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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

Collaboration with portrait photographer Jon Etxezarraga

We are lucky to live in such a beautiful place. It only took us half an hour to arrive to this rocky beach and experience one of the best portrait sessions I’ve had in a while. This time I met with Jon Etxezarraga, a fellow photographer whose work mostly consists on portraits. It was the first time that we met and worked together, and I definitely loved how he carefully set up his camera and how he guided Bihozne, our model, to create such an elegant set of images (which you can check on the link above). It's interesting to see the differences in how we visualize an image; he focuses more on the person in front of him, whereas I like to make the landscape  also part of the photograph. I think it was really positive to learn so much from a collaboration like this, and I would love to keep working together with him and other fellow photographers on upcoming projects. 

I think this experience made me think about how enriching it can be to go out and shoot with other photographers. There is always something new to learn (about posing models, camera gear, settings, locations, light…) and it's awesome to talk to other people about the craft you believe in. 

These are some of the images I made on that sunny morning, I hope you like them!

*Thank you so much to Bihozne Artetxe and Jon Etxezarraga for all the great moments of that Saturday morning.

*For photographers: All these images were taken with the Canon 6D+ Sigma 35Art + EF 24-70 2.8