José Ramos (@joseramosphotography) — 📸 Photog & Doctor (Psych) 🇵🇹 Portugal
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🌐 BenQ, FLM, Nisi, MindShift, Laowa
"The Natural Networks IV" Entangled in the endless stream of thoughts, mirrored
"The Natural Networks IV" Entangled in the endless stream of thoughts, mirrored by the natural networks of the Earth, anger subsides and serenity finally prevails. . Location: Vila Nova de Milfontes, Portugal . The story: . Shot in Vila Nova de Milfontes, in one of my favourite spots. When the tide is low at sunset, you can witness this intricate and beautiful pattern of exposed rocks. This is just the second time I've been at this spot under the right conditions. There were just two photographers, including me, shooting this, showing that Portugal must be one of the most under-rated photo destinations in the world... . Technical details: Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm | Focal length: 10mm | Exposure: 30 seconds |Aperture: f9 | ISO: 100 | 7 stops Full ND; 3 stops soft ND Grad, 3 stops Reverse Grad - Nisi | Tripod | Wireless remote shutter
18.09.2019 20:16:59
"Altar of the Seas" | This is Capela do Senhor da Pedra near Porto (Portugal), s
"Altar of the Seas" | This is Capela do Senhor da Pedra near Porto (Portugal), set in a truly remarkable place, where Men has worshiped deities over the millennia, from Pagan Gods to Christian symbols, asking for protection and inspiration. With so much natural destruction going on our planet, it makes sense to reflect on the delicate and sometimes overwhelming relationship between Men and Nature. The active conscience that one lives in a fully dynamic, unpredictable and ever changing ecosystem, channels our inner strength towards the notion that every single element on Earth depends on everything else which lies around. Altars, prayers, sacrifices, thoughts, reflections and gestures can and should be part of our sacred relationship with Nature, as long as it's done with the conscience that Nature doesn't exist to serve and protect us, but rather to accommodate our existence in a mutual exchange that should be filled with respect and reverence... Technical info: Sony a7R + Sony 10-18mm f4 | Aperture: f9 | Exposure: 1/6 seconds | ISO: 200 | 4 stops soft ND Grad (Nisi), 4 stops full ND (Nisi) | FLM Tripod
17.09.2019 18:03:36
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"Pareidolia" | Being silent in the dark silent landscapes of Alentejo, right by
"Pareidolia" | Being silent in the dark silent landscapes of Alentejo, right by the border with Spain, surrounded by all kinds of unidentifiable and ever growing animal sounds, everything becomes so much larger than us. As soon as the eyes adapt to such intense darkness, a surreal dome of stars fills the sky, and the elusive Milky Way progressively appears near the horizon, slowly rotating as the night advances. Even though the cold is slowly becoming too intense, winning the battle against the mupltiple layers of clothing, there's a purpose in the persistence of the visit: to unveil what lies beneath the dark, and enter a world where elephants drink on top of bridges, stars become near confident neighbors, and light expands through every corner of our Universe. . Location: Elvas - Ajuda Bridge, Portugal . Technical info: Sony a7R + Venus Laowa 12mm f2.8 | Aperture: f2.8 | Exposure: 30 seconds | ISO: 2000 | Foreground light painting with Black Diamond headlamp | Focus: Manual Tripod: FLM CP30-XL Pro + CB38-FTR Ballhead | Nisi Night filter | Wireless remote shutter.
