Patrick Chuprina of Chuprina Studios

I’m a 50 year old professional photographer shooting commercial work all day and my personal work on the weekends. My evenings are spent with my patient understanding wife, Italian greyhound, three cats, four gerbils and my computer of course. We live in a small village 60 kilometers north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Why do you blog?
My reason for photo blogging I guess are pretty simple; photography is my life, always has been and always will be. I’m interested in my blog because it allows me to share some of my photos, possibly get some self advertising, and hopefully get some feedback on visual ideas. After a day of shooting for my clients, this blog encourages me to pick up a camera for my personal work and to pour over my life’s collection of photos in anticipation of sharing them with my viewers.

So between cups of coffee on the weekend, trips to creative locals, scanning through photos and sharing, I also get to keep myself entertained, my creative mind working and my soul satisfied.

If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
Black and White Photography Blog
John Paul Caponigro Illuminating Creativity

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
I’ve been a photographing 32 years, I’ve been a commercial photographer 25 years.  I remember using 8 x 10 transparency film for some of my first commercial jobs.  I think I remember using Photoshop 3.

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Canon 20D, Canon 5D, a lightphase when needed

Mac or PC?

What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
My Mac book Pro, I love to shoot tethered, anywhere any time.

What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
EOS-1Ds Mark III

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
Always keep playing and experimenting with your imagery.  Have passion in what you do.  Never stop learning and keep looking whether it be web sites, blogs, books, magazines or long walks without your camera.

What inspires you to create?
Day dreaming, and looking.

What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
A zen master said:
Before enlightenment, cut wood and carry water.
After enlightenment, carry water and cut wood.

Dream to live, live to dream.

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
A small island off the British Columbia coast.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I cruise the web looking at imagery, and I also photograph my own projects.

What talent would you most like to have?
To be able to play a musical instrument.

From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Peace.
What is your least favorite word? Violence.
What turns you on? Honesty, as difficult as it may seem sometimes,  giving, and sharing.
What turns you off? Self centered, pompous, know it all individuals.
What sound or noise do you love? The sound of nature, that sound you hear when after a long hike into the country you just stop and listen.
What sound or noise do you hate? Anything too loud and sudden.
What is your favorite curse word? Frak.
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? A long distance truck driver.  What a great way to see the country.
What occupation would you not want to participate in? A waiter, they go go, go, all the time during their shift.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Well you weren’t perfect, but you honestly did try to be human, good, and giving.

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