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SOME OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES

The main reason why I photograph with a Leica camera:

“I want simplification, not amplification or complication…I just want light controls … because photography is about light.” – Thorsten Overgaard

“A camera that gives me the joy of ownership and the joy of shooting is much more important than one with the highest number of megapixels or highest ISO performance.” – Yukio Uchida

“A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed.” ― Ansel Adams

“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.” – Henri Cartier-Bresson

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Its been a wonderful couple days here in Madrid.  Yes, the weather is warm, but the humidity is low and it makes for great evening walks.  And if there were a place for romantic evening walks or just a place to hang out with friends this is the place.  After only a couple days here, its very apparent that the Spanish in Madrid really appreciate their free time.  A time to relax, a time to forget for a moment the past, a time to just enjoy the moment.  A moment to enjoy your family, your friends and in a place where one can put aside what you want to forget.

I hope today’s photo reflect in that mood I felt throughout the afternoon and into the evening.  My legs and feet would like a chance to relax too.  But its been well worth the effort to see as much as I had though I’ve concentrated my efforts in and around Old Madrid.

Today I began my adventure a little different.  I don’t live near any major photography stores and when Alberto from Barcelona on the Ricoh Forum saw that I was in Madrid suggested I stop by Fotocasion to check out their photo gear.  So I left the hotel via a short walk again to the bus station, two metro lines and then I exited the Green Line at Puerta De Toledo.  Then just another short walk to the store.

Going downtown | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Fotocasion Photography Store | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

While at Fotocasion I had the chance to handle a couple Leica M Mount lenses I’d like to add to my kit which include the Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f2.8 ASPH and the Leica Summicron 50mm f2.0.  How I was able to leave with my wallet intack took untold stamina and fortitude!!!

From the store we headed back towards the central part of Old Madrid to enjoy the sites again.   All of these were taken in this area.

Craftsman at work | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

My ride | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Symmetry | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Tour bus | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

One of the places I didn’t want to miss tonight was…..a Chocolate Cafe.  Well we found Chocolatería San Ginés on Pasadizo de San Ginés.  It was a great break, the waiters were enjoying themselves and plenty of conversation was going on.

Fun at work | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Friendly conversation | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Churros, chocolate and a Cappuccino | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

The right atmosphere | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Chasing the Sun | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

New and Old | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Spires in the sky | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Mr. Yappy | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Spanish Musicians | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Riding Proudly | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

Evening walk | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

The Gathering

The Gathering | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

On my way home dear | Ricoh GXR, Leica Summicron-C 1:2/40mm

30 comments on “Madrid, Spain | Day 2

    1. Thanks PeACEMAKER!

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  1. Paulina says:

    this is wonderful! I actually have a few pics of my time abroad (including in Madrid) up on my old photoblog: http://photographytales.wordpress.com. You might like going up to Santiago Bernabéu to check out the Real Madrid Stadium–I had some fun photographing there =). Enjoy your time in Madrid!

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    1. Thanks Paulina, next time I’m in Madrid I will go there. I’m back in NY now heading home tomorrow for a few days off.

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  2. Evening walk and going downtown are amazing, so are the rest but like those 2 the most 🙂

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    1. Thanks 2 Rivers, had a great 3 days in the city!

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  3. Duane – I am so enjoying you trip in Madrid!!! Thanks for sharing all your wonderful captures!! 🙂 **

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    1. Hope you’re well Xandré! Had a great couple of unexpected days in Madrid and I’m already back in NY!

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  4. I’m visiting Madrid in August and even more excited now! Looks beautiful.

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    1. Enjoy your visit to Madrid. Its easy getting any where you want to go on the Metro or bus! BTW, take a lot of pictures!

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      1. Aww Thank-you for the advice 🙂

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  5. anne says:

    You have captured amazing light in your evening strolls. These images are gorgeous. I was in Madrid a month ago and sat at that exact table at Chocolateria San Gines. What I wouldn’t give for a chocolate con churros right now…

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    1. Thanks anne, those churros were KILLER! Thought I was going to screw up my camera as I forgot to wipe off my fingers as I took a couple of the shots there ; )

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  6. A different perspective, a different vision. Life is beautiful and Duane reminds us.

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    1. Thanks. I feel for what is happening around Europe but know the US is not far behind.

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  7. cjmarzan says:

    “And if there were a place for romantic evening walks or just a place to hang out with friends this is the place. After only a couple days here, its very apparent that the Spanish in Madrid really appreciate their free time. A time to relax, a time to forget for a moment the past, a time to just enjoy the moment. A moment to enjoy your family, your friends and in a place where one can put aside what you want to forget.”

    I had the same experience. So true!

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  8. GalonTrip says:

    great work, and my favorite is ” the right atmosphere”. narrow alley, a cafe on the side and beautifully carved buildings marking of the hallway is very european to me. reminds me of my several years of stay in europe back then.

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    1. Thanks Galon, was a great couple days.

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    2. Those announcers were really pulling for Georgia too, weren’t they? I think they really wanted to say “Everybody’s got ‘Georgia on their mind’ now don’t they?” and then play “Georgia on my mind” in the background.

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  9. andyefc says:

    Amazing photo’s, shows the true beauty of one of my favorite cities. Muy bien!

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  10. belsimonato says:

    Estive em Madrid duas vezes… Me apaixonei pela cidade.

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    1. This was my first time and I hope to make it back at least a second time as you have!

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