Last road trip of 2018: Oporto, Galicia and León

Last night we got back from our last road trip of 2018. We were away for only five days but we got to see many beautiful places, such as Oporto in Portugal, the eastern part of Galicia and Las Médulas in León. For this trip I brought the Fujifilm XT2+16mm f1.4, the Canon 6D+ Sigma 50mm f1.4 and my Nikon F3 with a couple of rolls that I still need to develop. Hope you like this set of photos and I hope they make you want to travel to these lovely places.


One to one workshop in the forest

It doesn’t happen very often, but when conditions are right, the photos are right there, in front of you. That’s what happened last Sunday during my workshop with a friend. I wanted to go to a new forest and I asked him if he knew about a place near where he lives. He said he had never been there before, but that the fog had set the previous night and that we would have fog until midday. I was in!

After a one hour drive I got to this beautiful place and the magic began. Autumn colors were showing already, there was a nice, thick fog, the beech trees had incredible shapes and the best thing was that we had the place for ourselves.

During my workshops in the forest, people often ask me how I compose and how do I achieve a specific mood. I understand that it can be a bit tricky with all the information we have in front of us, that’s why I think that foggy conditions as well as rainy mornings help achieving better results. You may ask why photograph in such dark conditions… but the truth is that dramatic scenes are more attractive than dull ones. Rain saturates the colors, therefore leaves look more vibrant. Fog helps composing the scene, it blurs the background, helping create more simple, yet more powerful compositions.

The key is to find a subject and try to photograph it in a way that the viewer will stare at it for more than two seconds (huge achievement nowadays!). Always look around, don’t stop when you shoot the first photo, I’m sure there are many other ways to find a different perspective.

I always compose through the screen, I feel it helps to check if branches are interfering in the corners, or if there’s anything we want to leave out of the scene. Also, I always shoot with my editing in mind, so I usually underexpose in order to get deep shadows, because in a forest scene like this, you will have lots of dark areas as well as bright light in the higher part of the photograph, so why try to always expose everything?

I feel that the most important thing in my workshops is not just to learn the technique, but also to take the time to look around and feel lucky to be there at the right time in the right place. I feel it’s when I’m most creative and then during the editing everything comes easily.

I already mentioned this on a recent post on IG, and here it goes again… I don’t know what my photos may make you feel. I don’t want my photos to seem scary and I’m not trying to achieve the mysterious look either... I’m simply trying to convey a rather peaceful feeling, and definitely pushing you to take care of nature.

If you want to get more info about available dates for my landscape or online editing workshops, drop me a line to leireub@gmail.com :)

All photos were taken with a Fujifilm XT2 + 16mm f1.4

Trip to southern Spain

I've been to the south of Spain a few times, but never on a proper cultural holiday. So this is what we did last week on a quick 5 day road trip around Merida, Sevilla, Zahara, Grazalema, Ronda, Setenil de las Bodegas, Granada, Sierra Nevada, Alpujarra granadina, Consuegra and Toledo. It was great to spend sometime with wonderful friends, visit lovely places and eat delicious food. I definitely want to go back again very soon because I feel like there's so much more to explore!

Since we mostly visited towns and cities, I barely took any landscape photos. However, I concentrated on photographing quaint and colorful corners and streets of these places. What do you think?

Camera: Fujifilm XT2 // Lenses: 16mm f1,4 and 23mm f1,4

Faroe Islands

We went on a 21 day road trip from the Basque Country all the way up to the Faroe Islands and it was the best type of adventure to heal our minds and hearts. These are some of the memories from this wonderful place.