Fotogroep Waalre 1-Jul-09

Photos shown at my local photography club on July 1st 2009.
These photos are © 2009 Peter van den Hamer.

All three pictures are taken in Andalusia, Spain. All are images of interior architecture lit by daylight. All are technically a bit challenging due to extreme contrast. All were taken at 24 mm, f/4 and roughly 300 ISO and 1/25 second.

Alcázar Fountain (Sevilla)
Alcázar Fountain (Sevilla)

ISO 200, 24 mm, f/4, 1/30 s

I had expected this Moorish fountain in the palace garden to be a well photographed spot – but it turns out that it isn’t. One reason might be that there is simply too much to see at the Alcázar and this is a less spectacular sight. Much of the other sites are easier to photograph. Or people are simply tired by the time they reach this part of the garden (at least many of our party were). 

The above picture is used on the cover of my Andalusia book at Burb.com (not available for ordering yet). On Burb’s glossy dust jacket, the shadow details are actually better than on my home HP B9180 printer. But on the semi-glossy interior pages, the shadow details are a bit lacking. The image was accidentally taken as a full-resolution JPG rather RAW.

Palacio de Lebrija (Sevilla)
Palacio de Lebrija (Sevilla)

ISO 400, 24 mm, f/4, 1/20 s

In this 16th century building was redecorated about 100 years ago by the Countess of Lebrija (Doña Regla Manjón Mergelina). She collected Roman frescos and pottery from nearby Santiponce as well as neo-Mudéjar and Renaissance artwork. It helped that her daddy directed the excavations at Santiponce. The palace (now a museum) is somewhat over-decorated.
Palacio de Carlos I (Alhambra, Granada)
Palacio de Carlos I (Alhambra, Granada)

ISO 200, 24 mm, f/4, 1/30 s

The Palace of Charles V (aka Carlos I from a more Spanish perspective) is the largest building within the Alhambra compound. The Renaissance building is square on the outside, but has a large round patio. See areal photo. This particular staircase is squeezed between the round patio (right) and some flat walls that form a square (left).

The picture seems to remind many viewers of staircase pictures by Escher.

The stairs are a good test for screen and printer color management. In the original RAW image, you can see the steps all the way to the top. This is probaly no longer possible in a JPG due to the 8-bit resolution. And printers have trouble with these shadows for other reasons.

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