Kike Calvo Fotografía

viernes, 27 de septiembre de 2013

Testimonials: New York Photo Expedition II Editions

Kike is not only an amazing photographer but an excellent teacher and friend. The work shop in New York has made me develop  abilities I didn’t even know I had. This was much more than shooting  in New York, it  was about interacting with this great city and its people through photography. I learned how and when to use several techniques, but most importantly understand how to make a picture that could tell a story. I’m very grateful with Kike not only for making me a better photographer and giving me this amazing  experience but  for opening the doors to his life. I really enjoyed him staying up late analyzing our daily shots something I’m sure no other photographer would do. This is a unique, amazing and fun experience that any photographer should have.
-Rigo Leon. Los Angeles CA.

Kike no solo es un impresionante fotógrafo pero también un excelente maestro y amigo. El taller en Nueva York me ha hecho desarrollar habilidades que no sabía que tenía. Esto fue más que solo tomar fotos en Nueva York, fue interactuar con esta gran ciudad y su gente atreves de la fotografía. Aprendí cunado y como usar varias técnicas, pero más importante entender cómo crear una imagen que cuente una historia. .Estoy muy agradecido con Kike no solo por ayudarme a ser mejor fotógrafo y por darme esta increíble experiencia, sino por abrirnos las puertas de su vida. Disfrute mucho que se quedara hasta tarde analizando y revisando nuestras fotos, algo que estoy seguro que ningún otro fotógrafo haría. Esta es una experiencia única, asombrosa y divertida que cualquier fotógrafo debería de tener.   –Rigo Leon. Los Angeles CA.

Ordesa National Park Underwater Photo by Kikeo Calvo -- National Geographic Your Shot

Ordesa National Park Underwater Photo by Kikeo Calvo -- National Geographic Your Shot

Underwater view of Balsa del Algarve Photo by Kikeo Calvo -- National Geographic Your Shot

Underwater view of Balsa del Algarve Photo by Kikeo Calvo -- National Geographic Your Shot

miércoles, 25 de septiembre de 2013

Video: You should know about this!

There are things better seen than said. Just watch this video. Its a good reminder that photographers and videographers can create amazing and powerful content with their HDSLR and DLSR cameras. 

domingo, 22 de septiembre de 2013

Man flies over Five Woman in Manhattan

During the New York Photo Expedition, we can across this performance at Union Square that incorporated a stunt jumping over Five women. The video was recorded with an iPhone. 

lunes, 9 de septiembre de 2013

Video: Entrevista con la ganadora del Kike Calvo Mentor Awards 2013: Sandisk Latin American Edition

Entrevista con Wandy Paola Galvez Solares, gestudiante de 21 años, ganadora del Gran Premio Enrique Calvo InMemoriam,  Kike Calvo Mentor Awards 2013: Sandisk Latin American Edition.

Ganadores del Concurso KIKE CALVO Mentor Awards. Latin America Sandisk Edition 2012-2013

Tengo el placer y el honor de anunciar al ganador(a) de la primera edición de Kike Calvo Mentor Awards. El jurado compuesto por Elizabeth Krist, editora de National Geographic; Nano Calvo, fotógrafo y fundador de la agencia; Greg Payan, de Associated Press; y mi persona, escogió la selección finalista de imágenes, entre miles de participantes. Tras revisar las imágenes ganadores, ahondar en sus vidas y proyectos, y revisar todos los escritos que se realizaron para participar mediante esta otra alternativa de participación, el Gran Premio ENRIQUE CALVO In Memoriam se va para Guatemala. 

Wandy Paola Galvez Solares, estudiante de 21 años de Guatemala. 


Oscar Coral. Pasto (Colombia)

Marc Laurens. Mexico. 

Jose Andrés Obando. Universidad Veritas. Costa Rica. 


Quiero agradecer a todos los patrocinadores y marcas el apoyo en esta primera edición del concurso de fotografía. Un agradecimiento expreso a  Fotógrafos al MundoEscuela para Aprender a Vivir, por el apoyo para que el ganador pueda participar en una próxima edición de Kike Calvo New York Photo Expedition dentro del Gran Premio Enrique Calvo InMemoriam. 


domingo, 8 de septiembre de 2013

COOL GADGETS: World’s first iPhone mount kit which converts the legendary Hasselblad V

Turn your Hasselblad V-system camera digital with the world's first medium format digital-back using your iPhone!


