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B&W Photo 5-Day Challenge – Day 1

I was nominated for this challenge by guenbt from “Together and apart no more 96, living life to the fullest“.

I’m very busy these days but I couldn’t reject his invitation…

This is a shot I took down at the Castelldefels beach (Barcelona) two days ago.

For Day One I challenge Taylor Vincent from The Darkroom Neerd. I really love her photos (and she is superb with B&W) and would love to see more of her work.

So Taylor, you’re up next! 5 B&W photos for 5 days (one photo a day). And don’t forget to nominate a fellow blogger. Enjoy!

There is no pressure to accept this challenge, but I know you’ll enjoy doing it. After all it is for fun…

Thank you very much



Burgos Cathedral

Burgos Cathedral through glass


This is a view of a courtyard of the Cathedral of Burgos through a stained glass.

Burgos Cathedral is a Gothic-style Roman Catholic cathedral in Burgos, Spain. It is dedicated to the Virgin Maryand is famous for its vast size and unique architecture. Its construction began in 1221 and it was in use as a church nine years later but work continued off and on until 1567. It was primarily built in the French Gothic style, although Renaissance style works were added in the 15th and 16th centuries.

The cathedral was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on October 31, 1984. It is the only Spanish cathedral that has this distinction independently, without being joined to the historic center of a city (as in Salamanca, Santiago de Compostela, Ávila, Córdoba, Toledo, Alcalá de Henares or Cuenca) or in union with other buildings, as in Seville. It is similar in design to Brussels Cathedral



Another view:

Burgos Cathedral

Burgos Cathedral

Burgos Cathedral

Burgos Cathedral




Fountain pens

Fountain pens


Any object or experience that is deeply meaningful can be a treasure. One of my treasures, in addition to photography, are fountain pens. Here I present a small sample.

A fountain pen is a nib pen that, unlike its predecessor, the dip pen, contains an internal reservoir of water-based liquid ink. The pen draws ink from the reservoir, through a feed, to the nib and deposits it on paper via a combination of gravity and capillary action.

Filling the reservoir with ink may be achieved manually (via the use of a Pasteur pipette or syringe), or via an internal filling mechanism which creates suction (for example, through a piston mechanism) to transfer ink directly through the nib into the reservoir. Some pens employ removable reservoirs in the form of pre-filled ink cartridges. A fountain pen needs little or no pressure on the nib to write. World Fountain Pen Day is celebrated on the first Friday of November every year by the lovers of fountain pens.


Japanese fountain pen

Japanese fountain pen


Barcelona skyline


Barcelona is the capital city of Catalonia (today in Spain) and the country’s second largest city Read More

Rellinars (Barcelona)

Rellinars (Barcelona)

Landscapes generally refers to the visible features of an area of land, usually focus on wide, vast depictions of nature and all of its elements. Read More

Soul of the Ebro

Soul of the Ebro

Today we play with scale: we use human silhouettes to help convey size in this image.

The Soul of the Ebro (El alma del Ebro) was created by Jaume Plensa i Suñé Read More

Running in London

Running in London

Our lives are made up of big events and tiny moments. Ultimately, life is fleeting, and often times it’s these small moments, Read More

City of Arts and Sciences

City of Arts and Sciences. Valencia

The City of Arts and Sciences is an entertainment-based cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia, Spain. Read More

Sorrento blue church

Sorrento blue church


The colors in our photographs are evocative and rouse emotions within us. Color can elevate a mundane image into something intriguing and meaningful, Read More

Pot Vell. Barcelona

Port Vell (Old Harbor). Barcelona

Port Vell (“Old Harbor”) is a waterfront harbor in Barcelona, Catalonia, and part of the Port of Barcelona. It was built as part of an urban renewal program prior to the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Read More

Yerebatan Caddesi. Istanbul

Yerebatan Caddesi. Istanbul

Yerebatan Caddesi / Basilica Cistern. Atmospheric music, rosy flood lighting and the lilting sound of water lapping on marble – entering the Underground Cistern known in Turkish as Yerebatan Sarayi – or Basilica Cistern, Read More

Istanbul Blue Mosque

Istanbul Blue Mosque

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior.

It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque.

After the Peace of Zsitvatorok and the result of the war with Persia, Sultan Ahmet I, decided to build a big mosque in Istanbul to reassert Ottoman power. It would be the first imperial mosque for more than forty years. While his predecessors had paid for their mosques with their spoil of war, Ahmet the First had to remove the funds of the Treasury, because he had not gained remarkable victories. It caused the anger of the ulema, the Muslim jurists. The mosque was built on the site of the palace of the Byzantine emperors, in front of the basilica Ayasofya (at that time, the primary imperial mosque in Istanbul) and the hippodrome, a site of significant symbolic meaning as it dominated the city skyline from the south. Big parts of the south shore of the mosque rest on the foundations, the vaults of the old Grand Palace.


Istanbul Blue Mosque

Istanbul Blue Mosque



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