February 2012

Paco Morales at Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Thursday February 23rd, 2012 12:11 PM

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Tondeluna, one of Logroño’s newest and most interesting restaurants, was sold-out last night for the first of the Somos Capital series of talks organised by the Riojan chef Francis Paniego.

Paco Morales, a young chef from Cordoba who runs his eponymous restaurant at Hotel Ferrero de Bocairent in Valencia, told how he broke away from non-stop pizza making to join the ever-growing ranks of Spanish Michelin-starred cooks. He now concocts around 50 new dishes a year and last night let on about both the physical and mental processes behind some of them.

The talks have been inspired by Logroño gaining the epithet earlier this month of Gastronomic Capital of Spain 2012. In the coming weeks, some of the country’s foremost chefs such as Juan Mari Arzak of Arzak (three Michelin stars) and Andoni Luís Aduriz of Mugaritz (two stars), will take part in the Somos Capital series at Tondeluna.

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Paco Morales en Tondeluna, Logroño, La Rioja

Emotion and wedding photography

Wednesday February 15th, 2012 11:46 AM

Boda en Ezcaray, La Rioja, Espana

“How do you achieve such emotionally moving photos?” That was what María wanted to know as she interviewed me for Wevents. María and her colleague Carlota have recently started the wedding planning business. The idea is that you tell them about your dream wedding and sit back while they get on and organise it. Wedding planners are well established in the UK and now, increasingly, in Spain too.

Anyway, back to the question and the answer is a combination of things. As noted in previous posts, light and composition but importantly too patience, observation and anticipation. And I get close to the action. It’s the best way to improve your photographs. The trick is to do so without bothering those around you or interrupting the proceedings.

Boda en Marques de Riscal, Elciego, Pais Vasco, Espana

Boda en Ezcaray, La Rioja, Espana

Boda en Ezcaray, La Rioja, Espana

Boda en Ezcaray, La Rioja, Espana

Boda en Castelldefels, Catalunya, Espana

Snowy photojournalism in Ezcaray, La Rioja

Friday February 3rd, 2012 04:30 PM

Nevada en Ezcaray, La Rioja, España

The call came just as my feet were finally getting warm in my draughty study. It was -4C outside and snowing and I was happy to spend the morning doing admin. “Ah James, I bet it’s snowed lots in Ezcaray,” said the voice on the line. “How about going and getting us some photos.” It was Javier from Diario La Rioja.

I normally like getting calls from the picture desk of the newspaper. They call me up from time to time to go and take a portrait of someone or if something exciting is going on in my corner of La Rioja. Being sent out by the paper is a good way to meet local people and also gives me the chance to try out new techniques.

With the freezing weather yesterday, I was a bit less enthusiastic than normal but, on the other hand, how can you refuse the chance to play in the snow, even if it means numb fingers and toes? And of course it was nice to see this morning one of my pictures on the front page, despite strong competition from the paper’s other photographers.

Nevada en Ezcaray, La Rioja, España

Nevada en Ezcaray, La Rioja, España

Nevada en Ezcaray, La Rioja, España

Nevada en Ezcaray, La Rioja, España

Nevada en Ezcaray, La Rioja, España

Nevada en Ezcaray, La Rioja, España