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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

New project with Jon Etxezarraga

I have recently started working with portrait photographer Jon Etxezarraga and I am very excited to announce that we are about to launch our own brand in the next few weeks. Even though our work is very different, we believe that it will be interesting to see how we combine our styles. 

On our first project together, we have collaborated with Amane, a clothing store from Durango (Basque Country) where Amaia sells beautiful clothes like the ones you see in the following photos. We shot at three different locations here in the Basque Country, and we had a wonderful time working with models Elene Okamika , Aiora Ponce, María Basabe and Bihozne Artetxe. We also had the help of make up artist Alba Herrera who made an excellent job, too!

This is a small selection of photographs we shot for this project, but we will be showing a lot more of the stuff that we have been doing in these past few weeks, when we finally reveal everything in August. We are looking forward to working on sessions with individuals, couples, families and brands. So if you are interested, go ahead and send us an email to leireub@gmail.com. Keep checking our Instagrams for updates and news! Can't wait to see this project grow, we are beyond excited!

Sunset on the cliffs of Zumaia

Last Friday it was way too warm, it didn't feel like we are still in winter, so I planned to go to Zumaia and walk on its impressive cliffs. I texted my friend Oihana to ask if she wanted to come along and she immediately accepted. We walked around for almost two hours and made a few photographs while we experienced a beautiful light and a pretty cool sunset. All in all a 10/10 evening!

Contact me if you'd like to spend an evening like this and make some photographs together!

*All images taken with a Canon 6D + Ef 24-70 2.8 + 50 1.4 Art

Portraits on the cliffs

Lately I have been taking more and more portraits. I am learning a lot in every single one of the sessions and slowly, I am becoming more confortable and confident in my work. Last Friday morning, my friend Oihana and I hiked along the cliffs of Gorliz, a beautiful town where mountains meet the Biscay Bay. It was really sunny and windy, and in the beginning I was worried because I thought I wasn't going to be able to pull out a good session. But things turned out pretty well and we managed to get a few cool shots. As you already know, I am a little hesitant to shoot with a deep, blue sky, but I think, taking into account the conditions and the time of the day that we had to shoot at, these photographs turned out pretty well. I hope you like them!

Also, if you are interested in taking some portrait shots, please head over to the contact page and drop me a line. I am sure we can come up with a great idea!

*All these shots were taken with the Canon 6D and the 24-70mm f2.8

From Mozambique to the Basque Country

They are Alaia and Adrian. They met a few years ago when they lived and worked in Mozambique and they just returned home to start a new beginning here. On Monday morning, I took the car and drove to familiar locations to photograph them. Despite of the freezing temperatures at the dam, we had a wonderful time and the session turned out to be really relaxed and natural. Later, when the sun was shining, we decided to head to the mountains. These rocky walls make a great background for portraits, so this place never disappoints. We are so lucky to have all these amazing places right outside our doors. 

These are some of the shots from that morning. Hope you like them!

*All these shots were taken with a 6D+24-70mm 2.8