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I'm sure when Fred DeVito said “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you." he was talking about exercise. But it sums up my feelings on progressing as a photographer. I try to always work on areas that I am no good at. Sure, it's uncomfortable, but boy does it help you improve! Currently, I've been doing a lot of video editing. This made me think a lot about color grading and how little I understand what I am doing with it. I can quickly give my photos a cinematic color grade - but do I ever thing about 'why' those colors. Not really. So, I decided to really look into color theory. I've actually been trying to replicate Instagram filters in Photoshop to better understand the colors used to give a photo a particular mood. This photo has my version of the Amaro filter. It gives the photo a yellow tint with blue in the shadows. ⠀
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User Image jpstones Posted: Nov 13, 2017 7:31 PM (UTC)
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The rainy season has just come to an end, but we managed to squeeze in a few amazing sessions while there was still water flowing through the jungle creeks.

Every season offers it's own unique photography opportunities - get in touch to book and be part of one of my upcoming Aztec Photography Workshops. —

La temporada de lluvias acaba de llegar, pero nos las arreglamos para hacer algunas sesiones increíbles mientras aún había agua fluyendo a través de los arroyos de la selva.

Cada temporada ofrece sus propias oportunidades únicas de fotografía: póngase en contacto para reservar y ser parte de uno de mis próximos Talleres de Fotografía Azteca.
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Fire photos look awesome, but boy are they hard to get right. ⠀

This photo is the perfect example. The first thing Brei noticed was that the high placement of the light didn’t make sense. It should really be low down and gelled orange: as if it were coming from the fire.⠀

I think what happens is I get excited by the idea of setting things on fire and forget a few photography fundamentals. Still, it looks pretty cool!⠀

Thanks to the awesome Eliezer M. Rotuno, Tekie Nierykaia Temazkalli, Evelia PA, Aaron Thomas Roughan and Luis!⠀
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User Image jpstones Posted: Nov 9, 2017 8:44 PM (UTC)
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I've been meditating a lot on the importance of storytelling within my photography. Probably as a side effect from working more and more with video, which makes you really think about what you are trying to say as well as making sure it it well composed. This photo, to me anyway, is an example of style over substance. Great subject, cool concept (who doesn't like reflections!) but not much depth. What is the subject doing and why? I've no idea, I just thought it was pretty. Looking back on older photos is a great way to see how you are evolving. Is this something you ever do? ⠀
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User Image jpstones Posted: Nov 7, 2017 3:31 PM (UTC)
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Many Meso-American cultures believe that the soul is bound to the body at birth and released only in death. In pre-hispanic times, when a warrior died in battle, his body would be burned and turn to ash. While discussing the shoot with Tekkie, the Azteca model in this photo, we decided this would be a fascinating theme to explore.⠀

This type of storytelling is becoming an increasingly important aspect of my photography. Not just as a way to describe the photos, it's more integral to the process than that. I’m realizing that just finding a nice location and model isn’t enough. To really give depth to a photo you need to look deeper. ⠀

So I’ve been burying my head in books and podcasts (mostly podcasts, I’ve forgotten how to read a whole book) for the last year, trying to understand the stories and beliefs behind Meso-American culture. With almost 3,500 years of history behind it, I’ve barely scratched the surface, but it has opened a whole world of ideas. And while this sounds cliche, I feel much more connected to these recent photos.⠀

As I was editing this photo in post-production I decided to add another element. Jaguars were a sacred animal in the pre-hispanic warrior classes. It was revered for its power and agility. So, with a little Photoshop help, I helped anthropomorphize the dust into the shape of a leaping Jaguar. I kinda like it :o) .
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User Image jpstones Posted: Nov 5, 2017 2:14 AM (UTC)
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You know you're going to have a great photoshoot when you get to pack smoke bombs, lighter fluid, a drone and head into the jungle! We came out with so many amazing photos, I've had a bad case of analysis paralysis. Thanks to the whole crew who helped out!.
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User Image jpstones Posted: Oct 15, 2017 6:52 PM (UTC)
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I was going to take the drone out yesterday but the rain clouds came in. So instead, I dug up some of last year's Aztec Workshop photos that I didn't have time to edit. Apparently, I hum when I edit photos. I guess it makes me happy!⠀

This photo of @lindamariscal was taken by Angela from Tumbleweed Portraits and Photography. @breimaree and @el_miguel_ro helped me hold lights, feathers, and giant ferns just out of shot.⠀
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User Image jpstones Posted: Oct 1, 2017 4:08 PM (UTC)
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This path came at the welcome end of an amazing trek across the Canadian countryside. The only downside was swarms of mosquitos. I had never seen anything like this before. You could see people coming towards you by the black cloud of mosquitos that crowded around them. Insane. And it says more for the stunning surroundings that it barely ruined the stunning landscapes Canada has. Thanks to Stef and Jo for showing us around. I can't wait to go back. ⠀
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User Image jpstones Posted: Sep 29, 2017 4:41 PM (UTC)
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I really like this photo. Partly because I just happened upon the spot while driving home on a night I thought was going to be a bust - photography wise - because I had not found a nice view! It's often too easy to just go to places where other people have taken great photos before. Exploring is more fun!! What is your best photo that you fell upon? Have a great weekend everyone!
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User Image jpstones Posted: Sep 22, 2017 5:32 PM (UTC)
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This is the last photo from a session earlier in the month in #Oaxaca. @romina_saldie is wearing a huipil from the Valle National region. The huipil is a common traditional garment worn from Mexico through to Central America. One of the oldest huipils in existence was thought, until really recently, to have been worn by the infamous Malinche - Hernán Cortés’ interpreter. A woman instrumental in helping the conquistador conquer Mexico. But then carbon dating showed it was only 200 years old. Oh well, it was a great story while it lasted! Thanks again to @el_miguel_ro and @fernandocrvz.⠀
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User Image jpstones Posted: Sep 18, 2017 5:08 PM (UTC)
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I spent a couple of weeks last month driving around the Olympic Penninsula. It was my first time in that region, an area that I always wanted to visit because of its stunning natural beauty. Although sunsets were few and far between on this trip, I was blown away by the landscapes. It felt like I was in a scene from Jurassic Park!⠀
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User Image jpstones Posted: Sep 17, 2017 6:54 PM (UTC)
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We were taking this photo in such strong sunlight that I could barely see the LCD on the camera. I really shouldn’t complain though, it took a week of waiting before the rain took a break! The shot was taken in the cactus garden in front of the spectacular Temple Santo Domingo in the historical Oaxaca city. .
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User Image jpstones Posted: Sep 11, 2017 7:00 PM (UTC)
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We took this photo barely 24 hours before the earthquake hit Oaxaca​. The capital, where we are based, was mostly undamaged but other parts of the state and neighboring Chiapas have been seriously hit. Since then, it's been amazing to see donation centers pop up on almost every street corner. If you not are local and want to help you can donate online at You Caring through their website https://www.youcaring.com/victimsofearthquakeinoaxaca-942584⠀

Thanks to everyone who took part in this shoot! @fernandocrvz @romina_saldie @el_miguel_ro
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