December 1, 2013

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona

Photograph by Jordi Boixareu

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Devils run amidst the pyrotechnics during the celebration of a correfoc for the Sant Roc Festival in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona. Correfocs are an old Catalan tradition where people dressed as devils blow up firecrackers and flares.

(This photo and caption were submitted to the 2013 National Geographic Photo Contest.)


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11 comments
Shannon T
Shannon T

So much excitement shown in one eye. Well done.

Jaime Gonzalez
Jaime Gonzalez

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Lawrence Sibley
Lawrence Sibley

"Charge!"  This couple seems to be running, but they may well just be standing.  The impression of momentum in this photo is enhanced by the camera tilt to the right, and the flying fireworks sparks.  The spark in front of the girl's devil hood costume is really close to the camera lens, and so out of focus it looks like an oblong blur of light.  (It's actually kind of an unfortunate presence in the photo.)  

The grimace on the guy's face speaks of his anxiety about being hit by that barrage of sparks.  The girl has taken shelter behind the cloth of the hood.  There is excitement in her eye, and likely a broad smile of enjoyment hidden behind that devil hood.

michael chamberlain
michael chamberlain

nice pix but good grief quit trying to sell me a bunch of stuff I didn't even ask about. It's frustrating and disgusting.

Justin Sykes
Justin Sykes

In the Wizard of Oz there are two wizards. There is the mighty persona of the great and powerful Oz but there is also the little kind ordinary man. The devil on the right has had his mask ripped off and he appears as a worried young man who is a little bit frightened by the sparks and the darkness. The girl retains her mask and appears much more self assured.

Owing to the flashes of light and the surrounding darkness, this is quite a challenging photo. The exposure needs to be fast enough to capture the fizz of the fireworks whilst also letting enough light through the lens. The right lower triangle is sacrificed for the upper left. There are other triangles created by the staff and masks that harmonise - as if they were riffs on a single note.  The composition is excellent.  

Technicality / Composition / Content / X factor / originality = 8/10 zoom lenses

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