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!

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Skies of Cuenca

Last weekend was very intense for me in a photography way. After my visit to Pioz, I was in Uña (Cuenca). What is in Uña? Uña is a very little town (population about one hundred people) with a lookout with beautiful views and without any light contamination. This last feature lets you enjoy of a amazing night skies.

Let me show some of the pictures I took there.

About the technique

As we've written before in this blog, there are two choices: "points" or "traces". In this session I've chosen "points" in the most cases, but both choices are always there.

"Points" vs "traces"

To take pictures of stars as points, I've used very hight ISO speeds (3200) and short exposure times (30 seconds). My gear was my SAMYANG 14mm (very wide view lenses) and my Nikon D810 (a great camera with a very good response in hight noise events).

The camera response to high ISO is very important to take this kind of photographs. With Nikon D810 @ ISO 12800 I have a similar (or lower) noise level than Nikon D7000 @ ISO 5000 (but with more than 2,5 times of the sensibility). It lets me to capture the milky way as I've  never done before.

Milky Way with Nikon D810 (30s, ISO 12800)

Milky Way with Nikon D7000 (30s, ISO 5000), from "Night falls in the darkest town"

Monday, 24 July 2017

The other Mendoza's Castle

Mendoza is a Spanish surname that comes from Basque. The House of Mendoza was a very important family of Spanish nobles in Middle Age. When somebody speaks about Mendoza's Castle, probably he is spoken about the New Castle of Manzanares el Real (a 15th Century building in the city of Manzanares el Real). However, Mendoza was a very influencer family who it had several castles/palaces. Other of them is the Castle of Pioz.

Facade of the New Castle of Manzanares el Real

Views from the New Castle of Manzanares el Real

A room inside the New Castle of Manzanares el Real

Environment around the New Castle of Manzanares el Real

The New Castle of Manzanares el Real is the best conserved in Madrid. You can visit it inside, even there are funny theatrical performances with medieval thematic. It is a very popular place for tourists. The Castle of Pioz is a most tranquillity place. It's in Pioz, a very little town in Guadalajara and it's in advanced ruined status. It's also smaller, but it's so beautiful as its big brother.

By other hand, it is a quiet place with a lot of space to take all the pictures you want.

The building is also from 15th Century. It has a military appearance, but it was designed for residential usage. It was abandoned very soon, because Mendoza's family found other castles that could be better choices to live in.

Now, you can visit Pioz and enjoy of this magical place fixed in the time, as I did last weekend.


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