Cies Islands, part II: “Rain, Wind, Sun and Cold in one day”

Cies Islands, part II: “Rain, Wind, Sun and Cold in one day”


Hey, good morning everyone I don’t know if you’re gonna be able to hear me or see me that lens is completely… Anyway, it’s the next morning here in the Cies Islands I came here to this lighthouse trying to photograph it for sunrise As you can see, it’s raining quite a lot, I am completely soaked I’m using the waterproof case for my a6000 as I showed you yesterday in the previous video And it’s been great so far, but the video camera… I don’t have a waterproof case for it I’m just using a plastic bag Going to try to take a photo of it to show you I should be using the waterproof case with the a6500 After all, it is the more expensive camera but the Sigma 16mm, that is the lens I’m using to record the videos It doesn’t fit here in these cubes that this case has I’ve been using the Sigma 30mm lens here because it’s the only one that fits in here other than the zoom lens, the 16-70mm And it’s very hard to zoom in and out when you have these tubes on It’s a beautiful morning, the atmosphere is beautiful The rain doesn’t bother me as much, the problem is the wind, it’s very, very windy So I better forget about making any long exposures or anything like that today I’m just gonna stick around here for a little bit longer, I am somehow protected from the rain here under these trees I don’t know if I’ve shown it to you, but it’s a beautiful setting here Okay, I’ve decided to make a risky move here, that is to change the lens and use the 56mm. I really, really want to use that lens I remember that the 56mm should be weather sealed So it should be just fine in this rain The problem is not so much the lens itself, but the moment of changing them It’s not very easy with the case on There you go All right then, I’ll be right back It is time to regroup, I’m completely soaked, my cameras are soaked, my backpack is soaked So hopefully everything works, including me I’d be surprised if I don’t get sick after this weekend, but I hope it’s worth it I’m back at the tent It got very nasty out there I hope I was able communicate that with the photos and videos but sometimes it’s hard, it’s very… The rain is not the biggest problem for me, it’s the wind It’s very, very windy and it’s supposed to get even windier So not ideal conditions to shoot out there but I thought the atmosphere was kind of cool I don’t know what to expect about the images I made this morning Sometimes I couldn’t even see anything through the viewfinder The cameras seem to be fine and dry enough My biggest concern now is the condensation and myself, because my raincoat is not very waterproof My shirt is completely wet and soaked as are my pants, so I’m gonna change really quick I’m gonna go to the cafeteria and have a coffee and some breakfast It’s now a few hours later I have spent most of the day in the tent because it hasn’t stopped raining until now Hopefully it doesn’t rain again, or not as much because everything I have, everything that I’ve brought with me is completely wet, including my backpack My raincoat failed on me, it was supposed to be waterproof but it’s not The tent is soaked, even a little bit inside So I only have a few clothes left that are dry I have with me 2 of the jackets or sweaters that are dry My pants right now are completely wet So it feels a little bit cold, but I only have another pair that is dried that I want to save for later, just in case I get wet again So yeah, it’s been a complicated day here It was very windy too, so I had to take care of the tent so it didn’t fly away I wanted to make sure I had a place to sleep tonight but it looks like the weather has improved a little bit now and I’m going to have 3 and a half to 4 hours left of today that I can use for photography That’s what I’m going to do I’m going to keep exploring the same side of the island leaving for tomorrow if I don’t fall sick, the other side of the island as you can see, this place is beautiful This weather also helps with the crowds, there are a few people but not that many So yeah, hopefully I can make a few good images this evening So the weather has been very cruel with me This morning, it made me very wet but didn’t give me that fog, that atmosphere I was hoping for a little bit, but not as much as I would have loved to And when I left the tent, just a few minutes ago I got that fog: that Island was covered in fog, that lighthouse was hidden behind the fog It was beautiful but it cleared out within 5 minutes I didn’t have time to do much I took a few shots of that lighthouse and the island, but I don’t know if any are going to work It kind of sucks that I went through the pain of fighting the rain the whole day And it didn’t really pay off, or not as much as I would have loved to But I’ve learned a few lessons for the future because I protected my cameras pretty well this time they were pretty dry, for the most part But I was soaked So I have to focus a little bit more on myself for next time because I could have been out there making more images my cameras would’ve been fine, it was me who was completely wet because my raincoat was not adequate and, my pants were not the right ones either I really can’t believe that this is going to be a sunny evening Today is going to end where it all started this morning I am taking long exposures as you can see I don’t know if they’re going to work It’s going to be hard because it’s very windy but I’m using the wide-angle lens so if there is any camera shake, it’s going to be less apparent To me, this one right here is the shot, it’s the best image I’ve found so far on this island and I think that the best image I’ve made so far from this spot was the one from this morning I don’t know if this one’s going to top that one… All right, so this is going to do it for today I kind of like the shots, at least on the screen of the camera we will see if looking at them on the computer the flaws are not more apparent than here on the screen It’s been a very long day here in the Cies Islands I had a lot of rain this morning, then I had sunny weather now it’s super windy and freezing I still have a half an hour walk back to the campground, it’s going to get dark pretty soon I just can’t wait for dinner Tomorrow will be yet another day here I’m going to be exploring some other parts of these 2 islands that I haven’t been to just yet I’m leaving tomorrow, I’m taking the boat back to the mainland but that’s at 7pm, so I’ll have plenty of time here to photograph and to make more images I hope to see you there, for now Thank you so much for watching and see you in that one, the next one

