Real men wear pink by Stephanie Canarte

  © 2013 Stephanie Canarte  NOTE: I did a quick post processing in VSCO cam for iPhone.

 © 2013 Stephanie Canarte

NOTE: I did a quick post processing in VSCO cam for iPhone.

I don't tend to upload iPhone pictures to my blog since I like to keep it as a separate space for my "pro" pictures. This time I'm making an exception just because I want to share the story behind this image.

I was on my way back home, as usual lost in my twitter streams and instagram feeds. I saw this guy sitting in front of me, at first glance he didn't catch my attention. He just seemed like the average dude.

It wasn't until I noticed that he was wearing a pink backpack that I shook my head and paid attention to what was going on in front of me. I saw the little girl on his lap playing with the basket ball and just how focused he was on his daughter.

When I stepped out of the bus, I saw him walk away holding his little girl's hand and carrying a tini-tiny Dora the explorer backpack and I said to myself: "Damn that is real man!"

Countless times I've heard guys say: "Oh that pink shirt makes me look gay". It was refreshing to see a guy more concerned about being a good dad than having to wear a pink backpack.  

A lesson for all the gentlemen suffering from colourphobia out there: Being a man is more than the colour you wear.

  

Forces of Nature by Stephanie Canarte

I took this picture a couple of weeks ago but it isn't until now that I have the chance to share it. This year has been extremely crazy for me and I'm trying to get organized, hopefully within the next few weeks I'll finally settle down and start blogging more frequently.

Back to the topic, for the longest time I've wanted to take a good lightening picture so during the last storm we had, I walked until I found a clear view of the sky and the CN tower and I stood there, getting bit by 1,000 mosquitos, for two hours until I got the image I wanted.

Mosquito bites and all, I think it was worth it. 

 

Two worlds by Stephanie Canarte

Last month I traveled back to Ecuador, my home country. Every time I visit, I go somewhere remote I've never been before. This time I chose to go to the jungle.

This picture was taken in Aguano, a tiny town located 4 hours away from the capital city (Quito) and a 20 minute boat ride. 

I titled this picture two worlds because it's a clash between city and rural life.  

This tiny town has a really weak internet connection and cellphone reception it's only available in certain key spots. The people in Aguano are mainly farmers and small artisans, so when I saw this girl browsing her facebook profile on a laptop in the middle of the jungle, I had to capture that "clash" in this image.

Toronto Pride 2013 by Stephanie Canarte

I love people watching during pride, is the only time of the year when everybody leaves their inhibitions aside for a couple of days and they dare to be their own crazy selves.

I know is a great photo opportunity but to be completely honest, I don't really like taking pictures during pride because it's packed, hot and is just really uncomfortable moving around trying to look for a good composition.

This year I decided to give it a go, I took off the battery grip and got out there with only my 40mm pancake lens and this is what I got.

 

Toronto landscapes: City Place by Stephanie Canarte

I've passed the intersection of Front and Bathurst many times as I make my way around the city and I couldn't help but notice the amazing view of downtown from the old bridge right in front City Place. I promised myself that someday I would go back and take a stunning picture from that bridge, and six months later I finally did it!

On Sunday, after a day of running errands, I took a nap and I found myself with some extra energy. I checked the weather forecast and I just knew that day was the day to go back to that bridge.

I took me about two hours of waiting for the sunset but I was rewarded with some photos I'm very happy with.

Quick update: Sunday photowalk by Stephanie Canarte

I haven't been updating my blog as often as I would like to but I am certainly shooting. Like any photographer I'm always looking for ways to keep the creative juices flowing, so this week I decided to submit an entry for 500px latest photo contest 'storefronts'.

I'm not sure if I will win but it was pretty fun to take on the challenge. I took my camera and I decided to walk around my neighbourhood looking for something interesting but in the end I decided to head to Kensington Market in search of inspiration. 

I'll leave you with a couple of interesting things I found along the way. To see my contest entry click here.

Nikon vs Canon: My two cents by Stephanie Canarte

I think any photographer has encountered in one point of another "that guy/girl" that takes a look at your camera, frowns and then says "oh I'm a Nikon/Canon". This simply bothers me.

Canon and Nikon are fantastic camera makers that produce top of the line equipment and most professional photographers today would use any of these brands. To make it very clear, owning a Nikon/Canon camera will not automatically make your pictures better nor owning a $3,000 DSLR (this is a discussion for another day) will make you a better photographer. A good picture relies on the skill of the person behind the camera and how well you know the equipment. 

Why choosing a brand over the other?
The truth behind choosing one brand over the other relies mostly on personal preference. For me, the first DSRL I ever held in my hands was the Canon 40D you see in the picture and it was my company's camera. When the time came for me to buy my very own DSLR, it took me a while to figure out what way I should go. I tried as many cameras as I could, saw what felt right and I was about to buy a Nikon D7000 but one very important thought crossed my mind: "I have a lot more Canon gear available to me than Nikon".

  The Nikon D3100 is an entry level camera and the Canon 40D is an intermediate level camera. The models are not equally comparable   © 2013 Stephanie Canarte

The Nikon D3100 is an entry level camera and the Canon 40D is an intermediate level camera. The models are not equally comparable

© 2013 Stephanie Canarte

This was a decisive factor for me because as a starting photographer one of the hardest parts is building your equipment, buying lenses and speedlites can get very expensive. Unless you are filthy rich this a process that takes time.

This is my story but when you usually go to a camera store and ask the sales reps what's better Nikon or Canon? They are going to say: "it's up to you, whatever camera you like better" unless you go to best buy or future shop (not my fave camera shops).

What are the main differences between both brands?
The differences are actually on a technical level and are not that noticeable, so if you are an amateur or an intermediate photographer, this shouldn't really matter to you.  It only matters when you are actually working and taking pictures for a living, certain specific camera features or tech specs might help your work and suit your shooting style.

Just to name a few :

  • Vibrant colours vs neutral colours
  • Camera mount compatibility
  • Flash exposure compensation mode
  • Nikkor lenses vs L series lenses
  • Off camera flash system 

Hope this post helps you see that a picture taken with a Nikon or Canon is not better or worse. Choose a camera that suits your budget, style and skill level regardless of the brand. The end result is only limited by your creativity, not a camera maker.

Breaking promises by Stephanie Canarte

Last post I promised two things: That I would blog more and that I wouldn't go outside and freeze just to get good pictures.

This past weekend I broke one of those promises, I went to shoot out in the cold.

I got out of the city to visit a friend and she is originally from a small town around St. Catharine's. You are probably thinking why would anybody go there?  Trust me it took quite some convincing for me to go all the way there but when she told me about the landscapes and showed me a couple of quick shots, I knew I had to go there.

I have to admit I was pleasantly surprised with what I found, miles and miles of untouched perfect snow. Honestly I think this is the first year I've enjoyed winter this much!

I'm not sure when I'll go back but I'm really looking forward to and next time hopefully I can get some more time to shoot. If you are looking for uncommon and untouched landscapes I highly recommend visiting Dunnville and its surroundings.

I'll leave you with some landscape photos and another random things I captured along the way.