133 Photos - Jul 27, 2011
Photo: New photo - long exposure in a Portuguese beach.
Aperture: f9.5
Exposure: 15 seconds
3 stop ND grad filter
4 stop ND filterPhoto: New photo - "Cut me Loose"Photo: "Earth Devotion"

"Channel your thoughts, energies and actions, if only for a while, towards the planet you live in. "

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Quite unusual of me, to include a human figure in a photo. As the tide was too low to make proper long exposure photos, I started wondering about different approaches to this place. After the sun had set, I decided to do something I had planned to do for a long time, which was to include a subtle humane figure, silhouette-like, that would enrich the content and message of the image.

The idea  here revolves around the need to spend some time thinking about the planet we live in, its inner richness and beauty, as well as the need to preserve it. So many people spend so much time worshiping gods, persons, objects, status, and most of them forget to go out and look in a deeper way to the reality of our physical world and all it's inherent magic.

Location: Carrasqueira - Portugal

Aperture - f9.5
Exposure - 8 seconds
3 stop soft ND filterPhoto: "Indigo Worlds"

"Welcome to the lost and forgotten planets..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Location: Praia da Rocha - Portugal

Technical info:

Exposure - 87 seconds
Aperture - f8
ISO - 100
3 stop soft ND Grad filter + 10 stop ND filter

Sony a55 + Sigma 10-20mmPhoto: One more photo. This one was shot about a month ago. Long Exposure with Sony 55 + Sigma 10-20mm + 3stop ND grad filter + 4 stop ND filterPhoto: "Opium for The Eyes" - landscape photo in Alentejo - PortugalPhoto: Landscape from the North of PortugalPhoto: New photo - "Hidden Mirrors"Photo: New photo - "Conscious Projections"Photo: New photo "Longing for your" - technical info below...

"Longing for you

Centuries ago, a need was born inside me
And I waited in screams
Waited in despair
Endlessly searched
What was not meant to be found

Until a light strikes in the horizon
And the air is suddenly filled with expectancy...
With you...

José Ramos ©"

Technical info

Location: Ferragudo - Portugal
Camera and lens: Pentax K10d + Sigma 10-20mm
ISO: 100
Aperture: f11.0
Exposure: 20 seconds
3 stop ND grad filter
10 stop ND filterPhoto: Mental Chess - showing the last days of a Psychiatric Hospital - full story inside...Photo: "Separation" - "And then, all of a sudden, everything changed... Ripped from your usual path, separated from your stilness, something grows... Leaving a scar. Until you manage to become yourself again." - José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com | Sony a55 + Sigma 10-20mm + 10 stops ND filter + 3 stop ND Grad filter + warming filter - 30 second exposure, f/8, ISO 200Photo: "Connecting" - "There are times when the only way I can feel connected, is through disconnection..." - José Ramos © Website - http://www.joseramos.com | Location: Cacilhas - Portugal | Exposure: 30 seconds Aperture: f8 ISO: 100 Sony a55 + Sigma 10-20mm + 4 stop ND + 3 stop grad NDPhoto: "Being"

"Holding on a single string,
I grab an existence which is no longer mine
I drown in thoughts that don´t belong to me
Walking through paths I don´t recognize
My feet hurt with a strange pain
My salty sweat floats in front of me
My skin itches with an alien feeling
Shivers down my spine borrowed from the neighbour
I´m a fragmented piece of cloth, suffering
An horizontal abyss
A piece of wind blowing prejudiced affections
Which threw me out of the steep ladder
With no one to sustain the fall.

I am?"

Inspired by the severe schizophrenic patients, whose minds do not know unity...

José Ramos ©
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Technical info:
Location: Alvor - Portugal
Camera and lens: Sony a55 + Sigma 10-20mm
Settings:
Exposure - 1.5 seconds
Aperture - f8
ISO - 400
RAW converted with Adobe Camera RAW. Duotone with Nik Silver Effex.Photo: My latest photo, shot one week ago. I usually submit photos taken long ago, as I still have hundreds of images to submit, but this time I decided to publish something "fresh".

One of the most magical beaches in Portugal. Very hard to reach, but it pays off!

Quite a tricky exposure. Used a 3 stop ND grad filter + 2 stop ND grad filter, both with soft transition. Also used a 10 stop ND for the long exposure.Photo: "Signs"

"I wonder why did she decide to point me towards the sun on that day..."

Aperture: f11
Exposure: 10 seconds
4 stop ND filter + 3 stop soft ND filter + 2 stop soft ND filterPhoto: "Clinging"

"Waiting for the tides, clinging to dreams and hopes."

José Ramos ©

Technical info:


Technical info:
Quite a tricky photo. The boat was slowly moving, so I couldn´t use excessively long exposures. The problem was that there was not much ambient light, so I would have to use exposures >10seconds to properly expose the image. As this was not an option (because the boat would be totally blurry), I had to increase the ISO to 400. With my pentax K10d this would be a total no-no, due to extreme noise, but it worked very nicely with the Sony a55 and the Adobe Camera RAW 6.3 amazing noise reduction algorithm.

Still, the boat was a bit blurry, which I tried to correct with selective unsharp masking in the boat area.

Location: Alvor - Algarve - Portugal

Camera and lens: Sony a55 + Sigma 10-20mm
ISO: 400
Aperture: f8
Exposure: 5 seconds
Tripod
3 stop ND grad filterPhoto: Note: Google Plus seems to be upsizing newly submitted images beyond their original resolution, creating obviously low quality images. I hope they fix this soon.

Photo shot in river Arade, in Algarve, Portugal. I just love this place. That bridge always makes up for interesting compositions. When the tide is low, there are very nice water guiding lines to enrich the photo. Here I went for a darker approach, as I wanted to mainly emphasize the water courses, both the main one and the water branch to the left, and be able to transmit the serene and quiet ambience in that afternoon end.

As to post processing, I converted the raw file with the usual "fill light", exposure, clarity and colour balance adjustments, and then applied noise reduction, minor tweaks and sharpening in photoshop.
Title: "Torn Between Dreams"

"Having to choose,
Forced to choose,
Compelled to choose,
And most of all
tired of choosing,
and faking the knowledge
of knowing the difference
between the right and the wrong choice

Longing alone for the answers
which seem to never come
and trying to make sense
of a life that the years made too complex
too narrow
too dull
too sad

Since I'll always have to choose
I would prefer to choose
with the intuition I once had
the one that allowed to see
the light inside each path
the reason inside each option
the heart inside each step

I'm lost. A choice?"


José Ramos ©
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Portimão - Portugal

Pentax K10d + Sigma 10-20
3 stop ND Grad filter
Manfrotto tripod
Remote shutter release

ISO:100
Exposure: 1/2 second
Aperture: f/22Photo: This image depicts an amazing place from Portugal, where I was luckily born, even though I no longer live there. It´s also one of my few images with exposure blending. You can find the concept and technical details in the description below.

"Endless Plains"

"Golden burnt crop fields, endless plains, and those so lonely trees, waiting for the next moment of shadow and water...

Vast scapes where the mind wanders and reflects about this world we live in, about its diversity and magnanimous power, about the smallness of a single human being, compared to the gigantic capacity he has of tearing apart the soil he steps...

Let us be different. Let us try."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Location:Baixo Alentejo - Portugal

Story: Photo taken on a trip to my home land, the city of Beja, and its vast surroundings, know for its endless plains and strong heat, but also by such a powerful feeling of serenity and infinity. It was an amazing weekend, with lots of photos that I'll be posting whenever I can.

Gear:Pentax K10d, Sigma 10-20, 3 stop + 2 stop ND Grad

Technique: The light was a bit dull in this afternoon, so I tried a double exposure, with a long exposure for the sky and regular exposure for the land, to achieve than clean sky with a strong sense of flow. Exposure blending in the end.
Post-processing - levels, colour balance, saturation, sharpness.Photo: "The Light Inside"

"Why chase light and bring it home stuck on a tight rectangle?
Why wait and hold till it sparks?
Why go?
Why?

Just trying to lit the light I can't find inside...."

José Ramos ©

Location: Ferragudo - PortugalPhoto: My first published photo made with my new Sony a77. Shot during the last weekend. She was only 4 days old, but she showed me she knows how to capture landscapes! 24 megapixels of pure definition. An amazing tool for landscape photography.Photo: "Double Mirror"

"This time the search was not for a single mirror, but two...
Putting the landscape and the self reflecting each other. The photographer is no longer just the viewer, and the viewer is no longer just the photographer."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Location: Alvor - Portugal

Technique: This is me on the photo, looking at the camera. I used a 8 second long expsure, with timer release with 10 second delay. It wasn´t easy to position myself that quick, specially considering the passage was narrow and I had to be careful not to fall. At the third try, it finally resulted. 3stop ND filter for the sky.Photo: My 2nd photo published online made with the Sony a77.

"The Remnants"

"The surviving traces of earth
Golden and shining
Waiting for silence
And closure"

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.comPhoto: One of my "old" photos, made some years ago. Good old times, when I did not even have a reflex camera. This one was made with a Konica Minolta A2.

"Solitude"

"Man wasn't made to be alone, but there are times when the quietness of our visual surroundings feels like heaven..."

José Ramos

Location: Alvor - Portugal


- Exposure - 4 seconds
- Aperture - f/11
- Mode - Manual
- ISO - 64
- 3 stop ND Grad to properly expose the sky.
- Post processing with colour balance adjustment, noise reduction, and sharpening.Photo: Long exposure in one of my favourite beaches.

"Earth Musings..."

"Reflecting on the subject of passion, written in the landscapes of our memory..."

José Ramos ©

Location: Ericeira - Portugal
Technical : f/11 ; 30 second exposure ; 2 stop soft ND grad ;4 stop ND non-gradPhoto: Taken during my trip to Alentejo last year. I was heading to an almost abandoned village called Mina de S. Domingos, which once bursted with life, inhabited by people who worked on a mine which is now closed. Expecting to find an arid landscape, imagine my surprise when I find that the entrance of the village has this gorgeous lake, surrounded by luxurious trees and green fields. It was one of those moments when you have so many possible angles to shoot, that you start running around like crazy while the sun descends towards the horizon, trying to capture as much as possible of the beauty of the place.

This was one of the shots. I used a soft 3 stop ND Grad filter and my tripod. Aperture f11 and an exposure time of 1/2 second.

Title: "Nurturing Earth"

"Through the neverending feeding cycles of renovation, everything's connected in this complex, yet elegant, system of life..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Location: Mina de S. Domingos - Alentejo - PortugalPhoto: "The Illusion of Stability"

"Stuck here through so many suffocating knots
But none of them secures me..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Alvor - Portugal

8 second exposure
f11
ISO 100Photo: "Crossing Over"

My second outing to try capturing nightskies. This one was shot in Portimão, near Rio Arade.

I used a 30 second exposure, ISO 800, f6.7 (Sigma 10-20mm).

Post-processing this shots is quite a different endeavor. Not easy to control the noise levels. The sky is too noisy for me.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com/Photo: "The Secret Villages"

"These secret places, where oxygen still exists, and beauty is still contemplated..."

José Ramos ©

Azenhas do Mar - Portugal

Sony a77
Sigma 10-20mm
ISO 200mm
f/8
30 seconds long exposurePhoto: Finally having some spare time to publish Sony a77 photos.

"Echoes"

"The impact of reflections and symmetry inside us, showing our need to look for correspondence between the two worlds. Mirrors and echoes of life."

José Ramos ©

Alvor - Portugal

Sony a77
Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure - 10 seconds
ISO 400
f/8
3 stop ND Grad filterPhoto: "Nebulous Era"

"Uncertainty and blindess, the kingdom is ruled by a false master, servant of delirious slaves, dressed in luxurious clothes.

Venture into the pure places, and find the truth hidden beyond your sigh of wonder."

José Ramos ©

Vila Nova de Milfontes - Portugal

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
4 stop ND full filter; 3 stop ND graduated filter
Exposure: 30 seconds
f/8Photo: Bringing the Present to the Now, keeping the awareness of key moments, when beauty invades the eyes.

José Ramos ©

Vila Nova de Milfontes - Portugal

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
30 second exposure
f/8
ISO 400Photo: "Enlightenment"

"Waiting for the awakening which lies beyond the sun..."

José Ramos ©Photo: "Oblivion"

"Be free, and you won't be forgotten."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Ilha do Ermal - Portugal

One of my oldest photos, made with a simple cheap camera, during a music festival. Strong duotone added and colour balance adjustment for the warm yellow tones.Photo: "Abundance - The Fountain" | Praia dos 3 Irmãos, Alvor (Portugal)

"Once more, standing alone in front of another memory, I harvest my thoughts from the infinity fountain ahead. The cycle repeats, as I find myself pulled away from the tedious life of today, feeling I could grab the source and remain there silently..."

José Ramos © http://www.facebook.com/joseramosphotography

Another photo I took some years ago (six years, to be more precise). After one hour of search and 20 minutes waiting under a rock for the intense rain to stop, the skies finally opened to let the sun set in and show it's strength. The beach was absolutely desert, and the next 30 minutes were made of pure photographic pleasure... I came home wet and cold, but my inside was warm and soothed...

These old photos of mine do not certainly have the technical quality of my latest, as I've learned a lot since then, but that doesn't mean they lost its symbolic and emotional value.