FUJIFILM XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR – Landscape Photography Review

FUJIFILM XF16-80mm f/4 R OIS WR – Landscape Photography Review


Hello everyone I’m just back from a
two Dolomites landscape photography workshops I spent two weeks with two
fantastic groups photographing some of the most outstanding peaks in the north of Italy
recently last week actually I had a chance to try and test a new
Fujifilm lens for the X system and I’m talking about the XF 16-80mm f4 zoom lens
the lens is a very solid product it really is a very
nicely made lens just like all the newer Fujifilm XF lineup lenses are the
lens feels Pro although it’s not a red label lens which Fujifilm uses
for its top of the line lenses it definitely definitely feels like it you can
notice the small dimensions and as you can probably see the lens is not a big
lens it’s lightweight so nothing here that will strain your back too much
the focusing ring moves really smoothly the zoom function is external meaning
that the barrel will extrude when you zoom in to 80 millimeters it’s quite
firm so it does not accidentally extrude when you have it slung around your body
for a day’s work the lens is also weather sealed so
shooting in dust sand and rain is not an issue at all usually I don’t need a
super fast focus performances from a lens but it’s super super fast and precise especially on the new cameras like the xt3 or xt 30 no hunting even in
lower light condition I tried mainly in my XT 30 but also my
XT 2 and on both cameras focus was flawless
let’s talk for a moment about some specs the 16-80 f/4 it’s a fast and silent lens with an excellent image quality but just how good is it how does it
compare to the professional 16-55 2.8 and my question is for a
landscape photographer or traveler could you potentially save yourself size some
money and weight if you don’t need the f/2.8 aperture in my opinion yes the
weight 440g for the 16-80 compared to the 655g of the 16-55
almost an extra 200g fairly significant then external dimensions
the 16-55 you can see is slightly bigger so the 16-80 I find is actually a better
fit in terms of size and weight for most of the x-series cameras and the
dimensions are very similar to the lovely 10-24 f/4 the equivalent focal length
range is wider for the 16-80mm so from 24mm to 120mm compared to the 16-55 which goes from 24 to 84mm the
filter size it uses the 72mm filter size which is a bit smaller than
the 77mm of the 16-55 is weather sealed the aperture is fixed at
f/4 compared to the 2.8 of the 16-55 and then
the big plus for the new 16-80 is the optical image stabilizer the optical
image stabilizer is the real showstopper with this lens
according to Fujifilm the lens has image stabilization of up to 6 stops a
lot no switch to turns the stabilizer on/off because they XF16-80 OIS is clever
enough to only work when needed the OIS actually detected when you put the
camera on the tripod and adjust according you very nice features who
have obviously since this is not a red badge lens nor a prime lens you will not
get the same performances as with those two types of lenses
however these lens did surprise me quite a lot sharpness is very good too
it resolves perfectly and feeds all the resolution needed for the x-series aps-c
sensors I didn’t notice any vignetting or neither the wide end or the far end
but to be honest I didn’t test for it in particular in a second we will have to
look a little deeper into image quality to see if there really is a large
difference between the two lenses however if I’m completely honest there
is not a night-and-day distinction that would make one a significantly better choice than the other
let’s take a closer look the 16-80 is almost indistinguishable
from the 16-55 in terms of contrast and sharpness in the center
the corners are still a little softer from f/5.6 to f/8 there
seems to be a slight advantage in the 16-55 lens but it’s not going to be
noticeable until you start to pixel peeping applying a little bit of
sharpening in Capture One and the final quality and the detail will be
excellent usually I use my lenses at the sweet spot of f/8 where I have the
optimal quality on sharpness without any issue with diffraction at f11
diffraction starts to kick in for both lenses the distortion is very controlled
there is some at 16-21mm and it get better as you move up the focal
length anyway the distortion is correct automatically once you import the file
in Lightroom or Capture One I can’t notice any difference on the lens
distortion compared with the red label 16-55 is pretty much the same conclusions
definitely I really enjoyed to use this lens on the field it’s a phenomenal lens
well building there OIS is absolutely fantastic the focal range in my opinion
is the perfect balance for people like me love to shoot in the mountains and
like to keep the backpack lightweight of course the largest market is clearly
the travel photographer who doesn’t want or can’t change the lenses all the time
so far I’m really liking these lens It’s versatile small and image quality is
brilliant for its price point I had the feeling that this lens will replace my
16-55 shortly alright guys that’s it that’s pretty much all I want to talk if
you liked this video please click on the thumbs up button below leave a comment to let me know what you think about it share this video and if you are the
first time on my youtube channel please consider subscribing ok guys thanks so
much and see you next time Ciao

Cies Islands, part I: “The best sunset in Spain”

Cies Islands, part I: “The best sunset in Spain”


