fotoperiodismo

Photos: Portraits of Biking in Patagonia, Piedra Parada, Chubut, Argentina

Friday January 31st, 2014 06:10 PM

Biking in Patagonia, Chubut, Argentina. Photo by James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

The first thing that many people pack in their holiday bag is a camera. It certainly was for me for many years as I went about recording happy times in exotic places. My wife remembers how, even on our honeymoon, I’d be up at the crack of dawn to snap photos in the best light.

But when I turned professional that changed. Holidays are a time to rest from work; to recharge batteries; think about the ‘big picture’, perhaps. And that, for me, means a break from photography. I’m happy to make do with just my camera phone or an old, small, light camera that the kids can muck about with on the beach.

There are exceptions, however, and a trip to Patagonia last November one of them. How could I not take at least one camera? And I was glad I did, if just for the three days I spent cycling near Piedra Parada in Chubut, Argentina. Mario Gadda, a friend who runs Tracción a Sangre cycle tours in Peninsula Valdés, had told me about the incredible desert scenery of the Chubut valley, exemplified by Piedra Parada, a 300m tall chunk of lava from an extinct volcano. The landscape reminded me of Arizona, but without the tourists.

For me, among a group of cyclists, it was also a chance to take some photos of people doing what they love, my favourite type of portrait photography.

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Photojournalism: Mules in La Rioja forests

Thursday May 16th, 2013 09:23 AM

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

We live in an age where we’re encouraged to think newer is better. This year’s camera / computer / car (insert your preference here) is better than last year’s, they tell us. So, once in a while, it’s nice to spend some time photographing a very traditional activity.

A team of loggers have been thinning a 40-year-old pine forest near Ezcaray, La Rioja. By taking down some of the trees, those left behind have more room to grow. But rather than dragging down the trunks with tractors they use mules. Using animals means they don’t have to carve new paths through the forest; mules’ hooves damage the mountain environment less than mechanical tracks.

The animals are trained to obey the voice commands of their handlers and watching them work as a team was a real privilege.

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Fotografía en La Rioja, España. Foto de James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Variety is the spice of a good photo portfolio

Monday January 28th, 2013 06:54 PM

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

When on assignment for a newspaper I’m always looking for two things. The first is the “wow” picture that stops people in their tracks and, with a bit of luck, makes the front page the next day. The second is a variety and depth of images to complete the portfolio.

My job, regardless of whether its for a press or commercial job or for a wedding, is to tell the story through strong images. To do that you need to have photos which show the big picture but others that give the details. In the case of snowy whether, that means showing how people, animals and general every day life is affected.

In addition I’m always looking for photos which not only appeal to the eyes but to the viewers’ other senses. I want you to feel cold looking at the dog or the cows. And share the joy of my son Nick throwing a snowball and excitement of the girls in a snowball fight.

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

Snow in Ezcaray, La Rioja, Spain. Photo: James Sturcke | www.sturcke.org

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