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When the going gets tough, it feels nice to have footage from before the Coronavirus pandemic to edit. That’s what I did the last week and I think it did me some good. By now the lockdown and the numbers have eased enough for me to go out for little walks every now and then, but it feels so weird and scary out there! How am I supposed to take pictures of people if I’m also supposed to avoid them? My solution is to not even try. I managed to finish at least the roll I had in my Leica, but all in all I haven’t taken many pictures since all this started. There was one rather special self-portrait, but I think I’ll tell you about that another time!

I’m glad that I can at least fall back on the footage and pictures that I took just before all this started. In the last video I showed you the first part of our trip to Bilbao in January 2020 and this time I have the last couple of days of the trip for you! Maybe a bit of pre-Corona normality will help you out a little too. It definitely helps me to edit it!

As always there are a couple of extra bonus pictures over here on the blog, so scroll down if you want to see them or any of the pictures you saw in the video in more detail! It was a nice trip and I brought back some cool stuff, which is always rewarding. I hope we get to go on a similar trip soon, but sadly the reality doesn’t quite want to conform to my wishes as the moment. Thinking of that future when I can go back out to shoot without worrying about my mask or keeping my distance scares me sometimes. Will we ever get back to that? I sure hope so. Until then I will have to stretch out that “normal” footage and make it last for a while longer.

Enough of the pre-Corona nostalgia for now though, let’s just get to the pictures, shall we?

All pictures taken with: Leica M6, Voigtländer Nokton 35mm f/1.2, HP5+, HC-110.

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I’m sure I’ve taken a similar picture before. I’m sure I’ll take it again.

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© Lilly Schwartz 2020

Hanging out with our spider buddy.

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Wild architecture!

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He was fast!

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Taken from inside the museum.

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What a funky building.

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On the next day we decided to go into town and check out some bookshops. It was raining.

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We stopped for a coffee.

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Hello there! Here you can see my photo and video rig! Leica and a GoPro Hero 7 on a hot shoe mount.

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This is definitely my favourite picture of the lot! I’ve tried to take pictures in this bar before, but I didn’t have the right lens. This time I thought ahead and brought just my low light 35mm Nokton.

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All the lines!

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Bookshop with with books for door handles.

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Inevitable bookshop mirror self-portrait!

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That bridge is just so photogenic!

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Later that day we decided to go up the hill in a funicular.

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It promised views like this.

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And “strange” views like this.

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It was a rather grey and rainy day, but we managed to stay reasonably dry!

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On the way we found this abandoned building. I love shooting this sort of stuff, so I took some time to look around.

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Somebody may have lost their shoes.

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We didn’t go inside though, because there were other people in there already and that’s not particularly safe.

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This was our actual destination. There is a view of the airport up here and something that used to be a chapel or monastery or some such place.

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We watched the planes for a while.

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This little guy didn’t want to give up the stick, so his mum couldn’t play with him.

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The landscape around here is really lovely.

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On our way back I took a couple more pictures of this place.

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It had seen better days.

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It was quite noisy around there because they were rebuilding something or other.

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On the way down we managed to get a spot at the front of the funicular!

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© Lilly Schwartz 2020

I had a single picture left on the roll, it was already getting dark, so I just took a gamble without even metering. Love how it turned out.

Last picture! Which one was your favourite?

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