INTERVIEW WITH IVAN BORNES @ivanbornes
Firstly, can you start with a little bit about yourself?
I was born in a very quiet village near Barcelona. As a child, I was always fascinated by cinema. Movies like The Goonies, The Ghostbusters, Alone at home or The Endless Story made a great impression me. Years later, I studied script and film direction and I got to shoot a short film and write several scripts. As it was very difficult to enter this world I left it and since then I focused on photography, especially travel. Now I have my own audiovisual company, Mediterranean Visuals.
I record wedding and make promotional videos for the tourism sector and jobs for real estate, among others. What I love most is traveling around the world and getting to know other cultures and see incredible places. That's when I disconnect from my daily life one hundred percent. If I could, I would always be traveling and discovering new places.
When did you first start your photography journey?
My first camera was bought in 2009 for a trip to California. But what I really wanted to boost my talent as a photographer was not until 2017. Since then, I try to learn and improve every day. I admit that I am addicted to photos. It is to arrive at a site and want to photograph it from all possible angles. It's an addiction that I do not want to give up.
How would you describe your photography style?
Finding your own style is not easy. It took me a while to find mine. I usually do landscape photography. I like a style that is colourful, full of joy and has an optimistic vibe.
There are some very dark styles, but I prefer to work with colour. I want my images to impact on others in positive way .
What kind of equipment do you use?
I use a Sony a6500 with a 10-18 wide angle, 18-105 and a 30 mm. I bought this camera because I use it for work, especially to record video in slow motion and in 4k. I love it, it's a very powerful camera.
What I like is that it is small and transportable unlike other larger cameras.
Do you have a favourite lens and Why?
The wide angle 10-18. It covers a lot and offers new perspectives. It is a lens that I recommend to everyone.
What are you go to settings ?
If I have time, I shoot in manual. Normally, for landscape photography shot from f.9 to f.13. If I want to blur the background to f.4 or even less, to f.2,8. I always watch over not uploading the ISO, but sometimes it's inevitable.
You take some beautiful shots of Catalonia where are your favourite locations to shoot?
The region of Catalonia is very complete. You have sea, mountains, a big city like Barcelona and charming towns. Barcelona is always very photogenic, the mountain of Montserrat, Costa Brava where there are beautiful beaches to bathe in and towns such as Begur, Peratallada, Calella de Palafrugell, Besalu or Cadaques.
I would continue with the list because it never ends. There are many beautiful sites to photograph, with lots of variety. There are also impressive medieval castles, for lovers of history it is a fantastic place. I recommend it to everybody.
What time of the day do you prefer to shoot?
At sunset without a doubt. The light is perfect and allows you to make a more spectacular image.
What methods do you use for editing? Can you explain your current workflow?
I edit with Adobe Lightroom, it is my favourite program. First I select the photos that I like the most and then, one by one, I edit them. As I already have experience, I have my own package of customised presets, of different styles. Thanks to that, it takes away a lot of work and I achieve a faster result with my editing .
As a travel photographer what do you take with you?
The Sony a6500, 10-10, 18-105 and depending on the situation the 30 mm and the Gorillapod tripod. I also usually carry my Phantom 4 drone in case I want an aerial photo. If I want to record video I use the Zhiyun Crane stabilizer.
Among all your work what is your most memorable capture?
I would not know which one to choose There are photos that struck me a lot like the trip I did in Bali or Norway.
How do you educate yourself to be become a better photographer?
Basically I follow great photographers on Instagram. I do not buy photography books or techniques. Sometimes I watch some blogs or tutorials on YouTube, there you learn a lot. But above all, take lots of pictures and try new techniques for yourself.
Who are your greatest photography influencers?
Definitely Jordan Hammond and Jacob, from Beautiful Destinations. Both are incredible, with great talent. What Jacob gets with his photos fascinates me, it is of another dimension.
What is the most memorable country you have visited?
Bali, in Indonesia. It was the first time I visited Asia and I loved it. The rice terraces, the type of vegetation, how carefree everything was, the locals, the restaurants. In fact, I want to return one day. I would also highlight the excellent quality of its hotels. Here you have Asian luxury and at a great price. It impressed me a lot.
What country are you dying to shoot in but haven’t had the chance yet?
In Hong Kong and in Vietnam. I'm going this summer, so I'm already very nervous. I would also like to visit Australia and New Zealand, they are in my top countries to visit.
Lastly, what advice would give to someone starting out in photography?
Do not be afraid to try things. I photographed everything I could and this helped me to learn. With motivation, you get some great results. If you also like to edit, Lightroom can help you achieve unimaginable results. It is an amazing program.