Only God is victorious is a sentence repeated 9000 times in beautiful Arabic calligraphy on the walls of this spectacular palace. It is a motto of the dynasty of last emirs in Spain. Quite honestly I don’t have good photos from Alhambra, I had my first digital camera over there with a low quality kit lens. But believe me this is a place which you want to see. The fortress is really impressive, it is huge and it has a fantastic location with Sierra Nevada in the background. The richly decorated walls are so beautiful I did not want to leave. Especially nowadays when visiting Arabic countries may be not the safest, this is a great choice for people who would like to taste this unique style.
Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in 889 and then largely ignored until its ruins were renovated and rebuilt in the mid 11th century by the Moorish king Mohammed ben Al-Ahmar of the Kingdom of Granada who built its current palace and walls, and later converted into a royal palace in 1333 by Yusuf I, Sultan of Granada.
The Alhambra's Islamic palaces were built for the last Muslim emirs in Spain and its court of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista by the Reyes Católicos ("Catholic Monarchs") in 1492, some portions were used by Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was rediscovered in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain's major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country's most significant and well known Islamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the inspiration for many songs and stories.
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yquem46 (38752) 2014-01-30 13:43
A clear, luminous and colorful image
Nice blend of colors, good almost symmetric compo
A very pleasant result
have a nice evening, best regards
daddo (27264) 2014-01-30 13:50
Hi Mariusz. You have captured well the beauty and elegance of the Moorish architecture and their love of water which adds reflections and a deeper serenity to the place. Great Andalusian light. Pozdrawiam. Klaudio.
PaulVDV (30667) 2014-01-30 13:56
A well-known sight but so beautiful.
I like the contrast between the red building and the blue sky and also the luminosity of the reflections in the pool.
Best regards, Paul
npecanhuk (75660) 2014-01-30 14:29
Very beautiful and attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and symmetrical composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
rigoletto (34279) 2014-01-30 15:12
hi mariusz. with your title, it makes 9001!
but i see no restraints in adapting it to your photo: mariusz is victorius too! splendid presentation of this moorish beauty. love the light, symmetry and the slightly saturated colors.
InasiaJones (31566) 2014-01-30 18:47
Very nice and appealing presentation of this palace, that seems to have a surprising mix of sobriety and intricate ornaments. I like how the light bounce on the pool of water, brightening surrounding walls the same way a huge softbox would do.
Good exploitation of the symmetry, clever framing, with just the right space to show the delicate clouds in the sky.
Waylim (25502) 2014-01-30 18:52
I read your reply to my post. Thanks. My feeling is not hurt, not a little bit. It take more than that to hurt my feeling :) I only write back to cheer you up a little. Cause I think you have seen alot and are very lucky in many ways, sure we all have down time and uncertain time. Job, family...it's life, some are luckier than other. I'm pretty lucky compare to many, but not as lucky as those with millions in the banks.
this is an excellent photo. I love how well you manage the light and shadow. A very fine composition with good symetry and the reflection make it it very nice and the rich color and deep tone. Beautiful in everyway.
Corry (4508) 2014-01-30 19:56
Très belle image de ce palais qui se reflète dans l'eau. La haie de chaque côté du bassin fait un beau cadrage et donne de la profondeur à l'image. Note intéressante qui donne le goût d'aller visiter cet endroit. Bien fait.
danos (100798) 2014-01-30 22:30
retun my mind back in 1988 when i visited Spain and between te cities that i saw were Granada with and of course the Alhambra's Islamic palaces.
I like the creative perspective with the reflections to complete perfect the whole magical place.Excellent the light and colour management as the beauty of the scene.Well done.
