Friday, November 19, 2004

DB#8 - Rivers of India

Another great book from Democratic Books, this time yoo can travel to India along with Henk Braam.
To Hindus the River Ganges is equal to God. Its water offers absolution, redemption and salvation. Every drop is sacred, cleansing and purifying.

Photo Friday 'Patterns'

Another revision of another old photo, that match another Photo Friday week chalenge 'Fri Nov 19, 2004'.

This photo was taken in Praça da Republica (Lagos) in September 2002. Lagos it's a beautiful town in the south of Portugal.

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During last days (almost a month!!!) I don't have to much free time to 'blog' even I don't have time to use my camera, perhaps I must refocus my job addiction ...

Thursday, October 21, 2004


Last days I had so much work and therefore dont' feel like shooting, but while cataloging my PhotoCD's I found this photo that could match perfectly with this week Thursday Challenge theme 'Colorful'.

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I took this photo last year in Amsterdam Bloemenmark. From this place I remember the fresh morning smell of all the flowers more than any other thing ...

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Night trafic

Last friday I was shooting several night photos in Plaza de Callao (Madrid), this is one of the results ...

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obviously after turning to BW and apply some duotoned on the sky area.

Monday, October 04, 2004

More Democratic Books ...

Three new books:
  • "Serpentine Swimmers" by Andrew Buurman
  • "Domestic Violence" by Marcus Haydock
  • "Terra Incognita" by Wolfgang Zurborn
I like 'Serpentine Swimmers' but perhaps it's the less innovative, because follows the most traditional style of BN photo journalism. Download them from

Photo Friday 'Speed'

Another revision of another old photo, posted for another Photo Friday week chalenge 'Fri Oct 01, 2004'.

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Taken two years ago in Madrid Amusement Park. Take a look to the 'Theme Parks' portfolio

Wednesday, September 29, 2004


yesterday night I was playing with symmetries and DOF ...

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not much impressive but valid for a wallpaper.

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

walking shoes !!

The Pedestrians series has been updated with a new photo 'walking shoes'. The photo was taken last sunday morning in front of an old fashioned shoeshop in Valladolid (Spain).

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it's interesting the contrast between the static and the moving foot, but ... in every movement it's always necessary a fixed point?

Thursday, September 23, 2004

Self portait #2

Second try in self portait photography

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... it seems to be that I'm always angry

Monday, September 20, 2004

Democratic Books

it's an innovative project ...
Everybody can apply. Just send us 30 images at 11 x 11 cm with 300 dpi and a text. If we like the serie, we will edit it and make a democratic book. The book will be published at our webpage for downloading. You will recive the images back and a printable file (offset) on CD.

The 'problem' it's the high quality of the already four published books:
  • Rio - Santos 9 Places, a snapshot of the brazilian society :: by Dirk Gebhardt
  • Park der Wünsche :: by Dirk Gebhardt
  • New Work Barcelona, city of light :: by Dirk Gebhardt
  • An Indian Recollection :: by David Klammer
Download them from DesingWork. Some parts of the web are only in German, but who's worried ...

I'm not a fan of children photos but 'Park der Wünsche' it's a good example of this kind of photography. On the other hand 'An Indian Recollection' it a remarkable work about the city of Bhopal. Do you still remember the disaster? or did you already forget it? some of the photos are a little bit disturbing but it's necessary show them ...

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Photo Friday 'Blossom'

A revision of an old photo, posted for Photo Friday week chalenge 'Fri Sep 10, 2004'.

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Thursday, September 09, 2004

Photo Friday 'Simplicity'

A not much imaginative attemp for 'Fri Sep 03, 2004' week challenge, I'll try to do better the next time. Photo Friday

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Self portait

Spanish TV is becoming worst day by day: yellow journalism, stupid reality shows, news with liars politicians ... last night was the premiere
of La Granja an stupid contest of several famous/infamous living in a XIX century (in theory) farm ... resuming with this boring perspective I take my camera and trying to shot a self-portrait, after severals trash-photos I get one that doesn't disgust me to much, this is the BW version

I'll keep on trying to get one with more personality, but perhaps I haven't enought ...

Monday, September 06, 2004

PhotographyBLOG portfolio

Thanks Mark Goldstein, editor of PhotographyBLOG, the Semana Santa series has been accepted in their portfolios section.

PhotographyBLOG is a content-based, personal website which aims to find and comment on photography news as it happens. It allows you to read the latest photography headlines in one place and then to comment on those headlines yourself.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Sea World #2

Last usable photo of the Madrid Zoo Aquarium visit. This is a mandarin dragonet and this kind of fishes came from the western Indo-Pacific seas. The scientific name is Synchiropus splendidus wich I think sounds better than the other. His friend seems to be a mini see crawfish but who knows ...

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Monday, August 23, 2004

Sea World #1

Another photo-fi[ni]sh, yes ... though it was invisible I must to admit that this photo has been post-processed with an image editor ;-) but only adjusting levels and some foreground sharpening.

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I can't find the name of this sort of fish. Does anybody knows it?

Friday, August 20, 2004

Sea World #0

Last week I went to Madrid Zoo Aquarium and obviously took my camera with me. I'm happy with the results of some fish photos.

I almost don't know nothing about fishes, but this one is a Chelmon rostratus and is known as Copperband Butterflyfish.

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Always it's so dificult take photos in this kind of places:
  • normally low light places and flash can't be used
  • the subjects are always in moving and usually changes direction while you're pressing the shutter
  • crowds pushing you while shoot (not always)
My average of usable photos in aquariums use to be 1 of 15.

