Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow…!

When I was a kid I had my first encounter with snow in a small town in USA. I was about six or seven years old and, although I never saw snow since then, I could still remember the sound it made while walking on it. Its a very particular sound and it got stuck in my memory. This past weekend, I got to hear that sound again and it was just as I remembered.

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I went on a roadtrip to visit the snow outside of Barcelona and it was amazing. The first stop was the beautiful town of Camprodon. The first thing you see when you star walking is the Ter river and the grand bridge over it. Is a stunning view completed by the many stores housed in old stone constructions, christmas music floating through the crowded streets and the smell of honey and smoke coming out of the fireplaces.

After walking up and down through Camprodon, we continued our way to the snow, wich was pretty much the purpose of this trip! And after driving for a little while we got there. I have to admit that I felt like a kid playing in the snow. We had so much fun and I got to photograph it for the very first time. Here are some of the pictures I took.

Personally I think is kind of difficult to take pictures in snowy landscapes. It was so bright I could barely open my eyes and focus. However i’m very happy with the photos, the colors are very intense and the light is beautiful and soft.

And, finally, after rolling, falling (a lot), gliding down hill and throwing lots of snow, we went back home. It was an amazing, extremely fun day. I still look at the pictures and don’t believe how beautiful everything was. I can wait to go back again!

Lomography

When I decided to enter the world of photography  I only had a compact pink camera that didn’t work. The focus was all over the place and the pictures were a mess. So, the first thing I had to do was buy a new camera. Of course digital was the only way to go as the course I was about to begin was called Digital 1… need to say more?

So, my first real approach to this world was with digital photography. However, analogue always had a place in a corner of my mind. I remember my dad’s old camera haunting me every time I walked through that aisle in front of my room, staring at me, daring me to try it. I don’t know exactly why, but I feared film.

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However, that fear is long gone and now I only feel love and extreme excitement for analogue photography. Last year I came to Barcelona during my vacations and my brother took me to a Lomography store. I was completely amazed. There were sample pictures of how the photos turned out and it was a feast to my eyes. I had, just had to try this. So I bought my very own lomo cam. A perfect, beautiful Diana F+, and started shooting away.

And what better place to start than the beautiful city of Barcelona? Here are some of my first lomo pics.

Trying it one time was enough for me to love it. Shooting without exposure measures, without shutter speed calculations, just with my own knowledge and instincts is an amazing experience. Plus, the intrigue of not knowing how the photos turned out until the film is developed is extremely exiting. Besides, there is something very special about lomography cameras. The feel of the pictures, the colors the style, everything makes it very unique.

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I love the double exposures and mixing flash colors!

My dad’s camera doesn’t hunt me anymore. I’m not longer afraid of film! I recommend everyone with love for photography to try it, and if you do, I hope you love as much as I do.

Making this place my home

As I’ve mentioned in older posts, I recenlty moved to Barcelona, Spain, after living all of my life in my hometown Caracas, Venezuela. Making a change like this is not easy. Deciding to move away from the place that watched you grow, from your family and your friends is very hard. However, as they say “change is good”, and due to this recent event I find myself paying more attention to phrases like “if you don’t take risks you are not doing anything”, “it’s better to try than do nothing and never know what could have been”.

So, here I am, trying! And this week Writing Challenge, comes perfect for me as I’ve been thinking a lot about sharing a song that’s helped me and inspired me through this experience. I’m talking about Phillip Phillips song “Home”.

I rembember I first listen this song after the airplane took of when my husband and I were leaving Venezuela. It made me smile. I felt inspired, excited and got this feeling that we made the right decision. I felt the words of the song spoke directly to me. Somehow I think it was meant to be that I listened this song for the first time when I did.

It’s been seven months since then. I’ve been trough a lot. It may sound very cliché, but it’s been an emotional rollercoaster.  I’ve met wonderful new people, gone to amazing places, cried my heart out, laughed till my cheeks hurt and took more photos than I’ve imagined…

Every day I try to make this place my home by adding new details to our apartament, by getting in touch with Barcelona’s culture, by getting to know more people and more places. We have basil, strawberry and aloe vera in our balcony. A purple orchid in our living room, my favorite stuffed animals from when I was a kid, a Rolling Stones magnet and six wine glasses for guests. 