Have a good day,Danos
jjcordier (79297) 2014-01-30 23:44
Très belle photo de l'Alhambra. La lumière est splendide et donne de beaux reflets dans le bassin.
emka (102531) 2014-01-31 1:06
zaraz oczywiscie sprawdziłam w Google, rzeczywiście, 9000 razy powtórzone LA GHALIBA ILLA ALLAH, لا غالبَ إلا الله. Wiem juz jak to wyglada, umiem przeczytać i spróbuję policzyc :)). Wspaniałe zdjecie - symetria, kolory, ostrość perfekcyjne, jak to zwykle u Ciebie. Fantastyczna prezentacja mauretańskiej architektury. Pozdrawiam MAłgorzata
Royaldevon (40988) 2014-01-31 1:52
You have certainly excited me with this photograph and your notes. I have picked up your enthusiasm!
I think you were right to choose a symmetrical format, for it makes us very aware of the regularity of the construction and the beauty of its repeated decorations.
Your photograph is sharply exposed with warm, rich colours.
I particularly like the reflections which seem to create a whole, new dimension!
Have a lovely w/e,
delpeoples (59184) 2014-01-31 2:51
Hola dear Mariusz
What a magnificent photo of this wonderful Nasrid Palace. Unfortunately I only saw it at night. The colours, symmetry and colour balance are superb. The reflections are the icing on the cake. And I can't believe that this wonderful photo has been hiding in your archives for so long. What next? I'm curious.
Cheers and happy Friday
jhm (156458) 2014-01-31 3:46
Sorry, my hard disk was crashed, I have three days without PC, I nothing could use.
You chose an excellent angle the most classic but always the most beautiful.
You create depth and perspective with a wonderful architecture in background.
Excellent captured, also perfect taken.
Nice presentation, pleasant colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
timecapturer (49288) 2014-01-31 5:10
an immaculate shot this. A perfect POV being beautifully balanced, with glorious detail and light that makes it all so captivating. Awesome imagery and such an uplifting sentiment.
Enjoy the weekend - B.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-01-31 7:23
tyle razy bylam w Hiszpanii a jakos nie udalo mi sie zabrnac nigdy w strony Grenady. Szkoda, bo jak widac warto. Piekny budynek i nic dziwnego ze jest tak podziwiany na calym swiecie. Bardzo pasuje mi tutaj ta symetryczna kompozycja i POV ktory pozwolil uzyskac ladna glebie. Odbicia na wodzie dodaja caleosci jeszcze wiecej uroku.
Bardzo dobre swiatlo, kolory i ostrosc.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-01-31 10:14
Read your note about your capture, I have this sentence writen in ababic , it let me enter mosques, last time the Paris one (women part)
Good capture, given protagonism at the water as the arabian did or do, here acting as a mirow of that imposing part of the Alambra
Original capture of this so known place
Missing post of my favorite city
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-31 11:24
perfetta nella composizione e perfetta nel POV.
Colori e nitidezza superbi.
Bello ed imponente oltre che famoso il soggetto.
Una gran bella fotografia.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-01-31 17:50
stunning and very impressive colorful presentation, a very informative and complete note and one more composition of great quality!!
PS..let me know if you will visit So Cal again..
abmdsudi (56298) 2014-01-31 21:22
A lovely view of this famous place packed with some superb detail centrally shot in such a pleasant lighting which is exquisitely exposed to the best! Lovely warmth and majestic beauty blended superbly with good colour combination soothed by lovely touch of grey. It's a delicious overall shot and pleasure to view, Congrats.
annjackman (21899) 2014-02-01 2:21
Beautifully rendered with a carefully chosen viewpoint to get the symmetry. The golden reflection is mesmerising. Excellent colours and sharpness - one of the best photos that I have seen of this famous place.
Kind Regards, Ann
mesutilgim (96260) 2014-02-01 13:44
Very nice capture of this court in Granada with very good pov and layout.
Nice reflections on the pools surface.
Many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Fis2 (102276) 2014-02-01 13:51
Szkolna perspektywa, prawie symetria i ciekawe odbicie.
Dobra kolorystyka i swiatlo.
