A Blessing in Disguise

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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.

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Carlos “Hakuin” Ocando

My Favorite Lens is Older than Me.

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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.

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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.

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Carlos “Hakuin” Ocando

Security?

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Security is an illusion. We like to stay in our little and warm comfort zone and we don’t see that beyond that there is an unlimited and exiting world. When we take risks in the name of our dreams an infinite sea of possibilities opens for us. Don’t be afraid and trust the present moment. Let the magic unfold before you.

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Carlos “Hakuin” Ocando

Chances

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In life we get many opportunities to do whatever we want to do. It is our job to follow our heart in the direction that we want to move. To me this has been very difficult because I have a tendency to evaluate and judge each decision that I want to take. I have the tendency to overthink everything combined with the mighty hammer of the judge in my head is very difficult to make a decision.

The “follow your heart” approach is my favorite and the one that I least use. Don’t be like me, take the hammer and trow it out of your life. Tell that horrible judge to go play and let you do what you love. Photography is my passion. When I’m outside with my camera I talk to her (yes it is a she), talk to my subjects (mostly trees), and sing out of happiness and joy. I’m going to follow my bliss and keep doing what I love, no more excuses, no more fear, no more…

As a gift from myself you get a free YES to whatever your heart calls you to do (something positive please!). Just write me a comment and I will answer with a Yes directly from my heart. My friend you can do it.

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Eternal Friend

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Eternal Friend

Master of all tales

There is no story

Where you are not the protagonist

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Without you there will be no shelter

no music, no peace, no war

There would be no shade under the crown

no nests in the beards of the wise

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Eternal Friend

Primordial column of mankind

Giving is your banner

Patience if your shield

Peace is your armor

And Love is your sword.

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No axe shall destroy you

Because without you

There would no hand to wield it

Oh Eternal Friend!

Master of all Tales…

Carlos Ocando

Thunder

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The Earth under my feet is moving

Everything I believed in the past is dying

My love for nature…

Shaping what I used to be.

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My heart is roaring with anger

Like a thunder that awakens the earth

The past is gone

For you my friend this must be done.

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No more harm

No more gain

No more pain

It’s now your turn!

to roam free…

in every land, in every sea.

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Beauty and peace will win

Their rightful place in the Ring

Because this is no longer a Chain

But a beautiful ring of life and death.

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What is, now was

What was, now is

If you don’t understand what this is

on the other side of the fence you will see.

Carlos Ocando