Saturday, August 10, 2013

Florida Sandhill Crane


For years I have been coming to the green swamp in central Florida. So, to see the Florida’s Sandhill cranes is no news to me.







Here at the Wallaby Ranch, we see them often. Recently, though I have noticed a larger number of birds then usual in one spot.






A Sandhill Crane watches a hang glider being towed at the Wallaby Ranch.

Also in the last few years I started seeing them on the most unusual places, such as by the door of the supermarket, or on a sidewalk by the post office. These areas used to be swamp or open field only 4 or 5 years ago.


Thursday, April 25, 2013

"Live Oak" on SNAP!

SNAP! is an amazing photography event in Orlando, Florida. It Showcases the work of renowned photographers as well as emerging talent, like myself!

They were holding a competition to find the talent for this year’s show themed “Motion to Light” and I decide to participate.

A couple of weeks earlier I had done a study on fine art with the bulb mode of my camera. If that sounds like Greek to you, the bulb mode of the camera is a mode that enables you to open the shutter as you hold the button and then close it as you release it.

The shutter of the camera controls how much light reaches the sensor or film, as well as freezing or having motion in an image. If you do not understand these concepts and would like to learn about them, sign up for my newsletter, I am planning a series of videos to teach amateurs the basics of photography so you can actually take advantage of that new DSLR you just got.




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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Dream of Flying





I first came to the Wallaby Ranch Hang Gliding Club when I was 19 years old. I did a tandem flight and was instantly hooked. So, I decided I had to become a pilot. That moment really changed my life.
I clearly remember, as a child traveling on the highway in my home state, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; and hearing my grandfather enthusiastically shout at the back of the car to us kids “Look up, look up.”
I scrambled to the nearest window, looked up and there it was: a hang glider. I must have been about 6 or 7 years old. It was quite a sight. I thought who are this people that fly in those kites?

Well, about 12 years later I was one of those people! And gosh, was I happy to be me.



Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Lost on back roads of Bali.




This was shot near Ubud Bali.
Ubud is such a great place, so relaxed and full of culture.
My favorite thing to do whilst there is to rent a motorbike and just cruise around the area, and this is one the views you might stumble upon. Valleys and rice fields, friendly people and sweat warm wind blowing on your face.


Bali is one those great places that you can never get tired of exploring. Of course, Bali has changed so much from when travelers first started going there back in the 60s and 70s. Like any discovered paradise it got flooded with people and it has seen the unfortunate negatives sides of tourism. I am cooking up an article all about that subject so I will refrain from going there on this one.

I get amazed at how lovely and friendly the people of Bali are, specially when you think of the amount of tourists around. I think there are a lot of lessons to be learned from them. I would say that one of the most important ones is taking life lightly and living in the present.

The Balinese are very spiritual and their religion is originated from Hinduism in contrast to rest of Indonesia, which is mainly Muslim. They have ceremonies and traditions only found on the Island. One that I love is a ritual they have of leaving a little offering outside their houses for the bad spirits. That way those “bad spirits” get satisfied with the offering and stay out the door and out of everyone’s way, so to speak.

A basket full of offerings at one of many Balinese Temples.

offering at Balinese Temple




This is one of my favorite candid portraits.



Friday, March 8, 2013

1st Thursday "The Art of Women" at the Orlando Museum of Art.

It was a great evening at the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA). It was wonderful to be one of the featured artists.
A big thanks to everyone that came.



Carolina Castro

at the Orlando Museum of Art






   I made these pieces to portray the beauty and strength of femininity with a poetic touch.

    My idea was to give the viewer a feeling of outward search for inspiration while still maintaing inner strength and presence.

If you like these pieces and you are interested in showing, buying or publishing them, please do not hesitate to contact me for more information at
carolina@carolinaacastro.com






Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Waiting Game - Article at Surf Girl Mag!

Natalie Fox, founder of Women for Whales has been featured at surfgirlmag.com
The article is illustrated by my photographs.

Here are a some of them.





Thursday, January 3, 2013

Sea Shepherd Swinmwear

I had the pleasure to photograph Sara Keltie for GYPSEA Swimwear Australia.

Besides being gorgeous, Sara is also an amazing activist from Australia and she has crewed with Sea Shepherd on the SSS Bob Barker.

We did the photo shoot onboard the SSS Sam Simon in Hobart, Tasmania.

Here are the shots that were used:



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Unveiling of the SSS Sam Simon.


The newest Sea Shepherd Vessel has been unveiled.
The vessel is amazing and a great addition to The SSCS fleet.
The ship used to be a Japanese research vessel and now it is going to  be used to save whales in the Southern Ocean.
Lots of articles came in the international press about this event.



You can see a few on the links bellow.

The Guardian UK

Huffington Post

The Sydney Morning Herald


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sea Shepherd's Operation Requiem

I have spent 3 months in the south pacific on a shark defense campaign with SSCS.
I was the first mate and photographer onboard the M/V Brigitte Bardot.
There is an album with photos and a description of the campaign on my facebook page.
You do not need to have an facebook account to visualize it.



OP REQUIEM PHOTOGRAPHS

Monday, July 30, 2012

My favorite place in the world - Vanuatu!




