How to make a Peruvian dinner on 6 steps
I’ve been attending BYU-Idaho for four semesters and all this time I’ve been living on campus. It’s an amazing experience but my biggest struggle is to find time to make my own meals! After two semesters, I was tired of eating rice and some other complement, like plain fried chicken.
You might think that I’m a good cook since I’m from Peru. To be honest, my mom is one of the best cooks out there but I never asked her to teach me her recipes. In my defense, I was never interested in cooking when I was young.
After a while of being on my own, I got tired of eating plain rice and chicken, which led me to do my best to cook and to cook well. But I’m not going to lie to you, Peruvian food can take some time to cook in comparison with other dishes. Although, there is one dish that is really easy to make and is as good as any other plate.
Today I will share the recipe of Lomo Saltado. It’s a very traditional dish from Peru and very tasteful! I will share the ingredients needed for it and the steps to make it.
- 2-3 Tomatoes
- 1 Onion
- Yellow Peruvian pepper
- 2 garlic cloves
- Salt and pepper
- Oyster sauce
- Soy sauce
- Meat (sirloin cut)
- 1 1/2 cups of rice
HOW TO MAKE IT?
- The very first thing to do is to make the rice. If you don’t have a rice cooker, no worries! Put the 1 1/2 cups of rice in a pot, add 2 1/2 cups of water, two small spoons of salt, one clove of garlic and a little bit of oil. Turn on the stove and leave it on medium-high heat.
- You will now have to cut the meat into slices, as well as the tomatoes and the onion. If you are able to cut them into wedges, it will look more professional!
- Once you have everything cut, put the meat into a bowl. You will then add a little soy sauce and oyster sauce. Let it marinate for about 10 minutes. You can check the rice and if it’s boiling, lower the fire to 2.
- Now you will use a pan to cook the meat along with all the vegetables! We’ll pour some oil on the pan and we’ll wait a bit until it starts to smoke. Once the oil is heated up, you will cook the meat for about a minute and then flip it so you can “seal” the meat.
- Once it is sealed, you will take the meat off the pan and add the onions and stir them until they are browned. Then you will add the tomatoes and stir everything for less than a minute.
- The last step is to put the meat back in the pan and stir everything together. By this time, the rice should be done and ready to be served.
If you have more time to spend on it, you can peel some potatoes, cut them into wedges and fry them on a pan. If you are in a hurry, the meat and the rice should do the work for you!
Here’s a final picture of the Lomo Saltado! I strongly recommend spending a little extra time to add the fried potatoes!! I’m pretty sure you will love it!
Professional Soccer Photoshoot With Adidas Gear
One of my biggest passion is soccer. I’ve been playing it since I was 5 and I’m up for a game any time! Even though I’m not the biggest player out there, I like to be around the field in any sort of way. Training, coaching, and, now that I have new skills, I could also bee taking photos.
My photo skills have been growing up in different sort of fields but I wanted to try something new. Something related to soccer and action photography. My final project for my photography class gave me a big opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and give it a try! I decided to do two types of photo sessions; one related to soccer and one related to skateboarding.
As I said before, I chose soccer because it’s something that I love and I would really enjoy being part of. I’ve known for quite a while that if you do the things you love, you can easily go above and beyond.
For this project, I wanted to capture professional photos of my friend while training. I also wanted to do a photoshoot on an actual game but I had no luck finding one in town. The few games that are held on the Brigham Young University- Idaho campus are not official, so there are no uniforms. As you can imagine, everyone wears different gear and the colors are everywhere.
Here are some of the shots from my photo shoot:
To be honest, this was a fun photo shoot. I used two Apollo orbs with two triple brackets (one on each Apollo.) I used six speedlights and one trigger with my Canon 60D and a 50mm lens. I’ve been working a lot setting up lights that now I feel confident to say it was easy to prepare for this photoshoot.
I’ve been following some soccer photos from Adidas and I found out that Viktor Zheng too some of the photos that I’ve found on Adidas’ Instagram. Now I’m really considering soccer photography as an opportunity for my career as a photographer!
A Couple of Dope Skateboarding Photoshoots
If you had read my previous blog post, I talked about my final project for my photography class. I decided to do two photoshoots. One related to soccer and one to skateboarding.
