stayandwander

It's a slow winter

Yesterday was the first day that we saw the sun here in the Basque Country ever since the beginning of February. It's been cold and snowing and I haven't really shot that much lately. Sunrise is after I get to work and sunset is before I finish my last class of the day, so the light hasn't been great when I was available to go out exploring either. But somehow, I still managed to get a few shots that I'm proud of to share here. 

The first two photos are from a rainy morning back in December when we still had a few fall colors up in the trees. Same as the third, which was taken going down from a mountain pass when I saw the fog rolling in through the pine tree forest and I had to stop on the side of the road to grab a couple of shots. 

The next two were taken sometime in January by chance. I remember finishing my first class in the morning, and while I was on my way home I saw that this forest was the only area covered by fog, since it's not too far from where I live, I decided to check out what the atmosphere was like. I recently got the Fuji 35mm f2, which in full frame terms means a 50mm. As you can see from my work, I love to shoot wide, and I mostly shoot with either the 16mm f1.4 (24mm) or with the 23mm f1.4 (35mm). So the 35mm has been attached to my little XT10 in order to learn how use this focal length and it was also, the only lens I had with me on that day. Finding a good composition in this forest was really difficult, because this focal length not only is narrow and probably works better for street shots or portraits, but I'm not used to framing like this either. I somehow managed to get a couple of photos that I'm really happy with, due to their misteryous look. 

These next two photos of the river were some of my favorite from January. I remember it was early in the morning and I drove up to the mountain in search of a cool view from our town below. As I was going up I decided to take a road that I had never driven before but that it looked like there could be something worth photographing. I was right. It was a misty morning and the sun was coming up from the side of this beautiful river. The light was incredible and I spent quite sometime wandering around the sides of the river trying to get some photos, again with the 35mm. I didn't get much because it was way too cold and I was freezing.

Also back in January I went to another forest where I usually go to and where I actually took the first two photos of this set. Another foggy and cold morning where my car got too dirty on those muddy roads but where I walked around this lovely path in seca of some compositions. 

And finally the last five shots that I just took earlier this week. These photos were taken 200m away from one another and only 10minutes away from home. I remember walking down that forest path once before, sometime last year, but it never looked that good. It was really cold, and the sun was getting through those pine trees and it looked so beautiful.

I was able to get a nice photo of the back country road before the fog was gone and the sun lit the forest, which also ended up being one of my favorite shots I've taken in quite a while. 

*I've added this photo to my print gallery in case someone wants to get one. I have already made a couple of test prints and they look gorgeous. Also, I think I'll make a new editing video to show how I made this, let me know if that is something that interests you.

Hope you like these and their behind the scenes stories!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 

We drove to the desert

I had been planning to go back to this wonderful place for a few months now. It's 2.40hrs away from home and it's called Bardenas Reales. An incredible arid and desolate place that offers incredible photo opportunities. My brother and I are both on holidays at the moment, so I asked him if he wanted to tag along and he quickly said yes. We packed our lunch, water bottles, mountain boots and cameras, and we headed out early in the morning. 

It wasn't cold, about 8ºC and very windy, but totally worth it, don't you think?. The light kept changing constantly, the clouds came and went, and by the end of the day it ended up raining. However, I only wish this place were closer, so that I could drive around and explore all those peaks more often.

Hope you like this set and let me know in the comments which one is your favorite.

All these photos were taken with the Fujifilm XT10 and the 16mm f1.4

It was worth it

It took me a while to get out of bed but as soon as I saw that the mountains were covered in fog and it was drizzling, I made a coffee, grabbed my camera and got in the car. Two hours later, I got back home, soaking wet and with a few mosquito bites. It was worth it though. It always is.

*Canon 6D with the Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art.

Found a treehouse in a beautiful forest

Whenever I have strong feelings of wanderlust I always try to explore and find new trails and back country roads that I've pinned in my maps. Last week, on one of those location scouting days, I went to check out a forest I hadn't been to before. The beginning of the trail seemed really promising so I decided to give it a try and I totally fell in love with it. Once inside the forest, it looked like I was in the middle of a rainforest (it was a wet and rainy morning) and it smelled so fresh and good. I couldn't stop looking up in awe, it was a really beautiful discovery.

Unfortunately, I didn't have enough time to go for a proper walk because I had to go back to work, so I decided to head home and try another day. At night, I couldn't stop thinking about this wonderful location so I turned on my computer and cheked out the trails in order to have some places mapped out for my next trip to this place. After following several paths with Google Street View, I found something really cool, and I immediately knew where would I head to the next time.

So on Monday afternoon, I told all about my discovery to my brother and asked him if he wanted to tag along, to which he agreed. We met after lunch and made it on time to enjoy the walk before the sun went down. These are several photos of our little adventure. 

Can you imagine waking up on top of three trees in a beautiful forest of pines and watching the sunrise over some of the highest mountains in the area? This is definitely one of my life goals!