The past month I have been busy working on the new site called lightenupandshoot.com. Lightenupandshoot is a collaboration with another photographer and friend that also lives in Medellin, Colombia. Our messages is simple, lighten up and take photos. We both love taking pictures so we decided it would be fun to document everything from client shoots to street photography. There are discussions on the minimal gear we use, tricks of the trade and inspiring videos to encourage everyone with a camera to get out and take pictures. There has been an overwhelming response in the photography community as a whole; I believe it through our simplistic and humorous approach that we already have a following that we never expected. Our goal is evolve as a photographers and share our vision with as many people as possible.
Notes on photos above: Top photograph was taken for our help-portrait series. Andy and I traveled to two different pueblos last weekend and took photos of people that are less fortunate. Then we printed their portraits as a gift. The reactions were sometimes heartbreaking to say the least.
Second photo was my first attempt at taking pictures of "star trails." The idea is to put your camera on a tripod and use a long exposure to capture the stars (continuous light source) as the earth spins. I should have left the shutter open for at least 40 minutes but I was too impatient and wanted to see the results after 12 minutes. I attempted a second photo but my lens was covered in moisture from the humid mountain air near Rio Negro, Colombia. The shot could have been amazing if I had been patient...But, you get the idea. Lighten up and shoot!