latest work 1 of 3 videos: ocean coral & turquesa riviera maya

my latest work are three short videos for the spanish hotel chain ocean by h10 in mexico and the dominican republic. we worked with panasonic hpx 170 which delivers really good hd quality with an all digital workflow… no more tapes and time consuming captures on hard disks. digital recoding is changing the way we see things every year leaving more room and time for creativity, editing, and pos production. we also used the canon eos 5d to get a good depth of field and we were really surprised by the quality of the video!!! wow!!! the only downside is that this camera is so small that you either need to set it on a tripod or have a stabilizer for moving shots. enough with the technical stuff that i can go on forever (i love it…), but the goal of these videos is to capture the emotions, the colors, the ocean, the lifestyle of the place, i hope we have achieved that… this is the first of three videos from mexico and the dominican republic, enjoy…

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north shore

the north shore is blowing today at 20 knots, the forecast only calls for 14 knots… nature always has it’s way of deceiving us… the beached here are rough and you can end up in the rocks anytime. the north shore of maui is a place of attitudes, big egos, and of course big surf!!!

a map helps, but always follow your instincts

as a former architect i have always liked maps, it resembles a floor plan but a bit more complex… but not all maps are the same, tourist maps are the worst, they just point out the places that they want you to see, like cattle being pushed down a road. the best are satellite images where you can discover many more places that you haven’t imagined and now days with an iphone you can see where you are instantly and find that perfect isolated beach or that trail that will lead you to a great view… the next type of map is your senses, what you see and fell will lead you the way you want to go if you let go of course. in the hawaiian islands you cannot avoid being connected to nature because wherever you see you will see water, or volcanos or mountains, and that’s why i feel so at home here, it reminds me of my childhood birthplace guatemala. if you don’t know guatemala is a place of unparalleled beauty, surrounded by mountains and volcanos. this week my mother sent me a photo of the pacaya volcano in eruption, a beautiful photograph (unknown author). one day i would love to photograph guatemala from the air, it is on my list to do… anyway, this week i have been reading weather maps night and day, they are a bit confusing at first but very interesting if you are a waterman. this weekend hawaii will get a big swell as you can see in the map (blue line approaching). i will try to surf and photograph this event. here in hawaii it is like a ceremony each time one of this systems comes, people live for this, a whole culture is devoted to it, i am just happy to be part of it…

hawaii big swell forecast this weekend
pacaya volcano eruption in guatemala

maui dreams

back in the island that i love, maui, hawaii… winds have been really strong this year welcoming “el niño” currents. this means stronger winds for this year and a higher possibility for hurricanes… i will try to windsurf today in hookipa with the pros, winds are gusting to 24 knots and just getting into the water with the shore brake is a challenge. i am trying new equipment that the quatro team lend me, it is a 84 liter twin fin custom and some gurus 4.0 sails. the quatro team is having a photo shoot today so i will be learning some tricks today from the pros in the water and the photographers that have to capture those great moments in the water with the currents and the waves… just making a great picture is hard enough, but adding the difficulty of shooting in the water with a housing that is double the size of the camera and trying to get the shot is another story…

maui's south shore

live high

for the past few months i have been working on three short videos for the spanish hotel chain h10 in mexico and the dominican republic and will soon post them. the best part is always when i get to film the aerial footage, it is here where you see how small we really are… i shot this footage in mexico’s rivera maya and the dominican republic with a panasonic hpx 170. in mexico it is one of the few areas that has not been built for some reason and maintains its natural beauty, the rest of the riviera maya has been built up so much in the past few years that it is becoming hard to find places like this. i have always dreamt since i was a kid to fly, to live high, this is the closest i can get when i am not dreaming…  live high, love is in the air…

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new eyes

it is fascinating when one finds a way to see life from a different angle, it makes you see things through a total different perspective… we live in a culture that teaches one way thinking without knowing that the possibilities are endless if you set your mind to see life with new eyes… i shot this video with a gopro camera mounted on the top of a sup board in playa del carmen mexico on the remains of a strong 20 knots south east windswell we had last week. with this little cameras you never know what you are going to get, you cannot see what your are filming but i think the potential for those situations where you cannot have bigger cameras is great…

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follow the wind…

on a recent trip to morocco i heard about this special place in the african coast that had amazing wind and i wanted to see it for my self and end up staying longer than expected… these are the best experiences in life, the ones you don’t plan. this photos where taken of me windsurfing in moulay bouzerktoun by some great friends that i met from sardinia. thank you! follow the wind you never know what will happen…