It's quite a treat to be part of DeviantArt. You don't always know what to expect when you join or when you submit an artwork. Nevertheless, one thing is for sure, there's a lot of love for art in our community. It flows and I've been swept away by that river, six years ago. And I love it.
I look back at some of my earlier deviations and I'm amazed by the amount of support I was getting, from people all over the world. Some of those works are still fairly popular in my gallery, so I thought I'd revisit a few and remaster them. Six of them, to be exact.
It's kinda tricky to go back and recreate old works, in my case at least, for two reasons. One, finding my way back to the state of mind I was in when I first created them. Two, finding all the original material and tools to recreate the piece; should be easy if one is extremely well organized, which I extremely well am not. In anyway, enjoy...
Spring Sunset was on of my first successful attempts at putting together a panorama composed of high-dynamic-range photographs, aka HDR. I was quite happy that I was able to capture the colors and depth of that skyscape, in juxtaposition with the silhouettes of the trees.
This was taken in the highlands of southern Brazil, during early spring, when temperatures are still quite low. The high altitude combined with the low temperatures produce amazing sunsets.
Such was the case that afternoon and I almost missed the chance to capture this because I was struggling to find a nice vantage point, which I eventually did, on an abandoned airport strip!
When I finally setup my gear, the sun was almost gone. But, for just a fleeting moment before it went away, it broke through the clouds and turned the sky into a marvelous painting. One that I was fortunate enough to capture and share with you.
I love Street Photography. That's where I started, walking around with a small camera and candidly taking pictures of city life and its quirky bits.
The Passage is a street photo from Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was walking up and down Florida Street when I noticed this old subway station entrance, on the corner of Peru Street. I was taking a souvenir shot when a man walked past me and went down the stairs. I instinctively re-positioned myself and took this shot.
I was able to do a symmetrical composition, using the entrance as the central point and the man to break it. I was lucky, everything came into place at the right moment and that's why I like this kind of photography so much.
When I posted it here, it got such great comments. People liked the composition, the black-and-white, the textures and there were very nice interpretations of its composition. The feedback was great and has kept me posting this kind of photography ever since.
I've always admired photo-journalists and their ability to tell real-life stories through pictures. It's not as easy as it seems and I keep trying to get my photo-journalistic pictures from time to time.
With Daydreaming, I felt I had something special. I shot it while traveling through Brazil's rural south, during winter. I knew there was lot of poverty and I wanted to capture landscapes that showed the kind of people who lived in them.
As I was photographing a landscape, which included a few worn out wooden houses, I noticed this girl standing by the door. She seemed to be lost in thoughts. Her eyes were set on the horizon. She didn't seem happy or sad... just dreaming. I zoomed in, took a picture, and immediately felt a connection to it.
I then enhanced the textures a bit and decided to keep the colors. Her sweet face, with that innocent look, was so contrasting with the whole environment. I just felt there was a story there. I'm glad most of my friends here on DA felt the same way and sharing this one was also very rewarding.
This was taken from a plane window. I was flying over São Paulo, which the largest city in Brazil and the Americas. A metropolis of roughly 25 million people.
I always take a ton of pictures every time I fly over this urbanscape. It overwhelms me. It makes me think about how little we are and, at the same time, how big we can get. Also, what is the meaning of living like this, for ourselves and the planet.
What made this particular shot so interesting were the clouds. They brought the element of Nature into the picture in a great way, by casting a huge shadow over the city. That just did it for me.
I enhanced that contrasts with curves and a dark sepia tone that gave it a vintage feel. The clouds stood out quite nicely and this quickly became one of my personal favourites.
A week after posting this, I was surprised to find that it was featured as a Daily Deviation by hellfirediva, as suggested by donnymurph. It was my first DD and I couldn't have asked for better feedback. People interpreted this piece in many ways and it was awesome.
I posted another one of these, from a different trip, on my Tumblr page, here.
This is a beautiful place. It is the Conceição Lagoon, in Florianópolis, which is the state capital of Santa Catarina. They're both part of a wonderful island, rich in nature and history. Naturally, I love that island and in particular, this lagoon.
Every time I am there, I find myself trying to capture the history of the place. The old streets and its old trees. The old people and their old fishing boats. That's when I saw this composition that seemed to have it all... well, except people. But you can feel their presence.
That photo immediately felt like an old postcard. A memory from a time at the lagoon. That's where I went with the post-processing. I gave it a nostalgic, vintage look that felt right to me. The clouds also helped, not just by adding texture to the empty space, but mostly by enhancing the melancholy of the already nostalgic piece.
To my absolute surprise, this deviation became my second Daily Deviation, featured by fritsenator. And thanks to DeviantArt, it has been used all over the internet, in all sorts of articles and whatnot. It's fun to keep bumping into this photo here and there.
While revisiting this photograph, I was able to produce a portrait version. Originally, I cropped the photo as a square and worked from there. Now, with the full picture in view, I almost replaced it on DeviantArt. But that didn't seem right. The original was so special and it was even a DD, so why change it? Instead, I've posted the full portrait view on my Instagram account, here.
There are times in photography when you are so fortunate to capture something so beautiful that it transcends yourself and reality.
On the morning I took this photograph, I was racing to a meeting, hundreds miles away. I was already late and I couldn't waste any time. Well, that was until I saw this view, for a split second, and immediately fell in love.
As I walked back there and started shooting, my hands were shaking with excitement. This small hill to the left was blocking the sun, so the fog in front of me was glowing like gold, while the rest of the view was already in bright sunlight. That layered view was overwhelming. I couldn't believe I had captured that moment.
Morninglow, as in morning glow, became one of my personal favourites, especially after posting it here in our community, where it got an overwhelming support and convinced me to keep sharing my Nature photography.