When my will flinches I listen in my head the words “don’t pay no mind to the demons they fill you with fear, the trouble it might drag you down, if you get lost, you can always be found” and remember how I felt in that airplane the first time I heard this song!

Creepy & Fun Halloween Photos

Of course I had to do some Halloween photos! I couldn’t let that just pass by. I didn’t get to do as many as I would have like too, but I can’t complain.

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My brother did a small Halloween party and we had a lot of fun doing crazy/creepy looking pictures. I really liked how this one turned out. The lighting was very cool. We also did some funny pictures too! Here is a small gallery of them, hope you like them.

It was kind of a challenge to get good pictures with so little lighting, but at the end it really worked out. The noise makes the photos look more creepy and I like it. Sometimes this unplanned things work for the best! So go out there and try new things even if you are not sure of how will they turn out.

Hope you had a great Halloween and got to eat lots of candy!

My Favorite Model

Since I started practicing photography I’ve had a model that has accompanied me on every assignments, task or project. She is always willing to be photographed. she poses  calmly and elegantly. She participates in the most positive way and has the world’s largest patience while I try thousand exposures and every angle  I can think of. My favorite model is my grandmother.

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My grandmother is 85 years old and has an amazing vitality. Every day she fixes her hair, and going out without makeup is inconceivable. I haven’t met anyone who dresses as elegantly as she does, and she is always target of compliments and praises when she goes out. She loves to read, to have a drink from time to time, she can spend hours talking to a complete stranger and if there’s a party she is the main dancer .

And on top of all thatt, is a great model. I remember that in the first photography course I did, as a final assignment I had to do a photo essay and I did about my grandmother. Since then, whenever I have the opportunity I photograph her. Here are some of the many images I’ve done of her.

And as if that wasn’t enough, my grandmother loves to be my model. To photograph her in a studio, or on her day to day life, is great. She enjoys it as much as I do and as a photographer that’s amazing.

Phtopgrahy: Mafe Roig / Editing: Adolfo Roig

Eye for photography

Recenlty, reorganizing my photos, sorting from one disk to another, I found a folder of an unexpected small photoshoot I did last year. When I was studying photography in Bogotá, at Labloom Academy, some girls from the fashion production course were in trouble due to technical problems with their camera and went looking for a photography student that could help them. And, gladly, there I was.

They were doing the final exam where they nedeed to portray a fashion style, and when asked them what look they were looking for with the photos, they said they wanted to represent a fusion of styles between Madonna and Cindy Lauper and wanted a very natural session.

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I loved doing these pictures. Back then I had done many portraits but never a session that  approached so much to a fashion photo shoot. Since I did it, I discovered that this is the type of photography I enjoy the most and the one I would like to work in as a professional.

One of the things I liked so much about doing these photos was the lighting. The place we where had two large windows and white walls, and as the day was quite cloudy, the light was very bright and soft at a the same time.


I remember that day my teacher asked to see some of the pictures I had done and he told me I had an eye for photography. That was a great incentive to motivate me to continue learning and practicing to achieve my dream of one day working as a professional photographer .

Unfortunately, since then, I haven’t had the opportunity to participate in a session like this and I all i think about is when will the opportunity raise again.

Finally, portraits again

Lately I have been taking to many pictures of nature and landscapes. And, although I’ve found that I like it more than what I thought, I must admit i’m a fan of portrait photography .

Recently I started looking for models to do a photo shoot. It’s been too long, too much for my taste, since I last did portraits,  and I was desperate. However, after several proposals and a request via my Facebook page, someone answered my plea.

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My cousin, Anna, volunteered as a model. We decided to use the beach as our stage and do a very natural session. We started about five o’clock in the afternoon, when the sun was beginning to set and that allowed us to take pictures with quite a variety of light effects.

For the wardrobe we went for full white clothing, contrasting with well defined red lips and the many colors of her eyes. Always having in mind the feeling we wanted to achieve with these photos, the light, the color of the sky and the breeze came together in perfect harmony creating the mood we needed.

