A pinhole view of Park Guell

Photography, Travel and Other Adventures

Park Guell is another creation of Gaudi. I believe the original intent was for it to be a kind of housing development for wealthy people, but it didn’t work out so it ended up being a public park.

They day we went we walked all the way to the top of it and it was quite a climb. Totally worth the effort though. I took a pinhole photo of the view but it ended up being a portrait of the kid who decided to sit in front of my camera while I was exposing the shot. Here, instead are two photos of the houses at the front entrance.

Park Guell

These were both shot with a Terrapin Bijou and Ektar film.

I found this place hard to photograph with my pinhole camera. There was a lot going on. This was the one time I wished I had my full-sized tripod with me instead of my small travel tripod.

Montserrat through a pinhole

Photography, Travel and Other Adventures

I can honestly say that Montserrat is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. And this is saying a lot because I am often impressed by the beauty of a place. But this place was utterly stunning in so many ways. It is the kind of place that has to be experienced to understand.

I mentioned my small epiphany while I was there standing before the Black Madonna. The oddest thing about that. I didn’t mention in my original post that I did, indeed, try to snap a picture of her as I was walking up toward it. I was caught up in the mob mentality. The moment I snapped it was the moment I realized my folly. I decided to instead be in the moment, rather than an observer of that moment through the lens of a camera. When I went back later to look at the photos the photo I snapped of the Black Madonna was blurry! My husband’s photos of it were as well. The Black Madonna wasn’t having any of our touristy photo snapping.

When we were there it was cold and we didn’t dress for the weather. Rafael was also coming down with what would later be a really awful stomach thing. So we didn’t spend as much time there as we would have liked. As we were traveling up the mountain we noticed several paths that would have been interesting to walk. Someday I will return to walk them. And I will dress for the weather.


Camera used was a Terrapin Bijou. Film was Ektar.

No Paparazzi – Pinholeday contender #3


OK, it’s decision time. My decision is¬†between this one and “Balloons For Sale.” Which one should I choose for my pinhole day contribution? Personally, I like this one the best. But I also really like “Balloons For Sale.”

I like this one because the moment was kind of cool. When I was taking this the newpaper vendor covered his face. I’m not sure if he was playing around with me or if he truly didn’t want his picture taken. Either way, it was a moment of connection with the subject, which doesn’t really happen very often with me because my subject is mostly landscape.

I will decide over the next couple of days and upload it to the gallery, so check there to see what I decided. The deadline is May 31, so I really need to get on this!



Geeky Bits:
Camera: Terrapin Bijou, Incher configureation (25.4mm)
Film: Ektar 100
Exposure time: >5 seconds