As a professional travel photographer, I am constantly faced with unpredictable challenges: unwanted cranes, historical buildings swaddled in scaffolding, hordes of tourists and, above all, inclement weather. Weather dominated my recent trip to Madrid: unusual Arctic weather blanketed half of Spain with snow and producing freezing temperatures. High winds disrupted my shooting plans but meant that dramatic black storm clouds alternated with sunny spells.
When you think of photographing architecture in Barcelona immediately Gaudi’s name come to your mind doubtless. But beside the worldwide famous examples of great architecture that Barcelona inherited by Gaudi and more Catalan modernism’s contemporary architects, you can still look for something unique in terms of shooting photos in town. The old Poblenou cemetery is among those places you should not miss when you think of shooting something different in Barcelona. At the begin of 19th century, an Italian architect was commissioned to design this cemetery which is located in the Poblenou district. The cemetery is rich of individual marble monuments and family’s mausolea as it was specifically designated to meet the aesthetic tastes and aspirations of the wealthy bourgeoise class and merchants of Barcelona. Famous local politicians, writers or musicians of that time are buried in this cemetery and many of their graves are interesting and impressive samples of work of art.
When traveling food photography is a tasteful aspect for many photographers. In fact, food tells a lot about the country you are visiting and also it can be a useful way to know more about people and culture. Countries like Italy, India or China offer such a wide range of different and tasteful specialities that basically every city or region of these countries get their own traditional dishes and culinary style. Here are a few quick tips for taking some great images of food.
Whether you are visiting a vibrant European city or exploring an exotic Asian village, markets must be definitively on your travel bucket list. In the same place, you can find a wide variety of colorful goods, animated stallholders, interesting people and an exciting environment to discover and enjoy with your camera.
Markets can be covered or outdoor. In case of shooting images in an outdoor market, you have to face up with the great contrast existing between the parts of the scene lit directly by the sun and the people or goods in the shadows. Use of flash can compensate both such a contrast and lightening shadows on people’s faces, but the result you get is easily flat to tell the truth. The best option is to visit the outdoor market in early morning when sun light is still soft or wait, instead, for a cloudy day.
Urban photography is full of fantastic subjects for your camera: monuments, squares, markets, superb views, ancient or modern buildings, people. The urban environment offers a wide variety of subjects in a restricted area, more than any other existing photographic category. From a terrific night skyline to the day frenetic street activity, from close-up architectural details to busy markets, every city, big or small, provides plenty of exciting photographic opportunities.