The reason why I decided to do a skateboarding photoshoot is that I would like to be involved with surf clothing brands such as Vans, Rip Curl, Ron Jon, Billabong, Quicksilver, Hurley, Volcom and some others.
Back when I was 18 years old, I was able to start working. I still remember brands like Quicksilver, Billabong, Rip Curl and Dunkenvolk (Peruvian clothing brand) as clothing brands that cool kids wore. Even though there is no snow in Peru, I always watched the X-Games during the USA winter season. Back then, I didn’t have the chance to get my own skateboard. When my first paycheck arrived, I could only buy clothing from those brands. I was so engaged with their style!
I grew up and decided to move to the states. I got into snowboarding and years later, I also got into longboarding. My passion for those brands kept growing and growing.
Now that my photo skills have been growing up in different sort of fields, I decided to try action photography with skateboarding. I would be a dream to take photos or videos related to skateboarding or any sort of action sport that has a board such as; longboarding, snowboarding, surfing and so on.
My final project for my photography class gave me the opportunity to work on this project. I did three different photoshoots. During the first one, I was only able to take two good shots. I sat up my lights and ten minutes later, it started pouring. Two days later, my model got injured and I had to find someone else. For my second photo shoot, my friend helped me. He has been doing longboard and downhill for a while but he doesn’t know much tricks. I was very limited but I was able to get some cool photos! For my third photo shoot, there was a misunderstanding! My friend referred me a skater and when I picked him up, he had a longboard! Luckily, he knew some tricks so I was able to capture that but also, we found some other skaters at the park and I decided to take some photos of them. That day I also met a kid with his scooter. He was very talented and helped me a lot with my photos!
Here are some of my shots:
To be honest, it was a fun project. I enjoyed taking action photos with external lighting. I used one Apollo orb with a triple bracket. I also use three speedlights with a trigger on my Canon 60D with a 16-35mm lens.
I did some research on Vans’ photographers and I came across Chad Chomlack. He has some dope photos! Honestly, it would be a dream to take photos of a clothing brand like the ones mentioned above.
Best of Work From Amazing Photography Class
These past three months have been hectic. I’ve never spent so much time with my camera than this semester and I’ve learned a ton! I’ve done so many types of photography such as food, landscape, light painting, long exposure, portraits, and product.
Today I will share some of my best work during my photography class (Comm316) this Spring semester. Even though I’ve enjoyed all these different types of photography, my final project was the thing I enjoyed the most. For that project, I took photos of a friend playing soccer in a professional way and I also took some photos of people skateboarding.
Here are some of my favorite photos that I took:
Analyzing a Sponsored Advertising From The 5th Watch
Nowadays, there is a lot of sponsored advertising on different social media platforms. We are bombarded daily by many different advertisements, tailored to each one of us depending on our demographics, sociographics, and psychographics.
I’m a huge fan of watches! Time to time, I’m looking for new watch models and recently I was looking for some Fossil watches. There was no surprise for me when I saw some sponsored ads on my social media accounts related to watches. I did see some Fossil ads but they weren’t as attractive as the one that I will analyze today.
The 5th Watch sponsored advertisement came up on my Instagram feed today and it caught my attention really fast! I’m going to break down their ad in three different design elements
Here is the actual advertisement:
The 5th did a good job at composing their photo. Even though they didn’t use the rule of thirds, their image advertisement photo is good. The main object is in the middle and grabs attention easily. The 5th used the 4th of July theme to add the American flag onto their advertisement.
The 5th used the American flag which made red the main color of their ad and set blue and white as the contrast colors. The watch company knew this design element and placed a blue watch in the middle of their advertisement to bring the flag and the watch together.
It could be hard to perceive but the American flag is blurred. The main focus is on the hand holding the watch. This design element makes the watch stand out more from the background.
To conclude, The 5th did a great job combining simple design elements to create a stop-scrolling image to bring more attention to their advertisement. The time-relevancy of their ad is precise and gives it extra exposure.
Architecture Photography At Lift Restaurant, Wyoming
During my visit to Lift Restaurant, located in Jackson Wyoming. I not only took photos of their food. I also took some photos of their business. I took some photos inside and outside.
