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Photography, Beauty and Timidness by Carlos Ocando

Since I was a little kid I considered myself a timid person. I always hide my true self behind a shell of silence and awkwardness.

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It's not easy to be a timid person, I believe is harder to be timid than bold. Being timid is constant hard work failing to block your original personality to show a silent and “perfect” being.  

Yes I said perfect because that’s why timid people are timid. We are so scared to be criticized that we sphincter ourselves believing that we will be able to fool people into not seeing beyond our shell.

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That’s where photography comes into play for me, because I found a way to be me and say what I want to say without risking of being me. The tricky part was that the result was the opposite, the more I shoot the more I have to take the risk to show you how I see my world and what is important to myself.

This risk taking issue has affected me, because I have to live this double life where I hide myself and show myself at the same time. Today I decided to open myself, leave my shell behind and take the commitment of being me from now on.

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I decide to turn away from perfectionism and anxiety, leave all the BS and start enjoying all this process.

We will see how this decision will affect the way I see and capture the world.

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Carlos

Thank you by Carlos Ocando

Today I want to thank my parents for their support during all my life. They have supported me in my career change, giving me the emotional and material support to make this dream a reality. We spend many years of our life taking for granted the support from our family. Today I want you to know mom and dad that I love you very much, and that I appreciate all the unconditional support and love that you have given me all my life. You are the pillars that support everything that I am today.

Thank you.

Carlos "Hakuin" Ocando

A Perfect World 03 by Carlos Ocando

Seasons come and go, my form changes freely

Our consciousness travels beyond our boundaries

Reaching all at the same time, effortless synchronicity

Our children touch the soil and the sky

A Synchronous song mastered by all

Gaia leading us again into the infinite peace of life


                                          Carlos "Hakuin" Ocando

A Perfect World 01 by Carlos Ocando

A Life with no History, Pain, Happiness or Sadness
A world full of life and no drama, infinite peace is the norm
Light shines in the morning, infinite rivers of water nurturing my core
My life has a beginning but no end, eternal existence is my friend
Where life is without death you may ask, without men it's a painless task

Carlos Ocando

Just Saying... by Carlos Ocando

Double Exposure in Camera

Double Exposure in Camera

Hey guys today I just wanted to talk about how I feel about all the photography talk that you see online. Must of the people talk about gear. This lens, that camera, that bag, Film vs Digital, blah, blah, blah. We as a photographers have the duty to talk beyond all this gear talk that in the end means nothing. 

No camera will make you better photographer, no lens will make you better composing and no medium can help you appreciate the beauty around you. You know what's the best tool an artist have?. Instinct. 

A few years back in my career I learn this.It all started by going out with a definite work in my mind I would always comeback with very good photos but nothing extraordinary. Then a creative block came and I felt depressed, everything looked the same, and I could not think or see beyond what I seen or captured before. 

Double Exposure in Camera.

Double Exposure in Camera.

Then to get out of this block I decided to go out with my camera and one lens, and started to capture anything that would call my attention without thinking. Interestingly enough I started to create awesome work, photos that I really felt proud about. I've working like that since then. My eye guides me, and the world is my playground.

Even for commissions and work for others I do this, and never fails. Other professionals and photography masters like Michael Kenna and Jerry Uelsmann follow this approach of going out without any expectations of what to capture or create. 

Go out!, explore the world as you did the first day with your camera, and enjoy the moment when you press the shutter button and the magic is to transferred your media.

Carlos

A Blessing in Disguise. by Carlos Ocando

© Carlos Ocando, 2013.

© Carlos Ocando, 2013.

With the advent of digital photography many photographers started to worry that the end of professional photographers had just begun. Now everybody has a camera with them and are able to take photos which are at least acceptable for most of the people. But I think this is a blessing. An opportunity for all the photographers in the world to open their minds to go beyond the technician vision and embrace an artistic vision of the world.

Leave on the side all concerns about cameras, lenses and lighting equipment to focus on emotion, beauty, composition, aesthetics and expression. To let the light be the guide, the master of the play of life and shape our message with light, shadow, texture and color. 

This happened many years ago with the invention of photography. Less and less artist where commissioned to document events and portraits, many where worried because many would be left with no job or place in the world. But in the end was a blessing, many artist saw this as an opportunity to explore the world in a new way. They where free to explore their medium with no worry about their reality representation, exploring individualities as light, texture, form, shape, abstraction. Giving birth to movements as to important movements such as impressionism and cubism. 

Now as photographers we also have this opportunity. We must connect with the spirits of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and many others who where recognized for their artistic and technical abilities. Accept this blessing and open yourself to this new free world of expression, beauty and emotion.

My Favorite Lens, is older than me. by Carlos Ocando

This little gem is a few years older than me. But I guess lenses are like whiskey the older they are the better they get. I can't believe that I payed less than a 100$ for it because it has a dent in the barrel that doesn't affect its performance. The sharpness is great, great color rendition and is f2.8. The only downside is that is manual focus, which is not a problem for me you just need to practice a little and look for the small focus mark on the lower left side of the viewfinder.

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The colors you get out of it are interesting very classic or vintage, and if you want a toy lens feeling you can open the lens to f2.8 and get some interesting vignetting and soft focus on the corners. Its also very compact and lightweight, conspicuous and I love the way it looks on my D600. The best lens you can get is not always the most expensive. To me the most important aspects of photography are light, composition and the equipment. In that particular order.

Don't be afraid to experiment with older lenses, these where the professional grade lenses one generation ago. Many people loved to work with these lenses specially landscape photographer Gallen Rowell who was famous for using exclusively this 24mm lens. 

Carlos "Hakuin" Ocando