All right, so I’m finally set up here on the islands I set up the tent Let me tell you a little bit about what’s going on I’ve come here to this beautiful National Park just off the coast of Galicia For me, this is the most beautiful place in Galicia I came here this weekend because this weekend is the last one open for camping After this Sunday, you’re only allowed to come here for the day and not for too long I think just 2 or 3 more weeks, so this is pretty much one of the few last days of the season This place can get really crowded, really packed in the summer, but today is perfect And this weekend, tomorrow is gonna rain the whole day so I don’t expect a lot of people tomorrow Today’s a beautiful day, the temperature is perfect. It’s a little bit windy, but it’s very very nice There are at least 3 lighthouses on the island, I’m gonna visit all of them The longest hike is 4 miles, roundtrip So I’m gonna have plenty of time to do all of those hikes I’m gonna go to 2 of them right now It’s 7pm, I have less than 2 hours before sunset I’m gonna be here for a while, so I’ll be telling you more things about this place later on For now, let’s just do that hike So there are 3 main islands here That’s the southernmost one, the other 2 are connected and that’s where I’m staying This is my 4th or 5th time on this island, it’s the first time I’m here as a photographer, though So everything is kind of like brand new to me because I see it in a different way Also, I think I’m just going to be wearing my hat for the rest of the weekend It’s not that cold, but it’s very windy and my hair is very, very annoying All right, so sunset was a little bit ruined because of some clouds There is still half an hour more of daylight But I don’t think there is gonna be any light for photography now As you can see, everything is very dark, but I’m gonna go ahead and call this the best sunset in Spain I know there are plenty of good spots for sunsets, but I’m gonna make it official: this is my favorite by far There are a few Spaniards who follow and watch this channel. So, please, share your favorite spots for sunset I have to put another layer on because it’s freezing now It was a very nice day I wasn’t expecting a sunset like this because as I said the forecast for tomorrow has a ton of rain So I thought that today was going to be a little bit cloudy I think this is just the calm before the storm, “calm” because it’s very windy It’s going to be much windier tomorrow, there’s going to be gusts of up to 45mph I have to make sure the tent is not gonna fly away Now, I’m just going to wait around here until they turn on the lights of the lighthouses because that’s what I’m looking for tonight I don’t have unlimited time because the only place on the island that serves dinner closes at 10pm, I believe, and I don’t have any other food with me I have snacks, but they are not enough for dinner, so I can only be here for so long All right, you can’t see it from here but the light is finally on on that lighthouse down there I’m still waiting to see if they do the same with the one that is farther away It might be already on but it is still too bright outside, I don’t know I’m trying to protect myself from the wind a little bit here because it’s freezing cold I don’t want to get sick the first day, I have 2 full days left here that I want to take advantage of All right, so I’m calling it off I’m not going to that other lighthouse because there are some clouds in the background and that ruins the image I just hate the clouds like that, but that other lighthouse I just came from, the big one It’s looking pretty cool on top of the hill now and I took a few shots and I think that you can see the beam of the light, it will make for a good image It’s so much nicer down here, it’s warmer, it’s not as windy But yeah, I have to keep going and get to that restaurant Hey, welcome to my house for the weekend, I’ll show you around This is my bed, and this is the living room It’s all a mess, but I’ve been trying to charge all my batteries I have external batteries, a big one for the camera batteries, and I have another one for my phone So it’s awesome to be able to charge them at night I am very tired, I’m ready to go to bed, it’s almost midnight I’m waking up tomorrow around 7am That will be tomorrow, now I need to get some rest to be ready for that Thank you so much for watching and see you in the next one

There’s beauty everywhere

There’s beauty everywhere


This hometown of mine is not the prettiest place on earth the towns around here are pretty ugly the architecture is all over the place but the landscapes are very beautiful And this is what we are doing to them This fire happened only a few days ago You can still smell it, it smells like burnt Luckily, no one got hurt but everything around here is burnt everything but a few things as I said, this happened 10 to 15 days ago and you can already see new trash you know it’s new trash because it’s not burnt So yeah, it’s very sad to see these things happening I’ve been coming here for the last few days because I want to document this I want to create images here It’s almost like documenting the destruction of my hometown little by little Today, I’m back here because of the fog I think it creates an incredible atmosphere When I woke up this morning, it was so foggy I rushed out of the door, I went up to the castle that is pretty close to the apartment where we are hoping to photograph that fog and those old streets with the lights but they turn them off very early I might have made a couple images The problem was that my camera gear wasn’t ready this morning because I was photographing a storm last night that storm was what created this atmosphere this morning I tried to capture some lightning but I wasn’t that successful what I’m gonna be doing now and while this fog lasts is to photograph this burnt forest, not always an easy task in black and white but hopefully, I’ll be able to make a few good images this morning So yeah, let’s do it The Sun is rising and the fog is clearing up I really can’t see many more images around here As I said at the beginning, this is a hard place because everything is dark and you need that contrast for black and white that’s why I wanted to come here this morning because of the fog and the contrast between that white atmosphere and the black landscape Otherwise I had to look for trees that were partially burnt not completely burnt, or had some mushrooms or some brighter stuff attached to them Other things I found around here creating that contrast were spider webs and snail corpses This is like a snail graveyard, there are hundreds of them around here and the shell when it burns it becomes white So it creates that contrast with the dark soil They don’t make for great images but it’s just an example of that contrast I was looking for Now, I’m going to walk to a nearby town, pretty close to here It got a little bit affected by the fire, nothing bad happened, as I said but there are some dead trees around there next to the buildings So I’m hoping to find some cool scenes, who knows? Okay, so this is going to do it for today The one last thing I wanted to mention is that to make most of my images here I was using rather long lenses, either the 30mm Sigma or the 56mm also Sigma I’ve been finding myself using prime lenses more and more often lately My zoom lens stays in the bag This is a trend that started in Chicago and Washington DC I kept using them in New York and Amsterdam, and it looks like here as well I’m going to head back down now, I’m going to head back home because I wasn’t expecting to be out this morning making any images and I wasn’t ready, as you can see. I didn’t have any breakfast It’s already 11am, I’m a little bit hungry I hope for this video to be a little reminder that we can find beauty everywhere, even in destruction and we can always, always, make an image no matter what I hope you enjoyed it Thank you so much for watching and see you in the next one

