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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Exposure Lift Colour Cast

There have been a couple of reports online of a magenta colour cast appearing when G9 raw files are exposure lifted in Adobe Lightroom.  I have to date not noticed this myself although I have to say I am not wholly convinced by Lightroom’s raw conversion of the G9 files.  It may well be that I have not noticed this reported issue since I tend to ensure that I do not significantly under-expose images and therefore tend not to have lift exposure significantly in post processing.

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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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Lumix G9 SH1/2 Pre-burst

So a little while ago I wrote a blog post here about the G9s 6K Pre-burst function.  My conclusion on this function was that whilst it had its uses its usability, for me, was very much degraded by what I considered to be very poor auto-focus speed.  Further investigation of this issue has not, unfortunately, found a solution – the simple fact is that the 6K photo functions are essentially using video technology including the cameras video auto-focus which is hugely inferior to the lightning fast stills auto-focus system.  Overall therefore I am afraid that 6K photo is for me a disappointment.

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