Two different post-processings of the same photo. The top one is closer to reality. The second one is maybe more appealing.
Saturday, 31 March 2012
Friday, 30 March 2012
Thursday, 29 March 2012
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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Monday, 26 March 2012
Sunday, 25 March 2012
Saturday, 24 March 2012
Friday, 23 March 2012
I saw this shot on my mind pretty quickly as a I was passing by, but thought a bit more light was required for the tree. So this was my thinking process:
Get flash out of the ruck sack, place it behind the bench, facing the tree trunk, set it to not too much power, zoom as wide as possible, get back to position and shoot. Easy, no?
As it happened, upon pressing the shutter button I noticed that the battery of my wireless trigger was gone (I bought it in Xi'an, so I cannot really complain). Big disappointment.
I thought about a similar occassion and wondered when I will learn to do proper checklists before such trips. But then I thought, what the heck, flash or no flash, I want this photo. So here you are, the photo with a dark tree plus a short rant...
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
Tuesday, 20 March 2012
After a long day at work, it was great to walk around the Botanic Garden, which happened to be almost deserted by then, just before closing but with some light left for a few nice shots.
Monday, 19 March 2012
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Friday, 16 March 2012
Thursday, 15 March 2012
I parked close to one of the huts and walked along the track to the waterfall. On the way back, the clouds opened up and I got the treat of this view.
As a side comment, the track requires to cross a small creek for which there is no bridge, just a few slippery rocks more or less aligned. A real adventure for an urbanite like me!
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Las dos primeras semanas de abril expondré las fotos de la exhibición "An einem Orte der Mancha" precisamente en el sitio donde tomé la mayoría de ellas justo hace ahora un año, El Toboso. La exhibición tendrá lugar gracias a la colaboración de varias personas, especialmente mis padres, la concejala de Cultura, Doña Pilar Arinero, y D. Juan Alfonso García Donas, de la sala Domus Artis.
La foto de arriba no estará en la exposición, pero me parece más interesante poner una foto nueva que no ha salido en el blog que repetir alguna de las otras. Sobre todo para la entrada número 500 de este blog...
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Monday, 12 March 2012
Sunday, 11 March 2012
Saturday, 10 March 2012
On my only complete free day, Sunday, I decided to drive to Arthur´s Pass, along the West Coast Rd, but taking time to stop here and there. This was taken at an abandoned train station near Aylesbury. There was a panel showing the names of each peak, but I thought a photo with the rails would be a more interesting, especially since the fence was not that high. The one thing to note about this photo is that I took a series of them and I spent more time looking backwards than forwards. I was not sure of the train timetable and, for that matter, not even sure from which direction a train would come!
It was a beautiful Summer day in Christchurch and as I was getting closer to the mountains I could see all these clouds become more and more menacing. By the time I got there, I had my fair share of showers, to the point I was considering to drive back before I got to Arthur´s pass. Eventually I decided to stop on a lonely motel with an amazing view over the Waimakariri river and the mountains. After some hot coffee and a writing pause, I was ready to continue and give it a try hoping for the weather to get better. And I´m happy I did...
Friday, 9 March 2012
This is an easy joke. As I told a friend, any shaky photos can be attributed to an aftershock or, in worse case, a proper earthquake.
But this was not a joke, there were several noticeable shakes while I was in Christchurch, including a magnitude 5 one. It was enough to wake me up and make me wonder if it was time to look for a door frame. And then it was gone...
Thursday, 8 March 2012
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Monday, 5 March 2012
Sunday, 4 March 2012
Saturday, 3 March 2012
I walked to the end of the pier and was more than disappointed with it. It is just not comparable to other piers I have been to. But like everything in this trip, it came with a bonus. Most of the aftershocks in January seemed to be shifting towards the ocean. In this case, it is difficult to avoid the word tsunami popping into most people´s minds. So just picture yourself at the end of this pier, evaluating your chances if the worst were to happen at that precise moment and that was me about fifteen minutes before taking this photo, which otherwise transmits peacefulness.
Friday, 2 March 2012
Business travelling often involves long working hours and not much to do in the evening. Being a hobby photographer gives you an excuse to walk around and try your hand at pretty much anything. So one very late Summer evening I drove to a nearby beach just on time for a few shots before it got too dark.
Here I was trying to capture the mist of the waves beyond the dunes. I´m afraid I did not quite succeed, as the photo looks quite dull even with the colours pumped up in comparison to the original scene. Or maybe it is the smell and the sound missing...
Thursday, 1 March 2012
I took this photo during a lunch break, from the top of the car park at the airport. It is interesting to note some of the modifications of this C-130 (click photo for bigger version), such as the skis on the landing gear and the exhaust nozzles for the rocket assisted take-off.
The one day I could have visited the Antarctic Centre, I decided against it and went to the Air Force Museum. If nothing else, it gives me an excuse to come back...