“It is not down in any map; true places never are.” – Herman Melville
Had just arrived at Playa Tamarindo, about mid-day. The playa was vacant with no people in sight. Golden sands and clear blue waters captivated my eyes as I gazed into the scenery.
With an ever so gentle calm voice, the sea spoke with its waves crashing and pulling into the sand like a rocking chair. Back and forth, its warm waters washed and hugged the shoreline. The winds behaved with a sweet-tempered breeze which brought comfort to my soul.
Wandering around the horseshoe bend of the beach. I came across to an uneven terrain. Not knowing what I may find, my determination was to climb and find what was in the other side. Even if I had to stumble through a narrow beaten path covered with thorny beach flowers that were withered and gray but could snip like a paper cut if you got to close for comfort while escalating up the terrain.
Almost coming to the end of the trail, I started to notice the foliage of the beach flowers started to morph from a grey withered to vibrant green with a hint of yellow and safe to be admired.
Reaching the top became a surprise; the end of my small adventure became the beginning of another great one.
As the narrow path became wider and vastly open. It welcomed me with bright blue majestic skies and robust ridgelines where the sea crashed and came to a halt. And a golden orange wider terrain that I could easily walk and not stumble and continue to explore with ease.
I knew then and I know now that I'm never alone in my adventures.
I just have to have trust and count in my Lord Jesus.
Where does your journey end and start again in your life, are you making sure to pray and ask for guidance even though you don’t know where you are going?
Ask Jesus to help you, to find assurance and courage in your narrow beaten path. For he can give you determination and guidance to reach a wider path and not stumble.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you don’t know..- Jeremiah 33:3
"Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera."― Henri Cartier-Bresson
Good Composition combines the artistic with the technical to create, produce and grab attention with your photographs. There is never been a case where two people with identical camera have had the same approach to snap the same photograph, sure you learn the basics but everyone interprets a subject in a photograph very differently.
Today, we cover some key elements that will help you improve your composition in your photography. (FYI this will also help your cinematography)...
Clarity and simplicity are the very important keys to good composition. It is most important to be aware of your surroundings, walk a couple of times around the same place and at different times of the day. See what captures and inspires you to make a photograph. So before you press-on that shutter release concentrate on the composition as a whole not just on the subject.
Make sure ask yourself, Have I really looked outside of my viewfinder?, what is this scene telling me?, If I snap this photo how will it take away from my subject?
The primary visual elements in composition that is quickly over looked is geometry, color, light and shadows. Everywhere you look there is lines and shapes. There is also color, texture, contrast, and hues. Light and shadows will help you paint your photos. Shadows create contrast and dramatic scenes, while light illuminates and highlights subjects or objects.
On the photo above we have rectangles, squares, circles, vertical and horizontal lines. We also have colors, contrast, texture and hues. Then finally we have light, on the upper corners of the photo you see that the sky is diffused because its a cloudy day, but to the down right corner where our subjects are buying snacks, we can see that they have sunlight coming from the right of the photo highlighting them in a very subtle way, which creates a really nice shadow and contrast on her and his coats.
When placing and arranging these elements together we want to create and produce a three-dimensional reality or perception in a two dimensional photo. Secondary elements, like sharpness, perspectives, and timing (especially with moving subjects), and visual balance will also partake in the composition on the photographs that you make.
Lastly go out there and take it all in, see it first with your eyes, see the patterns, and forms of your scenes and subjects. Once that you have the perspective of your elements, Then look through the viewfinder or the back of the lcd and snap that photo.
With practice your personal composition in photographs will determine how effectively your photographs communicate with your audience . Keep shooting and have fun and enjoy the good times.
“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” - George Bernard Shaw
On the menu is a Italian cuisine from all the way from College Park on Edgewater Dr. Orlando, FL. Nestled in a small building between Princeton Street and Edgewater Drive there is an artisan Italian eatery that makes some delicious Italian food. By just taking one whiff of the the emitting delicious aroma that is coming from the cafe will teleport you to Italy. True story.
