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Some street photography from Madrid last week -

I had a couple of free afternoons to wander about - a definite project in mind - psycho-geography in Madrid - but I'm going to have to write some words to go with it - so in the interim these pictures are the outliers - not relevant to my main interest at the time but I couldn't walk past them. For me Madrid is a fantastic environment for the street photographer. Highly unusually for me shooting in colour with a digital camera. My Leicas need serviced. Not cheap. It might sound odd - but it took me about an hour to start seeing pictures in colour again.


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Somewhere around Opera barrio.

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Again - Opera.

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Tirso de Molina.

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Lavapies barrio.

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Tirso de Molina.

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Puerta del Sol.

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Me and my other half - somewhere around Opera.

Thanks for looking. All pictures shot with a Nikon D700 and an 18 - 35mm lens. Yours - I.

@Helveticum @Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard @TomG
Marvellous Iain. I think I would recognise your photos anywhere. You have a very distinctive style.
 
Some street photography from Madrid last week -

I had a couple of free afternoons to wander about - a definite project in mind - psycho-geography in Madrid - but I'm going to have to write some words to go with it - so in the interim these pictures are the outliers - not relevant to my main interest at the time but I couldn't walk past them. For me Madrid is a fantastic environment for the street photographer. Highly unusually for me shooting in colour with a digital camera. My Leicas need serviced. Not cheap. It might sound odd - but it took me about an hour to start seeing pictures in colour again.


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Somewhere around Opera barrio.

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Again - Opera.

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Tirso de Molina.

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Lavapies barrio.

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Tirso de Molina.

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Puerta del Sol.

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Me and my other half - somewhere around Opera.

Thanks for looking. All pictures shot with a Nikon D700 and an 18 - 35mm lens. Yours - I.

@Helveticum @Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard @TomG
Thank you sincerely for sharing these shots with us Iain.

You have a remarkable eye .
It is a skill that only a few have.

I remember years ago a keen photographer saying to me that when you are ready to take your photograph, pause and look at your capture at a different angle or move to your left or right, up or down and see the difference it will make.

Finding the subjects you see and create is on another level.
Superb my friend and "keep um coming" as they say. :D
 
Some street photography from Madrid last week -

I had a couple of free afternoons to wander about - a definite project in mind - psycho-geography in Madrid - but I'm going to have to write some words to go with it - so in the interim these pictures are the outliers - not relevant to my main interest at the time but I couldn't walk past them. For me Madrid is a fantastic environment for the street photographer. Highly unusually for me shooting in colour with a digital camera. My Leicas need serviced. Not cheap. It might sound odd - but it took me about an hour to start seeing pictures in colour again.


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Somewhere around Opera barrio.

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Again - Opera.

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Tirso de Molina.

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Lavapies barrio.

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Tirso de Molina.

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Puerta del Sol.

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Me and my other half - somewhere around Opera.

Thanks for looking. All pictures shot with a Nikon D700 and an 18 - 35mm lens. Yours - I.

@Helveticum @Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard @TomG
Some stunning shots Iain, you have used the fact you were shooting in colour to great effect. Paul.
 
More Madrid - from last week.

The Kraken awakes - well this is self-evidently an octopus - generally the Kraken of legend is a giant squid but the word comes to English from Norwegian - meaning 'something twisted,' see English cognates - 'crook' and 'crank.' In modern German 'Kraken' means octopus. Generally 'pulpo' - in Spanish - is something that is going to be part of your lunch, not a threat to ships. Busking with images because I haven't finished the psycho-geography project yet.

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Nikon D700 - 18-35mm - Lavapies barrio - yours - I.

Oh - incidentally - most guide books to Madrid will tell you not to go to this barrio - it is certainly a bit rough but it is the real thing - totally un-reconstructed - where normal people live - 'los gatos' - it has defied all attempts to gentrify it. Which is fine - it reminds me of where I live in Glasgow - Govanhill. It is the traditional 'entre port' - to Madrid. Refugees, illegals - 'los clandestinos,' in Spanish. 'Los de abajos,' - literally, those that live underneath. All the better for it. As I say - reminds me of home.

@Helveticum @Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard
 
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More Madrid - from last week.

The Kraken awakes - well this is self-evidently an octopus - generally the Kraken of legend is a giant squid but the word comes to English from Norwegian - meaning 'something twisted,' see English cognates - 'crook' and 'crank.' In modern German 'Kraken' means octopus. Generally 'pulpo' - in Spanish - is something that is going to be part of your lunch, not a threat to ships. Busking with images because I haven't finished the psycho-geography project yet.

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Nikon D700 - 18-35mm - Lavapies barrio - yours - I.

Oh - incidentally - most guide books to Madrid will tell you not to go to this barrio - it is certainly a bit rough but it is the real thing - totally un-reconstructed - where normal people live - 'los gatos' - it has defied all attempts to gentrify it. Which is fine - it reminds me of where I live in Glasgow - Govanhill. It is the traditional 'entre port' - to Madrid. Refugees, illegals - 'los clandestinos,' in Spanish. 'Los de abajos,' - literally, those that live underneath. All the better for it. As I say - reminds me of home.

@Helveticum @Barry Giddens @Blademonkey @Wayne Pritchard
Stunning work Iain.
I am really looking forward to your forthcoming pics.

Now that is a place I would like to visit.
I enjoy going to places that the books forbid. :D
 
Thanks Wayne - should you find yourself there - start off at Tirso de Molina - where myself and my partner had an apartment last week - follow Calle de Lavapies down hill for several blocks - you'll come to the main square - which isn't actually a square - more a triangle - where the underground station 'Lavapies' is - then take the right fork into the 'Trabajeros' area - the workers barrio. Even more hardcore. Definitely off guide book. Not for the faint hearted. There is a church there that has the bullet holes preserved from when it was one the last places to have held out against Franco. Because of Orwell everybody thinks of Barcelona - but Madrid was the last to fall. Republican to the last. You should go to Madrid - it's a fantastic city. Home of shaving porn - if nothing else. _ I.
 
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My other half - this afternoon - wearing her new hat. You will forgive the woeful technical quality - shot with a phone - the only camera to hand at the time. Yours - I.

@Helveticum @Barry Giddens @Wayne Pritchard @Blademonkey
Some great captivating shots of your good lady Iain.

I have been paging up and down trying to decide which shot I prefer.

I think the colour shot is obviously depicting that beautiful hat and that was where my eyes was immediately drawn to.

The B&W on the other hand I was immediately drawn to the ladies eyes. it looks like she is in a deep thought process to my mind so for that reason alone I think the B&W shines for me.

I also like the way you have captured the rule of 1/3rds guide lines and their intersection points with the subject.

Really clever and thanks for the tag and sharing. :)
 
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That's how to wear a hat!
Now there's a woman with style! If I may be so bold! More women and men should wear hat's again, she does it so well too!
I shall pass on the compliment - I'm sure she will be delighted. It was a surprise gift from me - she has strongly defined features and I thought she could carry it off - which I think she does charmingly. We both wear hats fairly routinely - my signature is my beloved Chitrali cap - well caps - plural - I have several. I picked up a beautiful Russian Army issue officer's ushanka earlier this year - it's hard to find the real ones. It's astonishingly warm - what I hadn't realised is that all the army issue ones are designed - with the ear flaps down - to fit under a steel helmet. Makes sense I guess. The problem is - if you are used to carrying and using slr cameras - you can't wear hats with a rigid brim - they get in the way - doubly so if there is a flash gun on top. Neatly back on topic at the end there - cheers - I.
 
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