Hi! I’m Mercedes, a Spanish former lawyer and now a self taught photographer currently based in Zurich, Switzerland.

I’ve always liked photography, but it wasn’t until I moved to Sweden a few years ago that I started to love capturing things with my camera. When I moved to Stockholm, I started photographing everything that caught my attention with my mobile and sharing it with my family and friends in Spain. It wasn’t long until I felt that my mobile or my compact camera weren’t enough for me, that I wanted to learn more and be more creative. Some years later I moved to Dublin, Ireland, and I got my first DSLR camera, a small Canon EOS 1200d. With it I started to learn and explore the basics of photography and its different techniques and, at the same time, I developed a love for capturing all the beauty that surrounds me with my camera, specially in the cities where I live or visit, the wildlife, etc. Some time later, I found myself with thousands of photos in my computer and I started to feel the need of sharing them. That was the moment when I started writing a photography blog, as a means to share my work and my travels and to keep a record of my evolution as a photographer.

Now I enjoy photographing the outdoors, whether that’s here in Switzerland or around the world, and sharing it!

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Portrait by Joey Dunne

Thanks for taking the time to visit my web. I hope you enjoy my gallery and the adventures in my blog!! I am looking forward to seeing you here again!!

 

If you want to know a little more about me

Publications

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25 Comments

  1. Good pictures, great photographer best person!!! Good luck, you got all the talent and the support to reach succes

  2. awesome photography skills you have Mercedes!
    surely nature is best inspiration for us photographers!
    keep clicking……

    • Thanks a million for your kind comments!!!! I’m just beginning, using a DSLR for just 1,5 years and I love it! I try to learn as much as possible and try every technic.
      And yes, nature is the best inspiration, even if you have to search for it in the city 🙂

      • Mercedes! I must say your composition skills are really good.
        You’re living in beautiful city. Ireland is beautiful! Any particular subject in nature that fascinate you?

        • Thanks again!
          I would say that my fav subject is landscape photography, specially waterfalls!! 🙂 But I love to chase wild animals too! It’s very challenging and fun and then I can practice faster photography!

  3. Gosh you are well travelled and your photos show that your life has been greatly enriched by it.
    I love to see great photos of places like Yosemite that I will probably never see.
    Great blog!

    • Thanks a million!!! Well, I’m not that well traveled but I love to explore and I love photography! So I go out with the camera every time I have the chance, not matter if it is in my neighborhood or a trip 🙂
      I’m happy you like the blog! Hope I see you around here 🙂

  4. Lovely look on your website and blog, Mercedes, and your photos are absolutely stunning!
    Now tell me, how can I follow you with my wordpress account? (I don’t follow by email because I prefer to have all the blogs I follow in the same feed (WP Reader)…hmm?) ☺️

    • mercedescatalan

      Thanks a mil!!! I’m so happy you like it!
      Well, it is still wordpress, and when I moved the blog I also imported the wordpress followers to the new site, so you should be following it already! If not, let me investigate and I’ll tell you, hehehe 🙂

      • Ah, okay no problem then! 😀

      • Well I clicked “follow” just in case because it seemed I wasn’t following (found “follow” in your comment notification). Anyway, hope you are enjoying a nice Swiss summer evening! 🙂 Here, it’s still very warm – yay! Ciao ciao!

        • mercedescatalan

          Uuummm not sure if that is for following the blog or just the comments… let me know if next week you see my new post on Reader and if not, I will try to figure out how you can follow the new blog, hehehe! 😛

          • Ok, lets see!! 😉 hahah! (Mysterious ways!)

          • mercedescatalan

            Hahaha, here is when you can see that sometimes WordPress can be a total mystery for me!!!
            Glad to read that the Finish summer is being still nice!! Here in Switzerland we’re having the driest and warmer summer in years… so I’m always looking forward to the weekends to run away from the heat… 😛

  5. Are you still using that Canon EOS 1200d? I used to have a EOS film camera and loved it. I am concidering buying a new one – an entry-level one!

    • mercedescatalan

      Well, now not so often, specially when I don’t want to carry a lot of stuff. But it’s still my second camera!! When I don’t want to be changing lenses all the time, I just carry the two cameras, the big and the small.
      I’ve always loved the 1200d. It’s small, light and simple, great for learning!! And I think I’ve taken my best photos with it! I learnt a lot with it, all kind of photos that required a bit more of technique: long expositions, HDRs,… and it always gave nice results! Now there’s new version, the 1300d, has a few improvements like wifi, and I’m sure it’s also a great small SDLR 🙂

      • Thank you Mercedes. I’ve checked out on the usual sites and yes, 1300d seems all good!
        I hesitate with two other cameras: one cheaper (CANON SX540) and one more expensive (LUMIX FZ300). I’ll have to make up my mind before the summer because my actual camera is literally dying!

        • mercedescatalan

          Well, I guess it all depends on what do you want to do with the camera… Because if it’s to shot in automatic mode… then I wouldn’t recommend a DSLR, even if it’s a small one. You end up carrying a camera that, even if it’s not the biggest one, it’s still heavy compared to a compact one… and extra lenses and…. and the sensor gets dusty once you start changing lenses… and photos won’t get marvelous just because it’s a reflex, you’ll have to spend time learning how to edit them….
          I don’t want to discourage you!!! But these are things that you have to consider before buying a camera (and because the camera, then come the lenses, and tripod, and….. hahaha, it’s an endless waste of money!! Hahaha)

          • I know what you mean! I do take photos daily with my mobile phone and it’s fine. The camera I’m looking for is for photos “I’ll take the time to take”. I already have a couple of lenses.
            As soon as I’ve made up my mind, I’ll let you know. 😉 I want to go to a shop to compare how they feel once in my hands.

          • mercedescatalan

            Oh, then you’re ready for a big camera!! Hehehe…. I made that speech a few times and usually people realize that they don’t really want all the hassle that a DSLR implies or they just expected that the big camera was going to make great pictures just by itself… hehehe
            Yes!! I want to know which one you choose!! And if you need help with anything, just ask me!! 🙂

          • Thank you Mercedes that’s really kind 😁

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