I’m officially on summer holidays, or as every July of the last six years of my life, out of work. I can’t believe that the moment I’ve been waiting for all this time, has finally come. As you already know, after my year working for the UN in Mexico City, I returned home to a job as an English teacher. I’m very grateful for all the opportunities I’ve had through that job, but I knew for quite some time that it was time to stop and give photography a chance.
So here I am. This is the beginning of a new career, I’m scared as hell but so ready to go for it. I’m taking this second part of the year as a transition into a new life. I’ve been doing photography for a very long time, but never as my only income, so I know it will be a challenging and a very difficult process.
However, I’m excited for what’s to come and for all the trips I’ve planned for the next few months. Next week I start with a trip to Granada to visit my dear friend Tania Cervián. Hopefully, we’ll have a chance to shoot a few portrait sessions while I’m there, at least, that’s the plan! Then in August, we’re taking the van all the way up to the Isle of Skye in Scotland and driving around the UK for a month. In September, we’re taking a quick road trip to our beloved Switzerland. In October I’m visiting Marrakech and the Sahara with Tania again, and finally, in November, I’m flying to Mexico City. We are talking serious traveling here, and that means lots and lots of opportunities for photos.
Until I post those photos on here though, let me show you a few photos from Tuesday. Let me start by saying that when the alarm went off at 7 am I wasn’t happy. But I immediately looked out of the window and saw the mountains covered in fog, so I knew I had to get out. I got everything ready very quickly and drove for an hour. I have to admit that I had another spot in mind, which is 5 minutes away from this forest, but the road looked so interesting that I thought it was worth exploring a bit further. And yes indeed, it was very worth it! The fog stayed inside the forest for a couple of hours so I had the chance to take it slow and enjoy every moment of it.
I especially liked how the light entered from above and hit the right spots. At this time of the year, everything is lush green, so the trees looked beautiful. I also enjoyed the quietness of the place. All I could hear were my footsteps as well as some birds chirping. It was magic! I’m definitely returning soon to find new spots for my workshops this fall. I bet it looks as wonderful as in summer!
It’s that time of the year again and I couldn’t be more excited. If I’m honest, I was more than ready for fall, and I’m so glad it’s finally here.
If you like photographing forests, you are already aware of this, but those of you out there who photograph something else, sunny weather sucks for landscape photographs. It’s hard to isolate subjects (trees in this case) and it’s difficult to avoid uneven light. However, on cloudy days when the light is soft, or on rainy mornings when colors look more saturated and there’s a better chance for fog, forests become magical places with incredible photo opportunities.
This is what happened last Monday. After months and months, desperate for my favorite conditions, finally the day arrived and I was ready for a little adventure in between classes.
I often limit myself and I only bring one body and one lens. I feel it’s easier to concentrate on one focal length and work out different compositions, rather than wasting time switching lenses. This time I decided to bring my old Fujifilm X Pro1 and the 16mm f1.4 (24mm on full frame). If you only focus on technology, this camera is old and slow, BUT, if you are like me and your work is slow then it doesn’t really matter, plus the colors of this particular sensor are very special, and I can definitely see that if I compare it with newer models.
I spent around 3 hours in different locations, I went back to my usual spots. It’s always great to be back to see how the landscape has changed overtime. I found other photographers there but I decided to skip that famous location and walk a bit further and I couldn’t stop making photos, but mostly, it was great for my soul and creativity. I truly needed that morning.
Fall is my favorite season. The weather starts to get gloomy, days are shorter, the sun doesn't warm as much, BUT forests look spectacular! I haven't posted a new blog in a while. Sorry!. The reason is that I'm busy working with my colleagues of Wanderfilm planning on future portrait sessions and editing the ones we've already done, but I promise I've been going out as often as possible to catch the moody vibes of this season. I hope you like these!
*All photos taken with the Fujifilm XT10 + 18-55mm / 23mm 1.4 which has become my daily carry.
Ane and Mikel are getting married next summer! We chose to photograph their engagement on a misty morning a couple of weekend ago, right when the area where we live was alive with fall colors. The last week of October and the first of November are usually the best days to get out and photograph this season, so I think we were very lucky with the timing. They are some of my closest friends, so I couldn't be happier for them. We had a great time and the session turned out to be really fun! Hope you like this set!