HASSELNUTS is the world’s first iPhone mount kit which converts the legendary Hasselblad V-system film cameras into a digital camera with an iPhone.

 With HASSELNUTS, those who were unable to afford the digital backs can utilize their Hasselblad cameras at an affordable cost! Plus, we want to revitalize the old Hasselblad cameras you have in the back of your closet...we know you have them. Now professionals and amateur photographers can enjoy the classic camera together!

COOL GADGETS: Nikon Unveils P7800 Prosumer Point-and-Shoot

Nikon COOLPIX P7800 12.2 MP Digital Camera with 7.1x Optical Zoom NIKKOR ED Glass Lens and 3-inch Vari-Angle LCD

. Outstanding 7.1x Zoom-NIKKOR ED glass lens with fast f/2 maximum aperture for enhanced low-light performance
. Shoot up to 8 frames per second, up to 6 shots, for amazing action sequences
. Dual viewing modes: High resolution Vari-Angle display for creative compositions and Eye Level 
. Viewfinder for D-SLR style shooting
. Excellent Auto Mode does the work for you and delivers consistently beautiful results
Full HD (1080p) video recording with stereo sound
. Wi-Fi connectivity with optional WU-1a adapter

 “The new COOLPIX P7800 will allow photographers of every level to explore their photographic potential while capturing top-class images and Full HD video, ”said Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Bo Kajiwara in a recent the press release.

sábado, 7 de septiembre de 2013

Horseshoe Crab #2859

Today, during an early morning walk along Morse Beach, near Sandy Point Bird Sanctuary in West Haven, I noticed many dead horseshoe crabs on the sand. One of them had a tag, referring to #2859 and a phone number to report the find.

Back to the office, I learnt that the Maryland Fishery Resources Office has been coordinating a coast-wide tagging program for horseshoe crabs since 1999. Crabs have been tagged by researchers and biomedical companies conducting numerous studies on horseshoe crabs along the Atlantic Coast. "We really appreciate the support from the public in reporting tag returns,¨ explains Sheila Eyler from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Maryland Fishery Resources Office. ¨Of the 35,000 tag reports we have received since the program started in 1999, the public is responsible for 20,000 of those reports compared to 15,000 that come from researchers working specifically with horseshoe crabs.  That data has been very critical in understanding horseshoe crab movement, longevity, and other biological information on crab populations.

Horseshoe crabs (Limulus Polyphemus ), are more closely related to spiders and scorpions, even though they are called crabs.  They are believed to have evolved during the Paleozoic Era (540-248 million years ago). Their eggs provide an essential food source for migrating shorebirds. During the high tides of the full moon in spring, females emerge to begin a journey to take part in an amazing spawning ritual.   I have just filled my form at, and will learn more about the individual I found dead, when my certificates arrives on the mail. The program provides data on distribution, movement, longevity, and mortality of the species.

"It is important to report dead animals to know about longevity¨, describes Eyler. ¨It can also provide information on movements and migration because dead crabs are typically not transported very far."   Since live crabs are only on the beach for a relatively short period of time while they are spawning, the amount of time available for the public to see their tags is pretty small.  Dead crabs stay on the beach for long periods of time, so even though we get a fair number of reports of dead crabs - those crabs are much more likely to be encountered by the public than live crabs so we adjust for that in our analysis of the tagging data.


Then an emailed arrived with information on my reported dead animal, tagged with #2859.  It was originally released on 5/11/12 on Short Beach in Branford, CT by Sacred Heart University.   One last thing, Eyler asks me to remind people that horseshoe crabs are completely harmless.  Their claws are not strong enough to pinch very hard, they do not have jaws or teeth, so they can not bite (their mouth is in the center of their legs and they move their legs together to "chew" their food.  Their tail is not poisonous and is not used as a weapon, they use it to help flip themselves back over when they get turned upside down on the beach and also use it as a "rudder" when walking in the water.

This random find on the beach has made me learn an amazing fact about horseshoe crabs They are collected for their blood and then released alive by biomedical companies.  Their blood is processed to get a substance called Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL).  This LAL is used to test medical equipment and injectable drugs (i.e. vaccines) for bacterial contamination. There is not a synthetic substitute for this test.  So much of current human health can be related to our dependence on horseshoe crabs.

viernes, 6 de septiembre de 2013

jueves, 5 de septiembre de 2013

Video: National Geographic Lego Project

I found this video on YouTube about a National Geographic photographic assignment, and it made me laugh. I thought I would share it with you. Interesting how NG is part of many cultures around the world, since we are born. 

