Cala Pregonda star trails

Not to relax, here I show you the star trail we did while dining in Cala Pregonda, a very cool beach that can only be reached by car if you have a lot of money. For the rest of us we had to walk about 25-30 minutes (with all the photographic equipment).

We were accompanied by Mayte’s cousin, Josep’s, who very kindly made us a guide but had to leave sooner than he wanted.



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At the weirdos (if not geeks) you will have recognized this beach because it appears on an album by Mike Oldfield called Incantations.

At the bottom right of the picture there’s a distant light, it is the beacon of Cavalry. You will have picture if all goes well.

The musical accompaniment if you please It’s by Mike Oldfield with the song “Islands” who plays Bonnie Tyler.

You know … see you soon;-)

[ ƒ/4 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 400 40° 3.45′ 0″ N 4° 2.4333′ 0″ E 29s]

Nati Lighthouse

Well, here is the second photo from Menorca (of many to come, I hope…)

This is the Nati Point lighthouse, you can see that if I do not say I’m in Menorca seems Mars or some distant planet. The truth is that as Adri told me, the landscape is very different from the southern part to the northern part of the island.


The Nati Point, which is the name of the lighthouse, was at the end of a road that we had to reverse back over 500m in the car, an adventure.

Hope you like it.

Incidentally, the last post I do not recommended any song (I don’t know if you don’t like what I recommend) but here is the music recommendation today. It’s a song I knew by the Unplugged from Eric Clapton, it seems that has been writen by Jimmy Cox and here is played by a girl whose youtube channel I’ve recently signed:

“Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out” (Live) – Sara Niemietz, Snuffy Walden & Marty Schwartz

If you want to comment on the photo, or whether I should or not make music recommendations… here are the comments below;-)

Artrutx lighthouse

Uff how long, no? 6 months? Oh boy !!… had the desire, the photos … but things are happening, and this, like everything else, if you do not organize well, stays to the end that never comes.

I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll try to come more often here and leave you more photos. I know many who pass by here but don’t write any comments … if you let your comment it will encourage me to put more photos… lol



What you see here is a photo of the last photographic journey that I made, this time to Menorca, with friend Zuguzz (the frog don’t come). We went for 5 days and we really enjoyed it and did maaaaany photos. Now you will go see some.

Today I begin with the first session, the Artrutx lighthouse at the south of Ciutadella, near where we had the apartment. Hope you like it and you comment.

[ ƒ/8 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 39° 55.3538′ 0″ N 3° 49.4538′ 0″ E 120s]

Alèdua (control) Tower

After a few days dating and canceling the appointment at the last minute after a broken clutch and an awkward exit to the “pinets” finally we have the startrails that we wanted from Aledua Tower. As the title says, it seemed like an airport, with all this light up and down. The truth is that it is a place very close and we did not visit very often (we’ll repeat, and Sergio will have also his startrails).

As for making, it’s a startrails with 180 shots, for 30” and with 1” between shots (in one stripe plane can be seen):


[ ƒ/4 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 320 39° 17.7973′ 0″ N 0° 33.6863′ 0″ W 29s]

The later edition was with Lightroom, adjusting levels and temperature, and then tried stacking with Gimp, but change the layer to “lighten only” one by one was a bit tedious and by professional deformation I thought that someone would have already found with this problem, so I searched a bit and found this script (createStack.sh) that solved my problem, belongs to a post that you can see here on how to startrails with linux.

Some (the few who dare to comment on the blog), will have seen that now must login in order to comment. It was imperative, they were owning me with Spam, sorry.

As for the tune, and after a couple of scares we’ve had this week I want a song that always makes me go on, which for me is a celebration of life and we always have to play “kick and forth”

[ ƒ/4 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 320 39° 17.7973′ 0″ N 0° 33.6863′ 0″ W 29s]

Altura

I continue pulling file because weather does not allow us to do what we want, when we want… lol. Let’s see if tomorrow could be. Led by José Manuel Pastor and some of his friends of which I only remember the name of Namor (apologies to the rest) we had a very pleasant night in a former monastery in the town of Altura.
That night I learned a lot and the truth is that the place was awesome.

