Font Magica, Barcelona

Font Magica, Barcelona

The magic fountain or “Font Magica” is one of the sights every visitor to Barcelona should see, but I feel that many will probably miss seeing this spectacular event. It is a unique display of colour, light, motion, music and water acrobatics every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 21.30 to 23:30 pm in the Summer (May to September) and Fridays and Saturdays from 19:00 to 21:00 in Winter (October to April) and the best part is the price – free! The music sessions are every half hour where the water moves in time to the music.

I took this photo last Thursday evening and the area was full of people, my tripod was practically lent against a statue looking down on the fountain. I encourage you to click the image above to see the bigger preview because I included a person to give you an idea of scale – the small blue figure in the lower right corner is a woman holding a glow stick!

Fountain outside Sheffield Station

Piccadilly Circus Neon Signs

The first time I saw this huge water sculpture / fountain I knew it had to be photographed and this is my first attempt. The reason I went was to capture some photos of the station for a client, but I ended up having to go to Sheffield twice recently. A week or two ago (my second visit) rewarded me with the blue skies I needed and when I had half an hour to kill after my official business I came outside to see what the best angle would be to capture this fountain. I believe that dusk / sunset / night time would be the best time to get a good photo of this, so for a first attempt I am happy to share this with you, but there are plans to re-take this at a better angle and time of day.

Fountains and Tower Bridge at Night

Fountains and Tower Bridge at Night

I have walked down the bank of the River Thames in London about half a dozen times and never noticed these fountains until last Friday, when I was out exploring possible night locations. When I framed up this photo in my mind I knew it could be special with a long exposure, so I came back six hours later with my tripod. When I arrived here the sun was only just setting, so I had to wait over an hour with my tripod on the camera in front of a posh restaurant waiting for the right levels of light. This turned out to be a two second exposure at an aperture of f/11 if your interested. Overall I am happy to have recorded this view but it certainly isn’t my favourite night photograph of London.

Trafalgar Square Fountains at Night

Trafalgar Square Fountains at Night

The fountains at Trafalgar Square look good in the day time, but at night they’re fantastic. I’ve just got back to the hotel after a night photographing various locations around London. This is my favourite image I captured and I’m sure it’ll make for a great print. Yesterday the light was overcast and dull. Today wasn’t much different apart from it raining. However, at night none of this matters.

I took half a dozen photographs of the fountains, between each frame cleaning the lens with a lens cloth as the wind was blowing the spray on to my glass. The camera was on a tripod and the camera settings were a 10 second exposure time at an aperture of f/16. The focal length was 14mm because I was using my new lens. A Sigma 10-20mm which allows very extreme (almost fish-eye like) wide angle images.