SVALBARD Photo Adventure – part 2 | remote solo camping and wildlife photography behind the scenes

SVALBARD Photo Adventure – part 2 | remote solo camping and wildlife photography behind the scenes


Look at this, look at this… It has been snowing during the night,
and I had my D 850 outside making a time lapse before it started snowing. I
brought two power banks for charging batteries and I have this external power bank
for powering up the D 850 so for the D 850 it’s fine, I have enough
batteries for the rest of today. The other batteries I charged last night
so I have enough for another full day, maybe a little more. But, there’s really
thick, heavy clouds and even with my big solar charger it’s not easy to
charge anything in this weather and I’m using a lot of power! I’m using power for the
laptop, I’m using power for the batteries, I’m using it for the microphone,
I’m using it for emptying the cards onto the computer, I’m using it for my safety equipment, like my In Reach. I’m using it for my phone that controls the
panhead, the panhead on the time lapses, so I really, really hope that
it will clear up during the day, or at least a little tomorrow, so I can get
everything recharged. Everything is still working, I’m just feeling that I’m a little challenged about the
battery thing. I haven’t even got my morning coffee. I’ve been out looking at
the time-lapse, checking the bear alarm, seeing if I could see any tracks, emptying the time lapses from yesterday onto the computer, but now it is
time for coffee. First cup of coffee, awesome! It has been pouring down outside, it’s
still raining a little bit. I got all the equipment ready, but now I have taken
it in again because everything just gets soaked! I’m really eager to get
out because I have seen a reindeer out there and I have seen, on my walk
yesterday, the little fox but it was around five hundred meters away and
just escaped. So yeah, there are some birds out there, some shorebirds, and
them just want to get out of photograph them. It’s a little frustrating to
sit here in Svalbard, in the little tent, when it’s so nice outside,
and it’s raining and raining and raining. I hope it will stop a
little bit so that I can get out and photograph without everything
getting totally soaked. I’m a little afraid because I’ve had some rain
damage with some of my equipment, and it is too early on this trip to get
more of that, so I am sparing it. So, I’m spending the time eating my late
lunch, recharging some more batteries, the phone, the In Reach again and
having a cup of coffee. Then I hope the rain will stop. It’s still very cloudy but it has
stopped raining and I hope to be able to just get a little bit of power
to my batteries and my other stuff. So what I’ve done now is I’ve put the big
solar panel here. This is one of the good things about having them a little
too large because even on a cloudy day they will produce something,
and I think now they are getting around two, two and a half watt to each
power bank and hopefully that’s enough to fill them so they can
charge one, maybe two, batteries this evening. At least it’s better than
nothing. Now I just need to get the tent a little better set up, so that if
it starts to be windy it’ll be fine when I’m gone. After
that, it’s time to go out with the camera. Finally, the weather is dry again and
hopefully we can get some photos of the reindeer that is walking over there
somewhere. Look what I found on my trip
yesterday from the reindeer. Here in Svalbard, if they’re on a, what do you say,
on a skull, you’re not allowed to take them, but when they’re like this, I can
bring them. So now, I just need to figure out if they will fit into
my backpack when I’m going home! Are they not nice? Look at this! They’re not from the same reindeer, but they
really must have been a big deer. Look! Yeah, going home on my wall! So, I just tried to get the drone up but it
started raining immediately, so I thought, now I want to focus on the
most important thing while I still have some good light and no wind and
everything is beautiful. I want to see if I can find that reindeer
that I saw yesterday. I saw it in the hills not far from the camp. It
has been raining all day but look at this now, it is beautiful. If I can find
that fellow it would be awesome! He didn’t look that shy. I was
just out on a walk and he just looked at me and walked around eating, so
hopefully! If I’m not finding him, or if I find him and photograph him and want to move
on, there are a lot of terns or something, and gulls
flying around down there in huge numbers and it could be fun to go down and
actually I see if I can get anything there. Let me see if I can find that deer. It
seems like it’s left the island, which is not possible. It must be here
somewhere! Somewhere! Let’s go and check it out. So, I’ve seen the deer, the reindeer.
It’s sitting in the hills over there, far away, looking at me actually. Let me show you a picture. There it is. From this distance the
background is really nice, with these snow-covered mountains. Let’s see what
happens if we can get a little bit closer. The good thing about the reindeer here in Svalbard, is that they are not shy. At least, most of the time, I think they are
not shy. I’m definitely not an expert on wildlife up here. I have photographed here so
little. But yeah, let’s see if that one is willing to stay a little bit
when I get closer. I got him up here and, he’s hiding
behind the hills, but he’s not afraid of me at all. Not shy like the red deer back
in Denmark where we have to sneak around and wear 3d camouflage. This guy is
totally confident, I don’t know why. I’ll see if I can move position because
I’m really badly placed here. This is different than it used to be.
Here it’s me moving away from the deer. I just walked around ten metres away from
him. Why did I only bring the 600 millimeter!? There’s some birds down there.
It’s so nice with the reindeer! He’s eating. He’s eating, and then sometimes
he looks up at me. He doesn’t care if I talk apparently. He just looks up though. What a beautiful reindeer. Imagine being
stuck out on this island. He’s just here and he has to wait until the ice before
he can get back. I don’t think he swim that far. That was nice.
Now he’s just walking away down there. Actually, towards my photo bag. What’s going
to happen? I don’t follow him. Now
he’s apparently going away and I don’t want to just follow in his tracks. Now
he can have some peace and I’ll go home to the camp, maybe go down to the shore
and see if I can photographs any birds and then, yeah, I think I’ll call
it an evening, and get ready for tomorrow. That was nice!

