This river contains many heavy metals. The water has left its traces in the form of deposits of sulphuric materials, called «fractals», forming suggestive and dynamic lines in an unusual landscape. By using the polarizer to the maximum, the colors are enhanced and by lowering the intensity, the chromatism fades but the texture is emphasized. These frames with a very clase foreground and distant background require great depth of field. One could even consider using «focus stacking».
Processed in Camera Raw, first brightness and contrast changes. Edited in Photoshop, trying to recover red and yellow co/ours that my sensor had dampened, using the «color balance» and the «hue/ saturation» too/.
Full/ frame, 36mm, F: 16, 100 ISO, 1/13 s, polarize
A geoform, a product of water and wind erosion wearing away the grains of sand from sandstone walls. The shape and its accompanying lines have enough interest, personality and dynamism to be the focal point of the image and only need a slight framing by the discreet shadows and textures. Applying the rule of thirds by not centering the figure, thus generating a double diagonal, helps to increase its dynamism.
Processed in Camera Raw, with slight brightness and contrast improvements. Edited in Photoshop, color correction with «color balance» to highlight its chromatism and «separate» the yel/owish tones from the reddish, since my sensor had practically confused them.
Full/ frame, 70mm, F:16, 1 s, 200 ISO, polarizer
A selection of a wall full of «geoforms» where only sorne of the lines and cavities, in a correct and balanced distribution, are already enough information in a photo. To tackle the difficult task of selecting I recommend using a zoom lens, starting with the wide angle, then zoom in while discarding elements, to keep only the fundamental part, the essence of the place.
Processed in Camera Raw, with light brightness and contrast adjustments. Edited in Photoshop, with a moderate cropping, tilting the framing lightly, to achieve a composition with a better distribution between the elements, I have added contrast using the «shadows/highlights» tool.
Full/ frame, 220mm, F:16, 0,6 s, 100 ISO, polarizer
Water and wind erosion have created curious shapes on the sandstone. I had the pleasant but difficult task of selecting a texture and a concrete detail from a chaotic set of elements. In this case the frame suggests the figure of a dragan, as if it had been taken right out of Gaudi’s Park Güell. If you want to be open to noting this type of detail I recommend taking the time, contemplating, walking and enjoying, without haste. The time will come to take out the camera and shoot …
Processed in Camera Raw, with light brightness and contrast improvements. Edited in Photoshop, removing a light blue dominant hue from the reflection of a clear sky in the rocks, using the «selective correction» tool.
Camera APS-C, 50 mm, F:11, 1/15 s, 100 ISO, polarizer
Two sandstone formations resist separation by an imaginary embrace. The motif is completed by the secondary lines and textures on both sides of the diagonal line. I took the photo using the panoramic technique, joining several images in one file, so that even with the size and closeness of the wall, it was possible to capture the entire rock formation.
Processed in Camera Raw, s/ight brightness and contrast modifications. Processed in Photoshop, «photomerge» for merging the images, cropping and perspective correction by «warp’ I removed a dominant greenish tone, which was actual/y natural, because of the c/oseness of a large stain of fems.
Panorama of 4 photos, Full/ frame, 60mm, F: 16, Bs, 100 ISO, polarizer
A wall of volcanic ash with solidified lava stones embedded, forming striking textures with a balanced distribution of light and dark. The stones on the soil counterbalance the wall and indicate the size of the abstract whole. The image was realized in color although due to the flat light of the environment it resembles black and white, thus emphasizing its textures.
Processed in Camera Raw, s/ight brightness and contrast modifications. Edited in Photoshop using «photomerge» for the panoramic size, perspective adjustments through the «warp» too/. Cropping at the upper part to be able to adjust the image to the desired publishing format in this book.
PARQUE NATURAL CABO DE GATA
Panorama of 3 photos, Full/ trame, 35 mm, F:14, 1/4 S, 100 ISO, polarizer
A composition with great dynamism, thanks to the lines of formations and erosion suggesting movement and flow. The cracks are the counterbalancing element. An image made in automatic mode may have the same result, but here the author consciously opted for a large aperture opening, to separate the focused foreground from its unfocused background, thus helping to create depth.
Processed in Camera Raw, with slight brightness and contrast settings. Edited in Photoshop, using «levels» and «selective correction». A cropping has been applied at the lower part to be able to adjust the image to the desired publishing format in this book.
Full/ trame, 52 mm, F:5,6, 1/200 s, 100 ISO, polarizer
A «geoform» whose sedimentation lines tell the history of its formation and current erosion, as if they were the rings inside a tree trunk, giving it a great sense of movement. The loase stones and the line in the lower right corner give balance to the whole image. In arder to ensure focus on the entire image, three images were made, each with a different focus point.
Processed in Camera Raw, with s/ight brightness and contrast changes. Edited in Photoshop, «focus stacking» to bring the three photos together into a single ful/y focused file. Cropping (slightly) and color adjustment with «selective correction».
Focus stacking ot 3 photos, Full/frame, 44 mm, F:14, 1/80 S, 100 ISO, polarizer
A form of ice, photographed on a cold morning, bathed by the first rays of the sun, with its ripples reflecting the suggestive movements of the water at the time of freezing. A transitory frozen scene that required the panoramic format for its best portrait. It will melt in a few moments with the caresses of the sun, then freeze again when the cold of the night blows over its waters.
Processed in Camera Raw, with light brightness and contrast adjustments. Edited in Photoshop, «photomerge» far creating the panoramic file, cropping and perspective correction using the «warp» too!, after converting the file into a «smart object’ color improvements by «se/ective correction’
SIERRA DE SEGURA
Panorama of 2 fotos, Full/ trame, 80 mm, F:16, 1/4 s, 100 ISO, polarizer
Exceptionally low water levels created this unusual lacustrine delta print. In the composition I was seeking a balanced proportion between the elements. The image was taken from a high point of view to create greater depth, better separating the elements from each other. The high perspective also helps to obtain more intense colours in the image.
Processed in Camera Raw, with slight brightness and contrast adjustments. Edited in Photoshop, «photomerge» for the panorama. Converting the file into a «smart object» by «layer-smart object» to be ab/e to make a perspective correction with «warp’ after se/ecting the «edit-transform» option. Adjustment of colors using the «selective correction» too/ and final cropping.
HOYA DE GUADIX
Panorama of 3 photos, Full/ frame, 185 mm, F:14, 1/15 S, 100 ISO, polarizer