I have been wanting to go to Spain ever since we moved to England. I spoke Spanish when I was younger, grew up in the Southwest U.S. which is heavily Spanish influenced and fell in love with the Hispanic world when I was in University. So this was my chance. We visited Seville for a week, with side trips to Ronda and |Granada.
First, Seville is so photogenic it hurts. I can see why people take hundreds of photos. Every street offers some kind of opportunity. Second, the weather was beyond superb – sunny days, clear skies, cool nights. Absolutely amazing. And the street life – cafes, music, people. It was a street shooters dream.
Photographically, I loved working with the Spanish light. It is very like the light I grew up with and I found my polarizer very, very useful in taming it. I took my Lee filters, but never used them. My polarizer was great until the day I dropped my camera on a stone street and broke it. Fortunately the filter is all I broke so the lens and camera were unharmed. |But it did mean I had to make creative use of exposure compensation at the Alhambra to keep my shots from fading out completely.
I loved the reds of the buildings, the gardens and the clear, clear skies. I have included three of the many photos I took. I know this is nothing more than tourist photography, but it was loads of fun for me.