Arctic Sunrise in Valencia

Arctic Sunrise in Valencia

I need to say first  I’m not a fan of Greenpeace. I’m not because I think that the end does not always justify the means, although I may agree with some of the intentions of this organization, I don’t  agree in the commission of certain actions or the communication of many yellowish informations. The fact that  Greenpeace too often is mixing inexact releases with actual studies makes their credibility will suffer excessively. In this regard, https://gallir.wordpress.com/2014/11/14/las-consecuencias-de-divulgar-bulos-y-no-rectificar/

The fact, moreover, is that they have come to Valencia with their ship, the Arctic Sunrise, and the ship itself has been part of different news. At the invitation of a friend who is a volunteer with them, I went to take pictures. When I arrive to the port,  they decided that, in the morning, only children guided visits will be allowed, so that they have not authorized me to go, under the saying they were “working” and I could not be there. For me it’s a complete  idiocy, but for them the decision was taken, so I’ve done a couple of photos from outside and I’m back home.

The boat has docked in Valencia to support activists who slipped into the Nuclear Plant of Cofrentes and now face a trial in which significant jail times are requested: 16 activists can get up to three years in prison and a fine of up to 360,000 euros. The protest -carried in 2011- included a painting on the cooling tower, and the preliminary activities to perform it seems that included personal injury to one of the security guards. The protest, according to Greenpeace was peaceful, but Iberdrola (nuclear plant operator) did not consider it as peaceful and they ensured that there was “substantial property damage, personal injury two guards and emergency declaration”.

Personally I see no reasonable getting 16 activists in a nuclear plant, considering the security risks involved, however important the protest.

Arctic Sunrise en Valencia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arctic Sunrise en Valencia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My first exhibition in Japan

My first exhibition in Japan

The truth is that so far I have just exposed in the Internet and this is my first solo exhibition. I’ve never been to Fukuoka, Daimyo, Japan, but I know the curator thanks to I’m there, Elaine Yaumara Ramirez. Elaine told me about the possibility and, honestly, I had no trouble deciding to prepare the material that I had working during months to show.

There is a small text explaining or, more specifically, justifying artistic content of the exhibition, which can not be seen in Internet and, for now, will not be seen in Spain (my country).  I would go to Japan, but as I were joking on my Facebook, none of my friends had offered to drive me to my first exhibition.

The content of this first part are projections over skin, all in black and white. Telling just like that  does not sound so artistic. Perhaps it’s better get deeper  so I’ll paste the text I wrote for the exhibition.

The concept of projection is the angular point in the narrative. The body as a canvas and, simultaneously, as an object to expose, is the classic paradox, the game of words without words, unfunny joke and transposition of the two-dimensional array object and canvas, the content and the continent without giving up a simplistic Cartesian that is translated in contrasted black and white, eliminating unnecessary nuances and allows concentration on core essence.

My first exhibition in Japan

Two Stores

Two stores

I’ve seen a couple of stores in Valenciathat I have liked especially. They are Luna Nera, in Caballeros St, 15, and La Conserva, in Puerto Rico St., 22. The first one is a clothing and accessories shop that’s usually open at night. The area is full of pubs and restaurants, so the store can take advantage of the public who often stop by. It seems, after their card, there are several stores from the same chain, all in the province of Valencia.

Luna Nera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Un par de tiendas

Luna Nera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Un par de tiendas

Luna Nera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Un par de tiendas

Luna Nera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Conserva is Ruzafa neighborhood. It is a shop with decorative items. Most of them are recovered and rehabilitated, and the look of the store it’s also conceived with an excellent aesthetic sense. From my point of view, mesmerizing.

Foto de Sergi Albir, fotógrafo en Valencia

La Conserva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Conserva, por Archerphoto, fotógrafo profesional en Valencia

La Conserva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Conserva. Foto de Sergi Albir, fotógrafo comercial en Valencia

La Conserva

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

None of these shops are my customers, I only asked for permission to take some pictures and, well, here they are.

If you want pictures, you can contact me via Whatsapp or Telegram in 6444 5 9753 or e-mail: sergi@archerphoto.eu. I am usually in Valencia, Spain, but I usually I move to whatever the place.

9 interesting fashion photographers

Some times it’s OK to take some time to show people some of the influences you’ve had. In this case, I want to show 9 interesting fashion photographers. This is not a ranking of favourite and it is not my purpose to index them by quality or importance. All of them have interesting works available online.

