2010 Loreto Calendar: Photo submissions by David Valera

The net proceeds from the sale of this year's calendar will go to benefit the children of the Internado School of Loreto, BCS.

I spent yesterday at the APHSA ISM (American Public Human Services Association IT Solutions Management…how is that for a name?) conference in Chicago, Illinois having arrived around midnight into ORD from SFO on Monday. Even though I am in Chicago for the first half of this week, I do want to make sure we continue the momentum around the 2010 Loreto Calendar.

This photo submission for the 2010 Loreto Calendar is from David Valera, who is an extraordinary photographer and also Anne and Tony’s son-in-law.

We definitely have some favorites in this submission, but being part of the judging panel I am going to try to keep my opinions to myself until we get to the selection process which will kick off next week.

In case you have not been following for a while. The net proceeds from the sale of this year’s calendar will go to benefit the children of the Internado School of Loreto, BCS.

To ensure we have one of the most special and beautiful calendars ever, we have been seeking photo submissions from the Loreto community. To send in your own photos, please email them to loretocalendar@starkinsider.com.

Submissions will only be used for the calendar and to promote the calendar. The photographer will get noted on all photographs. Please make sure all photos sent in are your own and that you have the ability to grant rights for this limited use.

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  • David Valera

    Thanks for the post Loni. Happy to help out for a worthy cause.

  • David Valera

    Hi, Loni, Thank you for the great post. I'm happy to contribute to a worthy cause. Cheers ~D

  • Hi, Loni,

    Thank you for the great post. I'm happy to contribute to a worthy cause.

    Cheers

    ~D

  • Hi, Loni,

    Thank you for the great post. I'm happy to contribute to a worthy cause.

    Cheers

    ~D

  • Sue Morganroth

    I have one or two I was thinking of sending, but I am getting a little awed by what we have seen. These have been fantastic. Hope you can save the "leftovers" for next year. You can count on me buying a bunch…what a great Christmas gift! Sue Morganroth

  • Sue Morganroth

    I have one or two I was thinking of sending, but I am getting a little awed by what we have seen. These have been fantastic. Hope you can save the "leftovers" for next year. You can count on me buying a bunch…what a great Christmas gift! Sue Morganroth

  • Sue Morganroth

    I have one or two I was thinking of sending, but I am getting a little awed by what we have seen. These have been fantastic. Hope you can save the "leftovers" for next year. You can count on me buying a bunch…what a great Christmas gift! Sue Morganroth

  • Chris S

    I think David needs his OWN calendar! WOW!

  • Chris S

    I think David needs his OWN calendar! WOW!

  • Chris S

    I think David needs his OWN calendar! WOW!

  • Cathy Getman

    These are extraordinary. David, are you a professional photographer? The kayak fishermen is very special – well they all are – how are we going to pick only 12?<br />
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    Cathy

  • Cathy Getman

    These are extraordinary. David, are you a professional photographer? The kayak fishermen is very special – well they all are – how are we going to pick only 12?

    Cathy

  • Cathy Getman

    These are extraordinary. David, are you a professional photographer? The kayak fishermen is very special – well they all are – how are we going to pick only 12?

    Cathy

    • Thanks everyone for your compliments :)

      Hi Cathy, you can ask Anne & Tony ;)

      On the serious side, I work as a digital cinematographer at one of the major studios. I also shoot for Getty Images as a contributing photographer. Photography is mostly a side hobby of mine I enjoy.

      Cheers all and I’m excited to see all the submissions coming through. Thanks to Loni & Clint for putting on a special event for a great cause.

  • Deborah Scanlon

    David, great images! I'm curious about the image manipulation you are using…is it all bumped up saturation or some special technique? I'm not an Adobe wiz, but am starting to learn some programs (Nikon Capture NX2, Adobe, etc) I had never worked with image enhancement before. I especially like the almost "painting" / Rockwell feel to the del barracho picture. Wonderful.

    Deborah Scanlon

  • David Valera

    Hi Deborah,
    Yes, I do a ton of post work to my photographs and treat each like a piece of fine art. The programs I use are a combination of Adobe Lightroom for RAW conversion and then into Adobe Photoshop.

    The Del Barracho photo is an example of a David Hill/Jill Greeneberg type of look which pulls the tonal values to their extremes called tone mapping or high dynamic range. I usually start off in camera looking for an angle that offers a wide range of lighting contrasts then use exposure compensation to push the highlighted areas. I've written various actions in PS to automate this process. It's great fun.