(upbeat music) – Hey!
– Elia! – What’s up, man? – Welcome to Milan, how are you? – Oh, I’m great.
– Great – All right, so we’re in Milano. You ready to teach seascape photography? – Absolutely. – All right, let’s go.
– In Milan, I don’t think it’s the right place to do the seascape photography – Why not? – I don’t see much water here. – Is that good enough? – I think it’s not enough.
– No? All right, well.
– We should move from here. – [Elia] I have an idea, you ready? – Ready.
– Just trust me. I’m gonna count to
three, we’re gonna jump. One, two, three. Are you happy now? – Not bad. – You better be happy now.
– Absolutely. – This is, this is good
for seascape photography? – Let’s go.
– All right. (upbeat music) – [Elia] When my good friend
and seascape photographer Francesco Gola agreed to be
part of our season finale, I knew we had to take
him somewhere awesome like Northern Spain. But unlike that intro, it
wasn’t as easy as I expected. A lot of the smaller European airlines have strict carry-on policies, so we had to pack, then
repack at the airport just to make sure everything
fit within the standards. After a long ordeal with the flight, the luggage, the rental
car, and everything else that goes into traveling
with four suitcases full of camera gear, we finally made it. The Basque country. (bright music) The next morning we woke up super early to see if we could take
some photos of the coast. – In the morning I feel more
a bedscaper than a seascaper. (laughs) – OK, it should be here.
– This way? OK, you lead, mostly because there’s probably spiders and stuff. – [Francesco] OK, I will
go back to my bed now. – [Elia] You’re taller
so you’ll stop them all. – [Francesco] If I start to
scream, you know what to do. I think we need to play with the camera. – [Elia] Agreed. – What do you think? – I don’t know, let me see,
’cause you have a dip here. Whoa! (laughs) (bleep) – It might, yeah, this is
where the cliff is falling off. – What the (beep)?
– (laughs) I told you. – It’s the whole thing.
– It’s the whole thing. – I think if you go there is even worse so we’d better–
– It is worse. – These flowers will be gone next year, probably, with the whole cliff. – (laughs) Yeah, maybe. I’m trying something wide,
but I’m not really happy with any of this, and
I’m worried about the sun just being too bright in the frame, causing a lens flare, but I
think it might, might be okay. This scene is severely backlit, and we’re looking at the back faces of all these rocks with
a lot of back light. So the only way for me that I’ll like this is if some of that color
reflects in this tide pool. The problem is, we don’t
have a lot going on in the sky above the
low bank and the clouds. It’s really, really difficult
to find something that works. This is a really good example where it’s always good, if you have
time, to scout the location before you wake up early for a sunrise. It took me a while to find this location, to not fall off the cliff and die, and to figure out that there was this really deep fox hole here. The sky’s not really gonna
work out this morning, but now I have a clearer picture. In most situations, this
would be a beautiful photo, but from our perspective,
we’re not satisfied until all of our conditions are met, including a sky full of clouds. – I think that the condition
are not that perfect, even if, actually the
location is really great, but the light start to rise,
so it’s too strong for us, and there are no clouds, so I really think it’s breakfast o’clock now.
– Breakfast o’clock. – Yeah.
– That’s a thing. We packed it up and decided
to drive along the coast until we found a nice spot
to spend our cloudless day. And we knew we found it once
we spotted the lighthouse. (bright music) Wow, so it’s windy, it’s cold, and the sky is completely blue. What do you think?
