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Encants III – Architecture in Blue

Two short galleries of very different architectural images, taken on a short walk around the area of the Encants market at Glories, Barcelona. The area is undergoing a construction boom at present, with large modern developments for housing of all types, offices, hotels and additional space for schools and universities. Much of this architecture makes a complete break with Barcelona’s historical building styles, adopting a very modern glass-and-steel approach.

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Illegal Alien

Another illegal alien, this time painted on a wall in the Ciutat Vella, Barcelona. Ilford Delta 400 pushed to EI 1600 in ID-11 1+1. The push processing works extremely well with this kind of image (even if shooting static subjects at ISO 1600 in daylight makes little sense other than for test purposes…), as the grain works naturally with the texture of the brick wall. The subject also helps here, as the dynamic range of this scene is much less than many of the previous test images.

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Manteros at Barceloneta

Manteros at the beach in Barceloneta, having been displaced by the police from around the luxury marina (we can not have all those poor tax-evading billionaires being upset by the sight of illegal aliens selling illegal goods now, can we). Another 35mm test shot using Delta 400 pushed to EI 1600 in ID-11 1+1. Again, a difficult back-lit exposure where the there is little shadow detail remaining on the negatives.  

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Rowing

People rowing at Port Vell, Barcelona. Leica M7 with 50mm on Delta 400 at EI 1600 and processed in ID-11 at dilution 1+1. This was the best of three shots taken in rapid succession to bracket for exposure. The grain works quite nicely with the textured background here.

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Encants I – La Fira de Bellcaire

A short set of images from the Encants market at Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, Barcelona. Somewhat ironically, the “square of the Catalan glories” was originally redeveloped as a multi-level motorway junction, as can be seen under construction on this wonderful poster for a recent exhibition. Today, the area is being extensively modernised, and the roads being replaced by parkland and new constructions such as the Diseny Hub and the new I  dels Encants. The market is in an amazing building with mirrored ceilings (there must be a joke there, but I […]

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Quantum States

That things are not what they seem should be an automatic reaction to anything that is reported today on the internet. Leica M7 with 50mm on Delta 100 and processed in ID-11 at dilution 1+1. It is immediately obvious how much smoother the image is compared to the previous (push processed) example, and while I like the result I suspect that it would be fairly easy to replicate this with a digital camera.

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Sant Andreu

Another test shot, pushing Delta 400 to EI 1600 in ID-11 with dilution 1+1. This was taken in full sunlight in Sant Andreu, using an ND filter to bring the exposure down to something that the camera could manage. The daylight shots are better exposed that those from the night, but the reduced dynamic range compared to similarly pushed HP5+ is still evident.

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Ambiguity

Ambiguous Dance, Barcelona.

Dancing partners, forming part of the very modern pesebre (nativity scene) that was hosted in Plaça de Sant Jaume, Barcelona. Another test shot with Ilford Delta 400 pushed to EI 1600 and processed in ID-11 dilution 1+1. This was taken after dark, and the resulting scans are struggling a bit to pick up shadow detail in high-contrast scenes such as this where the camera metering has probably underexposed the image slightly. Compared to similarly pushed HP5+ the Delta seems to have much finer grain, but less exposure latitude.

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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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Sombrerería Obach

Sombrerería Obach, Barcelona. Another Ilford Delta 400 push-processing example, at EI 1600 in ID-11. It is very much easier to loose shadow detail with these night shots, partly because the M7’s metering tends to err on the under-exposure side when there are bright lights present, and partly because the available dynamic range of the film is being compressed somewhat by the push-processing. Would be interesting to compare this with some images shot with Delta 3200 at EI 1600, which should have tighter grain and a bit more exposure latitude.

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