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Capture One 10 Review

The Leica M7 Review

Bubbles – Film Photographs with a Modified 50mm Lens

World Press Photo 2015

Encants III – Architecture in Blue

Two short galleries of very different architectural images, taken on a short walk around the area of the Encants market at Glories, Barcelona. The area is undergoing a construction boom at present, with large modern developments for housing of all types, offices, hotels and additional space for schools and universities. Much of this architecture makes a complete break with Barcelona’s historical building styles, adopting a very modern glass-and-steel approach.

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Encants II – El Mercado Ilegal

A gallery of images of the illegal street market at the Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, Barcelona. The market sells a mix of collected rubbish and most likely stolen items, and at its peak can have as many as 30 to 50 traders present. It forms part of a criminal system that spans from minor crimes such as petty theft through to more serious concerns such as drug dealing, prostitution and criminal theft, damage and usurpación that has badly affected local residents such as ourselves. The traders here represent very much the bottom of this […]

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Illegal Alien

Another illegal alien, this time painted on a wall in the Ciutat Vella, Barcelona. Ilford Delta 400 pushed to EI 1600 in ID-11 1+1. The push processing works extremely well with this kind of image (even if shooting static subjects at ISO 1600 in daylight makes little sense other than for test purposes…), as the grain works naturally with the texture of the brick wall. The subject also helps here, as the dynamic range of this scene is much less than many of the previous test images.

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Manteros at Barceloneta

Manteros at the beach in Barceloneta, having been displaced by the police from around the luxury marina (we can not have all those poor tax-evading billionaires being upset by the sight of illegal aliens selling illegal goods now, can we). Another 35mm test shot using Delta 400 pushed to EI 1600 in ID-11 1+1. Again, a difficult back-lit exposure where the there is little shadow detail remaining on the negatives.  

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People rowing at Port Vell, Barcelona. Leica M7 with 50mm on Delta 400 at EI 1600 and processed in ID-11 at dilution 1+1. This was the best of three shots taken in rapid succession to bracket for exposure. The grain works quite nicely with the textured background here.

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Encants I – La Fira de Bellcaire

A short set of images from the Encants market at Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, Barcelona. Somewhat ironically, the “square of the Catalan glories” was originally redeveloped as a multi-level motorway junction, as can be seen under construction on this wonderful poster for a recent exhibition. Today, the area is being extensively modernised, and the roads being replaced by parkland and new constructions such as the Diseny Hub and the new I  dels Encants. The market is in an amazing building with mirrored ceilings (there must be a joke there, but I […]

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Quantum States

That things are not what they seem should be an automatic reaction to anything that is reported today on the internet. Leica M7 with 50mm on Delta 100 and processed in ID-11 at dilution 1+1. It is immediately obvious how much smoother the image is compared to the previous (push processed) example, and while I like the result I suspect that it would be fairly easy to replicate this with a digital camera.

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Sant Andreu

Another test shot, pushing Delta 400 to EI 1600 in ID-11 with dilution 1+1. This was taken in full sunlight in Sant Andreu, using an ND filter to bring the exposure down to something that the camera could manage. The daylight shots are better exposed that those from the night, but the reduced dynamic range compared to similarly pushed HP5+ is still evident.

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Ambiguous Dance, Barcelona.

Dancing partners, forming part of the very modern pesebre (nativity scene) that was hosted in Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona. Another test shot with Ilford Delta 400 pushed to EI 1600 and processed in ID-11 dilution 1+1. This was taken after dark, and the resulting scans are struggling a bit to pick up shadow detail in high-contrast scenes such as this where the camera metering has probably underexposed the image slightly. Compared to similarly pushed HP5+ the Delta seems to have much finer grain, but less exposure latitude.

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