That View from Park Güell – Barcelona, Spain

The standard and popular view from the top of Park Güell. And of course, the salamander. Which is usually covered with tourists. So how do you get a clean shot? You take detail and close up shots with a part of your mind tracking the people around you. As soon as you see a transition […]

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La Sagrada Familia Ceiling – Barcelona, Spain

When I first looked up at the ceiling, I just stood there taking in all the detail trying to figure out what geometric or natural influence contributed to the design. The columns look like giant petrified trees leading up to jagged circular groups of geometric shapes. I don’t think there is a flat surface anywhere […]

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Casa Batelo Corridor – Barcelona, Spain

Repeating Patterns and Leading Lines Even though the point of interest is to the left, which is opposite to the natural (western) reading direction, the pull to the left kind of lets your brain want to think about what is around to the right of the corridor. Just me then, okay Shadow and Light To […]

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La Sagrada Familia Details – Barcelona, Spain

Details, details, details. Get the details. I don’t show that many detail compositions, that is not to say I don’t take any. I actually take a lot more of the detail images than I do of the epic, wide shots. My thoughts as I am looking around for my compositions are mainly based on food. […]

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Casa Batelo Main Window – Barcelona, Spain

Getting a people free view of this window could be a waiting game, or you should kindly ask. Due to its popularity you are given an hour for your visit to Casa Batelo. It is more than enough to cover the interior and roof of the building. In the busy season, I could see you […]

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La Pedrera (Casa Mila) Front Door? – Barcelona, Spain

I’m not sure if this is the “front door”. It’s at the side of the building and there is a bigger, less imaginative door, at what appears to be the front of the building. Anyway… Gaudi’s organic influences from nature can clearly be seen in this example of the door. Well, apart from, ahem, the […]

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Barcelona Cathedral Interior – Barcelona, Spain

I thought La Sagrada Familia was Barcelona’s Cathedral when it fact it is not. Talking to some waiters over a seafood dinner the previous night, Barcelona’s Cathedral, The Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia, is situated in the Gothic Quarter at Plaza de la Seu. It is an old Gothic Cathedral, construction started […]

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National Art Museum (MNAC) – Barcelona, Spain

I had read about the fountains in front of the “Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya” and just had to go take a look. As I was there in November, the Magic Fountain was switched off. If you do plan to go to see this fountain then the schedule is April to September (Thursday, Friday Saturday […]

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How to photograph traffic trails and light streaks

Light streaks or traffic trails are when lights moving through a scene leave a light trail. They are easy to do and for a beginner, can be very rewarding. London Tower Bridge traffic trails – ISO100, 10 seconds @ F/16 Let’s discuss some basic physics before we dive into camera settings and techniques. This background […]

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Casa de la Pedrera – Barcelona, Spain

Also known as Casa Milà. I strategically chose a hotel on the east side of Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes. It would be in “walking distance” to many of the locations I wanted to visit and near the main metro lines. After shooting La Sagrada Familia in the blue hour, I walked west to […]

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