Lift Restaurant is a small but comfy place. It’s located at the base of Snow King Mountain. This is perfect for all those adventurous people who are going or hikes during summer or snowboarding or skiing during winter.
I still have one more winter left in Rexburg, Idaho and Snow King Mountain is definitely on my list for checking their slopes during the winter season.
Architecture photography is a good skill to know. I’m still new at it but I’ve been doing more research about different perspectives or styles for that kind of photography. In case architecture photography is your thing, you should totally check Randy Scott Slavin‘s work!
Amazing Food Photography At Lift, Wyoming
Almost a month ago, I spend a couple days at Wyoming taking landscape, long exposure, portraits and all different kind of photos. It was an amazing trip!
My favorite moment was when I did food photography at Lift Restaurant, located in Jackson, Wyoming. It was over midday and my group and I arrived at their place. Their servers were very welcome to us and they started bringing out the food. It was a beautiful moment! A tip for myself and any other photographer, If you’re going to do food photography, you should eat something beforehand.
All their entrees, main dishes and desserts are amazing. I used some speedlights and LED’s continuous lights. I had to set something new for every new dish but the food kept coming toward us. It was a lovely overwhelming experience.
Here are some photos of that day:
This type of photography is something that I really enjoyed doing. I’ve always been close to restaurants because of work but I never saw it as an opportunity to take pictures of. Now I’m considering contacting my previous bosses and see if there is any chance for me to take pictures of their main dishes.
In case food photography has caught your attention, you should definitely check Francesco Tonelli‘s work. He’s an absolute master at it!
Where Did Bmike13 Come from?
If you are reading this blog post, you probably have read Bmike13 somewhere. My original name is Michael Baca Soto. One day I was playing and trying new things with my name and I decided to place the “B,” from my last name, at the beginning of my first name. I also added the “13” because that’s my date of birth and I have some good memories about it. To be honest, this is not the first time I’ve tried to come up with a name by playing with my actual name.
I would like to go over more meanings behind the name but I think those are more like personal stories that can be shared face to face.
Once I got my name, I had to come up with a logo for my brand. This could have been a little tricky but I used the design of one of my tattoos for it. My first tattoo was two arrows behind my wrist. It represents me and my sister. I am the older brother, so I am the arrow closer to my wrist and my sister is represented by the second arrow. Once I got it, I fell in love with it and my friends fell for it too!
I’m a guy that puts family first. My tattoo is a little expression about it. This is the reason why I decided to integrate those two arrows on my logo. People have told me it’s too generic. I’m a stubborn guy, I just love the design and the reason behind it. If I’m being honest, there are a few things that I would like to change but the two arrows will probably be a part of my updated logo.
I also like the vintage style. I was looking for so many logos with a vintage feeling that I ended up building a small pinboard on Pinterest. Here are some of my favorite logos that I studied a bit for my own logo:
Here are some of my drafts for my logo:
My final result? To be honest, my final result was just a sketch for my style guide. I’m currently taking a social media class where I was also required to create a brand for myself. This is the sketch that I came up with:
This sketch helped me to develop my style guide. This has not been created to be a rule that I need to stick to. It’s constantly changing and evolving but it’s really helpful to have it with me. It has helped me to build up my website, my resume and some other projects.
I really love working with brands. To be honest, it is something that has gotten my attention for a while and I want to dive deeper into it. David Meerman is a genius at branding! He has worked with so many companies and I’d love the opportunity to meet and learn from him.
Do Not Just Balance Your Light. Balance Your Settings Too
The first couple of things that I learned about photography were the main settings; ISO, Aperture and Shutter speed. For a couple of months, I was comfortable using just those settings and nothing else. I was even afraid of using speedlights.
A couple of opportunities, I saw some people using speedlights whom I asked how to use them. Every time I asked, they tried to explain to me but I couldn’t understand anything. The only thing that I was able to remember where the fractions that determine the power of the speedlights.
After a couple of tries, I did learn about speedlights. To be honest, this is now one thing that I’m truly grateful I’ve learned. I’m still amazed by the incredible photos that I capture with the help of speedlights. IT IS AMAZING!
