Ambiguity

Pesebre, Plaça Sant Jaume, 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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Sombrerería Obach

Sombrerería Obach, Barcelona

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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MACBA I

C/Elizabets, seen from the MACBA, Barcelona

The first of a set of semi-abstract images of the Museu d’ Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA). The museum opened in 1995 and exhibits a wide range of modern artworks. The MACBA is also infamous for being rather more successful as a skateboarding destination – something which sits awkwardly with local residents and is somewhat at odds with the serene modernist architecture originally envisaged by the architect and which invites comparison with the Getty Centre in Los Angeles. But perhaps the architectural connection connection with skateboarding was there from the beginning… Leica M7 […]

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Pi d’en Xandri

The Tree at San Cugat de Vallès.

The Pi d’en Xandri, on the edge of the Collserola. The pine tree is more than 240 years old, and has become an important symbol associated with the nearby town of Sant Cugat del Vallès. Leica M7 with 21mm SEM fitted with a dark red filter and shot on Ilford Delta 100.

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Monestir de Sant Cugat

Monestir de Sant Cugat

After marching against the tourists, now we are playing at being tourists ourselves. This is a shot of the monastery (now mostly a museum) in Sant Cugat del Vallès, some 20km outside of Barcelona. Leica M7 with 21mm SEM fitted with a dark red filter and shot on Ilford Delta 100.

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