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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SeƱor Colon y las golondrinas

In English: Mr Columbus and the swallows. Colon is Christopher Columbus. He is standing on top of his column, and is watching over the golondrinas, or swallows, the tourist boats going around the harbor and along the coast. If you're in town, do it, it is a really good way to see Barcelona from a different angle. And it is relatively cheap.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Monday, July 28, 2014

Nude mannequin on the balcony?

Don't get prudish: it is NOT a real boy, just someone's idea of drawing attention to his balcony... I really wonder why someone would do this? Ok, I stretch every morning after waking up, but not like this. Would you???

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Where dragons dwell

Barcelona is indeed a city full of dragons. You'll find then everywhere, in Park Guell, on most modernist buildings, on the Arc de Triumf, everywhere. Sant Jordi, aka St George, is the patron saint of Catalunya, and the dragon is often associated with the central spanish government in Madrid... Which is very ironic, in many ways.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Candles in the wind....ow

Barceloneses really LOVE their candles. That explains the sheer number of candle shops in town. Which is good for me, as it is: my window is better than yours!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Misty morning

It is exceedingly rare that the morning mist lasts after sunrise. But it happens now and then. Here is one of those mornings, on June 15th, 2013. Photo taken at 12.02, according to the EXIF data.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Decisions, decisions...

I'm always having a hard time at the mercat de Sant Josep... Balancing the urge of buying a lot of this gorgeous high quality food... with my economic reality. I never managed, always spending too much.

Oh, you might know this market as Boqueria. For us locals, it is St Joseph's market. And to photographers, it is known as 'paradise'. There has been a market here since 1217, 797 years ago.


And, no, this is not HDR, just Lightroom and Nik filters.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Post 1701: beauty in the old shipyard

A bit of HDR today, as it brings this structure so well to the light.
This is the ancient shipyard, where they used to build galleons and other wooden marvels. It is now, centuries later, the marvelous maritime museum, aka MMB.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Alice, the grafitti girl

I saw many of these 'grafitti' (but can this still be called grafitti) around town over the years. Many of them are signed Alice. Alice my friend, whoever you are, you're good!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Strike

One of my favorite photos, firemen (aka bombers in catalan) on strike. There is something almost messianic in this guy's posture.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Rush hour in Barcelona

This is the ransom of success and popularity... Oh man, give me an empty beach any day!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Summer afternoon

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” 
― Henry James

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Pareos

An absolutely essential item in the catalan heat. Even on nudist beaches, so convenient!
But not only on beaches. It is a quite common streetwear. I even saw some colleagues coming to work wearing a pareo or sarong. Women. Not men.

Monday, July 14, 2014

On the boardwalk

“Barcelona, archives of courtesy, shelter of the foreigners, hospital of the poor, father-land of  the brave , vengeance of the offended and pleasant correspondence of firm friendship, and in site, and in beauty, unique”

DON MIGUEL DE CERVANTES SAAVEDRA

La Catedral

The old Santa Eulalia cathedral in the Barri Gotic. Old, compared to the  new Gaudi one, a kiddo, started in 1882.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Shooting the sun

A popular misconception says: don't shoot into the sun when you take photos. WRONG: do it! Just keep the centre covered (as I did here) or on the edge of the shot. Play a bit around, and you could have some fabulous photos to show us.

No, this is not HDR. Just 2 layers, a colored one and a black and white one, at 75% blending.

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