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Barcelona Arches

By conrad  
First of some of my images from the trip my wife and I took to Barcelona and Girona this weekend. And the first image I've uploaded that was taken with my new walk-around lens (which I was able to give a good field test - almost everything was taken with that lens).

This is a famous part of the Parc GŁell - below the part with the famous swirling mosaic benches. Almost constantly crowded, this, so shooting this with only a few people in it was a matter of patience.

I found it hard to deal with the harsh sunlight. But hopefully you will think I was able to make something of the situation, because I quite liked these arches. They almost look like they belong here, like they're a natural occurrence, which I understand was one of Gaudi's intentions with his designs.

Comments and mods welcome!

Tags: Spain Gallery Barcelona Travel General Arches Architecture Gaudi Landscape and travel Parc guell

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WetDog 8 7 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2008 11:34AM
I can see the challenge with the exposure, but you seem to have it spot on. Thanks for the background info too. I can see why this would attract a photographer's eye, and I think you have handled it superbly, cos it looks like a really difficult scene to capture and do justice to. IMHO.

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conrad 12 10.9k 116
14 Feb 2008 9:01AM
Thanks, Frank!
digicammad 13 22.0k 39 United Kingdom
14 Feb 2008 2:55PM
Looks good to me Conrad and I really like the warm colour of the arches.

It may have been worth trying an HDR of this, there is so much texture to reveal and that would have also helped with the harshness. I have been pretty successful with handheld HDRs, using the auto-bracket and burst mode capabilities of my camera.

conrad 12 10.9k 116
14 Feb 2008 3:20PM
The only time I tried HDR, was with a demo, and I spent a lot of time removing the name of the software from the image, so HDR is not on my list of possibilities at the moment, Ian. But a good suggestion, had it been possible for me, yes - thanks.

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