Exposure - 1/60 seconds
Aperture - f/8
ISO - 100
3 stop soft ND filterPhoto: (English/Português)
"Quietness" | Praia das Maçãs, Sintra (Portugal)

"Into the tranquility of thoughts and experiences, feeding the flow and the dream... here I am one."

José Ramos © http://www.facebook.com/joseramosphotography

Technical:
Aperture - f/9.5
Exposure - 8 seconds
ISO- 100
3 stop soft ND Grad filter

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"Quietude" | Praia das Maçãs, Sintra

"Na tranquilidade do Pensamento e da Experiência, alimento o fluxo do sonho... e sou Uno"

José Ramos © http://www.facebook.com/joseramosphotography

Técnica:
Abertura: f/9.5
Exposição: 8 segundos
ISO: 100
Filtro 3 stop ND GraduadoPhoto: "The Enlightened Resistance" | Almourol, Portugal

"There will always be an enlightened spot inside everyone of us, untouchable and resilient. Search for it."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Aperture: f/8
Exposure: 30 seconds
ISO: 200
Manual focus.
Tripod.
Filters: 3 stop soft ND Grad (Hitech), 4 stop ProStop IRND (Hitech)

#sunset   #castle   #almourol   #portugal   #landscape   #photography   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #landscapephotography   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel   #fineart   #fineartphotography  Photo: (English/Português)

"Longing for Return" | Prainha, Alvor (Portugal)

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

"When contemplation is oxygen
And Nature means freedom
The only thing I can do is to long for return..."

ISO200, f/8, 25 seconds
3 stop ND grad filter
10 stop ND filterPhoto: "Impermanence" | Porto Covo, Portugal

José Ramos © http:/www.joseramos.com

"Behind all corners there's a soul waiting
Beneath all stones there's an effort failing
Missed beats, compensatory struggles
Yet another set of disharmonies
Until impermanence breathes
And life expands."

Minimalistic long exposure. A study on shapes and stilness, a mirror to impermanence...

Technical:
Exposure: 90 seconds
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
3 stop ND Grad filter (Hitech)
10 stop ND filter (Hitech)
Tripod, remote shutter releasePhoto: "Lost Paradise" | Praia da Ursa, Portugal

"As soon as you get lost, that's exactly when you start finding youself."

José Ramos © http:/www.joseramos.com

My first trip to the amazing and fortunately difficult to reach Praia da Ursa. This place has been voted by a renown magazine as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and I have to agree. Even though the weather wasn't good at all for photography, this place just left me astounded with it's sheer energy and power. Not easy at all to shoot this place under harsh light conditions, so I had to resort to different angles, and play with the available light. This was a tricky image to properly expose, but the 3 stop ND Grad soft filter and some dodge/burning made it possible.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f9.5
ISO: 200
Filters: 7 stop ProStop IRND (Hitech); 3 stop ND Grad soft (Hitech)
Tripod
Remote shutterPhoto: "Sculptures" | Lourinhã, Portugal

"Wind and water-made sculptures, delicately organized in aesthetic harmony. Look closely and find the beauty of such fine craft..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
ISO 200
f/9.5
1/10 seconds
3 stop ND soft Grad filter (Hitech)
Tripod
Remote shutterPhoto: "A Storm in Paradise" | Madeira Island, Northern Coast (Portugal)

José Ramos ©

Finally here it is, my first selected photo from the week spent in Madeira Island...

Ominous clouds, melting on endless mountains, feeding gigantic seas. A humbling lesson from the forces of Nature, on a stormy afternoon. The weather was extremely unstable on that day (which is usual there), and rain kept pouring with variable strength. As soon as it calmed down, it was a question of rushing to the chosen spot and start shooting. I used a 7 stop ND filter to achieve a long exposure of 30 seconds, with the addition of a 4 stop ND Grad for the sky. Also had to wait a bit for the wind to settle down, so that the foreground flowers kept still during the long exposure.

I feel blessed for the week spent in this island. I witnessed so much more than I expected, from the most incredible clouds to the most intense warm sunsets, from the deepest ancient forests to the highest mountain peaks. A true feast for the eyes and soul, where everything flowed towards the simple, yet powerful, contemplation of the raw power and beauty of nature.

Considering all the photographic material I have from this week, I was thinking of publishing a photographic book about the island, but that's a project I'll have to thoroughly think about, due to all the work it would involve.

One thing is for sure: I returned from Madeira one week ago, but there's still a missing part inside of me which was probably kept there...

Technical: f/8, 30 second exposure, ISO 200, 10 stop ProStop IRND filter, 4 stop ND filter, tripod, remote shutter, manual focus.Photo: "The Divided Self" | Carrasqueira, Portugal

"Abandoning clothes and riding the sea, floating above finished paths and ruminating over the avoided ones. These are the lost fragments of the self in ruins, a sum of choices leading to the final voyage, towards an endlessly changing and uncertain destiny."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

I'm available for individual or group workshops in this and many other locations. Contact me for more info.

Technique:

Another shot from the amazing pier in Carrasqueira. I just love to photograph this place! It's a pity that it is so fragile, making me think it won't probably be there for too long.

Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f9.5
ISO: 100
Manual Focus
Tripod, remote shutter
3 stop soft ND Grad filter (Hitech)
10 stop ND filter (Hitech)Photo: "Looking for the Gods" | Madeira Island, Portugal

"Building the temple upon the heights, trying to capture the divine and bring it home."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

One more shot from the Madeira Island, in Rabaçal, at 1200 meters altitude. I've already been to a lot of great places, but this afternoon was enriched with some of the most epic light conditions I've ever seen. We were literally flowing with the road and the wind, witnessing endless changing patterns of intense light, filtered by gigantic clouds. I still have so much to show from this Island. :-)

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 1/500 seconds
Aperture: f/9.5
ISO: 200
Filters: 4 stop Hitech ND soft Grad
Manual focus
Custom White BalancePhoto: "Hidden Mirrors II" | Praia do Caniço, Alvor (Portugal)

"Mirrors hidden in life,
Waiting silently to be found
Listen carefully
And watch closely
Find them
And then ask:

"Which one is real?"
"

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Technique:
ISO: 200
Aperture: f/9.5
Exposure: 1/125 sec
3 stop ND Grad filter (Hitech)Photo: "The Last Survivor" | Carrasqueira, Portugal

"In a world made of floating ruins there's only one survivor, which is not you. They call her Nature."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.comPhoto: "Road to Heaven" | Madeira Island (Portugal)

One of the most epic afternoons ever, walking among the clouds and amidst the elements. This was the true feeling of being at one with everything, all at once...

Sacred place, sacred light, beyond all things mundane, absolutely making so much perfect sense.

Need to return, fast...

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

One of those few photos where the real difficulty was to process it to make it look less surreal, as the light was absolutely wicked on that scene.

It had to be in Madeira Island!

Had to use a 4 stop ND Grad filter to be able to hold the bright sky and make it possible with just one exposure.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 1/200 seconds
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
4 stop ND Grad filter (Hitech)Photo: "Hope" | Alvor, Portugal

"Abandon your worn toxic clothes, and build a new beginning."

Happy New Year my friends! Your company has been a real pleasure!

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.comPhoto: "The Strangers in Me...." | Vila Nova de Milfontes, Alentejo (Portugal)

"Diving into the alien landscapes, unknown parts of the self, ready to emerge and surprise, become alive.
Lying quietly under the surface, waiting for the right moment to sneak in, they feed on turning life upside down, and make it move forward.

We are made of so many layers, parallel dimensions of existence, echoing the universe we live in.

And yet... we can only grasp so much...."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Technical data:
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/9.5
ISO: 100Photo: "The Doubt"

Choose wisely, and never forget to leave some space for the soul to breathe...

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f9.5
ISO: 200
Manual focus. Custom White Balance
Tripod, remote shutter.
Filters: 3 stop ND Grad (Hitech), 4 stop ND (Hitech)Photo: An oldie, shot some years ago.

"Radiant Healing"

"When Nature heals..."

José Ramos © http://www.facebook.com/joseramosphotography

Location: Sintra - Jardim da Pena (Portugal)Photo: "Fallen Star" | Vila Nova de Milfontes, Alentejo (Portugal)

"Nothing shines forever and falls will always be unavoidable. Nevertheless, there's also a lot of beauty down here..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Photo made on one of the amazing beaches of Vila Nova de Milfontes. I always wanted to photograph a starfish under a warm and intense sunset. Thanks to the precious collaboration of an extremely friendly fisherman, and his knowledge of the place, I was finally able to do it! Theses places aren't just beautiful, they are real treasures!

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Tripod
Filters: Hitech 3 stop ND Grad; Hitech 4 stop ND
Manual focusPhoto: Photo: "New Era" | Ericeira, Portugal

"These landscapes always remind me that there must be something better coming, new cycles, new eras..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

In this shot I was standing on a small rock, surrounded by water, and I composed this with the intention of transmiting a sense of freedom and openness, counter-balanced with the imminent possibility of falling from the edge of the rock. Those two people in the background were looking at surfers, and I think they add something to the image.

ISO 100
Aperture: f9.5
Exposure: 8 seconds
3 + 1 stop soft ND Grad filters + 4 stop Nd filter (Hitech)Photo: "Angel Explosion" | Ferragudo, Portugal

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

"And while I was looking to the lighthouse in the infinity peer, an angel exploded right in front of me. Thousands of feathers flew towards the coast, and covered the earth. They were streaked with glowing blood, and in each of them a message:

"Even while looking from above, this is too much to handle"
"

Aperture: f10
Exposure: 6 seconds
ISO: 100
Filters: ND grad 3 stops soft, ND 4 stops (Hitech)Photo: Photo: "Lost in The Dance" | Alentejo, Almograve (Portugal)

Dancing with the elements, in one more magical and epic portuguese sunset.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Sony a77+Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f9
Exposure: 30 seconds
ISO: 100
Custom White Balance
Tripod, remote shutter
Filters: Hitech 7 stop ProStop IRND; Hitech 3 stop Reverse ND GradPhoto: "Beauty in Chaos" | Almograve (Portugal)

"A symphony of movement, bathed in the eternity of times."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Sony a77+Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f13
Exposure: 30 seconds
ISO: 100
Custom White Balance
Tripod, remote shutter
Filters: Hitech 4 stop ProStop IRND; Hitech 3 stop Reverse ND GradPhoto: "Nature's Palette" | Ferragudo, Portugal

An intense sunset adorning a caleidoscope of colours. A true feast for the eyes and soul.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

One of those rare times when I feel that a short exposure will yeld a better result. Seized the opportunity to try the Hitech Reverse ND Grad for the first time, and I liked it a lot.

Sony a77+ Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 1/6 seconds
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Filters: Hitech Reverse ND Grad 3 stopsPhoto: "Close Encounters" | Costa Vicentina, Portugal

"Scintillating algae, growing from black rocks, growing from soft sands, growing from a planet in constant motion and renovation.

Capturing the cadence of a meeting between the elements, a sign that things grow from the most unexpected origins, finding in them the home which soothes their soul."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Technical info:
Exposure - 2 seconds
Aperture - f11
ISO - 100
3 stop soft ND Grad filter (Hitech)

#reflection   #reflectionphotography    #photography   #landscape   #portugal   #algarve #longexposure #fineart   #photomaniaportugal   #landscapephotography   #travelphotography   #sunset #fotografiaPhoto: "Soul Searching" | Ferragudo, Portugal

"Walk those steps, and don't be afraid, after all it's just your soul."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

The image and its story:

This was quite an interesting day. The weather in Portugal had been extremely stormy, and this was one of those days. As usual, while driving I tried to find the best spot to shoot, considering the sun orientation and some sky areas which seemed to be starting to let the sun pass through the clouds.

God is an extremely unpredictable and temperamental illumination assistant, and when I reached this place the wind was incredibly strong and rain was falling intermittently. Would there be light or not? Oh yes there was, and what a light! It was one of those special moments...

To reach this pier you have to descend about 50 meters, through man-made steps. There's a parking lot near it and it seemed that nobody risked in going down there. Even though you can feel a serene feeling in this image, due to the long-exposure, waves were clashing into the pier with incredibly fury, and the scene was quite apocalyptic.

Obviously, I immediatly felt those waves screaming for me, and telling me "come come... you will risk loosing your gear and you will freeze, but perhaps I'll let you leave with some good images..."! ;-)

This is the first photo of that afternoon. It was taken halfway, still on the steps.

That white substance/foam you can see in the bottom half of the image is sea foam, projected by the very strong winds.

