almost levitating

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Today some pictures taken in Bilbao during our trip on the last weekend. I think I got quite a lot of nice pictures, but judge for yourself.

All pictures taken with: Olympus Pen E-PL3 and Panasonic Lumix 20mm f/1.7 ASPH.

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

© Lilly Schwartz 2014

The poster said “Put yourself in his position” … The girls were shoving each other around, so probably following that advice.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Girls excited about the shop, boy not interested.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Oh yeah, sure, playing football in a crowded pedestrian zone is a fantastic idea. I love how some people just don’t acknowledge that they’re not alone in the world. One.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Two. Thanks for the nice picture, but still, muppets!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Totally agree with the poster in the upper left corner. Eat real food!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

I was working the shot for a while until I got the right expression from the dog. Big plus also the umbrella on the left. A bit of patience tends to pay off.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

They were very eager to drink, both were running to the drinking fountain like they were in a desert.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

I waited until she turned around.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Nope, it wasn’t the wind going up her skirt, it stuck out of her coat like that.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

We stumbled into an area with rather a lot of shady characters. He was one of them, here in front of an anarchist sign. At the street corner there was also a house with a CNT flag, which is one of the Spanish Anarchist organisations. If you’re interested, there is a rather long article about anarchism in Spain on wikipedia in English.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

The area with the shady characters was rather dark too.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Not sure what’s so interesting about that wall.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Not the only punks we’ve seen, but these were eating ice cream!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

It was Saturday night so the Casco Viejo was full of people. One.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Facepalm. Two.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Girls outside a bar texting.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

The weather was “putrid” according to Ezequiel. The boy rather liked it. I really like that there was a water drop on the lens to underline the fact that it was raining.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Earlier that day in the afternoon. Women closing up the shop for siesta.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

To know who the mother is you just have to pay attention to the shoes.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Keeping the city clean. They didn’t really succeed, there was lots of rubbish flying around.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

I don’t like shoes either.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Find the pigeon.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Something rather odd was going on there. Where is the hand of the girl on the left?!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Guy with empty wine bottle … huh?

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

If that doll isn’t creepy then I don’t know what is …!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Next day. Children learn their facial expressions from each other apparently.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Don’t try attaching the leash to your belt with a bigger dog.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Interesting guy on the bike with dreadlocks. Haha, humans are such lemmings.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Make sure to look at the background as well.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Protective gestures.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

It’s so funny that some people just don’t care how they look to others.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Don’t point your naked fingers at dressed people is something they tell children in Germany. Not in Spain obviously.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

Big guy with little umbrella. Or the other way round?

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

That’s one way not to get bored while waiting for a red light to change.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2014

When people annoy me on the streets I try to pretend that I’m in the zoo. In the Basque Country this is even easier because of all the fur coats.

 

Yesterday I edited a ton of pictures and I’m glad to say that I am finished with all the pictures from Bilbao. These are actually just half of them by the way so you’ll see more tomorrow. Now that that’s done and I’m up to date with my current pictures I can continue with editing some older stuff. I’ve made a little list and discovered that there are still pictures to come from Chemnitz, Berlin, Dresden and possibly Leipzig (it was dark and rainy, so I doubt there’s much to see). 18 days of digital pictures, 14 rolls of film to go. I hoped that I had managed to get through more of them by now, but it seems that there is still quite a bit of work to be done. One day I’ll hopefully be done with all this editing.

Yesterday I checked the tracking of my Yashica, since it should have arrived by now. Well, due to ebay being utterly confusing the seller sent it to Germany rather than to Spain and it will still take a while until it finally gets here. At the moment it is on the way back to France. Well, it’s going to be a well-travelled camera already when I get it. By now I have filters and a lens cap, so that’s a start, but of course the most important bit of gear is still missing. Can’t wait to play with it (and add more to my editing queue *sigh*).

Comments

  • I find I’m enjoying your pictures of Spain a lot, Lilly. Thank you so much for posting such excellent pictures. The skill, long experience, hard work, keen eye and fast reflexes are very much in evidence, as always.
    Some of the pictures seem to be taken from knee level, I rather enjoy the viewpoint. It’s a wonder how you can make yourself invisible ! I must try this sometime with the EPL5, since its tilt screen with touch shutter would facilitate this. So far, what little street shooting I’ve done has mostly been about eye level (using either of two Sony pocket cameras). The bright light here in India makes for cleaner exposures. For night work, I’ve used the RX100 a fair bit, with very pleasing results — its great lens and low light capability means I didn’t have to too much editing in post. Am thinking in terms of the Mk II… or maybe another EPL5 devoted exclusively to high ISO B&W / colour street work. The Nikon Coolpix P7700 experiment failed — it wasn’t good enough for low light street shooting and moreover, it takes forever to write to card. Pity, because it’s otherwise a fine instrument. Let’s see what happens next; I first have to get over an unexpectedly severe bout of lower back trouble that’s severely restricted my walkabouts :=( But I’m almost 66, which is OLD in the tropics where people age faster 🙂 Bye and keep it up !!

    • Lilly Schwartz

      Thanks a lot Subroto! I’m glad you enjoy my pictures!
      I usually shoot from the hip while I’m walking around. It’s a lot of hit and miss and the slow AF of the Panasonic 20mm doesn’t make it easy. I tend to get a lot of rejects working like that so editing is a pain. However, the results speak for themselves and people hardly ever notice you when you’re shooting from the hip, since you just look like a tourist walking about. When you’re shooting from eye level getting noticed is part of the fun sometimes. In some situations it might come across as a bit confrontational though, so I wouldn’t shoot from eye level in tight spaces, like the subway. Finding the right gear is difficult, but the E-PL3 suits my style of shooting very well. After looking around for lens alternatives yesterday I found rather encouraging reviews of the Olympus 17mm f/1.8. It even has focusing scales, which would help with the contrast AF focusing issues by allowing zone focusing. Shame that it’s so much more expensive. If I wasn’t saving for a Leica I’d probably ditch the 20mm for that one.

      Sorry to hear that you’re having lower back trouble! I used to get that a lot as well. Walking barefoot helped me a lot. Of course in the streets one would get stares or get judged as poor, but there are actually barefoot shoes out there with very thin soles. When I wear normal shoes my back troubles come right back. Maybe worth a try?

  • Kevin

    Great set of photos. Is it the Yashica TLR?

    • Lilly Schwartz

      Thanks Kevin! I’m waiting for the Yashica Electro 35 CC to arrive. That’s the one with the 35mm f/1.8 lens.

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