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| | Back from Kamchatka!!!

Back from Kamchatka!!!

Kamchatka Photography Tour 2017

We are back from a great trip in Kamchatka (Russia) but after more than 3 weeks in the Peninsula, (most of them camping in the wild) it feels good to be back home!

The tour has been wild and rough we have all come back home with some great images. It has been one of the most memorable trips I have ever done and I will organise another tour in 2019.

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Back from Kamchatka!!!

| | AIPP NSW EPSON AWARDS

AIPP NSW EPSON AWARDS

Last Tue night I was awarded the AIPP NSW Travel Photographer of the Year, AIPP NSW Science, Wildlife and Wildplaces Photographer of the year along with the Epson Signature Worthy Award.

Of course, I am still over the moon! Congratulations to my mate Adam Williams for taking the landscape category and the overall prize. What a night!

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AIPP NSW EPSON AWARDS

| | The Creation of Welcome to Life

The Creation of Welcome to Life

Welcome to Life

Welcome to life was my favorite image of the four I entered at the Australian Professional Photography Awards (APPAs) in August last year. It scored a Gold Award (90).

The judging process was very exciting. At the beginning the image scored below 90 points; in the silver with distinction range. But a couple of judges scored gold. It was all set for a good discussion (and a good discussion is what you really want to see when your print appears in front of the 5 judges).

I was listening and watching every judge in the room and a couple of them looked at each other and smiled after looking at the print again. They had picked up the concept.

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The Creation of Welcome to Life

| | The Creation of Marismas

The Creation of Marismas

I am very proud of this image. It was shot in Spain (my country of origin) and received 92 points (A Gold Award) at the Australian Professional Photography Awards in Melbourne. It also won the Squarial Award in the International Landscape Photographer of the Year last year.

It is a completely manufactured image. Some people call it cheating but I call it art. Both competitions allow digital manipulation, something that I fully respect and support.

Photoshop is a great tool of modern photography and allows me to process and enhance an image I had previously captured and edit it to match what I had witnessed and felt and this means minor adjustments such as colour balance, brightness, contrast, sharpness etc.

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The Creation of Marismas

| | Back from Vanuatu

Back from Vanuatu

I had never heard of Vanuatu but ever since I came to Australia in 2007 and I found out about this country, I have always wanted to visit it. In particular, I was very interested in photographing the land diving festival (Naghol), one of the most spectacular and death defying rituals in the world. It happens every Saturday between April and May at Pentecost Island, just 50 minutes away from Port Vila.

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Back from Vanuatu

| | The Creation of Icehole

The Creation of Icehole

Icehole won a gold award at the Australian Professional Photography Awards this year and it is a composite image. This means that it is not real. A composite Image is a picture that is made from the combination of multiple images merged into one. It is a constructed creation.

The two images that were used to create Icehole were taken in Iceland whilst running a tour with Luke Austin and Adam Williams (The Light Collective). The iceberg was photographed at Black Sand Beach near Jökulsárlón and the ‘Icehole’ that frames the subject was photographed just outside an ice cave, also near Jökulsárlón.

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The Creation of Icehole

| | My experience in South Georgia and Antarctica

My experience in South Georgia and Antarctica

Since 1998 I have travelled around more than 80 countries all over the word and visited and photographed thousands of amazing places. I have trekked in the most beautiful National Parks in the world, done hundreds of game drives all over Africa, and dived in some of the most amazing reefs in our oceans. I have taken aerial flights to photograph glaciers, mountains, lakes, reefs, volcanoes, and cities.

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My experience in South Georgia and Antarctica

| | Back from the Red Centre

Back from the Red Centre

The Light Collective has just completed another photography workshop in the Red Centre of Australia, including Uluru, Kata Tujta, Kings Canyon and the West Mac Donnell Ranges.

Often as photographers we have to work really hard for our images, however every now and then mother nature will give us a special gift. Christmas came early in the red centre and we must be the nice kids, day after day mother nature turned up with gift after gift.

