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Rough Night

Homeless in Plaça dels Angels, Barcelona

Plaça dels Angels, Barcelona. The square is home to both Barcelona’s main modern art museum, and possibly the largest collection of homeless people in the city. There is a seemingly endless supply of old mattresses that provide at least some comfort in the night, but the unseasonably wet and cold weather at the moment is problematic. In a curious twist on the banking crisis many homeless people are now sleeping inside the lobbies of local banks to avoid the weather. The number of homeless people in the city has increased dramatically since […]

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Watching

Looking

Another example of how using a 50mm lens is difficult in Barcelona. This was taken at f6.3 ISO10000. I would have liked to have been further back and more depth of field, but there was very little space and very little light.

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Modern Communications

Catalunya

Carrer Elizabets, Barcelona. This and most of the upcoming shots were taken with the 5DIII and 50mm. In shadow is very very hard to get sharp focus and a fast shutter speed without insanely high ISO values. This image ended up at ISO 12800 at f11.

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Focal Length, Subject Distance and F-Stop for Zone Focussing

Sleeping on top of the Electric Box

Shooting with a prime lens and zone-based manual is an almost Zen-like experience. No zoom to worry about. No panic as which focus points were selected or whether or not they happened to lock on to something completely random. The camera becomes a transparent tool that shoots as soon as you touch the shutter button. There are many ways to set up zone focus, but I settled on a very simple rule-of-thumb. All I need to know is the focal length and roughly how much of the frame is being […]

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Barcelona Pride 2014

Rainbow Flag at Barcelona Pride March

Another year and another impossibly hot LGBT pride march here in Barcelona – the largest in the mediterranean area. Barcelona is remarkable not just for tolerance, but for its complete acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The pride march is an amazing mix of all kinds of people, from children to retirees and has an incredibly friendly atmosphere with people dressing up and dancing and generally having a lot of fun. More images in the gallery, below.        

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Bicing

Bicing Cycyle Rental, Plaça dels Angels, Barcelona Street Photography

Someone taking out one of the city hire-bikes, Barcelona. Taken with a full-frame DSLR and 50mm lens. This shows clearly the difference between images taken with the smaller cameras and those take with a large DSLR. The subject is looking away, giving time to move in to position to get the composition, aim the camera and focus. The slower photographic process usually results in a much better composed picture (the verticals and symmetry here were wonderful), but lacks the spontaneity of the images from the smaller cameras. I really like the look […]

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