all the roaring wildlife

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After a few days of pictures from last year I’ll now continue with some more recent ones from San Sebastian. After all I don’t want to add my more recent pictures to my editing backlog as well!

All pictures taken with: Olympus Pen E-PL3 and Panasonic Lumix 14mm f/2.5 ASPH.

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Rooooaaar!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Big smile after a big hug.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

She was going round and round the square.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

One. The guy was totally unconnected. Little one ran into his path and he couldn’t resist patting her head. She was completely unperturbed. No wonder, it must happen a lot.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Note the little kid coming around the corner in the background! I love when things like that happen.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Ah, girls that age …

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

They weren’t too good, but nobody fell over either. Basically the incarnation of the British “Not too bad …”

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

I missed what he was pointing at. When I turned around there was nothing. Maybe a ghost?

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Greeting rituals, probably accompanied by the obligatory “tío”. Even the girls call each other tío. It means uncle. Can’t help chuckling when I hear it.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Great light!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

There was some sort of mist or dust in the air in that particular street which gave me these beautiful sun light streaks.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Can’t resist the silhouette shots.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Why not look at the beach in a really weird position?

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Black and white.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Apparently the cigarette replaces his nose … or at least that’s what it looks like.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

I correct: AMAZING light.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

OMG, sales!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Kids in front of a shop selling ice cream randomly called Gollum.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Not happy. I wonder why?

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Reassurance. So cute!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

One. This bar is rather popular among students. I personally couldn’t figure out why.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Two. Love birds.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Generations.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

There was an old man walking in front of her. She growled at him and then laughed herself silly about it.

 

Today we returned from Bilbao after escaping there from the marching bands that haunt San Sebastián every year on the 20th of January. We stayed in a really nice flat, went to the Guggenheim museum, went for walks around town and took pictures. We originally also wanted to see the Vizcaya Bridge designed by one of the pupils of Eiffel, but the weather was quite bad so we decided to see it another time. In fact according to Ezequiel the weather wasn’t only bad, it was “putrid”! I wasn’t entirely flabbergasted by his choice of words. Of course the sun came out today when we were leaving, probably just to mock us a bit.

If I had to sum Bilbao up in a sentence I would probably say that it’s a more dirty and rough bigger brother of San Sebastián. Despite the absolutely insane architecture it still looks a bit more real, probably because it’s less clean and you see more beggars and less rich people on the streets. It doesn’t mean that you won’t find any walking fur balls with loads of bling, but they don’t seem to make up 80% of the population. It was a nice change of scenery for sure.

In general, although we had a nice time, our touristic ventures were all a bit anticlimactic by the way. Our visit to the Guggenheim was a perfect example. The architecture of the building is really amazing and there are some very nice sculptures right outside. However, the exhibitions they were showing were quite boring! The Richard Serra exhibit was alright, but it loses its novelty quickly, so I wasn’t really that impressed. This was the good part though, because the other stuff provoked reactions ranging from “Not sure what that’s supposed to be?” over “Suddenly I’m glad they didn’t want me in art school” to “pretentious navel gazing BS”. Don’t get me wrong, I quite like contemporary art and usually I find something interesting in almost any contemporary arts museum, but this time I was extremely unimpressed. Maybe you have to be Basque to get it. Although … the bad pictures of empty LA billboards are probably universally disappointing. A visit to the indoor market was equally strange. The building was very nice from the outside, but inside it reminded me of an insanely clean shopping mall lavatory. Very sterile, very odd. Maybe a good thing if you actually want to buy food there, but not a good place to take pictures I’m afraid. Nevertheless, we still had a good time and I got quite a few nice pictures that I’ll show you in a few days.

Comments

  • subroto mukerji

    Providing access to EXIF would enrich the viewing / learning experience, Lilly. I wrote to you before on this, but alas, didn’t get a reply. I like the way Ming Thein and Robin Wong do that, with the latter the more upfront of the two…
    Regard,

    Subroto Mukerji
    New Delhi, INDIA

    • Lilly Schwartz

      Maybe you’ve not seen my reply from yesterday: The exif information is embedded in the picture! I recommend using a browser extension like EXIF viewer for Chrome to access it. I’ve looked for both your suggestions, but one of them uploads to Flickr (which then shows exif) and the other didn’t show any EXIF information, unless there is more than one Robin Wong.

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