19 May 2020
Unable to get out because of the lockdown, we thought we’d have a look at what we were doing this time last year. Here is an encounter we had with a shepherd called Juan. We had finished shooting in Gaucín and had stopped by the roadside. Juan was resting in the shade and was up for a chat about his goats and life in general. Despite his lined face Juan had the clear eyes of a much younger man.
10 April 2020
The strict lockdown lasted all of April which meant we were unable to leave the house except for essential food shopping. Being restricted in this way meant that photography had to be done at home. It was an opportunity to slow down our busy lives and spend some time experimenting with techniques, equipment and processing software. Playing around and having fun with photography is something we should do more often.
29 March 2020
The Covid-19 quarantine began in the middle of the month but luckily we had been out and about before then, taking pictures of early geraniums such as this one. Geraniums may be a run-of-the-mill flower, but their bright petals against a whitewashed wall are such a striking image they are quite rightly a Mediterranean icon. March sunshine in the mountains is not to be taken for granted so we were fortunate on this day.
05 February 2020
Sometimes a different angle is all you need to make an image fresh. Take these eucalyptus trees for example. Initially macro bark patterns were going to be the subject of the shot, interesting and colourful, but nothing out of the ordinary. The sky happened to be a particularly rich blue and that’s what drew the eye upwards while the camera was close to a trunk. This was the resulting view.
22 January 2020
Our villa photography takes us all around Andalucía and this time we were in the Subbética de Cordoba region. It had a been a successful day’s shoot but now it was late afternoon and we were driving home. Although it had been a long day, we just had to stop for a while to capture the still beauty of Lake Iznájar. We continued home, happy to have seen it.
14 December 2019
Picturesque villages in Andalucían Spain have one disadvantage for a photographer—the access. More often than not the villa we are shooting is at the bottom of a pretty, but steep and narrow street. Moving the equipment and props to set up a shoot is a physical challenge, but carrying it all back up the hill at the end of the day is harder!
11 November 2019
Autumn is particularly stunning in Las Alpujarras. The leaves of the many species of broad-leafed trees show their colours: gold, red and brown against the clear blue sky. The villages of the Poqueira Valley are renowned for their chestnut trees whose copper-coloured leaves make a magnificent display at this time of year. The ribbon of road is coming up from Pampaneira and continues deep into the Sierra Nevada mountains.
06 June 2019
A very good friend invited us to his wedding in Zaragoza - right up in the north! It was great to go to a traditional Spanish wedding and to visit this lovely city. With thriving street bars, amazing cathedral and the large river Ebro running through it, it is a great place to visit.
17 May 2019
On a recent trip to Gaucin, we came across a large outcrop of granite rocks way up above the rolling hillside. Seeing a "kettle" of vultures we just had to stop and try and get some shots of them. They were very distant, but with a long lens we did manage to get a few reasonable shots of them soaring above the bare rocks.
29 April 2019
It is a great time of year to go on walks. The weather is not yet too hot, and the roadsides are abundant with life. These poppies were all along the path and getting down below them to take a shot made for an interesting view revealing the translucent petals against the sky.
14 March 2019
Having been through the winter, it is time to start getting things back up and running for the summer season. We are getting busy as springtime is the best for photos, with the flowers starting to bloom, the skies becoming a constant blue and the sun warming pools and conservatories. One of the best times of the year!
23 February 2019
On a recent trip to Cadiz, we stopped near the open market to have a welcome break and a beer. These street musicians were wandering around injecting a bit of fun into the morning cafe life. The market is superb, offering a large selection of fish, fruit and vegetables. And once you have done the shopping, the rest of this small city has plenty of other gems to visit.
17 January 2019
The days are shorter, so evenings in Granada present a different perspective to those of the hot summer. Many of the major landmarks of the city are lit up at night and look fantastic. This shot of the Alhambra, taken from the Albaicín below, sets off the exact lines of the buildings against the dark night sky.
11 December 2018
By this time, most olives are ready to pick, although some of the trees at higher altitudes will not be ready until early next year. You will see lots of local farms with nets sprawled under the trees and farmers with sticks beating the trees to collect the olives. Most of them will go to make olive oil, pure and fresh and delicious on a salad.
13 November 2018
One of the best things about this area is that as you get towards the end of each year, the skies become more and more interesting. Stepping out onto the terrace, I was confronted with this busy looking sky. The mountains mess with the air pressure as the breeze pushes the air up and over and the result is a tapestry of swirling clouds.
