Train Stations

Train Stations

Train stations have always caught the attention of photographers and painters. There are a thousand reasons: reunions, farewells, huge machines, travel, video movies and series, comics or books … But, for me, a main reason is probably because of a schoolmate, who remember constantly drawing trains-I suppose he would be doing more things, of course, but my childhood memories are rather scarce, and I guess I ended up acquiring part of his interests somehow. So as stations are attracting me as buildings with a very specific purpose, which also tend to maintain an aesthetic taste that beats the crap  airports, often designed far less visually.

Liverpool Street Station - Estaciones de tren

Liverpool Street Station, London

Interestingly, almost each time I’m  in a big station I feel familiar with the site: trains sooth me, airports often bring me the feeling that if I’m wrong with whatever nonsense the plane depart without me. Tube stations do not cause me so many feelings (although here I have also placed some photos). I’m explaining this just for the uncanny case someone had a special interest to know  how I feel about the Metropolitan Transportation …

Anyway, the train stations are, for me, quite attractive and I am not alone, so I’ve compiled some of my photos that item and / or location.

Zsuzsanna Toldi

Zsuzsanna Toldi

I’m not particularly a mythomaniac, but I met Zsuzsanna Toldi at the Arnold Classic in Madrid in 2013. I was there in the Wingold stand with Julio Portet, who should have gone somewhere else, and in the next corridor, almost hidden, Zsuzsanna was letting her dye go dry and preparing for the competition, but far from the area which were the rest of the participants.

Zsuzsanna Toldi, Madrid

A little bit nervous. I talked a couple of seconds with her, I told her she looked gorgeous -quite easy to see- and after a while she went through the stage and won the competition. I was lucky to see her getting the trophy, because I might not have ever noticed that the nervous girl was proclaimed absolute body fitness champion in the Amateur competition.

Zsuzsanna Toldi

In any case already although it would be an exaggeration to say that I know her, yes I can say to find such a woman hidden in a hallway and taking pictures just before proclaimed champion was a kind gift from this Hungarian competitor.

Zsuzsanna Toldi

 

 

Zsuzsanna Toldi by Archerphoto, professional photographer

 More pics from Arnold Classic 2013

Toldi

Two second hand photography shops I like

Two second hand photography shops I like

Recently I went to London because I am considering seriously having part of my work in United Kingdom. It’s a great place, really dynamic city and I’ve got no administrative problems to go, so, it’s a piece of cake. However, I decided to visit one small second hand store that’s really near of the British Museum. Find the place and asked for a second hand Canon EF 135 f2. The guy there, with a smile, handed me a lens from his colleague: “10 minutes old”, he said. Well, I was shocked and finally got my lens. Happy ending.

And while I was having a coffee there with my sis (they don’t call it Aperture Camera Café for nothing) came to me the idea of making a post of such a lovely story. So I thought “well, this it’s been happening to me frequently at home”, and, well, I can tell similar histories from Angel, that’s the name of the guy in Valencia store. Angel has a much-more-chaotic-much-less-charming store, and certainly, he lacks some of the brilliant material Lond0n guys had (really jawdropping stuff, not kidding), but it has tons of steel old cameras that keep you looking no matter how often you visit. And he has got me some great stuff, but most of all, he’s really reliable.

second hand photography  shops

 

If he has a bad lens he will tell you: “it may be useful, but I don’t recommend you that. Wait and I will get something else”. It may pass some time, but when you come again, he really has the good stuff. I was somehow obsessed with a Canon 100-400 IS. Impressive lens. So expensive. He showed me a 200-400 from Tamron, great old lens that works impressively well with my EOS 5D Mark III for less than 1/6 of the price. I can tell you also about a Minolta 58mm F1.2 for less than 100 euros, and  things like that. So when I decided to write about a shop, I had to write about both of them.

Two second hand photography shops I like

Recently I went to London because I am considering seriously having part of my work in United Kingdom. It’s a great place, really dynamic city and I’ve got no administrative problems to go, so, it’s a piece of cake. However, I decided to visit one small second hand store that’s really near of the British Museum. Find the place and asked for a second hand Canon EF 135 f2. The guy there, with a smile, handed me a lens from his colleague: “10 minutes old”, he said. Well, I was shocked and finally got my lens. Happy ending.

And while I was having a coffee there with my sis (they don’t call it Aperture Camera Café for nothing) came to me the idea of making a post of such a lovely story. So I thought “well, this it’s been happening to me frequently at home”, and, well, I can tell similar histories from Angel, that’s the name of the guy in Valencia store. Angel has a much-more-chaotic-much-less-charming store, and certainly, he lacks some of the brilliant material Lond0n guys had (really jawdropping stuff, not kidding), but it has tons of steel old cameras that keep you looking no matter how often you visit. And he has got me some great stuff, but most of all, he’s really reliable.

second hand photography  shops

 

If he has a bad lens he will tell you: “it may be useful, but I don’t recommend you that. Wait and I will get something else”. It may pass some time, but when you come again, he really has the good stuff. I was somehow obsessed with a Canon 100-400 IS. Impressive lens. So expensive. He showed me a 200-400 from Tamron, great old lens that works impressively well with my EOS 5D Mark III for less than 1/6 of the price. I can tell you also about a Minolta 58mm F1.2 for less than 100 euros, and  things like that. So when I decided to write about a shop, I had to write about both of them.

