A journey north

On the way north…

Angel of the North

Bamburgh Castle

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A view of the sea from Bamburgh beach
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Bamburgh Castle coming up close, taken from the dunes
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The imposing walls of Bamburgh Castle, (Northumbria)
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Bamburgh Castle in the mist (taken from Holy Island)

 


Al Hambra & Gardens

There is no reference to the Alhambra as being a residence of kings, until the 13th century, even though a fortress had existed since the 9th century. The first kings of Granada, the Zirites, had their castles and palaces on the hills of the Albaicin, and nothing remains of them. The Nasrites were the emirs that built the Alhambra, starting in 1238.

The complex of palaces; this residence of the kings of Granada was constructed from the ruins of the former fortress, by the founder of the dynasty, Alhamar, who commenced work in the thirteenth century. Mostly the buildings that have survived however, date from the fourteenth century.

The Alhambra became a Christian court in 1492 when the Catholic Monarchs (Ferdinand and Isabel) conquered the city of Granada.

Palacios Nazaríes – Alhambra

A night visit to the Alhambra

We waited patiently as the sun set over the Alhambra. As the light faded into the west, the sun dipping down below the horizon, spreading shadows across the walls of this majestic palace. The security man, lifted the barrier and we entered; for our night visit to the Alhambra….

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Granada, Plaza del toros.

A Week in Spain

On Saturday morning, we went to Granada’s Plaza Del Toros; to have a look at the Bull Ring. There was no fight on at this time of day and the arena was closed; for cleaning. I asked the janitor who was hosing down the dust, if we could have a look inside. He very kindly agreed and let us in to have a look around.

“EL TOREO ES TORTURA NI ES NI ARTE NI CULTURA”

A week in Granada

Just recently, I flew to Malaga with a friend and we transferred to Granada by bus. I then spent a week in Granada photographing the city and the Al Hambra; with its imposing walls. What lay outside these walls was a beautiful and vibrant city with a lot of atmosphere. The temperatures were some days in the forties and this was pretty hard to bear. But with its love of fountains and stunning architecture and not forgetting the people – Granada offers a great opportunity to the photographer.

Kathmandu Streets

“Kathmandu is alive, vibrant, magical a living city. I have never know a more colourfully textured, rich and aromatic place. To give it it’s due, Kathmandu is a very busy place. Everybody seems either constantly on the move, or quite conversely – sitting through the heat of the midday sun. It is a peaceful city despite its, diversity and noise. Eagles fly silently above the city heights, dogs scrap for left overs in the streets, and kids run a muck. The pollution in Kathmandu can be unbearable, but which does not detract from my love of it in the least.”

 

Portmeirion, Wales

I’ve just come back from a weekend away in Wales. Part of the purpose of the trip was to test my new Canon EOS M. I always take a camera away with me when I’m camping but generally, I err on the side of caution. Not wishing to take any one of my expensive cameras, I’ve always opted for my Olympus Tough, which is more or less indestructible. But I’ve often been disappointed with its poor performance in picture quality. So I have now bought a canon EOS M for taking away specifically on camping trips.

To round off the weekend in Wales, we visited Port Meirion. A miniature Italian village hidden away on the coast of Wales near Porthmadog. We walked around on a particularly dull day – unfortunately. However I was pleased with how it performed. Even in the low light – the images were sharp – the noise was relatively low; when zooming in quite close picture quality is good. The EOS M is an 18 MegaPixel camera, so it should perform well on these point. It needs to be road tested in respect to durability- some of my trip are especially rough and it will need to stand up to potential weather and accidents. So maybe future trips will tell me more. So far I am very satisfied with it’s performance.

These images of Portmeirion are quite stylised; at the moment I am playing around with several new effects trying to create new styles. These were edited in Photoshop from RAW which the EOS M is also capable of shooting in.