I used a 3 stop ND soft filter for the sky and a 9 stop ND filter to be able to use a longer exposure.
Aperture: f/11
Exposure: 15 seconds

#longexposure   #photography   #landscape   #portugal   #algarve   #fineart   #photomaniaportugal   #landscapephotography   #travelphotography   #sunsetPhoto: "Plot Twist" | Carrasqueira, Portugal

José Ramos © http:/www.joseramos.com

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Hitech 3 stop soft ND grad
Hitech 10 stop ND
Tripod
Remote Shutter

#longexposure  #photography   #landscape   #portugal   #carrasqueira #fineart   #photomaniaportugal   #landscapephotography   #travelphotography   #sunsetPhoto: "Fractured Worlds" | Alvor, Portugal

"After the sun sets, may the healing begin..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Quite a difficult shot to expose. Had to use a 3 stop soft ND Grad filter (Hitech), overlaying a part of the dark portion of the filter over the water, to control the exposure. I also used a 4 stop non-grad ND to achieve the long exposure.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
ISO 50
f/11
30 seconds
3 stop ND Grad soft Hitech + 4 stop ND Hitech
Tripod
Remote shutter

#longexposure  #photography   #landscape   #portugal   #alvor #algarve #fineart   #photomaniaportugal   #landscapephotography   #travelphotography   #sunsetPhoto: "Hidden Mirrors" | Praia do Caniço, Alvor (Portugal)

José Ramos © http://www.facebook.com/joseramosphotography

Mirrors hidden in life,
Waiting silently to be found
Listen carefully
And watch closely
Find them
And then ask:

"Which one is real?"
"

Technical:
ISO: 100
Aperture: f8
Exposure: 1/80 sec
3 stop ND Grad filter

#reflection   #reflectionphotography    #photography   #landscape   #portugal   #algarve #alvor #fineart   #photomaniaportugal   #landscapephotography   #travelphotography   #sunset #fotografia  Photo: "The Titans" | Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, Portugal

As the sun kissed one of the sons of Gaea, an image was kept to remember and celebrate that magical moment.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

This place is called Malhada do Ouriçal, which is one of the most difficult to reach places I've been to. Even though some brave ones say it's easy, I actually found the access to this area quite dangerous, with extremely steep/vertical areas of rock, where you have to use ropes to avoid falling.

One of the few time when I went over f/14. Even though I knew diffraction would kick in at such a small aperture, the only way to get that star shaped sun with the Sigma is by using f/22. The light was extremely harsh on that day, as there were no clouds. I rarely post an image without clouds, but I think the strong elements in the image compensate that. I also had to learn how to get rid of the strong haze in the digital file, which is much easier that I thought, using Selective Colour in Photoshop.

Had to use a 4 stop soft ND grad filter to be able to control the extremely strong light, without severely underexposing the rocks in the background. Not easy at all to control light capture in this type of scenes, but I managed to do it with just one exposure.

Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 200
Filters: 4 stop soft ND Grad (Hitech), 10 stop ProStop IRND (Hitech)
Tripod, remote shutter.

#landscape   #photography   #landscapephotography   #longexposure   #fotografia   #portugalphotography   #portugal   #portugaltravel   #sintra   #paisagem   #ndfilter  Photo: "Vortex" | Alvor (Portugal)

"Into the Vortex of thoughts, images and reflections.

Because in the end all you need to know is that you will still be alive..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

3 stop soft ND grad + 4 stop ND filter
Exposure blend with three consecutive exposures to achieve properly exposed image.

#landscape   #photography   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #landscapephotography   #portugal   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel   #algarve   #boat   #duskphotography   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal  Photo: "The Natural Networks" | Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal

"Entangled in the endless stream of thoughts, mirrored by the natural networks of the Earth, anger subsides and serenity finally prevails."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Shot during the last day of a wonderful vacation in Vila Nova de Milfontes, in September 2012. Seven days filled with light seeking and wild beaches. This specific beach wasn't chosen until the last day, when Nature greeted us with a visual feast that I still can remember as if it happened yesterday. The light acted as a magnet during that afternoon end, and dozens of people rushed to see the gorgeous sunset. I feel blessed for having witnessed this. Needless to say that this is one of the most fantastic beaches I've ever visited.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Hitech 3 stop soft ND grad
Hitech 4 stop ND
Tripod
Remote Shutter

#longexposure  #photography   #landscape   #portugal   #alentejo   #fineart   #photomaniaportugal   #landscapephotography   #travelphotography   #sunsetPhoto: "The Call" | Rio Tinto, Spain

"When the light calls, you just need to be there, ready to absorb the photons and capture beauty. This was one of those days."

José Ramos © http:/www.joseramos.com

Photo made in the fantastic landscape of Rio Tinto Mining Park, in Spain. I had spent the weekend in Seville and, when returning home I was looking forward to find good landscapes nearby. As such, following the advice of a friend, I went to Rio Tinto in a hurry, eager to get some good shots. Unfortunately I left Seville late, and there were only about two hours left before sunset. I was almost quitting my search, when I suddenly found this absolutely gorgeous place, which just made my jaw drop! Needless to say I stayed there until it was completely dark, surrounded by hungry mosquitos! But it was worth it...

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/19
Exposure: 30 seconds
ISO: 50
Hitech 3 stop ND grad filter
Hitech 10 stop ND filter
Remote shutter release
Tripod

#longexposure  #photography   #landscape   #spain #riotinto #fineart   #mirror    #landscapephotography   #travelphotography   #sunset #stunningmoment   #landscapephoto  Photo: "Streams of Consciousness" | Portimão, Portugal

"Different paths, coming from the same source, all ending in the same eternal stream of consciousness.

The Universe and the Soul reflected in Nature."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Exposure: 120 seconds
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 50
Filters: 3 stop ND Grad (Hitech), 10 stop ND (Hitech)
Tripod, remote shutter

#landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #photography   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #longexposurephotos   #nature   #portugal   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel   #arade   #fotografia   #sunset   #sunsetphotography   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal  Photo: New photo from Madeira. A different composition from this amazing place! If you use 500px, I've also just published it there -  http://500px.com/photo/65762753 

"Colossus - Part III" | Madeira Island, Ribeira da Janela

Against all odds, resisting through the passagem of time. Resilience in Nature...

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

This is another fantastic place in Madeira Island, called Ribeira da Janela, where a water course descends from the mountains and ends right here. This has created a unique pebble beach, which is adorned by two gigantic rock formations that persistently resist the strength of the waves. I went to this place on my 2nd day in Madeira, but light conditions were far from good. As I couldn't let this one pass, I returned there two days later, and it payed up.

Technical data:
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f8
ISO: 125
Tripod, remote shutter
Manual focus
7 stop ProStop IRND filter (Hitech), 4 stop soft ND Grad (Hitech)

#landscape   #landscapephoto   #landscapephotography   #madeira   #madeiraisland   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #longexposurephotos   #stunningmoment   #stunninglandscapes   #photomaniaportugal   #clouds   #cloudscapephotography   #beach   #beachphotography   #fineart   #fineartphotography   #portugal   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel  Photo: "The Floating Lands" | Carrasqueira, Portugal

"The floating lands, with the floating boats and the floating houses... So much magic in this exotic place. Under the right light, it is the soul who floats and cherishes such moments of just being."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Sony a77+Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
ISO: 100
Aperture: f/9.5
3 stop Hitech ND Grad Filter
10 stop Hitech ND Filter
Tripod
Remote shutter release

#sunset   #sunsetphotography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #portugal   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel   #carrasqueira   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #fotografia   #paisagem   #photomaniaportugal   #stunningmoment  Photo: "Road to Heaven" | Madeira Island (Portugal)

One of the most epic afternoons ever, walking among the clouds and amidst the elements. This was the true feeling of being at one with everything, all at once...

Sacred place, sacred light, beyond all things mundane, absolutely making so much perfect sense.

Need to return, fast...

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

One of those few photos where the real difficulty was to process it to make it look less surreal, as the light was absolutely wicked on that scene.

It had to be in Madeira Island!

Had to use a 4 stop ND Grad filter to be able to hold the bright sky and make it possible with just one exposure.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 1/200 seconds
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
4 stop ND Grad filter (Hitech)

#sunset   #landscape   #madeira   #road   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #mountain   #mountainphotos   #island   #clouds   #fotografia   #paisagem   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #photomaniaglobal   #portugal   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel  Photo: "Domino Thoughts" | Praia da Cordoama, Portugal

"Thoughts clashing and quickly flowing towards the sun.

No need to reach for conclusions... just the pleasure of existence."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Filters: 3 stops ND Grad (Hitech), 4 stops ND (Hitech)
Tripod, remote shutter release.

#landscapephotography   #longexposure   #portugal   #sunset   #beach   #costavicentina   #algarve   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #landscape  Photo: "The Pinnacle" | Sintra, Portugal

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Reaching for new grounds, new opportunities, new cycles. Rather than struggling for the peak, and running out of oxygen amidst the rush, perhaps it's better to sit and just contemplate, learning its ways and its mysteries, until your eyes and soul can be at peace with it, and finally be it.

Image info:

My first trip to the amazing and fortunately difficult to reach Praia da Ursa. This place has been voted by a renown magazine as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and I have to agree. Even though the weather wasn't good at all for photography, this place just left me astounded with it's sheer energy and power. Not easy at all to shoot this place under harsh light conditions, so I had to resort to different angles, and play with the available light. This was a tricky image to properly expose, but the ND filters made it possible.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 2 seconds
Aperture: f9.5
ISO: 200
Filters: 4 stop ProStop IRND (Hitech); 3 stop ND Grad soft (Hitech)
Tripod
Remote shutter

#sunset   #landscape   #longexposure   #portugal   #sintra   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #longexposurephotography   #longexposurephotos   #mountain   #formatthitech   #praiadaursa  Photo: "Layers" | Costa Vicentina, Portugal

"A cold and threatening end of afternon, where every path converges into the fearful sun, which silently dissapears beyond the horizon. The earth finally reveals itself in the low tide, stripping it's layers and stripping ourselves, showing us where we came from and where we are headed to, during the dance of the elements that announce the coming night."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Technical data:
Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/11
Exposure: 30 seconds
ISO: 100
Filters: Hitech 4 stops ND Grad; Hitech 4 stops ND
Manual Focus, Custom White Balance
Tripod

#landscape   #portugal   #longexposure   #algarve   #costavicentina   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #formatthitech   #sunset   #beachphotography   #waterscape   #waterscapephotography   #fotografia   #paisagem  Photo: "The Anima Watchtower" | Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal

"Inside each one of us, the true and the false, the watcher and the illusion, the now and the past, constantly battling for real existence."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Info:
Photo made in one of the rocky beaches of Vila Nova de Milfontes, after a one hour walk on extremely slippery rocks. Once more, the return in total darkness was even more difficult, but always joined by that usual smile of an amazing afternoon contemplating the wonders of nature.

Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 200
Filters: Hitech 3 stop ND grad; Hitech 4 stop ND
Tripod, remote shutter release.

#sunset #landscape #longexposure #portugal #alentejo #stunningmoment #photomaniaportugal #photography #portugalphotography #landscapephotography #landscapephoto #waterscapePhoto: "Safe Ground"

"That feeling of emptiness when you let go the attahcments of life...

Should you?"

José Ramos © | http://www.joseramos.com 

Location: Cacilhas - Portugal

Technical info: Exposure - 30 seconds
Aperture - f11
ISO - 100
3 stop soft ND Grad filter (Hitech)
10 stop ND filter (Hitech)

#portugal   #landscape   #sunset   #lisbon   #cacilhas   #longexposure   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #travelphotography   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #river   #waterscape   #lisboa   #almada   #portugalphotography  Photo: "Colossus - Part II"

"Agains all odds, resisting through the passagem of time. Resilience in nature..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Location: Ribeira da Janela, Madeira Island (Portugal)

This is another fantastic place in Madeira Island, where a small river course descends from the mountains and ends right here. This has created a unique pebble beach, which is adorned by two gigantic rock formations that persistently resist the strength of the strong waves. I went to this place on my 2nd day in Madeira, but light conditions were far from good. As I couldn't let this one pass, I returned there two days later, and it payed up.

Technical data:
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
Tripod, remote shutter
Manual focus
7 stop ProStop IRND filter (Hitech), 4 stop soft ND Grad (Hitech)

#landscape   #longexposure   #portugal   #madeira   #island   #portugal   #fotografia   #paisagem   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto  Photo: "Mesmerizing Bends" | Portimão (Portugal)

"Life will carry you through endless deflections, mesmerizing bends and dark obstacles. Do not resist the strength of the flow, as everyone reaches the finish line."

José Ramos © http:/www.joseramos.com

This is quite a tricky place to reach. After a 30 minute walk on a very narrow path, surrounded by extremely dense low vegetation, there was this magnificient "S" shaped water course, ready to be photographed under an intense sunset light.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/19
Exposure: 30 seconds
ISO: 50
Filters: Hitech 3 stop ND Grad, Hitech 1 stop ND Grad, Hitech 10 stops ND
Tripod
Remote Shutter Release

#landscape   #sunset   #portugal   #algarve   #longexposure   #landscapephotography   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel   #fineart   #fineartphotography   #stunningmoment  Photo: "The Natural Networks" | Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal

José Ramos © http:/www.joseramos.com

"Entangled in the endless stream of thoughts, mirrored by the natural networks of the Earth, anger subsides and serenity finally prevails."

Shot during the last day of a wonderful vacation in Vila Nova de Milfontes, in September 2012. Seven days filled with light seeking and wild beaches. This specific beach wasn't chosen until the last day, when Nature greeted us with a visual feast that I still can remember as if it happened yesterday. The light acted as a magnet during that afternoon end, and dozens of people rushed to see the gorgeous sunset. I feel blessed for having witnessed this. Needless to say that this is one of the most fantastic beaches I've ever visited.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Hitech 3 stop soft ND grad
Hitech 4 stop ND
Tripod
Remote Shutter

#landscape   #sunset   #longexposure   #portugal   #beach   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #alentejo   #vilanovademilfontes   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto  Photo: First published shot from Alqueva, which I visited last week.

