Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Green Bridge

The Green Bridge of Poveda is an old railroad bridge of the historical Arganda's train over the Jarama River. I've not found trusted information about its age, but I think it was built in 19th Century or early 20th Century (between 100 and 150 years ago).

It has not a daily use nowadays. I think maybe it is used for historical recreation a few times per year. It has a narrow and not very stable pass for walkers, with a warning signal at beginning.

It seems a very popular place for photographers. Many people arrive to make fashion sessions mainly.

A beautiful location to take pictures of this historical infrastructure.

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Salogre Ravine

The park The Hills of Alcalá, also known as "The Natural Park" in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid, Spain), is a big natural area close to the city. It's a very special place for my, where you can enjoy about nature and its landscapes.

Its name comes from some of its landforms, as the hills: Ecce Homo, Malvecino ('bad-neighbour'), Honda ('sling'), Tortuga ('turtle'), etc. Other charismatic landforms are the ravines, as the Salogre Ravine or De la Zarza Ravine ('of the Bramble').

I wolud like to show you a pair of pictures I took yesterday:

HDR version

This first version is a HDR version. It's made with HDR processing over a single NEF file. I use the HDR processing to recover details in dark zones and to give personality to flat areas. I don't like to abuse of this processing. I don't like the forced results or the extreme noise. The native dynamic range of the Nikon D810 is higher than other cameras (as my Nikon D7000), so I don't win a lot with the processing (compare images below and above), but I lose quality (because of the noise).

I'm reviewing all my editing flux to find noise sources and delete them, looking for purer results. I'm thinking since time ago if I should continue using HDR processing.

Panorama version

The second one is a panorama version. There are nine pictures involved in the image above. All them are merged to build a high size image. You can notice the wider vision angle.

I've used Hugin because I think it's a great tool to make panoramas in Linux, as I commented in the past.

Taking pictures of large landscapes I thought in the relationship between they and wide angle lenses. I've arrived to places with majestic views, but in the camera they lost force. Everybody says wide angle lenses are for landscapes, but there are great landscapes photographers who use large focal lenses to catch landscapes details. On the other hand, the high mountains in the horizon are smaller with wider angle lenses.

I think there isn't a only response for landscape photography. If you want details in the horizon (a big far mountain), maybe you should use large focal lenses to view the horizon large enough. On the other hand, if you uses a 14mm lenses (as me), maybe we should set our attention in a big and interesting first plane subject, because the horizon will be too small to be the main point of interest.

I hope I remember this in my next excursion and to learn about past errors. Composition in landscape photography is a pending task for me.

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Road to Cuenca

As I've been writing in last posts, last weekend was a very intensive photo-weekend. Saturday in the morning I was taking pictures of castles in Pioz, the night between Saturday and Sunday, I was taking photos to night skies in Uña, and Sunday in the morning I was a one more tourist in Cuenca. This is the post about that third part.

Sunday in the morning we were driving from the little town of Uña to the city of Cuenca. We made a stop in the reservoir "de la Toba" to watch the sunrise.

Our next stop was in "The Window of the Devil", a strange place close to the road CM-2105, near of Villalba de la Sierra. It is a group of big holes in the stone who build a natural lookout.

Finally, we arrived at Cuenca. Old town of Cuenca is a very beautiful place, included in World Heritage Site list. The old houses of there have a magical charm.

The city is known by its Hanging Houses, buildings form 15th Century in precipices boundaries, with balconies hanging over the empty space.

Cuenca has other interesting buildings, as its city hall or its cathedral.

City Hall of Cuenca

Cathedral of Cuenca

A very interesting city to visit!


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