Barceloneta by Night

The beachfront, Barceloneta. Canon 5D Mark III with Sigma 35mm f1.4.

Just to completely break any consistency with the previous uploads, here is a set of colour images taken around 8pm along the beach-front from Barceloneta to Port Olímpic in Barcelona.

The lighting here is an impossible mess of different colour temperatures. Setting white balance for anything realistic is almost impossible, so I have settled for something surrealistic. Curiously, the saturation is not boosted – the main edits in Lightroom are to drive up the contrast and add vignetting.

I used the DSLR for these to avoid carrying a tripod. All the images were taken at f1.4 with ISO ranging from 1000 to 4000 – not something I can do with the current film setup.

To maintain some kind of consistency with the recent film images, a 35mm lens was used. I also tried to recall some of the same vanishing point perspectives (and in one case, took pretty much the same picture). 35mm is not a focal length I particularly enjoy using as it is hard to create the kind of visual drama that an ultrawide-angle or short-telephoto lens gives. However, it is quite a versatile walk-around focal length.

I was hesitant at first about uploading these, as they are jarringly different to the grainy black-and-white film shots and they are hardly images that are ever likely win any kind of award. But I think the very modern hyper-real style makes an interesting counterpoint to the film images…


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