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Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Basilica de la Sagrada Familia

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This building might not have been apparent in some of my earlier photos of Torre Agbal, so I thought I would post this one taken with my zoom lens. It shows more clearly the Basilica and Expiatory Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona, at sunset. According to Wikipedia this building is a:

Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926). Although incomplete, the church is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and in November 2010 was consecrated and proclaimed a minor basilica by Pope Benedict XVI.

Though construction of Sagrada Família had commenced in 1882, Gaudí became involved in 1883, taking over the project and transforming the project with his architectural and engineering style—combining Gothic and curvilinear, Art Nouveau forms with ambitious structural columns and arches.

Gaudí devoted his last years to the project and at the time of his death in 1926, less than a quarter of the project was complete. Sagrada Família’s construction progressed slowly as it relied on private donations and was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War—only to resume intermittent progress in the 1950s. Construction passed the mid-point in 2010 with some of the project’s greatest challenges remaining and an anticipated completion date of 2026—the centennial of Gaudí‘s death.

The basílica has a long history of dividing the citizens of Barcelona—over the initial possibility it might compete with Barcelona’s cathedral, over Gaudí‘s design itself, over the possibility that work after Gaudí‘s death disregarded his design, and the recent possibility that an underground tunnel of Spain’s high-speed train could disturb its stability.

My other photos of the Torre Agbar, where you can make out the Basilica in the background are:

Posted by bigblue on 13/04/2011 at 08:26 AM
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Tuesday, 12 April 2011
A cyclist in Barcelona

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These photos were taken from quite a height. I like the way the marking on the cycle lane indicates which direction you should be cycling in, but isn’t this person going in the wrong lane?

Posted by bigblue on 12/04/2011 at 08:12 AM
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Sunday, 10 April 2011
Barcelona sunset - a short time-lapse



In this attempt I learnt that in future I should set the camera manually. The camera was set to “autofocus” and I set it up in my hotel room to take photographs at 5 minute intervals.  However the changing point of focus for some of the shots means that Torre Agbal does not appear as static during the time-lapse video. Also when the lights on the tower went out the camera stopped taking photographs since it couldn’t focus the shot. The video therefore terminated prematurely. The time between the individual photographs is 5 minutes, and they are played back in 0.5 second intervals.

Posted by bigblue on 10/04/2011 at 08:35 AM
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Wednesday, 06 April 2011
Barcelona traffic

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Various shots taken last week. The city of Barcelona is what I would describe as “car friendly” although there seems to be decent public transport, including a tram network, and widespread use of scooters, motorbikes, and even bicycles (some of which are part of the free/cheap public cycling scheme).

Posted by bigblue on 06/04/2011 at 08:15 PM
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Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Back in Barcelona (part 2)

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The sun has set.

Posted by bigblue on 30/03/2011 at 08:22 PM
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Back in Barcelona

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Watching the setting of the sun.

Posted by bigblue on 30/03/2011 at 08:01 PM
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Monday, 28 February 2011
In and out

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I wonder if these pictures fully reflect my experience in perspective. I noticed that when I was in bed in the hotel room the tower loomed and blocked my window (like an alien space ship dominating the sky).  However when I stood at the window the perspective of sky and cityscape made the tower less significant. It appeared smaller and further away.

Posted by bigblue on 28/02/2011 at 08:19 AM
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Sunday, 27 February 2011
Day and night in Barcelona

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A variation on a previous theme.

Posted by bigblue on 27/02/2011 at 08:16 AM
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