Michael Falcone and his family in 2013 opened Trevi Pasta on College Park, Florida which specializes in artisan fresh pasta, ravioli, & potato gnocchi. All the pasta being served is made fresh daily. Trevi Pasta serves authentic Italian food and also has a shop inside where you can buy ingredients. It may have only a few tables but it's great for a lunch or dinner with a loved one or a small family. A perfect place to take a date and eat delicious food.
At the counter and you can select your choice of pasta and sauce. Then Michael and or his staff will make the pasta right there on the spot and they will cut your pasta for you ....the menu changes daily but no worries because their food never disappoints.
If we were to describe Trevi Pasta, its the feeling of being in a small storefront space that looks more like an ice cream shop or a bakery but then when you go inside the shop is like you are in this little indi shop in Italy.
I had passed by the shop a couple of times and I never noticed it until I was on yelp looking for those one of a kind authentic Italian food shop/cafe whole in the wall type of restaurant. The best part of this restaurant is its owners, Michael and his wife and staff really make you feel welcomed and really care for their customer. They are good happy people that make wholesome fresh Italian food.
Hope you guys like this post, let us know what we can improve and what else you would like to see on our future posts. Till next time, keep a look out for our new post.
“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta
On today's post we talk about this awesome place called St. Augustine, FL. I’m sure most of you have gone to visit but have you really visited St.Augustine and its hot spots? Well stay tune after a quick history lesson and we will talk about some of the many awesome places to see and visit and eat in St. Augustine.
Attraction Spot Numero 1: Castillo de San Marcos
Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is a city on the northeast coast of Florida. It lays claim to being the oldest city in the U.S., and is known for its Spanish colonial architecture as well as Atlantic Ocean beaches like sandy St. Augustine Beach and tranquil Crescent Beach. Anastasia State Park is a protected wildlife sanctuary. The Castillo de San Marcos is a 17th-century Spanish stone fortress with views of the St. Augustine Inlet.
Did you know? that you can use one tank of Gas to go to St.Agustine.
Yes, believe it or not, you will only use on tank of gas going and coming back from St. Augustine. These are the estimated travel times from 2 of the many popular cities in Florida. (other cites that are further from these cites might need some extra gas)
From Orlando: 2 hours, 5 minutes and From Tampa: 3 hours, 15 minutes
We can go all day talking about this fortress and it will not end how much grim history is in this place, this one of the most sought out attractions in St. Agustine. Make sure you get there early to grab parking, also parking is about $10.00, they do take credit and debit cards. The Admission fee to the park is $10.00 for anyone above the age of 16 and up, 15 years old and younger is free. The admission ticket is good for 7 days. On national park day is free all day. At night there are ghost tours in the castle be sure not to miss that attraction.
Attraction Spot Number 2 : Ripley's Believe it or Not
This is the most weirdest attraction yet but its really fun! We actually got a good groupon it was $20 dollars for 2 people! Their website also has great online vouchers, and it combines the Red Trains and The Ghost Train in the voucher packages. Be there early because it gets packed, best time to visit is during the week. We went on a Friday during the day and it was awesome! You will see shrunken heads, weird disease stories, space robots, weird cases and near death survival stories and a giant. Trust me you will not be bored.
Attraction Spot Numero Tres : Florida Water Tours
"Based in St. Augustine, Florida Water Tours offers amazing ecotourism cruises for vacationers year-round. Offering private and public services, Florida Water tours encourages you to explore the fun side of learning about nature and history through our travel packages." - Florida Water Tours
Groupon does wonders when you are traveling to the next attraction, I advise you to save some money grab the Groupon off the water tours Groupon site and go and sail to the sea. We did the sunset boat tour for $25. On get there 15 minutes early before your boat leaves. By the way, you do travel in style the boat that you sail in is called The ‘Osprey’ it is certified to hold 49 passengers with comfortable seats all around. There is also life jackets above your seat. The boat is fully enclosed and shaded except for the bow, with windows that can roll up or down and a restroom on board for your convenience. When you are sailing in the Matanzas river you will or might see Dolphins and Manatees, trust me is a sight to see. You will pass under the bridge of lions, which is beautiful architecture, and the beautiful sunset will have you at awww, so if you have a wife, girlfriend or a girl you like then take her on the sunset tour, its also great to experience with family and loved ones too.