Julio Portet Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition Team Video

Julio Portet Bodybuilding and Fitness Competition Team Video

Although photography is my main activity, videos are an important part of my job . Cameras today allow an important quality results , but  they require , as it’s always happened, a later intense work editing . In fact , it is very common that the recording and production can take less than a day but the editing and postproduction require considerable additional work .
In the production of this video we were using just a little light. We chose a day with actual standard training team members . In some shots with the girls, we had a bit more planning and action , but overall it is a similar image  to what you would see on any other Saturday: machinery and a meal with salad, rice and chicken.
Bodybuilding and Fitness
In this video you can see members of the Julio Portet Competition Team in addition to himself: Sento Olombrada , Ana Maria Insa , María Herranz, Víctor García , Ricardo Alarcón , Jorge Calvo and David Alcázar . It is recorded in Fitnessland , Canet , Valencia, and the music is Summon The Rawk , Kevin MacLeod . The team won multiple titles during 2013 , highlighting Sento Olombrada Overall Spanish Champion and Ana Maria Insa, Spanish Champion in Fitness in AEFF Spanish National Championship in Antequera , Málaga .

 

Canon vs Nikon

One of the questions that turns the world and no solution is ” Which is better , Canon or Nikon ? The Canon vs Nikon debate itself has been occurring since the world began, or , in all honesty , about 20 years ago over now.

The fight actually is not absurd but the motivations of the discussion are. It would be reasonable if they might claim to really know if one is better than another, but overall this is a sterile debate on forums and bars where people try to justify because it is in either system .

Canon vs Nikon

Everyone who makes a decision about Canon or Nikon has to choose before knowing if he really prefers one or the other . When one has spent many years with either brand has probably acquired a series of lenses and maybe a flash that are incompatible with the rival brand.

In my case , I’m a big fan of Canon because in my years of doing photography reflex brand it has worked splendidly . I had a Nikon , not a reflex , and it was great, but when I decided to acquire a digital DSLR preferred to take advantage of the optical I had my old EOS 300 (which I retain and use occasionally ) so I could save a reasonable amount of money on lenses.

I found out later that the Canon cameras allow use by adapters, many manual lenses, while Nikon and other brands for a mechanical issue are allowed to use some less . But then again, that was a factor I discovered later and that it is only marginally interesting , because 99 % of people will not touch  a manual lens even with a stick .

Canon vs Nikon

NIKON OR CANON ? ?

Years later, while Nikon was doing some slightly better cameras, and then Canon released the EOS 5D MarkII , a DSLR that provided significant advantages in matters of value and , above all, a better video . Obviously, if all your gear is Canon you , you are happy and you buy one. And when Nikon camera then shows some improvement on these  same cresults, or that matches them but is more affordable , you feel so sorry because, of course , you cannot “undo your position ” without incurring significant losses.

Finally , the answer to whether it is better Canon or Nikon has an answer out on a tangent : does not matter . The differences are extremely small and often and has almost always been biased by the  the most striking  offer you can access to.

Now, both brands have an interesting advantage SLRs ( also called DSLRs ) but neither has maintained that remarkable advantage in the market for EVIL ( mirrorless cameras ), where Olympus Sony or Samsung seem to later. Experiments like the EOS M and Nikon 1 series do not have the full potential than other brands.

10 headshots I did in 2006:

Sometimes it is interesting taking a look back to what you were doing some time ago. I don’t think they are my best pieces of work, but there’s some life in the looks of the people I do like especially. Less process, less shots, less quality lenses and cameras but, however, portraits done with the gear I had in 2006. It seemed enough in that moment :)

Some of them are shot with Fujifilm S9500, some with a Nikon Coolpix 5000 and they determine partially the style I had to take: both of them have a noticeable shutter lag (especially the Coolpix 5000), so you will see the pics are mainly calmed, still. When I moved to DSLRs all I wanted was capturing movement in the right moment, but that’d be in later pictures. It’s very curious because I have had SLRs (a Mamiya ZE  and a Canon EOS 300), so when I moved to digital, I felt terribly frustrated about shutter lag.

