Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Juan Chamorro's dramatic images are often made close to his home in Spain

For Juan Chamorro, his photography is mostly a hobby, "but it's a wonderful way to give the world a glimpse of the beauty near my home in Galicia. This is a region in the northeastern corner of Spain with a number of rivers flowing into the Atlantic Ocean. Fishing and commercial shipping have been a way of life here and today the plentiful access to seafood and fresh fish is a great tourist attraction, usually enjoyed with a glass of Albariño wine.

"The photo above was taken with my Singh-Ray LB Warming Polarizer and 3-stop Reverse ND Grad. This is a combination I use quite frequently for sunset images to balance the strong sunlight on the horizon with the darker foreground.

"Traveling into the interior of Galicia, one can find many magical places, including A Ribeira Sacra (above) and Las Médulas (below), The first scene has been carved by the hand of nature and the second one by the hand of man. This first picture was taken from the viewpoint at Cabezoas, from there we can see how the river Sil has worked the land for many centuries to form these canyons. Taking a walk in this area reveals 18 monasteries, and one we even invited to sleep in. When taking this photo, the light in the sky was very intense. So I had to use the Singh-Ray Reverse Graduated ND 3 stops plus a Galen Rowell 2-stop soft-step ND Grad to balance the light of this evening.

"Driving east from A Ribeira Sacra for about an hour, we find Las Médulas. These strange formations occurred with the arrival of the Roman Empire to these lands, between the years 26-19 BC. Gold mining began in Las Médulas soon after and continued for 250 years. The harvest was about 20,000 pounds of gold annually. Data from the time said that 60,000 men worked the mines but current studies say the figure would be between 10,000 and 20,000 men. The method the Romans used to extract the gold from the mountains and create these strange earthen forms was called 'ruina montium.' They employed the abundant canals and water power in the area to break down the mountains and get to the gold. For this shot, I again used the Singh-Ray 3-stop Reverse ND Grad plus a Galen Rowell 2-stop soft-step ND Grad to help me balance the challenging light in this scene."

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