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Playa de la Concha

Following my purpose of experimenting with techniques I am less familiar with, this weekend I decided to practice with some panoramas.

The pictures are from Playa de la Concha, in San Sebastian (also called Donostia), located in Northern Spain not far from the border with France. The panorama was assembled from 6 handheld images, put together with the amazing open-source tool Hugin.

Madrid Airport

If you spend a fair amount of time traveling, chances are you’ll have to spend quite some time wandering around airports. One of the lessons I’ve learned over the years is that time goes by much more quickly when you have something to do, and certainly many airports are wonderful locations to snap some impressive architecture pics!

Madrid Barajas airport terminal 4.

One of my favorite places (although I am obviously biased here) is Terminal 4 in Madrid Barajas airport. One of the biggest and busiest hubs in Europe, the huge space still has a very warm feeling thanks to the light wooden ceilings.

Do you have any favorite airports I should check out? Let me know in the comments!

Griffon vulture

More wildlife from Soria. During my visit to Cañón Río Lobos I had the chance to spot some griffon vultures overflying us. Even though they were flying low, the distance was considerable and required use of telephoto. In this case, I had my old 70-300mm, but a 400 would have come fancier.

Wildlife photography is really challenging. Besides the general high-speed movement of the vultures, harsh light conditions and the dusty, hazy air resulted in a bit of softness and some extreme blue fringing at the tips of the feathers. If I ever decide to go further down the road of nature/wildlife photography, I would probably need to get a sharper telephoto lens, but in the meantime I will stay on budget and keep the old one.

Little owl

In my recent visit to Soria (Spain) I got the chance to wander around the Cañón de Rí­o Lobos Natural Park. Very different from the deeply green natural parks I visited recently in Germany or England, and even further from the tropical climates in Tayrona, this part of Spain has a harsh almost desert climate, vegetation limited to small bushes and a few trees that can endure the lack of water and the temperature fluctuations.

Rio Lobos is a well known place for spotting birds of prey: vultures, hawks, sparrowhawks, and owls. Although my visit was a very short one, I was lucky enough to catch a few shots of this little owl (Athene noctua).

Similar to another wildlife shots, this is taken with a 300mm telephoto, wide open at f/5.6. Very narrow depth of field and tricky light conditions. Fringing was very strong in the whole series of shots, even near the center of the lens, but could get rid of most of it in post processing.