05 October 2018
Sometimes the customer asks for something a little different, and in this case, one of the stations for a full virtual tour of the property was half way up an olive tree! We needed to set up the camera high in the tree to give the final impression of being in mid-air when viewing all around in the tour.
21 September 2018
There are some great mountain ranges and smaller hills scattered around the region of Granada. With white villages and towns nestling below rocky outcrops, normally where ancient springs provided essential water, the contrast of the blue skies and the pale rocks below is always worthy of a stop to take a photo.
10 August 2018
August is one of the warmer months here in Southern Spain, so access to a cool pool is a real bonus. Added to that, having a few orange trees dotted around the poolside is great for a bit of shade as well as a nice cool glass of fresh orange juice.
15 July 2018
The village of Carataunas is home to as many cats as people! In fact, the villagers are known locally as "Los Gatos". As summer starts to take hold, the young kittens become more adventurous and can be seen exploring their surroundings for the first time. They may be bold, but still like to stick together.
03 June 2018
The swifts and swallows that arrived from Africa in the spring have now set up their nests. With chicks to feed, the adults are busy catching flying insects. Dawn and dusk is noisy with the birds' chatter and their flocks make swirling patterns in the sky.
26 May 2018
The end of May is when the fiesta of San Isidro, patron saint of Capileira, takes place. The fiesta is a mixture of religious blessing, a thanksgiving, a village feasting and colourful get-together of young and old and everyone in between. It all takes place, appropriately, in the communal threshing area at the heart of shared rural life.
28 April 2018
Although we're busy taking photographs all year round, nothing beats getting the first shots of our beautiful springtime. The first wave of meadow flowers brings out all sorts of insect life.
30 March 2018
Once a year, there is a "feria" in the town of Orgiva where you can find local crafts and foods. It is a pleasant morning's stroll and for those visiting the area, ideal for choosing some original gifts to take home.
02 Feb 2018
It may be winter in Spain, but the increased day length is already bringing out lots of flowers. My money plants are covered in tiny white stars which the honey bees go mad for. Every day, dozens come to feed and the plants are noisy with the sound of their busy-bee-ness.
7 Nov 2017
It's that time of year when everyone is harvesting their olives. Once the olives have been taken to the mill, the tree prunings must be burnt in a timely way. Burning has to be done during certain hours when there is no wind, so smoke hangs around for sometime in the cold, still air.
15 Oct 2017
Even though many birds migrate south for the winter, some, like this reed warbler hang around for the season. This little chap was caught by the Laguna de Padul, an area of preserved wetland in Granada province.
08 Jul 2017
During the summer months, the evening views over the Sierra Nevada foothills can be quite spectacular. This image catches a swallow feeding on insects, contrasting against the evening sky which silhouettes the lower mountains and the power lines which cross the scene like a large cobweb.
13 May 2017
It's no wonder this region is called the 'snowfall' mountain range. Thick snow covers the peaks from November until April, providing skiing in winter and water for the summer. The beauty of this scene, the blue of the sky and the dazzling white of the snow is repeated every winter, but I never grow tired of photographing it.
25 Mar 2017
El Torcal, 40 minutes' drive inland from Malaga, is the strangest landscape in the province. Weathered rocks look like stacks of plates, ancient statues and sci-fi scenery. Early in the year, thick mists swirl around the upper slopes adding even more to the ghostly atmosphere. After shooting this scene I saw a mother mountain goat and kid picking their way along the crags.
24 Feb 2017
The first blooms of spring! From a few brave flowers at the end of January there's a sudden burst of snowy blossom in February. Hillsides covered in pink and white almond blossom are a wonderful thing to see and a sign that winter is coming to an end.
12 Feb 2016
Something a little different, trying out a few new techniques here. I wanted the sepia postcard effect to exaggerate the bleak, winter scene of the cold mountains and rural pylons.
13 Nov 2016
Oh how I love taking pictures of the moon, you can never have too many! The end of the year has such clear air and pictures are particularly sharp. I'm always on the alert for photo opportunities, so when a super moon is on the rise I'll be there at the ready.
12 Nov 2017
Despite it being the middle of winter with snow on the high ground, there's many a warm day to be had on the coast. Even if it's a bit brisk to take your coat off, you can sit on the beach in the sun. To enjoy a beer with a seafood tapas in the middle of February is one of life's joys.
If you would like to be kept up-to-date with our latest blog posts and other information in our regular news letters, then go ahead and add your name and email below and we will do the rest. Of course you can unsubmit at any time by just following the link at the bottom of each newsletter we send out.