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Time Panoramas

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One of this semester’s assignments for my Painting & Photography class was to create something that dealt with time. It was entirely free in what was created and what medium it was created it, as long as it focused on time.

So I created three “time panoramas.” I set up my camera at the beach, the port and the City of Arts & Sciences and took photos, usually about an hour or so before the sun started to go down. Later I stitched the photographs together in Photoshop to make a “panorama” of a place through time. I pretty happy with the way it turned out. My favorite is the City of Arts and Sciences one. The others just seem like practice ones.

I have yet to print them, so hopefully I’ll locate a place that prints photos in the next week or so. Only two weeks left of classes!

Ciudad Time Panorama
City of Arts and Sciences (view the LARGE version by clicking here)

Playa Time Panorama
Beach (view the LARGE version by clicking here)

Puerto Time Panorama
Port (view the LARGE version by clicking here)

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May 12, 2009 at 3:48 pm

The Bullfight

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In celebration of Our Lady of the Forsaken, a patron saint of Valencia, bullfights were held at the Plaza de Toros this weekend. Since they don’t occur too often (not every weekend, like some might think, including myself), I thought I’d take the opportunity to see one.

Before going I had some apprehension about this part of Spanish “culture.” I turns out the apprehension was valid. I can safely say that was my first and last bullfight.

The “sport” of bullfighting is a sport of stabbing a bull, usually about ten times, with several kinds of sharp impaling utensils over a period of fifteen to twenty minutes, slowly bleeding the animal until it can “fight” no longer. Its spectators consisted of old cigar-smoking men and tourists from all over. The stands were made of concrete and brick, surely putting many rear-ends to sleep.

I took over 800 photos spanning the demise of five bulls; I wanted to document as much as I could. The gore was easily captured in many a shot. If you can stomach it, view some photos from the day by watching a slideshow of 150 photos or by clicking the link after the slideshow to see photos presented individually. Warning: Some of the photos are graphic and bloody.

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May 10, 2009 at 7:23 am

Posted in Photos, Spain, Valencia

L’Oceanogràfic and L’Hemisferic Visit

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On Saturday I finally visited Valencia’s aquarium, L’Oceanogràfic. It’s stated that the aquarium is Europe’s largest. In comparison to the National Aquarium in Baltimore, this aquarium seemed slightly larger. In contrast, L’Oceanogràfic is subterranean and visiting different exhibits requires the visitor to walk from point to point outside, which on a beautiful Valencian day is no problem. The aquarium’s tanks are organized into categories like the Arctic, Mediterranean, and Temperate and Tropical. The aquarium also features an outdoor dolphin show, and a sea lion exhibit.

As part of the City of Arts and Sciences complex of attractions, combination tickets are offered, so I took advantage of that, along with my fifteen percent student discount, and bought a ticket for the IMAX film about ancient Egypt at the L’Hemisferic. L’Hemisferic is the half-circle like building I’ve taken many a photo of. All in all it was a good film, but sitting near the stairs, to the side is not such a great location, mostly because the screen is actually a very curved wall that distorts the image.

Take a look at photos from my weekend at the City of Arts and Sciences by clicking the link below the photo.

L'Oceanografic
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May 3, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Posted in Photos, Spain, Valencia

America en Valencia

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For my Psychology of Art: Photo II class I’ve been working on my project for the semester, which I’m calling “America en (in) Valencia.” I’ve been taking photos of signs, stores, restaurants and anything else that shows anything that might be familiar to an American or English-speaking person. The point of the series is to make the viewer question the place where the photos were taken. Take a look at some of the photos I’ve taken, presented below.

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May 1, 2009 at 2:16 pm

Posted in Photos, Spain, Valencia