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Desert Storm

After many years of frequent visits to this unique place I finally was able to photograph the desert, attractively contrasted by a storm and its rainbow. This phenomenon is as unpredictable as ephemeral and does not leave many options or much time to react, in this case I tried luck in a location that has some interest and depth to be combined with the presence of this phenomenon. In order not to delete the desired presence of the rainbow I put the polarizing filter on its minimum of intensity.

Full frame camera, 24-70 mm lens f:2.8, at 40 mm, 200 ISO, F:11 and 1/8 seconds, polarizing filter, umbrella

Mediterranean strength

Huge waves break their way before crashing against the volcanic rocks of the coast of Cabo de Gata. Using exposure times of 1/1000 s or more, choosing an appropriate point of view, allowing us to look «into the waves», an interesting base composition that will change with each wave, dedication and some luck can allow us to capture images like this. Burst shooting is also very useful in these cases.

Full frame camera, 24-70 mm lens f:2.8, at 50 mm, 800 ISO, F:11 and 1/1250 seconds,  polarizing filter

 

In between the mist

A subtropical forest located in the jungle of the Natural Park of Los Alcornocales, one of Europe’s best preserved native forests, lush vegetated with mosses and ferns growing up in the trunks and branches of the trees. The fog completed the image, giving it a mystical and ghostly touch and helped to create depth, by isolating the trees from each other.

Panoramic image made of 4 photos, full frame camera, 24-70 mm lens f:2.8, at 24 mm, 250 ISO, F:16 and 2 seconds, polarizing filter

The Spanish fir fortress

A mountain like a fortress, complete with walls and towers, which has the highest rainfall in the Peninsula and which hosts the last Spanish fir forests in the world that have been able to resist the climatic changes since the glacial ages.

Analogue camera, 24-50 mm lens f:2.8, at 24 mm, 50 ASA slide, F:16 and 1/8 seconds,  polarizing filter

 

Blizzard flowers

A storm has left traces of its blizzard, decorating the top of the mountains with beautiful flowers of ice on its way, creating a work of art full of beauty and ephemeral magic. The panoramic format allowed the capturing of the essence of the scene.

Panoramic image made of 3 photos, full frame camera, 24-70 mm lens f:2.8, at 70 mm, 100 ISO, F:16 and 1/50 seconds,  polarizing filter

 

«Sailing»

The play of the currents of the wind and water, are drawing this eye-catching pattern with pollen in the water. The stone is the element of counterweight, «navigating» between the currents, seeming to carry the pollen in its trawling, as if it were a ship sailing in a big imaginary ocean.

Full frame camera, 24-70 mm lens f:2.8, at 70 mm, 200 ISO, F:16 and 1/80 seconds,  polarizing filter

The dance of the Oaks

A Holm oak wood portrayed during a blizzard of snow, with a slow exposure to emphasize the movement of leaves and branches, contrasted by the steady trunks, thus creating depth and adding an extra touch of magic to the scene.

Full frame camera, 24-70 mm lens f:2.8, at 24mm, 31 ISO, F:16 and 25 seconds,  polarizing filter.

 

Sierra Segura in flames

A portrait of one of the most impressive peaks of the immense Natural Park of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura and Las Villas. In this “sea of pine tres” it is important to find forms and reliefs that stand out or emerging above them, in this case we see the impressive walls of Banderillas peak (which seem to «flab» as if it were a flag in the wind), accented and enhanced by the last rays of sunshine and the dark clouds. To get this image you have to walk quite a while until finally the pinar leaves a window open to be able to contemplate the impressive massif, which means a walk of about 20 kilometres per image.

Photo taken with analogue camera, 28-90 mm lens, at F:11, Velvia (slide) 50 ASA, 1/2 second, polarizing filter, tripod.

Ephemeral set

An abstraction of some of the many photogenic corners of the Rio Tinto, with a cutout of a waterfall whose fall creates a swirl of foam. I have tried to photograph the scene with a moderate speed, for, on the one hand, emphasize the twisting motion of foam and on the other hand, to keep texture at the same time in the scene. When we find a composition with water in movement that we like, it turns out to be very interesting to try to photograph it with different speeds, to acheive the photo that contains the appropriate exposure time according to our criteria. A neutral grey filter (variable) turns out to be of great help in this process.

Photo taken with digital camera,  80-400mm F:4 lens at 180 mm, at F:16, 100 ISO, 1 second, polarizing filter, variable grey filter tripod.

Spring setting

An abstraction of a spring forest at an exceptional moment with an abundant bloom of common primrose (Primula vulgaris) among the trees. Instead of portraying the scene with its many trees and flowers and trying to cover everything, the photographer has chosen to apply the philosophy of «less» is «more» selecting (only) the base of the trunk and some roots framing flowers, creating thus a setting with more than sufficient information.

Photo taken with digital camera, 30-80 mm 2.8 mm lens, at F:16, 100 ISO, 1/20 second, polarizing filter, tripod.

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