Imma Barrera

Hi, my name is Imma, and I am a Barcelona-born landscape/nature photographer based in New Jersey, USA.

Nature and its beauty have always been a source of fascination to me, and therefore, I became a biologist with a passion for discovery and exploration.

Photography is the perfect way of combining my scientific approach and my curiosity for documenting what is beautiful and inspiring on this planet. It is also a never-ending process for learning and creates the perfect outlet for my curiosity and inspiration.

When I decided to pursue a career in landscape photography, I knew that I wanted to combine my scientific background, my conservationist leanings, and my passion for photography into this art form.

As I delved into my favorite things to capture, I started to feel more interested in night photography, as it offered a chance to shoot scenes that few ever see and are truly awe-inspiring.

Therefore, I travel to remote locations to create timeless images that combine striking scenery with the breathtaking night sky to show a different and lesser-known perspective of those locations.

My current project involves documenting different features of selected American national parks and presenting those images together in the format of a published book.

I was fortunate to be selected as the 2019 Capitol Reef NP Artist-in-Residence, and I may be able to visit Acadia NP and Yellowstone NP soon.

Also, I was shortlisted in the Landscape category for the 2019 Sony World Photography Awards – Professional competition with my series “Under the Night Sky.”

I also have recently published a book, “The stars, the moon and the sun (in the NJ/NY area).”

My goals are bringing the art of photography to the public by creating compelling images that appeal to a sense of beauty and aesthetics and to inspire in others a desire to explore the world and appreciate and value nature.

Cameras

I’ve been a Nikon shooter all of my life, and I know exactly how to adjust the camera and what to expect in the field. I think knowing your camera like the palm of your hand is a must for taking great images.

My main body for night photography is the Nikon D750, which is excellent at low light. Always attached to my camera is an L-bracket for the ball head/tripod, the Sunwayfoto PNL-D750R L works fine.

Lenses

My favorite lens for astrophotography is the Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8. It is super sharp at wide-open apertures and with little coma. I sometimes also use the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G when I want to get closer to the Milky Way Galactic Core.

For my moon shoots, my preferred lens is the Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6. I love the compression effect a telephoto lens offers when combining the moon with a landscape.

Tripods

A very sturdy tripod is a must for night photography. My choice is the Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CB Tripod with BBH-200 Ballhead. It is not too heavy since it is made of carbon fiber and I can disassemble it to fit in my suitcase when I travel.

Bags/Straps

Mainly, I use two bags. I use the Atlas Athlete Camera Pack as a carry-on when I travel, and the Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II for my day/night trips. I tend to travel light and don’t carry that many accessories with me.

Misc.

I use many accessories: these include a couple of off-brand shutter-release cables, lots of lens wipes and microfiber cloths, a headlamp and flashlights, and a good amount of spare batteries and cards.

www.imma.photo | @imma.photo

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