Never Give Up (back in Spain)

Never Give Up (back in Spain)


Hello everyone, hello from Spain, we got here yesterday from the Netherlands but there´s no time to rest There´s a full moon today, and the weather is going to get worse It´s going to be cloudy for the next few days So tonight or tomorrow in the morning are going to be my only chances to photograph to try to do something with tha full moon that´s what I´m going to try today, to find an interesting subject If you are watching this video that means that I was successful to some degree or maybe that I just chose to show you my failure I´m going out now, I´m going to go scouting for interesting locations that I can use My idea is to go to an area that burnt not too long ago I think it was just a week ago, there was a wildfire there There are a bunch of burnt, dark, dead trees My goal for this evening is to find one at the right location so I can capture the moonset just behind that dead tree I think it´d be a very cool contrast I have no idea if I´m going to find that one tree If I don´t, I might still go for other subjects for this image But yeah, let´s try it The trees here are very intact, in that they are burnt, they are dark but they still have all the leaves, so if I were to take a long exposure here at night They´d look just like normal trees, because you wouldn´t be able to tell even less in black and white, that they are dead so this is not what I´m looking for, but I´m not giving up yet It´s very nice to be back to using good ol´Garoo Yesterday we got reunited with someone else too, that you haven´t seen in a while but you will be seeing very often from now on I also need to find a tree that is facing west, that´s where the moon is going to set And to know the exact location of the moon, when it´s going to set tomorrow in the morning I use an app that I´ve talked about many times before, there are plenty of apps that do the same, I use this one it´s called Sun Surveyor, it does the same for the sun, you can check the stars, the milky way, and whatnot but I use it mostly just for the moon That’s a cool tree This one right here is more what I’m looking for This one has a little bit of background noise there, with all those other smaller trees so it might not be perfect, I’m going to check the location really quick, where the moon is going to set So I have an idea too I’ve been walking around here for a while and I haven’t found anything better than this I have to go now because I have to meet some family that I haven’t seen for 6 months for dinner I think I’m going to go with this one, with this tree and with this location Now it’s all up to the weather, there are some clouds in every direction but I’m still hopeful that I’m going to get a mostly clear day and if I don’t, I’m still going to come here and capture that scene I think it’s pretty cool Even with some clouds, the whole scene is going to be moonlit a little bit and might create that dramatic effect that I’m looking for I don’t know but I feel like I need to try it, so see you tomorrow in the morning Oh my god this is so frustrating, that was my shot I was supposed to be finishing my shot by now and I just got here, I don’t know why the alarm didn’t go off or I didn’t notice it I had 3 set to 5am, 5:15am and 5:30am and I didn’t wake up It’s very weird because the anticipation for the shot usually makes it easier for me to get up, and actually I woke up during the night a couple times, but I don’t know why Maybe the alarmt didn’t work or something Anyway, I was still trying to get a couple shots here because the moon was beautiful up there I might still get a beautiful morning around here It’s a little bit foggy, the sun should be rising in just half an hour I’m just going to wait around here and see if I can make something this morning Anyway, in all my rush to get here, I forgot to bring the Bronica, I forgot to bring the other tripod I forgot everything What makes it very frustrating to me is that it wasn’t cloudy, it was a bit foggy but that made the atmosphere even more incredible, the conditions were perfect They were all I was looking for and the place… I mean, it’s not the perfect place but I think it looks pretty cool So I had done all the work and I failed at the easiest part that is just to get up and come here, oh man So I’ve found this structure here I have no idea what this is for, but I love the contrast between the dark, burnt soil and the white structure, so I’m going to try to make an image around here Hopefully I can find one By the way, another thing I forgot, it might not look like it but it’s kind of cold and I forgot a jacket… yeah I really like that bag, the big one, so much space for all my things Anyway, I think I gave it my best this morning as my pants and shoes will prove Yeah… but I don’t think there’s anything else I can do here right now It’s been a frustrating morning because I had all the conditions I was hoping for and I still failed, it was totally my fault not being able to get up in time and that really stings because that’s the only thing that is under my control everything else, the weather, the moon, even the landscape, is not under my control but getting up in time, and getting here, that was the one thing that was under my control I still enjoyed my morning here, I think that the sunrise was nice with all those patches of fog and the landscape is beautiful in its own way I just hope I have another chance to capture it the way I wanted to Hey, good morning from the same location I was yesterday at last night didn’t really work, it was very cloudy there was no moon out Today we have a completely clear sky so it’d have been perfect for the long exposure I wanted but as I said yesterday, I think I said this, the moonset is happening too late in the day it’s happening in like an hour and a half, and it’s going to be completely daylight so the long exposure wouldn’t work the way I wanted it to So I’m just focusing on regular shots now, because I still think that this composition has some potential This path leading to the full moon, with some burnt stuff there in the background I think it looks pretty cool This time I brought the Bronica, I didn’t forget I’m going to be shooting HP5 ISO 800, I always do the same stuff I used my digital camera as the light meter, I’m going to take a couple shots here and then move around and see if I can find something else Alright so that was fast The moon was moving really fast, I had to leave the Bronica in the middle of a field I was taking a few photos with my digital camera The sun is rising behind there, it’s beautiful Going to… get my Bronica back Ugh, this setup right here… I hadn’t used it in a while, this is a very nice tripod a very nice camera, but oh my god are they heavy They were not the right tool for this occasion because the light kept changing the moon was really fast, and to move through that field full of burnt bushes this is not the best thing Handholding my digital camera was much easier, and that’s how I was able to capture, with my telephoto lens an image that I’m very happy with, it’s a very big full moon just behind that cool, burnt, dead tree and that was pretty much the idea that I originally had when I started thinking about what to do with the full moon a couple of days ago I saw a shot in a burnt area like this one, using the full moon to add even more drama to the scene It wasn’t a long exposure as I wanted it to be, but I think this image will convey a very similar message in a very similar way Talking about conveying a message, I guess the message for this video is to never give up It took me almost 3 days to get a shot here but I think I finally got something, I hope the images from the Bronica are good as well So yeah, just keep trying, keep trying, because in the end it will be worth it and the effort will pay off

