Ensared in Flame

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Did you miss the newsletter that went out yesterday? Then you missed a big event! I gave away something for free that it cased some major complications! By the way, you can still get it for free – just by signing up. Also, when you get the Welcome Newsletter, I suggest you go click on Newsletter #21, which is the most recent.

The newsletter usually goes out about 6 AM, and I kind of expected everything to go smoothly. I was wrong! I woke up… got my morning green tea latte… walked into my studio here and was bombarded with support / tweets / and email issues! We maxed out our servers in about 10 minutes. It turns out that not only was everyone clicking away, but they were telling their friends and everything. So, it was a long morning trying to figure out what the heck happened and talking with a bunch of techs and our support team to get to the bottom everything. Anyway, we’ve now upped the limit to 30,000 free downloads a day, so this should help. And for those of you that had problems, you should have received another newsletter today with links to get the freebie. Enjoy!

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Daily Photo – Ensnared in Flame

On my first evening in Barcelona, I dumped my bags in the room them went right out to explore. Unpacking is so boring… let’s face it.

I started going down side-streets and back alleys to where I heard activity and motion. I was more or less zig-zagging my way to Las Ramblas, where there’s always a lot of activity. But I didn’t want to go right there. During the weaving, I found this enormous cathedral nestled between a square of classical looking Spanish buildings. A performer had lit a unique homemade contraption of flames and was whirling it about. I got back behind her and set up for this shot.

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The Azure Cathedral

Getting Back to Spain

I need this to happen!  I had a great time while in Barcelona, and I need to spend more time in the country.  Plus, I know there are many other places…  a few days was not enough.  It’s like a tapas sampler plate… literally. Tonight, my friend Jack Hollingsworth (@PhotoJack) told me about a pretty awesome area of Madrid I need to visit!

Daily Photo – The Azure Cathedral

While walking through the streets around the edges of Las Ramblas, I found this secret place.  I’m not sure I could even find it again.  Maybe one of our smart readers knows exactly where it is.  Anyway, the place was quite beautiful, as you can see.  It was also pretty much empty, so I had no trouble moving around to find the interesting shots.

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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!

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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

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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

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