"Seclusion" | Alqueva, Portugal

"When the conflicting elements in an image captivate us and capture our full attention, as if our desire to exist in a different world remained stronger then everything else. Unfortunately, this tree did not survive, but it's fascinating to think that this landscape could make natural sense".

José Ramos ©

Shot in the gorgeous Alqueva, in Alentejo (Portugal). Alqueva is one of the largest dams in Europe, finished in 2002. An environmentally polemic construction, which generated a lot of heated discussions, as well as fantastic landscapes...

Technical info:
Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
30 second long exposure
f14
ISO 100
7 stop Hitech Pro Stop IRND filter
3 stop Reverse ND Grad Hitech filter

#sunset   #alentejo   #portugal   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel   #tree   #treephotography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #dam   #alqueva   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #longexposure   #longexposurephotographyPhoto: Photo: "The Point of No Return" | Cabo Raso, Sintra (Portugal)

Are points of no return possible, or just an illusion of conscience?

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Quite a tricky shot to compose. This was one of those times when I just needed wider than ultra-wide! Tripod near ground level, a 2 meter fall behind me, and the need to encompass the whole half-circle in the frame.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/11
Exposure: 30 seconds
ISO: 100
Tripod, remote shutter.
Manual focus. Custom WB.
Filters: Hitech 3 stop ND Grad, Hitech 7 stop ProStop IRND

#landscapephotography   #portugal   #longexposure   #fineart   #landscape   #landscapephoto   #cloudscapephotography   #guincho   #cascais   #caboraso   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaglobal   #architecture  Photo: Photo: "Biocentrism" | Alentejo, Pedrogão (Portugal)

"Biocentrism states that life and biology are central to being, reality, and the cosmos — life creates the universe rather than the other way around. It asserts that current theories of the physical world do not work, and can never be made to work, until they fully account for life and consciousness. While physics is considered fundamental to the study of the universe, and chemistry fundamental to the study of life, biocentrism claims that scientists will need to place biology before the other sciences to produce a theory of everything."

José Ramos ©

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f9
Exposure: 1/80sec
ISO: 200
Filters: 4 stop soft ND Grad (Hitech)
Handheld

#portugal   #landscape   #biocentrism   #tree   #alentejo   #sunset   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #fineartphotography   #landscapephoto   #nature   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #natureza   #fotografia   #paisagem  Photo: "Finding Beauty"

This photo was taken at the end of the afternoon. The sky was covered with dark thick clouds, and I thought this would be a zero-photography day, specially considering the fact that it would probably start raining soon.

Still I ventured outside, to search for new places to photograph, to be out there, near nature.

I found some preety cool places I must check in the future and, in the end of the afternoon, it was stronger than me, and I had to take some photographs. Seizing an opportunity when there was no rain, and using some green pebbles I found to add some interest to an otherwise boring scene, I took this shot.

After reviewing it at home, it's always amazing what long exposures are able to do. Every tiny bit of light is amplified and enriched, and landscapes become alive. What I thought to be a bunch of useless images, in fact weren't.

You must be wondering now, "what the hell, did José Ramos forgot the location of the saturation slider?". Well, no... this is quite simply the representantion of the hidden beauty of this afternoon's supposedly dull weather.

Lesson learned... and I still trying to find the hidden beauty in nature...

Your comments and feedback is much appreciated!

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Location: Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais, Portugal

Aperture - f9.5
Exposure - 30 seconds
ISO-100
3 stop soft ND Grad (Hitech)
4 stop ND (Hitech)

#landscape   #portugal   #waterscape   #sintra   #cascais   #photography   #longexposure   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #fineart  Photo: "Awakening" | Alqueva, Alentejo (Portugal)

"A new day is born, and with it the endless possibilities of freedom and fate. Make it be a thrill..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

One more photo from the gorgeous Alqueva, which is one of the largest dams in Europe, finished in 2002. An environmentally polemic construction, which generated a lot of heated discussions, as well as fantastic landscapes...

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 50
Filters: 4 stop soft ND Grad (Hitech); 7 stop ProStop IRND

#portugal #landscape   #alentejo   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #photomaniaglobal   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel   #alqueva   #longexposure   #sunrise   #sunrisephotography  Photo: "Mindful Mirrors" | Barragem do Pego do Altar, Alentejo (Portugal)

"Take a moment, stop, breathe in, breathe out, slowly, contemplate nature, watch closely for its mirrors, let it mirror your self, and just be mindful."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 2.5 seconds
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 50
Filters: Hitech 3 stop soft ND Grad, Hitech 4 stops ProStop IRND

#landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #nature   #naturephotography   #naturephotos   #trees   #treephotography   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #portugal   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #sunset   #sunsetphotography   #sunsetphotos   #fineart   #fineartphotography  Photo: Photo: "Bending Life" | Azenhas do Mar, Sintra (Portugal)

"When you suddenly choose that path no one was expecting
And your life finally starts making sense..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

300 second long exposure
f/9, ISO 100
10 stop ND filter (Hitech)
3 stop ND grad (Hitech)
Tripod, Remote shutter release

#portugal   #longexposure   #fineart   #blackandwhite   #sintra   #azenhas   #landscape   #seascape   #landscapephotography  +Stunning Moment Photo: "Fallen Star" | Vila Nova de Milfontes, Alentejo (Portugal)

"Nothing shines forever and falls will always be unavoidable. Nevertheless, there's also a lot of beauty down here..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Photo made on one of the amazing beaches of Vila Nova de Milfontes. I always wanted to photograph a starfish under a warm and intense sunset. Thanks to the precious collaboration of an extremely friendly fisherman, and his knowledge of the place, I was finally able to do it! Theses places aren't just beautiful, they are real treasures!

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Tripod
Filters: Hitech 3 stop ND Grad; Hitech 4 stop ND
Manual focus

#landscapephotography   #alentejo   #sunset   #vilanovademilfontes   #starfish   #longexposure   #landscape   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #fineartphotography   #landscapephoto   #seascapephotography  Photo: "Existential Divide" | Carrasqueira, Portugal

"One path never seems to be enough, but splitting the soul is not an option, as the missing part just won't return..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos

Photo made in the gorgeous Cais Palafítico in Carrasqueira (Portugal).

Aperture: f/8
Exposure: 30 seconds
ISO:100
3 stop ND grad filter + 10 stop ND filter
Tripod.
Remote Shutter Release

#landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #longexposurephotos   #carrasqueira   #portugal   #waterscape   #waterscapephotography   #photomaniaportugal   #stunningmoment   #hitech   #ndgrad   #portugalphotography   #portugaltravel   #fineart   #fineartphotographyPhoto: "Life Lines"

"Multiple intersecting paths
Multiple choices
Multiple lifes
All leading to the vast ocean of fate

Will the turbulence end in the horizon?
Or it just goes deeper?"

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Location: Praia das Maçãs - Sintra - Portugal

Technique: A study on shapes and contrasts. No foreground object this time, just a sense of flow and movement. I used a very long exposure (90 seconds) to capture the flow of the water back to the ocean. This was made possible with a 10 stop ND filter and a 3 stop ND grad filter for the sky (Hitech). Also added a warming filter to the sky to enhance the color contrast between the top and bottom.

ISO: 100 | Aperture: f9.5 | Exposure: 90 seconds | Manfrotto tripod and remote shutter release | 10 stop ND filter | 3 stop ND grad filter | Warming filter

#longexposure   #sunset   #beach   #photography   #landscape   #portugal   #waterscape  Photo: "Lost in The Dance" | Alentejo, Almograve (Portugal)

Dancing with the elements, in one more magical and epic portuguese sunset.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Sony a77+Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f9
Exposure: 30 seconds
ISO: 100
Custom White Balance
Tripod, remote shutter
Filters: Hitech 7 stop ProStop IRND; Hitech 3 stop Reverse ND Grad

#nature #naturephotography #naturephotos #landscape #landscapephotography #landscapephoto #waterscape #waterscapephotography #longexposurephotography #longexposurephotos #portugal #portugalphotography #portugaltravel #almograve #alentejo #sunset #sunsetphotography #sunsetphotos  Photo: "The Mysteries of Qualia" | Beja, Alentejo (Portugal

I've always felt a huge fascination with sunflowers. I don't know how to explain it, but I just feel it. When I thought about that, my brain immediatly started shooting endless cognitive theories to explain it, but I quickly silenced it. You don't always need to explain, as there's something remarkably intangible in the act of appreciating beauty. Philosophers call it "qualia".

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

After many years wishing to shoot a field of sunflowers, I finally found when near my birthplace! For a change, this is not a long exposure. I arrived to this location mid afternoon, with the sun still high but a fantastic sky bursting with clouds. It was impossible to properly expose for the strong sun, even using ND Grad filters, so I opted to filter it with the tree, framing the composition with the two main foreground sunflowers.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f9
Shutter speed: 1/100sec
ISO: 200
3 stop hard ND Grad filter from Hitech

#sunflower   #sunflowersphotography   #sunflowerphotography   #sunflowersunday   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #portugal   #portugalphotography   #alentejo  Photo: "Synchronicity" | Kirkjufell, Iceland

"When all elements combine on a single landscape, photons start creating music, and visual dreams suddenly become real."

José Ramos ©

After my seven day trip to Iceland, from 16-22 September, here's the second published photo from the trip. After sleeping inside the rental car in Keflavik (the plane arrived at 1am), I decided to head to Kirkujfell next day. I had seen this mountain so many times on 500px and other galleries, and yet it still kept me fascinated every single time with its singular shape, frequently adorned by beautiful waterfalls. As soon as I arrived I could feel my heart racing with the excitement, and I rushed to the spot and photographed it from many angles until it was absolutely dark. You know, I'm not one of the guys who likes to brag about being "absolutely unique" on a certain place, creating his "own interpretations" of a scene, just for the sake of difference. This certainly  applies to a Iceland trip, and this photo is a great example. A Kirkujfell photograph with the three waterfalls is an image beaten to death? Well, under the perspective of online photography addicts, most certainly yes, but still only about 0,00001% of photographers have the chance to visit such place, and 0,0001% of those will be able to do decent photos there. This is so much more about showing visions of nature than showing us...

Technical data:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/11
Shutter speed: 30 seconds
Focus: Manual (for hyperfocal distance)
Wireless Remote Timer
Filters. Formatt Hitech ProStop IRND 4 stops full ND, 3 stop soft ND Grad
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead

#icelandphotography   #landscapephotography   #kirkjufell   #waterfallsphotography   #mountainphotos   #sunsetphotography   #photomaniaglobal   #stunningmoment  Photo: "The Falling Gods" | Godafoss, Iceland

This is the almighty waterfall where the Pagan Gods were discarded and abandoned, yet forever remembered as one of the foundations of the Icelandic collective unconscious.

This photo was made on the third day of the Iceland trip. After a second day with endless hours of driving, which ended with a photo session of the Hvitserkur rock formation, I decided to head to Godafoss during the night, so that I could have enough time to photograph it the next day and, hopefully, still be able to photograph Detifoss.

This image was made on the less touristy side of the waterfall, and it was one the most technically difficult places to photograph I've ever been to. The massive amount of water spray created by the multiple waterfalls made it feel like if it was heavily raining on that area. I had many microfiber large lens cleaning cloths with me, but all of them got quickly soaked. The only way to make a decent sharp photo on this place involves composing the image and always cleaning the filters between each capture. I used a 15 second exposure (instead of the usual 30), because the results were similar to a longer exposure (due to the quick movement of the water), and this allowed me to minimize the exposure to the water spray.

This was the my first time in front of one of the giant Icelandic waterfalls. To be in front of one of these "monuments" is an absolutely unforgettable experience, putting our place on Earth in perspective, a well as the forces which animate the power of Nature. A lesson of humility and sensory overload.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Technical data:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 15 seconds
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 100
Filters: Formatt Hitech ProStop IRND 7 stops, 4 stop soft ND Grad
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead

#iceland   #godafoss   #longexposure   #landscape   #waterfall  Photo: "Dance of the Spirits" | Kirkjufell, Iceland

"And even though the eyes had seen so much beauty, the enchantment of the Aurora would steal the crown of the most magnificient spectacle of light ever witnessed..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

After my seven day trip to Iceland, from 16-22 September, here's my first published photo from the trip. After sleeping inside the rental car in Keflavik (the plane arrived at 1am), I decided to head to Kirkjufell next day. I had seen this mountain so many times on 500px and other galleries, and yet it still kept me fascinated every single time with its singular shape, frequently adorned by beautiful waterfalls. As soon as I arrived I could feel my heart racing with the excitement, and I rushed to the spot and photographed it from many angles until it was absolutely dark. Finally headed to the car, parked right before the path to the waterfalls, to grab something to eat, and waited on the inside for sleep to come. The sky had been partially filled with clouds, as it usually happens in Iceland, and I was nowhere near from thinking about watching an Aurora Borealis/Northern Light during my whole trip (due to their rarity), let alone seeing it on the first day!

It all happened very quickly, and started with my girlfriend's scream, "AURORA!". We rushed to the outside, and time suddenly stopped while I glanced at the sky, feeling mesmerized with the light dance spectacle right in front of me. Then a thought instinctively appeared amidst the emotional rush, "my camera! Where is it?!". Chaos ensued, and in 2 minutes I was ready to start shooting. There was the option of returning to the waterfall spot, but it would take too much time (minutes are precious, as Auroras can dissapear in seconds), so I ended up going to the beach right by the mountain and started shooting.