Here are some shots that I took during my excursion to Victor, Idaho. I just used one speedlight for all my shots.
I think that once you master using a speedlight you can capture great shots! Don’t be scared of speedlights, they are really helpful and an amazing friend for photographers. If you want to learn more about speedlights and how to use them for a wedding reception, you should check Michael Anthony‘s article.
Creation of a Double Exposure Image on Photoshop
There are always different types of images that get your attention. For me, landscape or a creative collage always get my attention. It’s been a couple of months where I’ve been constantly seen a silhouette of a person with an image of a landscape or an animal blended together. I really like the feeling and the look of the final image.
It took me some time to find out the name or that type of images but I was finally able to come across the name, Double Exposure. Basically, a double exposure is a combination of a portrait image and another image of your choice.
The first thing that I do was to take a portrait of my friend. I used one speedlight with a flashbender on it and a reflector on the opposite side of the speedlight. I took the photo at my place and I didn’t use a backdrop.
The next step was to choose the image that I wanted to use. I decided to combine two images with the portrait of my friend. I used photos that I’ve taken in the past. The first photo is a photo of a gas station at night with my GTI parked in the middle and the second one is a long-exposure photo.
After watching some tutorials and spend some time learning my way around Photoshop, I was able to create something that I did like and I was proud of. Here is the final result of my double exposure image:
Personally, learning new skills is a fascinating process for me. Photoshop is still a program that scares me a bit but I’m tackling it down little by little. I’m planning to spend my summer watching tutorials and developing new skills in Photoshop, Illustrator and Premiere.
If you want to check more double exposure work, Muhammed Faread is a designer that you must check out. He has amazing photographies with this technique.
Amazing Technique to Use an Invisible Black Background
I’m a photographer on a low budget. I have my own Canon 60D and a kit lens 18-135mm. To be honest, I’ve never used my kit lens. I’m truly grateful because my school, Brigham Young University- Idaho, lets students of my major to rent-out photography and video equipment at no charge.
I’m pretty sure that all the photos that I’ve taken are with lenses that I’ve borrowed such as Canon 50mm, Canon 16-35mm, Canon 24-70mm, Canon 70-200mm, Tokina 11-16mm. I’ve also borrowed light kits and some other nice gadgets.
This opportunity has made me fall in love with photography. I’ve had and still have the opportunity to use equipment that I don’t own yet and push my skills to the limits. To be honest, I’m pretty close to graduate from school and I’ve started creating a list of all the items that I’d like to purchase in the near future to continue with my passion for photography.
Since I’m on a low budget, I need to improvise sometimes. One big skill that I’ve learned is the use of an invisible black backdrop for my images. A black backdrop is very useful. It gives your photos a professional and sophisticated feeling. You don’t need to have a black backdrop with you every time to get a professional shot.
You only need a speedlight and a DSLR camera. You will need to raise up your aperture and play around with your f-stop. The biggest trick is to raise up your aperture. Don’t forget about it.
Here are some photos that I’ve taken using this trick:
This is a very useful technique if you want to get more sophisticated photos. To be honest, I really love this technique. It has come in handy sometimes. If you really liked the results of the invisible black backdrop, you should totally check Glyn Dewis’ work.
Find an Ordinary Spot and Make it an Extraordinary Shot
I’ve always seen amazing landscapes photos. Sometimes I wish I could be there an enjoy the moment but sometimes I’ve been there and my memory doesn’t match the landscape photo. I’ve been in a couple places that I thought were kind of boring but then I found out photos of those places and they look amazing!
I think it all depends on your perspective. You have to see things from a different angle and find the beauty of life everywhere.
I’ve been living in Rexburg, Idaho for almost a year and I still don’t know many cool places in the area. One day I decided to drive around the city during sunset. After a couple of minutes, I found this land but there were no animals or cool trees around it. I walked around for a couple of minutes and when I was about to leave, I saw my car with the sunset behind. I laid down on the floor and took a couple of shots.
Here is another example of an ordinary spot. This is an LDS Temple located in Rexburg. I found some flowers around the place and came up with this shot.
