Belchite (I’ll return)

Belchite (I’ll return)
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The last weekend we went to a night photography workshop in Belchite (Augusto , Alberto and me)

With batteries charged and backpack full of clothes and equipment we went over there.
The first night when we arrived(since we were not invited) (this was a joke that has been misunderstood, they invited us, but we don’t want to get in) to enter Belchite we went to a snowfield that was very close to that recommended Ruth, in charge of rural hotel “Capricho de Goya” and treated us very well all weekend.

The snowfield was painted by Augusto, I painted the front and the ground and fired the remote flash we had inside:

[ ƒ/7.1 Canon EOS 7D 14mm 100 447s]

The next day we did a tour around: Azuara, Letux and of course… Belchite:

[ ƒ/8 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 1/320s]

After the workshop we went to implement it, and the truth is that it was not too good, too many people together. And we used to go to ours , the prove is the image below, in order to get something I had to do an HDR of 3 shots to match the areas and look somewhat decent :

[ Canon EOS 7D 3200]

We also did scenes, the “lesbian” when the involved give me permission (lol) and I leave this to you, all of us and the cross was painted by Paco Farero. From this point of view is a bit strange because I did not have the same frame as he and Augusto says: “The painter, is painting to his/her camera”:

[ ƒ/4 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 1000 49s]

And finally I leave the one I like , they are actually 20 shots a minute and then mounted with GIMP (yes, I find it easier than startrails own , since I can add or remove shots of the final result without re-process all), and is cheaper than the “Paint”:

[ ƒ/4 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 800 59s]

The final summary of the trip is that we were needing more pictures and that I’ll surely return to Belchite.

The Soundtrack is a song that refers to all the evils of civil war, as happens in Belchite: Guns ‘ n’ Roses – Civil War:

Arcos III

Arcos III
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Continuing with photos of Arcos de las Salinas. The Sunday morning stay in bed late and take breakfast at the hotel and went to find locations.

We approach the birth of the river Arcos and I do a test of my Nexus 4 camera:

Good, not?

Then we went to “Los Cuchillos”

[ ƒ/7.1 Canon EOS 30D 12mm 100 1/160s]

We also visited an abandoned Hotel (too bad !), we went to buy some snacks, and dinner to the chapel to get an overview of the town, is a HDR, so missing metadata:

[ Canon EOS 30D 100]

We then returned to the “Los Cuchillos” and we took pictures like this:

[ Canon EOS 30D 3200 58s]

If I remember correctly Augusto paint the water and background pines and I paint the stones in both sides of the river, while Jordi and Rafa ate sunflower seeds… lol.

Today I put two songs (with the same letter) and you have to choose according to your mood: Parece que aun fué ayer – Los Suaves

Acoustic version :

Sugarcane version:

Casa Rama

Casa Rama
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Last Thursday we don’t have model, and the night only gave two good shots, but I really like both.
First is totally painted by me, Augusto take holiday. It’s a place where we’ve been, but until now I didn’t liked the result. And it is already the saying goes… “If you want well-made bed… make it yourself.”

The whole scene is painted by a lantern with orange filter and black paper to prevent showing to camera.

[ ƒ/7.1 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 1072s]

And the other image have been painted enterely by Sergio with the same mechanism, congratulations!

[ ƒ/7.1 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 803s]

The BSO will put a song that I feel totally identified, look at lyrics, the video is not great quality, but has the lyrics in spanish. It’s “Old Time Rock & Roll” by Bob Seger :

Yes, I know that many will sound because it’s in the film Risky Bussiness of Tom Cruise, but since I saw this ad for Guitar Hero and Heidi Klum… what want me to tell you… do not even know who Tom Cruise is… hahaha.

West wind

West wind
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Yes, I know we’re all sick of the wind, annoying and a headache, but it’s not bad, leave pictures as I bring today. A very clear day, low and scattered clouds and a spectacular blue sky.
The photo is made with the 24-105 (24mm) and the circular polarizer. No photoshop, I’ve only played a bit in Lightroom levels. I took 7 photos and then I put together with Hugin. I left image at 2500px wide … but if my camera has 18mpx and 7 photos… guau!, lol

As OST I’ve to put something active, that gives us wings… Kiko Veneno! Memphis blues again… if I repeat myself, sorry… but there appears Santiago Segura and gives a touch of necessary humor.

Arcos II

Arcos II
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The second day we were in Arcos de las Salinas rippled pretty, Morning visit the ancient salt that give the village its name. There are still remains of the pond where the water became dry, the water pumping windmills and church. Also the place is quite secluded and almost no light pollution. We had a very good day:

Salinas de Arcos de las Salinas, an HDR with the polarizing filter:

[ Canon EOS 30D 100]

Then we were talked about Dueñas, a town like many other abandoned and not wonder… with the SUV cost us quite get, is tired and there was too much grace to go around, especially at night, so we made some shots daytime and towards Arcos again.

