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London weather is getting quite miserable and totally not encouraging going out for photo taking. Fighting the natural urge to stay in with a cup of steaming coffee, today I ventured to the famous Stables Market in Candem Town, swarming with tourists in spite of the cold and rain.

Today’s photo is a set of vintage pocket watches hanging in one of the stalls in the market.

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Angel

Angel

On Halloween, I went for some spooky shots to Brompton Cemetery, one of the Magnificent seven cemeteries in London. Though really cold, the weather was nice enough to allow for a walk, and provided some excellent opportunities for moody images.

This is a shot of one of the numerous angel statues in the cemetery, using a 50mm f1.8 wide open for nice soft background, manual exposure and focus.

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Graffiti in East London

Street art in East London

The whole East London is famous for its vibrant young artists and creative community. Around these areas one can find some truly breathtaking examples of street art, ranging from graffiti to random installations.

Today’s photo is a graffiti portraying Usain Bolt as seen by Jimmy C. Jimmy has some other really impressive works in the area, so if you like his work and have a chance you should totally visit this part of London!

Graffiti in East London

Graffiti in East London

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Sunset time lapse

This is my first attempt at time lapse photography. I took a sequence of ~800 images from a roof in Bloomsbury with the camera pointing at the BT tower and UCL Hospital. There are still a few details I have to iron out to perfect the technique, but I am overall satisfied with the outcome, taken that it was my first one.

Music by Anthony Kozar, check his website, he’s got some cool stuff there!

London skyline

A couple of weeks ago, wandering by the river on the hope of catching the moment when the Olympic Rings in the Tower Bridge got lit up, I found a wide open stairwell going down to the river bank that is usually closed.

I managed to get right by the waterfront and take a few panoramic shots before the treachery grounds betrayed me and a tripod slip ended up with my lens smashed into the mud.

So, in a sense one could say that this shot costed me my lens*!

Hope you enjoy the panoramic view, the photo was obtained by stitching 9 photos with Hugin and then some final retouches with Photoshop, mostly to deal with long-exposure noise and dodging a little bit the underexposed areas.

* The lens is currently being serviced and will be back in business shortly

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Paris girl

It is about time I upload a few new pictures here.

This one is from a trip to Paris last spring. I loved this girl’s style, her fiery red hair and her resolved determination as she walked towards her bike. I managed to snap a couple of shots while she was crossing the street, hoping to capture the mood and her movement.

My friend Maribel Andrés turned this picture into an awesome oil paint, check it out!

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The Shard

It is no secret that I am a sucker for steel-and-glass modern architecture. The more shocking, the better. In the Southbank of London, the long awaited construction of the Shard is nearing completion, with most of the scaffolding already gone and just a few cranes getting in the way.

With its whopping 310 meters tall, the Shard will become once finished the tallest building in the European Union, and the 46th tallest in the world. Mind you, almost nothing compared to all those South-East Asian or Arab Emirates behemoths, but quite impressive given the surroundings.

Needless to say, the irreverent Brits could never let this pointy thing sticking out of the river side get off with a boring name like “32 London Bridge Tower”, so it got immediately re-christened as “the glass shard” or simply “the shard”. A more adequate name quite on par with the Gherkin (close shot here), and the Razor.

Playa de la Concha

Playa de la Concha

Following my purpose of experimenting with techniques I am less familiar with, this weekend I decided to practice with some panoramas.

The pictures are from Playa de la Concha, in San Sebastian (also called Donostia), located in Northern Spain not far from the border with France. The panorama was assembled from 6 handheld images, put together with the amazing open-source tool Hugin.

Mount Saint-Michel

Been recently on the road, travelling all the way from London to Granada. One of the nicest spots we stopped at was Mount Saint-Michel. Awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage site since long time ago this tiny little village lies on a tidal island about 1km off the North coast of Normandy.

Mount Saint-Michel

Kind of overcrowded by tourists, the impressive views get a bit spoiled by the amount of cars parked at the end of the causeway connecting the island to mainland, but it remains an amazing view nonetheless.

The picture is a single exposure (handheld) hdr, mostly to enhance the texture as overall weather was kind of cloudy/diffuse light, so there wasn’t much need for the extended dynamic range.

Burning flag

Wherever I travel, I love taking pictures of flags. They way a country choses to display their flag, as well as people’s atitude towards it, tells a lot about the country’s culture and society.

In some countries like Germany or Spain, gratuitous displays of the flag are often frowned upon (with the notable exception of sports events). Other European countries like the Netherlands have a more ambivalent and pragmatical attitude towards the flag. Finally, some countries like the US pride themselves on displaying their flag as often as possible, often in the most unexpected places!

This particular flag is the one in display in Liberty Island, right by the Statue of Liberty. A humungous flag, that can only wave thanks to the strong winds coming from the ocean. I loved the view of the sun right behind the flag, that made for some lovely textures and sharp contrasts.

Do you believe that in your country there are some strong feelings about your flag? Let me know in the comments!

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Madrid Airport

If you spend a fair amount of time traveling, chances are you’ll have to spend quite some time wandering around airports. One of the lessons I’ve learned over the years is that time goes by much more quickly when you have something to do, and certainly many airports are wonderful locations to snap some impressive architecture pics!

Madrid Barajas airport terminal 4.

One of my favorite places (although I am obviously biased here) is Terminal 4 in Madrid Barajas airport. One of the biggest and busiest hubs in Europe, the huge space still has a very warm feeling thanks to the light wooden ceilings.

Do you have any favorite airports I should check out? Let me know in the comments!