Following my recent trip to Spain, this is the first in a 2 part blog sharing some of the images that I captured and the challenges you may experience shooting in these locations.
Within this first blog I focused on street work in the old town and port area of Javea. For reference Javea is a small port town at the North of Costa Blanca, 90 km North of Alicante and 113 km South of Valencia. The town stills holds much of it's charm and history and it is certainly one of my favourite regions in Spain.
The Old Town
Located three kilometers inland, dominated by the church which was built in the 14th Century, it's narrow streets and whitewashed houses make for a great location to shoot.
There are several challenges you may experience when shooting within Spanish towns so let me explain how I overcome them shooting with the Olympus OM-D. With Narrow streets and white washed walls it is easy to either over or under expose parts of the image, shooting through the EVF using the shadow and highlight indicator you can easily expose the image and whilst you may clip the shadows or highlights slightly, I then use the creative highlight and shadow tools to fine tune.
The second challenge you may face is angles, with small tight streets I often find myself shooting from the ground or above my head using the flip-out OLED. The image below was captured with my arms above my head, this way I was able to avoid distractive foreground objects.
The third challenge is weight, when travelling to a hot country you ideally want to travel light. The OM-D puts me at an advantage and accompanied with 3 lenses my bag weighed next to nothing. Knowing the narrow streets of Spain I opted for the fairly wide Panasonic 20mm and 25mm, accompanying them I brought along the Olympus 14-150mm. A majority of the images in this post were captured with the Olympus 14-150mm.
A few images of local street life in the town.
Heading down from the Old town located below the rocky slopes of the Cape San Antonio you will find a typically Spanish marina and fishing port. Still a working port there was a real traditional atmosphere to the port as the fisherman returned from sea.
Early morning view of the harbour mouth.
Until part 2 of this blog, OMG OM-D.