You don’t need to find a perfect spot for an extraordinary shot. You need to look close to your surroundings and you will be surprised at the things you can find and the shots you can get.
If you’re looking for more ideas, you should totally check Ted Gore. He has an amazing eye for landscape photography!
Printing a Fine Art Photograph of a Harley Davidson
These past few months have been extremely satisfying since I have been researching different styles of lighting for photography backdrops. By using different colors and positions of lights, a photographer can create a completely different atmospheric feeling portrayed through the photograph.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared four blog posts about some of my photos I captured from The Legacy Flight Museum; those four blogs focused on photos I took of men, women, objects, and couples. My favorite photo taken displayed a couple riding a Harley Davison motorcycle.
Steven Hatch, a well-known photographer, was invited to the same photoshoot that I attended. He had the amazing idea to place two models, a male and a female, on one motorcycle. To add depth to the photo, we placed an American flag behind them. I was lucky enough to help set up the lights for the shot as Steven placed the models into position. He told me his intended image, so I strategically placed speedlights around the models to spotlight the main objects of the photograph.
Here’s an image of the actual photo taken without any edits:
To focus the image, I decreased almost all of the exposure which highlighted the area where I desired the audience’s attention to focus. To accomplish this task, I decided to take out the speedlight by the front tire of the motorcycle, while I added light to the front motorcycle headlight. In addition, I used the techniques called dodge and burn to highlight some features of the photo.
This photo shoot was an amazing opportunity and I learned so much there. I am so thankful for the Legacy Flight Musem for hosting it and Steve Hatch for the insights about photography.
Dare To Dream Big With Porsche
I’m not going to lie to you, I’m a big fan of cars. But this is not the only reason why this commercial video from Porsche resonates so much with me. I love the “dare to dream” idea they are selling. I live for big dreams and they keep me going. For me, this commercial video doesn’t not only sell me a Porsche 911. It reminds me myself a couple of years ago.
I used to have a big collection of cars when I was a kid. When I grew up, I never had the chance to be in a car because my parents sold theirs when I was five years old. I learned how to drive at age 19 and I started dreaming about the cars that I could potentially buy in the future. My first dream car? A Volkswagen GTI!
Going back to the video, I consider Porsche did a great job with this commercial video. Today I’m going to analyze their “Dare to dream” commercial video and I will talk about leading lines, the rule of thirds and repetition. Here is Porsche’s video before we jump into the analysis.
The video starts with a kid bored of being at school. He looks out the window and the shot Porsche got is an empty street. The trees and the pavement lead us straight to the furthest point, where after a couple of seconds a Porsche comes out.
Rule of thirds
This is one of my favorite shots. Once the kid lefts school, he rushes out and runs somewhere we don’t know yet. The next shot is from outside of a Porsche dealer and we can see the tire of the bicycle stopping at one-third of a frame. The kid is not in the shot but we assume he just got there because of the bicycle’s tire. If we draw a grid over the frame, we can see that the Porsche logo is resting at one of the lines as well as the bicycle’s tire.
The main subjects on this commercial video are the kid and a Porsche 911 (Although they don’t say it’s a 911 until the end. You would only know if you already know the model.) We can see the car some many times throughout the video and by the end, they show it once again with a black background to create more contrast.
To conclude, I consider Porsche did a great job with this commercial video. After analyzing this video, I realized how some element designs can make your video more effective. They also use a zeitgeist principle with the “dare to dream” concept that appeals to many people. This is the biggest reason why I love so much this video. I watched it when I was dreaming about a Volkswagen GTI and I watched again after purchasing my dream car. I’m not going to lie to you, a Porsche 911 Carrera is in my future plans!
Next Level Skillset At Post Production
This semester I have learned so many new skills in photography. But I also learned things that I need to develop along with my photography skills. It’s not enough if you know how to take a picture, you also need to know how to edit your photos.
I self-taught myself most of the things that I know, like, stuff related to music, cars, and photography. But there is a point where you need to reach out for help and take your skills up to the next level. For instance, when I learned how to play drums and guitar, I got to the point where I needed to learn new tricks. Youtube wasn’t enough for me so, I started hanging out with people who were studying music. When I started with photography, I was taught the three basic settings (Shutter speed, F-stop, and ISO) then told to go out and play with them. I discovered the settings based on my own experience. Later on, I decided to go up to the next level and I took some intermediate and advanced photography classes. Now I feel it’s time for me to take my editing skills to the next level!
