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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Review: Capture One Pro 8

Capture One Workspace

This is a review of Capture One Pro 8.3.2, specifically from the perspective of a long-time Lightroom user, running Apple’s Mac OS and using several different small cameras (the Canon 5D Mark II and III, Olympus E-M5, Ricoh GR, and various film systems). There is also a brief look at how well Capture One handles RAW compression artefacts from Sony’s new A7R II camera. This is a long post. If you prefer you can jump directly to the conclusion, or to the image processing comparisons with Lightroom. We will also be […]

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Darwin and the Monkey

Metal sculpture of Darwin as a monkey, Badalona

Metal statue portraying Darwin as a monkey. This is the mascot associated with the popular ‘Anís de Mono‘ – a version of the popular mediterranean liqueur that has been distilled at the seafront in Badalona for more than a century.  The statue is gazing contentedly at a bottle of anís (shown below). I am unclear if this is intended as either statement for or against evolution. However, what it says about anís drinkers seems fairly clear!

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Sea IV: Towers

Sant Adrià de Besòs

  A view towards the old (partially dismantled) power station at Sant Adrià de Besòs, Barcelona (and by way of a minor milestone, the 200th post on this blog). The station is quite characteristic, and hopefully the towers will be preserved as a landmark. Some more images of the structures in the gallery below.  

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Sea I: Outfall

Badalona Seafront Redevelopment. Photograph by Mark Moore

Film processing times are now pushing two-weeks thanks to easter, so it is back to digital for a while and a short sequence of recent sea-side pictures from around Barcelona. This is a jetty at part of the redeveloped sea-front at Badalona, even if it does look a little like an attempt at starting a trans-mediterranean bridge… To keep some kind of consistency with the previous set these were shot with a 50m lens  and stacked NB8 and polarising filters. The composition was chosen as a crude segue from the city […]

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Barcelona: Lunar New Year

Barcelona: Chinese New Year Parade 2015

Some photographs from today’s Lunar New Year parade in Barcelona. As usual, a good mix of costumes, drums and of course dragons. Not particularly great weather for the event – cold and with occasional rain. However, people seemed to be enjoying themselves nonetheless… As with most cultural things in Barcelona, everything gets a bit mixed up, so it seems some of the gegants (giants) and people from the correfoc (fire-run) had escaped and joined the march. I can understand the correfoc’s dragons, but I have no idea how the gegants’ fish and pigeon are connected to the parade… […]

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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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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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A few simple pictures taken early in the morning along the beach between Port Olimpic and Barceloneta. This is quite a good time of year to catch the transient morning light as it is no longer necessary to get up at 4am… Shot with the DSLR rather than film so that I could use a short-telephoto lens (here the excellent Canon 135mm f2). The lens gives a nice telephoto compression that seems to work well with the relatively empty shots, suiting the early morning tranquility. There are surprisingly few ape-descended life forms people at the beach at […]

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The Old Dairy

Milk churn and racks of maturing cheeses, Pian delle Betulle, Italy

  The walk from Pian delle Betulle, in Alta Valsassina, to the Larice Bruciato (burnt larch)  is a lovely trail through a beech forest and pasturelands. On the way there is the Alpe Ortighera, a summer pasture, where there is the old dairy illustrated in this post. This is the main room at the entrance of the dairy with the churning machine to make butter (the stainless steel drum on the right) and some of the season production of ricotta, a whey cheese. The forms on the shelves are left to […]

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