Last video of my road trip to Asturias. It was a long drive home, but I tried to make the best out of it.
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Another video from my trip to the Picos de Europa. After getting a "pressure loss" warning in the car, I decided to play it safe and do a classic hike in this region: Ruta del Cares.
Because of the tire I didn't have time to do the whole hike, but after tasting the beginning of it, I'm definitely going back there sooner than later to finish it.
Camera and Lens: Sony a6500, 16-70mm f/4 Carl Zeiss
Settings: 16mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/320sec
I believe a photographer should always have a camera with them, and this image is a very good example of why.
This day, I had to drive to the aiport to drop someone off. On my way back, the fog started to roll in so I decided it could be a good opportunity to make some images.
I quickly went through my saved spots on Google Maps and found this one just off the main road.
I'm glad I brought my camera with me and decided to take a bit longer to get back home. This is one of a few images I made that day.
After spending the night in a shelter at the base of Pico Urriellu, it's finally time to head back to the comfort of the hotel. I made some images on my way down.
Camera and Lens: Sony a6500, Sony 70-200mm f/4
Settings: 90mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/1250sec
On my way back from Pico Urriellu, I had the chance to photograph a few houses near the mostly abandoned town of Pandebano.
This one was the best composition I could find, using a long telephoto lens to make the mountain in the background stand out. It was an impressive sight and I wanted an image that did it justice.
TGIF! Also, the first Artist Interview of October is here.
Martina Kettner is a film photographer from Austria. I'm a big fan of her work as a whole, but particularly the images she creates with her Holga. Let's learn more about her and her photography!
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This is one of my favorite images from my recent trip to Portugal.
I made this image in Monsanto, on my way down from the castle, well after the Sun had set.
I bracketed 3 shots to be able to capture the big dynamic range this scene had. The difference between the street light and the dark parts of the photograph was too big to capture with just one exposure.
It's been a long summer here in NW Spain. It feels like we've had nothing but sunny and clear skies for the last two months. I'm more than ready for some fall weather but hey, if life gives you sun and blue skies, you play with star trails.
This is what I wanted to show you in this video. If you've never shot the night sky, then this can be good to get you started. I talk about the gear you will need, and the software.
Hope you enjoy it!
What a beautiful evening at the Mt Hood National Forest this was! I had only recently started shooting with my Bronica SQ-Ai when I found out about the full Moon rising behind the always stunning Mt Hood.
I spent almost three hours there, sitting in silence, first enjoying the sunset and then waiting until it was dark and the Moon high in the sky.
This image is the result of those three hours there, trying to capture what I saw. The interaction between the mountain and the Moon, the calmness of the moment, the beauty of it, the fragility of nature and the insignificance of humans.
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These past weeks have been pretty exciting. There are plenty of new cameras coming out soon, and even if you have no plans to get any of them (like me), I'm sure we can still agree that new camera gear is always interesting.
Most camera companies are giving their new cameras incremental updates. Yes, Canon, Nikon and Panasonic just announced their first full-frame mirrorless cameras, but they are -at best- just small improvements over what we already have now.
Even Fujifilm and its new medium format cameras are about polishing and making stuff that was already here, a bit better.
I wanted to mention one company who has gone a slightly different way, though: Zeiss and its first full-frame camera, the ZX1.
What's different about this camera has little to do with the hardware and everything to do with the software. The ZX1 looks like someone took an Android phone and attached a full-frame sensor to it. This makes me wonder about the booting up times.
Built-in Lightroom, smartphone-like features like the gallery and sharing capabilities, built-in battery (ouch) and ZERO SD card slots (it comes with a whopping 512GB of internal storage). The experience of using this camera will be very different from using other cameras we are more used to.
Most of the software features in this camera look a little gimmicky: who's going to edit images in the camera? Keep in mind: that will use battery, that you can't change since it's built-in.
This is why the title of this post has a "sort of" at the end.
I look at the ZX1 as a hint of what the future might bring, though. Computational photography is going to play a big role in the near future as modern phones have been showing us for years, but we are yet to see it making its way into "real" cameras.
If the iPhone XS can do what it can do with that tiny sensor and lens, just imagine what a full frame camera could do in the future.
Seeing Lightroom in a camera also reminds me of the attempt made by Sony to bring apps to their cameras. Now abandoned, it was a brilliant idea that got a poor implementation. I'd love to see apps making a come back into cameras - that'd open a whole new world of innovation.
Anyway, just my two cents on the Zeiss ZX1 and the future of photography.
It's Friday, it's Artist Interviews time!
This week, I had the pleasure to talk to François, a film photographer from Paris, France. He shoots mostly black and white, both 35mm and medium format. And he has a very interesting (and unique) way to give his images a title.
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The adventure has begun, and I'm realizing now how hard it is to keep creating daily content while on the road. I'm still here, though!
While I try to find a balance (probably sitting down one or two days a week to create enough content to schedule for several days in advance), let me give you an update from the beautiful mountains of Picos de Europa National Park, in Asturias, Spain.
I am back in my hotel room now, after spending a night in a shelter at the base of Urriellu Peak (also known as Naranjo de Bulnes), one of the most beautiful peaks in Spain. Someone referred to it as the "Spanish Dolomites" yesterday, and I think it's very appropriate.
I'm taking it easy today because I'm afraid one of the tires in the car has a leak. I got the "pressure loss" warning yesterday while driving down on a dirt road, and while the pressure hasn't gone down more than a couple PSI (could even have been me after checking the pressure a few times), it reminds me of a similar situation I experienced with the Jeep in California a couple years ago. That time ended with a flat tire in the middle of a snowstorm on Christmas Eve. Not fun. Hopefully this time is different and I can still get to explore more of this stunning place.
These are some snapshots I took on my way up and down Urriellu, and during my time at 2,000m (6,500 feet).
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Last day trip of the American Road Trip Journal! There's just one episode left in this adventure.
This time, I visit the Antelope Canyon, in Page, Arizona (and Horseshoe Bend).
I don't know where I got this quote from. I even had to Google the name to confirm he was The Rock.
I believe in this.
Don't sit and wait.
Study, improve, work, put yourself out there.
Little by little, every day, get closer to where you want to be.
Nothing is guaranteed in this life, but consistency is our best shot at getting what we want.
Camera and Lens: Sony a6500, 16-70mm f/4 Carl Zeiss
Settings: 23mm, ISO 100, f/6.3, 1/200sec
During my last trip to Portugal, I visited some towns that belong to a network of Historic Villages (there are 12 in total). One of them was Idanha-a-Velha.
These three chimneys on the roof caught my eye and decided to make an image of them.
I had to work the scene quite a bit, since the background was pretty busy (see second photograph).
Giving up the roof, I got close to the house and focused on isolating the three chimneys. I thought they could work pretty well against the silhouette of the roof and a dark sky.
Edward Steichen was one of the most regarded photographers of his time. He made some of the first modern fashion photographs.
A lesser-known project of his is a series of images he worked on for a couple nights.
These photographs (Three Views of Balzac) from 1908 were some of the first made with moonlight as the only light source.
More than a hundred years have passed, and they are still powerful, captivating images.
Keep in mind that there was no way to meter a scene like this by then -he had to play with different exposure times. He had an idea in mind, though, and he executed it to create art that hadn't been seen before.
Simply beautiful and inspiring.
Another video from my trip to Portugal, this time of my visit to three historic villages: Sortelha, Idanha-a-Velha and Monsanto.