My class and I did a little-themed photoshoot. I will show you my photos from the photoshoot that I edited on Lightroom. Then, I will show you the final result after adding some textures on Photoshop.
Here is one picture of a texture that I used. It’s a photo that I took around Brigham Young University- Idaho campus.
I’m still a long way to go to become really good at editing on Photoshop. I’ve been looking for some artists and I came across Alex Belko. If you really like Photoshop and are looking for inspiration, you should check him out!
Trying Smoke Bombs and Gels At Portraits
I’ve always seen photos with a smoke of different colors around the subject. Every time that I’ve seen a photo like this on Instagram, I stopped and analyzed it. I was intrigued by the smoke and wondered what was the exact name for it.
A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to smoke bombs. These were the actual smoke bombs that I was intrigued! My teacher brought some to my class and me and my classmates had a fun time using them!
Here are some of my photos using a smoking bomb:
All these pictures were captured during my excursion at The Grand Tetons. I also decided to capture some other theme photos like these:
Another trick that I learned was the use of gels for my speed lights. I’ve seen them before but I never had the chance to use them. You can get very creative with them!
Get Epic Portraits With Just An Apollo Orbs And Three Speed Lights
Have you ever wondered how to take a picture with an amazing background and with all the details you want on your subject? If you feel kind of lost, I don’t blame you. I was in that same situation before.
The trick to capturing an epic portrait with all the details that you are looking for is to underexposed your shot and use a speed light (or three) to highlight your subject.
For instance, I took an overexposed photo where I was able to see some details of my subject but the background was blown out.
Since I wanted to capture the details of the background, I underexposed my photo. The only problem was I couldn’t see any details on my subject.
The solution to your problem is to use some speed lights to highlight your subject. I decided to use an Apollo Orb with a triple bracket holding three speed lights inside. Here is the final result:
I think this is a great technique to capture amazing portraits that highlight not only your model but the background as well. Here are some other examples of an epic portrait:
If you intend to take some photos on a cloudy day, you should check this photography guide. It will definitely teach you more tricks about photography!
Professional Headshots With Billy Plank
I’ve had the amazing opportunity to learn from Billy Plank, a professional photographer whose passion is cars. As soon as he told me about his photography work with cars, I was fascinated! But that’s a story for another post!
Billy taught us more in-depth information about the three-point studio lighting set up we should use for professional portraits. The first light is our key or main light. This one is in charge to light up most of the details of our subject. Our second light is a fill light, which helps us to reduce the shadows created by our main light. The last one is our hair light. This light is to separate our subject from our background.
Here are some of the headshots that I capture with a session with Billy:
These are photos that can tell you how fun was to work with Billy:
I’m truly grateful to this man!
Objects For A Vintage Fashion Shoot
It was such a challenge to capture the photos I wanted with such limit amount of time. The easy part was to direct the models how to pose. The hard part was to come up with different poses. But the Legacy Flight Museum is not only for a fashion shoot.
I walked around the entire museum observing the different things they had on display. I was amazed, I had never been so close to antique objects.
Couples Photographs At Legacy Flight Museum Will Melt Your Heart
The Legacy Flight Museum was an amazing place to capture beautiful moments. My class and I decided once we got individual shots to combine our models and “create” couples to continue with our fashion photoshoot.
From all of our couples, there was only one that was actually married. The rest of them met at the Legacy Flight Museum minutes before our fashion photoshoot. I’m still amazed by how easy it was for them to model and connect with their partner within a short period of time.
We all had an amazing time while we kept trying new techniques and pushing our settings to their limits. Here are some of my photos from our fashion shoot.
From all my photos, this is my favorite! I thought I could be a cool idea if this image could advertise Harley-Davidson. I searched for their logo in 1940’s and placed it in the bottom left corner.
I don’t know about you but I always get excited when I photoshoot couples! They are always glooming and it’s an amazing feeling. I got interested in real couples of that time and I came across these vintage photos!