hi, my name is paul and I've been with flickr since 2007. initially I joined it to keep a private family album, and then to watch from the shadows for the first year or so, then I got inspired by the talent here

my main flickr account: www.flickr.com/photos/dexxus (2007)

my secondary account: www.flickr.com/photos/dex2 (2008)

I became addicted after I bought my DSLR (Olympus E3) in May 2008. I always use a tripod and capture JPGs of all available dynamic range (complete white to complete black) which is an average of about 10 images per scene during the day, and 7 at night; the exceptions are very rare: when I'm on a moving vehicle and I'm forced to shoot 1 RAW; for post processing I use photomatix for some HDR work and photoshop for (relatively slight) contrast / saturation / sharpness adjustments, and IR experiments but basically I'm an amateur - never took a course and I do this out of pleasure and no pressure :)

please don't be offended if I don't add you as a contact because most of my time is taken by work and I don't get to comment as often as I should for the contacts I already have...

I use CC (creative commons) license on all my images - free with attribution

here is a simple credit:
first light
photo by paul bica

you can make it with this html code:

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dexxus/4652641178/" title="first light by paul bica, on Flickr" target="_blank"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4020/4652641178_5842259d85.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="first light"></a>
photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/dexxus" target="_blank">paul bica</a>

the "<a href=" parts are links; if anyone clicks the image will be taken to its source on flickr

the "target" is so the click will open a new browser window
(users don't move away from the initial page in the main window)

the "<img src=" will show the actual image from flickr
(this and the first link are the parts that need to by updated for each particular image)

the credit is the "photo by" part which will take readers to the first page of my stream if they click on my name

let me know if you have any problems or need more details

to get the proper link: go to the image (in the new flickr UI) and click the little frame-with-arrow icon (bottom-right), then click the last link in the list "Grab the HTML/BBCode" then add the credit part

to see all available sizes of an image: go to the image (in the new flickr UI) and click the 3 dots (...) icon (bottom-right) then click the "View all sizes" item from the pop-up

just wanted to thank all people who told me where and how they used my images :)
out of the thousands of sites I found them in use there wasn't ONE context I didn't appreciate (some didn't relate much but who cares)

very often people ask me for higher res images and I'd like to provide them but I don't have the time...

in May 2013 I replaced all my initial images (800 x 600) with larger versions (2048 x 1536)

this is what I use:

- 2011 - Olympus E5 (better quality than E3)
- 2009 - Canon PowerShot SX10 IS (backup)
- 2008 - Olympus E3, ED 7-14 first dslr camera
- 2007 - Olympus Stylus 790 SW - dominican, swimming with the fishes...
- 2006 - Canon PowerShot S3 IS - most pre dslr pix (great camera)
- 2005 - Canon PowerShot S1 IS - earliest pix on flickr (2007)
- 2004 - Olympus D-580 Zoom - first digital "steps"...
lenses (Olympus)
- 2011 - Zuiko Digital ED, 50-200mm, F2.8-3.5 SWD (100-400mm equiv zoom)
- 2010 - Zuiko Digital ED, 50mm, F2.0 Macro (50mm fixed focal length)
- 2009 - Zuiko Digital ED, 7-14mm, F4.0 ultra wide-angle lens (not fisheye)
- 2008 - Zuiko Digital ED, 12-60mm, F2.8-4.0 SWD (24-120mm equiv focal length)
- Genus GNDF72 ND fader circular filter (variable neutral density)
- B+W ND10 - Neutral Density filter - 72mm, 110 Glass 3.0 (1,000X, ten f-stops)
- Hoya ND8 - Neutral Density filter - 72mm (broke it in hawaii...)
- Hoya R72 - Infrared (IR) filter - 72mm; near infrared (720nm)
tripods and remote
- Induro AKB2 Adventure Series
- Induro AB2 Adventure Series Tripod Kit (model 470-002)
- Induro AB1 Adventure Series Tripod Kit (model 470-001)
- Sunpak 9001 UT
- timer remote for olympus

some notes:

- learn the rules so you'll know how to break them (if you care)
- be unique: do the opposite of what is taught (experiment)
- shoot into the sun, or include light sources with the subject
- shoot at night / paint with light
- use long exposure - compress time, capture movement
- find the hardest spots - not many others will
- make all possible mistakes, except for being boring

a few rules I'm aware of:
- a long time ago I was told to always have the sun behind the camera. as far as I'm concerned this is the most uninteresting thing you can do; I avoid it whenever I can
- rule of thirds: keep the subject close to the intersection of the 2 equal vertical and horizontal dividers of the image. this usually works, but there are cases when symmetry is beautiful
- fixing perspective distortion. this is how our eyes see the world. it's like using isometric perspective in art! an isometric view is used to show accurate dimensions of all sides of an object or building in architecture or technical drawings...