Attraction Spot Number 4: St.Augustine Lighthouse
"The St. Augustine Light Station is an active lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida. The current lighthouse stands at the north end of Anastasia Island and was built in 1874; it is the most recent of a number of towers built in the area." - Wikipedia
The lighthouse is subject of numerous ghost stories and supernatural legends. But is it all really real? You will have to find out yourself by going on one of the lunar ghost walks or tour.
The Museum keeps the light burning as a private aid-to-navigation. In 2016 the museum changed its name to the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum.
Ready for a great work out? The lighthouse stands 165 feet above sea level, it has no elevators since it was build it 1874. So there is a total of 219 steps until you reach the observation deck. If you do take the challenge just pace yourself, some people have been known to get lightheaded and winded.
Admission is $12.95 and $10.95 for seniors and kids. There is a shop to buy souvenirs and a snack stand to buy some light snacks and park food. Parking is free but it is first come first serve.
Attraction Spot Numero Cinco: Lightner Meuseum
Lighter Museum is housed in the former Alcazar Hotel built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. Today it is home to one of the best collections of fine and decorative 19th century art in the country.
Did you know? that the 1st floor inside museum it used to be an olympic sized pool, the pool is nestled in the center of building so that everyone from all the quadrants of the hotel could see the pool. Now a days the first floor is reserved and rented out to do weddings and receptions, very romantic sight to see.
Groupon will save the day once again! If you are looking to go the Lightner Museum, you can snag a Groupon that pays $20 for 2 people instead of the $20 each for adults. The Groupon is available usually after the holiday seasons. Outside and Inside the museum, plan to bring a camera or your phone camera, and travel light cause they make you leave your belongings at the front desk.
One of the many cool things at the museum is the The Silhouette lady, she is usually sitting by the entrance before entering the front desk to redeem your vouchers. Jeanie Owen does amazing work, and she is very quick too! She is a certified master in making Silhouettes. The photo below does not give it justice, is an experience to witness and live.
Next stop...Food!! After all that exploring and walking you must be hungry, well you are in luck. Below we will be recommending our top 3 spots in St.Augustine to eat some delicious grub!! Our recommendations are based on cheap, quality, wholesome food!
Food Spot #1: Pizza time
Our first eating spot is Pizza Time, St.Augustine's legendary pizza restaurant, where the line goes out the door and outside around the corner. The pizza is handmade with fresh ingredients every day! Make sure you go there when its not peak time, cause you will have to wait, but words of reasoning says that this is the best New York Style pizza in town, believe me I have been there.
Pizza Time located on St. George Street in historic downtown St. Augustine serves great New York style pizza! This Italian restaurant creates pizza with fresh ingredients and a true New York style crust. They also serve calzones, cannolis and other Italian dishes but pizza is the most popular choice. They do not take credit cards so bring cash with you and you can have your own great slice of Pizza Time pie.
Food Spot #2: Burrito Works Taco Shop
Burrito Works Taco Shop was founded in 2006 by Nicolas Kimball and his wife Robin. Today, they make all the the salsas, sauces, meats and beans with organic and sustainable products everyday, Everything is made fresh daily, all of their UFO's, Tacos, and Burritos are delicious and fulfilling. Their best thing in their menu that really pairs up with any of their featured food items is their guacamole! Its finger licking good and addictive.
I advice to visit them on a time that is not in peak season or that there is no major events going on in St. Augustine because its a tiny food shop. So the line will go out the door. Burrito Works Taco Shop is best place to grab some grub and it does not make a hole in your pocket. Its Cheap, Quality and Fulfilling food!
Food Spot #3: Mojos Tacos-Taco Vida
We are leaving the Historic Downtown District of St. Augustine and heading over to Mojos Tacos, another awesome and delicious food shop on Anastasia Blvd. Literally just drive over the Bridge of lions and once across the bridge like heading towards the St. Augustine's Light house, Mojos Taco Shop will be on your right hand side you can't miss it.