Thursday, August 05, 2004

1908.08.22   -   2004.08.03

Henry Cartier-Bresson died at 95, Tuesday, August 3, 2004.

All photography fans must be grateful, he had a prolific-long life and different to another artists he doesn't become a myth after his death ... indeed he was a myth lots of years before.

Read more at photo distric online and see his work at Magnum Photos.

I began to learn about HCB work some years ago when I first saw this photo in "A Propos De Paris" book.

If you don't know his work, this could be a good starting point ...

Friday, July 23, 2004

Pedestrian monk

There is a new photo in Pedestrians series. This one was shot long time ago in Valladolid. Walking near the spanish contemporary art museum Patio Herreriano I see this friar walking extremely fast.
I figure that he was angry thinking in all changes that in modern world are breaking the tradicional rules of the Christian clergy, probably I'm wrong ... or not, what's your opinion?

Wednesday, July 21, 2004


I have just been updated my Series portfolio. There is a new serie titled Pedestrians. Lately I've been shooting lots of photos of people walking, sitting, waiting, going for a walk ...
In all this 'stolen' photos none of the 'models' notice that a photo is going to be shooted.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

2004 . 07 . 03

Last days I have a lot of work and consequently don't have enought free time.

Reviewing my last photos I found this free panorama of Madrid 2004 Gay Pride celebrations. It's so dificult take panorama shots of a moving bus surrounded by hundreds of people and without a tripod ...

The redheaded woman on the left is Alaska a famous spanish singer (Fangoria).
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Thursday, June 17, 2004


Due to a FNAC photo contest Safari fotográfico en la ciudad (Photo safari in the city), this week I've been working in an old photo taken the last summer inside the restaurant that Cálem (a producer of Porto wines) has on the waterfront at Vila Nova de Gaia.

The photo shows a reflection of Porto riverside in the window of the restaurant. The white outline that can be seen over the reflection is the Port House of Cálem.

Image levels and contrast has been adjusted to slightly increase the reflection effect.

This photo makes me remember the good food and wine that this city can offer ...

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A similar shot can bee seen here.

Monday, June 14, 2004

Durability of digital cameras ...

Today a luckless friend of mine, while carrying in a bag his brand new camera, a Sony DSC-W1, has suffering an unlucky accident.

One of the zippers was opened and the camera drops off to the floor, only 40cm of free fall -really not much for the stylized shining aluminium body-, but a complete disarter ...

"High-end optics combine with everyday ease of use in the DSC-W1 Cyber-shot® ..." as Sony says

This makes me think ... in my humble opinion a 450€ everyday camera must be harder than this; little accidents don't need to be a complete ruine for this state of the art gadgets. The manufactures need to think in more than in sell a different model of camera each month ...

PHE04 - Historias

From June to July Madrid becomes the capitial of photography. The 7th edition of PHotoEspaña floods the city -museums, institutions, galleries, public squares and outmoded factories- with the work of 170 photographers in 51 expositions including one (for first time) in the Prado museum.

The most important exposition in the official section, perhaps it's "Variations on Spain" -a synthesis of the history of photography in Spain, covering a period between the beginning of the 20th century and the years of transition to democracy (the end of the seventies)- with images from Spanish and visiting artist.

In you live in Madrid, don't doubt! take a look at the expositions; and if you don't live here/there now, you have a good reason to visit it ...

Monday, June 07, 2004

slightly out of focus

Yesterday was the 60th anniversary of the one of the most sadly days in the human history the "D-day". At 6:31 a.m. on June 6, 1944, an assault barge landed a rifle company of the 16th Regiment, 1st Infantry Division on Omaha Beach. Along with them also landed a diferent kind of soldier, with a Leica as only weapon, his name "Robert Capa". Under the heavy and violent german fire he was able to shot four rools of film (106 pictures).

After this manifestation of courage, almost all photos were lost -all but eleven frames were spoiled by a eager 'technician' in Life's darkroom. The rest of the photos were published under the title "slightly out of focus" thanks to the blurred emulsion.

This is one of the most amazing histories of this photographer-writer that tired of so many many wars and so many many deaths wrote:
To me war is like an aging actress -more and more dangerous and less and less photogenic.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Running ...

This is one of the best photos I've ever seen. It was taken in 1932 by Henri Cartier-Bresson; one of the best photojournalist in the history of the photography; along with Robert Capa, David "Chim" Seymour they founded Magnum Photos in 1947.
Perhaps this photo was the origin of my attraction with photos of people in movement ...
It is putting one’s head, one’s eye, and one’s heart on the same axis." HCB

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Friday, May 14, 2004

... keep on walking

continuing with the revisión of my walking photos ... this one was shooting from the hip; obviously without looking through the viewfinder, the posture could be painful ;-)

but instead of spoil the photo I like the efect of the skew level

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Thursday, May 13, 2004


I would like to show here a shot that match perfectly with the name of this blog ... perhaps is also blurred.

Reviewing my last photos I realized that there are a lot of shots of people walking, I don't know why, but I must admit that I have always been attracted by this kind of shots ...

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Tuesday, May 11, 2004

starting ...

This is the first Out of Focus post and my first post to a Blog. This photo was taken during the last "Semana Santa" (Easter week) in my born city Valladolid (Spain).

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Updated :: Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Submitted to the Thursday Challenge for the theme 'Red'.