– Yeah, it’s just a nightmare for seascape photography today, I think. You need to mix different
element in seascape photography. Because you need, of
course, a beautiful seascape like this one, and that’s perfect, and you have to check also
both tides for example, because the level of the water
can change during the day. It really depends on what
you want to get, for example, because you have always
to start from an idea. I take maybe satellite maps,
and I try to understand the geological formation of the area, and then I try to think if that spot suits better for low tide or high tide. – We have to identify
the landscape, have the right conditions in the sky,
and then the tides matter too, so even more elements have to line up in order to get the perfect seascape shot. – The weather is the real challenge, because you can plan everything, but then if you come to a place and you find the weather like this one, probably it’s better to go
to drink a glass of wine. – [Elia] You do a lot of
research, a lot of planning, but then, a lot of
execution with the filters and everything that you do in camera. – I really love to try to
take my shot in the camera. Maybe with a single exposure,
so maybe I use some filters, and I use a long exposure technique because I really love long exposure. It’s the way I approach photography, I think for me it’s really
a meditative process, so its not the rush of taking the picture, it’s just really enjoying
the moment and the situation. It’s a good, healthy
approach to photography, and I really hope to continue like that. – All right, you guys ready to go? I think we need to–
– Lets go. Nope, nope, it’s challenge time. We’re here in this parking lot right now, I figured there’s no
clouds, so what better way to spend time than to stress you guys out? – One, two, three, go. (laughs) – You decide.
– I’m gonna go first. – Pick a number between one and eight. – Pick a number, please. – [Voice On Device] That would be five. – OK, number five. Silhouette. – That’s easy, its not a challenge. – Silhouette? – Silhouette, and we’re starting now. 15 minutes.
– OK. – [Francesco] I will give
you the key of the car after 5 minutes, maybe. – OK, you’re gonna sabotage me? – Yeah, yeah, of course. (laughs) This button here, oh, I
don’t find the button. Oh no, it’s not this one. Does it work? Oh, I’m sorry.
– Ah, okay. – I think I know what I’m gonna do. – [Francesco] Find a cow. – There are no cows. I was hoping for a cow, that’d be great. Like an epic silhouette of a
cow with the sun behind him. – [Francesco] You are
losing precious minutes. – I am taking my time. – Do you want a glass of wine? – I really would like
one, do we have some? – I’m sorry.
– Aw, man, don’t do that. I’m just gonna put the medium lens on. And gonna change some of my settings here. Just go to single shot
rather than bracketing. Let’s get out of seascape mode right now. I mean, there’s a big-ass
lighthouse back there. Silhouette the light house. The lighting’s not
really gonna work for me. I have to shoot into the
sun so that I can expose for the sky and have
the foreground be dark. The problem is, right now, let me see. I can’t zoom in that far. Yeah, I don’t like that. It’s safe, maybe, maybe. – [Valentina] You have 10
minutes, 55 seconds left. – 10 minute, OK. You know what, I’m
gonna interpret, like a, I’m gonna do a partial silhouette, maybe. I’ll go back like here. I could make a nice
silhouette of this lighthouse, but I can’t zoom in enough. So what I could do is, I could
shoot it and then crop it. Yeah, this is like the worst place to have to do a silhouette,
there is nothing to silhouette here.
– So sorry. – Oh, you have to go next.
– So sorry. – You’re sorry, you have to go next. – This challenge are already taken, so I’m sure mine will be fine. – [Valentina] Oh no, you have
to do the same challenge. – Really?
– Yeah. – Yes, you have to do the same challenge. You thought you had to do a different one? – Yes, of course!
– No. – No, no way! (laughs) – OK, I start to think about mine. – You better start thinking now, and feel free to panic, man. This one’s not easy. – I’m just entering the panic mode now. But at least I have 15
minutes for me too, right? – Yes, but you need to stand there. – Oh, I will be your model? – Yes, exactly, but not like that. I need you to do something ridiculous to the lighthouse with your hands. – Ah, no, like, oh (beep) no,
I will never do that. (laughs) – Yeah, yeah, this is gonna happen. So I’m gonna get really
low, yeah, yes, so just– – This is terrible.
– Just, yeah, it is. – It’s the kind of picture that you hate. – Yeah, its the kind of–
– When you see it from other people, so I will
be part of that. (laughs) Really, I am not doing this.
– You are. Move your hand down, down, down. Stand right on–
– No. – Yep.
– No. Where?
– There. Yeah, no, put your arms
up and look ridiculous. That didn’t work, lets do that. – I’m feeling an idiot. – Well, you look good. – Come on, please! – No, no, no, you can, you just wait. – I really feel like a tourist now. – You look like one. So now, Val, I need you to stand in the front of the sun
and hold the camera up. – Yeah, but I’m filming you.