the most basic info about photography - exposure:
the camera is like the eye
- aperture: iris size:
-- iris open (wide) - allows more light / shallow depth of field (focus)
-- iris small (narrow opening) - allows less light / everything is in focus
- shutter speed: like eye lids:
-- blink fast, capture a small fraction of time
-- blink slowly (longer interval), the sensor will save every position of a moving object
- ISO - sensor or film sensitivity
-- in the dark the eye can notice weaker lights at low quality (ISO 800 and above)
-- during the day the eye has enough light to capture the finest details (ISO 100)

I'd say that to get started and enthusiastic about this hobby all you need is a point and shoot, but with compacts or ultra compacts you'll quickly start wishing for "a few more settings" so you can get better control in different situations

in my limited experience I found the "SLR-like" cameras (high end compacts) to be absolutely spectacular and relatively inexpensive compared the full blown DSLRs with interchangeable lenses. with some of them you get an unbelievable zoom range (super wide-angle 22mm to 800mm equivalent) that would cost thousands in separate lenses tied to the brand

literally: my ultra wide 7-14 (olympus four-thirds system only) was $2,000 w/o taxes - more than the E5 body itself. for pros olympus has $7,000+ zoom lenses (300mm, f2.8)

the only limitations I can see with compacts:
- smaller prints (but more than enough for family prints or web/flickr)
- lower ISO limits - to keep high quality in low light you need longer exposures
- lower limits for shutter speed - a max of about 1/3000 sec instead of 1/8000 sec

printing: how many amateurs with an artistic side will need to sell very large prints?

the ISO limit is not that high... so what; out of habit I always shoot at 100 ISO regardless of the camera, and if I need more light I use longer exposures and a tripod (but this depends on the subject)

lower shutter speeds: are you into sports or fast action shots? if so you may need a DSLR and a fat wallet

camera features wish list:

- fully articulated screen (very happy with olympus e3 and e5 :)
- quiet and discreet operation
- long shutter life
- 10 step AE bracketing
- bracketing steps: from lightest to darkest
- timelapse recording
- built in geotagging (PLEASE !!!!) ( see www.air-semi.com)
- illuminated buttons
- integrated level indicator (on screen) (olympus did it :)
- elctronic zoom control for zoom bursts
- laser or sonic assistance for low light focus
- able and willing to bring beer

my flickr summary and full stream on black:
My stream on black

june 2008 - decided to open my own group to acknowledge the talent that inspired me:

bof best of flickr (ID: 799505@N23); created June 20, 2008

Best of Flickr (admin invited). Get yours at bighugelabs.com/flickr

I've traveled flickr far and wide and I still have miles to go but I think I've managed to collect quite a few remarkable images; you might be pleasantly surprised if you view my faves as a slide show

also, I can help any group admin with HTML invite/comment codes in this group:

Code Help (ID: 929425@N25); created May 15, 2011

in my spare time I can also provide scripting support for JavaScript, VBA (Excel, Access), Unix, and a few more... (in other words I'm fluent in geek and several dialects of nerd)

... this is my profile page and I'll rant if I want to, so:

I am a perfectionist and minimalist (in spite of this profile page)

I don't like paper - everything should be in electronic format (almost everything)

life has become abundant and excessive, so I strive for top quality

I think countries should exist only for location purposes:
- one language - equalizer in availability of information, and standard of communication that would put the focus on intelligence
- one currency - no discrimination of physical and intellectual effort
- no embassies, passports and visas - embrace all cultures and learn from differences
- universal social standards (privileges and responsibilities)

but maybe all this would simplify things too much - we'll have to think really hard to come up with good reasons for war. I may be a dreamer but I believe someone wrote a song about this: imagine; I guess I'm not the only one

digital rose (tagged) a few more details about me (first comment)


- after an involuntary, superficial introspection I realized I'm turning into a slightly more obnoxious sheldor - version 2.0 if you will, but "I'm not crazy! my mother had me tested." (it's funny because it's true !!!) afk...

- every act of unkindness has an equal opposite caused by empathy, remorse, introspection, guilt, or some regret (at least), communicated to others or not

- don't tolerate intolerance

- efficiency: any problem solved with the minimum combination of the simplest solutions, and minimum effort

- mistakes are only made when trying (the level of success is directly proportional to the challenges overcome and the number of mistakes that lead to the accumulation of the knowledge applied to the final solution)

- optimist: psychological default to trust without proof. skeptic: question everything until most evidence to the contrary is ruled out

- belief system: don't believe in any system

- happiness cannot be defined without unhappiness

- consciousness - the relation of environment relative to the self, or subjective perception of surroundings and self

- great success is built from several greater failures

- want to be: articulate, eloquent, evocative, concise, AND succinct ("without using a lot of words and providing unnecessary explanations"!)

