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My Published Books

June 13, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

This will be a short blog post, just created to share the links to my books so you can find them much faster than looking for them online:

How to Photograph and Experience New York City (coming soon)

How to Photograph Fire Performers

How to Photograph Hummingbirds

Clownun: Birth

Exhibitionist: how and where my pictures traveled the world without me, and a little more, PDF version

Exhibitionist: how and where my pictures traveled the world without me, and a little more, 7x7 paperback

Exhibitionist: how and where my pictures traveled the world without me, and a little more, 12x12 hard cover
 

 

 


My first coffee table photobook now available for sale

December 25, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

Super exciting news!

After over 2.5 years waiting to find a resource that would allow me to publish my first coffee table photobook, up to my standards, I finally found that Blurb.com has great quality paper, and can make a hard bound book that is 12x12 inches, and that will look as great as I was hoping for. 

I quickly added some updates to the 2.5 year old draft, re-formatted it to fit the dimensions needed for Blurb and a few other changes, and then just hit "publish" and set it up for sale. 

I also found out that, to sell it on Amazon.com, I will have to be Ok with them making a bigger profit margin than what I will myself make from each sale. Hopefully enough people will be interested and will buy copies, to allow the cost to go down. 

Follow this link to buy my book

Exhibitionist
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The Day I Became a Guru

June 11, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

So, for a while now, almost 2 years, I have been entering photo contests with the goal to become a Photo Guru per the standards set by GuruShots, an online platform where photographers from all over the world compete in a mix of photographic skills as well as game strategy. 

One of the greatest things about GuruShots is that is not easy to achieve the elusive Guru status. You start as a Newbie and work through the levels and challenges to climb all the way to the top. There are a total of 9 levels right now, and with each step up the ladder, your voting power also increases. 

Each step up the ladder gets harder and harder, and the last one, the one that makes you a Guru is the hardest. You have to receive at least 5 Guru Picks, which are given to you by other Guru's for entering a photo to their contests that clearly matches the vision they had for their contest. Also you need to have achieved the top status, All Star, in at least 30 challenges. Additionally you need to have 150,000 GS points, which are accumulated by entering in challenges, getting good results, etc. And, the ultimate accomplishment, win a challenge, be Numero Uno. 

I, after a long time of studying the game side, and constantly working to improve my own photography skills, finally achieved the Top Photo Award, by receiving the most votes for my photo. Much like a "Peoples Choice" award. 

Here's a link to the challenge itself where you can see My Winning Photo as the #1 top photo as well as me as the #8 ranked photographer from a pool of 28,092 photographers from all over the world that collectively gave a total of about 20 million votes. 

So yes, I'm finally a Guru, as of June 10th of 2019!


 


 


 


I got weird in Bisbee

May 22, 2019  •  Leave a Comment

For my 16th wedding anniversary I got weird in Bisbee, AZ. 

Living in the south western side of the United States has its advantages, and one is the crazy amount of little old "ghost towns" within driving distance. 

For us, a little under 4 hour drive gets us to Bisbee, Arizona, right after world famous Tombstone (you know, OK Corral, Wild West most famous shootout, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday, etc), up the mountains and into a gorgeous area that was well populated during the mining boom for copper. 

We made a reservation several months in advance to the Bisbee Grand Hotel, hoping to stay in their Garden Room that has a Jacuzzi Tub, perfect for my bride of 16 years to spend way too much time, and use way too many bubbles, and to enjoy an extremely relaxing time, connecting with each other and talking about how life has gotten us here, and where we are wanting to go.

Well, things got mixed up and our room was booked by someone else so we ended up staying in the Western Room, which also had a Jacuzzi Tub. It was a blast and an adventure just to stay in that room. What you see above was actually our bed. Funny story, when we got married in the town of Julian, California, near the restaurant we had our reception dinner, there was a cute little covered wagon, much like this one, as the patio for a coffee shop, if I remember right. So, this was very accidentally perfect, as it definitely reminded us of the town where we got married. 

We walked around and visited with the locals, getting to meet a handful of the business owners and hearing the stories of how they decided to move into this little and magical place called Bisbee. Between coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, antiques, hat stores and some that could only be described as miscellaneous art shops, our hours of walking were joyous and extremely relaxing. 

We also drove around and found areas that seemed to be frozen in time, like this street and car pictured above. 

Visited museums, walked into their hotels, spoke with other tourists, had coffee at almost every coffee shop, especially at Seth's stand, Old Bisbee Coffee Roasters, which is known as some of the best coffee beans in all Arizona (so we bought enough to last a normal person for a few months, and drank it within 2 weeks). We eat, drank and I even bought me a new hat. 

I was not going to bring my camera, so I would just focus on spending quality time with the wifey, but I'm glad I did bring it. 

Oh, and how to forget dinner at Cafe Roka... OMG that was good. If all you do is go to Bisbee for the day, make sure to call in advance and make reservations for this place. It is definitely worth the drive. It's not cheap food, but the value and quality overshadow the cost by a mile. 

And before I end this, yes, there was beer, and the wife got to taste plenty of it, including some at Saint Elmo Bar, built in 1902, the longest continuously operating bar in Arizona. Also recently named as one of Seven Historic Dive Bars across the country, by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. 

Anyways, with that I'll leave you, hopefully wanting to go visit Bisbee and share your experience on the comments area below. 

 

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy the photos that I almost didn't take. 

Safe Travels!

 

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