– I know. So you’re gonna have to do both, you’re gonna have to multitask. Now I need you to block the sun with your camera. Yeah, there we go. – [Francesco] There are
people laughing at us. – [Elia] Oh, yeah, oh, just wait. The people watchin’ this are
gonna be laughin’ at us, too. You ready?
– No. (laughs) – OK, your turn.
– My turn? – [Valentina] Ready, three, two, one. 15 minutes. – OK, but it’s cheating,
because I have the camera. – Yes, yes.
– Oh no! (laughs) I don’t have a non-landscape mode, so I don’t know how to
use this camera. (laughs) My telephoto lens is a 21
millimeter, so I don’t think its the best choice for
this challenge, but. (speaks foreign language) Yeah, but, how to convince
him to go parade now. You have to go, no, no. (laughs) OK, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop, stop. Por favor. OK, don’t move, don’t move. Hey, look at me. – [Elia] So well behaved. Oh no, don’t come to me, (laughs) aw. – I won the challenge, I’m sure. I still feel stupid. Gracias. – Yeah, yeah, that works. – Yeah, it works.
– It works. I won, no doubt. Gracias. I have a wonderful idea for you, Elia. – Yeah, why did I go first? I gave you too much time to think. – Really?
– No. – OK, lay down. – How? – Like a real, I don’t know– – Like a real lady?
– Yeah. You’ll be beautiful.
– That’s fine. – Come on, don’t be shy. Go for it.
– Clothes on, though, right? – Yeah.
– Yeah. – Go, go down. – I just don’t want to lay
down on, like, cow poop. – Come on, I was in the parking lot. – I’m trying to waste your time in a creative and fun way.
– Yeah, but I will win it any, ah, this picture will be
my wallpaper for weeks, so don’t worry.
– Oh, yes. – More sexy, perfect. – That’s definitely
out of my comfort zone. – Clearly now you are working
with a very talented model. – You are so cute. – I know. – Ah, that’s perfect.
– Ah, OK. – With these two shots,
I’m definitely the winner of the non-seascape competition. – [Elia] With these photo challenges, I feel like there’s never really a winner. In this case, I think
we both get some points for simply playing the game. The next day, we decided
to once again test our luck on the coast, and we selected
a beautiful lookout point at the top of a nearby hill. – [Francesco] Well, today
the tide is pretty high. When it’s the low tide, I think you can work half of the day. (cheerful music) – [Elia] okay, so as
usual, what I’m gonna do is I’m gonna let you find the good spot, and then I’m gonna take it. (laughs) – [Francesco] You are not
the first one to say this, but I will accept tonight maybe, or maybe I will just push down. – [Elia] You can push
me down, that’s fine, we’ve been friends long enough. – [Francesco] Look. – Oh wow, look at that. – [Francesco] Yes, look at the flowers. – [Elia] That is awesome. OK, now I recognize this. – [Francesco] As you can see,
on the water the reflection is really strong.
– Incredible, oh, OK. – So even with a
polarizer, its really hard to remove that reflection, so, if you have the sun
really in front of you, its almost impossible to
take really a long exposure. – I see, that makes sense. – So it’s better to turn a bit. – Or wait for the sun to get really low. – [Francesco] Exactly, or
you expect maybe a cloud that cover the sun and is a natural filter or the sun to drop in the water. – Well, we both like this same area because of these flowers,
but we’re shooting two completely different compositions. He’s shooting wider, and I’m shooting, I will be shooting a
little bit more zoomed in so that I can isolate these flowers. And the main two rocks,
and that extra little one to the right, we’ll call it
the bonus rock to the right. I’ll also say, this is probably why my back is not so great. – Honestly, the only
strange things I see here is your pinky dutch tape. Maybe you take a plane to come to a spot and then you have the perfect clouds, there is nobody around, you have flowers, the sea is perfect, and then
God give you five minutes. (laughs) That’s pressure. – I’ve been waiting two minutes, and I have four seconds left. Three–
– I think I got it. – Two. – One.
– One. Let’s see what it did. Not bad. It’s nice.
