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Serra do Cipó

Nature - Serra do Cipó

  Some random images of nature from the Parque Nacional Serra do Cipó, Brazil – a break from work before the New Year starts for real. Click on the images in the album below for larger. These were all shot on digital (Olympus and Ricoh) – it will be several weeks before the film images are processed.

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Tis the Season…

Street lamp and electronic snow flakes, Plaça Catalunya, Barcelona. Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105mm f4.

It is (almost) the end of the year, and so to end here is the traditional set of photographs of the festive lights here in Barcelona. After shooting so many christmas lights over the year, it gets pretty repetitive – so these are slightly elaborated by means of zooming and rotating the camera while using a long exposure. I think this helps to create a slightly more abstract feel than usual. Ah, and the relief of finally uploading something in colour, without film and with a zoom lens :-) Seasons greetings everyone!

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Some Thoughts On Shooting Film

Street Photography, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss Biogon 2/35 and Ilford HP5 plus.

For nearly three months now I have shot almost exclusively with film, as an experiment to find ways to improve my photography. So far, it has been an odd mix of frustration, learning, and also pleasure. I thought that it might be helpful to summarise some thoughts on this process so far. Changes in the way I shoot I think the first and most obvious effect of shooting with film has been the impact on the number of images taken. Lightroom shows that roughly 400 shots were taken in the last three […]

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Area Privada

Area Privada de Caca, Seva, Catalunya. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35.

Schoolboy humour, Seva, Catalunya. Seva has along with many other municipalities declared almost-but-not-quite-there-yet independence from Spain, currently yielding much the same practical effect as the modification of the sign has had on local hunting. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 and 091 red filter (again). Shot wide-open in a doomed attempt to separate the sign from the background. This was taken using a test roll of Ilford FP4+, to get a feel for how this ISO 125 film compares to HP5+. It is clear that the grain is finer, but it is still quite […]

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Palau del Parlament de Catalunya. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35.

The Catalan Parlament, appropriately next door to the zoo in Barcelona, and possibly the seat of a new nation if the nationalists eventually start acting rather than just talking. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 and Ilford HP5+ and 091 dark red filter.

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Parc de la Ciutadella

Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona.. Leica M7. Barcelona.

Photograph of the paths at the Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona. Definitely winter now. I took a few shots like, trying to get some symmetry and contrast with the subject. Here is a second example, with a slightly different composition and light subject against a dark background: Both taken with the Leica M7,  Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+. A dark red 091 filter was used to increase contrast on the sky and folliage.

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Boo Restaurant and Beach Club, Mar Bella, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35.

Boo Restaurant and Beach Club, Mar Bella, Barcelona. Another image that seems out of time and place, although the sand and vehicle tracks give it away that this is a recent picture. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+.

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Plaça de les Drassanes

Plaça de les Drassanes, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35.

The wonderful metal hoops at Plaça de les Drassanes, as seen from the jetty alongside the tourist boats at Port Vell. Hard to believe that immediately behind me when this was taken was a mass of people taking selfies of themselves with the boats and Columbus statue behind… Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+. I really like the way that the grain works with these empty-city shots to give a sense of timeless emptiness that is very much not the state of the city today. Even without photoshop and […]

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