A NYC Vantage Point

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2017 by squintphotographyart

I am getting ready to go on another photo trip in a few weeks. And amongst all the preparations and excitement, it gets me thinking about the places I’ve been and the places I love the most.

In recent times, my most favorite location to shoot was on the rooftop of Rockefeller Center. As many times as I’ve been to New York, I had never taken this trip to the “top of the rock”.

Skyline Romance

Skyline Romance / Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography

This photograph was taken there on a cool, September evening. Among many others taken that beautiful night, this was one of my faves. This isn’t the typical view that people share from this vantage point. While hordes of tourists gathered around the “binoculars” to get glimpses of the Empire State and One World Tower in the distance, I found myself trying to escape the crowds and….walking over to the fringes to capture images like this. I love the dramatic skyscraper shapes jutting towards the sky. The windows and various materials on the buildings create texture and variety, in an otherwise fairly monotone view. The city is portrayed as alive and energetic as it is in real life.

While my DSLR captures great images, sometimes in situations like this, where you are dealing with crowds and vying for the “perfect spot” to take in the view, it would be wonderful to have a “point & shoot” compact type camera with capabilities to match that of my DSLR. The ease and flexibility would allow me to shoot and capture images comfortably, quickly and without sacrificing quality. The camera to tackle the job just might be the Light 16 by Light Co. This smartphone sized camera uses multiple apetures to capture light and fuses the images to create a high resolution, low noise, 52 megapixels photo. Power like this, all in the palm of your hand. Incredible. Sure could use that on my travels!

In bringing you this post about my favorite travel spot, I also partnered with Light Co on their #vantagepoint project to share with my readers this exciting new technology. Just think of what it can do for you on your travels here and abroad! To learn more about the company and this compact, revolutionary camera, check out the L16 here.

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Crazy About Color

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2017 by squintphotographyart

I am all about color. I’ve never shied away from it. In fact, I gravitate towards it. There is an energy and fullness of life that is fueled in me by vibrant hues. Colors penetrate many areas of my life, not only in my photography. I love brightly hued blouses, colorful pillows and saturated paintings. For me, colors are the spice of life.

So, you can understand my frustration when back in 2010, when I started to post my photos online, I noticed, as with many forms of art and design, a lot of the popular work was represented in vintage tones and washed out pastels. Now, why I do find a lot of this work charming, it doesn’t create an excitement in me. It doesn’t make my heart go pitter-patter. It feels safe. And for me, photography, should do more than just be “pretty”. It should put a smile on my face and then make me think. It should make my spirit soar and it should make a statement: Look at me, I’ve got something to say!

I’ve often struggled with finding a place for my work, finding the best fit, going against the grain. My photographs instantly seemed to stand out and defy what was popular. I’ve tried my hand at a softer touch, for more subtlety. I’ve done this both successfully, and many times not so successfully. Ultimately, I keep coming back to what draws me in – pure, saturated color.

Nowadays in my work, I’ve decided to go unapologetically into my embrace of bright pigments. It’s become my thing, I guess. In recent years, I’ve begun to see a shift in photography, away from much of the vintage filters and a movement towards intense uses of color. And that excites me very much!

So, today I’d like to share with you some awesome images that celebrate the use of color. These are some of my fave photographers lately, who go bold with their tones. They unabashedly fill their images with bright lights and vibrant subjects.

Az Jackson is an award winning photographer who creates vibrant cityscapes and landscapes that excite the senses. ‘Color of Manhattan’ is one of my favorites. A very cool perspective and the colors practically leap out at you.

Colorful, minimalist photography is Tom Windeknecht’s signature style. His photos make my heart happy. Minimalism and color together?…who could ask for more! He is also a wonderful Instagram content creator.

Bryan Keyes imagery typically brings together amazing color and nostalgic subject matter – both things close to my heart. I also love his tight composition and details.

Jessica Kenyon has quite a unique way of turning floral photos into abstracts by capturing them under water. The flowers become colors swatches and swirls of colors, blurring the reality underneath.

The Wonder Wheel at Coney Island has been photographed countless times. Photographer Susan Candelarios’ rendition is definitely one of my faves. I adore the crisp, sharp colors and yummy blurriness of the whirling ride.

Click on the links to see more of these photographers fabulous work. To see more on what I’m about check out my site here.

Sonja / Squint Photography

SXSW Music

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on March 15, 2017 by squintphotographyart
Austin SX

Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography / SXSW 2011

 

The SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas is now underway. For those of you (who have been living under a rock) who don’t know about this fest, it celebrates what’s, new, hot and up and coming in interactive, film and music. For the past 14 years, I have only missed it 3 times. Sadly, this year is one of them.

For me, it’s all about exploring and checking out new bands and new sounds from all over the globe that converge on this truly eclectic city of Austin under a weeks time. Taking in the tunes was the #1 priority, but with camera in hand, so was capturing the spirit of these bands and the energy they brought to this renowned, yearly event.

Photographing concerts and bands was one of my first loves when I started doing photography. Back in the day, I shot mostly on film, as if shooting concerts wasn’t tricky enough! It certainly gave me the opportunity to cut my teeth on some extreme exposure and focus challenges. I’ll admit, though, things got exponentially less complicated when I finally purchased my first digital SLR and took it to SXSW in 2008. A whole new world had opened up for me.

The past few years when I’ve gone to the event, I found myself just getting absorbed in the music more, and letting the camera fall to the wayside. But that’s ok, because enjoying the music was always the first intention anyway.

In honor of the event, I though I’d share some of my fave band photos from over the years….Hope you enjoy them….

The Cribs SXSW

The Cribs at SXSW 2005 – Early film shot – Sonja Quintero

SXSW-1

Sonja Quintero/Squint Photography – SXSW 2007

SXSW-1-2

Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography / SXSW 2015

SXSW-3-1

Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography / sxsw 2016

SXSW-5-1

Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography / SXSW 2016

SXSW-4-1

Sonja Quintero / Squint Photograohy / sxsw 2016

SXSW-2-1

Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography / SXSW 2014

 

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