My First Attempt At Portrait

My dear friend Ariana was kind enough to be my lab rat on these photos you see below. I have never tried photographing people professionally and I want to gain some experience. We decided to venture into a few spots around Miami and we pulled it off with literally no help but our bare hands. I learned a lot during this experiment and now I understand why photographers that shoot for fashion travel with a whole crew of assistants. I also learned it would be much better to do this type of “On Location Shoot” during the winter months because Miami’s hot and humid weather this past Saturday was not funny. Not funny at all! Never the less we managed to pull through 5 hours of sweat. I want to thank my beautiful model and dear friend Ariana once more for helping me out!

Without A Care In The WorldShot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL

Touched By The Light
Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL

Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL 

Youth, Divine Treasure
Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL 

Cat Eyes
Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL 

Come Closer
Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL 

Day Dream
Shot in  Amelia Earthart , Hialeah FL 

Get Funky
Shot in  Wynwood, Overtown FL 

Caught In Mid Air
Shot in the Venetian Islands, Miami FL 

Her Wild Side
Shot in the Venetian Islands, Miami FL

Glamour In The Woods
Shot in the Venetian Islands, Miami FL

Autum Bliss
Shot in the Venetian Islands, Miami FL

The Last Desire
Shot in  Midtown II, Miami FL
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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

And the story begins with an innocent stroll around the park in Midtown a few weeks ago when I decided to take the camera for a walk hoping to catch something interesting…little did I know that I was going to be plunged into a 2010 cuban version of  the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock ‘s Classic Horror Film “The Birds”   – You all know I am a huge animal lover, but for some reason birds have it out for me! First that crazy goose who chased me around for 20 minutes during my visit to the farm and now this. I don’t get it, I  was never one of those kids who threw rocks at them when I was young or anything so I’m guessing its deeper…I must be paying for something I did in one of my past lives…anyways back to me walking by the park when suddenly I see this baby pigeon on the sidewalk, and  like any good-hearted yuppie I approached it immediately to see what was wrong.  BIG MISTAKE! I got attacked by a dozen or so crows that apparently had been feasting on the poor defenseless bird who most likely fell from its nest. I took the baby bird while I ran shouting & cursing loudly at the peak of my “cuban chusmeria” and I threw one of my flip-flops at them – I swear it looked like a scene from the “Que Pasa USA Show” and those suckers would not stop until I finally was able to get away…Here is a photo a took of the baby pigeon once the danger was over.

Sadly soon after I took this photo I realized that the this little guy was really hurt, bleeding from his chest, so I hurried and got in my truck and flew towards the Pelican Rescue on 79th Ave in North Bay Village. I know they take injured birds and although it was already getting dark they have these cages outside where you can put the injured animal and they monitor those cages every hour to check for drop offs.  A few minutes after swarming through the traffic I got there and found the drop-off cage and I placed it inside.  To my surprise there was a friendly Pelican at the door who didn’t seemed to hate me so I took a photo of him too.

I only hope the pigeon survived the injuries.  I didn’t call back the next morning – I didn’t want to know, but At least I gave it a fighting chance!  Oh and by the way – look how nice the Marina looks at dusk over by this place.

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Modern Gardening Can Save You A Penny Or Two

Ok, unless you have been living under a rock for the past 2 years, it is very clear that a once innocent trip to the supermarket has now become a rather unpleasant experience for your wallet. Prices in food (Specially Organic and Low Carb.) have been raised sky high while salaries have been sliced right down to the bone…and then you wonder why the fast food chains are making billions now at days and obesity has become a way of life for the masses.

Well many think that having a garden is too much work and not worth the time…WRONG! In the last couple of years I have saved tons of money in food, I cook more often and healthier thanks to my own private mini farm…oh and the best part is that I don’t live in a house, that’s right people I live in modern high rise with a glass balcony slammed in the urban noise of the downtown Miami area.

Here are some ideas and costs:

Take a trip to Home Depot or Wal-Mart and buy a few essential potted herbs like; Basil, Culantro, Cilantro, Mint, Oregano, and Rosemary (these are like $3 or $4 bucks a pot)

Get a bag of soil (any kind really for about $6-$8) and one of those long square pots so that you can fit 4 or 5 herb plants nicely.

In Addition to the herbs “Pepper Plants” or “Onion Plants” are very cheap and make a great investment in the long run.  Choose an area of your patio or balcony that receives a lot of sunlight and place your plants. Water every other day and BOOM!!! In less than a month you will have your very own Mini-Farm…lol    Here some photos from when I started my garden…enjoy;

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A Visit To The Farm

Who doesn’t like a trip to the old barn? That’s right! The irresistible hay stacks, pony rides and petting zoo make the whole experience worth your while. So here I was  Saturday afternoon strolling down the tree paths of the old Amelia Earthart Natural Park in Hialeah in search of curious squirrels, goose,ducks and everything in between I could point my camera at. Ignoring the sounds of nearby birthday tents playing Reguetton and Salsa Music (this off course is due to the heavy latin population that take over this park on the weekends) I managed to find a few quiet moments of intimate encounters with some of the park most infamous residents, Oh and a rather violent episode involving a white goose who clearly didn’t like me or my camera and decided to show me the best mother nature can offer…lets just say I ran my ass off for quite some time there.  After 3 hours of walking,shooting and running from vicious goose  under the heat of the mighty Florida sun, I decided it was time to end my journey and peacefully park my fanny near the lake and rest!….ahhhhhhhhh so nice and breezy until I realize that I was sitting near an ant colony and judging by the pain of the bites I endured by the some of it members they weren’t happy so I fled in terror back to my car and that was the grand finally.  Hope you enjoy some of the photos I took below;

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Hidden Treasures in your Backyard

If you are like most people in Miami, you probably think that there is only 5  things to do here for fun; dining, going to the movies, partying in a club, visiting an art gallery or going to the beach.  WRONG – I urge you to give your city a chance!  Just recently I rediscovered Bayfront Park for example – who knew this little park stuck in the center of greasy downtown would have such wonders – This hidden urban oasis is filled with life and beauty not to mention all the activities that take place on a weekly basis that go sadly unnoticed to general public.  I dare you to become a tourist in your own city and I guarantee you that you will be amazed with your findings. The shots below are all from Bayfront Park and were all taken one  morning a couple of weeks ago, enjoy!!!

Some Facts:

Bayfront Park, was redesigned in the 1980s. An attractive feature is the electronically controlled Pepper Fountain. Other highlights include an amphitheater used for musical performances of all kinds, a tower for laser illuminations, and three important monuments: the Torch of Friendship, symbolizing Miami’s relationships with the countries of Central and South America; the World War II Memorial; and the Challenger Memorial, commemorating the crew of the Challenger spacecraft which exploded in 1986.

This are some black & white shots from there as well…enjoy