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About Rafael
Rafael Rojas is a full-time fine art photographer, writer and instructor living in Switzerland. His photographs, winners of awards in the most prestigious international photography competitions, form part of numerous private and public collections. In 2014, he has been honoured with the title of Hasselblad Master. A former university lecturer, Rafael devotes part of his time to helping others become better photographers. Rafael is the author of the series of inspirational e-books "A photographer's vision" and along with his partner Anca Minican, he organizes workshops and photographic trips to some of the most photogenic places in the world. He is also director and co-founder of WhyTake.net - The Global Community of Nature Photographers, an inspiring free international community of nature photographers. To view more of his work, products and photo-trips, visit www.rafaelrojasphoto.com

October 10th, 2014

The beauty of Shadows

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Bird and Ice, Iceland
One of the nicest places of my living room shelf is reserved to the book “Brett Weston: Master Photographer”. I have always loved Brett Weston’s work and consider him as one of my all-time favourite photographers. His bold use of design in his photographs and his almost abstract approach of both the classical and the intimate landscape filled … 
May 11th, 2014

Rafael Rojas Monthly Essay : Use your legs

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I have always said that the most useful photographic tool for a landscape photographer is a pair of legs. Well before we start composing a photograph, we need to decide where we are going to stand. Camera position is of paramount importance since it defines the perspective. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, one of the … 
March 25th, 2014

Monthly Essay: Less is more

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Winter hill - Switzerland
Who strive – you don’t know how the others strive To paint a little thing like that you smeared Carelessly passing with your robes afloat,- Yet do much less, so much less, Someone says, (I know his name, no matter) – so much less! Well, less is more, Lucrezia.  That would be the first time … 
March 1st, 2014

Monthly Essay: The Dynamic Landscape

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Bowing to the sun_RR_th
One of the things I have learnt after years of photographing the world is how dynamic all landscapes are. Before being bitten by the photography bug, my opinion was similar to that of most other people. Landscapes did not move. They were there, just waiting for me to be discovered, ready to show me that … 
January 17th, 2014

Monthly Essay: Windows and Mirrors

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Soft shores - Isle of Harris, Scotland
Some time ago I attended an exhibition at the Hermitage museum of Lausanne, Switzerland. Under the enticing title of “Windows”, a great number of paintings from artists like Matisse, Rothko and Magritte, among others, lured the visitor with the symbolic and metaphorical meaning of windows in the arts. Painting after painting, windows appeared in many … 
November 30th, 2013

Namibia, surreal beauty

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A lonely tree stands against the sand dunes in the Namib Naukluft NP, Namibia
This text belongs to the introduction of the e-book “A photographer’s vision: Namibia”, from Rafael Rojas. As a special Xmas gift for all Outdoor Photographer readers, this E-BOOK  can be downloaded FOR FREE during a period of 30 days by using the promo-code “opgift” at the checkout of Rafael Rojas’ website. Get your free e-book … 
November 3rd, 2013

The Icon

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Burning Peak - Matterhorn, Switzerland
I have always thought that a landscape photograph can only be classified as fine art when it essentially communicates information about the photographer and the way he or she relates to a certain place. A fine art photograph cannot be just  a mere representation of a place or the record of a moment in the … 

October 20th, 2013

Rafael Rojas, new OP blogger

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Green Seas, Norway - Rafael Rojas
Hello to all OP blog readers! I am really happy to announce that from now on I will be one of the Outdoor Photographer official bloggers. Let me introduce myself. My name is Rafael Rojas, and I am a full time professional fine art photographer living in Switzerland. Formerly a geotechnical engineer and university lecturer, …