Looking for treasures

A while ago I mentioned I was taking part in a photographic treasure hunt started by Venezuelan photographer Jackie Rueda.

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Shadows

At the beginning of summer she proposed 12 different subjects:

  1. A street artist
  2. Shadows
  3. A gate
  4. The color yellow
  5. A bird
  6. Love
  7. Speed
  8. Steps
  9. A stolen (a photo you take of a stranger without him/her noticing and without their permission)
  10. Something written on the floor
  11. A puddle
  12. A bell tower

The point of the activity was to make you go out of your house and roam the city looking for these 12 treasures! I completed the task and I want to share my findings with you:

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Barcelona’s Treasures

Taking part of this activity made me go out of my house when I usually would’ve stayed in. It made me really see in order to find the treasures.

 

Day 5: Catching Pokemon and photos

I follow the work of a Venezuelan photographer called Jackie Rueda. Her work is so beautiful and she has this contest called La Búsqueda del Tesoro, which basically means The Treasure Hunt. She proposes twelve themes/subjects and the objective is to go out with your camera in hand and explore the city looking for each one of them.

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So, today I told hubby that I wanted to go and lookg for the treasures I still haven’t find and we could also catch some Pokemon too!

We went to La Ciutadella, which is a beautil park in Barcelona. There were a bunch of people catching Pokemon too, the light was beautiful, the ambience was great and I found more treasures! Soon I will make a post sharing all of them!

Day 4: Inspiration and admiration

Sometimes we put the cameras away. Sometimes it’s necessary to take a step back and open your eyes to the world. It’s about finding things that inspire you. It’s about looking awith different eyes to something you’ve seen a thousand times before.

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Photo by Adox. Besòs, Barcelona.

We have to keep our creativity flowing by finding inspiration in everything that surrounds us. Including other people’s life and their own personal challenges. The photo above was taken my brother to hubby while clicling today. This week they decided to auto impose a challenge of doing this route everyday. They inspired me to do my own One Post a Day Challenge. So this is entry is dedicated them. To thank them for inspiring me through their own determination. It’s a great photo and a great challenge.

Thank you!

One post a day challenge!

It’s time to catch up on reading, some video games, to do puzzles, sleep in, cook new recipes, drink wine and watch movies.

It’s vacations time!

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I have a week off work and I thought it’s a great opportunity to catch up with things I love and one of them is blogging! So I decided to set a small challenge for me and do One Post a Day for a Week!

It’s a way to keep creativity and photos flowing. So I’m going to share photos of things I do during this beautiful week and tell some stories about them.

I took these today in the afertoon and Mango was very curious about what these tiny thing in the bowl were. I love how curious he is about everything so I decied to capture that small moment :).

If you feel encouraged to join me during this self-imposed challenge, please let me know! I would love to see you photos, read your blogs and share them at the end of the week!

Three years of blogging and then…!

WordPress has happily reminded me that today, three years ago I registered and started my blogging adventure.

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As soon as I realised that, I knew it was blogging time! But what should I talk about on my WordPress blogger anniversary?

About the past? About the three years I’ve been blogging? Mmm… could be.

Then I thought that, even though the past is extremely important to shape who we are going to be in the future, I decided I wanted to celebrate the present.

And then…

….I blanked. I stopped and found myself looking at the nothingness and my mind entered in a very complicated vortex of life questions. What am I celebrating? I’m doing right now what makes me happy? Why am I sitting here right now? What do I really want to be doing? What have I donde these past three years?

*Sigh…

I really don’t know! So, for now all I’m going to do is share a few compilation of photos I’ve taken during this three years and leave the important life questions for another time.

All of these images represent and remind me of a specific time of my life. They all have a story  behind them and blogging has helped me keep those memories in full color for all this time.

Happy blogging, everyone!

 

Peeking

I think that one of the best ways to practice photography is to just take your camera and go ramble the city you live in.

I did that last week and visited some places I’ve never been to before. I really like to take photos that make it look as if someone is peeking! I think they give the image a story. Like if someone was spying or something.

It’s an interesting point of view. And going out with your camera in hand, not looking for something specific but with open mind and eyes is a great way explore new things as a photographer.

 

 

Partners

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El mundo nace en cada beso – Joan Fontcuberta & Antoni Cumella

El mundo nace en cada beso. “The world is born in every kiss”. That’s the name of this photomosaic in Barcelona.

It’s build by the contribution of 4.000 photographies send by citizens, people that wanted to be a part of it. The theme of the photos was freedom moments. 

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Now, this people will live as Partners in this amazing piece of art for as long as it remains.

One city, many faces

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One of the things I like the most about Barcelona is its life. The simple possibility of being at work at 17.00h and thirty minutes later, being at the beach sunbathing, is loveable.

I was talking about it just yesterday to a friend. It’s like living two different lives: one minute you are all dressed up in front of your laptop at work, and the next, you are drinking sangria in your bathing suit breathing sea air.

I love that. It’s a precious way to get away from routine.

I took the photo above with my Polaroid and now I keep it next to my laptop at work! But not in a sad kind of way of “why I’m I trapped here when I could be laying on the beach instead of looking to a photo of the beach” kind of way.

I have it here in an inspirational way. A reminder of the things that I love that bring me peace and calm.

Numbers

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This is the façade of the Teatro Poliorama in Barcelona. It was opened in 1899 and functions as a theater since 1982.

Every day this clocks says hello to me from the windows at work. Every time I see it, it makes me think about all the other people it has greet all over these years. And when I hear about this week’s Photo Challenge, I thought about photographing a clock (where all the numbers are).

What better clock that one thats been around since 1899?

 

My camera died…

About a week ago I was taking some photos of Mango and I noticed I was having trouble finding focus. I was using my 50mm and decided to try it with better lighting conditions to check if maybe that was the problem (too little light = hard time finding focus). I did and found out the problem remained.

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One of the photos I took while trying out the camera/lens

My next thought was “ok my 50mm died, its focus died, what am going to do, how I’m I going to possible live without my 50mm?” A week later I was taking some photos for a friend with my other lens, a 17-55mm and realised I was having the same problem. No focus. This is where I begin to REALLY worry.

Long story short, the focusing system of camera died beyond repair. I spend a few days depressed about it. Then, I begun to do research for my next camera and then, I got it! I bought the Canon EOS 70D with a 18-135mm lens. I spent a fair part of the weekend trying it out and I wanted to share my photos with you!

Also, my previous camera didn’t record video, this one does and I proudly made my very first video! I’m sure that a few time from now I’ll se it and go “why the hell did I share this with the world, this is horrible”. But for now, I’m very proud of it!