Time is precious. Being a landscape photographer requires a lot of exclusive time but most people don’t seem to have it. These are some things I used to do that helped me find that time.

Back in mid-October, 2017, I walked out of the office for the last time: I quit my job to hit the road and visit places that would take me years to see (and photograph) otherwise. And now that the road trip is over, I have a lot time to spend working on my passion. …


Camera and Lens: Bronica SQ-Ai, Zenzanon PS 150mm f/4
Film stock: Ilford HP5+
Exposure: 800
Developer: Kodak D76
Others: Orange Filter

On my way back from New Buffalo, I took some secondary roads looking for some farms and farm equipment that would look good in that weather: snow and heavy, dense fog.

I found a few scenes but it’s hard to find a place to stop on those roads, and they can be dangerous when the visibility is so low. So I couldn’t spend much time there nor shoot all the images I wanted to. But I still managed to come back with a couple I really like, this being one of them.

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Originally published at aows.co on January 24, 2018.


Camera and Lens: Bronica SQ-Ai, Zenzanon PS 80mm f/2.8
Film stock: Ilford HP5+
Exposure: 800
Developer: Ilfotec HC

I can’t say enough good things about Point Arena, one of my favorite spots in the whole coast of California.

On my second day there I found a mostly sunny day, very different to what I’d had a couple days before that. This weather and the beautiful landscape were calling for some long exposures, so that’s what I did here.

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Tags: california, hp5, long exposure

Originally published at aows.co on January 23, 2018.


Mendocino was the first “new” place to us on this road trip. It was an entirely new landscape for me to explore, and I finally had the time to do so.

Based in Fort Bragg, I spent some 2 and half to 3 full days driving and hiking around the cute small towns and beautiful coastal line that this part of California has to offer.

You can’t really go wrong here: not only you have the southern part of the Lost Coast very close, but also places like Glass Beach or Mendocino Headlands.

And further south, my favorite of them all: Point Arena. I took some long exposures there that are some of my favorite photos of this road trip so far.

Tags: road trip, california

Originally published at aows.co on January 22, 2018.


January 19, 2018 in photographs

Camera and Lens: Bronica SQ-Ai, Zenzanon PS 80mm f/2.8
Film stock: Ilford HP5+
Exposure: 800
Developer: Kodak D76
Notes: Orange Filter

These big, frozen rocks were the first thing that caught my eye once I got to New Buffalo, Michigan. An inch of ice was wrapping them, like big ice cubes. They were smooth, very slippery.

I knew I wanted to photograph them, but I couldn’t find a good angle / composition so I gave up and headed towards the beach.

On my way back, I looked for more images near the jetty and saw…


Camera and Lens: Bronica SQ-Ai, Zenzanon PS 80mm f/2.8
Film stock: Ilford FP4+
Exposure: 125
Developer: Kodak D76

There aren’t many places to explore around here in Northern Indiana, so I’m trying to take full advantage of those few I’ve found so far. One of them is Bonneyville Mills.

I wasn’t alone that day so I didn’t have as much time as I would’ve loved but I still managed to take a few shots, some -like this one- will be part of #fp4party!

See more photos of Indiana.

Originally published at aows.co on January 19, 2018.


Last week, I headed just over the Michigan border to photograph a beach I visited 4 years ago in New Buffalo. But it’s been so cold that the place doesn’t look like a beach at all. It’s a frozen world.

I made a big mistake leaving the tripod in the car, I thought I could always go back and grab it — but the “hike” to the beach turned out to be much longer than I anticipated.

Everything was slippery, and the wind chills were kind of brutal. I wasn’t sure where the beach ended and where the lake…


Camera and Lens: Bronica SQ-Ai, Zenzanon PS 50mm f/3.5
Film stock: Ilford HP5+
Exposure: 800
Developer: Kodak D76

This is my favorite shot from our last trip to the Redwoods. It was a quick drive through the Avenue of the Giants so I didn’t have too much time, but I did get to enjoy these magnificient trees again.

Watch the video about the Redwoods.
More photos from Northern California.

Originally published at aows.co on January 17, 2018.


Episode 13 of the American Road Trip Journal.

The Redwoods! The talles trees on Earth.

We drive through the Avenue of the Giants, where some of these huge trees have had their home for hundreds of years.

It’s a very short video because this was just a stop on our way to Mendocino, where we’d stay for a few days after this.

I took a few shots but I don’t talk about them this time. They were mostly snapshots so I’m not going to pretend that I gave them much thought. I still hope you enjoy the episode!

Tags: road trip, youtube, redwoods, california

Originally published at aows.co on January 16, 2018.

adrian vila

Medium Format Film Photographer based somewhere in the US.

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