It's not easy to photograph this type of scene. ISO needs to be at 1600-3200 and the lens set at maximum aperture, to maximize exposure. Shutter speed is usually between 10-30 seconds, and longer than 30 seconds will create small star trails, instead of the more aesthetically pleasant star single points. Focus needs to be manual and preferentially set at infinity (even though the infinity mark on many lenses doesn't actually correspond to infinity). I decided to use the reflection of the water to create a point of anchorage to the Northern Lights, and the Kirkjufell mountain was just perfect for this. Everything is usually almost pitch black, except when the Aurora is extremely strong, and to avoid loosing too much time guessing the composition in such dark conditions, having to wait for the end of the whole 30 second exposure, I decided to make shorter test shots at very high ISOs (12800), and then fine tune composition.

Post-processing these photos is much more about noise reduction and sharpening control than adjusting color and other settings, as the Aurora color and intensity is already captivating enough on its own.

Apart from a 5 minute Aurora in Jokulsarlon, I didn't see it again during my trip, which made this night even more unique and remarkable. Definitely one of the most beautiful things I've ever witnessed.

Technical data:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/4
Shutter speed: 30 seconds
Focus: Manual
White Balance: Auto
Wireless Remote Timer
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead

#kirkjufell   #iceland   #auroraborealis   #northernlights   #landscapePhoto: "Resistance" | Detifoss, Iceland

"If the river of life is running frantic and impatient, crushing order and impetus in ruthless ways, step aside to the margin and just watch, as growth will blossom spontaneously."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Image made on the third day of my trip to ICeland. After spending several hours in Godafoss, and trying to resist the impulse to stay there all day in sensory extasy, I decided to leave this spot if I still wanted to witness from up close the power of the waterfall with the strongest water flow of all Europe - Detifoss.

The trip distance was relatively short, but I wasn't certainly expecting the final 20-30km of harsh gravel roads! Fortunately the scenery between the two waterfalls was probably the most incredible of the whole trip, with amazing geothermal areas filled with huge smoke columns, as well as Mars-like landscapes, where gigantic black mountains would suddenly unfold.

We arrived to Detifoss right before sunset, with rain still pouring strongly, and rushed to the top of the waterfall. After watching videos of this place, I would finally be able to step on those rocks, with absolutely no barriers between the power of the waterfall and its visitors.

As the place is incredibly remote, and there was strong rain and cold weather, there was no other human being there besides us! Only in Iceland would it be possible to be alone in such an unique place! The sky was totally covered in dense dark clouds but, once more, the beauty of the location would be worth for itself, not needing any exquisite sunset lights.

After doing some long exposures between 5 and 10 seconds, again following the usual constant filter cleaning and camera drying routine, I ended up chosing this image for publication. This shot was made on the area previously defined by my companion as the "forbidden" zone, but I could not resist shooting from this spot, putting my tripod right on the ledge of the 45 meter fall. This was the only way I would be able to do a vertical image where I would be able to show the whole height of the waterfall, and still be able to capture the only surviving plants in that area.

Technical data:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 5 seconds
Aperture: f/9
ISO: 200
Filters: Formatt Hitech 3 stop soft ND Grad
Wireless remote shutter
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead

#detifoss   #iceland   #landscape   #waterfall   #longexposure  Photo: "Floating Sculptures" | Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Iceland

After being on so many unstable places, which would no longer be the same on a second visit, I finally found the king of pure budhist impermanence: the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and it's endless floating delicate sculptures of ice, right in front of my eyes, on day 5 of our trip.

Iceland had so far surprised me like I never expected it would, but this place takes the crown of awe inspiring sceneries. Leaving the N1 road to the right, and entering what looks like a half-baked parking lot, it's just a matter of seconds until all your vision is filled with a gigantic lagoon, where enormous white blocks and delicate bits of melting ice dance in unison, headed towards the sea.

There is an absolute, almost mystical silence, interspersed with one of the most amazing natural sounds I ever heard: the frequent crackling of ice. absolutely three dimensional, coming from multiple spots.

As senses are sharpened by the extreme cold in the area, the global sensory overload feels like absolute pleasure.

Technical:

When planning which gear to take to Iceland, I quickly decided I wouldn't let myself be limited by near frozen waters. This photo was made with water up to my knees, or it would have been impossible to get that perspective. I used NRS Hydroskin neoprene pants and NRS Workboots neoprene boots with 3mm neoprene socks. They held up admirably well.

Once more, not an easy place to shoot, as most of the ice formations tend to move. I had to shot some of them at 2-5 seconds, but this one was stable enough to be shot at 30 seconds. Luckily, on our two photo sessions in Jokulsarlon, the water was extremely calm, mirror-like.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/8
ISO: 100
Filters: Formatt Hitech 3 stop soft ND Grad, Formatt Hitech 4 stop ProStop IRND
Wireless remote shutter
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead

#iceland   #jokulsarlon   #glacier   #lagoon   #ice   #landscapephotography   #longexposure   #formatthitech   #manfrotto   #nrs  Photo: "The Epic Hour" | Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Iceland

"You must always carry your camera with you, because when it becomes epic, your life should depend on capturing it..."

On the last day of the Iceland trip in September we witnessed the most epic sky of the whole trip, while we were returning to the airport, in a hurry, after shooting in Vesturhorn.

We weren't supposed to make any stops, or we could miss the flight, but the golden hour (I'd rather call it "epic hour") occurred right when we were passing by Jokulsarlon!

I only had 10 minutes to shoot, before the intense colours would disappear, and my tripod was buried inside my check-in bag. I had to shoot this scene handheld, and did the best I could. Fortunately, due to the sensor stabilization, I was able to do focused and sharp 1/10th second exposures.

I cannot even imagine how incredible it must have been to the other photographers who had the time to be there and properly prepare their shooting session. Many people were photographing the scene and I could feel the adrenaline rush around me, as everyone knew this was one of those moments...

Anyway, I can't complain, as at least I had the opportunity to be there when the light was at its best. It most certainly compensated the expensive speeding ticket I got, while I tried to arrive to Keflavik on time after shooting here!

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/8
Exposure: 1/10 seconds
ISO: 400
Manual focus
Filters: Formatt Hitech 3 stops soft ND

#iceland   #jokulsarlon   #lagoon   #glacier   #landscapephotography   #fineartphotography   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #longexposurephotography  Photo: "Existential Divide" | Carrasqueira, Portugal

"One path never seems to be enough, but splitting the soul is not an option, as the missing part just won't return..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos

Photo made in the gorgeous Cais Palafítico in Carrasqueira (Portugal).

Aperture: f/8
Exposure: 30 seconds
ISO:100
3 stop ND grad filter + 10 stop ND filter
Tripod.
Remote Shutter Release

#carrasqueira   #palafite   #peer   #longexposure   #waterscape   #fineart   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #portugal   #alentejo  Photo: New photo from Iceland, made in the unforgettable Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

"The Crackling Silence" | Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Iceland

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

After being on so many unstable places, which would no longer be the same on a second visit, I finally found the king of pure budhist impermanence: the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and it's endless floating sculptures of ice, right in front of my eyes, on day 5 of our trip.

Iceland had so far surprised me like I never expected it would, but this place takes the crown of awe inspiring sceneries. Leaving the N1 road to the right, and entering what looks like a half-baked parking lot, it's just a matter of seconds until all your vision is filled with a gigantic lagoon, where enormous white blocks and delicate bits of melting ice dance in unison, headed towards the sea.

There is an absolute, almost mystical silence, interspersed with one of the most amazing natural sounds I ever heard: the frequent crackling of ice. absolutely three dimensional, coming from multiple spots.

As senses are sharpened by the extreme cold in the area, the global sensory overload feels like absolute pleasure.

Technical:

When planning which gear to take to Iceland, I quickly decided I wouldn't let myself be limited by near frozen waters. This photo was made with water up to my knees, or it would have been impossible to get that perspective. I used NRS Hydroskin neoprene pants and NRS Workboots neoprene boots with 3mm neoprene socks. They held up admirably well.

Once more, not an easy place to shoot, as most of the ice formations tend to move. I had to shot some of them at 2-5 seconds, but this one was stable enough to be shot at 30 seconds. Luckily, on our two photo sessions in Jokulsarlon, the water was extremely calm, mirror-like.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Filters: Formatt Hitech 3 stop soft ND Grad, Formatt Hitech 4 stop ProStop IRND
Wireless remote shutter
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead

#iceland   #jokulsarlon   #glacier   #lagoon   #longexposure   #landscapephoto   Photo: "Dance of the Spirits" | Kirkjufell, Iceland

"And even though the eyes had seen so much beauty, the enchantment of the Aurora would steal the crown of the most magnificient spectacle of light ever witnessed..."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

After my seven day trip to Iceland, from 16-22 September, here's my first published photo from the trip. After sleeping inside the rental car in Keflavik (the plane arrived at 1am), I decided to head to Kirkjufell next day. I had seen this mountain so many times on 500px and other galleries, and yet it still kept me fascinated every single time with its singular shape, frequently adorned by beautiful waterfalls. As soon as I arrived I could feel my heart racing with the excitement, and I rushed to the spot and photographed it from many angles until it was absolutely dark. Finally headed to the car, parked right before the path to the waterfalls, to grab something to eat, and waited on the inside for sleep to come. The sky had been partially filled with clouds, as it usually happens in Iceland, and I was nowhere near from thinking about watching an Aurora Borealis/Northern Light during my whole trip (due to their rarity), let alone seeing it on the first day!

It all happened very quickly, and started with my girlfriend's scream, "AURORA!". We rushed to the outside, and time suddenly stopped while I glanced at the sky, feeling mesmerized with the light dance spectacle right in front of me. Then a thought instinctively appeared amidst the emotional rush, "my camera! Where is it?!". Chaos ensued, and in 2 minutes I was ready to start shooting. There was the option of returning to the waterfall spot, but it would take too much time (minutes are precious, as Auroras can dissapear in seconds), so I ended up going to the beach right by the mountain and started shooting.

It's not easy to photograph this type of scene. ISO needs to be at 1600-3200 and the lens set at maximum aperture, to maximize exposure. Shutter speed is usually between 10-30 seconds, and longer than 30 seconds will create small star trails, instead of the more aesthetically pleasant star single points. Focus needs to be manual and preferentially set at infinity (even though the infinity mark on many lenses doesn't actually correspond to infinity). I decided to use the reflection of the water to create a point of anchorage to the Northern Lights, and the Kirkjufell mountain was just perfect for this. Everything is usually almost pitch black, except when the Aurora is extremely strong, and to avoid loosing too much time guessing the composition in such dark conditions, having to wait for the end of the whole 30 second exposure, I decided to make shorter test shots at very high ISOs (12800), and then fine tune composition.

Post-processing these photos is much more about noise reduction and sharpening control than adjusting color and other settings, as the Aurora color and intensity is already captivating enough on its own.

Apart from a 5 minute Aurora in Jokulsarlon, I didn't see it again during my trip, which made this night even more unique and remarkable. Definitely one of the most beautiful things I've ever witnessed.

Technical data:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/4
Shutter speed: 30 seconds
Focus: Manual
White Balance: Auto
Wireless Remote Timer
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead

#northernlights   #auroraborealis   #photoextract   #kirkjufell   #iceland   #longexposure  Photo: "Transient Gold" | Jokulsarlon beach, Iceland

"Seize the moment, and then just let it go."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

After one more night sleeping inside the car, with freezing cold outside, the phone alarm starts ringing. It's still night, even though there's already a faint blue line in the horizon, announcing the arrival of the sun. My body is warm, tucked inside the sleeping bag, and my conscience is still numb. I rarely wake up this soon, as I'm more of a night owl, and the temperature difference must be gigantic, but I'm at Jokulsarlon... I'm not at home, I'm not at some vacation resort, I'm not still dreaming... This is Jokulsarlon, and for the first time I'll finally photograph one of the most incredible beaches in the world.

And so it begins. Base layer (old school tshirt), second layer, third waterproof layer. The sky is becoming brighter. Can't miss sunrise. Neoprene pants, neoprene boots. Wool cap, wool face cover, tactile gloves. Brighter. Can't miss sunrise. Baby towel wipe, tooth brushing, deodorant. Can't miss sunrise! Very strong cold coffee, cleaning filters, gear setup and checking. Can't miss sunrise, and off we go!

Once more, the intense excitement of being in such an amazing place, a true paradise for landscape photographers and beauty appreciators. The beach is everything I imagined it would be, perhaps larger, with more "chunks" of ice than I thought. The wind is blowing strong and the sea is wild. I know I keep repeating this, but this was yet another extremely difficult place to photograph. First there are way too many possible good compositions, and beauty overload can easily wreak havoc inside a landscape photographer's brain. Then the salty water spray is strong and almost constant, even more intense than in portuguese beaches. As if this wasn't enough, those stubborn pieces of ice can't keep still for more than some seconds! I'm know I'm sounding a bit negative, but the truth is that I just loved it!

This is not a good place for long exposures, as you want to capture the motion of the water, as well as avoid blurring due to the ice moving with the strength of the waves. I used a smaller aperture then usual, because I couldn't go any lower in terms of ISO, and 1/5 second exposure was just about right for the wave motion.

