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Stu's distorted face from Best of Photo Booth

Stu’s distorted face from Best of Photo Booth

I’ve finally snapped. After months of procrastinating I’ve decided to become a full Flickr member. As I already pay for hosting of a few domain names and the fact that I also have my own photo site – NotMyFace – I found it hard to go Pro. But Flickr is just too good. To mark the occasion, I’ve just uploaded the Best of Photo Booth and my Lomography collection.

Barcelona Christmas party

Barcelona Christmas party photos
Barcelona Christmas party photos

I spent last weekend in Barcelona for the corporate Christmas party. Now that’s a pretty good Christmas party! Half day on the Friday (always a pleasure) and 2 nights in the fabulous Clarion Hotel Pulitzer. It’s not often hotel rooms are as nice as the website pictures would have us believe, but the Pulitzer did not disappoint. Unfortunately the Sky Bar is not open at this time of year, but the lounge bar was very comfortable (just don’t order a club sandwich unless you like your chicken clucking in the bun).

Saturday was largely walking around the city and up to Guadí’s Parc Güell, followed by Casa Batlló and Casa Milà – which is what most of my pictures are of. We followed this up by a quick shop at Vinçon for secret Santa presents. I also got myself a little pressie in the form of a Colorsplash Flash for my Lomo (time for some colourful evening shots).
After watching Dan and Stephen haggle for old soda water bottles it was time for a little sleepy back at the hotel.

The main event started in the private room at a restaurant in the square off the bottom of the Rambla, maybe called Plaça del Teatre, I dunno? So after that we popped into Bar Pippa in the same square. I like this place, it’s a great little pub hidden in the corner that feels like you’re in somebody’s apartment, but with a stage in it. Andrew and I found it when we were there for Jai’s stag weekend. We eventually ended up at a club, which my bank statement tells me is called “City Hall”. Had a fantastic (and very long, bed at 6am) day. Didn’t feel that great on Sunday, and I’m really not a fan of showering whilst still under the influence.

Group presents

For about the last 10 years my friends and I have clubbed in together to get each other a birthday present. It’s a great idea which has certainly paid dividends to me. This year my wonderful friends bought me a pair of Sennheiser PXC 300’s which is the kind of extravagance I could never justify buying for myself. Previous gifts include: a Lomo, a Ferrari driving experience, a 1.3MP digital camera (this one was a while ago), a Yamaha Tape Deck (this one was also a while ago, but a top quality item), a Panasonic car stereo, a Canon 35mm (yes… another camera), the list goes on. I definitely recommend it for the your group of friends in your twenties. Now though, as we’re all buying our homes, it’s proving difficult to find a worthy gift. All we want is sofas, plates and curtains. How dull is that?!

My new Lomo

Pintsize
Pintsize

My wonderful friends bought me a Lomo for my birthday. I’ve just had my first roll of film developed & I am very pleased. The colour saturation is as good as I hoped & the light intake really is surprising. Everyone was saying to me “Don’t you need a flash in here?” & it actually turns out to be “No, in fact I don’t”. You could use a flash if you wanted to blind people & wash out all the colour & atmosphere from the subject, but if you want to capture the moment go ahead & use a Lomo with no flash.

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