Posted 2 years ago

not everything that glitters is gold

This one is image of the day on LiquidImages.eu on 2011.07.02. It will be published on next month edition of DP - Arte Fotográfica magazine.

The “making of” was easy. During the 4 minutes exposure I painted the area with the flashgun in modeling mode (not strobe).
The background was lighten by a street lamp giving that yellow light.

Posted 2 years ago

12 mystical minutes

That’s it, six vertical exposures of 2 minutes each to produce this panorama.
An wonderful moment!

Posted 2 years ago
time
Besides all the technical stuff that envolves this kind of photography (something that I promise I will talk about on another ocasion), the story of this image is a bit weird, maybe even creepy and thats exactly the reason because I’m writing about it. The location is the Alentejo, Portugal and the “beautiful house” already has “collaborated” with me on other occasions, as some of you well know. I had already done two pictures in different spots when I decided to go to this place in the middle of nowhere. The full moon had been two nights before so there was plenty of light, which according to the experts of the genre, shall be avoid because you can not see the stars so clearly. I’m sure they are right, but this way I could get more light on the house itself. After setting the remote control programmed for shooting during 60 minutes and all the other usual stuff, everything was ready to fire the trigger and so I did it returning then to the car and wait patiently. I was eating the second slice of an yogurt cake when we (me and my wife) seemed to hear a strange noise. I lowered the sound of the radio, and then I heard the noise again. It looked like a bird … but suddenly seemed to be another animal larger, due to the strong and deep sound that came from the field of sunflowers near the house. It was an unfamiliar noise, I couldn’t identify it as an animal or bird known. The noise approached, getting stronger and without noticing that the sunflowers were harassed or had any other signs of rapprochement, but the noise was getting stronger and closer. Then we realized that whatever it was, it was on the right side of the car, a few meters of us. The noise we were hearing reminded a bird of the prehistoric period. I started figuring out a 50 million years creature coming out of the sunflowers with large and creepy wings and a huge head. The camera was about 5 meters to the left of the car and was still taking shots. The noise was still out there, close to us… apparently it was a strange animal but we couldn’t see anything, even with all that moon light. I started figuring out what to do and I decided that the better thing to do it was to get way from there. Started the engine, get closer to the camera, swith it off and ran to the car. Huffff!! Off we go! bye bye, you creepy thing. After all this I realized I did a 40 minutes exposure instead the planned 60 minutes but… Who cares!?

time

Besides all the technical stuff that envolves this kind of photography (something that I promise I will talk about on another ocasion), the story of this image is a bit weird, maybe even creepy and thats exactly the reason because I’m writing about it.

The location is the Alentejo, Portugal and the “beautiful house” already has “collaborated” with me on other occasions, as some of you well know. I had already done two pictures in different spots when I decided to go to this place in the middle of nowhere. The full moon had been two nights before so there was plenty of light, which according to the experts of the genre, shall be avoid because you can not see the stars so clearly. I’m sure they are right, but this way I could get more light on the house itself.

After setting the remote control programmed for shooting during 60 minutes and all the other usual stuff, everything was ready to fire the trigger and so I did it returning then to the car and wait patiently.

I was eating the second slice of an yogurt cake when we (me and my wife) seemed to hear a strange noise. I lowered the sound of the radio, and then I heard the noise again. It looked like a bird … but suddenly seemed to be another animal larger, due to the strong and deep sound that came from the field of sunflowers near the house. It was an unfamiliar noise, I couldn’t identify it as an animal or bird known.

The noise approached, getting stronger and without noticing that the sunflowers were harassed or had any other signs of rapprochement, but the noise was getting stronger and closer. Then we realized that whatever it was, it was on the right side of the car, a few meters of us. The noise we were hearing reminded a bird of the prehistoric period. I started figuring out a 50 million years creature coming out of the sunflowers with large and creepy wings and a huge head.

