Barcelona, a photo a day




Bridges become frames for looking at the world around us. Bruce Jackson

Bruce H. Jackson is an American folklorist, documentary filmmaker, writer, photographer. He is SUNY Distinguished Professor and the James Agee Professor of American Culture at the University at Buffalo.

Going to the great sea


On the bridge going to the Maremagnum (latin: great sea, meaning the Med) shopping center, in the old port, Port Vell.

The bridge

Walking on the bridge connecting the Maremagnum shopping mall to the continent. With a fabulous light!

Andorra: the bridge

Fancy bridge in the city center of Andorra la Vella, the one you saw reflected last Saturday.

Want to see more bridges? Click here!

Weekend Reflections

Reflections in the windows of a hotel in Andorra la Vella, the capital of the Principality of Andorra. The ball and the cables are part of a bridge I’ll show you on monday, the rest is the mountain facing the hotel. Very appropriate name for the hotel, by the way: it’s the Magic Hotel, no less!

Please visit James’s Weekend Reflections blog!

The perfect bridge

Isn’t blogging the perfect bridge, linking people from all over the world??!!! We were very fortunate to meet David and Julie, together with Julie’s mum Glenda. David is doing Costa Rica Daily Photo, and his wife Julie Scottsdale Daily Photo, all the way from Arizona, both of them wonderful blogs. Here we are, after a huge paella and some more food afterward, the paella being the starter… A very nice evening.

And here is Glenda, Julie’s delightful mum. We wish you a very nice time in Barcelona!

This is for our other friend, Monsieur Louis La Vache, as well, as we are talking about blogging as a bridge!

Our thoughts are in Japan.

Sunday Bridges

Well, is it or is it not the Golden Gate Bridge???
No, it is not. This is the Ponte 25 de Abril, formerly known as Salazar Bridge. This is the bridge between the municipalities of Almada and Lisbon, in Portugal. Just spent a few days there.
Well, it looks a lot like San Francisco, wouldn’t you say? This bridge was built by the same company (American Bridge Company) that constructed the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and not the Golden Gate, also explaining its similarity in design. With a total length of 2,277 m, it is the 20th largest suspension bridge in the world. The upper platform carries six car lanes, the lower platform two train tracks. Thank you, Wikipedia.

This, of course is for our man in Frisco, Monsieur Louis la Vache himself, and for his Sunday Bridges meme. Click here to see more fantastic bridge photos. Maybe we’ll be enough people to play a game of bridge…

And this below is the Golden Gate Bridge. A certain similarity, did you say?

Sunday Bridges

Very few bridges in Barcelona, but many many many bridges in Venice. Here is probably the most famous one, ‘il Ponte degli Sospiri’, the Bridge of Sighs. The Doge’s Palace, on both sides of the Canale was being refurbished, and they usually cover work over there with publicity of whichever company is sponsoring the said refurbishment.
This is for Louis la Vache’s Sunday Bridges. Please click here to see more.

And happy first Sunday of Advent to all. Christmas is getting close!

Photo courtesy of Mandy.

Sunday Bridges

A bridge on the french side of the Pyrenees Mountains.

This is for Louis La Vache’s Sunday Bridges meme. Please click here to see  more bridges from all around the world.

And some more beautiful pictures on my other blog as well, right here.

Calatrava in Valencia

Let us leave town for today and head south to Valencia, to admire Santiago Calatrava’s masterwork, the City of Art and Science. The Valencian architect Calatrava is known for having built bridges in Venice, Jerusalem, a train station in Lisbon, and many more things around the world, Athens, Milwaukee, Lyon in France, and so on. Have a look at his website, it is most definitely worth at least one visit.
And here is what Wiki has to say about him.

As for the photo, it is an attempt to playing around with HDR.

Sunday Bridges 18

As I said before, not a lot of bridges in Barcelona. Found one nevertheless, part of the gigantic Glories roundabout. The metal structure on  top will be a part of the new Barcelona Design Hub.

Our friend Louis La Vache will be more than happy if you visit his Sunday Bridges, aka serie du pont de dimanche, to see some more bridges!

Map picture

Sunday Bridges: as Gaudi saw it…

Monsieur Louis la Vache has a thing about bridges. After being invited to join his meme, I thought: hmmm… Bridges in BCN??? Very few of them around.
Then I started looking… And you know what? I found some bridges!

Here is a particularly fancy one, created by none other than Antonio Gaudi (Barcelona’s architectural god) himself. It is situated in Parque Guell, and as you see, you can even have a picnic underneath!

We have been asked several times how we do it. Well…
First, the material. Mandy uses an old Fuji S3500, 4 MP. Rob uses mostly SLDR, a Sony @230, 10 MP, with several lenses, a Sony 17-55 mm, another Sony 55-200, and a 10 years old analogic 75-300 mm Minolta lens, with is usable on a SLDR and becomes a very nice digital 112 to 450 mm zoom (see the moon photos, for example).

Almost none of our photos are SOOC, straight out of the camera. We use a lot of enhancement programs, like GIMP, Artizen, some versions of Photoshop,, Picassa, Raw Therapee, etc. We will go very soon into HDR, once we have a good handle on it (have a look at this one!).

We do not ‘cheat’, we simply think that these tools are really good, they do a lot to improve the quality of what we do. They are available, so we use them.

All we hope to do is a good quality blog, with good quality photos, a bit a humor now and then. And we truly hope you enjoy our… work? No, it is and will always be a hobby.

On the very first place in what we try to do is the intense satisfaction of creating a thing of beauty. This makes us happy, and that’s all we want.

Words, words words. Let us stop them and just enjoy some more bridge photos, here .

Under the bridge

We went to Sitges a couple of weeks ago, on the first warm sunday of the year. On the way back, by train, I had the silly idea of taking a photo every 10-20 seconds during the 30 minutes it took us to reach Barcelona. Silly, but actually with quite surprising results, some of them really good.

So, there is this bridge. We don’t have many bridges here, only 2 rivers, the Besos and the Llobregat, north and south of town.

San Francisco’s very own Louis la Vache has a bridge meme going on, every sunday. This is therefore our very first entry to this meme. I just had a look at this week’s entries, and they are really good. Have a look for yourselves!