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Something Different

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2017 by squintphotographyart

I’m short on time today, I’ve got another trip to get ready for….Philly here I come! But I wanted to share some techniques I’ve been playing around with lately. Color blocking. I’ve always been attracted to vibrant colors and I love to add my own interpretations of wild hues.

Take a look at these series of images from Rocky Mountain National Park with my take on color blocking. Landscapes are not my typical subject matter, so I was attracted to the idea of adding my flair for color and seeing them transform into something that compliments my imagery style. I hope you enjoy them!

Grey Peak

Grey Peak / Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography

Orange Peaks

Orange Peak / Sonja Quintero/ Squint Photography

Rocky Color

Rocky Vibrant / Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography

Triangle Block

Triangle Peak / Sonja Quintero / Squint Photography

 

Let me know what new styles or techniques you are working on. Anything new?

To see more of my work and what I do go to my site. Also check out my Etsy shop.

Sonja/Squint Photography

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

Inspiration For You

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on September 12, 2016 by squintphotographyart

 

starry-bokeh

Starry Bokeh / Squint Photography

 

 

Let’s talk about inspiration. Specifically, what inspires us to create? Today I wanted to continue with the journey to find and define style from my previous POST about Julia Kelleher’s Creative Live course on style.

I hope after reading the post you took some time to think about the things that inspire you. Things not only in art, but in the world around you. I hope you see patterns in what really grabs you and gets the artistic juices flowing. I hope you see a reflection of some of your own creations.

For me, in going through my inspiration folder, I definitely began to see a rhythm, a cohesiveness of vibrancy, rich tones and strong emotions. Here is a small example of the things that inspire me that are reflected in my photography…

Vibrant colors are my passion and I am drawn to them like a magnet.

techno-power

Techno Power / Sonja Quintero

 

Soaring skyscrapers make my heart race and feel as if anything is possible.

One Trade

One World – Sonja Quintero – Squint Photography

 

Symmetry soothes me and brings me peace.

New York photography

Bethesda Arches – Sonja Quintero – Squint Photography

 

 

The crunch of fall leaves warm and comforts me.

nature photography by Squint Photography

Taking a Hike – Sonja Quintero – Squint Photography

 

Retro typography excites me and brightens my day.

Motel sign photo

La Mesa – Squint Photography

 

In this phase of the Style Cycle, Experimentation, now is the time to explore the individual elements of what inspires you. Are there techniques you’d like to learn or hone? Now is the time to take a class. Learn the techniques you’d like to master. Play! This is the time to do it.

Next post we’ll talk about moving into the 2nd phase of defining your style – Discovery, In this phase Julie talks about a 4 Step Find It Formula of searching, choosing, analyzing and creating. I hope you’ll join me!

To find out more about her Creative Live course go here.

See more of my work at my site and on Etsy

Sonja Quintero – Squint Photography

 

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