On my last day in Spain I came to Malaga from Ronda. I saw Malaga on my first day, so I decided to go to Benalmadena. I saw beautiful Brian's photos of the castle Colomares there, besides in Benalmadena there is interesting Buddhist stupa and Butterfly House. So I went by train to Arroyo de la Miel with hope to catch the bus to all these attractions. It was to far to go there on foot. But to my disappointment, the buses were rare and I was afraid how I would return to Malaga. I was hesitating what to do when I noticed the sign to cable car nearby. So I changed my plans and went by Teleferico to Monte Calamorro summit. This is the highest spot in Benalmadena, close to 800 meters above sea level, provides a complete and exclusive leisure experience, with the very best views of the Costa del Sol, the Sierra Nevada and, on clear days, Gibraltar and the African Coast. The summit has a number of perfectly signed paths, which lead to different viewing points, providing exclusive panoramic views of the Costa del Sol and the opportunity of seeing a wide range of plant species typical of the Mediterranean scrublands. And I was very lucky because I came from this hiking just in time to see exhibition with such emblematic species of birds of prey as falcons, eagles, owls, vultures... at all times flying freely within a natural setting of extraordinary beauty with a backdrop where the protagonists are the Malaga sky and the Mediterranean. I saw similar shows in Qustralia but it was better, Thje audience was small and the birds were very close, I had even one on my head! They made me the photo and gave me the code to load the photo from Internet, but I put it to my trousers, forgot about it and washed :(.
I liked this guy very much, he told fascinating stories, I felt like inside National Geographic program.
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Fis2 (105074) 2014-07-28 2:59
Facet ma pieknego ptaka.
Ladny portret "przyjaciol".
Dobry kadr, kolory i syper ostrosc.
Cyba sie starzejerz, bo coraz bardziej marudzisz :)
Moze Ci sie nie podobac ;)
Trzeba z duchem czasu czasem poeksperymentowac.
Normalne z tego ciekawego miasteczka tez beda.
snunney (105467) 2014-07-28 3:41
Excellent capture of this man and his charge. He has an interesting weather-beaten face that invites attention even without the bird. I like very much the warm light and colours; clarity is top class.
kasianowak (10209) 2014-07-28 4:35
Bardzo dobry "podwojny" portret. Bardzo podoba mi sie kolorystyka tego zdjecia.
Mi tez zdarza sie uprac ciuszki z papierkami w kieszeniach, wiec rozumiem twoja frustracje...
trevormoffiet (3112) 2014-07-28 5:34
This is an excellent double portrait. Even though the sun is high and the light is harsh you have done a great job in presenting this image with excellent sharpness and detail present within both the highlighted and shaded areas.
Sergiom (87099) 2014-07-28 5:35
On dirait que le maître ressemble un peu à son oiseau. En tout cas, ils posent fièrement l'un avec l'autre. Le cadrage est parfait et la lumière est magnifique.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-07-28 6:37
a superb shot this, and so beautifully detailed. Not been to this part of Benalmadena or on the cable car, but have seen them from the car (I have friends who live near there, just down from Colomares and the Stupa). The Stupa is well worth a visit, if open, as is the Butterfly House, plus Benalmadena Pueblo is so typically Spanish. A good reason to go back eh!?
Have a great week - B.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-07-28 6:54
Hello Malgo - What a marvellous travel story; you really are an inspiration and I admire the way you 'go with the flow'. I've seen a 'bird show' like this one once in England, they're very interesting. Your shot has captured a good double portrait. There are two aspects that I really like about the shot; the colour palette is naturally harmonious and the detailing excellent. I can see every pore and wrinkle in the man's leather waistcoat and the bird's feathers are crisply defined.
Nicely done dear friend!
CLODO (35608) 2014-07-28 7:03
nice double portrait, so crisp, with the same colors, and even the sun was very high, you managed to get details in the man's face.
photoray (13981) 2014-07-28 8:36
Excellent view of this majestic eagle in sharp resolution, appearing 3 dimensional, and the weathered birdman for character. The brown tones dominate enhancing the scene.
ktanska (28995) 2014-07-28 10:05
Excellent portrait. I think the man and the falcon have some rough handsomeness. All brown colours match well together.
Noel_Byrne (33422) 2014-07-28 11:01
I feel national geographic from this too, it an image worthy of their pages. Beautiful tones and colors, and perfect poses from man and bird to give this excellent portrait. There is a feeling that this image could be quite old, I think the color tones remind me of those I would see in the 1970's and that adds a lot to the unique feeling of this image for me. Really, really nicely done.
nikkitta (17068) 2014-07-28 13:43
Like both subjects, man and bird, also the good way he is dressed, adventurous kind, he seems to know for sure about the subject he talks about
Well done, regards
carlo62 (54064) 2014-07-28 14:54
gli occhi dei due soggetti sono molto simili, sguardo concentrato e intenso.
Bello scatto, hai colpito la momento giusto, congelando gli sguardi e la loro posa nel migliore dei modi.
tyro (26142) 2014-07-28 17:24
What an interesting note! And how funny that you lost (or "washed") your code to the photograph they took of you! Never mind, it would have been nice to have that picture but this one is superb! And the experience of seeing these birds close to you must have been wonderful.
This falconer looks to be a real "outdoor man" judging by his weatherbeaten face; and his leather waistcoat and heavy leather belt add to that outdoor look. This is a perfect "double portrait" of an active outdoor man together with a magnificent bird of prey, both captured perfectly.
Lovely light, true colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
rychem (41596) 2014-07-28 20:36
Podobno małżeństwa stają się z czasem do siebie podobne, a także pan i jego pies, odnoszę wrażenie, że też ten ptak i jego właściciel mają coś podobnego, i trochę drapieżnego w sobie, doskonale złapana scenka
jjcordier (79297) 2014-07-28 23:17
Un bon double portrait! Un mimétisme certain entre l'homme et son oiseau...en tout cas dans les couleurs de leur "plumage" -)
serp2000 (45532) 2014-07-29 0:39
First of all thanks for so interesting note. And I also like this double portrait. Once I have seen similar show in Slovakia, Bojnice. Perfect sharpness, I have see a lot of ine details. Good report!
See you soon!
ChrisJ (117201) 2014-07-30 3:05
Nice use of a shallow dof with perfect fg sharpness on both the man and the bird of prey. I remember seeing a similar show in Brisbane that came to my primary school in the 1960's but I don't know if it's possible to see that nowadays? Effective tight framing with vibrant warm colors. Tfs!
COSTANTINO (68848) 2014-07-30 23:33
Hello my dear friend
excellent portrait of the man holding the
bird nice timing for a photographer
one shot is one thousand words
welldone my friend
holmertz (58234) 2014-07-31 12:11
A very nice photo. The bird is wonderful and I hope it is allowed a better life than those poor creatures kept for tourist photos at the Potemkin steps in Odessa. It would be fun to watch these lovely birds so closely, but I may not like to have one on my head.