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Madrid – Day 4

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Madrid Barajas Airport ( Terminal 4 )

We arrived at the Barajas Airport, Madrid after a short flight from Barcelona on the 4th day of the trip. I really love the interior design of the Airport, it’s quite nice and stylish. This is actually the Terminal 4 of Barajas Airport, designed by Antonio Lamela and Richard Rogers (winning team of the 2006 Stirling Prize), and TPS Engineers, (winning team of the 2006 IStructE Award for Commercial Structures). Terminal 4 is one of the world’s largest airport terminals in terms of area, with 760,000 square meters (8,180,572 square feet) in separate landside and airside structures. After taking our begs and belongings, we headed straight to a backpackers Hostel located in the center of Madrid City and rest for a while before we continued to have a little walk around the City at night.

Palacio de Comunicaciones Madrid

Palacio de Comunicaciones is the Central Post Office in Madrid and it was built in 1904. In front of the palace is a very busy road and and square and this is where the soccer team of Madrid celebrates its victories. In the middle of the square is a fountain called Cibeles which consists of the Goddess of Fertility, sitting on a chariot that´s being pulled by two lions. Supposedly these lions were originally people who were turned into the predators because they had ruined the Goddess´ temple. The whole statue is made out of marble. Around Plaza de Cibeles and the post office are several other buildings, including the Bank of Spain, the House of America and an army headquarters.

A little details about the shot of Palacio de Comunicaciones, i captured it at the smallest aperture of 22, with shutter speed of 15sec, absolutely with the help of a tripod, WITHOUT star filter effect because there were many of my friends asked me how i got such star effect without the star filter. The answer is, i don’t really know about it actually but my friend, who studied in optic said that maybe it’s because of the manufacture of lenses. Lens with more small lenses in it, will produce more lines of star for night photography, but i don’t know if the fact is correct or not. For an example, Tokina 11-16mm ( about 16 lines) produces more lines of stars compare to Sigma 10-20mm ( about 6 lines ).

Edificio Metropolis Madrid

The Metropolis Building is one of Madrid’s headquarters of a former insurance company. wo of the French architects who were entrusted the task of the Metropolis Building in Madrid were Jules Fevrier and Raymond Fevrier. They won the competition of the work and commenced work in the project on 1907. The Metropolis Building project was begun by demolishing seven homes which facilitated the construction. In the year 1910, the Metropolis Building was completed. It was inaugurated on January 21, 1911. The Metropolis Building is an exquisite piece of architecture with its perfectly symmetrical proportions and an impressive dome which is visible from a distance.

The summit of the Metropolis Building was originally crowned with a phoenix, the mythical and sacred firebird that is mentioned in Egyptian and Greek mythology. The phoenix has references to the insurance company. However, in 1975, Metropolis bought the building and crested the apex with the winged statue of victory in the place of the phoenix. The statue of victory – the Roman goddess Victoria – was designed by Federico Coullaut Valera. The street where the Metropolis Building stands, the Gran Via contains a number of shopping malls and restaurants for travelers to frequent.

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Barcelona – Sagrada Familia

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Sagrada Familia

On the same day, after visited Park Güell, we headed to Sagrada Familia. Sagrada Familia is a massive, privately-funded Roman Catholic church that has been under construction in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain since 1882 and is not expected to be complete until at least 2026, the 100th anniversary of Gaudí’s death. Considered the master-work of renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí (1852–1926), the project’s vast scale and idiosyncratic design have made it one of Barcelona’s and Spain’s top tourist attractions for many years.

The unique about Sagrada Familia is that the construction on Sagrada Família is not supported by any government or official church sources. Private patrons funded the initial stages. Money from tickets purchased by tourists is now used to pay for the work, and private donations are accepted through the Friends of the Temple.

Recently, the Ministry of Public Works of Spain has projected the construction of a tunnel for the high speed train just under where the principal façade of the temple has to be built, that’s why there are lots of SOS banners around the Towers of Sagrada Familia. Although the ministry claims that the project poses no risk to the church, the engineers and architects of the temple disagree as there is no guarantee that the tunnel will not affect the stability of the building.