Tony Kelly

British GQ,El País,Complex, ad campaigns for American Apparel, Dynamite, and Triton.

http://www.tonykellyphotography.com/

9 interesting fashion photographers

Tony Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aline & Jacqueline Tappia

Fashion photography duo. GQ  Italia, ODDA, SID Magazine, Fiasco, DSECTION, Grit.

http://www.ajtappiareynaud.com/

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Aline and Jacqueline Tappia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mario Sorrenti

Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar and, ad campaigns for Calvin Klein, W, Another Man, Lancôme, Paco Rabanne, Benetton, and the Pirelli Calendar 2012

http://www.mariosorrenti.com/

Mario Sorrenti - 9 interesting fashion photographers

Mario Sorrenti

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Kibbler

Fringe, Teen Vogue, Dazed & Confused, 10 Men… That’s Jason Kibbler.

http://jasonkibbler.com/

9 interesting fashion photographers - Jason Kibbler

Jason Kibbler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mikael Jansson

Interview, i-D, Vogue USA and campaigns for Ferragamo.

http://www.mikaeljansson.com/

 

Mikael Jansson

Mikael Jansson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Giampaolo Sgura

Sgura can be found in Allure, GQ or Hercules. Campaigns for  Cavalli or Rochas.

http://www.giampaolosgura.com/

Sgura

Giampaolo Sgura

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mariano Vivanco

Peruvian photographer. Vogue or Dazed&Confused are his most important references.

http://www.marianovivanco.com/

Fashion photographer  Mariano Vivanco

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John Rankin

Creator of Dazed&Confused magazine.

http://rankin.co.uk

 

Rankin

John Rankin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mert & Marcus

Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott have worked in all the great magazines. Some people considers them the top photographers in fashion world.

http://www.artpartner.com/artists/image/mert-alas-marcus-piggott

Mert and Marcus

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My name is Sergi Albir. I am a professional photographer, working mainly in Valencia, Spain, but I try to commute if necessary. If you need pictures, you can contact me via Whatsapp or Telegram, or call me at +34 6444 5 9753. You can also send an email to sergi@archerphoto.eu

Top Model Agencies

Top Model Agencies

Best reputation model agencies in the world are in New York, but  many of them have offices in London, Paris, Milano and Tokyo. However, we are in the XXI century and most of these companies can operate worldwide with a couple of phone calls and e-mail. But decisions are made in New York. Yes, photos will be made anywhere on the planet. The list includes a few agencies that have a great reputation, but that does not mean other less famous agencies can also offer good service.

¿Cuáles son las mejores agencias de modelos del mundo?

Assaad Awad  catwalk in 2012, VFW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DNA Models

Next Models

The Lions

Wilhelmina

Elite New York

Ford Models

Supreme Management

IMG

Major Model Management

Marilyn Model Mgmt

New York Model Management

Model Management

VNY Model Management

My name is Sergi Albir. I am a professional photographer, working mainly in Valencia, Spain, but I try to commute if necessary. If you need pictures, you can contact me via Whatsapp or Telegram, or call me at +34 6444 5 9753. You can also send an email to sergi@archerphoto.eu

Read this in Spanish

¿Cuáles son las mejores agencias de modelos del mundo?

Juan Vidal catwalk in Valencia Fashion Week, February 2011

Sky pictures

Actually, taking pictures of the sky is one thing that brings few benefits. If selling landscape pictures was already complicated, the thing became even worse since we see during the TV forecast,  photos they have asked viewers to send. Often the pics are good but they have never paid a single euro for them. So they keep asking: thousands of photos at no cost,. When you consider the cost of a minute of alternatives contents in television -for instance, a minute of Game of Thrones or Doctor Who-, those pics are an absolute bargain. So I have no intention of ever sending them. In fact, from my point of view, it seems unethical to engage in begging photos with the excuse that “people will see your pics and you’ll be popular,” because none of the photographers who are sending get any material benefits.

On the other hand, a pro photographer want his pics seen, so I have them here and in my Flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/archerphoto/ .

Sky pictures

Fotos del cielo

A small element, almost invisible, can alter the perception of the picture. Or perhaps won’t.

 

Professional photographer in Spain

Valencia at dawn

Fotos del cielo - Archerphoto, fotógrafo profesional en Valencia

Dusk it’s usually great

Fotos del cielo - Archerphoto, fotógrafo en Valencia.

Sky pictures, dramatic look

Fotos del cielo - Archerphoto, fotógrafo profesional en Valencia

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Now you’ve seen a few of  my pictures of skies. Valencia, mainly.

If you want to hire a professional photographer, you can contact me:

sergi@archerphoto.eu, 644459753

I usually work in Valencia, but also in other parts of Spain and Europe. Although I’m sure at some point I will be taking pictures in America, specifically in Mexico. Working for companies, individuals and NGOs.

Copyright 2014 Sergi Albir

Valencia Central Market Neighborhood: Barri del Mercat

One of the neighborhoods in central Valencia. The Barri del Mercat, or Market Neighborhood , is the nearest to the Central Market, which itself is a remarkable piece of modernist architecture. The neighborhood is not like that, but are rather humble dwellings mixed with occasional palaces. This space was an extramural suburb in the Arab Valencia, which had its wall in the current Caballeros street, where some parts of the wall remain integrated within existing buildings . Until the fourteenth century the neighborhood remained outside Valencia, but became integrated with the construction of the outer city wall. Next to the current Central there was a mosque, which gave way around 1240 to Santos Juanes church. That same church was rebuilt some centuries after.

