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Granada

February 14, 2019

Flamenco guitarist. Granada, Spain

Flamenco guitarist. Granada, Spain

Everybody getting some sun. Granada, Spain

As you might have noticed, I changed my photography style a little bit. As an experiment to learn composition I switched my camera to a black and white mode, not to be distracted by all the colours in my viewfinder when I take a picture. A side effect of it was that I got a lot of black and white JPGs to go along with the raw files that I’d normally use.

I noticed that for certain types of shots, I really like the look. Like those presented here, where we have a lot of contrast and the sun is strong, but not coming vertically down. Especially, when photographing in the cities.

A break in flamenco show. Granada, Spain

Andalusian independence poster. Granada, Spain

I photograph differently in cities than I do outside. When I’m taking pictures of landscapes, I always carry around my 18-135mm zoom lens, to be able to get the perfect composition. With landscapes, zooming with your feet is rarely a possibility. In the cities, however, I carry around my small 18mm lens. Originally, I did so to force myself to get closer to my subjects - this wide lens doesn’t really show much from afar. But I grew to like the look and the feel of carrying around a small camera with a really small lens.

All of the pictures in this post have been taken with this lens. It’s cheap, regularly gets poor reviews, and I love it. I’ve bought it twice by now (after the first one got stolen).

Alhambra. Granada, Spain

Albaicin. Granada, Spain

Albaicin. Granada, Spain

Granada, Spain

Granada is a great city to do some street photography. There’s a picturesque old islamic town, that looks like a medina taken straight out of Marocco. There’s a lot of old, powerful architecture monuments to contrast small people with. There’s a lot of tourists, colours, and vagabonds on the streets.

Finally, there’s the Alhambra with its beautiful details.

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Alhambra, Granada, Spain


Wojciech Ogrodowczyk

Written by Wojciech Ogrodowczyk who takes photos, climbs mountains, and runs Brains & Beards to help companies deliver better mobile applications faster.