Our apologies for the delay, but we’re finally here with the announcement of the winner of the January monthly photo contest! Congratulations to Pedro Valdez, whose simple and elegant noodle image won over our judges hearts—and stomachs. Read on to learn more about the photographer and how he got the shot.

Please tell us a little about yourself. What kind of photographer do you consider yourself?

My name is Pedro Valdez JR, I am a self taught Portland based photographer. I’ve been actively doing photography for 4 years and don’t have one set style or interest in what I photograph. I personally consider myself an amateur photographer, not to play it coy, but because there is so much to learn about using my camera and editing my photographs that I would like to learn.

Tell us a little about the image and how you shot it.

I shot this image for a dear friend of mine as a gift. We were talking about noodles and I decided to prepare some for lunch, not to photograph. I had potpourri in the center of the table and got the idea to put together a vignette and shoot a mini series. I prepared the shot on my living room coffee table, no specific technique, just to send my friend a picture. I used a Canon 5DMark2 body with a 24-105mm f/4L.

Tell us about the post production process for this image. What software did you use, what adjustments did you make (if any)?

Editing was very minimal for this image and series. I used Lightroom4 to darken and under-expose the table the subject was sitting on (Exposure: -0.05, Shadow: -0.10).

Where can people go to see more of your work?

A website is underway! But my photographs are all on tumblr at http://pvfoto.tumblr.com/. Thank You!


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