The other week I took to the streets of downtown Bristol after dark with my camera and trusty tripod. Taking photos at night is a much more technical process than day photography, but I found it to be a great learning experience and I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless.
-Photos taken sometime in late November/ early December, 2020.
For this photoblog I scrolled through my phones camera roll and picked out 8 photos I wanted to share with you today. These photos aren’t necessarily my favorite, or best capture, but they’e meaningful to me and I think you’ll like them!
Camera roll stories
Another shot at sunset:
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If you love traveling and your enthusiasm for foreign cultures prompts you to buy a one-way ticket, chances are you follow a certain set of unspoken rules that I call: The Avid Traveler’s Code of Conduct
One of my favourite photography exercises is going somewhere you’ve been many times before and trying to find shots you haven’t taken. I find there’s always something new to shoot if you consciously look for it.
My favourite time to do this is right before golden hour so that I can follow the light as it shifts and casts shadows on potential subjects.
Not to mention, its also therapeutic. When you force yourself to look at a familiar place in a new way I think it makes you appreciate your surroundings more. On top of that, you get plenty of exercise!
I started photography when I got back from my trip to the Azores in 2016.
That trip inspired me to invest in my first camera as soon as I got back home to Florida.
I went to Best Buy, bought a Canon Rebel T5i which came with a 18-55mm f/5.6 kit lens. I spent around $600.
Here are a few raw shots (june, 2016)
A few months later I bought a new lens: the 50mm f/1.8 Price: $96
This lens introduced me more to the technical side of photography. I looked into portraiture because I started to understand more about aperture, bokeh and compositional elements.
A year later I realised a wider angle lens suited my photography interests better. I loved taking wide-open landscape shots at the beach, and creating a better sense of place in my images.
A birthday gift that year was the Canon EF-S 10-18 mm f/5.6 ($200)
here are some raw photos
A few months into photography and the original kit lens for my Canon Rebel T5i drowned in an unfortunate canoe expedition! By this time I mostly used the 10-18mm anyway, so it wasn’t a huge loss.
For me, the 10-18mm and 50mm were a practical combination. It was the perfect focal-length range to use for a variety of circumstances. I used the wider lens for landscapes and the prime lens to get up close in detail.
During this time I followed a bunch of photographers on Instagram to see what they were using to get the final results they posted on their feed. Most of them used a Canon 5d Mark iii with a 24-70 f/2.8 lens. This gear setup cost over $2,500 at the time and was far off my budget.
Summer was approaching and with it, a family trip to the Azores! This was my chance, I thought, to take my photography to the next level. I couldn’t afford the lens along with the camera body, so I opted for the Canon 6D (used- $950.) I didn’t realize beforehand that my wide angle lens couldn’t be mounted on a full-frame camera.
The summer of 2017 I bought the Canon 6D and attached the nifty 50 lens to the Azores with me.
2017 Azores summer (Canon 6D, 50mm f/1.8)
To this day I still use this same exact setup.
My most recent purchase was the Yongnuo 35mm f/2.0 lens ($90) which, for me, is a preferable focal length for on-the-go travel photography. I brought this combo with me to the Azores, South America, and New England. It’s perfect for what I like to do.
In total I’ve spent somewhere around $1,900 dollars on photography gear these past four years. Considering how expensive equipment is, let alone new equipment, that price isn’t bad.
The truth is, after everything, I didn’t need to spend that much money. I wanted to.
If you’re just getting into photography, you don’t need to make a huge purchase right off the bat. Even the Canon Rebel I bought was steep to begin with.
I easily could’ve found a cheaper camera, in fact my nana gave me her old point-and-shoot that she had stored away in a closet. It introduced me to film and the fact that I can make meaningful images with whatever you put in my hands.
That’s the moral here. You don’t need to spend a lot of money, or any at all to get your first camera. There’s a good chance someone in your family has one tucked away in their closet. If not, theres plenty of affordable cameras online.
Do your due research, but don’t feel pressured into spending a month’s pay check. There’s actually a lot of influential photographers on Youtube that talk about this same thing: Gear doesn’t matter, practice does.
