shades of salamanca

It comes to this: like all of us who have not yet died of plague he fully realizes that his freedom and his life may be snatched from him at any moment”
Albert Camus


The streets of Salamanca stay muted as Covid-19 shows little sign of receding – although even in the darkest shadows light can be found.

A brief snapshot of the streets of Salamanca in September as the summer slides slowly towards the autumn. The outcome of my latest experimentation with the settings on my Nikon D850 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 E VR lens.

More to follow.

Wherever you are, stay safe and look for the light in the shadows…


*Images made with Nikon D850 and AF-S Nikkor 24-70 f/2.8 E VR lens*

coquilla

i’ll be there as soon as I can
but I’m busy mending broken
pieces of the life I had before

– unintended, muse

in a tight corner

do they toll for thee?

they also serve who only perch and wait

bound and confined

reach for the sky

will you still love me?

fleeting romance

stacked

haunted


*all images made with nikon d700 with nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 and 50mm f/1.4 lenses, developed in lightroom cc*

windows

Strangely transparent, they seemed like windows to a world beyond, but however long I peered into their depths, there was nothing I could see
― Haruki Murakami

For WordPress weekly photo challenge – Windows

There are a lot more windows here and here.


*Shot with Fujifilm X100F with 23mm (35mm fixed frame equivalent) fixed lens, ISO 200, 1/140s at f/5.6 with some added mystery applied with Affinity Photo which, along with Affinity Designer, I’m exploring as a credible Photoshop CC replacement*

sardines

We ate well and cheaply and drank well and cheaply and slept well and warm together and loved each other
― Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

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iced

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stirred

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tapped

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salted

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burned

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queued

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smoked

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shovelled

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seated

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forked

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deserved

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served

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All shots taken with Nikon D700 and Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.4 lens in Manual mode and ISO200. All other settings made on the fly using the camera’s on board exposure meter, plus I confess to drinking and shooting.

half-light

the time to hesitate is through, no time to wallow in the mire
– lyrics from light my fire, the doors
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I shot this image last night whilst shooting one of the many Semana Santa processions in the city of Salamanca – more on that soon at salamancastreets.com.

In this case, the night was dark, but the city was lit by many candles, streetlights and the smiling faces of the women, men and children who packed the streets until the early hours of the morning.

The Doors’ Light my fire, and in particular the instrumental version to which I have linked, seems also to capture some of the same spirit. For me, anyway.

This shot was a lucky capture, the Plaza Mayor captured in half-light.


 

for wordpress weekly photo challenge – half-light

*shot with nikon d700 and nikkor af-s 70-200mm f/4.0 ED lens at 200mm, ISO6400, 1/160s and f/4.0 and cropped in lightroom cc*