- the longest journeys (most remarkable accomplishments) start with a small step (motivation). final accomplishment can be achieved with patience and perseverance (slow and steady), and, most of all, determination to overcome all challenges against all odds no matter how daunting or overwhelming they may appear (at first)

- explore the limits and what's left is the in-between (photography and in general)

- utopia = dystopia

- success (Idina Menzel): "...You can’t get it all right all the time, but you can try your best. If you’ve done that, all that’s left is to accept your shortcomings and have the courage to try to overcome them"

Tutorials and Utilities ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

glass, steel, sky HDR / Orton tutorials

fairy tale IR tips

Scout - Find your photos in Flickr's Explore pages (bighugelabs)

flickr apps:

group sweeper






monitor calibration:

Windows 7: ...\Windows\SysWOW64\dccw.exe

click for a more detailed pattern

if you don't see 8 squares make very fine brightness / contrast adjustments
(till you get a headache like me, and only at the point of exhaustion will you reach enlightenment and see all pictures in psychedelic colors)


these counters are for this page only:


made accounts with other sites to reserve the name, but I'm not too active on them:

Getty:   pauldex
Panoramio: ... (I somehow managed to lose my reference, or maybe my account was deleted; if anyone finds it... whatever...)
Friendfeed: dexxus
RedBubble: pauldex

Tumblr: paulbica
Wikipedia: paul (dex) (mostly contributing to the toronto page)
Facebook: dexxus
Twitter: paul_dex
(not consistent with the names, but consistent with my inconsistencies)

favorite movies, no particular order:
- WALL·E (2008) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WALL-E
- The Last Samurai (2003) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Samurai
- I, Robot (2004) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I,_Robot_(film)
- Gravity (2013) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gravity_(film)
- Somewhere in Time (1980) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somewhere_in_Time_(film)
- 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2001:_A_Space_Odyssey
- Sin City (2005) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin_City_(film)
- Finding Nemo (2003) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finding_Nemo
- Jurassic Park (1993) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jurassic_Park_(film)
- 28 Days Later (2002) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/28_Days_Later
- The King's Speech (2010) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_King's_Speech
- Monsters, Inc. (2001) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monsters,_Inc.
- Dances with Wolves (1990) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dances_with_Wolves
- The Matrix (1999) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Matrix
- The Snow Walker (2003) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Snow_Walker
- Wit (2001) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wit_(film)
- Blade Runner (1982) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner

TV shows:
- Dinosaurs (TV series). (1991 - 1994) too funny
- House (TV series) (2004 - 2012). smart
- The Big Bang Theory (2007 - 2015(?))
(and many other, well know, older, sitcoms)

- Mayday (TV series) (2002 - 2015(?)). Canadian documentary by Cineflix on Discovery Channel Canada. aka "Air Crash Investigations" in UK, Australia (National Geographic Channel), South Africa, Asia; Air Emergency (TV.com) and Air Disasters in the United States (Smithsonian Channel); this show is fantastic (understatement) - influences me in many aspects (almost everything I do!)

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(I've also used "dexxus", "dex", and other variations like "paul (dex) bica", but a google search of simply "paul bica" will bring up my flickr account).

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    •·.·•ë£ï§å•·.·• (AWAY) says:

    "Paul has an exceptional and inspiring talent. All his pictures are amazingly and carefully composed showing his dedication and passion for photography.
    His choice of subjects is fantastic and the post processing he applies to his pictures is brilliant and breathtaking. He has an eye to capture beauty and to make ordinary subjects into extraordinary masterpieces, transforming a simple urban scene into a fairytale world with his very artistic and 'magical' touch. Not only that, his work has superb quality and professional caliber.
    I'm totally impressed by Paul's talent and his photostream is one of my favourites in Flickr.
    Thank you, Paul for sharing your magnific work and for being such a special Flickr friend!
    Wish you all the best!

    November 14th, 2008

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    DebM07 says:

    "Paul is an exceptionally gifted photographer and it is an honor to view every one of his masterpieces. There is always a wonderful sense of detail in his images. Paul knows great images when he sees them and how to coax top results from his pics. Thank you for sharing all your masterpieces with us."

    October 9th, 2008

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    Little Miss Kimmyshine says:

    "Your images are truly amazing and you're an inspiration to me! I'm happy to have you as a flickr friend!"

    August 10th, 2008

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    itala2007 says:

    "I would say It was a pleasure and an honor to meet Paul in Flickr community. After he has invited some of my images to his group I went to see his photostream. I was enchanted by all his images. Each of them , transport us to his mind heart and soul. He repeating treating us with vivid, colorful strong and delightful compositions of a striking Beauty. Also I got to know Paul a little bit better when we exchange ideas and oppinions about photographs and his new group. I found a kind gentle and inteligent person which made me think I was better than I really thought I was in my work.
    His photostream is an invitation to a long journey of pleasure and delightfulness!!"

    June 25th, 2008

paul bica
January 2007
toronto, canada
I am:
neek (sublime mix nerd / geek)
dexxus music
dexxus [at] yahoo.com