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Back from the Red Centre

| | Retouching Ice and Snow: Skógafoss Waterfall

Retouching Ice and Snow: Skógafoss Waterfall

There is a technique that I frequently use when I am editing images that have a lot of ice and snow.

This consists of applying a combination of what I called Auto Curves (Photoshop), the Detail Extractor tool of Nik Software together with the Apply Image tool of Photoshop. This technique works really well and can make your image pop out of the screen…

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Retouching Ice and Snow: Skógafoss Waterfall

| | DJI Phantom - A great little drone

DJI Phantom - A great little drone

January this year I bought a DJI Phantom 3 Professional drone to take to Iceland and Norway withAdam Williams and Luke Austin (The Light Collective). I had looked at different brands and models and I decided to buy the DJI Phantom 3 pro, mainly because it portability and its price. This drone is light, small and very easy to set up and fly. It is the perfect drone for beginners and at about $AU1,399 it is a great tool to complement anyone’s camera gear…

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DJI Phantom - A great little drone

| | How to Create the ORTON Effect with Photoshop

How to Create the ORTON Effect with Photoshop

I often apply the Orton effect to some of my images and there are a few different ways of creating this effect. In this article I will show you the specific technique that I follow to apply the Orton effect to my images.

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How to Create the ORTON Effect with Photoshop

| | TLC First Photography Workshop

TLC First Photography Workshop

The Light Collective First Photography Workshop

In February this year, three of the five members of The Light Collective (Luke Austin, Adam Williams and myself) went on an adventure above the arctic circle to capture images of Iceland and Lofoten (Norway) with 14 intrepid participants.

We are very happy as these were the first photography workshops organised by The Light Collective and they both were a great success. We had terrific weather, saw a few amazing auroras, and captured some great images.

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TLC First Photography Workshop

| | South Georgia and Antarctica Expedition with Luminous Landscape

South Georgia and Antarctica Expedition with Luminous Landscape

Over the moon today!! I have booked my flights to Ushuaia to go the South Georgia and Antarctica Expedition in November this year. I will be working as an instructor with Luminous Landscape alongside Steve Gosling and Hans Strand, photographers that I admired for years. The cruise have two berths remaining just in case you would like to join us… Can’t wait!!

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South Georgia and Antarctica Expedition with Luminous Landscape

| | Lake Eyre, Red Australia and the RGB Project

Lake Eyre, Red Australia and the RGB Project

The Light Collective has finished their adventure capturing some images for its upcoming exhibition and book. We have chosen this beautiful location in the South Australian outback to create some images that will be part of our RED project…

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Lake Eyre, Red Australia and the RGB Project

| | South America was a blast!

South America was a blast!

I have just returned from my South American adventure with Kevin Raber of Luminous Landscape and photography legend Art Wolfe and we were blessed with some of the best light conditions I have ever experienced on both tours. I am sure that if you are into photography, you have heard of both Kevin and Art…

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South America was a blast!

| | Head On / Add On Festivals in Sydney

Head On / Add On Festivals in Sydney

Last Friday Paul Hoelen Adam Williams and I had an awesome night at the magnificent Head On Photo Festival Event. Great images and very well set up. This year I was again lucky to get a place within 20 talented finalists. Congrats to my friend Paul Hoelen of The Light Collective to win the second place of this prestigious competition. He is also featuring an exhibition in Sydney as part of the Head On festival titled ‘Altered lands’ with another couple of aerial photography icons in Australia: Scott McCook and Sheldon Pettit. If you are in Sydney go and enjoy this exhibition with great imagery. Customs House, Circular Quay. Spread the word. I am also participating with an image in the Add On exhibition for the first time. Exciting week!

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Head On / Add On Festivals in Sydney

| | 12 Great International Photo Contests you should enter in 2016

12 Great International Photo Contests you should enter in 2016

Amateur and professional photographers enter photography competitions for different reasons. Some look for recognition in the most important contests, some are looking to earn a bit of cashand others simply enter to learn and to have some fun! Most of us are actually after all of those.

