Valle Encantado – Picture of The Day

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Igor Epof climbing in Valle Encantado, Bariloche, Río Negro – Argentina, 2010.

Nikon D300 Camera RAW file, with Nikkor 70-200mm AF-S VR f/2.8 lens at ISO 200, 1/1000 sec. and f/2.8 processed with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.

Climbing in Yuracmayo Vallery – Picture of the Day

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Spanish mountain climber Pere Vilarasau climbs Mediterraneo, an 8a+ (French Grade) route he had just opened a couple of days before on the Yuracmayo valley. San Mateo de Huanchor, Provincia de Huarochiri, Departamento de Lima, Peru, Sunday, July 27, 2008.

NIKON D300 Câmera RAW file, with Nikkor 10.5mm ED AF DX Fisheye lens at ISO 100, 1/250 sec. and f/10, processed with Adobe Lightroom.

Pre-conceived Shots

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As I rappelled down the cliff, the scene began to shape itself in front of my eyes. Clouds, coming in from the south, gave a mystery touch to the landscape and contrast between light and shadow, painted lines, movement and grace into it. Hanging from a fixed rope, just as light was beginning to fade, I could see Tom and Rosita coming closer, rapidly climbing the route’s last stretch.

He had to come really close so we could get the wide-angle shot we needed and time was running out. My fixed line offered me very limited movement freedom so all I could do was stay there and wait and suddenly, just like magic and in perfect timing, each piece of the puzzle took it’s place. Tom got there just right, we co-ordinated things, clouds cleared the vision of the col. and light was, what can I say? Just perfect…!

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Cesar Portas – Picture of the Day

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Spanish Kite rider Cesar Portas, disassembles his Kite Surfing equipment after a good day of training at Barra do Gramame beach in João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil, Monday, Sept. 18, 2006.

A few days later on Sept. 24, Cesar won second place on PKRA World Tour’s last stop and final competition held down in João Pessoa (BRA). He reached 8th place on the general 2006 world rank while word Champion Aaron Hadlow didn’t step onto the podium on this last competition, leaving first place to Portuguese rider Rui Meira.

Nikon D2x Camera, Nikkor 12-24mm f/4 lens and two Nikon Sb-800 flashes with warming gels triggered through Nikon’s CLS system at ISO 100, 1/100s, f/5 and TTL.

Photography, Vision and Ethics

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What is more real: a picture that doesn’t communicate, does not tell the story, or a carefully thought shot, that clearly conveys what you saw or felt in a given moment?

Where is the thin line that separates a worked shot from faking a whole scene?

Photography that communicates visions, feelings and the vivid experience of the world around us is what I believe in. My ethical commitment is showing people a universe that is as real as the world out there to be seen.

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