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A quick road trip to Andorra

A few weeks ago we received our new camper van, so obviously we were beyond excited to go on a little road trip to test it out. We decided to drive to Andorra, which is 6 hours away from where we live and we had never been to this little country. 

We left on Thursday afternoon after work, and got to the ski station Ordino-Arcalís at around 11pm where we spent the two nights. Waking up there was wonderful and the night in the camper van warm and cozy. It was incredible to have breakfast surrounded by such beautiful scenery.

After checking out some of the views we decided to walk around other villages like La Cortinada and Ordino. In the evening, we decided to take the cable car to go to the top of the mountains near Encamp where we watched the sun go down.

The next morning we woke up again at the same location as the first night. This time, the sunrise was more special. At first it looked as if the clouds wouldn't let the sun go through, but then the skies opened up to let the purple light of the sunrise. It was misty and really cold, near -5ºC, but that didn't stop us to go out to make some photos before preparing the breakfast. 

Later in the morning, we drove to Andorra La Vella and then we wandered around the frozen lake Engolasters. The weather was about to change, so before heading back home, we drove up to  Port d' Envalira to check the snowed in mountains one last time. 

These are some of the photographs I made on these two days. Hope you enjoy them!

* A collaboration with Hemper. Thank you so much for these beautiful handmade backpacks!

* All photographs taken with the Fujifilm XT10 and my new XF16mm f1.4.

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!

Barcelona

I recently spent a couple of days in Barcelona. This was my second time in the city, and I really had a wonderful time exploring all the sights. I decided to limit myself by bringing only the Fujifilm XT1 along with the 23mm f1.4. On this brief blog post I wanted to highlight the architecture of some of the most important buildings in the city. I specially loved waking up at 6am to catch the sunrise from Park Güell, the cathedral of BCN and obviously the interior of Sagrada Familia. 

Hope you like them!

Back from the Land of Ice

The first time we were in Iceland was back in the summer of 2014. We went on a three week roadtrip around the country and slept on our sleeping bags in the most incredible places we had ever seen. Right there, we promised to ourselves that we would one day go back in winter to see it in a different light and wild conditions.

A few months ago, we just talked about the idea once again, and started looking at flights to Reikjavik for the last week of 2016. We found them for a really cheap price and we bought them on that same night. We rented a 4x4, hired a tour to visit an ice cave and booked our hotels for 4 nights. It was a really short trip compared to the first time we were there... but it was absolutely worth every minute of it. 

Unfortunately, the conditions were really extreme for the first two days. Our ice cave tour got cancelled due to the caves being flooded after a really rainy day. Instead, we visited other places we hadn't planned to go to. It wasn't as cold as we expected. The minimum temperature we experienced was -9ºC, which wasn't that bad with all the clothing we had on. Two pairs of thick socks, two pants, several layers of shirts, a sweater, a jacket and a raincoat. Oh! and really awesome gloves, hats and mountain boots. All essencial to survive the crazy conditions we lived on those days. With 100% of humidity even my 6D died for a few hours after getting soaked in the canyon of Fjaðrárgljúfur (ha! try pronouncing that!). So glad I had my little Fuji X100T with me while I dried the DSLR with the car heating. That was a really important lesson I learnt: always bring more than one camera, ALWAYS.

The wind was really strong... about 40mph/60kmh and it literally threw us to the ground several times, specially in Stokksnes, where it was almost impossible to photograph. The light though was spectacular, it changed every minute but it felt like a constant sunrise/sunset all along the 6 hours of daylight we had each day. 

On our last day there, we went in search of the northern lights, but we were not able to find them, so again, we promised to go back over and over again to this wonderful place we love so dearly. Next time we are taking our camper van on a ferry to the Faroe Islands, staying there for a few days and then hopping to Iceland for yep, another awesome adventure!

These are some of the photographs I’ve taken on this journey. I hope you like them and make you book your flight to Iceland right now!

Oh! and Happy New Year! Hope it's an adventurous one!

*All taken with a Canon 6D +24-70mm 2.8 and Fujifilm X100T