Venecia’s Waterfalls

If you’re visiting Costa Rica (or if you live here and don’t know about this place) you definitely must go to Venecia’s waterfalls.

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Venecia is a district of San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela. We have been blessed with green land all over the year. And the District of Venecia is not the exception. ( 10 ° 22’00 “N 84 ° 17’00” W)

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In this part of the Country, even in the summer, the rain could fall at any moment. The day that  I shot this photos, the weather was overcast. Luckily for us it didn’t rain, but somehow it reflects in the “mood” of the images.

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The first waterfall that we visited.

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(Almost) under the waterfall.

My Nikon FE got soaking wet by the moisture of the water. I was worry about that. Those old cameras doesn’t feature “weather sealing” like modern Digital slr’s. But is not one my favorite cameras for nothing, the FE didn’t let me down. She was able to keep shooting frame after frame, no matter the conditions.

 

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After resting awhile, we went to the second waterfall.

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Fabian. Getting ready for shooting great photos!

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One thing is certain. When you’re in a place like this, wrapped in the sound of falling water and the peace that it brings to your heart and soul, you just wouldn’t want to come back home.

(All photos shot using Agfa Vista 200)

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When you wonder: Why?

We are not in this world by chance. We all have a purpose. I’m still trying to find my own reason to be here. And yes! Sometimes, when I look up at the night sky I ask for wisdom to answer to myself “why?”.

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But even when I haven’t answered my inner doubts yet, I know that you can always make a difference in other people’s life. Being part of a bigger plan than ourselves, could be our whole reason to be here.

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Without even knowing, I was part of a great invisible plan. A secret scheme that one day brought this two wonderful souls together.

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Meet Pau & Yennarow. My cousin and my best friend. Today, I’m proud to say they are together because they knew me, before they knew each other.

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Don’t be afraid to ask yourself “Why?”

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Film/Digital

Ok. Different as you may think right from the title of this post, this is not about the “meaningless war between Film and Digital”. This is about the positive things that each “medium” has to offer. As I said, in the end, you’re just creating images. Using Film or a digital sensor, it’s just the way that you choose to capture moments. All this next photos were shot on 24th february 2016. Some of them with film (Nikon FE) and others with a digital camera (Nikon D610).
I won’t make this a long reading. If you want technical data about film or Digital, I’m sure you could find more precise information out there on Google or whispered in your ear by Alien’s wisdom (weird black humour of mine).
But I will tell you, I love the colors of film, and not just that! If you learn how to develop your own rolls (it’s very easy, actually), you’ll feel more involved in the whole photographic process. Ladies and gentlemen, THAT’S QUITE REWARDING!
Nevertheless, you have to try a few different brands and types of film manufacturers before you can find your favorite emulsions. But that’s ok! Just follow your inner voice and be as curious as a cat.
In the other side of the moon, we have Digital! And digital is great. It’s versatile, you can see (as a preview, at least) the photo as soon as you take it. Many of you, probably are digital photographers, so it’s almost pointless to write down the obvious.

I confess! Most of the time (always) I do the editing of my digital photos with “film presets” (Adobe Lightroom + VSCO are a perfect match)… So, I end up with “real film” and “digital film”! But that’s the beauty and versatility of digital files!

The next photos were shot with Fuji Superia 400. Developed at home @1 stop with C41 process.

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Fuji Superia 400 – A personal favorite

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She is my cousin Paula. The most creative person that I know! (Superia 400)

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more Fuji Superia 400

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Yes! Sometimes I shot the photos underexposed against the bright sky. I like the way the clouds and the silhouettes complement each other. — Fuji Superia 400.

The next photos were shot with a Nikon D610 which my friend Fabian gave me that night to play around for a while.

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Fabian’s Nikon D610 — ISO 6400 – F/1.6 @ 1/5 sec

The latest digital cameras with their high ISO capacity, literally “can see at night”.
All those photos were shot at ISO 6400 with a F/1.4 50mm Nikkor lens. Sometimes I used it at f/1.6 or f/1.8. I was able to hand hold the camera at shutter speeds of 1/5 of a second, only with moonlight and occasional spotlights of artificial light. Focus the lens it’s a challenge when your eyes can’t see in near darkness. But that’s the only way to put modern technology to the test!

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Nikon D610 — ISO 6400 – F/1.6 – 1/5 sec

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(same settings of the previous photo)

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Nikon D610 — ISO 6400 – F/2 – 1/4 Sec

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Fuji Superia 800 — Shot at ISO 1600 — F/1.8 — 30 seconds exposure

In the end, no matter if you choose digital or if you want to try film (for a change).
Just make every photo in your Canister/ SD memory count! Capture life. Create.

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You can see Paula’s work at www.behance.net/bluesoulofsky

Go out (&) live!

I’d wish to go out more often. Weekends comes and go, but sometimes, we just let them pass without any significance or meaning. Wasted days, that never going to come back.  If you’re reading this, please, do yourself a favor! Go out. Make some memories. LIVE!

