Thursday, June 09, 2005

Barcelona: Reflected Bar

Reflected Bar

Wandering around Barcelona with my wife, I saw this reflection of a bar in the port area of town.

The bar/restaurant was outside and there was a curved window/mirror on the building behind it which has made for a fantastic reflection - if you look you can see the individual panels of glass.

This photo was taken at 10:40am according to the EXIF data - but I remember there were very few people around yet so I waited until this one person moved to a corner of my frame to add a point of interest. This is my first blog that contains a person (other than my eye logo).

As I said in a comment yesterday I am normally nervous of having people in my photographs, particularly recognisable individuals, for a nuumber of reasons.

a) I worry I will not do them justice
b) I worry they will not like it - trees and stuff do not complain!
c) I would like to take candids, but am a coward at heart - I love sidney's stuff for example.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I photographed also no humans, for the same reasons as you. Mad perspective, so from above.

Greets Holger

9/6/05 11:16  
Blogger Kamakshi said...

same here .. i dont do much people photography too. i feel they're more difficult to potray.

nice one this .. i cant beleive its a reflection. before i read ur write up, i thought it was a glass floor or something!

9/6/05 11:58  
Blogger F. Vissault said...

Ian, i love this shot! It's really fantastic reflections.

It's not difficult to take human. Person must be agree and you must tell him or her where you put your photograph. After, the person has to play a little the comedy in front of the objective to give a great background to your photo.
Often I takes photos or we cannot recognize people. I hope my english not so bad!

9/6/05 12:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it is good that we all take different kind of pictures. I find pictures without people equally captivating as the ones with people on it. I, for myself, prefer to take people because I can interact with people and not with chairs :-)
I understand the reasons for not taking pitures of people. I guess you can compare it with an artist performing on stage. The first few moment he is very nervous, then he relaxs. I have the same feeling. When I start shooting people my first picture is the most crucial. I am very nervous. But after the first picture I forget I have a camera...
Thanks for putting my site in the spotlight !

9/6/05 13:40  
Blogger jane said...

An almost dizzying perspective and I think the person passing through really makes the shot.

9/6/05 14:03  
Blogger Potpourri said...

Great perspective. But even after studying this for a long time, I still dont get where the mirror is and how you've shot this one :(

9/6/05 14:10  
Blogger btezra said...

~my thoughts...take pictures of what you enjoy, no matter the subject matter!~

9/6/05 14:26  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thought this was a straight perspective shot at first, didn't realize it was a reflection. either way, very cool image. i like how it forces you to look for a bit to see what's going on.

9/6/05 14:34  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Peeping tom in your spare time, hanging from the rafters, what, no? ;-) I tease. This is a really fun shot and adds a whole new perspective. I love doing reflections.

And yes, I too am not one for taking 'people' pictures. I never seem to get it right. Flowers on the other hand...

9/6/05 15:01  
Blogger kiwik said...

I love your photos! and thanks for stopping by at my page! :)

9/6/05 15:51  
Blogger ian said...

Thank you all very much for your kind comments.

sidney - you desrv a highlight for your great work

9/6/05 16:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, this one is wonderful! I love all the repetition in the tables and chairs, and such nice lines! Amazing shot, Ian!

9/6/05 17:15  
Blogger Joel said...

Haha! Great shot!

I like to have someone on my photos, but it is sometimes difficult to do...

9/6/05 17:34  
Blogger Metallyptica said...

As Potpourri I can't understand how this is a reflection... but still I love the photo! :)

And I am too afraid of photographing people, because I don't wanna expose my friends and family in my blog... and strangers I'm afraid they might not be that please when I shot at them... so... I usually don't... or if I do I use a fake model! ;)

9/6/05 18:15  
Blogger Srikanth said...

very difficult to spot the reflection, but indeed an amazing photo and an excellent sense of observation

9/6/05 18:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I spent a long time starring at this shot. I was trying to figure out how you did it before reading you post. This is an awesome perspective. Very unique, and great eye.

I'm glad you waited for a person to walk into the right spot, I feel that he adds a lot of interest to this shot.

9/6/05 20:11  
Blogger cube said...

lovely shot.

9/6/05 21:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful composition in this shot -- definitely glad you chose to include a person. It makes a huge difference, I think.

I am also unreasonably shy at taking pictures of people, for much of the same reasons. I'm hoping once I get a dSLR I'll be able to look "pro" or "serious" or, at the very least, not "creepy college kid," I'll be able to approach people shots a little easier.

10/6/05 02:25  
Blogger KMJ said...

What a great shot. You're right, that person totally adds interest - and solidifies it as a downward view into the bar. Trippy-beautiful.

10/6/05 06:02  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the perspective!

10/6/05 10:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love the perspective!

10/6/05 11:00  
Blogger Suyog said...

Would have never thought that this is a reflection. Amazing perspective!

10/6/05 14:55  
Blogger Ezequiel Mesquita said...

What a finding! It is an incredible composition. Excellent!

11/6/05 00:00  
Blogger Michael Salone said...

No matter what you think about people in your photos, this is an excellent shot. What a different perspective you get from above.

11/6/05 11:01  
Blogger Bradley said...

Beautiful shot Ian. I'm liking all of these from Barcelona.

11/6/05 17:15  
Blogger Judy Birmingham (Seeing Anew Blog) said...

You have found an amazing vantage point, though I still can't quite figure out where the curved window must have been in order for you to get such a bird's eye view. I am also comforted to read that you and so many others have the same qualms about photographing people that I do. Shooting from angles where the person is unrecognizable, is probably the way to go. gives some guidelines about photographing people, if that helps. This is an amazing shot, and now I am going to be on the lookout for good reflections, unusual vantage points, and as Lara aptly pointed out, interesting repetition of elements. This photo had it all!

12/6/05 05:56  
Blogger ian said...

Thank yo uall for your comments and the discussion on people in photos.

seeing anew - I read the post on the legal issues, thank you. I agree with taking unrecognisable people - that is where I am starting.

12/6/05 08:05  

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