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-02-01 21:55
Superb shot of the Alhambra fortress.Nice image, sharp with good details, well saturated colors and nice composition. Well done. TFS.
mcmtanyel (25584) 2014-02-01 22:35
You managed to get a very attractive photo with your first lens. The symmetry and perspective in this photo are just exquisite. The colors and reflections enhance it even further.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-02-02 0:33
urocze miejsce,ladna architektura,ladna perspektywe wybrales,dobre swiatlo,super miejsce,dobra fotka,pozdrawiam
ikeharel (74733) 2014-02-02 1:51
The most toured palace in Spain, the Alhambra offers a good view to the Moorish tradition, art, and lavish life-style back in time's, Mariusz. For sure it is a heaven for photographers: Fine view over the pond which located right after the entrance to the complex and in front of the big hall. When we were there in 6/1998 a great number of big gold-fishs were in this water's - maybe they are still there...
Fine reflection and archi. details collected.
Have a nice Sunday,
claudeD (40279) 2014-02-02 8:48
wonderful picture from Andalucia, Excellent colors, perfect light managment and clarity.I like the shot very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
adramad (47626) 2014-02-02 8:57
A fabulous view of the Court of the Myrtles in the Alhambra, one of the places that best helps our imagination to imagine there are a thousand stories elapsed.
I love good balance between light and pretty as ideal color.
Well done. I love it.
All the best.
josepmarin (58359) 2014-02-02 12:06
I have visited the Alhambra when I was a child, and I can still remember the beauty of that marvel, and the rich ornamentation of its architecture, its courtyards and its gardens.
In your good framing we can enjoy all this, with a perfect light, a few delightful warm tones, a nice symmetry, and a beautiful reflections on the pond.
The composition is superb.
Best regards, my friend,
willperrett (11440) 2014-02-03 1:20
Couldn't resist commenting on this one, as we will be going to Granada in three weeks' time. I love the almost perfect symmetry your viewpoint has achieved. And the vibrant warm colours work so well against that interesting sky. You've made me look forward to our visit even more!
siudzi (34141) 2014-02-03 11:57
Wyprawa do Granady to jedno z moich najwiekszych 'podrozniczych' marzeń. Super, ze na TE jest tak wiele wspaniałych zdjęć z tego miasta - rownież to! Fantastycznie zbudowales symetryczna kompozycje pełna światła, pięknych szczegółów oraz detali. Brawo za realizacje oraz prezentacje!
Cricri (122473) 2014-02-04 10:47
Bonne précision dans le cadrage, intéressante et belle architecture, belle lumière et reflets
macjake (70515) 2014-02-04 21:37
sometimes there are photos posted in the gallery page that just scream certain TE members names...when I glanced at this one I just knew it was yours.
you have that signature exposure/sharpness/clarity in your final product. This photo shows all of that in bunches.
days like this are the best aren't they, that wispy sky with the brush stroked-like clouds are my favorite.
you achieved some pretty darn good details here my friend, its perfect! awesome shot!!!
Gigidusud (21191) 2014-02-09 14:12
Beautiful architecture with great symmetry and splendid reflections on the pool. I like it!
chawax (20758) 2014-02-10 13:17
Wow, very beautiful architecture ! It looks like architecture I could see in Marrakech, but I understand why by reading your note. The symetric POV is very good, the colours are great and the sharpness is excellent. Very good shot indeed.
Have a nice week,
fritzi007 (11501) 2014-02-26 8:52
unglaublich schönes, perfektes Foto!
(Bin wieder an Board)
adores (46079) 2014-02-27 16:23
This is a very famous place but your shot is excellent, the composition, the reflection, the light, the colours. It's a very good shot!
Angshu (56760) 2014-03-03 23:09
A fine postcard from the fabled palace. The symmetrical composition works beautifully leading us to the main building in the centre and the slender columns. Fine light & hence the contrast with the blue sky. Lovely work!
PS : How is the li'l one doing?