That are not that many places in the world nowadays where you can see truly genuine people that live with their hearts fully open to the world.

I had been in Vanuatu once before about 5 years ago. Back then, seeing the way of life of the communities here had made me think that this was the most amazing place in the world. People really know the meaning of sustainability, low impact lifestyle and the importance of community for the individuals well being. 75% of the population lives rurally and mostly out of subsistence.






Sailing back into these waters, I was humbled by the Ni-Vanuatu once more. We have been here for almost two weeks now and have been doing a lot of outreach to the communities and teaching both adults and children on the importance of sharks for the survival of marine ecosystems and the response was extremely positive.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Whale Wars - Season 5 - Operation Divine Wind

   This past Feb/ Mar I worked as a videographer and producer for the TV show Whale Wars, that airs on Discovery's channel Animal Planet.
The show was shot during Sea Shepherd's Operation Divine Wind in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
   My footage can be seen on the season's finale, episode 8 "Target Acquired" which airs today on the USA.
   It was great to shot some of the most amazing moments of the campaign.
   My colleague Sam Sielen and I produced and shot the whole second leg of the campaign "Divine Wind" from the SSS Bob Barker; the last ship to leave Antarctica which is also the ship the found the whalers factory ship, the Nisshin Maru.

  On this episode you can see the most amazing footage of a night confrontation, interviews and the finding of the Nisshin Maru, shot by Sam and I.




Saturday, June 30, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Operation Divine Wind 2011/2012

Sea Shepherd's 8th Antarctic Campaign down in Southern Ocean.
Every year SSCS goes down to Antarctica to fight illegal whaling.
There is a fleet of whalers from Japan that goes inside the Southern Whale Sanctuary and hunts up to 1035 whales each season, including the endangered Fin Whale, which is the second biggest animal in the world.

I have been a photographer on board the vessel M/Y Bob Barker on Operation DIVINE WIND.
Even with the Japanese government injecting around AUS$ 30 million dollars in this already bank corrupted whaling program, Sea Shepherd has managed to save 768 whales this season.

Please visit www.seashepherd.org for more information on this subject.

There is a comprehensive album of photos from the campaign aboard the M/Y Bob Barker on my Facebook page.
Here is the link, you do not have to have a Facebook account to visualize it.

Sea shepherd divine wind





Saturday, December 3, 2011

Antarctica!

I will be gone for the next 3 months on one of the Sea Shepherd's vessels down to Antarctica to fight illegal whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

I will not be able to update this page, so please follow up news and my photography at http://www.seashepherd.org/


Saturday, November 26, 2011

Wild Dolphins

There are some of my photographs of wild dolphins publish in A Finish news article. To see click here.


Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ferocious Islands 2011 Sea shepherd campaign.

I have been volunteering with Sea Shepherd for the summer of 2011, we did a campaign in the Faroe Islands to oppose the Grind, which is the hunt of pilot whales performed by the inhabitants of these islands.
They eat the whale meat which is highly contaminated with mercury and other pollutants.
There is no reliable studies that prove that this hunt is sustainable.

I have published a 105 photos on an album on my photography page on Facebook. You do not need to be a Facebook member to see it. You can see the album here.

steve irwin crew

Viking shores faroes islands

faroes islands, sea shepherd crew on the delta


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Facebook Page

This is my new facebook page, check it out and like it if you do, I will post photos of my travels and life onboard Sea Shepherd's Steve Irwin.
 https://www.facebook.com/photocarolina

                                     

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sea Shepherd Visits the Orkney Islands

Paul Watson, Sea Shepherd, Seal Sanctuary, Orkney IslandsToday some of the Steve Irwin's Crew had the pleasure of accompanying Capt Paul Watson to Little Green Holm in the Orkney Islands, Scotland.

We were to put down a sign to put on this little Sea Shepherd owned island which has been a seal sanctuary since 1985. It was a great day and a couple of the crew member even got to swim with the Seals.

Here is the article at the SSCS website.
Sea Shepherd :: Sea Shepherd Visits the Orkney Islands




Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Atlantic Puffins


Since the very first time I saw a photograph of a puffin, I was intrigued by the looks of this funny looking bird. I remember reading they are considered to be the penguins of the north by some.

So here I am on the Shetland Islands, Scotland, the first thing I wanted to know when I got here was: Where are the puffins?
I was told I had to get to Lerwick on the main Island, take a one hour bus ride and then walk for 30 to 40 minutes up some road to a lighthouse on a cliff, and there they would be. So, camera bag in hand, I jumped on a ferry to Lerwick, only to find out that the buses did not run as often as I thought. Time was going to be tight for me to get there and then manage to catch the last bus back to Lerwick.

I made it to the location running up the hill like a crazy person. All I can say is that it was worth it! I clicked away like I never did before, time seemed to stop and when I realized 40 minutes had already gone by. Luckily I managed to hitch hike down the hill to be at the bus stop in time to get back.

The result was really satisfying to me and I made it back just in time for supper!


Here are a few of my favorite shots.

atlantic puffin in the shetland islands by carolina a castro


Atlantica puffin in the shetland islands by © Carolina A Castro




Atlantic puffin in the shetland islands by © Carolina A Castro