One of the most important things that has helped me to create fine art images has been to enter photography competitions. In the early days of my photographic career, I entered a few photography club competitions, both in Spain and Australia. I submitted images that I loved but most of the times, they didn’t do it well and I was wondering why… T

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12 Great International Photo Contests you should enter in 2016

| | Come to Canada in autumn with The Light Collective

Come to Canada in autumn with The Light Collective

Join Luke Austin (International Landscape Photographer of the Year) and Ignacio Palacios of The Light Collective to an epic trip in Canada where we will be chasing auroras, and photographing the beautiful fall colors of the Yukon and the Canadian Rockies…

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Come to Canada in autumn with The Light Collective

| | Altiplano Tour 2016 with Luminous Landscape

Altiplano Tour 2016 with Luminous Landscape

Wrapping up our Atacama/Altiplano workshop with Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe today. It has been over four weeks on the road with early morning amazing sunrises, sunsets, long nights shooting stars, drone adventures and lots fun. But after four weeks running workshops, we all need a break!

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Altiplano Tour 2016 with Luminous Landscape

| | Patagonia workshops with Luminous Landscape, Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

Patagonia workshops with Luminous Landscape, Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

Just finished a terrific workshop with Art Wolfe and Kevin Raber in Torres Del Paine, Chile and Perito Moreno, Mt. Fitz Roy and Cerro Torre, in Parque Nacional los Glaciares, Argentina. We had a great group of photographers with some amazing talent. The weather was beyond perfect as we had 2 weeks of incredible light. All of us are returning with a lot of really nice images. Some I have already posted, many more to come. We leave tomorrow for a 2 week workshop in Atacama, Chile where we should be able to take some more terrific images.

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Patagonia workshops with Luminous Landscape, Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

| | NSW AIPP Science, Wildlife and Wildplaces Photographer of the Year!!!

NSW AIPP Science, Wildlife and Wildplaces Photographer of the Year!!!

It was also exciting to enter the awards again… I entered 4 images in Science, Wildlife and another 4 in Landscape and got 6 Silver Distinction and 2 Silver awards so I was already very happy with my best results ever in this competition but yesterday I was lucky enough to be awarded the NSW AIPP Science, Wildlife and Wildplaces Photographer of the Year!!!…

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NSW AIPP Science, Wildlife and Wildplaces Photographer of the Year!!!

| | Travel plans for 2016-2017

Travel plans for 2016-2017

The next 12 months are going to be fun. Some of those flight paths to South America and Europe are overlapping. Two trips to Europe and back to Sydney + Two trips to South America and back to Sydney. I think I am taking a sabbatical in 2018 to retouch the 50000+ files I haven’t even opened yet since June 2014 when I started traveling with my family (+ plus the ones I will take in the next 12 months…)

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Travel plans for 2016-2017

| | Scandinavia 2017 - with Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

Scandinavia 2017 - with Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

Scandinavia – February 2017 with Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

Kevin Raber of Luminous Landscape/Rockhoppers and I will be running two workshops in Scandinavia next year and again, Art Wolfe will be joining us in the snow and the ice.

The workshops will run back to back visiting Finland and Lofoten (Norway) in the heart of the winter (February 2017).

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Scandinavia 2017 - with Kevin Raber and Art Wolfe

| | 35 Spanish Photographers that you should follow

35 Spanish Photographers that you should follow

The photographers listed below produce very interesting landscape work. They all have very different styles, belong to different generations and have different views regarding what is photography. I am just presenting what I think is a good mixture of Spanish landscape photographers and if you have the time you should go to their websites and have a good look at their work for inspiration.

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35 Spanish Photographers that you should follow

| | Excited !! - Image license sold to Apple

Excited !! - Image license sold to Apple

I have sold this image to Apple today, I’m stoked can’t wait to see this on an iPhone!!! You see Lucinda Murray that helicopter flight also paid off !!

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Excited !! - Image license sold to Apple


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