National Geographic : 2010 Oct
www.samsung.com www.samsungimaging.com From Gothic buildings that stand in stony silence to the warped and wonderful structures of Antoni Gaudí, Barcelona is a diverse, dynamic, and dazzling city. Adding to the mystique of this historic metropolis are its people---a blend of Catalan and Spanish that creates a vibrant culture infused with fire, music, and a fiercely independent spirit. In fact, when National Geographic photographer Landon Nordeman traveled to Barcelona, with his Samsung NX10 camera in tow, it was the people of Barcelona that most captivated his attention, as evidenced by this shot. Referring to his inspiration for making the portrait, Nordeman says: "What drew me to him was not only his personal style, but also his haircut and mustache. He is clearly a sharp dresser. The key moment here is in his gesture of looking over his shoulder down the street. It seems to me that he is waiting for something, and that sense of anticipation is what makes the photo work. It gives it a sense of mystery." Nordeman says that the superfast autofocus ability of the NX10 came in quite handy while creating this candid shot by allowing him to freeze a moment in motion; the NX10 instantly allowed him catch the Spanish gentleman mid-pose. Nordeman also adds that "the camera performed well here by capturing the subtle variance in colors." Afternoon on a Barcelona street. Shot using the Samsung NX10 with 18-55mm lens, f/2.8, ISO 400, 1/60 exposure. ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE A Glimpse of Barcelona LANDON NORDEMAN Landon Nordeman is a photographer based in New York City. His assignments have taken him from Austria to Australia, Buenos Aires to Budapest, Nebraska to New Zealand. In addition to his work for National Geographic, Nordeman has produced award-winning photographs for national and international publications such as the New Yorker, Smithsonian, The Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, and Saveur.