Had the chance to try the new Formatt Hitech Firecrest 3 stop Reverse ND Grad prototype on this beach, and I just loved it. Can't wait to try their full line of Firecrest filters!

Technical data:
Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
ISO: 50
Aperture: f/18
Exposure: 1/5 seconds
Filters: Formatt Hitech Firecrest 3 stop reverse ND Grad prototype
Wireless remote shutter
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead

#iceland   #jokulsarlon   #glacier   #sunrisephotography   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaglobal   #icePhoto: "The Majestic Mountains" | Vesturhorn, Iceland

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Photo made on the last day of the Iceland trip, in September 2014. This was the third time in three days we tried to photograph this location. That meant going west and east several times, from Jokulsarlon to this location, and this photo was only made possible after hundreds of accumulated kilometers. Time was extremely unstable during the trip (which is quite normal in Iceland), and it was extremely difficult to photograph these mountains under decent conditions.

Fortunately there is this one little precious thing called Icelandic Weather Forecast Site (vedur.is) which is actually quite accurate for the current day (longer than that will quite simply be called divination). After two frustrated attempts, and while we were shooting on the Jokulsarlon beach on the last day of the trip, I decided to reach my iPad and check for the weather forecast. To my surprise, the Vesturhorn area was one of the few with sunny/cloudy weather in the whole Island, during a short two hour period, from 16h to 18h. Once more, a decision to abruptly change plans had to be made, and off we went to Hofn at 14h30m.

This spot is not easy to find, but our previous tries made it easy to reach the spot. The weather was quite nice, even though some menacing clouds seemed to be approaching from the west, in perfect accordance with the vedur.is website.

Finally, there they were, the imponent Vesturhorn mountains. I had seen this place in so many images before, but nothing could quite compare to actually being there. If it weren't enough to have such beautiful mountains rising out of nowhere, touching the Atlantic ocean, there's also a vast plain at its feet, covered in water during high tide, which will work as a perfect mirror for the mountains. One more photographic paradise in Iceland...

Unfortunately the tide was quite low, and it wasn't easy at all to find a decent spot to shoot. I can only imagine that this place is an absolute dream with high tide (well, it already is...). This is one of the photos from that afternoon. We stayed for as long as we could, and the landscape addiction made us leave way too late for the airport. There were still 500km left to Keflavik and we still had to pack everything. As if it weren't enough, Jokulsarlon decided to show us its most intense display of light during our return, and we had to make an extra stop. The end result: a speeding ticket arriving to our house one month after we left Iceland!

Technical info:
Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 50
Exposure: 1 second
Filters: 3 stop soft ND Grad (Formatt Hitech)
Wireless remote shutter
Manfrotto 055XPRO3 tripod + Manfrotto ballhead

Note: the last day of shooting was almost ruined by the very low quality of the new cleaning microfiber cloths I purchased before the trip. I've been using the purple Sigma lens cloth for the last years, and they are amazing. As we were sleeping in the car and knew there would be lots of water spray and rain in Iceland, I decided to purchase 8 extra cloths from Sigma. They sent me a different batch, white colour, supposedly an "upgraded" version. Unfortunately this was more of an extreme downgrade, and at the 5th day they were already unusable, unlike the purple ones. On the last day, the purple ones were soaked and had to use the white cloths, so this was shot with a considerable layer of "foggy" mess in my Formatt Hitech filters, creating a considerable loss of contrast and tone transition. Did my best to recovering this, but it was not easy at all. I already filed a complaint to Sigma but they did not acknowledge the problem, even though there are similar complaints in Amazon.

#iceland   #icelandphotography   #vesturhorn   #vestrahorn   #stoksnes   #hofn   #mountain   #mountainphotos   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #fineartphotography   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #ndfilter   #hitech  Photo: "Sublimation" | Skogafoss, Iceland

"With the unique ability of being at the same time one of the most powerful waterfalls in Iceland, as well as certainly the most elegant, Skogafoss is one of the best examples of natural sublimation, where the thunderous water is suprisingly transformed into a smooth flowing river. I felt I could witness this place for days on end, and never get tired of doing it."

The Story:

This shot was made on the 6th day of the Iceland trip. I had been shooting a gorgeous mountain off the beaten path in the south on the day before, during sunset (I'm eager to submit those photos), and decided to head to Skogafoss during the night, to be able to have enough time to shoot both Skogafoss and Seljalandfoss the next day. Fortunately/Unfortunately it was raining a lot as soon as I woke up, so I opted to stay inside the car and sleep a bit more, as my body was starting to get exhausted. The rain kept pouring, although with less intensity, so I decided I just had to leave the car and try to shoot.

This is probably my favourite waterfall in Iceland, due to the simple fact that you can be right next to the area where that massive amount of water fall on the ground. You can feel the huge amount of water spray dozens of meters before reaching the waterfall, and when you finally get really near... well... it's absolute water hell! Imagine the heaviest rainfall you can... now imagine it coming from every single direction... now imagine the thunderous sound of the water crushing the rocky ground... now feel that unique and pervasive tingling sensation of being near something that just feels too big and powerful, making you feel tiny, microscopic, insignificant... well, that is Skogafoss, and it just feels great.

After shooting Godafoss, Detifoss and then Skogafoss, I could confirm that some kind of divine creature must have participated in sculpting this Island... There just too much unique beauty, to be able to imagine it as a byproduct of chaos and randomness. Then I went to Seljalandfoss, and this certainty just became even stronger.

As you can easily imagine, the weather wasn't at it's best during this day. Absolutely overcast sky and constant light rain. Once more the usual trouble to protect the camera and clean filters between every shot. From a certain distance, it was outright impossible to do even short exposures.

This waterfall has been photographed thousands of times by excellent photographers. Even though I already said I do not actually mind in repeating angles which have already been made, as every photo is unique and different, I wanted to use the river course and it's pebbles to create something partially new. This involved soaking my legs once more in frozen water, but I just had to try to capture the simmetry between the lower part and the top sky, to contain and enrich the waterfall area. Went for a darker post-processing, with strong contrast, avoiding too much saturation and concentrating on the contrast between the rock textures and the waterfall.

Technical info:
Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/9
Exposure: 13 seconds
ISO: 100
Manual Focus
Wireless Remote shutter
Filters: 3 stop soft ND Grad Formatt Hitech; 4 stop Prostop IRND Formatt Hitech
Manfrotto 055XPRO3 tripod + Manfrotto Ballhead

#iceland   #icelandphotography   #icelandtravel   #icelandicphotos   #skogafoss   #waterfall   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #longexposurethursday   #longexposurephotos   #fineartphotography  Photo: "Perpetual Motion" | Seljalandfoss, Iceland

The gorgeous Seljalandfoss waterfall in Iceland. Another difficult photographic challenge. This is a single long exposure, with a 3 stop ND Grad soft filter. I had to rotate the filter 45 degrees to the left, so that I could control exposure in the sky and avoid underexposing the rock. Afterward, the amazing RAW dynamic range of the base file allowed me to adjust exposure in Adobe Camera Raw, fine tuned with dodge/burn in Photoshop.

Shot made during an overcast afternoon, on the 6th day of the Iceland trip, after spending half day shooting Skogafoss. Another incredible waterfall, unique because you can actually view it from behind. The rain kept falling and the unstable strong winds made it difficult to shoot. In Portugal I would have probably refrained from shooting under these conditions, but all of a sudden it just became "normal" in Iceland...

I'm looking forward to post some different angles of this waterfall, specially one photo made right at the bottom, where the water falls, also called as "water-hell zone"!

José Ramos ©

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/9
Exposure: 15 seconds
ISO: 100
Manual focus.
Wireless remote shutter
Filters: Formatt Hitech 4 stop soft ND Grad, 7 stop ProStop IRND
Manfrotto 055XPRO3 tripod, Manfrotto ballhead

#iceland   #seljalandfoss   #waterfall  Photo: "A Thunderous Silence" | Seljalandfoss, Iceland

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Doing a longer exposure image right behind the Seljalandfoss impact zone is an almost mystical experience. Witnessing the thunderous sound of water crushing the earth, as it is converted into an ethereal landscape, reminds me about why I love this craft so much. Places like these teach me about patience and the sacred value of contemplation, while offering me the gift of ecstasy at the same time.

Yet another difficult photographic challenge. This shot was made during an overcast afternoon, on the 6th day of the Iceland trip, after spending half day shooting Skogafoss. Seljalandfoss is quite unique because you can actually view it from behind. The rain kept falling and the unstable strong winds made it difficult to shoot. In Portugal I would have probably refrained from shooting under these conditions, but all of a sudden it just became "normal" in Iceland...

This particular shot was made right on the base of the waterfall. None of the people there on that afternoon risked into venturing to this zone, as strong winds were constantly pushing the water right into this area. Only had a few spare seconds between each splash, but I just couldn't pass on the opportunity to shoot Seljalandfoss from a different perspective.

This is a single long exposure, with a 3 stop ND Grad soft filter. I had to rotate the filter 45 degrees to the left, so that I could control exposure in the sky and avoid underexposing the rock. Afterward, the amazing RAW dynamic range of the base file allowed me to adjust exposure in Adobe Camera Raw, fine tuned with dodge/burn in Photoshop.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/11
Exposure: 1 second
ISO: 50
Manual focus.
Wireless remote shutter
Filters: Formatt Hitech 4 stop soft ND Grad
Manfrotto 055XPRO3 tripod, Manfrotto ballhead

#iceland   #seljalandfoss   #waterfall   #icelandphotography   #icelandtravel   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #seascapephotography  Photo: "The Aurora Spirits"

"And even though the eyes had seen so much beauty, the enchantment of the Aurora would steal the crown of the most magnificient spectacle of light ever witnessed..."

José Ramos ©

A northern lights shot in Kirkjufell, made during my seven day trip to Iceland in September. After sleeping inside the rental car in Keflavik (the plane arrived at 1am), I decided to head to Kirkujfell next day. I had seen this mountain so many times on 500px and other galleries, and yet it still kept me fascinated every single time with its singular shape, frequently adorned by beautiful waterfalls. As soon as I arrived I could feel my heart racing with the excitement, and I rushed to the spot and photographed it from many angles until it was absolutely dark. Finally headed to the car, parked right before the path to the waterfalls, to grab something to eat, and waited on the inside for sleep to come. The sky had been partially filled with clouds, as it usually happens in Iceland, and I was nowhere near from thinking about watching an Aurora Borealis/Northern Light during my whole trip (due to their rarity), let alone seeing it on the first day!

It all happened very quickly, and started with my girlfriend's scream, "AURORA!". We rushed to the outside, and time suddenly stopped while I glanced at the sky, feeling mesmerized with the light dance spectacle right in front of me. Then a thought instinctively appeared amidst the emotional rush, "my camera! Where is it?!". Chaos ensued, and in 2 minutes I was ready to start shooting. There was the option of returning to the waterfall spot, but it would take too much time (minutes are precious, as Auroras can dissapear in seconds), so I ended up going to the beach right by the mountain and started shooting.

It's not easy to photograph this type of scene. ISO needs to be at 1600-3200 and the lens set at maximum aperture, to maximize exposure. Shutter speed is usually between 10-30 seconds, and longer than 30 seconds will create small star trails, instead of the more aesthetically pleasant star single points. Focus needs to be manual and preferentially set at infinity (even though the infinity mark on many lenses doesn't actually correspond to infinity). I decided to use the reflection of the water to create a point of anchorage to the Northern Lights, and the Kirkujfell mountain was just perfect for this. Everything is usually almost pitch black, except when the Aurora is extremely strong, and to avoid loosing too much time guessing the composition in such dark conditions, having to wait for the end of the whole 30 second exposure, I decided to make shorter test shots at very high ISOs (12800), and then fine tune composition.

Post-processing these photos is much more about noise reduction and sharpening control than adjusting color and other settings, as the Aurora color and intensity is already captivating enough on its own.

Apart from a 5 minute Aurora in Jokulsarlon, I didn't see it again during my trip, which made this night even more unique and remarkable. Definitely one of the most beautiful things I've ever witnessed.

Technical data:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/4
Shutter speed: 30 seconds
Focus: Manual
White Balance: Auto
Wireless Remote Timer
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead

#iceland   #icelandphotography   #icelandtravel   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #northernlights   #auroraborealis   #auroraborealisphotography   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #longexposurephotos   #kirkjufell   #fineart   #fineartphotography   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaglobal  Photo: "Constant Awe" | Iceland

And then those enlightened places, which only existed inside the oniric landscapes of imagination, materialized right in front of me. Something too profound and primitive was happening on that infinite piece of land, inhabiting the strength of a naked and untouched earth, and then also inhabiting an excessively large room inside of me. Sometimes I wipe off its dust and open its windows to let the air flow, but when I glance at it I can only find memories and shadows, longing for a new encounter.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

The Story:

A photo made on the South of Iceland, when I was headed to Skogafoss, on the 5th day of the trip. It's not easy for a photographer to drive on the Ring Road in Iceland as you feel like you need to stop every minute to take a photo. In this case I really had to stop as, all of a sudden, a majestic mountain appears at distance, lit by one of most epic sunsets I witnessed during the trip. It was supposed to be a quick stop, but I just couldn't leave the place until it got dark, exploring the endless composition possibilities, while capturing the constantly shifting light.

