An Andalucian Adventure Part 2
An Andalucian Adventure Part 2
Welcome back to our Andalucian Adventure.
We left it, last week, at the end of the post, as I was heading out to the end of the Roman bridge to get ready for some sunset and night shots.
I got to my chosen location and explored some potential compositions, finally deciding on a couple of possibilities, and set up to await the sunset. It was at this point that I started to wonder if the sunset shots were going to work.
The sun would be setting off to the left of the scene and I was hoping for some nice side lighting on the bridge and some colour in the sky. The problem was the amount of cloud out where the sun would be setting. There was quite a lot and it was pretty much blocking out the sun.
I decided to shoot some long exposures. With the cloud and the water movement this would be the best option if the colours didn't appear and I ended up going for black and white.
As the light started to fade there came an all too brief moment when some light managed to get through. Not the vibrant colours I was hoping for but enough to make the scene interesting. I decided to stick with the long exposure and kept my 10 stop ND filter on to get a 76 second exposure that has some subtle light from the setting sun and also a nice soft effect due to the blurring of the sky and the water:
After a while the daylight really started to fade and the lights came on along the bridge. This looked nice but I was waiting for the lights on the Mosque to come on as well. After several minutes I saw a faint glow and, very slowly, the mosque started to light up.
I changed my composition just a bit and took a 25 second exposure (it was now dark enough that I didn't need a filter to achieve this) and I liked the result:
When I arrived I found a good viewpoint that put the bridge on the left of the frame and the mosque almost straight ahead, This also gave me some nice light in the water:
This view of the lights reflected on the river appealed to me:
The next day saw me heading up to a reservoir a short distance away for a quick exploration. I had one evening and one morning left and I was trying to decide how to use them.
The reservoir sits in some nice rolling landscapes and, once again, I was struck by the difference to the Costa Blanca region and, specifically, the amount of green:
I decided to focus on some of the shots of the fields and trees. As I was exploring I came into a dip in the landscape with some trees and spotted a short jet trail in the blue sky. I thought it kind of looked like a shooting star so I tried a shot that I think works quite well:
A final stop off was in the actual village of Pueblonuevo del Terrible. The search for a parking space led me to discover a wonderful and elegant looking building that is a residencia de mayores (literally an elderly residence), a retirement home. I have to say I can think of worse places to spend my later years:
With the decision made not to return to the reservoir for an evening shoot I decided to head back up Belmez, where I had photographed the castle and stars on the first night.
I headed up there early enough that I had time to explore while waiting for the sun to get lower. I wasn't expecting an actual sunset shot. The sun was not going to be in a good place and there was far too little cloud for that to work out. Instead I was going to focus mostly on side lit shots as the sun moved lower in the sky.
My first opportunity was when I spotted a horse grazing in the fields nearby. I wanted to just have the horse as some foreground(ish) interest and still have the main feature being the castle. There was already some nice light and shadows going on so I set up, waited for the horse to be in the right position and captured this shot:
Moving a little further along I found a nice view that included some of the village and where the low sun was creating long shadows from the nearby trees.:
By this time the sun was almost gone and, just a few minutes later, the light disappeared from the landscape. With very little cloud in the sky there wasn't any colourful interest and, while I was tempted to hang around and see what night shots would be possible, I had no idea what time they turned the illuminations on and I really needed to get back so we could get ready to go out for dinner.
And so we came to the final morning. We had a long drive ahead of us, about 6 hours plus a rest stop, but there was still time for one more morning shoot.
Almost opposite our hotel was a wooded area and, on this morning, there was a bit of light frost on the ground. I headed in shortly before sunrise to see what I could find and quickly spotted an interesting looking tree that I could shoot straight through with the sun coming up behind it.
There wasn't any real colour in the sky but, as the sun started to break through, I got an unexpected bonus. A thin low mist rose up from the grass and the rays of the sun picked it out and made it glow. I shot three exposures to keep some detail in all areas of the image and merged them later in Lightroom. I really like the way this image came out:
Next week it will be back to normal on the posts with some information about what I've been doing back in the Costa Blanca area.
Until then, have a great week
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