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Madrid break with photography

Madrid – a big city, a very big modern and vibrant city. I went there last week on a short break, not knowing what to expect. I was hoping  for great tapas and good weather and that’s exactly what I got. I arrived  in the rain after a twelve hour journey and the next time I saw rain was on the morning I left. In between it was blue skies but cold. Perfect weather for exploring the city. Explore! I walked miles each day in a city that is easy to navigate both on foot and via the excellent Metro.

As I didn’t have much of an idea of the city before arriving I had no idea of the type of photographs I might take. As you can see below I veered towards a documentary, street style of photography that is not my usual style at all.

Enough of the words and on with the photographs and if you have any comments I would be delighted to hear them. Just add them to the comments box at the end of this section. If you want to see more of my photography I am also featured on https://macromo.de/FrancisPeacocke

Changing of the guard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changing of the guard 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Design institute stairwell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tapas anyone?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food – but not for me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Food market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Street blues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pipe and beret

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just browsing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A lovely traditional bar with very friendly staff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New York New York

A few years ago I was fortunate to go to New York to shoot a television commercial. Recently I started to scan some of the negatives (yes it was that long ago) to file as digital versions. I have to say I loved the city – the people, the noise, the bustle and the sights.

Below are just a few scans for a flavour of what I saw and experienced.

For those interested the scans were done from 35mm film with a Nikon Coolscan 4 and then loaded into Photoshop CS5.

New York cab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Must say I found the cops really friendly and when asked to pose boy could they!

 

Just a pose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a bit of transport diversity

 

Transport diversity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inevitably there were lots of people and queues.

 

Empire State building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And from the top of the building all of New York is there.

 

New York skyline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barcelona

Recently I took a short break to Barcelona. Incredibly I have never been in Spain before on holiday so I really didn’t know what to expect apart from the obvious Gaudi influence. What a revelation. An incredible city. Great people, great food (if a little different at times),  fantastic sights and a very easy city to walk around. The only down side was there was no sun for most of our trip. In fact on the bus on the way to the city from the airport the very large puddles made us exchange worried glances. It turned out not cold but just slightly overcast most days. Now being a tourist (even though I like to think I am a traveller) I went out on the first morning wearing shorts – yes you guessed it I was the only person in Barcelona wearing shorts! Boy did I get some looks and not only from my wife and none of them were admiring.

The general routine was relaxing – up early get out walk all day, back to the hotel, change, walk and find good food, hotel and do it all again the next day. Below is a small selection of photographs from the loads I took. I suppose they sum up my experience of the city. If you’ve been there you may have a different impression. If so I’d love to hear. Anyway all comments would be appreciated. Now on with the photographs in no particular order.

Barcelona roof detail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

food market, Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona food market

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barcelona street garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching the world go by

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Sagrada Familia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gaudi on the roof

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stained glass, Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Door in Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Backlight door in Barcelona

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Curvy staircase

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s a French thing

I have to confess I have a thing for doors and windows in my photography. Slightly strange I know and my family really don’t understand the folders on my systems with strange names like Doors, Windows, Arches. Even better most of my fascination is fuelled by French doors and windows. There is a reason – honestly. Travelling in France as I have done over lots of years you come across a massive variety from ancient to decrepit to ultra modern. I freely admit that not everyone on the same journey as me will notice these objects and probably even fewer will really take the time to photograph them and eventually catalogue them.

Below is a small selection of the many, many images I have from my obsession. I have the feeling there will be more of this on this blog in the future. If you feel the desire to leave a comment scroll down the page after the images and there is a comment box. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Ancient door

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not sure if I’d want to work here. Not sure if it is open.

Open for business?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cat at peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There must be something about cats and windows.

Cat and window - again!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now for something new. I loved the reflection of the old building in the ultra modern new one.

Old on new

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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