The Alcazar

The Alcazar of Jerez or more correctly Jerez de la Frontera (the frontier being between the Muslim and Christian worlds) is one of the most emblematic monuments in the city.  It is situated in the Southeastern corner of a wall that once enclosed the ancient city.  The Alcazar comprised walls, towers and gates and constituted a complex defensive system.

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Cacela Velha

Cacela Velha is an intriguing little village, that rare thing a largely untouched by tourism place that sits on a bluff overlooking the lagoons and beaches of the eastern Algarve.  A cobbled square by a little church (Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção), an old telephone box and a slightly incongrous giant plant(s) sculpture provide some good places to stand and hopefully some interesting images.

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Tavira in Mono

Tavira, on Portugal’s eastern Algarve coast, was occupied by the Moors between the 8th and 13th centuries, the occupation left its mark on the agriculture, architecture and culture of the area, an influence that can still be seen today in the whitewashed buildings, Moorish style doors and rooftops.

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Fishing in Tavira

I recently splashed out on a Samyang 7.5mm f/3.5 Fisheye lens, I say splashed out but really compared with a fisheye for a full frame sensor camera it was an absolute bargain. It’s a manual focus lens and you have to set the aperture on the lens rather than with the camera so in addition to the fact that it is a fisheye, which in itself is new territory for me, it is all a bit of a learning curve.

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Betancuria

Fuerteventura’s former capital Betancuria lies in a picturesque valley next to a dried up stream which flowed up until the 16th century.  The village is named after Jean de Béthencourt, who founded the town in 1404 with Gadifer de La Salle. It was the original capital of the Kingdom of the Canary Islands, and later capital of Fuerteventura.

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Windmill

On a ridge above the village of La Oliva about 100m or so apart sit two dissused but intact Canarian Windmills – they should make good photographic subjects – but here’s the thing, they are tricky subjects – finding a good place to stand is just alot harder than it looks particularly if you want to capture both in the same image, so much so that I have yet to master that image.  In the meantime here is the best I have managed of just one of the mills.  This is a contra-jour image captured as five bracketed images and processed as an HDR image with the sacred Tindaya Mountain as a backdrop.

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Sacred Tindaya

The little village of Tindaya sits at the foot of the Montaña de Tindaya in north-west Fuerteventura.  It was considered a sacred place by the pre-Spanish local population, and is also known as the Sacred Mountain today.  At the heart of the village lies the immaculately maintained church of Ermita Nuestra Senora de la Caridad.  It makes a nice photographic subject with the sacred mountain as a backdrop.

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