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    Posted: 12 January 2018 at 13:24
Hi everyone,

Santa Maria del Mar is a great example of a Catalan Gothic cathedral in the 'old quarter' of Barcelona; very, very different from the Sagrada Familia in many ways but, in others (such as the soaring columns and vaultings) strangely familiar. The following was taken during a visit in the late afternoon and I hope you like this series as much as the others from Barcelona:

1. Entrance Decoration



2. The Owner of This Place



3. Font



4. Vaulting Above The Choiristry



5. Choiristry Frieze



6. Gothic Lantern Tower



7. Further Vaulting



8. Tribute to St. George and the Dragon



It's interesting how what we, the English, see as our patron Saint, is subsequently portrayed with such affection and reverence (along with the depiction of the slaying of the dragon) in Catalan history and religious recognition.

9. Choir Stalls



10. Choir stalls II



11. A Riot of Columns and Vaults



12. Crypt



I will post a few more specific images from here shortly. More information about the history of the Cathedral can be found here.

Thanks for looking and comments always welcomed.

Best regards, Neil.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Roger Rex Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2018 at 14:29
Enough!!! My wife and I are coming to Barcelona. Ever since I watched several travelogues about Barcelona shown during the Olympics several years ago I found the city and people enchanting and interesting. And, I can put my three years of high school Spanish, what I remember of it, to use.

As to the images, again the color and light are wonderful. #11 is, for me, absolutely stunning, the composition perfect, the distortion used exactly the way, for my eye, it should be in this situation. If it's possible, this image probably makes the scene even more interesting, dramatic and beautiful than it is.

My wife's and my European travel plans for 2019 are up in the air and you have made Barcelona a clear rival to Scotland which has been our first choice.

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Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

My wife's and my European travel plans for 2019 are up in the air and you have made Barcelona a clear rival to Scotland which has been our first choice.Roger


Roger - You don't get Midges in Barcelona....
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I did not know what "midges" were so I read about them here. Wonderful, so I could travel across the pond only to be ravaged by what ravages me whenever I visit the coast here 20 miles from my home - no-see-ums. "No-see-ums" is a completely insufficient name, more like "flying insect from hell." And, to top it off, only the females bite; there is some kind of social commentary that I could make here but since I am married, I will refrain.    Given this, hope to see you in Barcelona (or Yellowstone National Park)!
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Post Options Post Options   Quote bms44974 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 January 2018 at 17:46
Originally posted by Roger Rex Roger Rex wrote:

Enough!!! My wife and I are coming to Barcelona.


My thoughts, exactly!

Neil, you've captured not only the images, but the mood of the places you have visited. I particularly like the composition of #3 (with the font perfectly centered in front of the sculpture).

Cheers... Brian
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Post Options Post Options   Quote maewpa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 January 2018 at 03:37
Another excellent Barcelona series Neil. Impressive throughout with the colours mostly very nice for internal shooting without the assistance of long exposures?
(I am guessing as I don't have an exif reader installed to check). I'd say teh last is an exception to the colour thing, but that must be a dark scene I guess. The switch to B&W is a great choice for that shot.

Love the font shot, even though I am unconvinced by the crop alone - would fit nicely in a book though! Also think you nailed the pillars in the wide shots - great detail and lines there.



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Post Options Post Options   Quote brian33 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2018 at 09:24
Great series, and not so gaudy for once! My favorites here are the ones where you've been able to position the sensor perpendicular to the ground like 9 and 10, but then 11 which looks up to the ceiling is magnificent, and my favorite of the series.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote svjetlana Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2018 at 21:47
You are really good in this kind of photography Neil. I have nothing to add I just wanted you to know that I enjoy looking in how you do it.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote waldo_posth Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15 January 2018 at 23:16
Impressive set, Neil!

My favorites are the lantern shot and the images of the choir stalls - a beautiful church, obviously!

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Coast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2018 at 03:23
Hello Neil; Nice pictures but what slapped me in the face and got my immediate attention, for lack of a better expression. I don't think I've ever seen better picture cropping or design. From photo #1, each one, using an Euro expression "spot on" even more then spot on. Perfect⚡️ Leaving the glass in #1 makes it outstanding!
I go over and over and never fail to Marvel how exact you've done that, beautiful.

I was wondering did you think much about your crops?

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Post Options Post Options   Quote owenn01 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 January 2018 at 20:19
Dear All,

Many thanks for your kind and considerate comments - it means a lot to me that you think of these images so positively. A few answers to comments etc. raised above:

Brian (bms44974) - that was one of the more challenging images to take (along with the St George shot) - it is behind heavy iron railings and the lens isn't big enough to get through the full opening so it's a case of fiddling until you get it centred without the big black borders!
Paul (maewpa) - thanks and see the comment above regarding the font! The last shot was also shot through an available gap in the crypt upper wall so lighting was challenging etc. However, I feel it is fairly close to reality - but the B&W conversion does lead to another option so thanks for the idea!
Brian (Brian33) - thanks and that shot you like the most is, perhaps, also my favourite as I like the sense of grandeur that it tries to portray - they know how to build to impress in those days!
savjetlana - many thansk for the praise - that actually means a lot to me
Harald - Thank you for the comments and I have a few more, alternative, shots to share as well; it is much more than a church BTW - Cathedral and suitably large and well built to go with that description!
Joseph - thank you as well for the honest and very kind comments - they made the impression they were intended to! As for the crop, well, I guess it's an 'instinct' sort of thing for me - but leaving some complimentary colour to the stonework seemed to make sense and clearly helps generate a counterpoint to all that detail in the image. However,it has also made me realise it isn't quite 'square' either...

Thanks again all and there will be some further images to come from this wonderful place.

with best regards, Neil.
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