Window of Life

Daily Photo–The Window of Life

The beautiful Bacelona is home for fanciful masterpieces of Antonio Gaudi. I thought I’d had pretty good grasp on the architectures of Gaudi’s but I didn’t anticipate the subtle interior design when I get into some of his buildings.

This is the fanciful Casa Batlló. I was surprised by every turn when I was inside, and it was always inspirational. I wonder whether you have ever played Myst? This place reminded me of Myst–except Gaudi had come up with the ideas so long ago–in 1877! And those designs were not only for beauty but large sums of functionality built-ins too. Simply moving cool air from room to room is stylish and unexpected.

I took lots of other photos in Barcelon that are coming up soon. I tried my best to take good photos at the places where I’d been but caught up by the flu. And that put my productivity into half–so that’s the bummer–yet also another good reason to go back!

High Dynamic Range Photo

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The Markets at Night

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I’d love it if you guys came and joined up with our Facebook Fan Page too. I know there is also a chunk of our online lives over thataway — and I think it’s a nice way not just to connect with me, but also for you to connect with each other! I find that curious and interesting people are attracted to this site… and you all do tend to get along well!

I’ve started adding more and more to the Facebook page and have some interesting ideas there…  Sometimes I’m able to quickly share stuff there that doesn’t always make it onto the blog.

Come on in!  I hope to see you there!

Daily Photo – The Market at Night

I arrived in Barcelona very late. Actually, this may be the only time in which Barcelona even exists.

There is a fabulous market right in this very location that is apparently open in something called the ‘daytime”. The “daytime” is a mystical time that most people in Barcelona don’t even know exists.

I know this for sure because the next morning, at 9 AM on a WEEKDAY, I could not find any place open to buy coffee. People sleep in until approximately 3 PM. They then roll around in bed, thinking about getting up until 4 PM. They then get up, have some chocolate and churros, and then take a quick nap before it gets dark. And then they party.

Stuck in Customs

High Dynamic Range Photo

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Sunset in Ibiza

Photomatix 4 is out!

Of course, I edited the photo below with the new Photomatix 4. To read the Photomatix Review, which is pretty much the same as before except I added a few bits for Photomatix 4. I hope you enjoy it!

Daily Photo – Sunset in Ibiza

Ibiza is a fabulous island off the coast of Spain that is the “in” destination for all the Euros that like to get trashed, party, dress in white, do medium-level-drugs, and stay on the beach without many clothes.

It’s also a great place for photography! We were having lunch one day and the waitress saw my D3S sitting on the table. It turns out that she was a photographer too, and we pulled out a map while she marked great places for photos on the map. That’s just what I like! Finding out all the secret places from the locals… and this was lucky in this case!

So we ventured out to this remote beach on the western side at sunset. It was pretty deserted while I snapped photos, except for a few of the ever-present women that prance around like they are in shampoo commercials all the time.

I saw this girl bouncing around and very happy about something, so I went over and said hello, introducing myself. She didn’t speak much English, but I managed to ask her if I could take a photo of her. She enthusiastically said yes, and I explained the sitch as we walked over to the water, mostly using interpretive dance to span the language gap. She was Italian and her name was Wendy. I think that is a strange name for an Italian, but I didn’t question it. Anyway, I asked her just to walk off into the ocean and I would take a photo. She did just that, and I grabbed this shot just as the sun was dipping below the horizon.

HDR Photo Ibiza Girl

Sunset in Ibiza

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  • ISO400
  • Focal Length16mm (16mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programaperture priority
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Spanish Tomatoes

Your favorite weird veggie recipe?

I never really liked eggplant until we started pan-baking them with olive oil. Now those things are the pinnacle of my dinners… We bake them until they are a tiny bit caramelized, and all is right with the world.

Do you have any crazy-good veggie recipes that you’ve discovered? (and no, I’m not a vegetarian).

Daily Photo – Spanish Tomatoes

I was walking through this famous market in Barcelona when one of the editors from Peachpit Press recognized me! What a small world. He is not the editor that worked on my book, but he did a lot of other photography books up there. He was a super-nice guy…and doing the same thing as me…hunting around for photos!

I bought and ate a lot of different things at this place… I wasn’t even hungry… but I just kept buying and eating and buying and eating. I felt like the Hedonismbot from Futurama

HDR Photo

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