Francisco Segarra and N5

Despite not being an expert in gastronomy, here am I again uploading a post related to food. Specifically with N5 (depending where they are showing the name, Nº5, as a “Number 5”), a restaurant in Castellón (Spain) owned by Francisco Segarra, who also dealt with the great image of the restaurant. Africa Laguna and I went to N5 and shot some photos to both of our posts, hers has a bit of additional info about the company and some different pics and it can be read here: http://hiplover.es/fs-furniture-vintage/

Francisco Segarra and N5

Segarra produces, imports and distributes lots of vintage-looking furniture, especially designed for restaurants and shops. Besides furniture, the company develops complete decoration projects and as a photographer it was a real pleasure to spend a morning with him in his company’s facilities. I told him that many of his creations would fit very well in the Gotham TV series, which is recreating the atmosphere of the city for the young Bruce Wayne, who later became Batman. The TV series is also highly recommended from my humble point of view.

Returning to the subject of food, I took the classic burger which was fabulous, and Francisco recommended I try their Wine Burger, a specific wine to pair with this type of food. I was very pleasantly surprised, although, again, my views on the line gastronomy are so good – or as bad-as anyone.

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Francisco Segarra y N5

Sergi Albir

I am Sergi Albir a professional photographer in Spain. Contact me in sergi@archerphoto.eu or in the phone, +34 644459753, with Whatsapp and Telegram.

Competitions: Bikini Class 2015, Open Héctor Defez in Castellón, Spain

Bikini Class usually arouses more interest than any other in bodybuilding and fitness championships. It is actually the entry class for women, while men enter into Men’s Fashion or Physique. Or something like that because often classes are named a little different, not to mention that each organizer named as you want. Lately I’ve been to some championships, both AEFF (NAC) and IFBB, which are currently the two most powerful federations, at least in Spain.
In the higher classes, men and women they have more muscle, so there’s always discussions in the public on the tastes of each other on the amount of muscle and how much it motivates each each physical.
I have chosen this competition -the Hector Defez Open (IFBB), held on September 12th 2015 specifically for two reasons: because the level was much higher than that of a standard regional championship and because the winner got a photographic portfolio by me as a prize.

Bikini Class

Claudia Fernández, winner in Open Héctor Defez, in Castellón - Bikini Class
Claudia Fernández, winner in Open Héctor Defez, in Castellón – Bikini Class.
Mónica Santos, in Open Héctor Defez 2015, Bikini class, second place.
Mónica Santos, in Open Héctor Defez 2015, Bikini Class, second place.
Georgina Pedrós, tercer puesto en el Open Héctor Defez.
Georgina Pedrós, third place in Open Héctor Defez.
Miri Calderón en el Open Héctor Defez.
Miri Calderón in Open Héctor Defez.
Yolanda Romero en el Open Héctor Defez.
Yolanda Romero in Open Héctor Defez.

Finally, a picture out of competition. As soon as fhe awards were presented  I was flying to backstage to take a picture of Claudia, the brand new champion, with the check. It is quite logical that just as the championship ends, athletes are wishing some relax and often even go away from the premises, and  I did not want to miss the opportunity.

Claudia Fernández, ganadora de la categoría Bikini
Claudia Fernández con el cheque por un book fotográfico.

I am Sergi Albir, professional photographer. If you want to contact me, sergi@archerphoto.eu is the easiest way. You can also try the phone, +34 644459753, with Whatsapp and Telegram.

Season’s Greetings 2015

Season's Greetings 2015As I have never felt particularly comfortable about Christmas, I thought celebrating the holidays in general was more appropriate. And it is respectful about different beliefs and cultures, so I am inclined to that option. If I had made mention Hannukah, Christmas, Yule, Saturnalia, Pancha Ganapati, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice or Festivus (this is Seinfeld’s) I would have filled the image of letters and it had looked worse, so with that I am satisfied .

Season’s Greetings 2015

In any case, I wish for all my friends, readers, occasional visitors, customers and anyone reading these lines a Merry Christmas 2015. The subsequent years, as might be expected, I’ll be congratulating when the ideal moment is approaching.

The same, in Spanish: http://www.archerphoto.eu/felices-fiestas-2015/

Night Urban Pictures (I)

Some say there is nothing like film pictures. I may respect fundamentalists of celluloid, but I can not agree. Since we have digital cameras we can work at night with good results without dependence on the flash and tripod. The better our camera, the easier it will be for us. Although night it is not a particularly strange event, in my case, it has a special attraction.

 

Night Urban Pictures

I like to shoot at night in the city. There are a raising number of amateur astrophotography but it is not my thing. Valencia sky it is too bright because of the light reflected from the streets: excess of ill-designed street lights . So if it’s not a good place to take pictures of the sky, it’s fine to shoot on the street with that excess of luminosity.

 

One of the key factors is -in addition to working with high ISOs, high luminosity lenses and godd cameras- a steady hand. Personally, I almost never carry a tripod or monopod with me, so I just have to lean against a wall, lamppost or the like to obtain not trepidated photos . My system, apart from the above, is to shootjust after I have emptied my lungs with well placed camera. But it not always works.
Another important issue is knowing that many of the photos will not be fine, but do not fall into despair just for that. After all, only we’ll only show the good ones. In many cases the secret for success of urban and night shots is a matter of patience.

London, Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid are among the cities that I have photographed at night. If you are interested in purchasing any of these pictures in large, you can email me, because I still have not an operative online store.

Fotos urbanas y nocturnas
Canary Wharf, London
Puerto de Valencia de noche
Valencia Port
Apagón. Foto de Sergi Albir, fotógrafo en Valencia.
Blackout in Valencia
Finsbury Park, por Archerphoto, Sergi Albir, fotógrafo para empresas.
Londres, Finsbury Park. Rain.
Madrid, Paseo del Prado. Foto de Sergi Albir, fotógrafo profesional.
Madrid, Paseo del Prado

If you need a professional photographer, forget Jimmy Olsen: my name is Sergi Albir, my phone is +34 644459753 and my e-mail es sergi@archerphoto.eu .

 

Quique Dacosta Restaurant in Denia

Some things happen even when you’re not ready for them. For business reasons I ended up having dinner at the Quique Dacosta Restaurant, in Denia (Alicante, Spain), and I had the opportunity to meet in person and talk briefly to a photo of him.

Quique Dacosta Restaurant in Denia

Since I am not a person with a special fondness for the art kitchen, I find special merit int the impression the place left me after I ate there. There would be little value in my critical analysis of this restaurant with three Michelin stars because cooking is not, by far, my specialty. The question of taste and experience in organizing local Dacosta is, yes I have to say, an original event perfectly designed, prepared and executed. It is not just eating and discovering textures, shapes and flavors that are out of anybody’s reach when you get used, but this Caceres guy (yes, even the Valencian what vindicate him, Quique Dacosta was born in Jarandilla de la Vera, Caceres) has a clear sense of entertainment and tries to astonish the visitor. In short, despite my limited expertise in matters of food, it’s a great experience.

Here are some pics of my visit to the restaurant, which until 2009 was called the Poblet, and now goes by the name of Quique Dacosta Restaurant. El Poblet is the name of the current Quique Dacosta Valencia restaurant.

 

Quique Dacosta en su restaurante de Denia.

 

Arroz ceniza ,Quique Dacosta Restaurant
Ash riceQuique Dacosta Restaurant

Corals

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Guggenheim Oyster

For more information, it is obviously advisable to go through its website, which includes menus and more info on the two restaurants currently Dacosta owns, one in Valencia and the one I visited in Denia, Alicante. http://www.quiquedacosta.es/

However, for a more technical perspective, with explanations you can also visit his blog, http://quiquedacosta.blogspot.com.es/, which also includes information on other activities Dacosta, as his exhibition at the Valencian Museum Enlightenment and Modernity (Muvim).

 

Valencia City Council

The Valencia City Council had remained inaccessible to the general public for many years until the recent arrival of Joan Ribó, the new Mayor. The style of government, based on proximity and setting clear differences with his predecessor, Rita Barbera, has brought available access to both tourists and Valencians themselves, when before they had access to the municipal building only in specific cases. Today, while there is a security for access, anyone can come and have a look, even out on the balcony overlooking the square.

The Valencia City Council is a building composed of two bodies: the House of Teachers, built in the eighteenth century and the front, built between the second and third decades of the twentieth century, with a pretentious style with neo-Renaissance and neo-baroque elements designed by Carlos Carbonell.

 

Ayuntamiento de Valencia
SAMSUNG CSC

The architectural value of the building is not the point here, but the significance acquired by the virtual capacity of the visitor to the building. My particular interest is directly curiosity: I had gone in the building just and I was barely able to see anything. Being able to shoot there gets my attention. So here are the photos.

Ayuntamiento de Valencia
Desde el balcón.
SAMSUNG CSC
Interior del edificio.

Photographer in Spain: Portraits 2015 (Part I )

Such as the mysterious title that heads this post could hide almost anything. Rather not. Rather are some pictures of this year I feel like showing. Some were shot with the EOS 5D Mark III and others with my NX500 that every time I like more. Although the EVIL cameras have their limitations in terms of speed of use (the autofocus is not as fast, and least in my case, because I am usually using manual  lenses and there is nothing like auto-focus with them), I find specially charming it weights a third of my ultra reliable and ultraversatile 5D Mark III.

The point is shooting portraits is one of the disciplines that most attracts us photographers. Though today selfies are very fashionable, the portraits taken by someone else  have additional values. Especially when we photographers shoot, because we look at different ways that most people do not take into account and that factors appear ultimately in the final result. And yes, I have a special fondness for black and white, but I think it’s just a slightly harmful vice, except for some ink manufacturers. In any case, as I hope all the world to see on the computer screen, there is not much problem with it.

 

Photographer in Spain: Portraits 2015 (Part I )

Fotografp Valencia retrato
Lydia
Photographer in Spain: Portraits 2015 (Part I )
Carlos, 2015
Archerphoto: Professional Photographer in Spain: Portraits 2015 (Part I )
María, 2015

 

Photographer in Spain: Portraits 2015 (Part I )
Nadia, 2015

 

María P.

