A NOTE TO THE READER/USER:
To see info about an image click on the icon that looks like a black circle with an "i" in it. Click it again to hide info view. I created "Behind the Scenes" page for curious people such as myself to tell where an image was taken and sometimes I include the circumstances or a short story. The reason this is so important to me is when I look at others images and I don't even know where a photo was taken it is such an incomplete experience for me. Finally this site is a work in progress so please check it out from time to time to see updates and changes.
Thank You for letting me share my vision with you!
Since I was young I loved photos but I didn’t really start to learn about photography until many years later. I am a native San Diegan Born in Chula Vista, California in 1966. The path of learning more about photography took root while living in Rome, Italy in 2006 and continued in Kerala, India for the next 3 years. It is in Amritapuri, Kerala that I had the good fortune of photographing Mata Amritanandamayi Ma(The Hugging Saint) and Her educational institutions and humanitarian projects which gave me the invaluable opportunity to learn how to take a photo in a fast-paced and sometimes chaotic environment.
As far as software goes I know enough Photoshop to do what I need to do and have been using Lightroom since version 1.0 and have taught a handful of photographers how to use it from start to finish. I have been working with Macphun Creative Kit lately especially Tonality Pro for black and whites which in reality is not limited to just black and white imagery. I am also excited to start learning the new app Luminar. I have dabbled in 360 degree panoramas and virtual tour photography with AutoPanoPro using a Nodal Ninja 5 panorama ball-head. The rest of my equipment is a Canon 1D Mark 3, Canon 6D, 24-105mm f4, 50mm f1.8, 17-40mm f4, 70-200mm f4, Benro Carbon Fiber Tripod, Polarizing filter, Neutral Density filter, Infrared filter and a few Extension tubes.
I am basically self-taught, okay with the exception of video tutorials, good photography books and a course on Night Photography that I took with Philipp Scholz Rittermann at UCSD Extension.
My main influences thus far have been, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Robert Doisneau, Diane Arbus, James Nachtwey, Bryan F. Peterson's photography books, Scott Kelby with his 3 volume series.
After working with a PC for 5 years that fell apart piece by piece I changed to Macintosh computers when a professional acquaintance traded me his old G4 Mac for the price of an external hard drive to go along with his new new Mac G5(pre-Intel) which I then upgraded with a Superdrive and bigger CPU. It had Tiger OSX 10.4 at the time, I loved how it handled graphics and haven't bought another PC since. I have earned several certificates for ACMT (Apple Certified Macintosh Technician) over the years to learn more about Apple Computers and its products which also allowed me to consult and help others set up and get the most out of their Mac's.
I use Canon gear simply for the fact that they make their own sensors, the wide range of lenses and its spiritual history of its original name Kwanon, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: "Behind the Scenes" photos were taken by, Ilaria Tabusso-Marcyan Phd., Ben Schaap, Shiju Kumar, generous strangers and a few in selfie mode.
To my wife, Ilaria Tabusso-Marcyan
To my Brothers, Fernando “Nano” Duenas and Jacinto “Chino” Francisco Duenas.
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