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Brief adventure on a snowy Tuesday

I had three hours in between classes and my husband was working the afternoon shift. There was snow in the mountains so it only took us a couple of minutes to put on warm clothes and head out of the door. We don't have a proper sledge, so we took a couple of plastic bags to slide down the mountain. It was the best 3 hours e've had in a while. 

All photographs taken with the Fujifilm Xt10+16mm f1.4

Finding inspiration in familiar places

Sometimes it's difficult to stay inspired. This happens to me quite often when we are not traveling to other places where everything seems to be more exciting than what we have at home. Sometimes, I don't see anything that catches my attention, because everything is familiar, same kind of roads, same forests, always the same places. This feeling became worse with the beginning of good weather and cloudless, blue skies. If you follow my work and have read previous blog entries, you will already know that I like cloudy, dramatic and foggy days in my photographs. So this led me to leave my camera at home for the last month and a half or so. 

This week, I really needed to change that attitude and I forced myself to bring the camera in my backpack all day long. Usually with my work schedule, I often have a few minutes either early in the morning or late in the evening to head to the mountains and make a couple of photos. And that's what I've been doing for the last few days. I also decided to use the 17-40mm lens that I hadn't used since last August, which has been really fun.

So these are some of the shots I made on Monday, when I went to wander around a little path I've seen over and over for so many years but I had never actually explored it. I loved coming across all that fern and wonderful leading lines. I also think it could be an interesting location for some portraits. What do you say?

The next set was taken yesterday morning when I drove to the very familiar road (by now in my photos) on the way to the mountain near my hometown. I had just finished teaching my first class at 8.30am when I decided to take a chance and see what I could find. I was surprised to see that the morning mist was still lingering, and as I walked up the narrow back country road the sun started burning through all the fog creating a beautiful ambiance. 

These aren't by any means the greatest photos of all time, but for me they are good enough to make me feel better and to know that each day can be an exciting and beautiful day even if it is photographing the same familiar places only a few minutes away from home.

Guess what I have in my backpack today, too? I'm taking my bike this evening, hoping to make it on time for sunset to a little river I know of, only a short ride away from home. 

Unexpected mood while location scouting

Last Friday, I had some time in between classes and went to scout for new locations. It was bright and sunny and no sign of fog or clouds anywhere, but I have some portrait sessions coming up and wanted to check out if I could find any new spots.

As soon as I drove up to the mountains, there was a beautiful, thick fog covering the forest and I quickly stopped at one of my favorite spots. The sun was trying to get through the trees, creating some stunning sun rays through the forest. Everything was in silence, and the only noise you could hear were my foot steps. There is nothing better than being surprised like this. I didn't have any person to photograph but the atmosphere was so special that I forgot all about my location scouting plan and started shooting with my little Fuji X100T. 

After this first stop, I drove to my next spot, which is another forest, where I've previously taken some of my favorite photographs. There is a dam right next to it, and the last time I came here it was half empty. So I wanted to check how high the water was now and if there were any possibilities there. I was really grateful for that thick fog, it completely changed the scenery in front of me. The atmosphere was really moody and mysterious and I was having so much fun! I walked down towards the dam and turns out that the rain we've had in the last few months, had helped fill the muddy empty dam a bit more and was now looking much better. 

It only took me less than two hours to shoot some of my favorite photos I've taken lately. My feet were cold and my working boots a little muddy. But, I didn't care. I wasn't expecting any photographs from that morning and I definitely came back home with a handful of favorites.

*All these photographs have been taken with the Fujifilm X100T and post processed in Lightroom with my new presets and workflow.

Walking on a frozen lake

Last Friday we packed our campervan and drove over 3 hours to arrive to a tiny village in the mountains of Asturias. By the time we got to the spot where we had planned to spend the night it was freezing so we warmed up the food, got the bed ready, turned the heating on and fell asleep immediately. We had set up our alarms for 7am, but since it was still dark we decided to sleep in for a bit and got up an hour later! We still had another hour to arrive to Valle del Lago, the town where we would park the car and start our hike. 

This town is 1200m above the sea level, so we were expecting there would be snow in the mountains. To our surprise, the path to the lake was also covered in snow and ice so it wasn’t easy to walk, and suddenly those 12kms felt like a lot of hardwork. But when we arrived to the lake, it was totally worth it. We decided to eat lunch there and walk on the frozen lake for a bit before walking back to the car and head to the coast where we tried to catch the last glimpse of the sunset over at the lighthouse of Cabo de Vidio. Unfortunately, we were not able to find a nice spot to park the van and spend the night near the sea (apparently the law in Asturias says that you can’t “camp” within 500metres to the sea). So we went to a not so exciting rest area in the highway and spent the night there. The following morning, we decided to get up early and try to see the sunrise over at “Playa del Silencio”, one of my favorite spots in the area. We weren’t very lucky because it was cloudy but we still managed to get a few shots before going to Cudillero for a nice breakfast. There we found a little café where we got lots of warm coffee for our long drive back home. 

It was a great weekend! I love quick trips like these. Can’t wait to plan more and share the adventures here!

Below zero session in the forest

I texted Oihana on Saturday night asking whether she would be up for a quick shoot the following morning. She agreed immediately, so I packed my gear in the Kanken and decided to bring along my analog camera with Portra 400, because my resolution for this year is to shoot more film. I woke up to -7ºC and put on the warmest clothes I had on my closet, drove to her apartment and went to the forest to shoot some portraits. Wildflowers were covered in frost and puddles were frozen. Yep, it was cold indeed, but the light was beautiful, and totally worth it. 

I'm currently looking for people to go on more shoots like these. If you are interested, head over to the contact page and let's plan something wonderful and fun!