Even though I did not know the name of this mountain when I first posted this image in 500px.com, a commenter told me it's Lómagnúpur, definitely an under-rated spot in the island. There are so many little known gems in Iceland hiding behind every corner, and it's impossible not to be in constant awe in this place...

Technical:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/8
Exposure: 1/30 seconds
ISO: 200
Handheld (I was supposedly in a rush, and it would be just a 5 minute stop, which was prolonged to one hour, so my Manfrotto tripod stayed in the car)
Manual focus
Sensor stabilization On
Filters: Formatt Hitech 4 stop ND soft Grad, angled 45 degrees

#iceland   #icelandphotography   #logmanupur   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #photography   #photooftheday   #stunningmoment   #stunningnature   #photomaniaglobal   #sunsetphotography   #mountainphotos   #mountain   #photoextract  Photo: "The Divided Self" | Carrasqueira, Portugal

"Abandoning clothes and riding the sea, floating above finished paths and ruminating over the avoided ones. These are the lost fragments of the self in ruins, a sum of choices leading to the final voyage, towards an endlessly changing and uncertain destiny."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Technique:

Another shot from the amazing pier in Carrasqueira. I just love to photograph this place! It's a pity that it is so fragile, making me think it won't probably be there for too long.

Used a Standard ND from Hitech for the long exposure, using it's usual strong sky magenta cast to create this fiery red sky.

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f9.5
ISO: 100
Manual Focus
Tripod, remote shutter
3 stop soft ND Grad filter (Hitech)
10 stop ND filter (Hitech)

#portugal   #carrasqueira   #palafite   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaglobal   #photomaniaportugal   #seascapephotography   #fineartphotography   #longexposurephotography   #longexposure   #travelphotography   #alentejo  Photo: "Synchronicity"  Kirkjufell, Iceland

When all elements combine on a single landscape, photons start creating music, and visual dreams suddenly become real.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

My second published Kirkjufell sunset shot. After sleeping inside the rental car in Keflavik (the plane arrived at 1am), I decided to head to Kirkujfell next day. I had seen this mountain so many times on 500px and other galleries, and yet it still kept me fascinated every single time with its singular shape, frequently adorned by beautiful waterfalls. As soon as I arrived I could feel my heart racing with the excitement, and I rushed to the spot and photographed it from many angles until it was absolutely dark.

I'm not one who likes to brag about being "absolutely unique" on a certain place, creating his "own interpretations" of a scene, just for the sake of setting myself apart from other photographers. This photo is a great example of that. A Kirkujfell photograph with the three waterfalls is an image beaten to death? Well, under the perspective of online photography addicts or people with giant budgets, most certainly yes, but still only about 0,0000001% of photographers have the chance to visit such place. This is so much more about showing visions of nature than showing ourselves...

Technical data:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/11
Shutter speed: 30 seconds
Focus: Manual (for hyperfocal distance)
Wireless Remote Timer
Filters. Formatt Hitech ProStop IRND 4 stops full ND, 3 stop soft ND Grad
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead

#icelandphotography   #kirkjufell   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #longexposurephotography   #mountainphotos   #sunsetphotography   #sunsetphotos   #sunsetlovers   #waterfallphotography   #waterfallwednesday   #photooftheday   #photoextract   #photomaniaglobal   #stunningmoment  Photo: "The Natural Networks IV" | Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal

Entangled in the endless stream of thoughts, mirrored by the natural networks of the Earth, anger subsides and serenity finally prevails.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

The story:
Shot recently in Vila Nova de Milfontes, in one of my favourite spots. When the tide is low at sunset, you can witness this intricate and beautiful pattern of exposed rocks. This is just the second time I've been at this spot, as you need to shoot it under the right conditions. It's not easy to manage the simultaneous presence of low tide, good sunset, clouds, sun orientation and available time. There were just two photographers shooting this place, including me,, showing that Portugal must be one of the most under-rated photo destinations in the world...

This was one of the first times where I had the opportunity to test the new Firecrest filters that Formatt Hitech sent me. Used a 7 stop full ND on this one, along with a 3 stop Soft ND Grad and a 3 stop Reverse Grad (prototype) for the sky.

Technical details:
Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f9
ISO: 100
Formatt Hitech Firecrest filters: 7 stop Full ND; 3 stop soft ND Grad, 3 stop Reverse Grad
Manfrotto Tripod
Wireless remote shutter

#vilanovademilfontes   #alentejo   #portugal   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #longexposurephotography   #sunsetphotography   #sunsetphotos   #sunsetlovers   #stunningmoment   #photoofthedayPhoto: "Eternal"

A gorgeous rock formation in a famous portuguese beach, erupting right in the middle of the wild shorebreak, showing us the eternal sculpting of the earth by the elements.

Location: Santa Cruz Beach, Portugal

José Ramos @ http://www.joseramos.com

Technical data:
Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Filters: Formatt Hitech Firecrest 4 stops Full ND + Firecrest 3 stop ND Grad
Manfrotto Tripod
Wireless remote shutter
Manual Focus

#portugal   #portugalphotography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #waterscape   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #santacruz   #beach   #beachphotography   #sunsetphotography   #sunsetphotos   #sunsetlovers   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaglobal   #photomaniaportugal  Photo: "Her Majesty" | Kirkjufell, Iceland

In all of her grandeur there she was, Her Majesty Kirkjufell mountain, posing elegantly and creating endless awe in all her admirers. I trembled before such an incredible vision and, after bowing in humble reverence, tried to capture her the best I could.

This is one of the photos made during the morning of the second day in Iceland, in my September 2014 trip. After having the honor of witnessing a fantastic Northern Lights display during the previous night, I still had to spend some more time in this incredible place during the morning, before heading to Hvitserkur. The weather was densely overcast, so it was a good opportunity for very long exposures and playing with shapes and reflections.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com


Technical data:

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Aperture: f/16
Shutter speed: 180 seconds
ISO: 50
Focus: Manual
Wireless Remote Timer
Filters. Formatt Hitech ProStop IRND 7 stops full ND, 4 stop soft ND Grad
Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 tripod + MH055M0-Q6 ballhead

#iceland   #icelandphotography   #kirkjufell   #mountain   #mountainphotos   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #stunningmoment   #stunningnature   #photomaniaportugal   #photomaniaglobal  Photo: "Plot Twist"

Photo made in the unique palafite peer in Carrasqueira, Portugal. This is one of the few remaining palafite constructions in the world, used by portuguese fishermen to keep their boats anchored.

José Ramos © http:/www.joseramos.com

Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f11
ISO: 100
Hitech 3 stop soft ND grad
Hitech 10 stop ND
Manfrotto Tripod
Remote Shutter
Terrascape filter bag

#portugal   #portugalphotography   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #landscapepicture   #seascape   #seascapephotography   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #fineartphotography   #alentejo   #carrasqueira   #travel   #travelphotography   #photoofthedayPhoto: The Spirits Return

When synchronicity starts turning the wheels of time and gathering the elements, magical things can happen in front of our eyes.

Location: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland | September 2015

Story:

Three weeks after returning from my second Iceland trip, here is the first selected photo. I thought about starting posting images in chronological order, but couldn't avoid going straight to an image made on the third night, showing an epic display of Northern Lights in Jokulsarlon.

This trip began in a similar fashion as last year's. Arriving to the Keflavik airport at 1h15m and sleep in the car is always quite a harsh start for such an intense trip. Doing 140 km to Seljalandfoss on the next day and then having to return to Reykjavik due to a broken tripod adds to the exhaustion. Fortunately the third day made it all worth, as we had incredible sunset light in the Glacier Lagoon and then three hours of fantastic Aurora activity in the skies. Quite curiously, me and my companion were the only ones shooting there, making it all even more special. It's not every day that you have the honor of witnessing both the Northern Lights and the Jokulsarlon glaciers lit by the moonlight coming from behind!

Technical details:

Finally had the chance to shoot the Northern Lights with a full frame camera. I've always defended (and continue doing so), that an APS-C with a good lens can create stunning landscapes at base ISO that can rival with full frames, but when you venture into ISO1600 long exposure terrain, full frames are light years ahead of APS-Cs. I was stunned to see how much less noise the full frame sensor generates.

Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 30 seconds
Focus: Manual
Wireless Shutter Release
Manfrotto 055XPRO3 tripod

#aurora   #auroraborealis   #northernlights   #iceland   #icelandphotography   #jokulsarlon   #glacier   #lagoon   #stunningmoment   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #landscapepicture   #photomaniaportugal   #photomaniaglobal   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #nightphotography   #travelphotography   #photoextract  Photo: "The Gathering"

After 30 hours of non-stop shooting and driving, an incredible gathering in front of me: the majestic mountains of Vestrahorn on the left, the last sparks of the Northern Lights on the right, and the glimpse of the coming twilight in the center.

The previous day had started by waking up near sunrise, after sleeping inside the car (and after a 200km ride during the night). We decided to sleep at Jokulsarlon, and at 5am we were  headed right off to the ice beach, under extremely cold weather. As usual, got soaked up to my knees and only had my first meal at 15:00, after driving 80km to Hofn. The weather changed in an unexpected way, so I cancelled the plan of shooting Vestrahorn in the afternoon, and headed back to Jokulsarlon, which meant another 80km trip. According to the forecast there would be a 2 hour window with clear skies during the night in Jokulsarlon, which could mean finally being able to witness the Northern Lights again. When we arrived to the Jokulsarlon lagoon, light didn't look that good but I hoped it would get better as the sun would set behing the glaciar mountains. Fortunately it did, and we were treated with an incredibly display of light and colors. Once more, extremely cold temperatures and I was the only crazy guy soaked to my thighs in freezing water, thanks to the neoprene gear. When it got dark we headed to the car to grab some sandwiches and waited a bit to see if there would be any Auroras tonight. The Aurora forecast wasn't good, with just a "2" rating in Vedur.is, even though we had clear skies, but the most beautiful natural phenomenon in the world finally made it's appearance! After spending two hours shooting it, and as it got more faint, I decided to still head back to Vestrahorn, for yet another 80km, only made possible through some cheap energy drinks filled with caffeine, available everywhere in Iceland. My companion was absolutely exhausted, so she decided to say in the car, but I was feeling like it could be a good night to shoot the Vestrahorn mountains and perhaps get some Aurora activity above it, even though my body was begging for some rest. It definitely payed off, and I got some great shots of this absolutely incredible place! Stood up well after sunrise, and then just crashed in the car. My head hurts like hell and my body aches all over, but I just can't stop doing this...

Technical details:

Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4
ISO: 1600
Aperture: f4
Exposure: 15 seconds
Manual Focus
Manfrotto 055XPRO 3 tripod
Wireless remote shutter

#iceland   #icelandphotography   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #vestrahorn   #vesturhorn   #stokksnes   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaglobal   #photomaniaportugal   #auroraborealis   #northernlights  Photo: "The Search for Meaning"

When your body reaches the limit of exhaustion, and yet your face just can't stop smiling, you finally know you have found Meaning.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Photo made after being 36 hours awake, during a wonderful dawn in Vestrahorn, Iceland.

Technical details:

I do not usually do exposure blending but this time I thought it would benefit the landscape. Did one Short exposure for the foreground and long exposure for the sky, one right after the other.

Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4
Short exposure: 1 second; Long exposure: 180 seconds
ISO: 100
Manual Focus
Formatt Hitech Firecrest 3 stop soft ND Grad.
Formatt Hitech Firecrest 10 stop full ND for the long exposure.
Manfrotto 055XPRO3 tripod
Terrascape filter bag

#iceland   #icelandphotography   #vesturhon   #vestrahorn   #landscape   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #travelphotography   #longexposurephotography   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaglobal   #photomaniaportugal   #photoextract   #mountainphotos   #mountains   #dawn   #sunrise   #sunrisephotography   #sunrisephotos  Photo: "Dissolution of Eternity"

The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon under fiery light, in it's endless cadence of moving pieces of ice, teaches us lessons of impermanence and dissolution.

This place is quite simply the most beautiful work of moving art I've ever seen in my short life.

Story:

After two trips to Iceland and much waiting, finally had the chance to witness an epic sunset at Jokulsarlon, with enough time to choose from the endless possible angles and compositions. Due to the fast moving pieces of ice, doing a long exposure would be impossible. Since the ice pieces were a few meters aways from the shore and I wanted to get the classic immersive look of ultra wide angle lenses, had to enter into the almost frozen water to get this image. From time to time, chunks of melted ice would meet my legs with great subtleness, making me fell like a part of the whole moving scenario. Unforgettable.

Technical details:

Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4
Aperture: f/10
Exposure: 1/8 seconds
ISO: 200
Manual Focus
Formatt Hitech 3 stop Firecrest soft ND Grad
Manfrotto 055XPRO3 tripod
Terrascape filter bag

José Ramos ©

#iceland   #icelandphotography   #jokulsarlon   #glacier   #glacierlagoon   #sunset   #sunsetphotography   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #photomaniaglobal   #sony   #sonyalpha   #sonyphotography   #sonya7r   #a7r  Photo: "Death Falls"

Massive amounts of extremely turbulent waters suddenly meet the endless abyss of Detifoss, with liquid chaos ensuing right after the fall. The Universe seems to have its strange ways of always creating order out of chaos, and witnessing such water apocalypse giving birth to a steady and serene undulating river, makes me wonder if we, as humans, are right now steady streams or rather turbulent waters, headed to somewhere less chaotic.

