Thursday, July 5, 2012

Spain wins the Euro 2012 Championship

Spain wins the Euro 2012 Cup and Madrid goes wild! Street Photography from our café, Gran Via and Puerta del Sol.

España gana la Eurocopa de 2012 y se celebra en Madrid! Fotografía callejera de nuestro café, Gran vía y Puerta del Sol.

We took an opportunity to visit Madrid, Spain. When we planned the trip we had no idea what was going to happen. On our first day, Spain took the European semi-finals, the second day, Italy took their game. Spain was now in the position of winning the whole kit-and-caboodle. The final match took place ©2012 Steve Borichevskyon 1 July in Kiev.

We had been befriended by the waiters at the Café Valera. When we arrived for dinner, the game was just about to start. Since we wanted to enjoy sitting out the the Spanish air they gave us a table with the best view of the game. Understand, this is no simple gesture of politeness. This was an honor.

Spain scored a goal fairly quickly and everyone went nuts! Two things were clear. These men took football seriously and I was missing some great shots. I scampered up to my room to get my camera. What you see here has some significance in my development as a photographer. (Sorry, the pun just slipped out.) Any good outdoor photographer has to rise to the occasion. Nevertheless, I had to do a couple of things that I normally don’t.

1) Get myself into big crowds.
2) Shoot big crowds.
3) Shoot high ISO sensitivities.
4) Street photography.

Okay, that’s more than a couple of things. I think that you go the point. I was stranger in a strange land doing some things that were strange for me.

The Photo Shoot
These men are the bulk of the staff of the restaurant, except for the man on the right who is from the restaurant El Asador de Acanda (The Steakhouse of Acanda) from across the street. Below they are gesturing “Four!” after the fourth unanswered goal.
©2012 Steve Borichevsky

Roberto, the second man from the right, is from the Dominican Republic and lived in Lynn, Massachusetts Lynn is not far from Gloucester, so he is familiar with some of the Gloucester traditions. Our other friends were from Peru, Romania and of course, Spain.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

Below, Miguel fist-pounds with the Amazing Spider Man.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

After the game was over we took a walk to see the craziness. To get you further oriented to the scene, there is a small square, Plaza del Callao just a block up Calle (street) Preciados which is just a block up from our hotel. Calle Preciados takes a dog-leg down turn and terminates at a large square, Puerta del Sol. This is actually the geographical center of Spain. It has a plaque that says so, so it’s got to be true.
  ©2012 Steve Borichevsky

See the whole photo shoot in 3 minutes


Rebecca said...

This must have been very exciting. My son was rooting for Germany who made it pretty far. My son in law was rooting for was a sad day for him. I felt bad for Italy being down on players though.

betty said...

You have been adopted by Cafe Valera! What a glorious day and great photos/video. My son-in-law's brother lives in Madrid. I will suggest he dine at Cafe Valera. You did great being out of your box. Aloha.

Steve Borichevsky said...

Hi Betty,

It's just a stone's throw away from the Santo Domingo on the red metro line. The Tee Bone Steak for Two was outstanding! They have an excellent selection of Rioja wines.

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