Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Art of Negotiaton

The Art of Negotiaton

For anyone and everyone, finding peace and quiet in this tumultuous world can be difficult.

And, for the cute little girl who was sitting on the ledge, content and happy, her time of peace and quiet was invaded by the loud demand of a little boy wanting to take her space.

She stood her ground, but after much hand waving, cajoling and whining, the little boy won but not before he gave her some candy.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Out of the box

Out of the box, barcalunacy

She's red ... that's what I notice.

The day is after 5 pm and the sky is slightly overcast. We're walking down Passeig de Gràcia and I'm thinking that for shooting photos, this is going to be a dull day.

As I cross the street, my eyes perceive some bits of outstanding color. And, there she is.

I like the way she is sitting, I like the way the skirt drapes over her legs.

She has a complete unawareness of anyone or anything around her, (I wonder why)

And the color RED on her clothing KNOCKS my eyes out of their sockets. She's so RED!!!!

I did hardly any processing ... just a bit of cropping and I increased the exposure just a tad,

And the rest of the photo was out of the box (the camera).

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Their hero

Their hero

While I was walking towards my favorite mercado, I heard a commotion of adult and children voices.

There was this fellow trying to hoist a balloon to the kids on the balcony but the balloon kept slipping from the children's grasp.

I saw this scene unfolding for 20 minutes or so. I have no idea the length of time the actors in this play were involved before I came.

As I clicked, I kept wondering why the man didn't bring the balloon upstairs, or why they didn't come downstairs.

No matter - they were all having fun.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Little magenta riding hood

Little magenta riding hood (see description)

Her shimmering hair ... you call it magenta , i call it little 160 23 21 (pantone) riding hood.

Can YOU think of a better title?

If you've read this, HONK!!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The magic of a setting sun

The magic of a setting sun (see description)

It's 17:56:44 on a weekday (thank goodness for EXIF data) and I am at plaça Sant Miquel for one thing and one thing only ... the SUN!

The plaça is tucked in the middle of a barrio with trees surrounding its perimeter.

The tree's branches have separated allowing the sun to filter through in that romantic way ... like a man first experiencing the separation of his hair fleeting through his fingers.

The ambiance of the plaça and its light tricks you. For a brief while, you are a professional photographer. Every shot you take is magic.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Teen with tattered jeans

Teen with tattered jeans (see description)

I'm no Johannes Vermeer but when I first saw this girl I was blown away by the color of her hair and her porcelain skin -- a striking contrast to the tattered jeans.

She also stood out in a town (not unlike any other big city) where just about everyone has some shade of tan, plasticized boobs, big lips, and botoxed brows (not that any of the aforementioned adjectives are BAD.)

Unknowingly, she became my "Girl with a Pearl Earring".

For some reason, I can picture a demand for her by the artists of Vermeer's time.

I can't know for sure, but I would be surprised if Vermeer himself would disagree with me.

What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

I TOTALLY love depth of field!

I TOTALLY love depth of field!

The photo above is about as perfect as I can get.

Why? Well, look at the colors, the saturation, the exposure, white balance, highlights and my favorite, depth of field.

I tweaked very little, added a gradient fill and no sharpening.

Yes! It was a very good day indeed.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Cuteness munching on La Rambla

Cuteness munching on La Rambla

La Rambla is a tree lined pedestrian sidewalk with streets on its sides.

There are all sorts of kiosks selling flowers, ice cream, souvenirs and many many restaurants for your gastronomical pleasure.

So, it's not unusual to see (ALL THE TIME) and hear, (NOT SERIOUS) people crunching and munching, but what makes her interesting to me and,

Why she caught my eye, is that she never veered her attention from the plate.

What ever she was eating must be surely good and she is certainly cute!

Monday, October 03, 2016

The candidate

The candidate (see description)

He's tall, towering over just about everybody with a style of dress and that look stands out.

I literally follow him for about a half a block as he walks with a composed air, towering those around him.

Doesn't he look self-assured, confident, and positive?

I snap the photo, he turns and gives me the biggest smile (not caught on camera) and I,

I was bowled over like a little school girl.

Hmm ... I cast my vote for him for president of the United States as a write-in candidate.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Orange with a twist of confidence

Orange with a twist of confidence

La Rambla de Catalunya is a rambling street full of tourists, locals and the rest.

I try to find persons of interest to me that exude a unique style in dress, and behavior, just to name a few attributes.

But what I'm finding is that just about everyone is strange and that strange is the new normal ... and that is boring to me.

And, that the old normal is now the new strange ... and that I like.

For example, I see many women with redefined noses, breasts, and perfect WHITE teeth ... and that's okay by me ... but boring.

I seem to gravitate to the person who speaks with a whimsical lisp, crooked teeth, hair mussed, wears glasses, dresses casually and just down right earthy.

I feel the person in the photo is one of those people and I choose her!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Polka Dot Shoes

Okay ... I'm going to make a big BIG admission.

This photo was photoshopped. Yes. Truly.

Polka Dot Shoes

It was taken outdoors. She jumped, I shot it.

I then extracted the image from the background and used a gradient, lens flare and lighting effects.

I'm learning to feather better but overall I'm pleased.

Once in awhile my inner child surfaces and I get a burst of creativity.

Believe me, if I can do it, YOU can too!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Not a selfie!

Not a selfie! (see description)

Parts of me wishes this photo had ME in it ... but my time has come and gone.

So many things I would have done in my youth and probably dressing like them would not have been on my top ten list ... I was and still am (in my advanced years) having fun without the fuss.

Actually, I am rarely a window dresser photographer ... but the mannequins, the way they were dressed and posed reminded me of my one of my top ten photographers .... Joan Colom and the subjects he photographed.

Google Joan Colom and see if you agree with me ... one of the best "shoot from the hip photographers" there ever was ... in my opinion.

Still, as I sit here and write, I wouldn't have minded then and briefly, for a very short moment, to be one of them.

Oh my, do I dare ... but if Joan Colom ever reads this post, I would be honored to meet you!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

In another world, this photo might be considered funny!

In another world, this photo might be considered funny!

Nothing like a good yoga workout to make waves and and unwanted curves on your body. Don't you think?

Actually, the distortion is real. I thought it rather odd that the gym chose to advertise this way.

Seems better to have invested on a GREAT mirror that gives you a slimmer appearance.

After all, yoga is supposed to make you feel and look better, not odd.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Meet me at the apple store!!

Meet me at the apple store!!

I took this photo from the top of the Cortes Ingles (department store) restaurant.

There's a reflection of a young woman to the right of the photo ... whom I don't know, because, ah ... you guessed it, there's a window between me and the city.

And, for your information, I and height don't mix, so, I'm very proud of this picture.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A man and his shoe

A man and his shoe

His concentration so great, and so TOTALLY absorbed with his shoe, that the man doesn't notice me or anyone around him.