Ledesma Photography

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Posts from the “Documentary” Category

On Documentary Photography

Posted on December 6, 2013

Intro These are the words of Jeff Ascough responding to some queries on the obsession with sharpness and if images are good or not, and the how and why which are relevant to today’s discussion. And for me, that’s why the moment always wins. My following comments are a generalization, and not directed at you personally. This is one of my pet rants, so be warned!! I’m afraid one of the problems with digital photography is that people have become so anal about sharpness, to the point of it dominating everything else. Seeing an image at 100% on a 30″ monitor is not living in the real world. The amount of wasted hours of rubbish spoken about sharpness across the internet is bizarre. Maybe if…

Towards Recovery

Posted on November 16, 2013

It was a typical Wednesday morning until I received that call. About 10:43am my iPhone rang. It was my mother calling to notify me that that my father had to stay at the hospital and have a neurosurgery consult. I was instantly shocked with disbelief as my father is as healthy as a horse. He’s 69 years old but he’s the kind of man that hasn’t slowed despite having been retired since 65. It turns out my father had been having some slight headaches on the right side of his head for the last few months and he really didn’t think much of them. As a family, we were all going through a trying time as my uncle, my father’s younger brother, had been…

Desperately seeking color

Posted on August 25, 2013

When a close relative of yours is slowly dying its extremely difficult to seek shadows and darkness in images although they sometimes creep in to reflect your mood. Photography for me is a very emotional art and the play of color & black and white is at a constant struggle. These days I desperately seeking colors to bring some happiness to a sad moment that I know is slowly approaching ― only God knows when but its difficult and exhausting emotionally and I only pray that he doesn’t suffer. With this post, I officially start my weekly photography project once again which truly connects me with what this blog is all about ― storytelling, discoveries, light, and the things we learn along the way.…

Ricoh GR: Storytelling at its best

Posted on June 17, 2013

Ok, I’m going to be the one to say it. The new aps-c Ricoh GR is NOT only a street photography camera folks. This new camera can do it all. Documentary, portrait & candids, abstract, and yes, the infamous street photography, it can do it all, so please folks open your imagination and step out of the box. I just hate encasing this little jewel as a one type of genre camera. This is flat out silly. I respect everyone’s perspective but saying that this camera is one type of camera is simply not true. As time permits, I’ll be doing some more extensive strobist work with the GR (pocket wizards are very top heavy, I have another solution coming soon) to show you…

Ricoh GR Candid BW Portraits, the film look

Posted on May 19, 2013

Processing DNG’s from the Ricoh Gr is nothing but a pleasure. These images were processed in Pixelmator (aka Mac Photoshop) and then brought back to Lightroom to add some grain from the VSCO Film tool kit and add a 3/4 burn vignette. These dng’s are very malleable and lend themselves to great black and white conversions. I want to note that I’m just scratching the surface and I’m sure we’ll be able to tweak these even more with a lot variety for everyone’s palette. Step in Pixelmator or Photoshop Desaturate the image Adjusted Levels Added a tonal curve Sharpened Exposure ― f/2.8, 1/500 sec, ISO 160 Stay tuned. I documented an entire birthday party and I have to process those files tomorrow.

Rey Cuba, Cartier-Bresson, and Voja Mitrovic

Posted on February 22, 2012

I read various blogs and engage with other photographers quite a bit. On a recent tweet exchange with my friend Rey from Cuba I had told him to send me some raw files from various scenes from different regions and Rey happily obliged. I really didn’t specify to much until I saw the first .nef file. Yes, Rey is a faithful Nikonian and Nikon gear runs deep within his veins. Then I saw this first image, some ruins and I loved the composition it totally blew me away. I immediately recognized that its potential had not been reached. Like many us, Rey has a multitude of files he simply has not gotten around to process. I won’t speculate as to the reason why Rey…

Cuban Barber Shop

Posted on September 24, 2011

Getting a haircut for a man is quite a sensitive event and I would venture to say the same thing about women as well or at least its been my experience. Personally, there is no better place to get a haircut in Miami than this old Cuban Barber Shop filled with a Cuban 1950’s theme which is evident even with their equipment.