QA: Joaquin Alonso Arellano Ramirez

surrounded by green

What inspired you to take this photo? My passion for nature photography, things so beautiful that offer our planet in all its forms and to transmit them to other people, at least part of them.

Why did you capture this photo the way you did? Since I started taking photos in a formal way, no more than 2 years, I drew attention the styles of photos with beautiful bokeh, simple and clean but at the same time that arouse to imagination and the constant doubt of knowing what created it and when I came across this butterfly I knew it was an excellent opportunity for a beautiful photo, but I never imagined I would obtain at last the bokeh that I was looking for.

What were you feeling? What mood were you in? Honestly, it was a complete state of excitement combined with anxiety, I knew it was an excellent opportunity to capture a unique moment, but I did not know the result that will obtain, only knew that a very beautiful photo could be obtained and I was right, so I ended up with a smile from ear to ear, unable to believe what I had captured!!.

How did you plan this photo? It was impossible to plan this photo because it just did not know I would get, I only know that I was in the right place at the right time and the right distance.

What sort of post-processing did you do afterwards? I currently use Photoshop to frame my photos and add my personal logo, but when I took this picture only had Fireworks 8, which I used to add this small frame and my first logo (horrible). In general I try not to make changes or post process, but occasionally I like to play with Photoshop and see what can be obtained!! 😀

Do you have a connection to the subject and/or location? Yes, it’s one of my favorite places to take photos and where I spent long hours, until recently it was amazing to see how much wildlife there was in this park (Rio La Silla) located on the river of the same name in the city where I live (Monterrey), unfortunately a couple of months ago was severely damaged by the rains caused by a hurricane and much of the wildlife was lost, but I’m sure that nature will find ways to fill this beautiful place with life again.

General Photography Questions:

Why is Photography important to you? Excellent question, has become the best way I found to free my mind of the routine (technology), I am a software engineer, and at the same time my best tool to share my passion for nature and transmit to people a small part of how I perceive the world.

How do you overcome creative blocks? There are two things that have worked for me: see photos, there are excellent web sites (including this one of course) where you can find great photos that can help you find new perspectives, styles and ideas. The second is to clear your mind of the same style of photography, free your mind and leave some time for creativity back to you even if that means stop taking photos, and try to be patient and not force the photos to show up, will come with time. (as in this photo).

Where did you study photography? Or are you self taught? A bit of the technical concepts learned from my dad many years ago, I will be forever grateful, it was he who inspired me and I owe in part my love of photography!!, but in general my knowledge is empirical, I like reading tutorials and pay attention in the technical data of the photos (when they are available) to understand certain aspects and “apply it”, I am not against a formal study of photography, I think is good and very useful, but I believe that, at least in nature photography, there is no formula, experiment and get the results you expect without following a “rule” is very rewarding.

What do you enjoy photographing most? Currently, nature photography in different styles and points of view, is what fascinates me most and what I spend more time, but occasionally I like to experiment with other styles: photos of people, objects and I have a miniseries droll that I call “egg-fellas”, it entertains me a lot, you can visit the photos on my Flickr account too!!.

What motivates you to do what you do? Being able to share at least in part, the way how I perceive what gives us our planet and to capture the best that I can the beauty of nature in all its forms and expressions.

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  • Marely

    Congrats! Very inpiring 😀

    • Marely

      inspiring 😀

      • Joaquin

        Thanks a lot Marely! 😀