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Here are some other snaps from the wonderful city of Split, Supetar and in between places in Brač. I have many many thanks to everyone I met back in the island, for their generosity, time and friendliness towards me and the interest my project created back there. Continue reading

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Halfway there in Brač + My 2 degrees

Last thursday I arrived for the second time to Brač, after 3 years. I was too little here the first time to notice if anything has changed and it was summer time, which equals to madness, partial nudity and lots of crazy day and nightlife.

So at the end of February, this is the exact opposite: quiet streets, not many open stores (I’ve found only one bakery that opens ’til 8 pm) and a crazier weather than expected. Still, the chance to see these places in such calm way is just like looking at the backstage of a huge show that will last for 6-7 months, meanwhile here, for a few days, people are repairing/modifying their apartments, konoba, roads, etc. You get the pic.

While my search for people goes at a slow pace, I’ve found some other images worth capturing.

So, here they are.

Much love.

PS: Noticed when editing images a while ago, I am definitely, totally and unmistakable twisted 2 degrees horizontally, which explains my awkward drawings, pictures and maybe some back pains. Must track progress.

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Off to Brač

Hi all!

Just a quick, short post to let you know that as of tomorrow, I’ll be in Brač, Croatia, photographing people, lifestyle and landscapes for a personal project I’ve been working on about immigrants in Patagonia. Brač is one of the islands that most croats came from in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, to the rough Patagonian living conditions, in a region that was just being born.

If you know anyone who has connections to the island, anyone who has stayed after their relatives left, anyone with an interesting story, let me know and I’ll do my best to get to them.

More updates from the island!

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Hola hola!

Un pequeño posteo para contarles que mañana, y por una semana, estaré en Brač, Croacia, buscando gente, naturaleza y la simple vida de isla para fotografiar, como parte de un proyecto personal en el que estoy trabajando hace un tiempo. Brač la isla de la cual provienen la mayoría de los inmigrantes croatas que actualmente viven en Patagonia y el resto de Chile, cuando debido a factores económicos y ambientales, debieron emigrar a finales de siglo XIX y comienzos del siglo XX, cambiando la tranquila y cálida isla por la austral y dura vida pionera en la joven Patagonia.

Si conocen a alguien que esté vinculado a esta historia, que viva en la isla, alguien que sepa historias o simplemente esté interesado en este proyecto, pueden dejar un lindo comentario.

Mas desde la isla!

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Bucharest + Budapest

Hi there!

Small gallery with small pictures, just to share with you an express trip I did to Bucharest from Zagreb, plus, I though about giving some advice while traveling with an European and Latin American passport (spolier: nothing happens).

Anyway, after an incident while shooting a video, the camera falling into the ground and my all-around lens cracking and instantly being transformed into useless plastic, I couldn’t really get a grip on shooting the kind of pictures I wanted to. The mojo just wasn’t in and -honestly- I’m not in that level of awesomeness where I can work it out no matter what.

Still, the weird winter here was helpful with the walking we did in both Bucharest and Budapest, although the light left us quite early. I can’t wait to be back there in summer/spring time to see the landscape in a very different way!

Here’s the pics. Enjoy.

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Off The Rails – Westbound.

The journey ends, or at least transforms itself, when arriving to Vladivostok.

We’re in Asia, in the Far East, close to North Korea, right next to China and a mere 2-3 days by boat from Japan, yet, the city has an incredible western vibe and mood, much more accentuated that what I found in Moscow.

The journey ends, yes, at least the train one does, because from here it’s only 2 days to hop on and off the buses, the hills, the submarine in the street (?) and the beautiful women. I would’ve loved to be more than a couple of hours here, but the schedule was tight. However, I think I was able to see enough of it just to want to go back again and finally catch the night vibe and the wonderful landscapes.

This time, the picture were taken in Baikal lake, some in Yekaterinsburg, Vladivostok and inside the train, where all the action was. It was very funny to notice how people looked at me when changing cars, specially when arriving to another plaskart, since nobody expected a “tourist” in their cars, all the eyes turned to me and they were disturbed, confused, wandering and many, many more expressions.

From Vladivostok it’s plane back to Moscow. A flight attendant gives me a judgmental look when asking her for a beer, telling me “you’ll be able to get one when we get to Moscow” (in, like, 6 hours). I mean, no drinks in russian airplanes!? But everywhere on the streets? Alright, maybe we’re strangers, I don’t know. Then, while queuing for the loo, a drunk russian passenger talked to me some… stuff in russian, and then I get the alcohol “free” flight.

From here on, it’s only a matter of time until everything sets on what I’ve just experienced. I still have a few days to travel, and a few weeks until everything sets in and my words start to depict the whole experience. Finally, I’m not an Asia-virgin anymore.

Enjoy.

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On The Rails – Eastbound.

mirko vlakZagreb, Moscow, Irkutsk (after 3,5 days on a train), Vladivostok (after some 4,5 days on a train), Moscow again (7,5 hour flight), Saint Petersburg, Moscow yet again and finally Zagreb.

If my thoughts on the journey I underwent a few weeks ago are delayed, it’s because it’s hard for me to get everything together. The faces, the impressions when riding the huge, bunker-ish Moscow subway, the health issues when traveling such great distances and feeding only with dehydrated noodles, bread and tea/coffee. It is a lot to take in, loads of pictures to show, many experiences, some good, some crappy, some disappointing but overall, a wonderful travel.

While I get my head around the words, I’ll share a few images that show a bit my travel through Siberia on a train. Some call this ride the “Trans-siberian” route, but I think that nowdays it’s such a touristic attraction that the whole point of this railway has gone lost, and since I traveled in third class, ate, drank and slept in a single wagon with 50+ russians, I felt closer to what the Tsar’s began more than a century ago, connecting Moscow with the Far East, not only for wealthy tourists alone, but to make of it’s country one more connected and prosperous, and since I lived in Patagonia until not so long ago, I’ve felt how it is when your capital is far away.

Should you be inspired by some of this, to take hit the rails, and get on this adventure, I’ll let you know that all the tickets (air fares and train tickets) where just around USD $1000, and this covers to ride and fly through 20.000 ish kms, that’s quite a lot. It is not the more comfortable way of traveling, nor the most easy for non-russians, since they’ll inspect you in every way, they might get noisy, they will get drunk, they will try to connect with you even if you don’t speak a tiny bit of russian.

And then you’ll remember the travel like one of the best travels in your entire life.

From Russia with love.

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HDR-ing

Since I was trapped indoors drawing like a mad man (and making a huge amount of mistakes in the process) it was nice to walk outside and go for a drive into the Andes, find some dinosaur trails and even do some little (very little) bouldering.

The day was good, the good, clear air is always a blessing and the mountains were there, as they will always be, during our lifetime at least.

Here are some snaps, some tests, some BW delights and some crazy HDR stuff I edited last night.

Enjoy! :)

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New Comic Book + Processes

proceso5It’s been a long time since I haven’t uploaded any cool stuff, mainly because I’ve been busy working into some projects that require my writing and Excel skills rather than my drawing or photo abilities!

One of them has already payed off and the news is that I’m finally going back to the comic book draws! See, I published a short story of 5 numbers back in 2008 that had a moderate success in sales, but it contributed to open the local scene here in Chile regarding graphic novels and installing the comic book as a validated way and level it with books, magazines and other published media.

So, I teamed up with my partner Cristian Escobar (in the inks and color) and my newest buddy Oscar Barrientos in the writing office, and since he’s an accomplished and international author with loads of love for pop culture and graphic novels, the outcome is something that I would like to reach out as much as possible, since the idea is to tell some stories based in Patagonia, we have to be very careful with the way we write it, since we don’t want to have everyone but us -the ones who have lived here in Patagonia- laughing at details that nobody else will understand.

We’re working on it though ;)

Finally, here are some pics of how we make these illustrations ,hope you enjoy it!

 

 

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Another Day, Another Setting

Every now and then I find myself in need to change my habits, with a wide range of subjects to choose from: Eating, editing, dressing, workout and lately, settings while shooting habits.

The exercise I tried this time is to have a broad range, within a few limits to work on, thus forcing myself to be creative. At least that’s what I drafted out.

And so I went with two rather new lenses I bought and I’m still trying to see how they work, how I feel with them and what the images look like in a real, live environment with stuff happening all around me: the Sigma 70-200 2,8 (not the OS version) and the Tokina 11-16 2,8. The setting was the “Shearing Festival” in a small village about 100 kms away from Punta Arenas (in fact, the only village in a radio of 200 or so kms) that gathers loads of people from the countryside in a sheep shearing show, as well as “jineteadas”, that features a wild, untamed horse and a brave rider, all in argentinian countryside style clothing and the hope that the horse will jump a lot. They always do.

What was with the settings again? Right, the lenses and all. While shooting RAW, it is fairly easy to correct some mistakes you might fall into when working this way. For me, it was the first time working with two lenses in what I planned to be an all-around setup and it turned out quite well, although I wasn’t carrying any special backpack for the gear or anything, it felt a bit clumsy while trying to change lenses and not having the time to think about life, flowers or light diffraction. Good for now. More tests to come.

Enjoy and drop some lines! ;)

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Getting Wet + Wee Review

OnwardSo, a few months ago I received this Aquapac waterproof case and today I thought that the lack of cool expeditions would not an excuse (anymore) to not to try this thing out.

Of course, the experiment was somewhat controlled: I spoke with the local swimming pool and immediately they agreed to help me with my very, very important task. I could have tried this at home, in a bathtub, but hey, who takes pictures of bathtubs!?

The test was simple: in case of bubbles, take the thing out, dry the hell out of it and ask hope for the best. This however, wasn’t the case, because the case worked WONDERS and the results are shown here. They are not the best images, however, this is not the best case you can buy in the market, but then again, unless you’re a dedicated underwater photographer, you won’t be able to buy or even consider a proper, $5,000 underwater case.

These were taken with a Nikon D7000, a Tokina 11-16 2,8 at 2,8 and 16mm, ISO between 400 – 800 and autofocus was ON, which was the trickiest thing of them all: Since there isn’t as much contrast as there is in a normal, daylight situation, the camera has a harder time to find focus, therefore, it goes a bit back and forth before taking the shot. This wasn’t in every picture, but it’s something to bare in mind when taking this equipment underwater: this won’t be the fast-focusing camera that you’re used to handle in the outdoors with speedier lenses, more contrast and yes, the ability to see in a proper way the viewfinder in order to compose correctly. I was a bit sloppy with that, since I was having fun with the possibility to submerge up to 5 meters (as tested in both Aquapac and an independent facility in the UK) and actually getting usable shots!

I know this is not a proper review, not by far! But sadly, there are no white sanded beaches here for me to just jump into the water (that in these summer days goes as high as 10 degrees celsius) with the best moods, I mean, sure I can do that, with the right amount of alcohol in my blood. Well, new year’s eve is coming, so, you never know.

Hope to hear from you!

Love.

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