Day 2: Home and huge ice creams!

Today was a very relaxed day. We stayed at home for most of it and I felt appreciating it a lot. Knowing you can just sit or lay down with no schedules or appointments for at least one week.

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My parents came over for lunch, hubby and I watched anime, we went shopping with a friend and I had the biggest and yummiest ice cream I’ve ever had! We also watched a horror movie called Hush at the end of the day and it left me with a weird feeling. So I decided to come write and share my photo of my One Post a Day Challenge Part 2 and see if I could relax again (it’s not working really well).

How’s your week coming along?

 

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Detonate

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Sometimes emotions are so strong that we Detonate. Reality becomes blurry and all boundaries and limits of logic and reason disappear. Fear and shame disappear leaving the path open to the most primitive an real feelings to manifest in all their glory.

We often hear people telling us not to make rash decisions when anger burns us, and not to make promises when we are drunk on happiness. That’s just because such strong feelings, cut loose our most inner selfs and open the door to roads that we wouldn’t have the courage to take under any other circumstance.

But, why is that a bad thing?

If intense emotions, whether is anger or happiness, give us the determination we need to make decisions that lead us closer to where we want to be in our lives, what is wrong with seizing those moments and be brave even if only for a few minutes?

I think sometimes we NEED to Detonate to let go of fear that holds us back in our comfort zones. Feeling intensely is just what we might need to start living the lives we want.

Cheers!

Today is our 4th year anniversary of moving to Barcelona and I like to make it a tradition to write something special every year and to share my favorite photos I posted on my blog so far. I’ve only missed it one year so far and I surely didn’t want that to happen again this year, so here we are!

Hubby and I were talking about these past 4 years this morning on our way to work. We were remembering the moment we were at the airport right before boarding, the moment we made a flight scale in Frankfurt and when we finally landed in Barcelona. It feels so weird to think about that moment now. I was telling hubby I think I entered in some kind of survival mode. I knew I had to step up to the occasion. That we were pretty much on our own and we had to do what had to be done.

I think it didn’t really hit me that we left until we moved to our own apartment. When we were done doing things we had to do as a priority, like finding a place to live and get all the documentation we needed, it was the moment to start living. And I felt kind of lost. With time, that feeling, that fear diluted. Weird enough, if feels both a long and a short time since we’ve been here. But with all that said, hubby and I toasted today for these past 4 years and many more to come.

Here’s a compilation of some of my favorite photos form this last year. Enjoy!

🙂

Little pine tree

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This little pine tree was a gift from my mom from when my parents visited in December. is the first photo I take of it and I wonder how it didn’t ocurr to me before to photograph it.

The things is that, maybe, as I see it everyday I got too used to it. Which sucks. Because I was complaning about not being able to take photos for a long time because of bad weather and the fact that is getting dark so early, when the truth is that we are sourrounded by a million things that could be super interesting to shoot.

Is just that we get used to them and we almost forget they’re there. After I realized that, I though that I will try and force myself to take photos of things I see everyday around me in a different way.

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I think that would make a great excercise.

No light, no photos

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It’s been too long since I took my camera out of its bag. I haven’t taken photos is such a long time I’m in physical pain.

Right now it’s getting dark really early and I’m at work during daylight time so when I get home is already too dark for photos. And if you know me, you know I’m a sucker for natural light. So my camera has been sleeping in its bag for a while.

I was so desperate that yesterday I grabbed my camera out as soon as I got home and took, literally, three photos of Mango and a couple more of a plant before it was too dark.

It’s something at least! I’m planning some photoshoots for the upcoming weekends but the weather forecast is not good. It’s been raining a LOT in Barcelona lately so that makes the whole situation more complicated.

So I thought I could at least share an old photo and my frustration with you until I can go out with my camera again.

Light is everything

The most important thing in a photo is the light. Light has the ability to make or brake any shot. You might have a great camera, a great model, a great set, BUT if you don’t have great light, you have nothing. It works the other way around too.

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Every time I’m about to take a photo, the thing that inspires me the most is a beautiful lightning. Is the one thing I’m constantly fixated with. And natural light is my personal favourite. When I first started with photography I was dying for the opportunity to be in a full equipped set and try out all the lights, flashed and any lighting device I could put my hands on. But once I did, I was kind of disappointed.

Even though the possibilities are great because everything is under your control, It wasn’t as fascinating as I thought. Natural light has this quality that makes it perfect and amazing for pretty much any kind of photo. Well, at least from my point of view.

Of course there are many things that contribute and affect a photo besides the light (I will talk about that in another post). But light provides the mood, the ambiance of an image. And natural light is as versatile as it comes.

I particularly like the afternoon light the best. Back in Venezuela the perfect time was around 16.00h. Here in Spain it varies a lot depending on the season and time of the year. Right now, days are very short and the light is very soft almost during the entire day and that’s great!

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When taking photos I really like to have a focal light point. It’s not so easy to catch it because those points appear in very specific hours of the day when the sun is lower but hasn’t started to set yet. Here are a couple of examples!

I really like how those glares look like. I feel they give the photos a little extra something! This is one of the reasons I enjoy natural light so much. You can play with it so much during a single day and season, the possibilities are endless.

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Whether you prefer natural light like me, or artificial lightning, always pay close attention to it. On how you are going to use and what mood you have in mind for your photo.

Happy shooting!

Ballet at the beach

Photographing a ballerina has been a dream since a long time ago.

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When I was studying photography back in Venezuela at Roberto Mata Taller de Fotografía  one of my teachers showed us the work of a photographer who shot the ballerinas at a studio in New York (sadly I can’t remember ir or find it anywhere), and I was hooked by it.

Since that day, I always wanted to photograph a ballerina.

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A few months ago I got introduced to Claudia. She is a ballerina from Venezuela and we did a photo shoot filled with magic! Here are some of my favourite shots:

She was so graceful and made my work so easy. The sunlight worked in our favor and I managed to give the photos a really soft look and feel.

It was a photo shoot filled with peace and sea breeze. Hope is the first of many to come :).

Have a beautiful week, everyone!