Salamanca Green

Some images of Ranunculus drawn out in the flow of the Rio Tormes at Salamanca. These were shot from the Roman bridge, using a polarising filter to cut out the reflections from the water and boost the saturation. The 3D-like effect comes from the variation in depth of the plant within the river. We are not entirely sure what the exact plant species is. Some of the white speckles are in reality small white-petaled blossom, but it was difficult to get close enough to inspect the flowers. However, this is almost certainly Ranunculus fluitans, […]

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El Garraf

A set of images from a full-day hike in El Garraf, Catalunya. The Garraf is a calcareous range of hills on the coast just south of Barcelona, and one of the few natural areas that can be reached easily and quickly by train from the city. It is not particularly mountainous, raising from sea level to a little over 600m altitude, but lack of shade and the Mediterranean heat can make the hike harder than you might expect.

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A Digression by any Other Name…

A slightly belated and vaguely Valentine’s day related post, with a set of macro photographs of prize-aspiring roses. Apologies for what a somewhat “filler” post – this was shot at the annual rose competition in Barcelona last year. Unfortunately, the photography here is somewhat disrupted following several incidents that conspired to combine equipment, photographer and gravity in a rather unfortunate way. The photographs were taken using a mix of Canon 5DIII with 100mm f2.8L macro, and the Olympus OM-D E-M10 with 60mm macro lens. In practise, it is almost impossible to tell which camera took which […]

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Winter Garden

A short set of images taken at the Jardí Botànic Històric on the Monjuïc, Barcelona. This particular garden was originally established in the 1930’s by recycling constructions from the 1929 World Fair, before the what is later creation of what is now the main botanic garden in 1999.  The garden is quite small and shady (never a bad thing given the summer environment here), and is notable for its collection of medicinal plants.  

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Week 12 :: Espais Naturals

Espais Naturals, Delta de LLobregat, Barcelona

A narrative set of photographs taken on a walk at the Espais Natural along the Llobregat river between Cornellà and El Prat. The green space is very much an afterthought from the planning authorities – it is essentially what is left over after carving out several large motorways, railways, power line systems and the farmland that somehow still manages to survive in this area at the edge of Barcelona. The river is flanked by large artificial embankments (levees) which contain the water when there is heavy rain. There are large areas […]

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Seed…

Dandylion Seeds

Fruits of Tarassacum officinalis and the last of the natural cliches. I think that it is obligatory for everyone photoblog to upload one of these every now and then. Taken with the generally under-rated but extremely versatile Olympus 12-50mm kit lens.

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Slow…

Snail on a rock

Helix sp on a rock. This is a good example of what can be done to rescue a somewhat badly lit photograph in Capture One. After adjusting the overall exposure, the snail was masked and the surrounding background significantly dimmed. This is the original image:

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Busy…

Macro photograph of a Bee on a flower - Canon 5DIII and 100mm f2.8 macro lens

Continuing the digression, a short series of nature macro images. After almost exclusively using a range-finder with black-and-white film, it feels strange to be shooting both close-up and in colour – and also not needing to clone out a tonne (metric) of dust and fluff from the scanning. Back to black-and-white in a week’s time, when the next batch of films have been properly processed and scanned (and also when I have figured out the easiest batch conversion to work around the grayscale TIFF bug in CaptureOne…)

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2015 Partial Solar Eclipse seen from Barcelona

Partial eclipse of the sun, seen from Barcelona

Partial solar eclipse, seen from Barcelona. Unfortunately it is very overcast today, so not really the best conditions. I had hoped to use an exposure blend to bring out detail on the surface of the sun such as the few sunspots that are currently visible. But all you can see is just the obscuring cloud. The photograph was taken with an E-M5, 100-300mm zoom and a 10-stop ND filter that has a very strong blue colour cast.

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Five Textures

Old weathered log

Again, something slightly different from usual with some abstract(ish) natural textures photographed while walking in the Alps. With one exception these were again shot using a polarising filter – which lived on the camera most of the time as a way to cut out haze and reflections on this rather damp trip.

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