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Wrong Concept

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For all this time,i was wrong about photography. This is my confession! Now i feel ashame to all my works for almost 2 years in this field. I was blind and lost in the world that all people followed it, without asking myself is it the way it suppose to be, is it the real way, is it the way that i want it to be. But now, i can see it clearly.Yes i was totally wrong.

The question i should ask myself back then should be why i become a photographer? Is it to shot a great photo? or because i want to be like the people that already good on photography? or i felt jealous of others works?

For all this time i, i went out, holding my camera, thinking about the technical and setting,how to get the correct exposure that i should use to get a great photo, how to get a nice bokeh or blur, angle and everything that others people do. When i went out for a photowalk with some friend, i normally ask myself what setting should i use, which aperture is the best, which shutter speed suit my shots. Sometimes people asked me “Hey, which setting do you use for that shot??it looks great”. I read a lot of articles, books, blogs, magazine about getting the correct setting for a picture. No wonder i was lost in the ‘setting world’ of photography.I know i need to know that stuff because it’s important for a beginner. But, i’m sure i was master at the basic setting after a year in this field, still i was lost for another year. More badly, i always kept thinking to get a new gears without appreciate the capability those lens that i already have, kept searching in ebay, hopping that the price of lens will drop so i can buy it. The truth is actually any gears that already in my camera bag is the best for me!!Sorry guys!!

For the past 2 year i joined flickr hopping to see others great photos, and back then i found a lots of great pictures there, everyone was great and i set my mind to shot something like that and search for the perfect setting and try it myself and i done it!!I feel like i success and proud of myself!! But then, I was wrong. Then, something change since the past 4 month. I felt something wrong and different,there was not many great pictures on flickr compare to the past 2 year (at the time when i begin in photography),i don’t know why i felt like that, everything looks the same, maybe i already looked at the same style of picture for almost 2 years and i’m not impress anymore. MAYBE. I’m not saying that i got a nice photo compare to others on flickr because it’s not!!! Clearly, i’m still learning.

I stopped subscribing Digital Camera magazine because it always explains about the correct setting on getting a nice photo over and over again and it makes me feel like i was wasting my money on the thing that i already know. I need to find something else, something new. A question came into my mind last few months….’Now..i already know about the basic photography, what do i need after this?Is this all about photography??’. I kept looking for the answer until last month…everything changes, something had opened my eyes to see the real world of photography.

Photography is not about taking a great picture, not about technical point of view of a camera, not about how to get the correct setting for an amazing shot, not about how great and how many your gears you have with you. It’s more than that!!!I know most people always think about the setting of camera when shotting something because i have been there for 2 years..yes!i’m one of the example. Setting is not everything. A photo can be a trash although it’s at a correct exposure or at a perfect setting. Photography is an art, not a lesson of technical or practical ability. If it’s all about technical setting, i bet everyone can be a great photographer.

I realized that each photo has its own story, its own mood, and as a photographer we have to bring that up, so that people will feel it. Photography is not about taking a picture, it’s about telling your story, your feel, the moment of the shot and that why to be a great photographer you need to take a photo with a great feel and mood in it! That’s my next mission. For those outside there who wants to be a great photographer, better stop thinking about the camera setting and start shotting photos with stories in it. Personally, i think moment and mood of a shot is not something that you can ask people or pro to teach you, it’s something that you need to learn yourself because after all it’s your own shot that you want to let others people feel it.

I know, a lot of my friends shot all the time using manual mode. Maybe it’s sound cool when someone knows you handling your camera with manual mode, it seems like you are like a pro photographer and you can control your camera 100%. Yeah i know, manual mode is important for some circumstances, but you don’t need to use it all the time. You will not focusing on the feel and mood of the moment if you use manual mode,but you will always search for the camera setting on the view finder to get the correct exposure and i’m sure about that because i always did that before. Why don’t you shot with aperture or shutter mode, and let the camera find the correct exposure because that’s the purpose of the setting in the first place, and you can focus on finding a great moment for your shot.

I don’t know if you really understand what i was trying to tell you in this post. To make it simple, i just want to tell you guys and myself, to start taking pictures with emotions, feels, moments, moods and stories in it because that’s the different between a normal photographer and a great photographer.