My fear of photography, Nash point South Wales

My fear of photography, Nash point South Wales


good morning how cool is that that is
Nash point in South Wales not far from Cardiff on the glamorgan heritage coast
I believe it’s called it’s a really really cool feature which sticks out a
bit like the Sphinx but we’ve just noticed I’m actually with two of the
photographers and Neal and David if you watch my other video couple weeks ago
David was with me on that from that trip with Neil hormone as well and they’re
both quite local astareal very local it’s the area but we’re actually talking
that there was a massive chunk of the rock which is falling off the side of it
which is a bit of a shame to use to have that top part there if I just try and
find it used to curve round there at the top they used to stick out a lot more
like a head bit of a major shame really there’s quite a lot of evidence of rocks
falling down the story there as well yeah major shame but still a really
really awesome rock formation and it really is cool so the guys are over
there they got quite excited because they started to see a bit of colour
coming from the from the clouds it’s mega early we’ve got about 40 minutes
before sunrise and I’m having a wander around a bit of a scout trying to work
out if I can find a shot that I like at the minute as beautiful as this is I’m
struggling to find something that I think balances with that background
because the Sun right it’s little rise we can see the colour and now the Sun
arise in that direction I saw I’m looking for something that’s going to
lead up nicely to the to the clouds and yeah
but I’m struggling at the minute to find a foreground I sure would like Elle this morning fine
in a shop I found a few compositions not far just along within sort of 10 meters
of where I’m standing now it’s all really beautiful than foreground rock is
absolutely perfect it’s a really really nice location but I couldn’t find
anything that I felt balanced particularly well I had our idea of a
panoramic using all the lines of the foreground pointed out to see but then
we were banking on the color coming from beyond the rock so and that hasn’t
happened it’s about 25 past 6:00 now so it’s a heartbreaking
I found a conversation now quite like that obviously it having the the Walsh
Sphinx in the background they see how it reflects there I’ve got the camera
position so that I don’t cut out that reflection where is it there that that
reflection down there and the winds picked up a little bit so I’ve got a bit
of a ripple in the water so whatever I do nice to have a long exposure to
smooth that water out but the polarizer is cutting through the water really
really nice and revealing all the detail all the moss and everything that’s in
the bottom there looks really really cool so I’ve gone for f/8 just focusing
on the foreground here I did try a shot as well just focusing it infinity just
to see if with the hog focal distance of f/8 on a wide-angle lens I’m about 10
mil I’m about 12 mil on the 1024 just to see it focused at infinity if this would
be sharp enough in the foreground it’s a just over a meter away from me and it’s
not quite sharp enough so what I’ve done is I’ve focus stacking I’m focusing on
the foreground just here on the rocks immediately in front of the camera and
then again on the Sphinx looking thing in the background
and I’ve got to grad a point 6 grad on as well just to balance the sky Bert’s
the reason for that is because I actually had the grad on thinking that
the sky was gonna light up and I was gonna need that grad I don’t it is pants
well it’s been a really nice morning but yeah nice detail really all the contrast
love the look I love everything about the composition and everything I just
the sky is flat and everything really nice morning though I love it here it’s awesome awesome
awesome awesome so beautiful and because of the knavish
sky and light and I we’ve got no rush obeah an hour after sunrise and we’ll
just be wandering around looking for noise for grounds that lead up to the
Sphinx and I’m gonna call it Nash point it’s called Nash point I’m gonna get
told off on I for calling that things it’s Nash point and we’ve got really
really nice morning it’s it’s it’s really nice relaxing I love this it’s
much so probably my favorite sort of photography just wandering around
looking for different for grounds and just with Neil who’s come for another
wander Dave’s gone miles away the other side of the beach so we’re gonna wander
home try and find him in a minute but yeah it’s been a challenge though it’s
not been easy oh yeah by the way didn’t my new lens it’s really really wide so
I’m not like in your face it’s good at it because the other one would have been
about the other one would have been about there so we got all that so you
can actually see where we are now but yes it’s really challenging I love it I
love it that it’s challenging but I’ve got a bit of fear if I’m honest and I
think it’s the fear that’s developed me develop my photography should I say so
every time I it doesn’t matter if it’s a wedding and event landscape so every
street photography doesn’t matter what it is I’m always actually quite afraid
to go out with my camera because I always believe you’re as good as your
last job so if you come back and look at the photographs in a bit naff or you’ve
done something stupid with a filter or you’ve got the wrong settings or
whatever well for whatever reason you don’t like the and just don’t like the
images I’m always quite afraid of that and I think looking back at my
photography over the last two years it’s probably that that’s made the biggest
difference and that’s what’s made me improve in in any area just purely
because going back I’m actually quite terrified of looking at the images
thinking imagine you’re going on holiday and you come back either some amazing
trip so amazing camping trip or whatever near you come back you look at the
pictures and they’re like crap I don’t you can imagine how terrifying that is
so yeah I’ve got because I’m always looking to try and get better I’m I’ve
never contend going out and just coming back to the same sort of standard I want
to learn from my mistakes I want to improve my photography and I think
