Olentzero, an effigy of a Basque peasant, is carried around the city by children on Christmas Eve (December 24) in a form of trick or treat. The tradition of Olentzero may predate Father Christmas but was revived in the 1960s to counter the dominance of Spanish Christmas traditions.
San Sebastián – Photo Tip

Photography is all about anticipation

Photo by Kike del Olmo

San Sebastián – Photo Tip Photography is all about anticipation

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.

Kike del Olmo
Kike del Olmo Travel Photographer

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.

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The Basque region straddles Spain and France and encompasses some 2.4 million people. Their language is not related to any other Indo-European one and they may be a last remnant of the earliest inhabitants of Western Europe. Photo by Kike del Olmo

Kike del Olmo

Kike del Olmo

Nikon D800

Aperture
ƒ/2.8
Exposure
1/8
ISO
800
Focal
24 mm

The Basque region straddles Spain and France and encompasses some 2.4 million people. Their language is not related to any other Indo-European one and they may be a last remnant of the earliest inhabitants of Western Europe.

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