Thursday, February 15

Barcelona Beach: RACC Helicopter

Barcelona Beach: RACC Helicopter
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During past Pirena 2007 dog show on the beaches of Barcelona I spotted this RACC helicopter. It called my attention that some fishermen were there already and didn't seem to be scared, in fact I thought it was risky for them. Given that you don't see copters landing on piers that often I took the snap and voilà. RACC stands for Real Automóvil Club de Catalunya, an association with more than a million affiliates, in fact it is the first insurance company in the car business in Spain. It is also related with the travel sector and widely known for organizing sports events such as rallies. I would like to talk about photography now, about the rule of thirds. Although obvious for many, we tend to forget it sometimes. It consists of tracing two sets of intersecting lines so we get a square in the middle of our image (some cameras have a grid). The subject should be in one of the corners of such box for emphasis. Another thing to bear in mind is the horizon line which can be aligned more or less with the top or the bottom of the square whether you want to highlight the upper part or the bottom of the image. Maybe I should have lower the camera a little bit!



Blogger Kate said...

Love the oomposition and the striking shade of orange.

2:29 PM  
Blogger isabella said...

Striking, because it is not common to see a copter on a beach (especially an orange one!).

PS My post today inadvertly follows the "rule of thirds", I just wonder what could be done to avoid the whitewash effect in the right-hand corner...

4:37 PM  
Blogger Carlos said...

Thanks Kate and Isabella. Let's see Isa, I just checked your post and maybe you are right but nothing to be worried about. Maybe it was midday and besides you had a dark surface as the lake's which fools the sensor a little bit. You could use spot metering a little bit (I always forget) but the picture and the moment are perfect alright.

4:53 PM  
Blogger isabella said...

Thanks, Carlos. I'm not sure if your know that my digital is an old Kodak 3600 with 2.2MP and no zoom to speak of...I am always surprised and grateful that my pictures come out at all ;-)))

As for my picture: it was midday, very bright and sunny and the water was dark - so I guess I could not do much better, considering the equipment!

12:52 AM  
Blogger edwin s said...

Wow Carlos! That's a lot of comments you made on KLDP. Thanks! I know we both hardly ever leave comments on each others blogs but what can I say? Your shots usually leave me speechless.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Oya said...

The composition of orange and blue is fascinating. I could not think of an orange helicopter:)

11:36 AM  
Blogger Carlos said...

-Hi Isabella, I did not know about the camera. I have been several months shooting with a small compact myself. I have tried to help but I don't like to talk about flaws either cause I ain't no pro and have lots and lots of blunders myself :)
-Hello Mr Ed, I am flattered. It is true, but I was the first one who stopped commenting (the lazy bastard! :). Nevertheless, my friendship does not rely upon comments and I consider you a true friend. Your words confirm me just the obvious. ;)

11:47 AM  

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