, you have to interact with the people that you will shoot and Mary did it great in her Indian Circus collection.

Mary Ellen Mark

She started as an street photographer, an she said “if you can shoot on the street spontaneously, you can shoot anything”

In the following link you can find more pictures of this collection:

https://pin.it/foz3ivjrhtrzzc

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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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Instagram accounts: torobravophotography for BNW or jair_100 my personal account.

The 3-Level Theory of Performance applied for Street Photography

Old Women in Oaxaca, Mexico by torobravophotography 

Shooting in the streets and capture candid moments is not an easy task, it’s something that you need to practice, master and sometime you need to repeat to find the perfect candid moment.

In this post I want to link a concept that I read from a business blog, which is about the easiest way to classify people in organizations, in summary the post tell us that there are always 3 type of the people.

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In sports Nadia Comaneci (considered the greatest female gymnast ever that won 5 Olympic Gold Medals, including the first ever “perfect 10” in Olympic History) clasisified these 3 type of people as:

“I noticed from a young age there are only three kinds of people in the world. Three kinds of people in the gym. Three kinds of people walking the streets. Three kinds of people working in every company.

  • The first group of people, the coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and they do only 7. They make an excuse, or they say, “7 is good enough, why do 10?” These people never win and are the perennial losers in whatever field of endeavor they are in. They cut corners and do sloppy work.
  • The second group of people, the coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and they do 10. These people will win, sometimes. They at least do what is asked.
  • And then there is the rare, third group, and I (Nadia) am in that third group. The coach tells them to do 10 exercises, and I always did 15. Always over-deliver. And this is how I won 5 Olympic Gold Medals.”

Now coming back to street photography I encourage you to be part of the rare group, always do more than what is expected, always spend more time in the streets that what you would consider normal, always shoot more photos of the same moment to increase the odds of getting a real candid moment.

Old Women in Oaxaca, Mexico by torobravophotography 

The only exception for me is to spend more time editing, editing photos is important but not as important as shooting, I try to spend no more than 2 min per photo…

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Instagram accounts: torobravophotography for BNW or jair_100 my personal account.

Graciela Iturbide – What I’ve learned from her?

Graciela Iturbide is considered the most relevant Mexican photographer. She started studying cinematography and there she met Manuel Alvarez Bravo who is considered the father of Mexican Photography and who had a great influence in Graciela’s work.

Graciela still works with her analog camera as she prefer to keep doing what she called her ritual. Here my learnings:

  1. All start with a passion. This is relevant for all aspects in life, to be a great photographer you need to feel it, you need enjoy, you need to have fun and be obsessed with your passion.
  2. Is not about technique is about composition. Choose the subject of your image and what you want to tell about. Once that is clear select a good background that helps to tell the story, avoid distracting elements.
  3. To be a great photographer you need to increase your culture. At the decisive moment all your pass knowledge and experience will play a vital role to decide what to shoot. Is very important to learn from others photographers, learn painting, poetry, architecture, classic music. Also if you are traveling to a new place is important to read about its history and traditions to decide what is relevante and imagine your photo before pressing the shooter.
  4. For street photography interact with the people of the place. You need to be part of the place in which you will do your work, she used to spend 2 to 3 weeks in the place to interact with people, this will make the people familiar with you and be more relax in the decisive moment.

Here some links that you can use to know her work.

  1. https://es.pinterest.com/jair10/graciela-iturbide/ — My selection of her best work.
  2. http://www.gracielaiturbide.org/en — Her personal web page that contains her most relevant work, including “death”, “Juchitan”, and “Those who live in the sand”.

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Instagram accounts: jair_100 or torobravophotography for BNW only.