I spent years getting away without using a filter system. I watched videos where photographers wouldn’t leave home without them and others who said modern technology makes them unnecessary. I told myself I can get by with just my circular polarizer and honestly I did. So why did I decide to invest into a filter system if I was getting by without one? The answer is versatility, ease of use, and the usability of graduated filters (we’ll get to that one later). I don’t want to dwell too much on why you need or don’t need a filter system. I personally think you can get by without them professionally, but it’s a wonderful tool to have when you have the space.Read More
Ah the bittersweet last day of Madrid. I felt like I just got here! We tried to get some sleep but definitely didn’t get a full night. It was a Holiday, Father’s Day, and Spain apparently gets that day off!
Our first plan was to photograph/film near the Crystal Palace in Retiro park. We had been to the park twice before but never when the Crystal Palace was open or had good lightning. It’s right in the middle of Retiro, which by the way is very large! We spent time time walking around and I filmed a bit of the people. Because of the Holiday there were tons of people which was actually great for filming.Read More
After essentially a long nap, our agenda for the day was shooting hyperlapses and time lapses. Which means me shooting a lot of photos while Rebecca and Michelle bring me food and snacks! What more could a guy ask for?
We started by getting a quick coffee at the Ritz. We wanted some content for the Hotel but our schedule didn’t allow for us to officially make a visit. The inside is gorgeous and located right next to the Prado museum.
We headed to the Palace and I was able to grab a hyperlapse before we went in. It was an incredible experience. I’ve never been in a building so perfectly curated. Details everywhere, nothing goes unseen. Art works from Goya, Velazquez, Mengs, and many others. I’m not exaggerating when I say I couldn’t get my jaw off the floor. I can’t describe the size and majesty in words, I’m not qualified. I couldn’t take pictures besides in the first area, so here’s one of those!
Once we left, I got another hyperlapse before the palace closed. They take a decent amount of time, 10-15 minutes of moving, framing, and shooting every ~5 seconds. Rebecca and Michelle went to find food while I got a few more timelapses and hyper lapses. Before I knew it, the sun was gone. We had a gorgeous sunset and the fam showed back up right in time.
We left the palace to go take a quick siesta before going out again. Yes, again. Instead of napping I offloaded all my photos. We went out a little earlier tonight to a really interesting bar. It was like a large old house converted into a lounge/bar. Dancing inside and socializing outside. We met up with the same crew from the night before except this time I ran into someone I knew. Long story short, the women who let me into the flat I was staying was there - what a small world!
We were supposed to only stay for a few hours but that didn’t happen. I was secretly in love with this woman and ended up staying there until 3am (how was I still awake?). She actually introduced me to one of her close friends and I made a connection for future trips, so that was quite convenient. I walked her home and got a cab for myself. Definitely a night I will never forget as I always want to embrace meeting new people. Connecting and building relationships with faces around the world. That kind of social growth is something I always want to take advantage of while traveling. Who knows when I may run into them again!
I overslept. Not that we had anything planned but I wanted to get up early and go film the city solo. Apparently my body was not having it. It was actually a good thing for the day to come, so it all worked out. One thing I've learned while on this trip is that there's always more time in between plans than you think. We didn't start our day until later afternoon but I got some much needed data management done, something I'll post about in the future.
Spain is known for having an incredible nightlife. Not something I tend to do very often considering I don't drink, but it's definitely something we wanted to capture on film. Specifically on the emphasis on how late they go out. I came up with this idea to film quick shots of sometbing I'm doing and then show my phone to display the time.Read More
We had this idea to try and film with the stabilizer outside of a car window to capture some of the architecture in the city. Mainly the large roundabouts throughout down town. We failed the first attempt via our uber having windows too small. Later that day, I saw some of the tourist buses driving around and their second floor had no windows. It was perfect, thus today that's what we did. I got some footage of the city while on the bus, we got some more footage walking around Prado and some expensive shops while I had the Stabilizer setup. Basically we can only carry around so much when exploring and the Ronin-M isn't your definition of portable, although it's not terrible to walk around with packed up. We just tried to get as much as we could while I had it on me that day and it resulted in us getting back later than expected.Read More