hi, my name is paul (toronto, canada) 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 unexpected and impressive talent here; eventually started my own exploratio

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

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

I became active (and 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 to 12 images per scene during the day, and a few less at night; the exception would a moving vehicle when I'm forced to shoot 1 RAW

for post processing I use photomatix for some HDR work (less and less) 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 haven't been very active in the last few years...


I use CC (creative commons) Attribution license on all my images

Attribution means:
You let others copy, distribute, display, remix, tweak, and build upon your copyrighted work, and derivative works based upon it - even commercially, but only if they give you credit

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


equipment used:

- 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) - this is the ultimate goal: to be different, debatable, or even controversial > extra-ordinary
- be unique: do the opposite of what is taught (experiment) - seek beauty in hard to find places - not many others will
- shoot into the sun, or include light sources with the subject - imply shapes using shadows and subtlety
- shoot at night / paint with light; use long exposure to compress time, and movement
- experiment: make all possible mistakes, except for being boring; filter out the unremarkable shots; start by changing the default camera settings

the most basic info about photography: the key element is LIGHT; key subtlety is the shadow (negative space and what it can reveal or emphasize)
- 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 with a longer interval, the sensor will save every position of a moving object during the observation period
- 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, or lower)

I'd say that to get started and enthusiastic about this hobby (and seduced by it) all you need is a small willingness to pay attention to surroundings and spot beauty that went overlooked for years maybe, small successes will feed your motivation with more and more unexpected satisfaction (at least that's how it worked out for me)

To start you can use 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 (more challenging) 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. the complete basic equipment is not much to carry around relative to the full-blown DSLRs that will require a separate sit and plane ticket

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 (in they're getting better and more sophisticated now):
1. smaller prints (but more than enough for family prints or web / flickr)
2. lower ISO limits - to keep high quality in low light you need longer exposures
3. lower limits for max shutter speed - a max of about 1/3000 sec instead of 1/8000 sec

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

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

3. faster shutter speeds: are you into sports or fast action shots? if so you may need a DSLR and a fat wallet, and a few years dependency to the brand you choose

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 (in camera)
- built in geotagging (PLEASE !!!!)
- illuminated buttons
- integrated level indicator (on screen) (olympus did it :)
- electronic zoom control for zoom bursts
- laser, infrared, 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

(now abandoned, but the collection still contains remarkable and beautiful works)

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 fantastic 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

related to coding, a few quotes I like:

Less is more (kiss):

- “Make things as simple as possible, but not simpler”, Albert Einstein
- "Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away", Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


- “Without requirements or design, programming is the art of adding bugs to an empty text file”, Louis Srygley

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)

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

glass, steel, sky HDR / Orton tutorials

fairy tale IR tips

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

flickr apps:

group sweeper





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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