Prowling my world, camera in hand

21 January 2010

Week 02: Lars comes to visit

Filed under: — Administrator @ 21:40

The main event of the week was that my best friend Lars came to visit from Denmark. He is a great photographer and a keen cyclist, so I made sure I took sufficient time off so we could indulge in our shared passions. Most of this week’s pictures were taken while we were out and about together.

This is a mural in El Campello. I have long wanted to photograph it, but usually there is a car parked in front. But one morning I got lucky:


Alternate 1
Symbol of Spain’s burst property bubble. Until recently, a large billboard was here, advertising the apartments in the building in the background and in a yet-to-build building in the vacant lot:

Alternate 2
The Mercado Central is one of my favourite places in Alicante. I buy delicious food there and I find many photo opportunities:

Alternate 3
Besides cycling and photography, another passion Lars and I share is good beer. We bought some Belgian stuff from a brewery we had not heard of, and the verdict was not positive:

Alternate 4
Lars is a master of baking bread and pizza. This is my daughter’s vegan pizza (what looks like cheese is a soya-based substitute):

Alternate 5
Monica follows the progress of her pizza:

Alternate 6
Lars brought not only his Canon 5DII but also his tripod and other equipment. One morning we went down to the beach to photograph the sunrise:

Alternate 7
What he saw:

The remaining images are from a visit to a nearby water reservoir called the Embalse del Amadorio. I had not heard of it, but as often happens, Lars had investigated the area before his trip and suggested we go there to have a look. It is only 25 km from Alicante. The reservoir supplies drinking water to the towns of Benidorm and Villajoyosa.

Alternate 8
A bridge over the reservoir. Yes, it is Lars walking on the bridge:

Alternate 9
This is the main dam:

Alternate 10
It was a beautiful, quiet winter day:

Alternate 11
A view of the Amadorio river with the mountains in the background:

Alternate 12
Along the river banks, there are lemon trees and other delights:

Alternate 13
The roads in the area are popular with local cyclists:


  1. Hi Nathan,

    We didn’t get the finished pizza this time — a dis to the vegans? Probably not… Meanwhile, wonderful shots as usual. I had a question about the final three: they appear to have different color/saturation values from the other reservoir shots (note color of sky for instance). Different day? Different camera? Different WB settings? Or is it my imagination?


    Comment by Vince Passaro — 21 January 2010 @ 22:49

  2. PS Of the Begian beers I’m fond of one called Maredsous. Duble is better than triple and tap is best of all of course.

    Comment by Vince Passaro — 21 January 2010 @ 22:52

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