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John Einar Sandvand

Catching the city atmosphere in Barcelona

Barcelona by night. Photo: John Einar Sandvand
PICSPIRATION SUNDAY: This weekend was spent in Barcelona, a truly beautiful city. Especially I found it fascinating to take out the camera along the beach. 

As many photographers I have a weak spot for the hours before and after sunset. I just cannot get enough of the wonderful light – and how it can change from minute to minute. Often I find myself checking suncalc.net when planning activities so that I know exactly when the sunset will be.

About this Barcelona photo

The main photo in this blog article was taken on the long beach in Barcelona, just after sunset. The sail-shaped building is the luxurious Hotel W, which is quite a landmark.

I wanted to blur the water by using long exposures. However, at this time it was still too bright to be able to use as long exposures as I would like. The solution was to use a Big Stop Neutral Density filter. This filter blocks out almost all light – and makes it possible to have very long exposures even in bright daylight.

This photo is composed of three different exposures: 19 sec, 39 sec and 79 sec. The aperture is F/11. I use Triggertrap Mobile Kit together with my iPhone as remote control.

Was there noone on the beach? Yes, there was. But because they kept moving along the beach and the exposures are so long the persons are “washed away” – and have become invisible.

Photo location

Here is the exact location in Barcelona where I took the main photo of this blog post:

Other photos from Barcelona

Same location - the evening after. Photo: John Einar Sandvand

Same location – the evening after. Photo: John Einar Sandvand

Barcelona - taken in January this year. The green in the front is the rooftop swimming pool at the hotel where I stayed. Photo: John Einar Sandvand

Barcelona – taken in January this year. The green in the front is the rooftop swimming pool at the hotel where I stayed. Photo: John Einar Sandvand

 

Father and son in the park.  Photo: John Einar Sandvand

Father and son in the park. Photo: John Einar Sandvand

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