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Old October 24th, 2015, 06:49 PM   #5761
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Old October 24th, 2015, 07:13 PM   #5762
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Not even a single car on the AP-7 Vera-Cartagena, as expected

A question for KRX_69 and ChrisZwolle: How do you take pictures while driving? I mean, do you use a tripod, a remote shutter control, a human being on the passenger seat...?
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Old October 24th, 2015, 07:20 PM   #5763
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highway photography

If you want to get good photos, you need to do a little extra work.

First of all, taking photos against the sun doesn't work, every little scratch on the windshield becomes visible and the lighting is really bad. I try to avoid it at all cost (i.e. northeast in the morning and northwest in the evening during the summer).

Second, you need a clean windshield. In my experience, using the wiper blades usually makes it worse. If you drive in an area with a lot of bugs, the only viable option is to stop every now and then and clean the windshield manually.

Also, reflection is just ugly. I have a dark blanket across the dashboard to get rid of reflection. CPL lenses don't eliminate this problem. It also helps to zoom in slightly to avoid getting the interior on camera. Usually between 3x and 7x is enough.

To get sharp photos, you need good sunlight. Dark cloudy weather is bound to result in more unsharp or grainy photos. But no matter what you do, there will always be a few photos out of focus or grainy if you take hundreds of them on the move.

I use a small pocket camera, just point and shoot in auto mode, and then crop the photo later. Big DSLRs are too cumbersome while driving. That's also why I prefer a camera with two batteries instead of four, you can buy them anywhere on the road and the camera is lighter that way.
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Old October 24th, 2015, 07:31 PM   #5764
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No other cars at all in the tolled AP-7
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Old October 24th, 2015, 07:47 PM   #5765
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Thanks for the advice. Some things you mention I've learned through experience -I already have a dashcam. Others, though, are completely new to me.
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Old October 25th, 2015, 01:00 PM   #5766
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So the whole A-8 is open now

With this, and A-7 and A-66, I guess we can say that Spain's motorway network is complete and everything that's left is secondary links that will relieve pressure from the main ones, or will help the development of some regions.
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Old October 25th, 2015, 01:04 PM   #5767
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Yes, but let me add that in the Eixample of Barcelona there are only few of those "6-laned one-way-streets", those are basically Aragó and Urgell streets.

Most Eixample one-way streets have 3 lanes for private traffic + 1 bus lane, or 2 lanes for private traffic + 1 bus lane + 1 lane of parked cars. However in the recent 3 or 4 years there has been a constant reduction of space for private cars and now most streets have an exclusive bike lane or wider sidewalks, that have been created eliminating one lane of parked cars or one lane of private traffic.

The other wide streets you can find in the Eixample are avenues (such as Diagonal, Paseo de Gracia or Gran Via), where traffic has less visual impact thanks to the existence of a median strip with trees or two wide pathways with trees, bike lane and bus stops separating the trunk lanes from the side lanes. While Gran Via is mostly a one-way avenue, Diagonal and Paseo de Gracia are two-way avenues, with 2-3 lanes and a bus lane for each sense of traffic.

And then in the outskirts you can find very wide avenues which constitute the main accesses to the city, connecting with different motorways. For instance the outer parts of both Meridiana and Diagonal avenues, as well as both ends of Gran Via.
True. However, 19-th century quarters in Barcelona are still much wider and better suited for motor traffic than its counterparts in Madrid or Valencia.

Plus, eixample was planned having in mind the main roads that entered the city (Pere IV street as the road to France, and Creu Coberta street as the one to Cádiz). These have remained as wide streets, as well as further additions such as Avinguda Meridiana.
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Old October 25th, 2015, 01:17 PM   #5768
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So the whole A-8 is open now

With this, and A-7 and A-66, I guess we can say that Spain's motorway network is complete and everything that's left is secondary links that will relieve pressure from the main ones, or will help the development of some regions.
I disagree.

There is a short sector of A62 near the Portuguese border, and a Huesca-Pau (France) connection.
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Old October 25th, 2015, 01:24 PM   #5769
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True. However, 19-th century quarters in Barcelona are still much wider and better suited for motor traffic than its counterparts in Madrid or Valencia.

Plus, eixample was planned having in mind the main roads that entered the city (Pere IV street as the road to France, and Creu Coberta street as the one to Cádiz). These have remained as wide streets, as well as further additions such as Avinguda Meridiana.
Yes, Barcelona's Eixample is quite unique in Spain (and in Europe). Similar areas in Madrid (barrio de Salamanca) and Valencia (Eixample) have narrower streets than the typical Barcelona street.

In those cities the difference between a main street and a secondary street is hence bigger than in Barcelona; in Madrid Serrano, Príncipe de Vergara, Velázquez, Goya or Juan Bravo streets are at least two or three times wider than the rest of streets of the grid.

In general, in Barcelona moving around is easier than in Madrid or Valencia, thanks to the work of Ildefons Cerdà, the urban planner who designed the Eixample in the 19th century.
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Old October 25th, 2015, 01:31 PM   #5770
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I disagree.

There is a short sector of A62 near the Portuguese border, and a Huesca-Pau (France) connection.
I also think that the short section of A-62 is a missing piece in our basic network.

But if we consider A-23 between Huesca and Jaca (there is no motorway planned between Jaca and the French border) part of the basic network, then A-11 Valaldolid - Soria - (Zaragoza) and A-43 Mérida - Puertollano should also be included, especially the first one.

So it all depends on what we consider basic network.
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Old October 25th, 2015, 01:57 PM   #5771
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It's interesting to see that Spain still has large areas with no motorways, despite having the third longest motorway system in the world. Of course, traffic volumes are too low to support long-distance autovías in those regions. It would be interesting to see if they ever come around to extend A-40 from Cuenca east, or a Mérida - Ciudad Real autovía.
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Old October 25th, 2015, 03:09 PM   #5772
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So the whole A-8 is open now

With this, and A-7 and A-66, I guess we can say that Spain's motorway network is complete.
Yes. Some achievement it is too when you consider what was there in 1970

Spain will need to improve this vast network with projects like the Bilbao south bypass but there is little economic value to be had in adding to the length overall. Small spurs here and there to relieve localised hot spots is all.
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Old October 25th, 2015, 04:16 PM   #5773
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Cartagena - La Manga (9/10/2015)

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Old October 25th, 2015, 04:16 PM   #5774
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La Manga - Roquetas de Mar (9/10/2015)

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Old October 26th, 2015, 06:16 PM   #5775
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A video of the recently-opened stretch of the A-8 between Solares and Torrelavega by alsama:

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Old October 26th, 2015, 06:58 PM   #5776
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http://www.fomento.gob.es/MFOMBPrens...8-0e98249dee86

This sounds like existing AP-68 around Logroño will become toll-free and be part of A-68? From Arrúbal to Navarrete (29.2 km).
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Old October 26th, 2015, 07:38 PM   #5777
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Yes, apparently it will.

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Old October 26th, 2015, 11:42 PM   #5778
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Roquetas de Mar - Málaga (10/10/2015)

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Old October 26th, 2015, 11:43 PM   #5779
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