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(slightly out of focus) Fabian Madrigal, a very talented photographer that I had the luck to meet!

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Fabian & Adri. Creating memories.

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That’s me, chasing light. (by Fabian Madrigal)

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I used a Nikon FE & Fuji Superia 400. (Developed at home @ 1 stop)

Fabian uses a Nikon D610. You can see his work at: http://www.facebook.com/FaMaLoFoto

All photos were shot in Zarcero, Alajuela, Costa Rica.

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(New) Kodak Portra 400

Ok, this is my experience so far with this film. I’ll let you know from the begining. It’s not what I expected from a “professional grade” film. I know, I’m not a pro by any means, I don’t make a living as a photographer. But as any of you, I’m in my entire right to make my own opinion about “X or y” topic. And this is are my thoughts about the so famous Portra 400. Searching in the web, I did read great things about this Kodak’s emulsion. So naturally, I wanted to give it a try. To be honest, I don’t know if is my local photolab’s fault or what! But there is a weird greenish color cast on this first picture and others from that day. Portra users out there… Is that normal??   I like the color on that second photo. I didn’t used a high ISO setting (1600), but there is noticeable grain in the black areas of the image. I know, I know!! You, “Old veteran of film”, may think: “Of course it’s gonna be grainy! It’s a daylight film and you’re pushing it to 1600, moron!” But let me tell you this: When you read great reviews of a “pro film” from people “who knows” (or at least they call themselves “pro”); you set a standar in your mind and you expect a decent performance. It’s what the logical’s thinking dictates. Right? I’m not a “Portra’s film Grinch”, I like the grain of the film, my point is that I didn’t expected so obvious at 1600 ISO.

Slightly out focus. My fault.

Slightly out focus. My fault.

When you load a roll of film to your everyday’s carry camera, you don’t know where or when exactly that film will be used. Ideally, you expect to use it with a nice light, at the same time, matching your film’s ISO speed (or at least, that’s the idea); but the true is, something the night catches you. In that case, low and artifical lights becomes part of the scene and you have to deal with it the best way that you can. Sometimes under those circunstances, Portra delivers pleasent colors. But in certain ocations, there is a bluish color cast that makes the photo difficult to look at. I would like to have more “consist results” with this emulsion. Do you know which film is very consist under “artificial lights”?? Fuji Superia 400 🙂     I’m curious as a cat. The first hand experiences are always the best way to learn. That’s why I bought a 5 pack of Kodak Portra (for $40) on Ebay. To be honest, I thought Portra was (somehow) a “more flexible” film. (Maybe “professional film” is a tricky asseveration) Especially on low light conditions with higher ISO’s. (Or was I expecting to much?? ) Will I ever used it once again? Hmmm, maybe if one day I start to develop my own film, I’ll consider fair to give it a second chance. But for the 5 pack of Kodak’s Portra price, you could get 10 (or even more) rolls of Fuji Superia 400, a versatile and dependable film that give you nice colors under a lot of different light conditions (at least from my experience). Certainly, I would not give up on Kodak films. Currently, I’m using ( my first time) Kodak’s Ultramax 400. And I will get my hands on Kodak’s Ektar 100 as soon as I can. But those would be stories for “future publications”.

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Nikon F100. A Modern Classic !

These are my thoughts about the Nikon F100. I’m not claiming to be a “camera gurú” or any kind of expert. And certainly I won’t talk about “specifications” (you can find them all over the web).

I just love photography as hobby and as an expression. After months and months of having this Nikon model running around my head, I came across with a beautiful "almost new condition" F100 on Ebay. For just $125, it was no brainer! After months and months of having this Nikon model running around my head, I came across with a beautiful “almost new condition” F100 on Ebay. For just $125, it was no brainer!

Left: Nikon D7000 (dslr) Right: Nikon F100 (35mm film) Even when the F100 is wider camera in size, its fairly slimmer than the digital D7000.

                Left: Nikon D7000 (dslr)                                       Right: Nikon F100 (35mm film)

Even when the F100 is wider camera in size, its fairly slimmer than the digital D7000.

My Iphone's photo doesn't make justice to the F100's big and bright 96% coverage viewfinder. One of the nicer features of shooting with 35mm cameras. My Iphone’s photo doesn’t make justice to the F100’s big and bright 96% coverage viewfinder. One of the nicer features of shooting with 35mm cameras. (or “full frame” on the digital side)

Nikon-F100-05   I started to shooting film (again) not too much time ago. And my first 35mm slr, was this beautiful Nikon FE. With the FE, you have to advance the film manually with the camera’s lever; so, it’s easy to forget that your F100 is not a modern digital, and you have to be cautious and not waste your film! It’s easy to get excited and get carried away with the F100!

Nikon-F100-06 In summary: *If you love/want to try shooting 35 mm film. * If you’re a Nikon camera’s fan or already have Nikkor lenses with no use. This camera, for the price and it’s features is a bargain and “a must have”. Truly, a Modern Classic. What are you waiting to get yours??