With the camera you have, go out and take photos. Practice until you like the images you make. Practice until you get a firm understanding about how your camera works. Practice until you think to yourself, “how could’ve I made this photo better?” Naturally, the creative direction you choose to pursuewill be clearer. At a certain point, you’ll know what you’re interested in photographing and what setup best supports that.
Even when you feel the only way to get better is to buy a new, expensive camera keep practicing with what you have.
With that said, buying a camera is an important investment in yourself. It means you want to pursue creativity and grow as a photographer. However, that shouldn’t be confused with thinking,
“the more money I spend the better my photos will be.”
That statement couldn’t be further from the truth.
When you’re ready, make the investment. But not a moment before.
As a photographer the quality of your images is not defined by low aperture lenses or a high number of megapixels.
As a photographer your unique vision and perspective, your experience and technique is what creates better, more meaningful photos.
Don’t forget that.
Hey guys, If you have any questions about this article, camera equipment or photography in general, please let me know in the comments below!
Winter in New England passed seamlessly into Spring and Summer. Now in the heart of August, I reflect back on some of my favourite photographs during those colder months. Down below I compiled 10 photos that bring me right back.
The photos here are part of larger collections. If you like what you see, follow the link to view the full set!
Mt Hope Bridge connects Bristol and Portsmouth.
Though for me, crossing over this bridge symbolises reuniting with family.
I took this photo on a photography walk, a creative exercise I like to do anytime I’m feeling uninspired.
The Ten Mile River Greenway is a scenic route that goes right through Slater Park and a few other recreational spaces. I remember looking through my camera roll and feeling re-inspired to get out and create more!
This photo is part of a double exposure collection that merged my summer photos in the Azores with winter photos around New England.
Pictured here is my cousin Amelia outside our family home in Pawtucket, RI. At the bottom you can see a palm tree and a building both taken from scenes in Lajes do Pico.
photo taken with my point and shoot Nikon one-touch 100
This is my cousin little Kailee.
Kailee is this little brown eyed, dark haired, mischief-in-her-voice girl who calls out my name and says, “I’m gonna getchyu Ryaan”
It’s widely said that the 50mm is the closest focal length to what you see with your own eyes, so that’s something to consider if you’re going for a certain look with your photography. For me, I love it because the images retain a sort of intimacy with your subject that the 35mm and wider lenses don’t quite capture.
Hey there, The other week I took to the streets of downtown Bristol after dark with my camera and trusty tripod. Taking photos at night is a much more technical process than day photography, but I found it to be a great learning experience and I enjoyed it immensely nonetheless. -Photos taken sometime in late […]
Photos taken late September, 2020 Canon ae-1 program Kodak Tri-X 400 b&w film Boston, Massachusetts If you liked this photo collection be sure to let me know! Help support my work Like, Comment & Share with your friends. Check out my other photo essays/ collections
For this photo article I scrolled through my phone’s camera roll and selected 10 random photos I wanted to show and give context to. These photos aren’t necessarily my favourite, or best capture, but they’re meaningful to me.
I thought this would be a cool opportunity to tell you a few stories using images lost on my phone. I’m sure you scroll through your camera roll from time to time and find images that jog back a collection of clear memories.
It would be really cool for this article to receive comments with your guys’ own photos and stories, wouldn’t it?
That’s our goal for this article today. I’ll share 10 of mine and you share one of yours!
Let’s do it.
Thanks for reading you guys
Make sure to comment your camera roll photo story down below. I can’t wait to read them!
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Hey guys, This article is a friendly reminder, from one photographer to another, to clean your camera’s sensor. If you haven’t cleaned your sensor since you bought your camera the chances are your images have spots, smudges and blots. Look how bad my sensor was a few weeks ago: I was out shooting in Boston […]
In the month of May I spent two weeks in Buzzard’s Bay, Massachusetts with family & friends.
During this time we made it a priority to walk along the canal at least once a day, although usually it ended up being two or three thanks to how scenic it was during the spring.
