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2015 What’s to come…

Happy new year!

I’m excited to see what 2015 is going to bring. I am starting off this year with out my trusty Canon DSLR. No autofocus lenses and my favorite instant pack film has been discontinued. On the plus side I captured this photo of one of my favorite subjects, I’m teaching more workshops, I’ve acquired a large format printer and I’m also considering redoing my website. I raise my glass to you and can’t wait to start the year.

To what will come…

P.S. I’m teaching Simply Learn | Adobe Photoshop Lightroom on the 10th. Register here. read more

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Yale

One of the reasons I label myself an urban photographer vs. a street photographer is that I love to shoot architectural features. Seeing a cool building is as exciting as coming as finding a great street scene unfolding. Much like street photography, taking images of these structures captures a moment in our history.

The photo above is a yet to be completed building on the Yale campus. It is a stark contrast to the other buildings lining the streets.

For my photographer friends this was shot with my Fuji XE-1 with an old Minolta Rokkor lens attached. It is also a jpeg straight out of the camera. read more

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Creek Gallery

I’m excited to be taking part in Creek Gallery hosted by Willow Creek Crystal Lake. Opening night is Friday, July 11  from 6-9. For more information please check out
http://www.xculturearts.com/creekgallery.html.

The piece that I will have displayed until July 27th  is “Lights and Darks” printed on aluminum. If you have never seen any of my prints in person you owe it to yourself to check one out. “Lights and Darks” is a large stunning piece that deserves to be out on display. read more

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Too many “How To’s”. Not enough “Why’s”

Personally I think that the photography world is filled with too many blog posts that explain “how to”. Yes a how to is an important part of learning your camera, developing, your software and using gear, but shouldn’t there be more.

Why should I use a softbox over my strobe? Why would a reflector help my natural light photograph?

The answers you know are still really technical, what I find is missing is an explanation of why a photographer would do a certain technique. What emotion were they trying to elicit, what was the intent of capturing the photo. read more

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Anticipation

One of the greatest skills for a street photographer is the ability to anticipate.  Picking out a stage, knowing who the players are and how the scene will unfold is crucial to capturing exactly what you envisioned.

For this photo in the old part of San Juan I noticed the  girl walking from the right as well as the person walking towards the darkened hallway. I set the stage and anticipated when both players would be in the location I wanted to capture. (You can click on the image to see a larger version) read more

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Alone on a Bridge

“Alone on a Bridge”

Sometimes I feel alone.
I am a Puerto Rican born in Chicago, I am a Chicagoan living in the suburbs, I am a hispanic living amongst anglos.
Where do belong?

Art is a look inside the heart and soul of the artist. Sometimes I feel alone.

“Alone on a Bridge” was shown at the May 4th Fridays at the Starline Gallery in Harvard.
The black wooden framed metal print totalling 23″x19″ is available for purchase for $250. Viewing in person is highly recommended, a monitor can not come close to showing the dynamic range nor reflective surfaces.
Contact me if you are interested in this or any of my other work. read more

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Color?

Mark today down in history, I am doing something that I rarely do and even more rarely admit to. I’m posting color photos. Yes I’ll admit every once in a while a photo needs to be in color. I learned to shoot film on black and white and still see photos in black and white so I do have preference for photos in shades of gray.

Both of these photos were taken in Viejo (old) San Juan Puerto Rico during a recent trip. You can purchase both of these photos and others I have taken around Puerto Rico right now on FineArtAmerica.com. If you would prefer a signed copy please contact me directly. read more

Puerto Rico Protest Giovanni Arroyo
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Protests

Protests just seem to find me. I don’t go looking for them, but they must be looking for me. I enjoy walking around cities and feeling the life that each individual cities have. In San Juan, Puerto Rico last week I was doing just such a thing, walking around the old portion of the city taking photos when, down the street, I could hear the chants. Yep another protest had found me and I dove into see what was going on. Below are some of the photos I took.

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Shooting Polaroid

A few weeks back I took my Polaroid Land 450 camera out to my aunt’s in Harvard to shoot some Polaroids of the kids. Below are the photos my father Miguel Arroyo of http://miguelsfineartphotography.com/ took of me.

Loading Fujifilm FP-3000b

Giovanni Arroyo Loading Film in  a Polaroid 450 2

Giovanni Arroyo Loading Film in  a Polaroid 450

Shooting

Giovanni Arroyo Shooting a Polaroid 450

Giovanni Arroyo Shooting a Polaroid 450

Developing

Giovanni Arroyo Developing film from a Polaroid 450

I really enjoy shooting film, medium format, instant or just about any other. Learn how you can add this to your photography arsenal. Visit my workshops page, or browse the many blog posts I have about my adventures with film. read more