Jorge Blanco award-winning landscape photographer Born in Cuba, Blanco said his family moved to Tampa when Fidel Castro took over, when he was 3 years old. But it wasn’t until age 17 that photography captured his attention and ultimately his passion.

My interest in photography, as with many of us, came from high school, but it was not until the digital era of photography came along where it really (piqued) my interest,” Blanco said. “My background is in computer science and problem-solving, so when digital photography came along, I felt much more at home with that process and the digital darkroom.

I have never been happy with the results that just come out of the camera,” he said. “I am self-taught and developed my own techniques in color processing.

Blanco said his style is considered unique because his photographs “convey an illustrative quality of serenity and calm” as he strives to translate his positive experiences of reality into fine art prints. Consequently, he said, his landscape photography is sought by both established and emerging collectors.

When I initially look at a subject to photograph, I imagine how I would like it to appear as a final image, visualizing the subject as a work of art,” Blanco said. “I combine multiple techniques to bring out the color and detail that often hide in the shadows. Then, I tone map and enhance the image to reveal that moment that inspired me to press the shutter as I attempt to bring a still image to life.

Like a carpenter will not use the same hammer for all his work,” Blanco said, he might use many different cameras to capture and convey the different essences of the subject matter in a single piece.

“The human eye can see up to 20 stops of light,” Blanco said. “Unfortunately, technology has not fully caught up, so in order to capture images the way our eyes see things, I use a technique of layering many images on top of each other like transparencies. This allows me to capture greater dynamic range and detail. I’m able to control the light in nature in the digital darkroom, much like a portrait photographer would use lighting in studio.