Mojos Tacos is a small stop that offers some amazing tacos, taco salads, and burritos, they also offer fresh vegan-friendly options . The place is clean and it has wonderful customer service. It's always busy any time you go, but like other restaurants it has its peak times and slow times, we got lucky cause it was right before dinner time and it was calm. The service and food is just very great. Finally, Mojos Tacos grub it's just wholesome delicious food.
Well we hope you enjoy your trip to St. Augustine, now there is many other options to go and explore. From Castillo de San Marcos, to the Lighthouse, then Mojos Taco shop, that could be a day of Fun, just saying. Its a wonderful city and on its festive time is just wonderful, it will be crowded but enjoy it and have patience with others.
If you have any suggestions or ideas on a place you would like for us to do a post about let us know and we will be happy to talk about and recommend more places to see, and places to eat and make memories that will last forever.
“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
— Don McCullin
Portability is something everyone likes, heck I love having the ability to go portable, that is why your phone is the most versatile device that you have on your hands. When I'm on a short weekend trip, my go to camera is my phone. I'll tell a quick why, because sometimes when you are out with friends and family is just good to leave the big camera at home. Its time to take in the good times and snap a couple of memories for keep sake.
With Phone photography being so popular, we figured to help you ladies and gents out to improve your photography using your phone and some cool apps that we recommend. So lets get down to business.
One of the awesome apps is the Sunseeker app, available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. This app lets you see the suns trajectory from sunrise to sunset. It lets you track the sun and time, especially for golden hour time. Sunseeker has a free 'Lite' version and a full version for $9 (it's also available for $6 for Android). This app can help influence your scheduling through out the day and make you more efficient while taking photos when you are out and about.
Another great app is the VSCO app, this app is also available for the Android phone and the iPhone. This app lets you edit your photos like a pro. It has film emulation filters that let you gradually color grade your photos in your phone. VSCO is one amazing app that is a must to have in your phone apps.
Our last but not least is the Adobe Lightroom Mobile app for iPhone and Android is another great tool to edit your photos, plus if you the Adobe Creative Cloud service, you can sync the photos in your phone to your Adobe CC portal and have it synced in your laptop, tablet, and other devices. If you have the Adobe CC account you don't need to buy the extra presets it just comes built in once you log in to the app with your Adobe CC account.
Now that you know about these great apps, its time for you my friends to go out there to experiment and get creative. By all means use these app as tools, not just to apply a filter to your photo and its done. No, use the apps to really bring out the emotions in the colors of your photos, deliver the feels, and share the moment. Really put your thoughts into it and paint a piece of art to put on the wall. Challenge your selves to be creative and proficient on your photos.
Look out for our next post, if you would like us to make a post about a certain topic send us a message and let us know. Till next time!
"Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri is right, your first 10,000 photos will be your worst, heck, they maybe so bad that you might want to give up photography all together. But why give up? Is it because you do not have a good camera? I say keep grinding till you develop that eye. In the mean time, don't break your piggy banks savings. Stick to what you got and grow from there.
Now a days if you have phone, you also have camera is that simple. Especially if you have a phone that has been released from a year a go till now. But Bryan I want a camera because it has better dynamic range, and it has 245 Auto Focus points, or I need that new full frame camera because it can see at night. OK yes, all those nice bells and whistles are great. But do you really need them? especially when you are starting out on your photographs journey. All cameras are a supposed to be treated liked a tool and like all tools it needs someone to use them.
DSLR Cameras, SLR Cameras, film cameras and phone cameras alike dont have a sense of emotion, or they don't know composition. Its you behind the camera that can capture that moment and express what you want to say or show in your photo.
I'm done with the inspirations, lets get down to fun and business. So you want to take better photos, that is great! Its simple grab what you have and go out there and take photos. Thats it problem solved.
You just need to get out of your comfort zone and take photos. Find a challenge like for 7 days take black and white photos or take photos of things or objects of a certain color. Find what you like to take photos off, and go have fun and experiment.
You have a phone camera! Awesome! Go out there and take photos with your camera phone, turn on your grid on your phone and learn how to follow the rule of thirds. Train that eye for composition and framing. With your phone camera you can mod it and buy lenses for it. I like my Moment Lenses, they are awesome but they will run you a bit of money but its better than just buying a new camera altogether. I am not saying that you need to buy these lenses, im just saying they are the ones I prefer. There's lenses out there from LensBaby and PhotoJojo that you can check out, but you do get what you pay for, I'm just saying.
