Almeria is definitely much less visited by tourists than Granada, Seville or Cordoba. I wanted very much to see this part of Andalusia because of its wonderful coast and in particular beaches, which appeared to be more difficult to find than I thought. But that was the time before I owned a satnav and with the map it was so much more difficult to find something in an unknown country. Almeria is the driest of the whole region and may be even the driest area in whole Europe. It is supposed to resemble American Southwest, that is why some European western movies were made here. The name Almeria originates from Arabic Al-Mariy-yat (the Watchtower), as the Alcazaba of Almeria was founded as a part of defence system of Arab towns in this region. The word alcazaba itself, from the Arabic word al-qasbah, signifies a walled-fortification in a city. Interesting facts which I found in Wikipedia: The Alcazaba has been used to film Conan the Barbarian, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Never Say Never Again as well as the syndicated TV series Queen of Swords used the inner courtyard and gardens.
This photo presents the courtyard and gatehouse of the Alcazaba of Almería. I regret not having a wide angle zoom at that time. This could help me to emphasize the agave a bit more.
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mesutilgim (96814) 2014-01-27 13:49
Nice capture of this evidence of past times.
Once a place filled with blod and tears, today only a place for tourists !
Many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
dta (81162) 2014-01-27 13:56
Hello Mariusz ,
You've perfectly used the agave to add a strong focal point to the picture . This is an excellent composition , and a superb perspective on the paved courtyard and the fortress .
PaulVDV (31253) 2014-01-27 18:56
You're right that Almeria is much less visited than other cities in Andalucia. However the Alcazaba is one of the most impressive in Spain.
The agave makes an interesting foreground and adds more colour at the picture.
I think you've chosen an original POV for this courtyard. When I was there, everyone stood on a different spot to take pictures.
Best regards, Paul
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-01-27 19:22
Perfect composition of the old fortress from the medieval period..Great shot with nice natural colors and an excellent quality overall, as always.Just love it.Thanks for sharing.
Sergiom (86177) 2014-01-28 4:09
J'aime beaucoup le point de vue, comme appuyé sur le mur et caché derrière la seule végétation disponible . Le point de vue très bas donne de la profondeur et la superbe lumière joue un jeu très important pour faire ressortir les détails.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-28 5:01
love this enticing composition. Always difficult to strike the right balance with shots like this, as there is so much negative space, but this works beautifully. As usual superb quality and detailing that make it both compelling and fascinating.
Noel_Byrne (33148) 2014-01-28 7:19
I really like this view, the low angle brings great emphasis to the expansive foreground which itself creates excellent depth leading to the ruined walls. The gateway in front surrounded by deep shadows gives an air of mystery to the place and makes me want to go exploring, and is an excellent contrast to the beautiful bright light outside. The plant is a great inclusion too.
Thanks as always
adramad (48484) 2014-01-28 7:34
Great composition, the courtyard of the Citadel, is a great perspective and very well chosen POV, to include part of the wall to the right of the image, which gives greater DOF to the image, the green of the plant gives a beautiful splash of color among so many stones.
A lovely day of light, which gives a very nice colorful natural tones.
The lighting is very well treated and good sharpness for details and textures.
Well done. I love it.
Have a nice day.
danos (101892) 2014-01-28 7:42
well chosen the POV as we can see almost the whole courtyard and on the backdrop the gatehouse of the Alcazaba.The brilliant light of the day enahnce the vivid colours as brings out the details of the place.
abmdsudi (57168) 2014-01-28 7:56
I love the feeling of great antiquity on this image - tx to you brief historic notes - the texture of the walls, the type of architecture and the weather worn feel about the whole structure. Nice compo and contrast between dark brown stonework and deep blue sky makes for an impressive image as seen here well done, Congrats.
ikeharel (76297) 2014-01-28 8:45
Good evening Mariusz,
Chosen a fine corner for your POV on the top floor of the fort.
Ancient built, and diff. stones indicate a renovations made on diff. era's.
DOF and clarity, as always are immaculate, bright daylight enhanced the details. Especially in good view are the iron gate lattice-doors on far.
