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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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Disseny Hub

Diseny Hub, Barcelona. Canon 5D Mark III with 50mm f1.2L

An image from the facade of the new Disseny Hub building at Glories, Barcelona. If you are wondering where that is, it is just next to this soon-to-be-hotel (warning: plinky auto-play music):   Both images taken with the Canon 5D Mark III and 50mm f1.2L. The second image is a panorama from five separate images, corrected for perspective in photoshop, and with a final image size of 50M pixels.  

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Mercat del Born

Mercat del Born, Barcelona.

  A quick snap-shot from inside the newly restored and somewhat misleadingly named Mercat del Born, Barcelona. This has just undergone a complex restoration that exposed an extensive set of medieval remains underneath the more recent market construction. Now the former market functions as a local cultural centre, with the central area is opened up to show the ruins underneath. The result is a beautiful combination of two eras of history combined with modern exhibition spaces and meeting rooms – a great example of how to do these projects well. Apologies for the lack […]

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Barceloneta by Night

Night-time photograph along the beach front in Barceloneta. Taken with the Canon 5D Mark III and Sigma 35mm f1.4 Art.

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 […]

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Game playing, Playa de Sant Sebastian, Barceloneta, Barcelona.

A short sequence of images of the W-Hotel, near Barceloneta. These were taken using Ektar 100 with a black-and-white conversion in Lightroom (for no particular reason other than not having a fine-grained monochrome film to hand…). The hotel is one of the most prominent landmarks on the Barcelona coast. It was controversial when being built, partly because of ecological concerns resulting from the reclaimed land – though similar concerns had not prevented the industrial-scale development of tourism along the rest of the Barcelona coastline. As with the Hotel Arts, this is not […]

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