2017

August photo: renewable energies

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On August 21 we went with several friends of FONAMAD to photograph the solar eclipse. We chose a high zone near Madrid, where there is a wind farm, so that we could see the sun on the horizon. When the eclipse began we thought that the image of a windmill with the sun in the background would be interesting, joining the two most important renewable energies, that generate more electricity in Spain. Although they should generate much more (wind and sun we have a lot)

Camera Olympus OMD EM-1. Lens Leica DG 100-400/F4.0-6.3. ISO 200, 1/80, f/8. Authors: Juan Abal & Yolanda Moreno

 

July photo: playa de Campiecho, Asturias, Spain

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This photo was made 4 years ago on a trip to East Greenland.

It was at the beginning of September. I chose that time because there is already night, which helps if you want to see aurora borealis. In addition, above the Polar Circle is already autumn and the carpet of little plants, which covers the areas of the coast that are discovered snow and ice during the summer, is beautiful with reddish tones.

The photo was made in the afternoon from a ship. The sun fell on a nearby mountain, of rock with a high content of iron, and the golden light reflected in the sea. That reflection is in fact the 'handle' of the brush. And the 'hair' is the wake that left the boat.

Although there is less and less ice, that year there was enough 'pack ice' down the coast. That day the sea water was dense, at a very low temperature, beginning to freeze. At the time of the photo, the water of the fjord was in absolute calm, and the boat was advancing slowly; the sea began to freeze so the wake seemed to slide over the surface.

Camera Pentax K5IIs. Lens Pentax DA* 50-135 F/2.8. ISO 320, 1/500, f/5. Author: Yolanda Moreno

 

 

June photo: brush

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I made this photo was made 4 years ago on a trip east of Greenland.

It was the beginning of September. I chose that time because there is already night, which helps if you want to see aurora borealis. In addition, above the Polar Circle it is already autumn and the carpet of little plants, that covers the zones of the coast that are discovered of snow and ice during the summer, it becomes beautiful with reddish tones.

The photo is made in the afternoon from a boat. The sun fell on a nearby mountain, of rock with a high content of iron, and the golden light reflected in the sea. That reflection is in fact the 'handle' of the brush. And the 'hair' is the wake that left the boat.

Although there is less and less ice, that year there was plenty of 'pack ice' down the coast. That day the sea water was dense, at a very low temperature, beginning to freeze. At the time of the photo, the water of the fjord was in absolute calm, and the boat was advancing slowly; The sea began to freeze, so the wake seemed to slide over the surface.

Camera Pentax K5IIs. Lens Pentax DA* 50-135 F/2.8. ISO 320, 1/500, f/5. Author: Yolanda Moreno

 

May photo: poppies field

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During a weekend excursion we discovered a field of poppies very close to a town in the southeast of Madrid, so we went there the next day with all our photographic equipment to take advantage of the occasion.

In this image we try to make a composition of repeated patterns, similar to an impressionist painting. We used a medium diaphragm so that the background was out of focus, and the horizontal bands of color were better noticed.

Camera Olympus OMD-EM5 II. Lens Zuiko 40-150 mm F/2.8 + MC-14. ISO 200, 0.8", f/11. Author: Yolanda Moreno

 

April photo: Barrika beach

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The flysch formations of the Basque coast are well known and photographed. In an exit organized by FONAMAD we had the opportunity to observe these curious formations, although the weather conditions were not perfect.

In the end it is about finding the right light and having a bit of luck so that, just when the light is good, the tide is in the right place and no one passes in front of you.

Camera Pentax 645z. Lens PENTAX-FA645 35mm F3.5. ISO 100, 4", f/22. Author: Juan Abal

 

March photo: sunrise in Lofoten, Norway

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There are many pictures of Lofoten, all magnificent. We also went to those places that everyone knows, but this image is from a small village near Leknes called Ballstad, where we enjoied beautiful sunrises - and an excellent freshly caught cod.

This time we wanted to take a photo of an interesting phenomenon: when the sea is frozen and the tide lowers, the ice breaks on the rocks, leaving this curious landscape. To get this effect is not easy: the sea must frozen at night and the low tide must be at dawn, and the sky should be  clear -too e many coincidences- but we got it, obtaining this beautiful image.

Camera Pentax 645z. Lens PENTAX-FA645 35mm F3.5. ISO 100, 1/10, f/11. Author: Juan Abal

 

February photo: killer whale jump

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We have seen killer whales jumping in many places but it has always been very difficult to photograph them: they appear where you least spit it out and the event lasts very little time. For when you have the whale in the viewfinder and shoot, you only get a photograph of the water splashing.

However, on our boat trip around Tromso, we had the chance to see many orcas and several jumps. This time the whale jumped right in front of us, and she almost got herself into the frame. A firm pulse and agile reflexes made us finally have a photo of jumping killer whale.

Camera Olympus E-M5 II. Lens M Zuiko 40-150mm + MC -1.4. ISO 1600, 1/1000, f / 5.0. Author: Yolanda Moreno

 

January photo: Rio Tinto

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We had thought about going to Rio Tinto (Red River) for a while. But for some things or for others, we always ended up postponing the trip. Just visiting the mining exploitation is worth, but if you also enjoy the colors of the various minerals and if you like photography, Rio Tinto becomes a paradise of landscape and abstraction.
We organized to go early December. It was just after a week of torrential rain. We did not know if the red color of the river was going to clear, or if with so much water and mud we would not be able to do anything.
But Rio Tinto is surprising. No matter if it is summer or winter, that the river descends with much or little water, there is always something incredible to photograph.
As in the case of these sediments that moved with the current creating abstract forms.

Camera Olympus E-M5 II. Lens M Zuiko 40-150mm. ISO 800, 1/80, f / 11. Author: Yolanda Moreno


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