Well I dont have a phone that has a camera. OK no problem, get a nice cheap camera like an old SLR camera or film camera. Some of them come with a kit lens. It can range from $20 dollars to maybe $300. Getting a film or slr camera will definitely will teach you not to go trigger happy and really think about your next shot since you only get 24 to 36 exposures on a 35mm film camera. The only down side that you will need to develop your film, if you are in Orlando, Florida there is a local store called Colonial Photo and Hobbie they will develop your film. Its a bit expensive if you only develop one canister of film but if you have many canisters its cheaper.
You can get also a nice decent DSLR or Mirrorless camera on craigslist, ebay or KEH. If you buy on Keh they sell legit, well taken care equipment, on ebay and craiglist you need to do your research. Yes, this is a bit moderate expensive option, but it will last you a great while. There's cameras that have WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities that will help you transfer your photos to your phone. With the Bluetooth or WIFI it can enable the phone to remotely release the shutter on your camera allowing the photographer to take photos wirelessly. Word of caution never leave your camera un attended.
Also these cameras like your phone camera lets your review the photos something that the SLR or Film camera can't do.
Each camera format has its pros and cons but that is something will cover on our next post. Keep and eye out for it.
But for now I leave you my friends with this, whatever camera you need to use for your photography journey, make sure it does not break the bank, use what you have and keep taking photos. Make sure to use the following rules: the rules of thirds, the exposure triangle and the golden triangle for composition. With the more you go out there to practice and have fun; you will see that your will get better.
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Recently we were part of an awesome project, and let me say it was amazing to collaborate with Little Monsters Dog Care and Training. It was an awesome experience to film this commercial. First time ever that we have ever film dogs as our protagonists for a video.
We had lots of fun on this project, Silvana de Jesus the owner of Little Monsters Dog Care was very involved with this project and we love that about our clients. Her combined skills in Industrial Organizational Psychology, background in business, and her love for animals has allowed her to transform this passion into a reality. We are just happy that we were able to get her even closer to reaching her goals.
In this video we used the Panasonic GH4 with the Metabones adapter for Canon EF to M4/3 for mirrorless cameras. We filmed in 4K and exported to 1080p. Since we had to move around a lot we needed an easy set up to go film and capture these fur babies, cause man they were full of energy. We stuck with Canon 24mm for most of the shots. But we used mainly prime like the Canon 100mm and the 14mm cine lens from Rokinon and yes quick zooms could have been better. But we wanted this shots to be shot on primes. We ran mostly with some easy portable led lights, a shoulder cam, and a tripod.
As far as editing goes we used Adobe Premier Pro, then we color graded with the film emulation software FilmConvert. Both tools make things easier to edit and color. The most thrilling part of this video was when the pack of dogs were running on the dog park with Silvana and they came running straight at us and missed us by a hair, phew. At the end of the day we got our shot.
Everything came together nicely and we made an awesome video for Silvana and for her little monsters. Below is the finished video. Hope you guys enjoy the video as much as we enjoyed making it.
Let us know when you have your next project send us a message trough any media source and we ill be happy to collaborate with you on your next project.
Many people think it is too complex to learn how to take great photographs. Or that they are not creative enough or that they need to have the “eye” for it. But that is just not true.
So, whether it's your first camera, or you're just looking to learn a new hobby or skill, the Garces Bros can help you get there where you want to be on your photography.
Our workshops are taught by experts and well knowledge individuals that love photography and film.
These workshops will teach you to build confidence using your camera’s settings.
We will begin on how to use your cameras Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO settings. These are photography fundamentals that you will never forget. As we progress we will move into composition, framing, lighting, and much more.
We also include with every one of our classes a free reference guide. The guide helps you practice and remember your settings for any camera that you choose to use in your travels, work, or hobby.
Get ready to learn on how take great photos and see the world through the viewfinder you are going to love what you learn – and how you will learn it.