having that fear is obviously in ink urges you to be mindful of that done it
because you’d never gonna make the same mistake again obviously leaving the
Image Stabilizer on that sort of thing you’re gonna do that in here but
literally just slowing down bad habits improving your photography improving
your image skills look at improving your composition skills and things that you
pick up on the way and I’m actually quite yeah I’m pleased without what my
Sophie’s developing but I’ve actually noticed the more especially you guys as
well because I’m filming and talking to you and I’m looking at these
compositions thinking hang on if you guys look at these photographs thinking
that’s not reasonable standard I couldn’t I cannot really handle that so
yeah it’s a bit it’s a bit intimidating because I always want to a show you good
images and be I have a build a portfolio of images that are a certain standard
and you know getting better so yeah that fear of coming back with images that are
like say subpar but you know what I mean and it’s definitely definitely proved
improving my photography I mean I’m sure anybody who cares about anything is
gonna be sort of nervous and you know it’s the same the same with anything a
baked cake to be the same wouldn’t you you’d care what your customer thought
and you might be really nervous even though you’ve been doing it 20 years I
don’t know but yeah this has been a good example of a really stunning location
and I’ve actually been quite intimidated by because I’ve found so many amazing
foregrounds and pretty much all of it is stunning all of it is amazing there’s so
much color there’s so much character the rocks are just brilliant but yeah I
found it really difficult I don’t know why and then obviously that develops in
a bit of fear then I was thinking hang on I’m quite scared to get me come right
here because the case the photographs of crap in this is such an amazing place so
I found a few shots here with the Nash point I’m looking at as I’ve been
wandering around I think what’s what scheme in with my landscape photography
when I look back at the images there’s something that I really like in the
image it obviously you’ll have a nice background off sky or whatever like that
but there’s something in the foreground there actually think actually that’s
really no it’s not only just balance it’s got a nice detail but you actually
look at it you actually really like it so when you’ve taken the picture like
I’ve been wandering around these rocks looking for something that jumps out of
me not just like looking for a nice foreground looking for a nice rock or
whatever that lead up to the up to the Nash point but
something I actually really like the order of what what actually grabs my
attention some sort of connection with it and and I really like these rocks in
the foreground there’s like a really nice shape which holds this off
gathering a water here and loads of color in it I think the photo I’ve said
over the other side just over there we’re a bit monochromatic a bit flat and
I probably I mean the light’s not good so they don’t be very good black and
whites but here with the green and it adds so much vibrance to the image and I
think soon as I seen this green I was instantly drawn to it I thought well
that’s gonna be my foreground because I really really like this sort of the way
the lines in the rocks all lead up to nash point and yeah it’s really nice
there’s a lovely big massive boulder oddly shaped actually for the for what’s
around which i’ve used in the bottom left corner now that is a wide wide
angle lens of try portrait or landscape and and at 10 to 12 mil it kind of
distorts out a little bit so yeah I’m gonna be a bit worried about that so I’m
gonna try a choice I’m at 14 me I’ll try some at 12 mile try some at 10 min I
think that I think it’s about 14 meal before you start getting an image that
doesn’t look too distorted in the corners otherwise there’s some lovely
colors the lines are there’s some little shells that are all lovely foreground
interest and I’ve tried a focus stack again focusing it on on the point and
focusing it on about a meter and foot in the foreground yeah so we’ve just got
the best of both worlds today via has taken us on a random
detour where are we what is it and what what are these grade things in front of
us right you’re in our before a before the poll stations to the left of us okay
exactly true obviously but I think these are intakes for the power station I’m
water call infant something like that okay
I’m that out there I’ve no idea the looks cool bit abstract but it looks
yeah it’s a way something now it’s half us nine so yeah the best of all it’s
gone but it’s still a nice day just to go for a bit of one a bit of exploring
take it all in very different really really cool location that is me done I
can’t think of anything else other than breakfast I’m absolutely starving if
there’s like I’ve been up forever but it’s been really really cool this
morning hanging out with Neil and Dave seen a few new locations and stuff
hopefully this will be really really cool with the Milky Way behind it want
to find out where the Milky Way would be I don’t even know for self-facing I
don’t know where I am but yes we’re very very cool hope you enjoyed the video let
me know if you like the photographs yeah I think the recipe everything was there
for a good photograph bit flat lighting but yeah I think if we get some good
shots especially the cooler ones with a nice vibrant and most in the foreground
think I’d be nice to seaweed in the foreground it would be nice but yeah let
me know if anybody else feels the same way about perhaps putting too much
pressure on themselves and I’m it’s a good thing you’ve always gonna learn
because you care so much saying hey if you go out and every single time you
want to come back and you’re dead it doesn’t have to be an amazing
war-winning image but just to come back with an image that you’re really you
feel like you’ve got everything right yeah the light might have been good
conditions might not have been ideal but least you’ve got everything you could do
right in camera and it feels good anyway I hope you enjoyed the video if you did
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see so next watch it