National Geographic Creative Builds Single Destination for Content and Talent, Targeted to Creative Community

As many of you know, I share my expertise on different topics as an Expert National Geographic Expeditions and my work is represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. I am proud to have been included in the rooster of iconic, legendary and world-reknown photographers within the new project, known as National Geographic Creative, a new agency that represents photographers working in both photography and video, tailoring work to meet the needs of a new kind of client who demands unique, tailored imagery for their campaigns and assignments.

From the National Geographic Press Room:

Since a few months ago, National Geographic has gathered its expansive archive of still and moving images and its roster of award-winning photographic and filmmaking talent and made them accessible to the creative community in one place, through National Geographic Creative.

National Geographic Creative is an in-house agency that brings together National Geographic’s photography and video stock collection and talent representation agency. The agency licenses National Geographic photography and video to commercial and editorial clients and makes National Geographic talent available for custom marketing campaigns, in branded and non-branded formats. The agency has just launched a fully searchable, intuitive database at

The new portal gives professional content buyers immediate access to hundreds of photographs and footage as well as National Geographic’s pool of award-winning photographers and filmmakers.
“National Geographic has one of the world’s richest archives of still and moving imagery, with a perspective that we believe is unique to the market. We excel in providing images of people, places, exploration, science and nature that are thoughtful, compelling and evocative for editorial and commercial clients,” said Alice Keating, vice president of sales and marketing, National Geographic Creative. “Using the expertise of our talent and the unique imagery of National Geographic, we have collaborated with global brands such as Canon, HSBC and DuPont to create advertising campaigns and corporate branding materials. With National Geographic Creative, we hope to expand our services to an even wider array of advertisers, marketers, editorial publishers and other creative professionals, as we make it easier than ever for them to access our content.”

National Geographic is also launching a companion site, the National Geographic Creative Studio ( The Creative Studio allows advertising and marketing partners to harness the power of National Geographic’s storytelling capabilities for custom campaigns across all media — owned, earned and paid.

“We are in a unique position at National Geographic,” says Jenifer Berman, vice president of marketing and director of the Creative Studio. “We have an iconic brand that consumers love. With our new digital storytelling capabilities, we are stronger than ever before, and our ability to use all these assets to tell stories for our clients is truly powerful.”

The photography section of National Geographic Creative includes hundreds of thousands of photos from National Geographic’s vast archive of more than 11.5 million images. Images can be searched, downloaded and licensed directly from the database. The section features select galleries based on editorial stories, popular search terms, subject matter and themes.

The motion section of the site comprises more than 100,000 clips as well as a unique collection of short-form videos available for use in commercial, editorial and educational markets. The collection is constantly updated with new video from the field and programming made by National Geographic Television. Content is available to download directly from the site in a variety of formats.
The talent section gives the creative community access to National Geographic’s unique roster of talented content creators, including Frans Lanting, Joel Sartore, Annie Griffiths, Nick Nichols, William Albert Allard, Michael Yamashita, Raul Touzon, Tino Soriano, Steven Alvarez, Sam Abell, Jodi Cobb, David Doubilet, Cotton Coulson, Aaron Huey, Paul Nicklen, Catherine Karnow, James Stafield, Amy Toesing, Ami Vitale, Randy Olson, Tim Laman, Jim Richardson, Brian Skerry, Tyrone Turner, Steve Winter, Pablo Corral and myself, Kike Calvo,  along with many others, who can be used as resources to shoot, manage or be incorporated into campaigns.

National Geographic Creative can be accessed at, by phone at (202) 857-7537, on email at and at Twitter @NatGeoCreative.

About National Geographic
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Its mission is to inspire people to care about the planet. Founded in 1888, the member-supported Society offers a community for members to get closer to explorers, connect with other members and help make a difference. The Society reaches more than 450 million people worldwide each month through National Geographic and other magazines, National Geographic Channel, television documentaries, music, radio, films, books, DVDs, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 10,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit

National Geographic Establishes In-house Agency that Brings Together Still and Moving Image Archives and Award-Winning Photographers