The camera was about 5 meters to the left of the car and was still taking shots. The noise was still out there, close to us… apparently it was a strange animal but we couldn’t see anything, even with all that moon light.

I started figuring out what to do and I decided that the better thing to do it was to get way from there. Started the engine, get closer to the camera, swith it off and ran to the car. Huffff!! Off we go! bye bye, you creepy thing.

After all this I realized I did a 40 minutes exposure instead the planned 60 minutes but… Who cares!?

Posted 2 years ago
trails of labour
When the subject is landscape, one of the things I love most is try to find some interesting detail in the whole landscape. On this one, it was easy to understand that this little spot would give me a nice picture. Unfortunately the sun was still high and I was just passing by, but I had to shoot it.  With the sun low would be even better, but  the effect is there anyway.

trails of labour

When the subject is landscape, one of the things I love most is try to find some interesting detail in the whole landscape.

On this one, it was easy to understand that this little spot would give me a nice picture. Unfortunately the sun was still high and I was just passing by, but I had to shoot it. With the sun low would be even better, but the effect is there anyway.

Posted 2 years ago
natural steps
From waterscape to landscape, thats it! It’s wonderful to take a walk in the country fields, taking some shots. Once in a while we find something interesting enough to photograph.

natural steps

From waterscape to landscape, thats it!
It’s wonderful to take a walk in the country fields, taking some shots. Once in a while we find something interesting enough to photograph.

Posted 2 years ago
safe harbor
The sunrise has always a magic due the tonalities given by a clear air (maybe I should say less dirty air…) and this one was no exception. The day was rising and the first light gave these colours, which in conjuction with the smoothness of the water, allow me to get this picture.

safe harbor

The sunrise has always a magic due the tonalities given by a clear air (maybe I should say less dirty air…) and this one was no exception.

The day was rising and the first light gave these colours, which in conjuction with the smoothness of the water, allow me to get this picture.

Posted 2 years ago
twilight
This one is also from the same session as the previous but without sun. Instead, I’ve got the moon… well, kinda tiny, but it’s there! The light was already very tricky when I took the shoot, but fortunately I could get some detail on the foreground. Actually, this one is all about that, detail on the rocks and the moon on the same side where the sun was set.

twilight

This one is also from the same session as the previous but without sun. Instead, I’ve got the moon… well, kinda tiny, but it’s there!

The light was already very tricky when I took the shoot, but fortunately I could get some detail on the foreground. Actually, this one is all about that, detail on the rocks and the moon on the same side where the sun was set.

Posted 2 years ago
female statue lying down in water
In the absense of a good sky (meaning loaded clouds), I played a little with the rocks and their forms. The funny thing is that after a while, everything around me looked to seem like something!… :)
I’m sure the low light had high importance on what I actually saw on that piece of rock, but the true is since I discovered it I thought I had to make a photograph of it, specially because of the foreground.By the way, the original title of this one was “Profile of a Big Fat Ass” but maybe was too tough… hmmm

female statue lying down in water

In the absense of a good sky (meaning loaded clouds), I played a little with the rocks and their forms. The funny thing is that after a while, everything around me looked to seem like something!… :)

I’m sure the low light had high importance on what I actually saw on that piece of rock, but the true is since I discovered it I thought I had to make a photograph of it, specially because of the foreground.

By the way, the original title of this one was “Profile of a Big Fat Ass” but maybe was too tough… hmmm

Posted 2 years ago
the anvil
This one is from a recent finding in the middle country, on the so called Silver Coast. It was a weekend without clouds and therefore, hard to get good spots to make some photographs but fortunately we found this place, where the rocks were red and with funny forms.
Actually, I loved this place so much that I have to go back there soon!

the anvil

This one is from a recent finding in the middle country, on the so called Silver Coast. It was a weekend without clouds and therefore, hard to get good spots to make some photographs but fortunately we found this place, where the rocks were red and with funny forms.

Actually, I loved this place so much that I have to go back there soon!