Fis2 (104100) 2014-01-28 10:02
Ciekawy dziedziniec i fantastyczna budowla.
Lubie takie ciekawostki architektury.
Podoba mi sie jak zawsze dobrze zaplanowany kadr i kompozycja.
Fajne swiatlo bo niebo u Ciebie zawsze niebieskie ;).
nikkitta (17068) 2014-01-28 12:41
This part of Spain I imagine half desertic, very warmand it seems I am right
Like the capture with the cactus to give some sense of life at the empty space where so good films were tturned ( I read some notes... )
Color contrast is simple and works well with this so blue sky
well done and presented
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-28 12:44
il tuo forte sono le composizioni: non deludono mai e sono sempre richhe di spunti originali.
Bellissimo in questa il POV scelto che con la presenza della pianta grassa evidenzia il clima della regione e nello stesso tempo riempe parte del fotogramma con l'imponenza del pavimento per condurre lo sguardo verso lemura.
Ottimi, come al solito, contrasto, colori e nitidezza.
Ciao e buona serata
mcmtanyel (27094) 2014-01-28 21:14
Great architecture taken from a select POV with nice, warm colors and lovely leading lines all combine to yield an attractive photo.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-01-28 23:47
interesujaca architektura dobrze pokazana,ladny kadr i kolorystyka,pozdrawiam
delpeoples (59482) 2014-01-29 4:01
Whilst I didn't see Almeria, these colours are almost like a flag for Andalusia and are instantly recognisable. Beautiful low POV, I like the inclusion of the cactus in the FG and the converging lines create a very intriguing perspective.
Great job, thanks for sharing
Graal (103038) 2014-01-29 11:54
ladny kadr z ta agawa na 1szym planie. Interesujace stare mury Almerii. Piekne niebo w tle. Ciekawe informacje. Dobry dokument.
emka (104334) 2014-01-30 3:24
cześc Mariusz, chyba nie uda mi sie zmieścic Almerii w czasie mojej podrózy do Andaluzji w maju. Tyle jest do zobaczenia w tych najważniejszych miastach, a plaże to zobaczę w Maladze. Te wszystkie tytuły nic mi nie mówią, wiem ża jest jakis Conan Barbarzyńca, ale nic poza tym. Podoba mi sie ten dziedziniec i agawa jest wystarczjąco imponująca. Milo popatrzeć na takie błękitne niebo.
bardzo jestem ciekawa jak będzie wygladał Bałtyk zimą. Byłam kiedys w Gdyni dawno temu, jak Eryk jeszcze chodził do podstawowej szkoły, jak ten czas leci. Ty tez ani się obejrzysz jak Nadia bedzie panienką, a jak mówi przysłowie - małe dziecko, mały kłopot..
Pozdrawiam z mrośnej Warszawy
willperrett (11712) 2014-01-30 10:20
I like the absence of people in this photograph: something to do with the paucity of tourists in Almeria from reading your notes. I don't know how busy Granada will be: we're going there next month, hoping to avoid the worst of the crowds. The wide open spaces of the courtyard act as a kind of negative space set against the surrounding walls, and the patch of green is just the counterbalance the predominantly rusty tones need. Nice one!
npecanhuk (77045) 2014-01-30 14:30
Very beautiful and interesting place!
Very attractive and pleasant-looking picture!
Special regards to the chosen pov, composition, colors and exposure!
TFS - congrats,
Cricri (123866) 2014-01-31 10:27
Un lieu historique et ciné film, une note très intéressante, bon cadrage de la plante comme un signe de vie dans cet endroit désertique et sec, intéressante architecture, très belle présentation
adores (46307) 2014-02-25 17:15
Good to see it without tourists! Looks like a hot day. I like the architecture of the alcazaba and the low pov you have chosen. It was a great idea to include the agave in foreground.
Angshu (56760) 2014-02-26 3:25
Its been quite a while that I visited your gallery & hence have a lot of catchup to do...
Indeed this picture requires a wide angle lens...something I did not also have till 2 months back...
But is a great shot, especially how you composed it with the agave as it anchors the view into shot
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (39551)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-04-26
- Categories: Castles, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Andalusia 2008
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-27 13:45