12 thoughts on “Caged palms. Ciudad de las Artes y de las Ciencias, Valencia, Spain. 2009”

  1. Donald

    I know exactly what you mean. I found the structure so weird and pointless, other than to crate a pattern against the sky. I guess the design subtext could be, “nature constrained and dominated by man”.

  2. You know, it is a photographs like this that make a 10mm lens an everyday lens. Instead of a 50mm (although I am using my 50mm more and more as it happens) you should teach an on line course of wide angle shooting!! See! I’m always thinking of how to market you!

  3. “Obscured by Clouds … and Wire Mesh … and Palm Trees”

    sounds like a bad Pink Floyd album. hee hee!

    Maybe the owner didn’t like people stealing his coconuts!

  4. Pat

    Thanks for the kind words.

    I’m not sure I have anything to teach when it comes to shooting with a wide angle lens. I think that one of the reasons why I like wide angle lenses is based on more on a philosophical stance rather than a design aesthetic.

    I like how the very wide angle lens places subjects within a context.

    When I think about it, I feel it’s a reflection of getting older rather than aesthetics. To clarify, when I was younger I’d see things in a simpler isolated way. I’d want to concentrate on the subject to the exclusion of everything else. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realise that context is as much the subject as “the” subject.

    I’m curious about your use of the 50mm lens though. What is it about that focal length that you like?


    Seeing the grid between the sky and me, struck me as odd because, it’s a bit like a man made attempt to improve on nature. Sort of like a tattoo for the sky. As though skies weren’t amazing enough.

  5. 20 slides of wide angle shots matched with philosophical stance and you have content as well as context for a course! Design aesthetic is just one element. It’s why you are drawn to context as you get older. I think that is a fascinating way to approach the use of a lens. As to the use of the 50mm, it has to do with the close range subjects, ie. picking odds and ends out from my city trips, or flowers, to name one of your favorites, and the bokah that it’s 1.4 gives me. Nothing is better than my 85mm for that dreamy look but I can’t get as close to a subject with it and it is much heavier so I never travel with it unless I have my car and my full bag. For example, tomorrow I am going into Boston on the train to a Flower Show (don’t you just wish you could come too!!!) and shall bring the 50mm and my macro 100mm. Most of the time when I go to the city, though, I take my 17-35mm lens cuz I prefer that while wandering around.

  6. I like it. It was difficult enough rigging up bird netting over my strawberries so I still had room to get in & pick them. I didn’t bother with the raspberries as the variety I have are quite tall. I just have to beat the birds to them. There’s no way I’da tried to birdproof coconuts

  7. Tony

    Maybe it was built to keep the dolphins out of the date palms…… or not!


    Now there’s a strange concept. It would be like trying to measure a fractal. The statue in the link was interesting and it’s also interesting how the subject of the statue, Stroud, was glorified in the American movie, “The Birdman of Alcatraz”. I remember being shocked years ago when I did a bit of reading about him and found out about what a thoroughly nasty murderous piece of work he was.

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