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There’s something magical about the way sunlight sneaks through these little streets. Maybe is the autumn light. It’s so soft and warm.

I think this is my favourite light for photos. Back in Venezuela, we had almost the same type of light throughout the year. I loved the 4pm light. But here in Barcelona, the changes are very notorious. And this is for sure the one I like the best.

This is my contribution for this Weekly Photo Challenge, Shine.


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I’m sure there was music in the background of this photo.

Back when I lived in Venezuela we had a very beautiful and green garden surrounding all of our house. One of my most fond memories of my life in Venezuela is watching my parents gardening every weekend.

They got up very early on Sundays, put some music on, grabbed a couple of beers and gardened for hours. Afterwards, they just lay there talking and enjoying our garden.

I took these photos one of those Sundays. I was inside and saw them. I knew a was leaving very soon. We already had our tickets to Barcelona and everything. I knew that was probably the last time I would saw my parents in our garden like that.

The light was beautiful, the sunset was perfect. This is the image of Nostalgia to me.


I see these photos and can hear Al Di La (my mom loves that song) in my head, smell the wet dirt and feel the soft sun.

“Funny” things I’ve been told as a photographer

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  • That’s a GREAT photo! Your camera takes amazing pictures. Or any of the following variations:
    • With that camera anyone can take good photos
    • That camera makes everything look good
  • Could you send me the photos you didn’t edit? / I want more volume of photos. Don’t show me just your selection, I want to see all the photos you took. This is a very common one and I know some photographers don’t mind sending unedited material. But I believe doing so is to deliver an unfinished material. Besides, let’s face it, we all have a bad photo in every shooting. Sending RAW, unprocessed photos is damaging of one’s reputation. What happens if the client shows one of THOSE photos? Who is going to look bad? And those are just a few of the reasons I don’t send unprocessed photos.
  • Don’t take too long editing. Just put a filter and be done with it. WHAT? No…no…no. No Developing photos is a very meticulous process. There is no such thing as putting a brightness, color, or anti-wriggles filter when developing photos. And, even if they are from a same photo shoot, each capture is different and needs its own processing.
  • You are going to photoshop me, right? I don’t know. This one is very common too. It’s really impressive to see how people see themselves and usually feel they need to be “photoshopped”to look good.
  • If I had the time, I would take the photos myself. Yes. You could take the photos yourself, but probably they are not going to be good.
  • Look how good is the photo I took with my phone! You should try to take the same one! I just… I don’t even…

I know this happens with many professions, not just to photographers. What is the “funniest” comment you’ve received from someone regarding what you do?

2014 in review: Happy New Year!

So I was just wondering around my emails, when I came across this mail from the wonderful people at WordPress. They’ve arranged this for me and I loved it, so I decided to share it with all of you :).

Thank you so much for all your visits, comments, clics and more. 2014 was a wonderful bloggin year! A big hug to my top 5 followers and all my best wishes to all.

Have an amazing 2015 and keep on bloggin!


Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.