10 headshots I did in 2006

Nadia and the blanket - Archerphoto, professional photographer

Nadia and the blanket

Isabel Bayonas - Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain

Isabel Bayonas

Lucía. Archerphoto, commercial photographer

Lucía

Nuria. Archerphoto, professional photographer

Nuria

Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain

África

Archerphoto, commercial photographer in Spain

Marta

Nadia in a Black Dress - Archerphoto, professional photographer

Nadia in a Black Dress

Professional photographer Spain, Archerphoto

Joana

Commercial photographer in Spain, Archerphoto

Kristynka

Professional photographer, Archerphoto

Lola

You can find all that pics (and more) in my Flickr page: http://flickr.com/photos/archerphoto. If you need pictures you can contact me in sergi@archerphoto.eu

XV Valencia Fashion Week: 2013

Valencia has a fashion show that began with a huge boost when major events were regional government policy but, with the economic cutbacks, it has been losing a lot of thrust. Currently the concept is rethought to survive the crisis and having a a low budget  profile while promoting less known designers. The location seems to be permanently (kind of , you know) in the Agora of the City of Sciences Valencia.

The catwalk had, in previous years, names like Hannibal Laguna, Ion Fiz and the organizer, Alex Vidal, and there were discovered some designers that after dramatically projected: Maya Hansen and Juan Vidal, for example. There were also shining moments with the presence of Assaad Awad, Fidel David or Higinio Mateu.

XV Valencia Fashion Week by Archerphoto

XV Valencia Fashion Week

Currently, the , Valencia Fashion Week live on less glamorous but interesting moments: Alejandro Resta, Siemprevivas or Anillarte are outstanding values ​​right now, although it is expected that the level of the newcomers is adequate .

Here are some galleries of this edition of the Valencia Fashion Week Spring Summer 2014.

Alejandro Resta

Juana Martín

Lucía Botella para Pepe Botella

Esther Noriega

XV Valencia Fashion Week

Javier y Javier

María Cózar Couture

Siemprevivas

Valencia Fashion Week 2013 desfile Siemprevivas

Patricia Adam

Guillermo del Mar

Valencia Fashion Week Guillermo del Mar

Anillarte

Violeta en Anillarte, Valencia Fashion Week Primavera Verano 2014

 

You can find the pictures from this edition- and also from former editions- on my Flickr page (http://www.flickr.com/photos/archerphoto) if you have an account on that network and you want to follow me in a regular way.

Profile photos for Facebook

When you are a photographer, you tend to look exhaustively profile photos for Facebook. Sometimes I just can’t understand why anyone would hurt itself  with such a terrible image.

First option: hire a photographer

And it’s really unnecessary. You can have great pictures if you go to a good photographer. But it’s possible you just can afford one. However, think twice. It’s your image and it will appear in your profile thousands of times. It will determine, partially, the impression people gets from you.

Alternatives

So you’re sure you just can’t afford it. Then you just can choose among the pics you have or you can try to make a self-portrait. First option should be the best, because most people simply does not want to work for a while to get themselves a pic. But you need to have some common sense to choose one of that pictures someone did. As long as you won’t pay anyone to do it, please dedicate some time to pay attention to your eyes, your expression, your teeth and about if you really like that pic. If you go to the self-portrait, find your camera settings for auto-shoot.

Self portrait options in camera

Self portrait options in camera

 

Then you can have 2, 10, 12 seconds to pose. Do it all the times you need it. Forget the bathroom pics. Get a well illuminated place, get the camera in a safe place and find an adequate background. I prefer a non distracting one, but it’s your call.

 

Here you have similar counsel with really good fun.

If you want to take a look to my Facebook page, you will find some profile pictures I did for some customers and friends and also other pics. Have fun.
http://www.facebook.com/ArcherphotoinEnglish

Free Facebook Backgrounds by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain

Yeah, that’s it. I shoot a lot and some pics are not in my main line of work but some people likes them, so I decided to have them available in my Facebook page for using them. You don’t HAVE to do a single thing, but I would love if you add a Like to my page in Facebook (just in case you liked the pictures) and you can tag ArcherphotoinEnglish in the pic. But it’s not compulsory, of course. So, here you have Free Facebook Backgrounds by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain. All of the pictures I uploaded were taken in Spain, and I will be uploading more pictures, so keep an eye on me if you want to have more of them.

The link for Free Facebook Backgrounds

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.271076739660123.44140.263728650394932&type=3

Most of them are just landscapes or details, and you have them in the exact resolution for Facebook. Of course, you can’t sell them or transfer them in any way different to use. If you would like to have some of those pictures in high resolution, please mail me and describe me the use you want and I will send you the fee and the conditions. Just remember I am a professional photographer, a commercial photographer who lives in the same planet that you and need money to buy gear and eat daily.

Some of these pictures were taken while I was doing something else: waiting during a portfolio session, or just taking a walk with my camera, and most of them are not modified, just cropped and resized for Facebook.  Just 851×315 as recommended. Perhaps you are thinking if I am going to do something like that for Twitter. Well, I don’t know yet. Do you think it would be interesting?

Free Facebook Backgrounds by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain

Free Facebook Backgrounds by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain