Photo: COMING HOME

I’m Coming Home,
I’m Coming Home.
Tell the world
I’m Coming Home.

Coming Home – Diddy – Last Train to Paris   [iTunes link]

 

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Photo: POOL MERMAIDS

Mermaids. Fascinating creatures.

Mermaids’ habitats are water shores. They spend many hours a day interacting, in some way or another, with water. After a few swims, they usually enjoy sitting next to the water and refresh themselves. They spend time absent-mindedly playing with rims and softly splashing the surface, while other mermaids swim around.

They sometimes lay down and sunbathe.

Mermaids are really difficult to portrait. They usually refuse to pose. They actually hide, escape, or politely excuse themselves as soon as a camera is withdrawn from a bag.

I was recently very lucky, and had the chance to take a few shots before I got fired with the phrase “Papa…! Sempre ens estàs fent fotos!! Que pesat!!! ” (catalan-to-english google translate, if not obvious enough).

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Photo: S.S.L. (SUMER SOFA LAZINESS)

It takes some time. And patience…

As soon as I pick my camera from my own lap she says ” NO “.
I then rise it to my eye, and she insists: ” Papa, he dit NO ! ” (Dad, I said NO!).

First shot. Hit!
But her fan is covering most of her face (except her spying eye).

A few minutes later, second try. She has just folded her fan. In my mind, I view myself being faster at raising my camera and focusing than her opening her fan and covering her face again.

Fast synchronized (trained) movement: Camera – Eye – Focus – Click.

Focus check (playback) on the viewfinder… She raised her other hand….!!!
How could she be that fast!?!? And fully synced with the shutter!!!

After a while of playful wrestling…

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Photo: SELF

SELF as in my / your / him or her / one + self.

This is the final conclusion, persistent in my mind, every time I take a walk at the sea front, in Costa Brava on cloudy days.

Relaxing and intense. Very relaxing. Very intense.

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Photo: LAX TOWER / THE BIRD

I once won the first price of a photo contest.

Our Col.legi d’Arquitectes de Catalunya organized it first Digital Photography Contest for Architects sometime around year 2004. Subject: Architecture (really???!!!)

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Photo: LONELINESS

Some people say there is one phrase that a photographer should never say. And the reason why it should not be said is simple: it kills the challenge of taking pictures. Ok. Here it comes:

“This is the best picture I have ever taken! It is definitely MY BEST PICTURE!!!”

Oh! Wait! Let me quickly take it back, just in case.

“This is the best picture I have ever taken! It is definitely MY BEST PICTURE!!!”

Your best picture should be, not the one you just took, or the one you once took, but the next one you are planning to take.

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