Some slightly surreal snapshots from Serro, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Again, these were all taken with the Ricoh GR, which an excellent travel camera if you forgive the few times when you can not see the LCD thanks to the bright sun… hopefully we have some more serious images captured on film – if it survives the 40 degree temperatures and multiple x-ray exposures.
Some macro images of some very small plants near the Cachoeira Lajeado at Milho Verde (literally “Green Corn”) in Minas Gerais, Brazil. We stopped here briefly while travelling up from Serro to Diamantina, taking a break before tackling the unpaved mining roads. This is quite an unusual environment, with dark rocks, white sand (from the incredible quantities of quartz here) and a peat bog. The bog area is quite sensitive, so we did not venture very far from the seemingly inevitable bathers in the small streams running through the area. […]
Some random images of nature from the Parque Nacional Serra do Cipó, Brazil – a break from work before the New Year starts for real. Click on the images in the album below for larger. These were all shot on digital (Olympus and Ricoh) – it will be several weeks before the film images are processed.
The Catalan Parlament, appropriately next door to the zoo in Barcelona, and possibly the seat of a new nation if the nationalists eventually start acting rather than just talking. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 and Ilford HP5+ and 091 dark red filter.
Definitely a good time of the year for high-contrast light. Both taken with the Leica M7 and Zeiss 2/35 and the usual grainy Ilford HP5+.
Branches, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35, Ilford Hp5+ and 091 deep red filter.
The boating lake at the Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35, Ilford HP5+ and 091 red filter.
Photograph of the paths at the Parc de la Ciutadella, Barcelona. Definitely winter now. I took a few shots like, trying to get some symmetry and contrast with the subject. Here is a second example, with a slightly different composition and light subject against a dark background: Both taken with the Leica M7, Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+. A dark red 091 filter was used to increase contrast on the sky and folliage.
Boo Restaurant and Beach Club, Mar Bella, Barcelona. Another image that seems out of time and place, although the sand and vehicle tracks give it away that this is a recent picture. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+.
The wonderful metal hoops at Plaça de les Drassanes, as seen from the jetty alongside the tourist boats at Port Vell. Hard to believe that immediately behind me when this was taken was a mass of people taking selfies of themselves with the boats and Columbus statue behind… Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+. I really like the way that the grain works with these empty-city shots to give a sense of timeless emptiness that is very much not the state of the city today. Even without photoshop and […]
The beach at Nova Icaria, Barcelona. All those tracks are from the heavy machinery that is brought out at dawn to stop the beach disappearing. Leica M7 with Zeiss 2/35 and Ilford HP5+.
A view of the Word Trade Centre and cable-car, taken from inside Desigual at the Mare Magnum, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 and Ilford HP5+.
Tower blocks seen from the shopping centre at Diagonal Mar, Barcelona. This style of overhanging blocks hung from a central core is surprisingly common with newer architectural designs in Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 and Ilford HP5+.
The Hotel Arts reflected in the Mapfre tower entrance at Port Olímpic, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 and Kodak Gold 200 processed to black and white in Lightroom.
The Mapfre tower at Port Olímpic, Barcelona.
Church reflections in the Biblioteca Facultat Comunicació i Relacions Internacionals, Universitat Ramon Llull, Barcelona. Leica M7 with Zeiss ZM 2/35 Biogon and Ilford HP5+.