Thursday, February 6, 2014

Pic(k) of the week 6: Torre Agbar - Barcelona (Spain)

It had been more than 15 years, since I last was in my favourite European city...  Even though I used to spend quite a bit of time in Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia in the nineties, I kind of forgotten why I got to love this place so much!

The number one reason is without doubt is the Architecture; it is a mecca for every Architectural photographer. Particularly renown are the architectural works of Spanish Architect Antoni Gaudi.

But it was the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona that really gave the city its facelift. 

The newest and still the tallest sight of Barcelona is the Torre Agbar; a 32 floor (142m) office building designed by French Architect Jean Nouvel which was finished in 2005. The word "Agbar"is made up of the Castillian, Aguas de Barcelona, the municipality water provider which belongs to the Groupo Agbar which owns the building.

The image below was made during the blue hour (just after sunset). Unfortunately, I wasn't there during the weekend, when the building is lit up during nighttime; Winter 2000-2300, Summer 2100-0000.

2014 Pic(k) of the week 6: Torre Agbar - Barcelona (Spain)

Image details:
Fujifilm X-E1 with the 14mm 2.8 Fujinon lens
ISO 200, 14mm (21mm full frame equivalent), f16, shutter speed bracketting between 1/3s and 15s
Photoshop CC for HDR 32 Bit conversion of 7 exposures
Further development in Lightroom 5.3
Nik ColorEfex Pro for contrast adjustment

The Fujifilm X-series cameras keep on surprising me. Never thought, I would use it for Architectural work and now I can't see a reason why not! Hoping to test the 10-24 lens soon.

More images of Barcelona, can be found in the brand-new gallery here.

Remember: "Nothing is Art, it it does not come from Nature" - Antoni Gaudi


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