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Week 21 :: Angels and Daemons

Lovers walking through the Jardins de Rubió i Lluch by the Institute d' Estudis Catalans, Barcelona.

Five more black and white images, taken in and around the touristic centre of Barcelona. These were all shot with the Ricoh GR II and converted from RAW to black and white in Capture One.

Give Gaza a Chance. Graffiti on wasteland in the centre of Barcelona.

The amazing butterfly-like glass ceiling of the Central Correos, Barcelona.

Person sketching in the street, Barcelona.

Passageway in the Raval, Barcelona.

Week 20 :: Frames

Monestir de Pedralbes, Barcelona.

Five images characterised by framing, taken at the Monestir de Pedralbes on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Monestir de Pedralbes, Barcelona.

Monestir de Pedralbes, Barcelona.

Monestir de Pedralbes, Barcelona.

Monestir de Pedralbes, Barcelona.

The monastery is now run as a museum, and makes an excellent alternative place to visit if you are overloaded from Gaudi and the industrial-grade tourism of the centre of the city. Aside from the history of the monastery, there are often music recitals and an excellent collection of religious art (click an image to view full-size):

 

Barcelona Pride 2016

Pride Barcelona 2016 - Water Spray

A selection of images from this years Pride march in Barcelona. The route this year was longer than in the past, running from Plaça España down the Parallel and then on to Moll de la Fusta in Port Vell where the concert stages and stalls were setup. The weather was cripplingly hot – but fortunately there were numerous people spraying water over themselves and everyone else in the crowd.

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Week 19 :: Movement

Barcelona Street Photography

Five images, loosely around the theme of movement in Barcelona, and differing opportunities.

Photomosaic by Joan Fontcuberta with photographs from local residents Barcelona Street Photography Barcelona Shopping Trolley Barcelona Street Photography

The tiles with the aircraft form part of the installation “El món neix en cada besada” (The world is born in every kiss) by the excellent conceptual photographer Joan Fontcuberta. The installation is a fotomosaic showing a kiss, made from local residents’ photographs. Here is another shot, showing a small section of the images more clearly:

Fragment of "El món neix en cada besada" by Joan Fontcuberta in Barcelona

The full mosaic only really makes sense in colour – I will post an image of it when I catch up with the colour film processing here.

Great Expectations

Man the lifeboats - Brext Realities

“This Safety Product Should be Checked Periodically.”

I took the above photograph on a very damp and windy ferry while in the UK last week. Suddenly it seems very appropriate.

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A Very British Referendum

Statue of Churchil in front of the houses of Parliament

Today Britain votes on brexit: whether or not to remain in the European Union. Here are a short set of images chosen for their symbolism and taken on a all-too-rapid walk through central London last week.

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Sharpening 35mm Film Scans in Capture One

A typical touristic snap-shot at Port Vell, Barcelona

Having just processed and scanned a new batch of four colour films, I am struggling again with how to get the best possible detail out of the scans. To understand how well the scanning was working, I use a reference macro image of the negative to check the sharpening applied in Capture One.

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