Badlands National Park, Day 3 | Analog and Digital Landscape Photography

Badlands National Park, Day 3 | Analog and Digital Landscape Photography


Good morning, guys That was a cold night, but I mean it’s fine and there are all the blankets but the parts of your body that are not under a blanket like your nose or sometimes like part of my back or something because I moved you know during the night they were freezing anyway, look, there is no storm this place looks beautiful There is no one here It looks like it’s gonna be cloudy for the next two or three hours, I mean partly cloudy because you can see the sun there But then the rest of the day is supposed to be partly cloudy / clear so hopefully it will warm up a little bit right now is 7:20 a.m. It’s 15 degrees fahrenheit i just made a coffee it’s very nice to have a warm coffee now But it took me a long time to make it outside It was so cold that I was pouring the water in the pot and it was getting frozen in the pot As I was pouring, so yeah, it’s cold Day three was a very hard day. The road didn’t open for hours so i decided to go to the badlands by foot it was very very cold and that walk helped to warm me up a little bit the clouds disappeared from the sky much faster than i thought they would and i had a sunny bright day with a terrible light for photography it was at this time when i realized that photographing the badlands was going to be a much bigger challenge than i anticipated The weather had given me a white layer that I welcomed at first but that ended up being my worst nightmare in the days to come I was very glad and relieved to see the road opening just in time for sunset But, with all that snow and ice on the ground, I was limited to roadside photography. All in all though, still a great day in a beautiful place

Of Windmills and Bathrooms in the Netherlands

Of Windmills and Bathrooms in the Netherlands


Hello everyone from, I think you can guess it, the Netherlands I’ve been trying to find a toilet since I left Amsterdam, it’s impossible They are, all of them, paid, and I have no cash or they are closed like this one Anyway, I will have to hold it a little bit longer because this place is beautiful I don’t want to destroy the name, but this is Zaanse Schans or something like that It is the first place that came out when I looked for windmills to photograph in the Netherlands, close to Amsterdam, that’s where we are staying We are in the Netherlands, we are in Amsterdam, because Rachel is going to a conference for work I just tagged along We’re going to be here for 2 more days Today I was not even counting on going out because we just got here yesterday from New York I thought that the jet lag would make me really exhausted today, but I was feeling good I actually went for a run this morning in Amsterdam And decided to come here, even though it’s a little bit late It turned out to be the perfect time to be here There is no one, it looks like everything is closed here, all the little stores and shops The toilets, too, of course So I’m just gonna wait a little bit longer until sunset, until they turn on the lights because I think that might change the place a little bit more it might look even more beautiful than now I don’t know, but since I’m here I just hope I don’t pee myself All right, haven’t found a toilet I can use yet, but I found a composition I love a lot And is this one here, because I’m able to get the windmills That one, the second one from here I took a photo of that one earlier, but it has all the construction things on it It doesn’t look that pretty, but this one is pretty cool because it’s different from the other ones and it kind of covers that construction on the second and you can still get a couple more there in the background and What gives this photo depth is the light here I really like this composition I’m just going to wait a little bit longer to see if they turn it on because that would be almost perfect And after that probably just leave and try to find a bathroom somewhere I’m sorry I’m talking so much about that here but this is one of the problems about shooting in a city one, of the things that I dislike the most Going to the bathroom is not easy That’s never a problem when I hike One thing I can’t show you about this place that I love is There is a factory there, I don’t know if you can see it But that’s a chocolate factory and the whole place smells like chocolate It’s amazing. It reminds me of when I used to live in Portland We lived very close to a bread factory and the whole neighborhood smelled like bread It’s pretty awesome Turn on, come on. Come on, turn on. Come on, come on, turn on. It is 8:14pm Sunset happened 4 minutes ago and they still haven’t done it, I don’t know if they will There is a pretty cool moon tonight, almost full moon I will have to think about possible shots using the moon Yes, they did turn it on I hope I get it right at first time so I can leave as soon as possible I reall,y really think that this shot could be very, very good So that’s why I am doing this I don’t know what that is about but I’m afraid they ruined my shot Don’t tell me I have to repeat it Okay, heading back to the train station, everything seems to be closed around here So my hopes to find a bathroom are pretty much none I’m hoping I can get into the paid bathroom at the station somehow If I can’t, it’s going to be the worst 20 minute train ride of my life I can’t believe this, seriously, I just can’t First of all, I don’t have 50 cents And if I did, I couldn’t even pay because there is no one there Anyway, I’m here at the train station waiting for my train I don’t even know what train because there are no screens with information either I don’t even have data on my phone right now Yeah, I have no idea when I’m gonna make it to, not to Amsterdam, to a bathroom that I can use I could do it just here and pay whatever the fine is, I guess 70 cents to use a bathroom Those were the 70 cents best spent today, oh my god Good thing I could use my card