– That’s great. – [Elia] Without too
many clouds in the sky, both Francesco and I decided
to focus our compositions more on the foreground, which featured two impressive boulders combined
with flowers on the cliff. One of the best things about social media is that it connects us with people from all over the world,
so if you want a local to show you around,
you can always find one by reaching out online. – [GPS Voice] Turn right to stay on (speaks in foreign language) – You heard the lady. I had never been here before, and I definitely needed
a local perspective. I went on Instagram and
reached out for help, and I was answered almost
immediately by Aritz Atela, a very talented travel
and landscape photographer who also happens to be based right here near the Bay of Biscay. Aritz was the perfect person to talk about this amazing place, Gaztelugatxe. The word itself means the
rock castle in Basque, which made it the perfect location for Daenerys Targaryen’s
castle in Game of Thrones. In reality, though, it’s
not topped by a castle, but rather a small church. – [Aritz] They say its a from
the 10th century, I think. Francis drake was here,
fighting the locals here. – Really?
– Yeah. – This obviously has
been a tourist attraction for a long time.
– Yeah, of course. – But now it’s Dragonstone. – [Aritz] Of course,
they used the 241 stairs, but they changed, you
see now the castle there, but they changed all the top mountain. And they put digitally, you
know, the big Daenerys castle. – Have you noticed it’s gotten much busier now because of that? – Yeah, a lot, and mostly
the weekends, you know. And another cool thing
about this place, also, is that you can get these rock formations, flysch it’s called. And if you remember
the throne of Daenerys, it’s made of these rocks, and
you can see them there also. – (laughs) That’s great. – They took the idea from this area. OK, I see a little problem now. – It looks like we have a construction. – Yeah, that’s, that’s part of the shot. – Oh, well, maybe we can be creative. Should we go ahead and walk to
the top ’cause we have time? – Yeah.
– Yeah, definitely. – Good plan.
– Definitely. This is good, ’cause I
haven’t closed all my, my rings yet on my Apple watch. – Let’s go, then.
– All right. According to local legend, if you make it all the way to the top of
the steps and ring the bell three times, your wish will come true. Unfortunately, we weren’t
given that opportunity because we arrived too late and
the path was already closed. – What is that–
– I’m sorry, we close gate at seven. – At 7, was it closed this,
oh, it’s like 7:30 now. (faint speaking) OK, well, that’s good to know. – So they open up at around
10:00 a.m. in the morning and then they stay open until about seven. – Yeah, I understand that, though, they probably don’t want people going up and down here at night. Well, the shot that we
want is from here anyway. – [Aritz] Yeah, where the machine is. – [Elia] After you. – [Aritz] All right, let’s go. – [Elia] Looks pretty amazing I love this, too, ’cause it’s right now with the low tide it
looks so unique. (laughs) – [Aritz] The cool thing
about all those rocks are that is that all are
leading to the church. All of them.
– Yeah, it’s like one big leading line. I brought two tripods just in case, ’cause that’s the one thing, and the medium format’s really
nice, but you’re limited. So if 18’s not wide enough, I still get a shot with it, and then I’ll get another
one with the wider. We captured some nice
images of the bridge, but I was still pretty bummed. After all, this is the season finale. I dressed up as Pikachu in Amsterdam, I laid down on the scalding
ground in Singapore, I was covered in clown paint in Italy, and I almost got pooped on by hundreds of pigeons in Malaysia. I’ve traveled too far
and have had way too many early mornings to not have my wish for another season of
this show be granted. So, Gaztelugatxe and your elusive bell, I’m coming for you again. (clangs) It’s a loud bell. That was well worth it, every single step. And with that, this concludes
season one of Moments in Time. I would like to thank
all of our amazing guests for being a part of this. It means so much to us. I also wanna thank our
sponsors, Flikr, SmugMug, and Fuji Film for making
this series possible. And lastly, I wanna
thank you for watching. Your comments and likes
have been a huge source of inspiration and joy over
the last several months of production, and I hope I can bring you more content like this very soon. Until I see you again, get out there, pick up your camera, and
enjoy our beautiful world. Thank you for watching Moments in Time