Worldwide Photowalk: Trying something new in Barcelona

On October 17, 2013 by DaniLew

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First of all, I was late.

A comedy of errors ensued

I had landed in Barcelona, Spain around noon on the very day of the Worldwide Photowalk, October 5.  Thankfully, the transfer to the hotel went smoothly but, unfortunately, since we arrived early to the hotel we had to wait for our room.  Feeling grimy after a 6:40 pm flight from JFK and a stopover at Heathrow, I took a shower and a quick nap before getting ready for Scott Kelby’s 6th Annual Worldwide Photowalk.

Josep Casulleras, our walk leader, had planned a great route for a 5:00 to 7:00 pm photowalk – one I was familiar with since I had visited Barcelona in September 2012 – and asked that we get to the meeting place at 4:45 pm to take a group picture.  I was so excited to be a participant in my favorite city that I left our hotel near Placa de Catalunya at 4:00 pm with plenty of time to get to Barceloneta station – only 4 stops away.  Wrong!

Being overconfident with my familiarity of Barcelona’s metro system, I got on the right train but going in the wrong direction.  Once I righted myself and got the appointed metro station, I was late.  Really late.  And so I decided to find the group on the route even though I knew no one and had no real hope of finding them.  A bone-headed decision it was, as I soon found myself in the midst of a picturesque marina packed with tourists and locals enjoying a stroll on a beautiful Saturday evening.

Suddenly I remembered that Josep had sent his mobile number in an email a few days previous.  I found it and dialed him but the language barrier was too much for both of us.  I could not speak Spanish and he could speak very little English.  He handed the phone to a young lady who knew a little more English and she told me to come back to the meeting place.  I ran back and found the group; they had all waited for me.  I apologized profusely and they all smiled and we started walking.

Below is the group picture of which I am missing.

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Grupo del 6º WWPW en Barcelona-Colón.

So how was it, really?

Truthfully, it was awkward trying to get to know my fellow photowalkers because I could not speak their language.  However, a few kind souls did try to point out things to me and make sure that I kept up with the group. Josep was particularly careful to include me in conversations and keep me within his sight at all times. I am grateful for his care and concern. Before I parted ways with them, I asked Josep to apologize to the entire group in Spanish on my behalf.  He did and they smiled and waved good-bye.  Lesson learned. And I tasked myself to load up my Rosetta Stone and get as much Spanish in my brain as it can hold by this time next year.

So, to make a long story shorter, I was going to try my hand at street photography… again. I had some little success shooting from the hip – literally – with a slow shutter speed and a circular polarizer.

People in slow-motion on Barcelona Spain marina boardwalk shot with slow shutter speed - taken with a Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens and enhanced with iPad apps

People in slow-motion on Barcelona Spain marina boardwalk shot with slow shutter speed

Image above made with a Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens and enhanced with iPad apps

Nonetheless, I ended up resorting back to my comfort zone of shooting landscapes and landmarks.

Below is the image I submitted for the competition.

Barcelona Spain, El Molina Theatre's Neon windmill shot with slow shutter speed and lens zoomed from 18mm to about 125mm - taken with a Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens and enhanced with iPad apps

Barcelona Spain, El Molina Theatre’s Neon windmill shot with slow shutter speed and lens zoomed from 18mm to about 125mm

Image above made with a Nikon D300 camera and Nikon 18-200 VR lens and enhanced with iPad apps

I really did not have the time to review all of my images because I was leaving for a week-long cruise the next day and the exorbitant fees for internet access on the ship was more than I was willing to pay. So, I did what I could on my iPad to have an image prepared and ready to upload before the deadline date for submissions on Monday, Oct 14 at 12:00 noon ET.

iPad Workflow

  1. Copy Compact Flash (CF) cards to HyperDrive ColorSpace UDMA2
  2. Use UDMA2 ad-hoc wireless to transfer selected NEF (Nikon raw) files to iPad 3 via GoodReader app
  3. Open NEF images in PhotoRaw app and save as large JPG
  4. Open PhotoRaw JPG in Filterstorm app to adjust exposure, contrast, color, etc. and add DaniLew Productions IPTC information
  5. Open Filterstorm adjusted JPG in Camera+ app for Clarity filter and color presets, if necessary
  6. Open Camera+ adjusted JPG in Snapseed app for color presets, if necessary, and final detailing with structure and sharpening

This workflow worked well for me and although I wasn’t overjoyed with my submission, I am happy with the workflow.

Results

I landed at JFK airport near midnight on October 13 and I was able to upload it as soon as I had internet connection at a friend’s home in the wee-hours of the morning on deadline day.

There were some excellent images submitted to our flickr group; Josep will definitely have a hard time trying to decide on a winner.  At the time of this writing, he has yet to choose one.  I wish them all well and hope we’ll meet again when I retire to Barcelona in 2018.

4 Responses to “Worldwide Photowalk: Trying something new in Barcelona”

  • What a great trip. I thought that I was venturing out to travel a couple of hours from home. Heck, I was home for diner! Nice work with these two shots. Both are neat, but I keep looking at the first one. That’s really cool.

    • Thanks Phillip! It was an experience I’ll never forget, that’s for sure. I’m liking the “people on boardwalk” shot more every time I look at it. Thanks again.

  • Hi Dani

    First of all apologize for my bad English (spoken void of all … I am writing with the help of Google translator) but I promise to improve it for next PhortoWalk have better vocabulary!

    Thank you for participating in the group of Barcelona despite getting lost on the subway, did his best to find us as well was certainly also’d be exhausted from the long journey by plane …. thank you again.

    I hope someday we meet again photographing, either in Fredericksburg, VA or Barcelona

    Take to put the link to the winning photo of Barcerlona Photowalk

    http://worldwidephotowalk.com/walk/barcelona-ct-espana-mirarmar-colon-drassanes/

    See you soon

    • It’s great to hear from you, Josep, and thanks for visiting my blog! The next time I come to Barcelona, I will call you and we can see how much we’ve improved on our new languages.

      Thanks for letting me know that you’ve selected a winning image. I have congratulated Eva on Flickr.

      Take care and I do hope to see you again soon.

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