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New aerial images of San Francisco

»Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Featured, San Francisco

New aerial images of San Francisco

This post should have been posted a long time ago, but life made it hard. In early April 2016, I booked a photographic helicopter tour over San Francisco. I was waiting for the right condition to go fly, and when I could not book the time I wanted on a short notice (the helicopter was already booked), I made a bet and booked September 26th. My thinking was that September is the warmest month in the area, if I can hit a nice day it would be awesome. That was a lucky bet, because September 26th was one of the warmest day and evening of the entire year. We were twice lucky when the small helicopter I had booked was not available, I got upgraded to the bigger one (Robinson 66), which made possible for my wife to tag along for a small price increase.  It was so...

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Around the Bay Area: Oakland old train station

»Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Featured, Oakland, on location, photo spot

Around the Bay Area: Oakland old train station

A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to go and photograph the old train station (on 16th street) in Oakland,CA. This train station was abandoned in 1994, when the newer train station was built. For over 50 years, this station was the main train station for the city of Oakland, CA. It connected the Pacific Railways to the local elevated electric tram. Think of this: in 1912, Oakland already had an elevated electric tram. There is almost no furniture left but the main hall is beautiful and so photogenic. The building is a private property, you can’t trespass but there is a couple of meet-ups that regularly organize private days there. It’s really cheap and you get a good 90 minutes to explore the building (almost by yourself). Here some of my...

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My favorite images of 2016

»Posted by on Jan 31, 2017 in Featured, France, havana, Nice, San Francisco

My favorite images of 2016

Every year, I try to look back at the past year and see what I have accomplished, what I have not done I wanted to do, what I have done I didn’t plan for. In numbers, 2016 has been an incredible year, I kept 33809 images (I probably took over 60K images knowing my kept ratio around 50%), I have traveled to Turkey, France, South Africa, La Reunion and Cuba. I did 32 headshot sessions over the year. That was the good side, on the not so good side, I have only done on aerial shoot this year, I was planning more and I did not do ANY sunrise over the Golden Gate Bridge (some improvements are needed in that section). No need to say it but reducing so many images to just 10 is really tough. Here the images that have a special importance for me in 2016: I have also...

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Cuba 4 years later…

»Posted by on Jan 17, 2017 in Featured, havana, location, long trip

Cuba 4 years later…

It has been almost 4 years since I have last visited Cuba and Havana. My first time around, it was harder to get to Cuba, you had to fly a charter plane, you had to travel with an officially sanctioned tour operator. This time around, we flew with JetBlue, we were still part of a group but that was a small group focused on dancing salsa and rueda. I was expecting huge changes in 4 years and that was not the case, Havana is still Havana. Everything here works on a different time scale. The main difference seems to be that there are more newer cars than last time but there are still plenty of old ones too. It seems there is more signs for “casa particular” (room for rent to tourists) and there is definitely more “palavar” (private...

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Calendar 2017 and special offer on prints starting at $49.

»Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in business, Featured, sale, San Francisco

Calendar 2017 and special offer on prints starting at $49.

Happy holidays! Wait! What? Happy holidays? It’s not even Halloween yet! Yes but why wait! So for a couple of weeks you can get some of my print at an incredible discount and you can get also my new calendar. The starting price on some prints is $49. Calendar Last year, I printed a calendar for the first year and it was a success, so I’m doing another one this year. Like last year, I have featured my favorite images of San Francisco: some of them you have already seen either on this blog, some of them are completely new. Here is what the calendar looks like open: If you want to order one, simply click the “Add to Cart below” 2017 San Francisco Calendar My 2017 calendar featuring San Francisco $30.00 Note: We will ship the calendars around...

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San Francisco Carnival 2016

»Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Featured, San Francisco

San Francisco Carnival 2016

The Carnival in San Francisco was this weekend. I was following a salsa group called Rueda con Ritmo. Rueda is a type of cuban-style salsa dancing, where all the dancers dance as group and switch partners. We showed up early to photograph the preparation and the make-up of the dancers. The parade is always on the last Sunday of May. This year the weather was extremely pleasant and we all know it can be cold in May in San Francisco. The group had invited a professional cuban dance group, the All Stars, from Santiago de Cuba to parade with them. The parade was composed to over 50 different groups and it took over two hours for us to get going to the official parade route. Here is a couple of groups I was able to also get pictures: Leading the parade were old...

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