Valencia Central Market Neighborhood: Barri del Mercat


Barri del Mercat

Barri del Mercat

Barri del Mercat

Barri del Mercat

Barri del Mercat

The neighborhood also houses the Llotja Mercaders or Lonja de la Seda, world’s greatest example of civil Gothic. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, was started to be built by Pere Compte on the very concept of Llotja de Mallorca, and it is an indicative of the commercial revolution during the late Middle Age in the city of Valencia.

Both the Central Mercat as Llotja deserve its own post, but for now, we will release some detail.

Barri del Mercat

Barri del Mercat

Barri del Mercat

Barri del Mercat

Barri del Mercat

More info about the Llotja: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llotja_de_la_Seda

Sergi Albir. Copyright Sergi Albir 2014.

Armin Van Buuren in Valencia

They say that he is one of the biggest DJ in the world. According to some classifications, the best one. It is not a subject I master, but it he is certainly a well-known trance music producer and also an outstanding star who gets public attention. So if he came to Valencia and I had the opportunity to shoot some pictures of him and some on his show, well,  it did not sound bad.

Armin Van Buuren in Valencia

He came to present a product in which he has been involved in the design: Philips  M1-XDJ, an invention that allows iPad or iPhone using the full working DJ, providing mixers and including three speakers with a power Total 80W RMS, which is a respectable power for a small party. The device features a plug, but if what you like is getting lost in places that have no outlet, you can use batteries. And if your friends have a some other M1-XDJ, you can stack the speakers for adding output power.
Armin Van Buuren en Valencia

All this had Armin Van Buuren in Valencia, in the Mercat Central, an event that served as appetizer for his night show, Armin Only Intense. The event was somewhat marred by technical problems that prevented the Dutch had a minmally spectacular lighting system, so it was all as a presentation rather unspectacular but very sincere and direct, with  Van Buuren explaining details of the system and teaching it with great interest and vehemence. If you want more info, here: http://www.philips.co.in/c/audio-system/m1x-dj-sound-system-ds8900_10/prd/;jsessionid=358448819A185A74FAB4133123C049E8.app101-drp2

Later at night I assisted to his show. The tickets they gave me were subject to the general access rules so it was strictly forbidden to enter the event with an SLR or interchangeable lens camera, so I had to make do with a Canon Ixus 120 which have to, well, because I love the Ixus and go. You can not configure speed priority or aperture, so good, I managed as best I could.

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If you want to read this article in Spanish, http://www.archerphoto.eu/armin-van-buuren-en-valencia/

 

Images with Samsung S4: short review

Images with Samsung S4

 

Everyone knows that Samsung makes great phones, and often people ask me about how good are their built-in cameras. Well, here is some data from S4, not the last phone the Korean company has launched in the market, but still a phone in the market.

Technically, the data are:

Backlit Sensor 13-megapixel
Lens: F2.2
ISO 50-1000 (100-800)
Image Ratio: 4: 3
2 Megapixel front camera
LED Flash
Video: 1080p 30fps
Simultaneous Dual Capture: front and rear cameras.
Filters and special modes
Digital Image Stabilization
4x Digital Zoom
Equivalent focal length on a 35mm camera: 31mm

I am not intending to write an S4 exhaustive review. It is true that the software used has some interesting features and some detail that I personally do not like it, However you can choose to install,among others, the implementation of Google for the camera so you can choose your favorite option.

The original application of the S4 allows manual selection of ISO and has other creative options: drama mode, which allows for multiple shots on the same picture, the dual mode, which triggers the front and rear camera simultaneously (null interest) Panorama mode (which itself is useful), Animated, which creates a GIF, Eraser mode, which is great for removing people is left in a picture, for example, to capture buildings when you are in tourist areas, night mode (do not ask me to explain it, come on), and finally the HDR mode, which allows fans of these photographs use it all the time. There is also a sport mode, which increases the shutter speed but, well, let’s just timely that improves outcomes.

There is a specific aspect of this camera is awkward: if by mistake you decided to activate vibration reduction, you won’t be able to choose the ISO value. It’s probably because the phone raises the ISO values when the algorithm considers it appropriate, so it has more speed available.

The camera quality is sufficient for the day and, as expected, much more loose at high ISOs: almost any compact will beat the Samsung S4 at night. The 13 megapixels are good, the optics are adequate, but the sensor size is still tiny.

The photos shown here have only been signed, without any further process, even levels, with the exception of the featured image (the pic with the lollipops was treated with LR).

I translated this post from the one in my Spanish website: http://www.archerphoto.eu/fotos-con-el-samsung-s4/

 

 

Images with Samsung S4

Fotos con el Samsung S4 Samsung S4, modo HDR

Images with Samsung S4

Images with Samsung S4, Night Mode

Samsung S4

Samsung S4

Samsung S4 Samsung S4, modo nocturno

Fotos con el Samsung S4

 

If you need a photographer in Europe, please contact me: sergi@archerphoto.eu