Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Maintaining your digital rights

This is an article from the folks who build FotoQuote and FotoBiz.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Last roll of Kodachrome

I shot a little Kodachrome and a lot of Ektachrome when I started out as a pro photographer in the 80's. This is a nice piece by a shooter I've always admired but have never met, Robert Cohen. He was leaving South Florida when I was starting out as a Miami Herald intern there.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

After Charo and Mike’s Old San Juan wedding…a beer and some jazz

The Island Wedding Fotos Puerto Rico team of Jose Jimenez, Isaida Ortiz and myself (Angel Valentin) shot Charo and Mike’s awsome wedding in Old San Juan last weekend. It was a hot hot Puerto Rico summer day. Destinations weddings in Puerto Rico in the summer are beautiful and fun, but HOOOOTTTTT. I changed shirt 3 times !

After the reception ended Isaida and I decided to grab a beer @ the Old Harbor Brewery ( less than a block from the venue. Traffic out of San Juan was brutal and we were tired. To our delight Old Harbor had a jazz sextet jamming away next to the bar which is where we sat. Had a good hour or so of R & R with nice music, cold beers and some appetizers.

Here’s a snap I shot with a 5D Mark II and a 50mm 1.4 @ 2000 ISO.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Zmo in bikini, Miami

Was in Miami recently and was recruited to shoot a promo campaign for a bathing suit designer. The model, Zmo is a good friend. This was fun and easy to do. The only problem was the underwater housing started leaking water in the middle of the pool shoot but the camera wasn’t damaged, I don’t think.

Monday, May 3, 2010

My Review of Flashpoint Vertical Battery Grip for the Canon 5D Mark II

Great (for the price...)

By Fotorican from San Juan, Puerto Rico on 5/3/2010


3out of 5

Pros: PracticalCheap

Cons: You get what you pay for

Best Uses: Portrait Photography, Digital Photography, Travel

Describe Yourself: Pro Photographer

I never buy 3rd party items. I only got this grip after a colleague's highest recommendation. I bought 3 of them, 2 for 5D2 and one for a 7D. Out of the 3 I only got 1 bad one. It sometimes fails to operate and when on disables the top dial on the body. This is frustrating when it happens in the middle of a wedding or news event. I called Adorama and was told to return it, no questions asked. I wish I'd had the money to buy the Canon brand ones but I didn't and I have to say that the other two I got work perfectly. I love the option to use the grips and to take it off when I do some jobs. I just noticed the price dropped. Nice.


Monday, April 12, 2010

Jobos Beach, Isabela

I overnighted with some friends in their rental apartment last night. This morning I got up early, as usual, and drove around the beach and spotted this fisherman getting his “yola” wood motorboat ready to go out and check on traps left overnight to catch fish. Shot a few frames with my Canon S90 point and shoot but got the best frame with my iPhone. Go figure.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Federico y Kiki

In the middle of a marathonic imaging session as I imaged photos for my upgraded wedding photojournalism website I decided to take a 15 minute break to shoot pictures of my min poodle Federico frolicking on the grass with my neighbor's weiner dog Kiki. I also used the opporunity to finally test my new 7D, a camera I know will only see limited action as I concentrate more and more on the wedding side of photojournalism.

Camera performed flawlessly and Federico caught up with the speedy Kiki. Good times !