The first was that well that Augusto illuminated enterely:


[ ƒ/8 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 39° 50.4553′ 0″ N 0° 30.4858′ 0″ W 169s]

Después, Jose Manuel y sus compañeros (mientras Namor iba a su bola por allí) hicieron esta toma (que me gusta mucho!):


[ ƒ/5.6 Canon EOS 7D 17mm 100 39° 50.4553′ 0″ N 0° 30.4858′ 0″ W 242s]

Aquí teneis a todos los protagonistas de la noche (rana incluida) :


[ ƒ/5 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 800 39° 50.4553′ 0″ N 0° 30.4858′ 0″ W 30s]

Y aquí estamos todos otra vez, pintados por Augusto y Namor (si no recuerdo mal) y con un flash que iluminaba la parte de atrás:


[ ƒ/5.6 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 400 39° 50.4553′ 0″ N 0° 30.4858′ 0″ W 191s]

Como banda sonora os dejo con 3 vídeos ( toma! ) . Hablando de Altura … ” Higher ground ” es una canción que conocí por los Red Hot Chili Peppers (atención al pantalón del bajista):

Pero la canción es de Steve Wonder, que por cierto tiene lo que se conoce como oído absoluto (que bien que me vendría en los dictados!) y que mal le vendría al hombre tocar conmigo… que me oiría todos los buñuelos que hago… jejeje:

Y una versión más actual de los de Playing for a Change (Atención a la voz de Clarence Bekker (de Amsterdam) , al que tuve la oportunidad de ver el río Turia hace un par de añitos y me puso la piel de gallina):


[ ƒ/8 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 39° 50.4553′ 0″ N 0° 30.4858′ 0″ W 169s]

Después, Jose Manuel y sus compañeros (mientras Namor iba a su bola por allí) hicieron esta toma (que me gusta mucho!):


[ ƒ/5.6 Canon EOS 7D 17mm 100 39° 50.4553′ 0″ N 0° 30.4858′ 0″ W 242s]

Aquí teneis a todos los protagonistas de la noche (rana incluida) :


[ ƒ/5 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 800 39° 50.4553′ 0″ N 0° 30.4858′ 0″ W 30s]

Y aquí estamos todos otra vez, pintados por Augusto y Namor (si no recuerdo mal) y con un flash que iluminaba la parte de atrás:


[ ƒ/5.6 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 400 39° 50.4553′ 0″ N 0° 30.4858′ 0″ W 191s]

Como banda sonora os dejo con 3 vídeos ( toma! ) . Hablando de Altura … ” Higher ground ” es una canción que conocí por los Red Hot Chili Peppers (atención al pantalón del bajista):

Pero la canción es de Steve Wonder, que por cierto tiene lo que se conoce como oído absoluto (que bien que me vendría en los dictados!) y que mal le vendría al hombre tocar conmigo… que me oiría todos los buñuelos que hago… jejeje:

Y una versión más actual de los de Playing for a Change (Atención a la voz de Clarence Bekker (de Amsterdam) , al que tuve la oportunidad de ver el río Turia hace un par de añitos y me puso la piel de gallina):

[ ƒ/8 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 39° 50.4553′ 0″ N 0° 30.4858′ 0″ W 169s]

Belchite (I’ll return)

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:
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[ ƒ/7.1 Canon EOS 7D 14mm 100 41° 20.2242′ 0″ N 0° 57.6603′ 0″ W 447s]

The next day we did a tour around: Azuara, Letux and of course… Belchite:
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[ ƒ/8 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 41° 18.0247′ 0″ N 0° 44.9375′ 0″ W 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 :
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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”:
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[ ƒ/4 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 1000 41° 18.0247′ 0″ N 0° 44.9375′ 0″ W 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”:
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[ ƒ/4 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 800 41° 18.0247′ 0″ N 0° 44.9375′ 0″ W 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:

[ ƒ/4 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 800 41° 18.0247′ 0″ N 0° 44.9375′ 0″ W 59s]

Arcos III

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 40° 1.3543′ 0″ N 1° 2.5509′ 0″ W 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:


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



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

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 39° 7.2987′ 0″ N 0° 23.1498′ 0″ W 1072s]

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

[ ƒ/7.1 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 39° 7.2987′ 0″ N 0° 23.1498′ 0″ W 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.

[ ƒ/7.1 Canon EOS 7D 12mm 100 39° 7.2987′ 0″ N 0° 23.1498′ 0″ W 1072s]

West wind

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.