Photography

Featured on Magazine and Other News by Carlos Ocando

Hey guys, I just wanted to give a quick update about what's going on with my life and the website in general.

As you can see the website was updated and added a new portfolio and newer prints from the portfolio "Glimpses of Stillness" a panoramic body of work with black and white abstract landscapes.

 New Portfolio available to purchase limited edition prints

New Portfolio available to purchase limited edition prints

The other news is that today I was featured on Voyage Houston Magazine, with an article and a few photos of my work and myself, please feel free to follow the link and check out the article.

http://voyagehouston.com/interview/check-carlos-ocandos-artwork/

Have an excellent day and rest of the week.

Take care!

Haku1n <--- who's this guy?

Forest of Love by Carlos Ocando

I uploaded a new portfolio today to my website is called Forest of Love, and consists of a transformation to the way I explore the world and use it to express my love for nature.

During my meditations in nature I felt more and more compeled to use color as a tool. A tool to show what I feel inside. Things have changed for the best in my life and everyday I feel more happy and peaceful, making me more grateful about the presence of color in life.

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A Forest of love shows the Texas Landscape connected with my emotions and meditations, from vibrant a powerful yellows and oranges to cool and peaceful cyans and violets.

Please feel free to follow this link and check out the rest of the portfolio, this pieces will also be available in the store in a few days to buy and collect.

Thank you for sharing your light and your time.

Carlos

Everything is possible by Carlos Ocando

To me everything is possible, sometimes I feel closer to this notion than others. But today I really want to feel that my life is improving, that I can follow my heart and let everything be and support myself and the people that I love and care about. 

Today's photo expresses that feeling of power, hope and love.

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Happy thoughts to you my friends,

Carlos

Exploring during Hurricane Harvey by Carlos Ocando

This is a second part of my explorations inside my apartment while there was Harvey storm passing by Houston Metro Area. This is a little different from what I normally shoot, but I felt inspired to document my experience, which was not dangerous or major. But really interesting to me in a personal level, here are some of the photos from the Third day of seclusion in the apartment.

Carlos

Photography, Beauty and Timidness by Carlos Ocando

Since I was a little kid I considered myself a timid person. I always hide my true self behind a shell of silence and awkwardness.

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It's not easy to be a timid person, I believe is harder to be timid than bold. Being timid is constant hard work failing to block your original personality to show a silent and “perfect” being.  

Yes I said perfect because that’s why timid people are timid. We are so scared to be criticized that we sphincter ourselves believing that we will be able to fool people into not seeing beyond our shell.

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That’s where photography comes into play for me, because I found a way to be me and say what I want to say without risking of being me. The tricky part was that the result was the opposite, the more I shoot the more I have to take the risk to show you how I see my world and what is important to myself.

This risk taking issue has affected me, because I have to live this double life where I hide myself and show myself at the same time. Today I decided to open myself, leave my shell behind and take the commitment of being me from now on.

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I decide to turn away from perfectionism and anxiety, leave all the BS and start enjoying all this process.

We will see how this decision will affect the way I see and capture the world.

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Carlos

Hurricane Harvey - Exploration by Carlos Ocando

I live in Houston, and during the hurricane Harvey I have had to stay in my apartment. This gave me a lot of free time and the opportunity to appreciate my environment and my family. 

Here are a few shots that I took with my camera while exploring my small apartment and all the feelings that passed through my mind while shooting this images.

I'll be adding more photos and more post of my experience with this particular storm

Take care,

Carlos

USA LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2016 by Carlos Ocando

Hello, it's been a while since the last time I wrote something here. I've been full of work and other responsabilities.

Today I write this short post to let you know that I was shortlisted for the USA LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2016, with one of my favorite "Tree Portraits" from the body of work Komorebi. The image is called "Thank you / Perseverance" and it holds a very special place in my heart because I took it on my birthday in 2015. A magical fogy morning that I will never forget.

 
 

You and I by Carlos Ocando


The same history told over and over again
never tired of your beauty I grow
a message that resonates with my soul
you and I forever together and alone
eternal bliss I feel inside Gaia’s womb

My enemy and my friend
I fear you and love you
I destroy you and I create you

Dichotomy to the eye of the beholder
Happiness to the eye of the lover
Sadness to the eye of the scared
Perfection to the eye of the wise
What to do I don’t know

I let the perfection of this moment direct me
The wisdom of my instincts show me what my eyes cannot see,
my ears cannot hear, and my hands cannot touch…
Infinite light opening the path into my heart

Blackness and lightness combined…
I love me, I love you, I love us

Carlos "Hakuin" Ocando
 

Thank you by Carlos Ocando

Today I want to thank my parents for their support during all my life. They have supported me in my career change, giving me the emotional and material support to make this dream a reality. We spend many years of our life taking for granted the support from our family. Today I want you to know mom and dad that I love you very much, and that I appreciate all the unconditional support and love that you have given me all my life. You are the pillars that support everything that I am today.

Thank you.