As of now I’m in North Dakota looking back on New England’s coast. My five month trip has come to an end and now I’m left with photographs and travel-journal entries that glimpse into my experiences. My time there brought back an unquestionable bond I have with my home state and for that I’m happy to share this with you!
Buzzard’s Bay home– May 13,2020
Water glistens like summer eyes. Blossoming spring, birds chirp the theme and the sound of woodwork beyond the pond centres me.
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Like all of you, I’ve been stuck in the house with more time than I know what to do with,
no real responsibility.
How have I been using my time?
I’ve been catching up with editing and taking photos of my everyday life. With everything going on in the world right now I think it’s important we sharpen our skills and continue to learn. Despite stay-at-home orders, I still find a lot of opportunities to work on my craft.
In this photo-article I show you my top 10 favourite photos I took during the last two months of quarantine.
My Top 10
1. I took this image at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI before it completely closed due to the Corona virus. Miss Amelia reaches into Auntie Barbara’s palm to throw rocks as far as she can.
These two photos add to why I like the first image so much. Eager to throw as far as she can, Amelia puts her whole body into the swing while Auntie Barbara grabs the back of her shirt to ensure she doesn’t fall.
2.The Corona Virus has spread all across the world, wreaking havoc on world economies and millions of people. Since March, states have been ordered to self-isolate and remain at home. I think this photo does an accurate job at depicting how bad it is at a more personal, local level. Tied-off empty playgrounds are never a good sign.
3. I chose this photo as one of my selects because it was spontaneous and genuine. For the past two months I’ve seen way more usps trucks and delivery services on the road. I passed by one and snapped a photo when the driver looked up. I’m happy she smiled!
4. With everything happening in the world right now I thought this random find was picture perfect. I saw something colourful sitting at the foot of a tree, approached, and found hope.
5. This is my Auntie Barbara. She’s always watched over me. Growing up she babysat for my siblings and I as both of my parents were at work. We were close back then and our relationship now is as strong as ever.
6. Although I didn’t take this photo in the last two months, I did have it developed from last summer in the Azores. My friend João (Portuguese John) brought me along to go Scuba diving. Before going under, we cliff jumped into the natural swimming pool. When I got my photos back I noticed they all had a double exposure effect which made me like them that much more.
7. Pictured here is my Nana and her best friend Mica. They recently moved into a new apartment together. This is the first morning sitting at the breakfast table enjoying a cup of tea. If Mica is happy, Nana is too.
8.This is another double-exposure photo I took with my point and shoot camera. The reason this is one my favourite photos is because Pico Mountain looks as if it’s located within the Rehoboth Mini Mart. Both of my homes colliding into one photo with sentimental value.
9. Battleship Cove in Fall River, MA is a great place to walk around and take photos. I really like this one in particular because the chain acts as a leading line to the subject. If you want to see the entire collection from Battleship Cove click the link.
10. I love this photo of my two cousins. We did a photoshoot at Colt State park to celebrate Kailee’s adoption. The whole time she was full of energy and radiating excitement.
So what did you guys think about my top 10 photos? Leave a comment with your thoughts below.
What about you?
Have you been taking advantage of your newfound time? Share your top 10 favourite photos on instagram and tag me @Ryanquaresma so I can check them out!
From the Vulcão dos Capelinhos I made my way back to Horta completing my trip around Faial Island. The next morning I took the earliest ferry over to Velas, São Jorge’s capital.
I spent 24 hours walking around the town, checking out the viewpoints and making photographs. My initial goal was to backpack São Jorge as I did with Faial, however I decided it would be best to postpone until the summer.
For now, I hope you enjoy looking through the photos I took on my day trip to São Jorge Island.
This set of photos is part of a larger collection named Por Caminho that I created during my backpacking trip around Faial Island.
I intend to continue adding onto this project when I make my way back to the Azores. Until I visit all nine islands Por Caminho is still in the works.
Photos taken towards the end of November, 2019.
The next morning…
If you guys liked this photoblog, please check out the previous collections from my travel project Por Caminho.
Have you guys been to the Azores? Comment which Islands you’ve visited and any recommendations you have. Thanks!