La Rambla – Barcelona

La Rambla is an iconic and busy street in central Barcelona, popular with both tourists and locals alike. Obviously coming to this city to photograph of much of it as I could, La Rambla was near the top of my list. However with the angle of the sun and tall buildings on either side of this 1.2 kilometer-long, tree-lined pedestrian mall it was nearly always in shadow. As I result I was forced to do something I hardly ever do in Post Processing of the digital image and resort to HDR or high dynamic range processing. This means I was able to bring out the shadow detail of the pavement, but at the same time keep the blue of the sky. I used the super wide 10mm lens to give an idea of how busy the street was and in the processing tried to keep it as realistic as possible.

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