Friday, November 18, 2011



Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (November 18, 1787 – July 10, 1851) was a French artist and physicist, recognized for his invention of the daguerreotype process of photography. In 1822Joseph Nicéphore Niépce produced the world's first permanent photograph (known as a Heliograph). Daguerre partnered with Niépce three years later, beginning a four-year cooperation. Niépce died suddenly in 1833.

The main reason for the "partnership", as far as Daguerre was concerned, might have been connected to his already famous dioramas. Niépce was a printer and his process was based on a faster way to produce printing plates. Daguerre perhaps thought that the process developed by Niépce could help speed up his diorama creation. Daguerre announced the latest perfection of the Daguerreotype, after years of experimentation, in 1839, with the French Academy of Sciences announcing the process on January 7 of that year. Daguerre's patent was acquired by the French Government, and, on August 19, 1839, the French Government announced the invention was a gift "Free to the World." The first permanent photograph was made in 1826 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce, building on a discovery by Johann Heinrich Schultz (1724): a silver carbonate or silver chloride and chalk mixture darkens under exposure to light. Niépce and Daguerre refined this process.

Daguerre first exposed silver-coated copper plates to iodine, obtaining silver iodide.
Then he exposed them to light for several minutes, coated the plate with mercury vapor heated to 75° Celsius (to amalgamate the mercury with the silver) and finally fixing the image in salt water. These ideas led to the famous Daguerreotype. The resultant plate produced an exact reproduction of the scene. The image was laterally reversed -- as images in mirrors are -- unless a second mirror was used during exposure to flip the image. The image could only be viewed at an angle and needed protection from the air and fingerprints so was encased in a glass-fronted box.

Daguerreotypes were usually portraits; the rarer views are much sought-after and are more expensive. The portrait process took several minutes and required the subjects to remain stock still. Samuel Morse was astonished to learn that Daguerrotypes of streets of Paris did not show any humans, until he realized that due to the long exposure times all moving objects became invisible. The time was later reduced with the "faster" lenses such as Petzval's portrait lens, the first mathematically calculated lens. In 1849, Daguerreotype images photographed by the famous Russian photographer Sergei Lvovich Levitsky (1819-1898) while on a mission to the Caucasus in 1843, were exhibited by the famous Parisian optician Chevalier at the Paris Exposition of the Second Republic as an advertisement of their lenses.

Levitsky's use of the Chevalier lens which used two cemented double lenses improved the camera's focusing ability, thus reducing the time needed to capture an image for portraiture and landscape photography. Levitsky's Daguerreotypes would receive the Exposition's gold medal; the first time a prize of its kind had ever been awarded to a photograph. The Daguerreotype was the Polaroid of the day, producing a single image which was not reproducible (unlike the Talbot process). Despite this drawback, millions of Daguerreotypes were produced. By 1851, the year of Daguerre's death, the Fox Talbot negative process was refined by the development of the wet collodion process, whereby a glass negative enabled a limitless number of sharp prints to be made. These developments made the Daguerreotype redundant and the process very soon disappeared.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Michal Skitek

Today I want to talk about the amazing photographer Michal Skitek, with whom I studied digital photography at Briarcliffe College. We were not only peers, but also over time we become friends, and many of the photographic assignments, we did together and even more, we decided to schedule photo-shoots with friends in order to gain more experience in this magical world of photography.

Michal helped me and taught me many things I didn’t know, he would never hesitate to share his knowledge with me, such as the secrets of Photoshop, photography techniques and even more, he helped me build my website.

Michal’s photography is exquisite; his photos are very technical, he likes to play with angles and he is very creative in the composition.
One of the few photos I have of my profile, which I included here, was taken by Michal.

He is now living in Manchester England, and he continues in the world of photography. Michal has a free and adventurous spirit and he is always looking for new horizons and new things to fill his life.
You can visit his website at

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Johanna Ramos

Just like everything, all has a begining.
For me me, glamour photography started with an special person. Johanna Ramos. She was the most patiente, the most reliable and encouraging person for me.
It did no matter if things did not get right the first time, she encoruged me to go on. She was alwas willing and on top of that she is a very beautiful human beign.
Johanna is always very special to me. I love her very much and I hope we can continue doing some more phot-shoots in the near future.

Here are some of the many many photos I have of Johanna.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Kerry Garvin

I'm dedicating this post to Kerry Garvin, model and actress.

Let's start by saying that yesterday was her birthday. HAPPY BIRDAY GIRL!!!!.
She was features a "lovely lady of the day" from sports ilustrated and here is the link

Here is a clip of  a film where she portryas the main character Lucy!/photo.php?v=2418031178923

She was featured an Italian Sports site

Congratulations to the super talented KERRY GARVIN.