Inside Madrid's airport

Have you ever been to Madrid?  If you haven’t, it’s worth a visit.  It’s really a beautiful town.  If you have, then you have probably been through their amazing airport, Madrid Barajas.  It’s an architectural masterpiece.  I could wander here for hours, shooting away (and actually have).

On my first visit here, I noticed all this awesomeness upon arrival, but didn’t have time to walk around and shoot, so I just arrived extra early on my departure day.  But on a subsequent pass through the airport (when I was supposed to connect to Vienna) I had several free hours because I missed my flight.  

Missing flights sucks in the US, but usually it’s doubly bad when you are overseas and trying hard to get somewhere....because you just want to get there.  But on that day, I really couldn’t do anything about it, so I just accepted it and went walking and shooting like crazy here.  Anything can happen when you travel, so I find you just have to make the mental adjustment and go with the flow.  

In this case, going with the flow involved me shooting a million photos in the airport, eating a jamon Iberica sandwich or two, getting re-routed on a flight to Rome, then connecting to Vienna, and meeting a driver at the Vienna airport for a lift to Bratislava...and arriving about 7 hours late.  It happens.

Wandering in the Madrid airport

I just love the airport in Madrid. I mean I really love it.  Look at this place - it's an architectural wonderland! 

Last time I was there I had ~2 hours until my connecting flight...so I wandered, and wandered, and then wandered some more.  It was incredible.  Did I mention that I love this place?  

I decided to go ahead and post these handheld HDR's because I have been thinking about this airport a lot lately.  I will be passing through here again really soon so I am looking forward to more bracket-firing there!

And yes I realize these shots are very busy, with lots of angles and things going this way and that - but I just love this place and wanted to share, even if it looks like a mess.  :)

I will surely get some more beauties to share - plus I still have many more from last time!  Thanks for stopping by today - I sure do appreciate it!

Inside Madrid Barajas

This is one of the terminals at Madrid Barajas International Airport - isn't it incredible?  I was there last year but had very little time to shoot, but luckily on my recent trip to Ireland and Scotland last month, I passed through this airport again and had over 2 hours to wander.  I shot like crazy.  In this case, all the brackets I took there were handheld since my tripod was in my suitcase.  As I have said here before, architecture is something that I love and this place is just an incredible piece of work.  That ceiling just captures me.

Tampa baggage claim

On my trip to Tampa, FL a while back, I happened to stay in the hotel which was connected to the airport.  At first I thought that would be a drag, however it gave me the opportunity to shoot in the airport at night when everyone was gone, which was cool. This is baggage claim.  Not much else I can say about that!

Going up

Well, this was a great weekend for me from a photography point of view, and I didn’t even take any pictures.  It was great for 2 reasons: my Aperture 3 upgrade arrived, and so did my NIK Software Complete Collection (including HDR Efex Pro!).  In other words,  I got a lot of new software toys.  I have been using Aperture 2 for a couple of years now, and finally just upgraded to v3 which is awesome!  The capabilities of this product continue to impress me, and there are a lot of great presets included which are fun and functional!  I haven’t had much time to play with the NIK Software collection yet, but I have run a couple of single frame photos through HDR Efex Pro (such as this one) and I am very impressed!  What a cool product!  As a result of now having these products, I can see that I will not be using Photomatix much any more (HDR Efex Pro is that good!) and who needs Photoshop anymore (Aperture 3 is that good!)?

This is one of those shots that is a result of just messing around with the camera.  I was in Tampa, FL last week for a couple of days, and though I took some shots, I was not finding anything that really inspired me.  I was back at my hotel, which was conveniently attached to the airport, so I just wandered over there one evening hoping to find it empty.  Bingo!  I find most touristy places are great to shoot really early, while the tourists are sleeping, but most airports are best to shoot late because no one sticks around any longer than they have to!  I basically had the airport to myself, which was kind of interesting.  I just started trying different camera tricks with the escalator, and finally settled on this one, which involved having my camera on the tripod, sitting on an escalator step, and going up.  It wasn’t a particularly long exposure - about 2 seconds - but it was enough to blur out the sides while I rode it up and back to my room.  It’s always fun to experiment!