Santa Maria Del Mar

Today’s shot is another version of the beautiful Santa Maria Del Mar; the basilica by the sea in Barcelona. I went a little more extreme in the processing of this picture, but I think that it worked out quite well.

Santa maria del mar

Old farm truck

Today’s picture is much closer to home. It was shot about 9 months ago at a car show, and I was never happy with how I processed it.

While I would love to shoot this again without all the other cars and people in the background, I am much more happy with this version.

Whenever I look at an old car like this, I wonder where it came from, what sort of life did it live, and what stores can it tell?

old farm truck

Lush

The best soap shop in the World is finally in Cape Town, of course that is Lush (in the V&A Waterfront). We have been to their stores in at least five countries, and every time we are loaded with soaps, but finally we can just go down the road to get their soaps.

They are very eco-aware; their soaps are vegetarian, not tested on animals, green, they support charities etc. It really is a great shop to support. Lois is really happy that they are in Cape Town. It is really worth a visit, and the soaps will make great Christmas presents.

Here is a preview of the shop.

Lush

Here are the rest of the photos.

Correfoc fire run, Barcelona

This photoshoot cost me a UV filter. I usually don’t shoot with unnecessary filters, but this time I thought prudent, and I am glad that I did. The UV filter is destroyed but my camera and lens is fine.

The Correfoc fire run in Barcelona is a crazy run trough the streets of Barcelona, in which people dress up as devils and demons, letting off fireworks and this massive spinning sparklers in every direction.

Spain has a healthy disregard of safety, so there are no barriers or crowd control at all. It’s up to you how far or close you stand, and up to you to get out of the way; or not as was the case for me.

I soon found myself with devils on the one side, and a healthy gap on the other, with crowds of thousands of people outside the danger-zone (literally there were over 100,000 people watching).

Correfoc fire run

So what the heck, I started shooting, and I think I got some great pics out of it. After all it is not often that you find yourself in the middle of a fireworks festival, and it was something to experience, but beware, you need to wear jeans and a thick (and old) shirt. My shirt ended up with burn holes in it so it got trashed afterwards.

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