Carlos "Hakuin" Ocando

A Perfect World 03 by Carlos Ocando

Seasons come and go, my form changes freely

Our consciousness travels beyond our boundaries

Reaching all at the same time, effortless synchronicity

Our children touch the soil and the sky

A Synchronous song mastered by all

Gaia leading us again into the infinite peace of life


                                          Carlos "Hakuin" Ocando

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A Life with no History, Pain, Happiness or Sadness
A world full of life and no drama, infinite peace is the norm
Light shines in the morning, infinite rivers of water nurturing my core
My life has a beginning but no end, eternal existence is my friend
Where life is without death you may ask, without men it's a painless task

Carlos Ocando

Just Saying... by Carlos Ocando

 Double Exposure in Camera

Double Exposure in Camera

Hey guys today I just wanted to talk about how I feel about all the photography talk that you see online. Must of the people talk about gear. This lens, that camera, that bag, Film vs Digital, blah, blah, blah. We as a photographers have the duty to talk beyond all this gear talk that in the end means nothing. 

No camera will make you better photographer, no lens will make you better composing and no medium can help you appreciate the beauty around you. You know what's the best tool an artist have?. Instinct. 

A few years back in my career I learn this.It all started by going out with a definite work in my mind I would always comeback with very good photos but nothing extraordinary. Then a creative block came and I felt depressed, everything looked the same, and I could not think or see beyond what I seen or captured before. 

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Double Exposure in Camera.

Then to get out of this block I decided to go out with my camera and one lens, and started to capture anything that would call my attention without thinking. Interestingly enough I started to create awesome work, photos that I really felt proud about. I've working like that since then. My eye guides me, and the world is my playground.

Even for commissions and work for others I do this, and never fails. Other professionals and photography masters like Michael Kenna and Jerry Uelsmann follow this approach of going out without any expectations of what to capture or create. 

Go out!, explore the world as you did the first day with your camera, and enjoy the moment when you press the shutter button and the magic is to transferred your media.

Carlos

A Blessing in Disguise. by Carlos Ocando

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© Carlos Ocando, 2013.

With the advent of digital photography many photographers started to worry that the end of professional photographers had just begun. Now everybody has a camera with them and are able to take photos which are at least acceptable for most of the people. But I think this is a blessing. An opportunity for all the photographers in the world to open their minds to go beyond the technician vision and embrace an artistic vision of the world.

Leave on the side all concerns about cameras, lenses and lighting equipment to focus on emotion, beauty, composition, aesthetics and expression. To let the light be the guide, the master of the play of life and shape our message with light, shadow, texture and color. 

This happened many years ago with the invention of photography. Less and less artist where commissioned to document events and portraits, many where worried because many would be left with no job or place in the world. But in the end was a blessing, many artist saw this as an opportunity to explore the world in a new way. They where free to explore their medium with no worry about their reality representation, exploring individualities as light, texture, form, shape, abstraction. Giving birth to movements as to important movements such as impressionism and cubism. 

Now as photographers we also have this opportunity. We must connect with the spirits of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Richard Avedon, Irving Penn and many others who where recognized for their artistic and technical abilities. Accept this blessing and open yourself to this new free world of expression, beauty and emotion.

My Favorite Lens, is older than me. by Carlos Ocando

This little gem is a few years older than me. But I guess lenses are like whiskey the older they are the better they get. I can't believe that I payed less than a 100$ for it because it has a dent in the barrel that doesn't affect its performance. The sharpness is great, great color rendition and is f2.8. The only downside is that is manual focus, which is not a problem for me you just need to practice a little and look for the small focus mark on the lower left side of the viewfinder.

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The colors you get out of it are interesting very classic or vintage, and if you want a toy lens feeling you can open the lens to f2.8 and get some interesting vignetting and soft focus on the corners. Its also very compact and lightweight, conspicuous and I love the way it looks on my D600. The best lens you can get is not always the most expensive. To me the most important aspects of photography are light, composition and the equipment. In that particular order.

Don't be afraid to experiment with older lenses, these where the professional grade lenses one generation ago. Many people loved to work with these lenses specially landscape photographer Gallen Rowell who was famous for using exclusively this 24mm lens. 

Carlos "Hakuin" Ocando

Chances by Carlos Ocando

In life we get many opportunities to do whatever we want to do. It is our job to follow our heart in the direction that we want to move. To me this has been very difficult because I have a tendency to evaluate and judge each decision that I want to take. I have the tendency to overthink everything combined with the mighty hammer of the judge in my head is very difficult to make a decision.

The “follow your heart” approach is my favorite and the one that I least use. Don’t be like me, take the hammer and trow it out of your life. Tell that horrible judge to go play and let you do what you love. Photography is my passion. When I’m outside with my camera I talk to her (yes it is a she), talk to my subjects (mostly trees), and sing out of happiness and joy. I’m going to follow my bliss and keep doing what I love, no more excuses, no more fear, no more…

As a gift from myself you get a free YES to whatever your heart calls you to do (something positive please!). Just write me a comment and I will answer with a Yes directly from my heart. My friend you can do it.