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Favorite photos from 2017

These are some of my favorite photographs from 2017, probably not the best, but there is something about them that I really like. 

Hoping 2018 brings more adventures, new projects and lots of inspiration to keep creating!

Enjoy!

Entreleones Photocamp Workshop 2017

A few months ago, cinematographer and photographer Manu León contacted me to talk about a wonderful project he had in mind. He wanted to create a photo camp for people who wanted to learn and improve this craft, meet other fellow photographers and specially have lots of fun. After so many months of hard work, he and his incredible team created Entreleones Photocamp , a 4 day crazy and intense adventure in Lepe, Huelva (Spain). 

The first time he called me, he asked if I'd be interested in offering a workshop to talk about my work and show others how I edit in Lightroom. I was surprised and delighted to receive such a wonderful opportunity and I made it possible to try and be there for at least 2.5 out of the 4 days. 

All I can say is that it was one of the best weekends I've had in a long time. I didn't know anybody, but as soon as I got there, it felt like we were all close friends. I laughed so hard, felt so inspired by everyone's work and I came back home with so many new friends!

I'd love to give a shoutout to all the talented artists whose workshops were really special:

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Marco Antonio Álvarez

I didn't really make many photos, I wanted to enjoy the moment and learn from others. However, I managed to take a few shots during Tania's workshop and on the last morning, when they took us to a wonderful beach full with little fishermen boats and colorful huts.

All I can say is that Entreleones Photocamp has been a wonderful experience and that I can't wait for the second edition! I would also love to get to see everyone who attended once again, so make sure to get in touch to plan a visit!

New project with Jon Etxezarraga

I have recently started working with portrait photographer Jon Etxezarraga and I am very excited to announce that we are about to launch our own brand in the next few weeks. Even though our work is very different, we believe that it will be interesting to see how we combine our styles. 

On our first project together, we have collaborated with Amane, a clothing store from Durango (Basque Country) where Amaia sells beautiful clothes like the ones you see in the following photos. We shot at three different locations here in the Basque Country, and we had a wonderful time working with models Elene Okamika , Aiora Ponce, María Basabe and Bihozne Artetxe. We also had the help of make up artist Alba Herrera who made an excellent job, too!

This is a small selection of photographs we shot for this project, but we will be showing a lot more of the stuff that we have been doing in these past few weeks, when we finally reveal everything in August. We are looking forward to working on sessions with individuals, couples, families and brands. So if you are interested, go ahead and send us an email to leireub@gmail.com. Keep checking our Instagrams for updates and news! Can't wait to see this project grow, we are beyond excited!

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. 

A roadtrip through the Alps

During Easter holidays we went on a short roadtrip to the Alps. We drove through Switzerland, southern Germany, Austria and the Dolomites in northern Italy. We had already been to all these countries, but all we wanted to do was to head to the mountains and explore lakes and be surrounded by nature. The Basque Country is about ten hours away from Switzerland, so that was the longest part of the drive. The rest of the places I had on my list were pretty close one from another. It is true that we tried to cover maybe too much for only 9 days, but I guess being on the road is also part of the adventure and we didn't feel that we spent a crazy amount of hours in the van (even though some argue that we always do). 

I packed all my camera gear on the very last day and after giving too much thought, I brought more than what I really needed (as always). However, I ended up using the 6D with the EF 24-70 f.2.8 for all these shots. I also brought the Canon Ae1+ FD 50 1.8 and I shot Ektar 100, Portra 160 and Portra 400. It was a great experience to shoot film again and I must admit that composing at 50mm was really tricky for me so that was an interesting and slow process. I'll show those scans on my next post though.