Puerta del Sol - B&W by Tom Gomez

Plaza Puerta del Sol (Gate of the Sun) is one of the best known and busiest places in Madrid, Spain. Located in the very heart of Madrid, this is the centre of the radial network of Spanish roads.

The Puerta del Sol originated as one of the gates in the city wall that surrounded Madrid in the 15th century. Outside the wall, medieval suburbs began to grow around the Christian Wall of the 12th century. The name of the gate came from the rising sun which decorated the entry, since the gate was oriented to the east.

The plaza is very often used for public demonstrations, rallies and protests, lately the protests have mostly been about the Spanish Government’s austerity measures, so the movable crowd control barriers (at bottom right) are a permanent fixture at the side of the plaza.

Two RAW images, individually Tonemapped in Photomatix Pro then PhotoMerged in Adobe Photoshop.

Camera: Sony NEX-7
Lens: Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III VC


Related shots can be found at: Madrid or you can view all my Spanish shots.

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  • cherylc1
    cherylc1about 2 years ago


  • Thank you kindly Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • David Davies
    David Daviesabout 2 years ago

    Excellent, Tom, but I still prefer the colour version,

  • Thank you David, I rarely do mono images, but I thought this one would work …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseabout 2 years ago

    Great B/W, Tom,,,looks very busy there!!!

  • Thank you Dorothy, it is always busy in this Plaza …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownabout 2 years ago

    How a Barratt home should look!
    Excellent artwork Tom :o) works really well in B&W

  • Hehe, pleased you like it my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Phil Thomson IPA
    Phil Thomson IPAabout 2 years ago

    A whole new atmosphere and character in B&W, Tom !!!

  • Cheers Phil, It does look quite different in mono …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Catherine Hamilton-Veal  ©
    Catherine Hami...about 2 years ago

    The B&W gives it an aged look.Nice treatment dear Tom.x

  • Thank you so much Catherine …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneabout 2 years ago

    I like this mono version, Tom!

  • Thank you kindly Mel …

    – Tom Gomez

  • peaky40
    peaky40about 2 years ago

    Looks really fab in b&w too!

  • Cheers Roy, I don’t do much mono work but I thought this one worked …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Thea 65
    Thea 65about 2 years ago

    This is also very nice!

  • Very much appreciated Thea …

    – Tom Gomez

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