16.09.2019 17:56:12
“Dissolution of Eternity" | The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon under fiery light, in
“Dissolution of Eternity" | The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon under fiery light, in it's endless cadence of moving pieces of ice, teaches us lessons of impermanence and dissolution. This place is quite simply the most beautiful work of moving art I've ever seen in my short life. . Story: After two trips to Iceland and much waiting, finally had the chance to witness an epic sunset at Jokulsarlon, with enough time to choose from the endless possible angles and compositions. Due to the fast moving pieces of ice, doing a long exposure would be impossible. Since the ice pieces were a few meters away from the shore and I wanted to get the classic immersive look of ultra wide angle lenses, had to enter into the almost frozen water to get this image. From time to time, chunks of melted ice would meet my legs with great subtlety, making me fell like a part of the whole moving scenario. Unforgettable. . Technical details: Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4 | Aperture: f/10 | Exposure: 1/8 seconds | ISO: 200 | Manual Focus | 3 stops ND Grad Nisi
15.09.2019 20:05:33
"The Broken Promise" | I know you have promised that I would make it to the end,
"The Broken Promise" | I know you have promised that I would make it to the end, but I had no idea that the path would be such a mess, torn apart and endlessly fragile... | Location: photo made in the gorgeous palafite pier in Carrasqueira, Portugal. . Sony a77; Sigma 10-20mm; Aperture: f9.5, Exposure: 30 seconds, ISO: 200, Custom White Balance, 3 stops ND Grad, 4 stop full ND Nisi, Tripod, remote shutter
13.09.2019 16:43:33
"Creation" | Hverir Geothermal Area, Iceland | When the scars on the surface of
"Creation" | Hverir Geothermal Area, Iceland | When the scars on the surface of Earth unveil steaming hot sulfur smokes and boiling muds, creation takes place and shows us that our planet is very much alive and constantly renovating itself. An image showing a different aesthetic approach to the extraterrestrial Hverir geothermal area in Iceland. Unlike my previous published photos from this place, this one does not feature the Icelandic midnight summer sun.  It was shot in September 2015, during my first visit to this unforgettable geothermal spot. There are so many possible angles to shoot here, but this composition certainly turned into my favorite of the whole session. Technical info: Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4 | Focal length: 16mm | Aperture: f14 | Exposure: 30 seconds | ISO: 100 | Manual focus | 7 stops full ND, 4 stops soft ND Grad Nisi | Tripod | Remote wireless shutter
10.09.2019 20:22:06
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"Rapture" | Sigoldugljufur Canyon, Iceland | There are places so inexplicably be
"Rapture" | Sigoldugljufur Canyon, Iceland | There are places so inexplicably beautiful that it becomes difficult to accept them as fully real. We've grown used to the ugly aesthetics of daily life and urban settings, and becoming enthralled with a natural landscape became unfortunately limited to the realm of movie theaters and imagination. And so we passively accept the lack of wonder and awe in our lives, missing the opportunity of realizing how a place like the Sigoldugljufur Canyon is quite real, and how witnessing it can transcend our senses and mentally transport us to a unique place, where "bliss" is no longer just a cliched word but rather a real body-deep experience. . Story: In 2017 I visited Iceland for the fourth time and for the first time finally had the chance to visit the Icelandic highlands. The Sigoldugljufur Canyon was one of the places I wanted to visit the most, located in the famous F208 road to Landmannalaugar, in a difficult to find location. Iceland is definitely the land of the waterfalls, but this canyon topped all the records, with more than a dozen waterfalls in one of its sections. After spending the end of the previous day shooting an overcast sunset at this place, as well as spending the night capturing the canyon with the northern lights above it, the best light finally came as the day awoke, with a beautiful sunrise light that just made my day. . Sony a7R | Venus Laowa 12mm f2.8 | Exposure: 10 seconds | Aperture: f/11 | ISO: 100 | 4 stops Medium ND Grad Nisi, 4 stops Full ND Nisi | FLM CP30-XL Pro tripod | Wireless remote shutter
09.09.2019 20:40:15
"Mesmerized"  Who said Iceland has no trees...? Shot on the road to Thingvellir.
