Random fragmentary memories from the North of Italy. I quite like using small contextless fragmentary images as opposed to something with more context and depth. The image becomes more about the texture and pattern than the content. I like that the fragments are completely detached – but even more contextualised images (such as the ones below) can be sufficiently alien to take on a similar character if the view is not familiar with the area being photographed and the subjects are not well known: All images were taken with the […]
Three images of Valsassina, looking up towards the head of the valley from the side of Monte Giumello, Italy. These are stitched panoramas using a 50mm lens with a polariser. By careful rotation of the polariser it is possible to bring out a lot of detail in the storm clouds, and also significantly change the apparent colour of the sky. Sadly, this did not allow us to change the weather…
Again, something slightly different from usual with some abstract(ish) natural textures photographed while walking in the Alps. With one exception these were again shot using a polarising filter – which lived on the camera most of the time as a way to cut out haze and reflections on this rather damp trip.
Carrer de l’ Hospital, Barcelona.
Catalan retirees, El Raval, Barcelona. Catalans are becoming an endangered species in the Raval, displaced by immigrants, tourists and the homeless. Postings are going to be a bit erratic over the next few weeks, due to a combination of work, upcoming travel (for work) and a switch to shooting more with film (which takes more than a week to process and eventually scan…).
Person buying from a street trader early on a Saturday morning, Las Ramblas, Barcelona. Shot with the Canon 5D and 50mm @ f1.4 using tracking AF.
A quick smoke outside before going in to the hospital… Avinguda de les Drassanes, Barcelona.
Plaça de la Universitat, Barcelona.
Another ISO12800 shot, but this time sharper thanks to the use of a 35mm rather than 50mm lens.
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.
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.
I am not sure how she was able to walk with all of those bags… Carrer de Santa Anna, Barcelona.
Cultures clashing on Carrer de Santa Anna, Barcelona.
Two children playing, Barcelona.
Three 50mm street images, again taken with the Canon 5D Mark III and 50L in Barcelona.
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 […]