It had been some time since I last did portraits so it took me a few clicks to get warm. But after a while everything started to flow, and without realizing it, I spent two hours photographing Ana. Here is a small gallery of my favorites.

Portraits is a style that I definitely want to perfect. There is still much to learn and I will continue practicing.

Countryside day

As another advantage of moving to live in a new city, comes the opportunity to meet new people. And that’s great. The place you live matters, but the people with whom you share it, completes it.

Last weekend I had the opportunity to share a day with family that used to live thousands of miles away, of whom I only knew their names and I had a spectacular day. We went to a small restaurant outside Barcelona called Masia Rural Can Puig. I invite you to visit their website so you can learn more about it that what I’m about to tell you.

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This small and spectacular home is located in the Montseny Natural Park. It is surrounded by pure nature. Any direction that catches your eye, there are mountains, trees, crops and flowers. Here you can actually breathe pure, clean air.

The house offers restaurant and accommodation services. We were only there to eat, but just thinking about spending the night makes me feel relaxed. The food was spectacular. Among countless entries, wines and desserts the palate was brought back to life.

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And everything looked and tasted better thanks to the environment. The space intended to the restaurant is, as I could notice, what formerly conformed the hall of the house. A fireplace, stone walls, wooden furniture and candles create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy this delicious meal.

After eating we decided to take a walk around, so I could take many photos. Here is a small gallery of my favorites ones.

It was a spectacular day and I hope I get to go on another small trip like this one very soon.

The Fair

Last week, seizing the benefits of our new city, my husband and I decided to go for  saturday afternoon stroll. We walked through the streets of Barcelona and the coast, about eight kilometers in total, and it was spectacular.

As expected, I took my camera with me expecting to find something special, and we did. After walking for some time, we found a mechanical fairground near the beach.

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I have never been to a fair like this, and I loved it. The lights, the sounds, the smell of food, everything was extremely colorful and bright, like something brought out of a movie and it was quite unreal.

I took lots of pictures. For me this was a completely new sight and everything was worth to be photographed.

The photos have very little processing. All I did was give them all the same treatment as to the intensity of the colors, to enhance the consistency between them, beyond the subject.

Additionally, you may  notice that people are not present in most of the images and, if there are, they are not the focus of the picture. This was completely intentional.

Since I saw the fair I intended that the photographs had some of a dark mood. Such places have always inspired me a sense of creepiness. Hence the decision in the treatment of colors and the absense of people in the images.

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I had fun doing these pictures. And there is something else I can add to the list of new things I have done ​​this year.

The beauty of a rainy day

Nothing like lighting a couple of candles, listen to some mellow jazz and sit down to write on a gray and rainy day in September. And, even if the flu attacks, for me, there ir nothing as relaxing as this.

And lately cloudy and rainy days have become a common landscape. Personally, this used to be a problem because I never felt in the mood to take pictures in wheather like this.

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When I do a mental recap of my photos I realize there is a pattern. I always tend to take pictures of bright days, with intnse or soft light, but always cheerful and sunny. I realized that I have always felt unmotivated to photograph in cloud , rainy and gray enviroments.

This got to a level that, if it was necessary to go on out in this weather, I didn’t even take my camera with me, thinking I would have nothing to capture and,  that even if I did, I would be disappointed with the results. What a mistake I was making. Recently, I went out of my comfort zone and I’m so glad I did it.

I decided to take my camera for a walk with me to the park on a gray afternoon, when the clouds had kidnapped the sun and cool breeze presaged the coming of the rain. These are some of the pictures I took .

I like how these photos turned out, contrary to what I expected. They are far away from the regular kind of calm and sunny days pictures I take, and I love them. I feel there is something special in them. Soft colors, pale light, the deserted park; put together, it has a unique charm.

I liked to try a different style of photography. I got out of my commonplace and dared to do something I had never tried before  with my pictures, maybe just for fear that it wouldn’t turn out well. I’m definitely going to begin to practice more photography with this style.

Now I feel and see the beauty of a rainy day. And this is something else I’ve learned through photography, there is beauty in everything around us, maybe it will take us some time and effort to realize, but there is.