Streets of Barcelona

Well we have reached the final day of the January Squares challenge, hosted as ever by Becky, the Queen of Squares, which  is all about ____light. That’s words ending in light. The last day to join in but she is more than happy to see 31 squares all on the same post.

For my final square I am going out on a blaze of TAILLIGHTS under Streetlights!

I rarely get the opportunity to photograph at night and I have always wanted to attempt a shot at passing cars and capturing their taillights as trails. This was my best attempt at an underpass in Barcelona where I had the advantage of resting the camera on the bridge wall to steady it. Believe me, many more hit the recycle bin!

Taillight (noun) = a red light at the rear of a motor vehicle, train, or bicycle.

January Squares | Day Thirty-One

I hope you have had as much fun seeing the posts in this challenge as I have in creating them. Most of the photos have come out of the archives with a few new ones thrown into the mix.

The header image comprises of tealights, starlight, lamplight, twilight, sunlight, highlight, streetlights, smoke-lights, laserlight and today’s image, taillights. I tried not to use many hyphenated words or made-up words, but needs must sometimes! And if you have been following any of the other participants you will have seen some extremely interesting photos and words – this ‘Square‘ community is a very imaginative lot! 

Now we just need to wait and see what the Queen of the Squares has for us in three months time. Can she top this one? Roll on April!

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

28 thoughts on “Streets of Barcelona”

  1. Despite being very common, such ‘light-trail’ shots are hard to get exactly right. I once binned 36 prints after an attempt to do the same in London. And I was using a tripod!
    Well done, Jude.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  2. I think this one will be hard to top, both for subject and timing, but I know the lady will get everyone revved up again. She’s a class act 🙂 🙂 As are you! No idea how you make this kind of shot, and I probably don’t need to know, Jude. A little information is a dangerous thing, in the wrong hands. Happy weekend!

    1. awww thanks Jo . . . must admit I am panicking a bit about April. I think though you will like my cunning plan 🙂

  3. WOW!

    What a photograph – who cares how many are in the bin, this is fabulous. Something I would love to achieve one of these days, need to learn where to start though. Extraordinary finish, and also lovely lovely words. Thank you so very much xxx

  4. This one’s a beauty and we don’t need to know about all the ones that went in the bin. That’s what I love about my digital camera. I can keep trying until I get a photo I’m happy with. You did well Jude.

  5. Great capture of the streaky taillights! I considered a shot like that, but once again laziness won and I didn’t make the effort.
    I wonder what our Queen has in store for us in April? …

    1. I had to give the taillights a go, I don’t see traffic like that here. When I read Queen and April my first thought was of our queen’s birthday which I think you have as a holiday? And then the penny dropped 🤔

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