"Mesmerized"  Who said Iceland has no trees...? Shot on the road to Thingvellir. during yet another frantic car trip, trying again to find the much wanted Northern Lights. It was our last night in the country during the 2015 trip, with a plane to catch at 7am, and Aurora activity would be the highest of our stay. We ended up deciding not to sleep during the night, to be able to catch those gorgeous lights just one more time! The decision was not to be regreted, as this was the most intense night of the whole 14 day trip. Finding decent spots was quite a challenge, but fortunately we had done some previous scouting of the location, and this pine tree forest was one of the chosen places to photograph. . Technical: Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4, Exposure: 30 seconds, Aperture: f/4, ISO: 3200, Tripod, Remote shutter release
08.09.2019 16:02:49
"Remembering the Oath" | Remembering the Oath, we shall never ever forget, that
"Remembering the Oath" | Remembering the Oath, we shall never ever forget, that at the beginning and end of every day there's a gift called conscience, and a ritual called "witnessing the light", showing us the cadence of life, impermanence, and beauty. . Location: Albandeira beach, Algarve (Portugal) . Technical info: My first published image made with the amazing ultra-wide angle lens Laowa 12mm. I've tested it during the second weekend of January, and chose specific spots where a ultra wide angle would make a difference. The Albandeira beach is an unique place in Algarve, showing a gorgeously sculpted rock formation, located in a circular bay, which is usually very difficult to encompass with just one single exposure. Using such a wide lens allowed for much greater freedom while composing, and the feeling of viewing and capturing a scene in a similar fashion as if it was captured through the wide vision of our own eyes is extremely rewarding. . Sony a7R + Laowa 12mm f2.8 manual lens at f11, Exposure: 30 seconds, ISO: 50, Manual focus, FLM Tripod, 7 stops Full ND Filter; 4 stops soft ND Grad filter (Nisi), Wireless remote shutter
07.09.2019 16:27:20
"Colossus" | Madeira Island, Ribeira da Janela | Against all odds, resisting thr
"Colossus" | Madeira Island, Ribeira da Janela | Against all odds, resisting through the passage of time. Resilience in Nature... . This is a fantastic place in Madeira Island, called Ribeira da Janela, where a water course descends from the mountains and ends right here. This has created a unique pebble beach, which is adorned by two gigantic rock formations that persistently resist the strength of the waves. I went to this place on my 2nd day in Madeira, but light conditions were far from good. As I couldn't let this one pass, I returned there two days later, and it payed up! . Technical data: Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm | Exposure: 30 seconds | Aperture: f9.5 | ISO: 100 | Tripod | Remote shutter | Manual focus | 7 stops full ND, 4 stops soft ND Grad
06.09.2019 16:43:47
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"Awestruck" | Time doesn't wait and the beauty of our planet is so much greater
"Awestruck" | Time doesn't wait and the beauty of our planet is so much greater than us. The gift of an incredible double rainbow in Skogafoss, Iceland. . Technical info: Sony a7R + Zeiss 16-35mm f4 at 32mm, Aperture: f14, Exposure: 2 seconds, ISO: 100, 4 stops soft ND Grad (Nisi), Tripod, Manual focus, Remote wireless shutter
05.09.2019 20:30:24
"The Falling Gods" | Godafoss, Iceland | This is the almighty waterfall where th
"The Falling Gods" | Godafoss, Iceland | This is the almighty waterfall where the Pagan Gods were discarded and abandoned, yet forever remembered as one of the foundations of the Icelandic collective unconscious. . This photo was made on the third day of my first Iceland trip in 2014. After a second day with endless hours of driving, which ended with a photo session of the Hvitserkur rock formation, I decided to head to Godafoss during the night, so that I could have enough time to photograph it the next day and, hopefully, still be able to photograph Dettifoss. . . This image was made on the less touristy side of the waterfall, and it was one the most technically difficult places to photograph I've ever been to. The massive amount of water spray created by the multiple waterfalls made it feel like if it was heavily raining on that area. I had many microfiber large lens cleaning cloths with me, but all of them got quickly soaked. The only way to make a decent sharp photo on this place involves composing the image and always cleaning the filters between each capture. I used a 15 second exposure (instead of the usual 30), because the results were similar to a longer exposure (due to the quick movement of the water), and this allowed me to minimize the exposure to the water spray. . This was the my first time in front of one of the giant Icelandic waterfalls. To be in front of one of these "monuments" is an absolutely unforgettable experience, putting our place on Earth in perspective, a well as the forces which animate the power of Nature. A lesson of humility and sensory overload. . Technical data: Sony a77 + Sigma 10-20mm | Exposure: 15 seconds | Aperture: f/14 | ISO: 100 | 7 stops full ND, 4 stops soft Grad | Tripod
04.09.2019 20:23:43
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