The warm and sunny weather of May took us to enjoy the gardens of Montjuic one of the biggest parks in town. with a group of almost 20 fun people, we spent the whole saturday morning chasing flowers and insects, exploring depth of field and trying to catch bikes and cars in movement.
The panoramic view of the city was a real challenge for many of us, but we got it!
The summer is gone but the autumn is a beautiful opportunity for pictures. So, we have decided to continue enjoying our cameras and start with this season´s workshop. Our first visit was the Ciutadella Park under a very sunny sky and a chilly breeze. here are some Pictures.
El verano se ha terminado, pero el otoño es para nosotros una gran oportunidad para tomar fotos. Así es que hemos decidido continuar disfrutando de nuestras cámaras y comenzar con nuestros cursos de esta temporada. Nuestra primera visita ha sido al Parque de la Ciutadella, bajo un resplandeciente sol y una brisa fresca. Aquí algunas fotos del grupo!
Una de las cosas mas interesantes de la fotografía urbana es la cantidad de situaciones y personajes que se ven en una salida de 3 horas. Estuvimos la mañana del sábado en la Barceloneta, la zona de playa junto al imponente hotel W en Barcelona y a pesar de ser aun febrero casi marzo, la verdad es que el paseo tenia tanta vida, gente y situaciones que la mayoría estuvo practicando el tema de velocidad y ráfaga todo el tiempo. la ráfaga nos permite comenzar a entender la forma como se construyen los hechos, las relaciones entre personajes y lugares y a aprender a intuir las secuencias. Cosas tan simples como el movimiento de una ola o el paseo de un gato, al analizarlos nos cuentan muchas historias y nos permiten agudizar la mirada. Cosas a tener en cuenta, la velocidad por supuesto, el AI servo en el enfoque y la composición.
Yes, you say Parc Guell and not Park Guell because it is written in catalan, the local language of the city. We discovered a very big sign at the main entrance that makes it very clear.
We were 17 people + 2 instructors, meeting last Saturday at the park to admire and photograph Gaudi´s work in terms of architecture. The day was splendid, because even tough we are in the middle of the winter Barcelona has ha shinny blue sky that gave us bright light, deep shadows and great colors for our pictures. our group was eager to learn more abut aperture and speed so we started exploring the secrets of contrast and aperture on everyone´s cameras. every camera a new discovery and also a wonderful opportunity.
One great thing: the work of Gaudi offer a lot of texture and opportunities to expand photographic techniques and capture, texture, depth and color in a vibrant way. Gaudi´s philosophy about creating a point where architecture and nature interact in an harmonious way is the legacy we have recently discovered in sustainable architecture.
But also, speed was a photographic interest for this group, freezing and registering movement here was not an easy task, because such a splendid day made visitors lay down or recline o enjoy the magnificent view. We could not stop laughing about freezing relaxed people, so we relaxed ourselves and joined them.
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.