Foggy Morning

Posted on March 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Foggy Morning Abstract
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Last month I was visiting the beautiful township of “La Baronia de Rialb” in the northeast of the “La Noguera” region in Catalonia. The weather was not very good; the closest mountains were covered with fog and the sun was only visible for a few moments. It might not have been the best day to capture landscapes, but with such weather it was the perfect opportunity to add some motion blur to my pictures and create a few interesting abstracts.

This photo was taken on the small plain behind the “Mas Barrat,” an old farm that is now in ruins. In it, a few century-old pine trees can be observed.

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Winter Sunset (Panta de Santa Fe, Catalonia)

Posted on February 21, 2015 Leave a comment

Winter Sunset (Panta de Santa Fe, Catalonia)
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The first time I visited this peaceful reservoir, it was summer. At that time, the trees were full of leaves and green was the dominant color. However, after fall, the landscape changes dramatically. It is still beautiful, but it makes me feel a little bit nostalgic and eager for the next spring.

The reservoir, located inside Montseny Natural Park, was constructed in 1935 to provide electricity to a nearby luxury hotel. Pere Domènech I Pou was the architect responsible for the design and he did great work—the reservoir is integrated into the landscape and almost looks like a natural lake. It is the perfect place to enjoy nature and disconnect from our busy life.

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Montserrat Abbey (Catalonia)

Posted on February 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Montserrat Abbey (Catalonia)
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Not so long ago, I was sitting at home thinking about places to visit and photograph. Nowadays, the internet is the perfect tool for this kind of research, but I had a different idea. Instead, I decided to make a list with great places I had visited before I became so passionate about photography.

Montserrat Abbey was one of these places. I last visited it a long, long time ago, but it left a strong impression on a younger me. From the outside, the enormous Abbey looks austere. However, the interior is quite different: it’s full of art and its amazing lighting is perfect for photographs.

The Abbey, located in the Mountain of Montserrat, is famous for the statue of the Black Virgin of Montserrat (“La Moreneta” in Catalan), which means “the One with a Black Face.”

According to the legend, shepherds discovered the statue in 880 AD. They saw a bright light and heard heavenly music that eventually led them to a grotto and the statue. The Bishop of Manresa suggested moving the Virgin to his city, but it was discovered that the small statue was so heavy it could not be lifted. Therefore, they took this as a sign that the Virgin should stay on the mountain to be venerated.

In 1881, Montserrat’s Black Madonna was crowned in accordance with canon law and proclaimed patron saint of Catalonia by Pope Leo XIII.

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Museu del Disseny (Barcelona, Catalonia)

Posted on February 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Museu del Disseny (Barcelona, Catalonia)
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A few days ago, I went to Barcelona hoping to photograph the Agbar Tower at night, when a beautiful light show takes place on the building. Because I arrived early and had enough time to explore the surroundings, I discovered the new design museum (“Museu del Disseny” in Catalan) and decided to take a few photos before it was too dark.

The museum was inaugurated on the first day of January. It holds a collection of 70,000 pieces that were previously housed in museums devoted to different aspects of design: textiles and fashion, graphics, ceramics, and decorative arts.

Cantilevering, walls of floor-to-ceiling glass, and transparent-sided escalators dominate the building, which was designed by a local firm of architects.

In this image, you can see the Agbar Tower in the background. It was not yet illuminated for the light show, but it’s a great companion for the new museum.

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Winter Is Coming (Fageda d’en Jordà, Catalonia)

Posted on February 1, 2015 Leave a comment

Winter Is Coming (Fageda d’en Jordà, Catalonia)
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I have been trying to capture Jordan’s Beachwood in its best fall colors, but it is beginning to seem an impossible task. I visited this forest two times this year. My first trip was made at the right time of year, but the weather had other plans. On that visit, the forest still looked like summer.
After that, I had to travel for a few weeks. When I returned, I knew it was too late. However, I still wanted to visit the forest. When I did, almost all the leaves had fallen, announcing the arrival of winter. It was good to feel the cold on my face, especially since my travel had been to warmer countries.

Which do you prefer: winter or summer?

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Cala dels Frares (Lloret de Mar, Catalonia)

Posted on January 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Cala dels Frares (Lloret de Mar, Catalonia)
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I found photos of this beautiful inlet while surfing the Internet and was surprised to see the location: it is just a 10-minute walk from one of the main beaches in “Lloret de Mar,” a popular holiday resort between Girona and Barcelona.

The translation for “Cala dels Frares” is something like the “Inlet of the Monks.” As far as I know, this spot has nothing to do with the religious men. I do not know the reason for this name, but perhaps it refers to the large rocks on the coastline. I only focused on one of the “monks” in this photo, but there are some more, making this a great spot for photographers. The left part of this large rock looks like a head, doesn’t it?

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The Rocca Sforzesca (Imola, Italy)

Posted on January 18, 2015 Leave a comment

The Rocca Sforzesca (Imola, Italy)
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This is the time of year when I like to review all of my unpublished photos and pull out a few winners. In this case, I chose this image from my last visit to Imola, but I will probably publish a few more from another places in the upcoming weeks.

This beautiful castle was constructed around the 14th century, in the province of Bologna, in the Emilia-Romagna region of north-central Italy.

In the beginning of the 20th century, the castle was used at a prison for Nazi criminals. The castle was restored 50 years ago; today it serves as a museum, an open-air theater, and as the Head Office for the International Piano Academy “Incontri col Maestro.” Since its restoration, many important art exhibitions and musical performances have been held in this beautiful fortress.

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