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Photo of the Day – The Steamy Barcelona Beach – Barcelona, SpainBarcelona is well known as one of the top summer travel destinations in Europe thanks to its steamy hot beaches and spicy nightlife that goes well into the late morning hours. Barcelona Beach is without a doubt one of the Top 5 City Beaches in the world, finding its way into conversations with the beloved beaches of Rio, Sydney, Miami and other spectacular urban sandy playgrounds.
I took this picture back in 2010 while exploring this packed paradise. Check out the swanky W hotel in the background. It definitely sparks images of the Burj al Arab, with its similar sail shape, when I look back at this picture.
Photo of the Day – Las Ramblas – Barcelona, Spain
Las Ramblas is a beautiful tree-lined pedestrian street in Barcelona. As you walk down the promenade you notice that there are many historical buildings and interesting sites off on the side streets. Streets are always packed from morning until evening and definitely are a must-visit if you are touring Barcelona.
I took this shot with my Nikon 18-200mm lens fully extended to 200mm. A lot of my best shots are taken by stepping far back from my subject and then using a high powered telephoto lens. This creates two creative effects that I love. First, it reduces depth of field (similar to shooting at larger apertures – smaller f-stop numbers). Additionally, it creates compression distortion which essentially makes all of the near and distant objects in the photo appear closer together. Compression distortion works particularly well when taking pictures of long crowded streets (it makes them look much more crowded) and also when taking pictures of mountains (it makes the mountains hover over the foreground objects). Try it out!