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Ronda, Spain – Puente Nuevo

The Puente Nuevo is the “newest” bridge in Ronda which was built in 1793. The bridge took 40 years to complete, is approximately 325 feet and cost the lives of 50 builders. The bridge bisects the new and old towns of Ronda and both the bridge and the views are spectacular.

Ronda is located between Malaga and Seville and is an easy day trip from either city. To be honest I do regret not spending the night as thee was so much to see and do.

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Ronda, Spain…A Bicycle Moment

Oh how I love to find these moments…finding a bicycle leaning against a fence surrounded by beautiful old buildings and incredible landscapes.

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Malaga Port

Another beautiful place to spend an evening in Malaga is at the port / marina. It’s a great place to eat, shop and of course do some night photography. The beach, port and old town are all within a 10 minute walk from each other. If you’re planning a trip to Spain make a stop in Malaga, you won’t be disappointed.

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The marina boasts a lighthouse in the harbour….

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….and a ferris wheel….

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….and the Pompidou Center, the famed French museum has a pop-up in Malaga.

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Old Town Malaga

Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the word. It was founded in 770 BC by the Phoenicians and was originally known as Malaka. In addition to its long history, Malaga is also the birthplace of painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, Hebrew poet and Jewish philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol and the actor Antonio Banderas.

Day or night the beauty of this city is hard to resist.

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Blue Hour at the Pier

This image was taken on the same evening as the previous post with a more expansive view of the pier and the old town in Malaga.

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Malaga Sunset

I was fortunate to be staying at a hotel that had a rooftop swimming pool. Never did use the pool but it was a perfect spot to capture the sunset over the old town of Malaga.

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Beach Day in Malaga

Our next stop on our Spain adventure was the beach town of Malaga, birthplace of Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas. Naturally the first stop was the beach.

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Alhambra Reflections

On our way to Malaga from Barcelona we stopped in Granada to tour The Alhambra. Make sure that if you’re planning a trip you purchase your tickets online well in advance. We actually saw people turned away because there were no more tickets that day.

The reflecting pools that have been built directly in front of the palaces visually increases their size by the mirror like effect. It creates a beautiful scene to behold.

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Old Town Valencia

I was thoroughly impressed by the old historic centre of Valencia. The lovely narrow streets, colourful buildings and excellent food is what I love most about Europe.

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Introspection In Valencia

From the new to the old in Valencia.

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A Different View

A couple of weeks ago I posted “Blue Garden View” from Park Guell in Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi’s masterpiece has an endless amount of beautiful photographic spots and all one has to do is simply move to the other side of the house.

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Painted Pier

A little something from Barcelona to take you into this hot, long weekend. Happy Canada Day and to my American friends Happy 4th of July.

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La Rambla

Everyone told me it was touristy…they were right. I was told it was crowded…correct. I was warned that the restaurants and stores were expensive…yup. But to go to Barcelona and not take a stroll on La Rambla now that would be a missed opportunity. Everyone should experience it at least once.

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Blue Garden View

Framing a scene, like this view of Park Guell in Barcelona, really makes it pop. The blue wall doesn’t hurt either.

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After the Rain

When we arrived at Parc Guell (after a gruelling uphill climb) it was cloudy and raining. Parc Guell is beautiful but it absolutely radiates in the sunshine. Luckily a half hour after arriving the clouds dispersed and the sun came out.

It had already stopped racing but people still had their umbrellas out. This image with its bright skies, people holding umbrellas and the partial view of the park with the sea beyond, I felt was a good candidate for a digital painting. After processing this in Lightroom I used Topaz Detail and Topaz Impression to create the final image.

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Barcelona Bicycle

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written a blog post and I apologize for that. Life is busy as I’m sure most of you can attest too. I’ve just returned from a wonderful 2 weeks in Spain and Portugal and if you’ve been following me on Instagram and Facebook you probably already know that.

Some of you may also be aware of my love of searching out and finding lovely bicycle scenes when I travel (it’s a thing what can I say). I thought it only fitting that as I start sharing my images of Spain that by first one should be a bicycle shot.

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The Light Within

Slot Canyons are caused by erosion. Water seeping through cracks over millions of years chips away at the rock and forms very deep and narrow canyons. Maybe that’s why they’re so beautiful…you should never rush perfection.

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Heart’s Afire

If you look really carefully the rock formations become recognizable shapes and depending on how the light filters through the beauty reveals itself.

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The Sands of Time

The sands of time cannot be stopped years pass whether we will them or not, but we can remember…….what has been lost may yet live on in memories, that which you will hear is imperfect and fragmented yet treasure it for without you it does not exist.

Christopher Paolini

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Pick Up Here

Spring in New York. Even on a rainy day Bryant Park shines.

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Twister

Antelope Canyon is one of those places that keeps calling to me whenever I would see pictures of it but being inside the canyon and seeing it with my own eyes is an experience all onto itself. The colours, the light…the crowds 😦

I am grateful that I took a photo tour. Without a guide holding back the crowds it would be impossible to get a decent shot. As it was we had approximately 1 1/2 to 2 minutes to set up and shoot each shot. I’m glad that we had started with Rattlesnake Canyon first as it gave me an opportunity to try different settings in a less crowded canyon and at a more relaxed pace.

In the end it was worth it. Here’s the first image I come away with. More to follow.

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Global Warming

I was envisioning this, as the final outcome for this image, when I shot it but I just wasn’t sure it would work. This was taken in Page, Arizona as we were waiting to be picked up by our guide to see the slot canyons.

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Inner Sanctum

My trip to Arizona was meant as a quick, rejuvenating get away for my husband and I. The plan was to spend a few days in Scottsdale poolside with a little shopping and dining and then on to a few days in Sedona for some hiking and bit more R&R.

As we were planning the trip I realized that this was my opportunity to cross off one of the items on my bucket list, which was to photograph Antelope Canyon. Page, Arizona is a good 3 1/2 to 4 hour drive from Sedona we needed to rethink our itinerary to make this work. We ended up only doing an overnighter in Sedona and heading to Page the day before our morning Photo Tour.

The slot canyons are on Navajo land and the only way to access the canyons are with a Navajo guide. After researching a number of potential tour guides and tour operators I booked with Adventurous Antelope Canyon Photo Tours.

The tour I chose was for photographers meaning you had to have a DSLR/SLR or Mirrorless camera and a full size tripod. It was a smaller group and the tour guide was experience in crowd control and provided help and advice to any photographer that needed it. Photographing in the slot canyons is challenging due to the light conditions. Our guide, Melanie, was incredible and I would highly recommend her and this company.

I booked 2 canyons, Rattlesnake and Antelope and we started with Rattlesnake which was a great way to get used to shooting in these conditions. We were only 6 photographers with plenty of room and time which was not something we would get in Antelope.

This image was taken in Rattlesnake Canyon.

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Rattlesnake Canyon

I just returned from a trip to Arizona and can now happily cross off one of my photographic bucket list items…slot canyons. I’ve been wanting to photograph Antelope Canyon from the time I first saw Peter Lik’s famous image. I know it’s been photographed by everyone but none the less its something I’ve always wanted to do.

The slot canyons are on Navajo land so the only way to access them is with a Navajo guide but even so if you want help with crowd control and be able to set up a tripod then your best bet is to book a photo tour which is what I did before leaving home. I’ll give you more information on the tour company I used and the tour I booked in a subsequent post.

I did two canyons that day with the first being Rattlesnake Canyon. This was a great canyon to start with as there were no crowds and a great way to start shooting and testing different settings and exposures.

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