Photography: Mountainside Bokeh in Barcelona


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My first digital lens was the Sony FE 85mm 1.8. It's a focal length famous for its portrait capabilities, but also the bokeh it produces. Being a prime lens, it's incredibly open and fast. It creates some smooth and incredibly cinematic backgrounds, with the outer parts of image resembling that of an anamorphic lens.

These images, while some aren't perfect, are unedited. Straight from the camera. A Sony a7 II owned by @irial. They were taken from a mountainside that overlooks the city of Barcelona all the way to the ocean.

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Unfortunately I can't remember the exact settings used on the camera, and I'm too lazy to go digging through each image's EXIF data to find out.

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And here is the view in actual focus! We stayed there and watched the sun slowly set and the colours of the city start to appear in the form of street lights, buildings, and cars. It was really beautiful, and I'm looking forward to doing similar things again.


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08.09.2019 12:25
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Beautiful shots and I bet it was worth visiting!
The sunset must have loooked amazing with that view

08.09.2019 13:26
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The actual sunset itself wasn't anything too amazing, but that's due to the fact that the sun was actually setting behind us, behind the mountain, so that's where most of the colour was. Though, the main thing was waiting until the city lights came on and capturing the more urban aesthetic of it.

08.09.2019 14:00
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09.09.2019 00:38
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09.09.2019 00:38
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Hi @namiks. Unfortunately, the photographs did not look very good, but I'm glad you enjoyed a beautiful sunset in Barcelona and shared it here.

09.09.2019 02:05
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the photographs did not look very good

I'm actually very happy with them. I like them. I realised I actually forgot to add the ones that contained too much camera shake so it seems like I only posted the ones I didn't like, haha.

09.09.2019 04:05
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Hahahaha You made me laugh. I hope to see some pictures of you from Barcelona. I've been to Spain but I haven't visited Barcelona yet.

09.09.2019 04:24
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It was my first time in Spain. I honestly had no idea of what to expect. I haven't travelled much, in fact, it was the first time I had travelled abroad alone as an adult. Crazy with 25 coming up soon.

The city was absolutely beautiful, though. I fell in love with those bending streets, the gothic architecture, and the food! Though, as others will probably tell you, try to go during the year when the tourism isn't particularly high. I went during the peak of summer so it was full of tourists and the threat of theft lingered everywhere I went.

I'll definitely be posting them more often now. I've had enough time to prepare some things in real life and relax a bit since I returned, and those 500~ pictures aren't going to post themselves (though with that many I kind of wish they could).

09.09.2019 04:34
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It doesn't matter if they are not perfect for you, I think your shot focused on a moment that you saw with the best camera, your eyes, so for me they are beautiful! regards

09.09.2019 03:20
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I love the first one, but the second is a bit more lacking. I remember we had to wait for quite some time for the darkness to set in a bit more and the city lights to start appearing. In the second picture, towards the top, most of the lights there come from the distant airport and shipping port.

09.09.2019 04:07
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What a brave decision to share photos that might be considered as not perfect. But in my opinion this is the beauty of them. They are different and creative. And I like that you didn't edit them. I must admit that I haven't shared any photos that wouldn't be edited.. but you've motivated me to try it one day :)

Thank you for sharing and have a lovely day!

09.09.2019 07:16
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Congrats on a Curie vote!
I like the blur you achieved.
As you explain the camera has a lot to do.
Good practice of a Bokeh.
I think that what attracts most about this technique is when you have something very focused and you get an unfocused background.
I hope to see that.
Stay great!

09.09.2019 21:02
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Thank you!

I think that what attracts most about this technique is when you have something very focused and you get an unfocused background.

I love that as well. I have quite a few of those I need to go through and post on here, but some (it's most, really, haha) of them include my girlfriend's face.

I actually intend on buying a 35mm prime lens specifically for creating that more cinematic bokeh look. I love it in low light with a person in frame.

10.09.2019 05:33
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If I want to see 'perfection', I will go to Instagram or Facebook. Just kidding ;>)
On the one hand, you could argue that perfection does not exist and imperfection is way more interesting. On the other hand, in a way, everything is perfect just the way it is. I prefer the second perspective.

I like all three pictures for different reasons. The first one reminds me of Taxi Driver ( but then without a taxi ).

As always, the personal story behind it all makes it even more worthwhile.

P.S. Thanks for the generous upvote on my latest gamemaking post!

13.09.2019 10:04
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Thanks for the generous upvote on my latest gamemaking post!

Every fraction of a Steem counts with this new 50/50 split. :) Hope you're doing well, feel free to message me on Discord and catch up when you're not busy.

13.09.2019 16:33
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