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About my gear

Photographies displayed on this website have been taken with Canon digital equipment. Until 2009 I used an EOS 400D, my first DSLR. I now use a EOS 5D mkII since early 2009. The EOS 5D mkII is an full-frame camera that offers a good performance in a body of moderate weight, making it easier to transport when you have to carry it in the backpack.

Until 2009 I used as a primary zoom lens a Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 XR Di II, which delivered very good quality in the EOS 400D along with the excellent Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS and a Canon 24 -105 f/4 L IS. Since 2009, I use a selection of lenses from different manufacturers (Carl Zeiss, Canon and Nikon) aiming to obtain maximum image quality. The high resolution sensor of the EOS 5DmkII requires great quality optics to take full advantage of its potential. Currently I use the following lenses: Carl Zeiss Distagon 21/2.8, Carl Zeiss Distagon 28/2.8, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 35-70/3.4, Canon 24-105 f/4 L IS, Canon 70-200 f/4 L IS, Canon 300 f/4 L IS, Extender 1.4x II, Extender 2x II and occasionally a Samyang 14/2.8.

Obviously I do not always hike with the whole set, even so, I rarely go out with less than 5-6 kg of gear. If we add to these 5-6 kg all the essential mountain equipment (warm clothing, backpack, water, food, bivouac equipment, etc ...) mountain photography becomes a real sport.

About my technique

I've tried to show the beauty of nature on every copy, following the principle that the photographic technique should not be perceptible, even when present both in the making as well as in the processing.

Hence, I do not like to abuse in the use of filters, I only use a polarizer to enhance saturation and a set of neutral grads to correct high contrast scenes when necessary. With few exceptions, I do not apply thorough processing to the images. In most of the images, processing is limited to global settings of the Raw file (mostly in colour temperature, exposure and noise reduction), later followed by conversion to 16-bit TIFF and mask correction in specific areas of the image (curves, levels and saturation).

As it can be seen in galleries, I love the 'great landscape’, landscape with capital letters, those mountain panoramas that move us with their grandeur and magnificence. Such landscapes are difficult to photograph, and often only show its greatness to the viewer in large format panoramic prints. Aspect ratios 2:1, 3:1 or 4:1 in panoramic photography naturally correspond to human field of vision, our way of seeing the world is panoramic and panoramic photography fits perfectly these great mountain landscapes.

My technique to make panoramic images is identical to that described above except that there is an additional step of stitching individual images prior to treatment of specific areas.

If you wish to contact me with your comments or questions you can reach me by email at info@lastrafoto.es

Thank you.