A few days ago a friend reminded me on Facebook it’s years we knew each other.I searched some photos of that day and found, among many others, a few of a correfoc.So I thought to process them and upload them here.
Correfoc: Moraira 2009
The context, of course, are the loca festivities of Moraira (Alicante, Spain).In this case, the correfoc was held on July 17 and do not remember anyone coming out hurt or the like.In fact, despite the appearance, it is performed by people who are dedicated continuously (and in many cases professionally) to these events, so they walk, jump and perform their show, but not as in other events as I can be a cordà, in which participants firecrackers are shot to each other.
Overall, for what I know, in the Marina Alta region they are particularly popular, and also in some Valencian or Catalan towns and in the Balearic Islands.I am not an expert, but they seem to come from the Balls de Diables (Dance of Devils), a 12th century tradition.
Either way, they are interesting to document and aesthetically appealing. The festive atmosphere is evident and one can only wonder how in the month of July there are people willing to wear all necessary protection to avoid burning (although they feel the extra heat from fire).I think it was in a T-shirt and I was sweating a lot.The popular host is usually very good. You can find in the photos some curious uniforms (those of curious prints), which belong to the festeros (each year a squad is organising the festivities, those are the festeros) who were particularly close to each spark.
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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.
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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.
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).