In San Sebastian, "El Poteo" is everything
If you want a taste of true San Sebastian identity, dig in on the pintxos.
San Sebastián, like all cities, offers up surprises at every turn. When you hit the streets of a city in search of its essence, you’ve got to be prepared. That is, the communication between camera and photographer is continuous.
Each time the light changes, each time you enter or leave a spot, you have to be aware of your camera settings. The ability to anticipate is very important if you want fresh, real images.
In the photo of the kids walking with the Basque “Santa Claus” (Olentxero), the entire context was important. Having good light, I was able to achieve a long depth of field so that everything was in focus from the first child into the background.
By contrast, the photo of the couple in the street was the result of anticipating. I had my camera set to take photos at night, with little light, wide open at f2.8. Seeing the dog on the street, I knew something was going to happen, so I waited.
When that couple came by, they posed for a photo with a friend – the perfect moment for me to make my own portrait.