Even though I constantly look for it, I do not have an answer, but at least the Death Waterfall shows me that there can be hope in the end.

Story:

After spending an incredible day at Seyðisfjörður, where we witnessed the best weather ever in Iceland, with the sun shining and 20ºC temperatures, we decided to head to the West side of the famous most powerful waterfall of Iceland (and Europe) - Detifoss - with brief stops along the way to capture the landscapes. We arrived to the Detifoss parking lot at night, and were greeted by extremely strong winds, that made the simple task of keeping a car door open seem like a gym session. We planned to shoot the Detifoss west side by sunrise, so we didn't want to be caught unprepared next morning, and did a terrain recognition during the night, to get a feel of how long it would take to arrive to the waterfall. After walking for 15 minutes we finally hear that familiar dense rumble, and there she was, waiting for us the next day. We returned to car and managed to eat some sandwiches and the essential Pringles, and went to "bed". The car was constantly balancing due to the wind, which made sleep not as comforting.

The phone alarm set off at 5h30 am, and then I had to go through the usual ritual of trying to do a caffeine-CPR to my comatose morning body, with massive amounts of awful soluble coffee. We got dressed in a hurry and there we went. Contrary to our predictions, the sun took much longer than expected to rise above the east side, so we had to wait about 1.5 hours under extreme wind and cold, where only the incredible vision of the waterfall would soothe the aversive body sensations. Finally the sun showed up, and here is one of images captured in that morning.

Technical details:

Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4
Exposure: 4 seconds
Aperture: f/14
ISO: 100
Formatt Hitech Firecrest 4 stops full ND; Formatt Hitech Prostop IRND 4 stops soft ND Grad
Manfrotto 055XPRO3 tripod
Wireless remote shutter
Terrascape filter bag

#detifoss   #iceland   #icelandphotography   #waterfall   #waterfallphotography   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #stunningmoment   #stunningnature   #photomaniaportugal   #photomaniaglobal   #sunrise   #sunrisephotography   #sunrisephotos  Photo: "Mesmerized"

Who said Iceland has no trees?

Shot on the road to Þingvellir. during yet another frantic car trip, trying again  to find the much wanted Northern Lights. It was our last night in the country, with a plane to catch at 7am, and Aurora activity had to be the highest of our stay. We ended up deciding not to sleep during the night, to be able to catch those gorgeous lights just one more time! The decision was not to be regreted, as this was the most intense night of the whole 14 day trip. Finding decent spots was quite a challenge, but fortunately we had done some previous scouting of the location, and this pine tree forest was one of the chosen places to photograph.

Technical:
Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/4
ISO: 3200
Manfrotto Tripod
Remote shutter release
Terrascape filter bag

#iceland   #icelandphotography   #northernlights   #auroraborealis  Photo: Heavenly Forces

(skip to the last part of the description if you like the paranormal...)

After the end of the first week it became quite obvious that witnessing the dancing lights in the sky was an absolute addiction, oblivious to the need of the body to get some rest, as all addictions are. After travelling for the whole day in the undervalued, gorgeous and relatively unknown eastern coast of Iceland, night came and there I went to a clear sky area, far from imagining that the sky would explode on that evening...

To the ones who have never witnessed this phenomena, there are different kinds of Northern Lights intensities, ranging from the faint greenish sky cast that only a very high ISO long exposure will show, to the rare spectacle of seeing the dance with the naked eyes, undullating and pulsating right in front of you, just as you see in so many pictures.

In case you are wondering, this lights display belonged to the second group. As you can see this is an ISO 1600, f4, 5 second exposure. The church was very well lit, and it would be impossible to capture it all in just one exposure, if it weren't for the extremely bright Northern Lights.

We weren't expecting such a strong Aurora display, and it deserved a well lit structure to create a strong foreground. This is a church we found in Djupivogur, after almost going mad trying to find a suitable spot, as we had barely done any previous scouting of the place. After not having success shooting excessively dark mountains, we returned to the village and found this spot. This is a modern church, and there was no one else but us shooting it. The village was fully silent, and the atmosphere was quite eery around the church, where you could easily see the altar on the inside (located on the brightly lit room at the left). The atmosphere was very humbling and intense, and it all got a bit too intense when my companion started getting some strange unexplainable light trails on her long exposures. Perhaps we had company that night...

José Ramos ©

Technical info:

Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 5 seconds
Aperture: f4
Manfrotto tripod
Remote shutter release

#iceland   #icelandphoto   #church   #northernlights   #auroraborealis   #djupivogur   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #stunningmoment   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #photoextract   #photomaniaglobal   #photomaniaportugal   #sky   #nightphotography  Photo: I decided to re-upload this long exposure seascape with higher resolution and quality. Hope you like it.


"The Strangers in Me...." | Vila Nova de Milfontes, Alentejo (Portugal)

"Diving into the alien landscapes, unknown parts of the self, ready to emerge and surprise, become alive. Lying quietly under the surface, waiting for the right moment to sneak in, they feed on turning life upside down, and make it move forward.

We are made of so many layers, parallel dimensions of existence, echoing the universe we live in.

And yet... we can only grasp so much...."

Technical data:
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/9.5
ISO: 100
10 stop ND + 3 stop ND Grad filter

#alentejo   #vilanovademilfontes   #landscape   #sunset   #sunsetphotography   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #portugal   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaglobal   #photomaniaportugal  Photo: "Domino Thoughts" | Praia da Cordoama, Portugal

"Thoughts clashing and quickly flowing towards the sun. No need to reach for conclusions... just the pleasure of existence."

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Filters: 3 stops ND Grad (Hitech), 4 stops ND (Hitech)
Tripod, remote shutter release.

#portugal   #algarve   #cordoama   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #seascapephotography   #longexposure   #sunsetphotography   #sunsetphotos   #sunsetlovers   #beachphotography  Photo: "Reverence"

The gorgeous Vestrahorn mountains in Iceland, during sunrise, after a 36 hour non stop shooting and driving session, during the 2015 September photo-trip. I crashed and slept all day inside the car in Hofn, after this marathon, but it was certainly worth it. Hope you do agree!

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Technical info:
Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f8
ISO: 100
3 stop soft ND Grad filter (Formatt Hitech)
Manfrotto tripod
Wireless remote shutter
Terrascape filter bag

#iceland #icelandphotography #icelandphoto #vestrahorn #vesturhorn #sunrise #landscapephoto #landscapephotography #photomaniaglobal #photomaniaportugal #stunningmomentPhoto: "The Fire Lake"

Location: S. Miguel, Azores, Portugal

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

An image I've taken some years ago, sitting on my hard drive , waiting for a much deserved re-process. Shot with older gear, before cameras had infinite dynamic range, when I had much less knowledge about ND grad filters. The previous published version didn't make the original scene full justice, so here is the new one.

This photo was taken in one of the islands of the magical and gorgeous Azores archipelago. I went to the S. Miguel island on a job assignment, and free time was scarce. Fortunately, me and a group of friends managed to arrange a 4 hour car travel through the island, and what a feast for the eyes that trip was! This is, in my opinion, along with S. Jorge, the most beautiful island in Azores. Breathtaking landscapes around every corner and, if it weren't for my passion for Iceland, I would return there very soon!

The depicted lake is located on the top of a volcanic mountain, and it's called Lagoa do Fogo (Fire Lake). It's the 2nd largest lake of the island, and it's located 575 metres high.

#azores   #portugal   #landscapephotography   #landscapephoto   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaportugal   #photomaniaglobal   #sunsetphotography  Photo: "The Spirits Return II"

When synchronicity starts turning the wheels of time and gathering the elements, magical things can happen in front of our eyes.

Location: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland | September 2015

José Ramos | http://www.joseramos.com

Story:

This image was made on the third night of the 2015 trip, showing an epic display of Northern Lights in Jokulsarlon. This trip began in a similar fashion as 2014's. Arriving to the Keflavik airport at 1h15m and sleep in the car is always quite a harsh start for such an intense trip. Doing 140 km to Seljalandfoss on the next day and then having to return to Reykjavik due to a broken tripod adds to the exhaustion. Fortunately the third day made it all worth, as we had incredible sunset light in the Glacier Lagoon and then three hours of fantastic Aurora activity in the skies. Quite curiously, me and my companion were the only ones shooting there, making it all even more special. It's not every day that you have the honor of witnessing both the Northern Lights and the Jokulsarlon glaciers lit by the moonlight coming from behind!

Technical details:

Finally had the chance to shoot the Northern Lights with a full frame camera. I've always defended (and continue doing so), that an APS-C with a good lens can create stunning landscapes at base ISO that can rival with full frames, but when you venture into ISO1600 long exposure terrain, full frames are light years ahead of APS-Cs. I was stunned to see how much less noise the full frame sensor generates.

Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm
Aperture: f4
ISO: 1600
Exposure: 30 seconds
Focus: Manual
Wireless Shutter Release
Manfrotto 055XPRO3 tripod

#iceland   #jokulsarlon   #auroraborealis   #northernlights   #longexposurephotography   #landscapephotography   #landscapephotos   #stunningmoment   #stunningnature   #photomaniaportugal   #photomaniaglobal   #nightphotography   #glacier   #lagoon  Photo: After two years building my Iceland portfolio, and following many requests from fellow photographers, I've finally started writing a Survival Guide for Landscape Photographers who want to shoot Iceland's Landscapes. Please check the Chapter list and Introduction and let me know what you think! Your feedback is much appreciated!

http://www.joseramos.com/shooting-icelands-landscapes-a-survival-guide-for-landscape-photographers/Photo: "Inspiration" - An image to celebrate today's Earth Day, showing the beauty of Nature in intimate connection with Men.

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Story:
I went to Iceland in search of the epic landscapes, and most certainly found them, but also found out that there are countless hidden gems in this magical country. This shot was made in Hveragerði , while I was scouting for suitable locations to capture the Northern Lights. This beautiful little church was located at the bottom of a hill, with a gorgeous lake right behind it. I imagined this would be perfect to capture the northern lights, but since we were still in the middle of the afternoon, I decided to walk around the church and check its surroundings. There was a very narrow path between the lake and the land, with a small forest on the side. I ventured into the path and when I looked back at the church, it was quite clear I had found an incredible photo spot! I waited until sunset to get the best light and created this reflection image.

Technical data:

Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4
Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f13
ISO: 100
Manfrotto 055XPRO3 Tripod
Wireless remote shutter
Terrascape filter bag
4 stop full ND + 4 stop soft ND Grad

#iceland #hveragerdi #reflection #landscapephotography #stunningmoment #photomaniaglobal #photomaniaportugal #photoextract #longexposurePhoto: Following a request from a photography magazine, I decided to do a remake of my photo "The Doubt". It's without a doubt one of my most successful photos ever, but the original quality wasn't good enough for extremely large prints, due to some shake in the pier while I was doing the long exposure. As the photo I took next had a similar composition and much better fine detail I decided to update the image.

"The Doubt"

"Choose wisely, and never forget to leave some space for the soul to breathe..."

Location: Carrasqueira Palafite Pier - Portugal

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Exposure: 30 seconds
Aperture: f9.5
ISO: 200
Manual focus. Custom White Balance
Tripod, remote shutter.
Filters: 3 stop ND Grad, 4 stop ND

#landscapephotography   #portugal   #carrasqueira   #palafite   #pier   #sunset   #sunsetphotography   #sunsetphotos   #stunningmoment   #photomaniaglobal   #photomaniaportugal   #longexposure   #longexposurephotography   #alentejo  Photo: "Scar Healing"

This is the extraterrestrial Hverir geothermal area in Iceland, where the scars on the surface of Earth, joined by the steaming hot sulphur smokes and boiling muds, show us that our planet is very much alive and constantly renovating itself.

This photo was shot during sunrise at 2am in June 2016, right after a fantastic midnight sun display in the near area of the Krafla Volcano. This was probably the best light display of the whole trip, with non stop intense warm light during 4 hours. The original plan for that day was to shoot the west side of the Dettifoss waterfall, but I was unfortunately surprised by a blocked staircase to the shooting spots, as the place was still filled with dangerous slippery ice near the borders. There was no internet on the spot to check the cloud cover forecast and redo the shooting plan, so I rushed to return to the Ring Road. As this was my third visit to the country, I knew that the Krafla volcanno crater and the Hverir Geothermal area were near, so there were the chosen spots for that day. As you can guess, I definitely do not regret this choice!

As it would become usual on these midnight sun sessions, there was a total of 4 persons on the spot between sunset and sunrise, in a place that is usually crowded with dozens (hundreds?) of visitors.

This is my first published photo made with the Sony 10-18mm APS-C lens using a full frame sensor, at 13mm. Ultra-wide lens with great sharpness and 100mm filter compatibility, which I used about 70% of the time in Iceland!

José Ramos © http://www.joseramos.com

Location: Hverir, Iceland. June 2016

Sony a7R + Sony 10-18mm f4 at 13mm
Aperture: f13
Exposure: 1 second
ISO: 100
4 stop soft ND Grad + 4 stop full ND (Nisi)
Vanguard Alta Pro 283 CT tripod + BBH-300 ballhead
Wireless remote shutter
Terrascape filter bag

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