I am Sergi Albir, professional photographer. If you need good pictures, contact me. I work mostly in Valencia, Spain, but if you cover the travel expenses you can count on me anywhere it takes. My email: sergi@archerphoto.eu and my phone with Whatsapp and Telegram, +3464459753

Tips and tricks for Real Estate Photography

The most common of the world in the twenty-first century is Real Estate agents showing pictures of their available houses. Many of them are on the Internet and many other not, but almost everyone wants to see a picture of the house, villa or shed before a visit. So we all understand that photography is an essential tool for realtors. However, interestingly, most of these companies do not have professional photography services and simply make pictures that are not good enough for a proper selling. So we give a few tips to improve.

 

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Tips and tricks for Real Estate Photography

1. If you don’t want to learn how to take pictures, hire a professional photographer. Photography has certain requirements: you can partially rely on your camera to fix some things. But if you do not take a bit of interest and looking for the right frame, checking that everything looks good, if there is enough light and that the end result is good, let it be. I can tell you that it is better to use a wide-angle lens and a tripod is a good investment, so as to bounce the flash helps a lot, but if you do not want to learn, this is just junk.

2.If you do not want to process photos, hire someone to do it for you. It is most likely that, even though the place you are selling is reasonably well , is far for being professionally lit for photography. So you’ll have to correct the lighting, and certainly straighten some pictures. Sometimes even put a logo, crop the image, and remove some hole in the wall. And then export the photos to a suitable size and format for the web. If all this seems daunting, there are people who know and can do. Exactly. Photographers. A nice trick is to use noise reduction to the darker areas, and so the pictures are cleaner. But you have to use a photo-editing program. Some are free, such as GIMP, and there is always Photoshop, but then you’ll have to pay for it.

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3. If you do not want to invest a minimum at a decent photographic equipment, get yourself to someone who has it. Probably I sound repetitive, but it’s reasonable.Your phone, even if it seems worth a lot of money and fill your soul with joy has a sensor much smaller than your fingernail. And a tiny lens with a fixed angle also can not change. It does not work as well as a professional camera, but sometimes you can not distinguish it. And when you put accessories to a camera phone is when the horror comes. A glass lens from a s soda bottle (for what you pay is what you have) in front of the camera of your phone only will spoil things. A  reflex or mirrorless camera comes with a lens kit that is usually enough for sufficient results. A professional can achieve excellent results with just that, and even better with a more advanced material, but a layman normally only find more problems from having too many  configuration options.

Overall, the message is clear: anyone can learn photography and enhance his photos, but in general, everyone will prefer the results you get a professional. Sometimes the work seems easier because the photographer will only look to go and push a couple of buttons, but prior learning, the process with the computer and the eye require an experience that probably is not profitable to acquire to a realtor.

Finally, not everyone who says  is a photographer will know how make the most of the spaces that want to sell. The best way is to see previous samples of work done.

If you need a professional photographer with experience, Sergi Albir my name, my phone number is +34 644 459 753 and my email is sergi@archerphoto.eu . If you want to sell your property at the best price you probably want to invest in the work of a professional photographer. I usually work in Valencia, Spain but I go where needed.

En general, el mensaje es claro: cualquiera puede aprender fotografía y mejorar sus fotos, pero, en general, todos preferimos los resultados que obtiene un profesional. A veces parece sencillo, porque al fotógrafo solo se le ve ir y apretar un par de botones, pero el aprendizaje previo, el proceso con el ordenador y el ojo requieren una experiencia que probablemente no sea rentable adquirir para un agente inmobiliario.

 

The Fitness Sanctuary

When you are called to shoot some pics of chalet, first thing coming to you is going to be a Real Estate work. I supposed they would want to get the better looks of the building. “They are intending to sell it”, I admit that was my impression when I contacted. The moment I arrived there I was told they are establishing a business consisting in some activities for relaxation and physical improvement, especially weight losing. Their programs include blood tests and different exercise routines, with varied activities, from bike tours to yoga or water aerobics. The Fitness Sanctuary has another division in Tarifa (South of Spain), but I just shot their new place in La Cañada, en Paterna, really close to Valencia City. A big property with lots of space and some pines around.

Their clients are mostly British attracted by the Sun and natural charm of the country. It’s a new tourism business quite innovative, not very known in Spain, so I find it really interesting.

Elliot was who contacted me, and when I was shooting I told him I’d love to post an article in my professional photographer web showing the place and linking his web (http://www.thefitnesssanctuary.com) so I could help him to promote it and, all the same, I’d be showing some of my Real Estate pictures.

The Fitness Sanctuary

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To contact with them is easy: their web is http://www.thefitnesssanctuary.com .

My name is Sergi Albir and I am a professional photographer. If you need corporate pictures or real estate photography you can reach me via mail to sergi@archerphoto.eu or via cellular, +34 6444 5 9753. Also Whatsapp and Telegram available.