Plaza in Figueres, Catalonia,Spain 2011

Google Maps:  Figueres, Catalonia,Spain

This Plaza in Figueras was strangely deserted for a plaza in a Spanish city,usually the plazas are where people congregate at night and are buzzing with people.

The camera was hand held in this case,having left my Tripod back at the hotel. So I set a very high ISO and widest aperture so as to get the fastest possible shutterspeed, ( I have an aversion to using flash photography for night scenes, as the whole purpose is to capture the real ambience of the scene without it being artificially lit, if anything i´m more likely to use flash on bright sunny days,where shadows are the problem).

I applied tonemapping in Photomatix for this non-bracketed  single image, to give it some HDR effect and then used Topaz labs denoise to smooth out the high ISO.

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