Barcelona´s Urban Magic

one of the nicest things about living in this city is that you never stop discovering places. people and situations. There is always a new story around the corner a new anecdote to recall , a new building to say wow about. And when it is not about that, it is about beautiful things that suddenly happen here. Like a cat wearing a lady hat, 4 rabbits that follow a homeless lady or a romantic couple that hold hands over 80. Street art brings lots of surprises when it invades abandoned or taken buildings and when the summer starts, it is also magic, hot but magic, the new light brings reflections and mirages that make us enjoy.

here a couple of those two.

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Picturing the Ciutadella Park on a sunny Market day

It was Sunday of course, and Alejandra and her friend wanted to enjoy a typical Barcelonian Sunday, so they decided to take the ciutadella park circuit. This a perfect sunny sunday where the park gets filled with amazing people enjoying themselves, children, dogs, picnics and music.

markets happen not very often here but this time it provided a perfect scenery to explore high and low speed, sing the flash under the sun and learning about long and short distance portrait. we were lucky most people where friendly and relaxed about it. Alejandras camera was pretty small and compact but for the day we took the best of.

Now she is willing to buy a new one since now she really knows, she enjoys taking pictures in sunny days.
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Picturing Botero´s Big Cat


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The end of february gave us the sunniest morning ever to photograph Botero´s Big Cat sculpture at Rambla del Raval. We were talking about using the flash, and how to get nice bright reflections on metals or dark shiny surfaces. This cat was the perfect model for the topic.

We were 15 and looked like a bunch of paparazzi''''s chasing the poor cat, some on top of it and some under it. The good thing is that most of us got to deal with metering correctly, exposing correctly and filtering the flash to control shine and reflections. Then we moved to St Agusti´s church looking for a closed space to continue working with filtering and controlling the flash. there things were very different. Not a pretty church but in a state of decay that gave it a very interesting look. Part of its painting are literally falling apart and others have been removed for restoration. Its space is like an abandoned monument, very silent cold and lonely.

Shooting Skaters with Ranan

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Ranan came from New York to spend a couple of months in Barcelona.

He was certainly interested in developing his photography skills and took the Raval Photocircuit. As his main interests were architecture and moving objects: the perfect target were Raval Skaters, they usually skate around Macba and other squares downtown, specially during the summer. The afternoon light provided two main scenarios one completely illuminated with the sunshine and the other back light images. In addition a high speed was needed to freeze jumping and figures they constantly made.

In the background there was alway architecture both modern and classical, sometimes mixed, it was a nice idea to set them in an eclectic environment instead of the traditional graffiti-like backgrounds everyone uses.

After skaters, Ranan focused on architecture and discovered that it was very cool to meter reflections and create contrast between the light inside the reflection and the actual ¨real¨light in the building.

We ended our tour in Drassanes the Old Boat factory.

Downtown Barcelona is a neverending story

Downtown Barcelona is a place you could visit as many times as you like and will always be full of surprises.

Architecture is the first thing you will be amazed about, hundreds of amazing buildings from different times and styles will catch your eye one after another. from Passeig de Gracia to Via Laietana, to the Roman Walls, to El Raval, you may get a neckache looking up. Quite enjoyable, downtown architecture reveals part of the history, the lifestyle and the stories behind the windows.

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Downtown Barcelona By Photocircuits

Then comes people.

Barcelona has become a multicultural city where you can find locals from anywhere. Sometimes it becomes difficult to know who lives there and who is visiting. All races, all nationalities and most of all mixes This magic city has attracted Latinamericans, Germans, Chinese, Brits, french, Arabs, Italians, Americans, and people from Africa and the rest of the Mediterranean. You can find surprising couples and groups of friends, amazing hairstyles, tatoos, clothing and music in the local cafés.

And after that then come the shops, the restaurants and the landmarks….I live downtown barcelona since 2007 walk it everyday and honestly feel I still got a lot to discover here.

Photocircuits for STS Travel Canada

It was very fun developing a group activities for teenagers from STS Travel in Canada.

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Photo Treasure Hunt Across downtown Barcelona was an exciting adventure where 15 teenagers from Langley Fine Arts School in Surrey ( Vancouver).

Featuring some of the most interesting and not so well known spots in downtown Barcelona they had to identify, find and make a cool pic of unexpected locations as Arkham Comics, Tivoli Theater, Canaletas Fountain Els Tres Gats, and other cool spots in less than 2 hours, Competing against eachother the teams could ask qiestions, achieve points and win depending on how smart they were and how cool the pictures came out.

Lots of fun with these guys & girls…..

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Girl from Chicago loved Gaudi´s Parc Guell in Barcelona

Raquel at Gaudi''s Parc Guell barcelonaWhen we received the booking from this client it was s very nice one. She wrote because she found Photocircuits featured at the New York Times Travel section on-line. I got curious she said and visited the website.

We talked about nice places to visit in Barcelona on a Sunday and she chose Gaudi´s Park Guell one of the most amazing pieces of his work. We spent 3 hours there, she had a pocket camera useful enough to have some manual settings, she discovered flash in the daylight, aperture and angles. I was very glad to also talk with her about her work and the satisfactions it grants her everyday.