Tuesday, 30 March 2010
More and more people keep telling me. I will end by taking his advice. On Saturday I was biking in Barcelona, down the Ramblas to the Barceloneta. I have never noticed it too much, but photographers have a kind of chip that connects all of a sudden when we see an image that draws our attention. In this case it was the statue and the light the responsible. There was a light mist and the backlighting from the sun in the morning produced a remarkable effect. "What a pity I did not carry a camera" I thought. But then I realized that I did. Precisely because I was going to a practical class, next to the beach, with students from IDEP. I went with the bike and waited to catch some interesting character, though it would only appear his silhouette. Once satisfied with the photo, I went to learn more about the statue. It was Ròmul Bosch i Alsina, a statue made by Robert Krier in 1992. Bosch i Alsina was a physician and the owner of shipping companies, including Pinillos which made trips to Cuba. He was also mayor of Barcelona.
2) Page 31: "Capa, the most celebrated figure in a generation of politically engaged photographers whose work centered on war and victimhood.
ESPAÑA BOMBARDEO 1937
Page 54: "The Spanish Republican soldier has just died, if we may believe the claim made for that picture, which Capa took at some distance from his subject".
MARISOL Y SU GATA DIXI
This is an attempt to leverage the Internet to a solidary aim. I’ll tell you the story. Marisol is a young woman, and a “mileurista” ( meaning she earns less than 1000 Euros a month) as the 63% of Spanish workers . She struggles to make ends meet, living in an apartment without an elevator, in the district of La Ribera in Barcelona and has a cat, Dixi. Dixi, a few days ago fell into the street from the terrace of the building. Unfortunately I know what that is. I have a cat Taca, which I call the flying cat that fell twice on the street from the height of eight stories and one in an inner yard. Someone told me that cats have no memory, though the end up learning. Taca is the living proof. It’s been eight years since her last fall, and now she walks like an expert on the ledge. It is indisputable proof of Darwin's theories.
Marisol picked up his badly injured kitten, and without hesitation, took her to a veterinarian. Dixi was more than a week under observation, and the vet x-rays her, and made analysis and surgery in her left leg. Result: a bill similar to Marisol's monthly salary that, of course, she can not afford.
It occurred to me a possible solution. I made a portrait of Marisol and Dixi and we sold over the Internet to pay the vet bill. 100 copies numbered and signed by me, the portrait at a price of 10 Euros.
Enough time has passed and the story worked out. Marisol paid the bill and Dixi, cured, soon will have kittens.
Here is some examples of photos taken on my recent trip to South Africa with the Nikon D700 and my opinion about the camera. In this picture we see a lion cub, part of a lion’s pride starting a hunt at night besides Kruger Park. It is an impossible picture almost for any other camera. The darkness was total, and two all-terrain vehicles followed the group. The animals of the park have become accustomed to cars and act as if they did not exist. The lion is illuminated by a torch from the vehicle and I photographed it with a 50mm f: 1.8 at a speed of 1 / 30 and 3200 ASA. The incredible capacity of the D700 to shoot, with little detriment to the quality, at ISOS so high, as does her older sister and much more expensive D3, is a major revolution in photography.
The Nikon D700 camera is very solid and sturdy, easy to use and incorporates new developments that were of great help to me as the dynamic AF area autofocus with which the camera automatically detects the subject and selects the focus point. It is very useful for moving subjects and was crucial to photograph this couple of impalas. It was 7 am and there was little light, the power to shoot at a 1600 ASA was key. In continuous shooting mode you cab take up to 5 per second photos. Later in the day, the light grew, and I was able to photograph this family of warthogs at 200 ASA.
Dinner outdoors in Makakatana Bay Lodge, inside the natural reserve of St Lucia. On similar occasions, with another camera, I would not have taken the photo. After getting up so early in the morning, and a whole day of work, you want to relax and quietly enjoy the delicious food accompanied by a good South African wine without disturbing all the guests. I could have used a strobe, with the power reduced to a minimum but, even so, I would have destroyed the warm and intimate lighting. If I had to take the picture I would have used the tripod with all the hassle involved, but with the Nikon D700 I simply adjust the sensitivity to ASA 3.2oo and shoot.
It was my room imitating a Zulu hut, although much more spacious, in Stewart's Farm. If not within the story, sometimes I take the photo and others I don't. I need to mount the tripod, level it ... It takes your time. Here, as in the previous photo, I just set the ASA dial to 1600 and shot with a 20 mm. lens. Because the D700 is full frame, the 20 mm covers a very wide angle. It is incredible: it seems that the photo is taken at 100 ASA.
This is a very small sample of the possibilities of the D700, but the best images are saved up to the moment to be published in the magazine that has the rights.
Mossos d’Esquadra’s Agents, the Catalan Autonomous Police, came in the early hours of this last Saturday in the two largest Catalonia’s prostitution centres, Riviera and Saratoga, and closed them, as a precautionary measure.
In 2000 I photographed inside the Riviera, using a hidden camera, for Public magazine in which I was the Head of Photography.
I don’t like doing this kind of photography, always related to investigation subjects. Early in my career, I did many of these photos for Interviú magazine. I think someone had to do it and I did. They were very valuable as a news but not as photographs. I entered inside the Riviera together with the publisher that had been previously. I used a F80 Nikon, with 28mm f: 2.8 wide-angle, loaded with colour negative film Fuji 800 ASA. The camera was hidden in a dark raincoat, rolled on my right arm, where the lens peeked by the sleeve. I shoot in an automatic program, without looking at waist high, with my left hand holding a beer, politely rejecting the proposals, more or less attractive, from the ladies approaching me.
Monday, 29 March 2010
In a few words: a great camera at a very fair prize, about 900 Euros.
Saturday, 27 March 2010
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Saturday, 20 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Looking at the composition one might wonder whether there was a better frame. It is true that I followed the rule of thirds in which the horizon has to be at two thirds or one third, as in this case, to give more dynamism to the image. Usually, if we place the horizon in the medium, the composition is duller.
Here is the reason I framed only one third of the mountain.