Overview of Dueñas (multiple shots at the 12 and the polarizing filter and coupled with Hugin):

[ Canon EOS 30D]

In the afternoon, after lunch we went for a walk around Arcos, a path that bordered a stream and we will find this waterfall:

HDR waterfall in Arcos de las Salinas:

[ Canon EOS 30D 100]

Then we went to dinner and back to Salinas, but otherwise:

Portal of the church (Illuminated by Augusto, and I think the stone wall and floor painted them myself):

[ ƒ/6.3 Canon EOS 30D 12mm 100 723s]

Now instead of a long exposure we wanted to show the Milky Way:

[ ƒ/4 Canon EOS 30D 12mm 3200 60s]

And who says you can not do night panoramic? Here are two:

With the mill that you had seen in the morning as the protagonist:

[ Canon EOS 30D]

And with the church:

[ Canon EOS 30D]

I have taken this week to publish the post, but do not complain that it’s very full. To top it off, the soundtrack will put a big Spanish guitar master that has left us this week with a song I had not heard until my mate Ivan interpreted in a hearing (that hard!) Is Czardars V. Monti:

Milky way

Milky way
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Today I remembered that last year we did a photo out of several days to Arcos de las Salinas there CEFCA is building an astronomical observatory, and the first night we went up there. We put a little nose and kindness Watchers did the rest, we were shown the facilities under construction, they left us a tracking tripod, we were shown the programs used to process the images obtained with telescopes. Currently they only started is the small 80cm (equivalent approx. 3700mm focal length), the other if I remember correctly will have a mirror of 2.5m (over 9000mm focal lenght) and for us it is a telephoto lens 400mm … lol.

Here you have a shot with the 12mm and ISO 160 , we caught a night not too good , it was cold, windy and there were clouds. They told us that from there on a clear night looked easily Valencia.

JAST/T80 1

[ ƒ/8 Canon EOS 30D 12mm 160 1869s]

Then I leave a photo to my surprise was placed in the 3rd-4th page Popularity at 500px which I recommend if you do not know , my profile is this. It is 9 shots vertically with 8mm and subsequently coupled with Hugin Panorama Creator:

JAST/T80 2

[ Canon EOS 30D]

We’ve got a good time… and there are still pictures to show, but that’s another post. Now I leave you with the soundtrack, a group that gets current songs and gives them a vintage feel, in this case New Orleans style, I think the song needs no introduction :



While we wait out this week I leave you with a tour (of the longest we’ve done for a day) to “El Toro”, the “Peña Salada”. There’s an abandoned military base, and had (yes, past) very cool antennas that you can see in the following shots. Well, as says Sergi Boix antennas are no longer there, we don’t know if  were dismantled for safety, or is that a friend of the alien has made August with iron. The point is that as Augusto says … we have a picture that does not have Mario Rubio:

By the way, these pictures would not have been possible without the camera Alberto Hervàs, mine had some problems I’ll tell you one day (or you can read here)

We come to the point … in 8mm and a milky way:

[ Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL 1600 84s]

One shot in portrait with 12mm pointing to polaris:

[ ƒ/4 Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL 12mm 100 610s]

One mor landscape:

[ ƒ/4.5 Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL 12mm 100 666s]

The soundtrack today is given by legendary rock group with a title that I think is convenient: “Led Zeppelin: Communication Breakdown”

By the way … apologies for the loss of quality in the images but I don’t not know why my hosting does not let me upload images greater than 100kb. Yesterday I had a post half done and did not went for it … I don’t want the same thing happen today.

Fear to fear

Fear to fear
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Yesterday we go outside, it seems that it becomes a good habit! Same location, but not same stage. We also repeat company: Miriam Augustus and myself.

The shots are nothing special, but I think that are part of learning. As in most disciplines, practice makes perfect, and we continue learning.

In the first shot we can see Augusto completely painted by me:

[ ƒ/8 Canon EOS 7D 20mm 100 290s]

In the next shot you can see we three, perhaps the most curious thing is that, that the three were in the same shot… who paints?: I painted Augusto, and he paints Miriam, me and the rest of the scene .

[ ƒ/8 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 465s]

The later is as it came out first, I think the three of us would have liked to repeat, but it was too late… so for now it stays that way , but we will return…
By the way … Yes! Miriam appears twice! lol

[ ƒ/7.1 Canon EOS 7D 13mm 100 290s]

I leave you with a complete musician , playing everything but I came to it by this video:

Cullera’s Radar

Cullera’s Radar

We continue with the file and now it’s up to an exit that we did in June last year. We met a few (that day if I remember correctly were at least 6: Augusto , Jordi , Alberto , Manolo , and Oscar) and went to Cullera to see what we could do.
We climbed to the Weather Radar and got ready to take pictures. I had not noticed, but there were security cameras and alarms, but as our intention was only to take pictures, we started to deploy the material. Well, they had not yet passed four or five minutes we saw a car up very quickly to where we were, indeed! Civil Guard! , very nice a guy and a girl asked us documentation and asked that we did there. They told us that there was much money in technological equipment and that’s why it was so well guarded, had surprised that so many people were there at that time .

Look! it’s a 20 minutes photo, there’s a lot of light pollution, but the result is not bad at all, it is made with 8mm and then I corrected a little deformation, hope you like it :

[ Canon EOS 7D 50mm 200 1200s]

As a soundtrack I recommend a piece of my Youtube channel performed by the musical group L’Artística de Carlet. This is the work “Libertadores” by Oscar Navarro, directed by Fernando Hernández García:

Light angels

Light angels
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Yesterday we went shopping with a new guest (Miriam) and Augusto.

I was not very new but bought a bike, the custom … and it was in my size:

[ ƒ/7.1 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 347s]

Hahaha, I cheated you? Here you have the real from which we create the world that you can see above. Obviously I do model, Augusto paints and Miriam help with gadgets:

The night was productive, we have another take, on this model Miriam, I’m on the red background light with a flash and a red paper, and Augusto paints the entire scene:

[ ƒ/7.1 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 406s]

The soundtrack will be according to the new acquisition, no? classic rock, but equaly important to remember (Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild):