5 Things to do in Rome for 2015 AKA Italy is still Amazing!

chrisquiroz.comRome is one of those cities you could visit for a month and still feel like there is too much to do! The architecture, the history and the food are just the starting points! My wife and I spent about 10 days in Rome, and it was one of the highlights of our trip around the world! Here are 5 things you should be doing if you are planning on visiting: Continue reading

Mexico City is Big, AKA Pyramids, Castles, and Vacationing with Couchsurfers!

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I must confess that I was a little nervous going to Mexico City. It’s an enormous place (22+ million people) with both a reputation for being beautiful and dangerous. But surprisingly, Mexico city was one of the places I felt safest when travelling! And the beauty of the city is apparent everywhere =)  Continue reading

Surprising my Wife in Penticton, BC AKA Traveling to the Okanagan Valley!

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For Thanksgiving, my wife decided to visit her family in the Okanagan Valley to spend some time with them. She wanted me to go, but I had a lot of work at the time and told her that it would be pretty hard to get the time off to be able to fly out west, and that I would have to sit this one out. Little did she know that I bought my tickets a little bit after her and decided that I was going to surprise the bejesus out of her!

Once she left, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands (husbands will know lol) and wanted to do something creative and fun! At the same time, my boss had started this challenge of waking up at 5am everyday in order to get more done, and I had followed suit (for the record, that ended after exactly 2 weeks!) with the intention of capturing a few timelapses around Ottawa. Continue reading

60 Is the New 30!

On June 07 , my step-father turned 60. That’s 21,914 days! You wouldn’t think that Todd is 60 by his fantastic attitude towards life! He’s still sharp, fun, clever and curious as ever!  I was asked to do a video of him for his birthday, that would have pictures of him through the years. I decided that it would be more fun to have friends and family talk about Todd in between, and boy, did people have great things to say about him!

Todd also had a birthday party to celebrate his 6 decades in this world, all done by his wife ( and my mother!), who settled for a James Bond style setting. If there is one word to describe this party, it’s laughter. The place was full of energy and people having a great time, and I hope to be able to celebrate many more with Todd!

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VIDEOGRAPHY AND ME

I didn’t actually take any of the video the day I shot Kavitha and Sean’s engagement party, I was photographing it! Shooting video though,  is something that I also enjoy doing. It’s very different from photography, and yet you need to know a lot of the same things in order to do it right : lighting, scenes, backgrounds, where the sun is, color contrast etc etc. So when I was asked if I could shoot video as well at the engagement party, I knew I wouldn’t be able to shoot it myself…but I knew just the right person!

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Alex is my brother in law and one of my best friends! We both grew up in Mexico and both love photography and videography, though he actually studied some of it! So I went to Alex and asked him if he’d like to shoot the video for the wedding and he said he’d love to!  Continue reading

The Red Button Does What?

While I was travelling in Cambodia, a friend of mine contacted me with a proposition. It turns out that he had bought a hotel in Siem Reap, and he wanted me to make a promotional video for him. I have played with the video features of my camera before, and I’ve always been impressed with the quality (especially when you pair it with a decent lens), however, I had never done a project for someone else and the idea of a friend placing a part of their advertising in my hands freaked me out…until he said that in exchange I could stay at his hotel for free. We arrived 2 days later lol

I didn’t really know much on how to make a promotional video, mainly because I tend to ignore them on TV, so naturally the first thing I did was go to the bar and get a beer, then have a nice lunch with my wife, then visit the Angkor temples!

After I got that out of my system, I got to work on the video. It’s not the best, and looking at it again, I can already see things I would change, but it’s the first project I’ve ever been paid for (even though I received no money, 4 nights at a decent hotel is not a bad payment!), and it’s a good start!

This is the video. On the technical side, I used 2 lenses. my wide angle lens (10-22mm) and my 17-55mm. F stops ranging from 2.8 to about 15. Tripod of course, and I edited it with Sony Vegas 8.

Enjoy!