Have you ever gone that extra mile to take a photograph? Well I did, I went 100 miles (160km for my European friends!) to take the above shot. This shot of the Museu de les Ciències in Valencia was taken quite deliberately in 2013.
I'd moved to Spain in 2009, living in the beautiful coastal city of Alicante. Alicante is in the Autonomous Community of Valencia, so it was just a matter of time before I visited the Community's capital city. My first trip was in 2010 and I immediately fell in love with the controversial City of Arts and Sciences. I say controversial because the site, designed by Santiago Calatrava, cost the city billions of euros that it couldn't afford, and has been beset by structural issues ever since.
Anyway, I'm waffling, so let's crack on. I'd photographed the place in 2010, then again in 2012, and it was during that second trip that I saw in my mind's eye the shot above. I knew that a blue-hour shot of the museum, reflected in one of the surrounding pools would be a spectacular site. So, one day with time on my hands, I drove up to Valencia with my trusty Nikon and tripod. I found my position, set the tripod up, waited for the right light, then got the shot I wanted.
I loaded the shot to my Flickr page, and called it Tiburón (the Spanish for "shark"), where it has been seen thousands of times.
If you are interested in the settings, it was 10 seconds at ISO100 with aperture at f10.
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