talkin bout camerasa blog by Branden Frederick

Spain Vacation

Published 18 Jul 2018 – Updated 7 Aug 2018

Basque Country, Cantabria, and Asturias

I went on vacation to northern Spain, visiting the Bay of Biscay coast and mountains in Basque Country, Cantabria, and Asturias. I brought my Fujifilm X-Pro2 along with the XF 18mm f/2, XF 35mm f/1.4, and XF 55-200mm f/whatever lenses. The 18mm lens was the most useful – giving 60% of the below photos. The 35mm lens gave a further third, and the last two photos came from the telezoom. Looking back, I probably would have been better served by either the 50mm or 90mm f/2 lenses in replacement of the zoom.

Gear aside, this was a family vacation first and foremost, and any photos I could take beyond family snapshots were bonus. We spent a lot of time wandering around historic town squares and at other tourist-friendly sites, so that's what I captured, but aimed at getting shots in my own personal style and not just grabbing the postcard-photo of each place. I wanted to show the viewer the things that drew my attention – which means the photos have a heavy emphasis on architecture and cityscapes, plus our foray into the Picos de Europa mountains.

This is just a set of 30 of the best photos – on a 10 day trip I came home with around 1800 total frames, of which 400 I deleted on first pass. After editing and sorting, I ended up with 124 photos worth showing to other people, and picked these below 30 from that group.

about Branden Frederick

I am a photographer: I have fun taking photos, and I always have.

I've had a camera in my hand my whole life, a 110 camera as a kid, and the high school's 35mm SLR later. In 2008 I spent six months doing nothing but taking photos and loved it. From that point on I've had my camera surgically attached to my hand (I lie). I went digital in the year 2000, and I came back to film in 2013. My parents tell me my photos are "nice".