August 2010 Artist of the Month - DAVER2112

Each month the Renderosity community votes on the Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... August's AOM is DAVER2112!

We congratulate DAVER2112 for an outstanding collection of works in the Photography Gallery!


Who is 'DAVER2112' and how did you come by this member name?

First, I have to thank everyone who voted for me, and the Rendo staff for nominating me. This has taken me by complete surprise considering all the great talent I was up against, all of which are just as deserving.

My name is David Ricoarango. I was born in Havana, Cuba in 1964 and moved to South Florida when I was a year old. I live in Boca Raton with my wonderful wife Chere and our cat Bika. My member name is just my first name and last initial plus the title to a favorite Rush album, "2112".

How long have you been working in photography?

I've been into photography since my early teens. My father was a professional photographer in Cuba, so I guess it's genetic. I love all types of photography: Portrait, Landscapes, Wildlife, Still life and anything else that catches my attention.

Dead Leaf Macro by DAVER2112
Dead Leaf Macro

Do you have any traditional art experience?

Not really. Apart from art class in junior high school, I've pretty much taught myself. I've watched a lot of tutorials online on everything to do with photography, from equipment to techniques & software, to do-it-yourself studio equipment. It's all out there, you just have to look for it.

What are you currently working on?

I'm currently working on a book on my nature photography. It contains what I consider to be my best images, along with some quotes about nature by famous people, like Frank lloyd Wright, Albert Einstein and Henry David Thoreau. I'm also experimenting with studio photography, different lighting techniques, stop-motion and high-speed photography.

Horned Owl by DAVER2112
Horned Owl

What software/equipment do you use and why?

I'm currently using Photoshop CS3, and Digital Photo Professional software that was included with my Canon camera. I've also been using Bryce 6 and Daz Studio for about 3 years for 3D renderings. I've been shooting with a Canon Rebel Xti with a 18-55mm f/3.5 lens and a Canon 50D with a 70-200mm f/4 l lens.

What do you think your best piece of work is and why?

That's a really hard question, I like so many of them. Off the top of my head I would say "Skimming the surface." I really like the gracefulness of the Egret skimming across the water and the contrast of the white feathers against the blue sky reflected on the water.

Skimming the surface by DAVER2112
Skimming the surface

Who, or what, inspires you?

My wife's a big inspiration to me, she's my biggest fan. I also get a lot of inspiration from other members here. There are so many talented people here at Rendo that it's hard not to be inspired. I also get a lot of inspiration from music.

What do you enjoy most about photography?

I love just about everything about it. I love going out in the morning with no idea of what I'll be coming home with. Sometimes, I take a shot of a bird or a landscape, and at that moment I know I've captured something special. It's a great feeling. Just being out in nature is a good excuse to go photograph something.

Skimming the surface by DAVER2112
Trans Mutation

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

I have to tell you, it's wonderful. There's so many people here with so many different talents all sharing it with one another. I can't imagine not being a part of it. I learn something from everyone here and I hope I've helped someone out somehow. I'ts a great community to be a part of and you get to make some really nice friends.

Do you have any parting comments, or advice for other artists?

All I can say is, do what brings you happiness, love the ones around you, stop and smell the roses and then get a really nice shot of it. I wish everyone here at Rendo all the happiness they desire.

Take care,

David

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Artist of the Month is highlighting a talented Renderosity artist that has been nominated by mods and admins, and voted by the community. Recognition is given to this member for their collection of works for that year.

Since we only select one AOM per month, it is not about their works for that particular month. Instead, it is about highlighting a talented artist's works for that year, and they are recognized during that month.

To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.


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Member Opinions:
By: lyron on 8/2/10
Congratulations!!!

By: KnightWolverine on 8/2/10
Congratulations on a well deserved choice of being artist of the month!You work wonders with a camera!Some very interesting reading in your Bio...Congrats once again!

By: doarte on 8/2/10
Congratulations! Wonderful Photography!

By: KimberlyC on 8/3/10
Congrats! Well deserved.

By: babuci on 8/3/10
Great to see you on the front page! Congratulation Dave.

By: Meisiekind on 8/3/10
Dave - I am so thrilled for you! Congratulations!!!
You are so deservant of this honor!!! I really admire you as a photographer and you are a great friend!
Well done and do enjoy this month in the sun!
Warm hugs
Carin

By: soffy on 8/3/10
Congratulations,you have a wonderful Gallery*******

By: bclaytonphoto on 8/3/10
Congrats..tough competition..I'm very happy for you

By: cfulton on 8/4/10
Congratulation! It is an inspirational place here - great to 'meet' you in your bio!
Enjoy!
Clive

By: MrsLubner on 8/4/10
Dave, you earned this with your talent, skill and abilities. I congratulate you because you are so humble and compassionate to others here who use you as an example of what can be achieved if a person has "heart."

By: blondeblurr on 8/5/10
Congratulations David,
it's always a pleasure to view your gallery, well done and also well deserved...
you have created some beautiful memories here, for all of us.

Cheers Brigitte.

By: Artemis on 8/5/10
Huge congrats, absolutely love your work!!

By: SIGMAWORLD on 8/6/10
Congratulations, wonderful gallery!

By: shorterbus on 8/10/10
Wow! Thumbing through your gallery, I was very impressed. Such talent!

By: clam73 on 8/12/10
Hi David, I've been in your gallery recently and I think you are great....keep up the good work!!

By: myrrhluz on 8/13/10
Very well deserved! You have a beautiful gallery! I loved your images of the artist Rabarama's work! Many congrats!

By: Jollyself on 8/17/10
Congrats Dave...your eye and the lens really brings the beauty of the world around us to attention. Bravo :)

By: kimariehere on 8/22/10
Sending a BIG Congrats to you ! amazing work well deserved!

By: Rose on 8/26/10
Your photography is so good! Who said it was a "feast for the eyes" because I totally agree! It's stunning and the colors (and patterns are sooo vivid!)

You definitely deserve the accolades that you have been getting!

By: danob on 9/26/10
Well done well rounded and talented

By: morningglory on 9/29/10
I must have been sleep-walking the month of August to have missed this. Congratulations on this well-deserved honor.

By: Jean-Luc_Ajrarn on 10/13/10
Congratulations! :)


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