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This is the Alhambra in Southern Spain, one of the most iconic pieces of Islamic architecture in Europe, and certainly one of the most beautiful buildings I've visited.

It's a place I'd wanted to visit for years, and we arrived in Granada after spending time in Cordoba, where we saw the equally impressive Mosque.
The Alhambra was built around the 14th century as the fortress/palace/residence of the city rulers, and was later added to by the Christian King and of Spain, Carlos V (the square building you can see in the centre).

It sits on top of a hill overlooking the city, below the peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and to shoot the exterior properly you have to head into the neighbourhood of Albaycin, located on an adjacent hill.
This shot was taken from a park in the Albaycin. I walked up there an hour before sunset to shoot the last light falling on the walls, and found the park heaving with life, and various photographers setting up tripods - Granada is a medieval city full of tiny winding streets and this as this is one of the few places you can get a view of the entire palace, unobstructed by other buildings and trees.

Sadly, I didn't get the dramatic sky I had hoped for, but a few moments after the sun had set, and the Alhambra lights came on, the sky turned pink, which in turn was reflected by the white snow of the peaks on the Sierra Nevada.

This was the only chance I had to shoot the exterior, as the following evening we were inside the palace. The interior is even more impressive than the exterior and looking at the thousands of intricately carved walls and pillars, it's hard to believe that it was all done over half a millenium ago.

If you're interested, there are many shots of the interior on my website

I took this using a two stop grad (soft) to control the highlights in the sky, a tripod, mirror lock up and a cable release.

Not sure if anyone will like it, but it's a shot that I'm fond of, so here goes...

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Taken in Albaycin, Granada, Spain.
Nikon D3 | Nikkor 28-105mm
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.2 (2 stop) neutral density graduated filter (soft)
1/2 | f11 | 60mm

Workflow in Apple Aperture 2. Title in PS

Thanks in advance for any comments or faves. Sadly, I no longer have time to reply to individual comments, but I do appreciate people taking the time to look.
Any questions, please note me.
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MinecraftArchitect90 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2013  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Magnificent, no other word to describe it :)
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ihamo Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2013
Great :happybounce: :happybounce:
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MatthewCymro Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2012
I went to Granada earlier this year, amazing place! Your photo is awesome!
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi!
You've been featured Here!
Enjoy :)
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Shutter-Shooter Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi,
You've been feature here!
Make sure you favorite the journal so your beautiful art gains more exposure.
Thankyou :woohoo:
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Kaz-D Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi!
You've been featured Here!
Enjoy :)
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Ilman-Lintu Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011   Photographer
your awesome shot was featured in my journal here -> [link]
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
Thanks a lot :-)
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D1nges Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
this place looks magical
spain is an amazing country, and especially the Southern regions with the Islamic architecture.. can't wait to visit those places one day :love:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
Thanks so much. It's an amazing place to visit
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LunaFeles Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011   Photographer
WOW!!!! Wonderful & amazing!!!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Thanks so much
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KingaagniK Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Photographer
Stunning shot! :faint:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Thanks so much
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KingaagniK Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Photographer
You're welcome ( :
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SeaWhisper Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2010
stunning colours and a view :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
Thanks so much
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Artemisia-dream Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
breathless! it seems a dream!! a perfect shot!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
Thanks so much
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Laura-Skeff Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
que lindas as montanhas com neve la atras,em contraste com o ceu rosa-quente
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Dinorider Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
cool picture on this site
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Dinorider Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
cool picture on this site
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simonex86 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
i love this photo!
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nunosakra Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Professional Photographer
The light conditions are just perfect...A perfect shot!!Hope to go here someday!
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snarto Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
Very nice! I were there now in june 09 and it was incredible, took around 1k shots ;)
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xcountryslugga16 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009
this is a great picture. i was in that exact area where you took it! its actually amazing right??

i did a painting of the alhambra check it out on maaa page!!
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danielpalos Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Que luz fantástica
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pquintela Featured By Owner May 27, 2009
beautiful and awesome!!!! :D :+fav:
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papatheo Featured By Owner May 23, 2009  Professional Photographer
:D Awesome work!!!
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Jasmon Featured By Owner May 20, 2009
a beautifull city! congratulations
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svangeest721 Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
Absolutely stunning, Andy. I couldn't help but smile when I saw this. It looks like something out of a fairytale; nestled in the mountains and all lit up. You didn't get your dramatic sky, but I still say it's one of your finest works yet. We all love a good waterscape, but it's nice to have a little variety on here. Well done. :D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
:-)
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friendlybynature Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
First, please forgive me for writing this comment in the first place. Your descriptions of your photo-taking process are nothing short of inspirational to a beginner like me, and your images are nothing short of breath-taking on a remarkably consistent basis. You hesitated posting this image, but I'm glad you did. I just wanted to point out something that struck me about it.

From the top of the building and tree line down, this shot is exquisite. As always, you captured the light level perfectly, and you did a marvelous job capturing the particular time of day presented. The light level balances with the sky beautifully.

Now I know you confessed to not getting the "dramatic sky" you had hoped for, but the small amount of clouds present did all I think you needed to get something interesting going on. What gets me is this: This is the first image of yours that hasn't made you out to be a true master of nature, willing it to bend to your every whim and fancy. :-) The lighting on the mountains seems unusually blurry/foggy/hazy to me, and there's less clarity in the clouds than the usual astonishing sharpness your images contain. (Though I'll admit, I think that's more a result of the JPG compression than the original material.)

This image is by no means bad. Again, the view of the building is simply spectacular. I'm just offering up my take on why I think it might have stirred up some hesitation before you published it…it almost makes you out to be a mere mortal. ;-)

Thanks, regardless, for sharing your work here. I for one always appreciate seeing what you do and how you do it. Cheers.
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rolhas Featured By Owner May 17, 2009
wonderfull!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 18, 2009
Obrigado :-)
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dwth Featured By Owner May 15, 2009  Student Artist
This photo have been featured on Thumbs of the Week 71st/72nd.:wave:
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Ossoien Featured By Owner May 15, 2009
Amazing!
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rocqua Featured By Owner May 14, 2009
great shot, normaly i dislike buildings in a landscape shot, but here it works miracles, it is really intergrated into the landscape, and unlike the usual buildings in a landscape, this not only feels like it belongs here, the landscape feels like it belongs around the building.

overal a very impressive shot.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
Thanks so much
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rocqua Featured By Owner May 19, 2009
your welcome :)
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stetre76 Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
absolute fantastic capture - the light ist just perfect :clap:
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The-Lioness Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Stunning!
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Esteficita Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Most beautiful. I actually saw the Alhambra years ago, but that was in bright daylight. Your sunset shot really creates a warm and calming atmsphere. I love the white snow capped mountains in the background.
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Originalbossman Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
This is fantastic. And as someone who is learning photography, your technique for the shot helps immensely. Quick question about the mirror lock up. Is that to keep the image sharper? Ive seen some people refer to it but never knew why it was important.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
The mirror lock up reduces the chance of any tremor when the shutter is clicked...so you're right, it's about sharpness. The mirror on my D3 makes a pretty big "thumb" when it flips up, so it really makes a difference to keeping the camera steady to lock it up out of the way before opening the shutter.

Thanks for the comment, glad you like the shot
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Originalbossman Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Thanks for the reply. I am going to try that because my canon jiggles a little too (no matter how tight it is on my steel tripod). Every bit helps in the post editing.
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curruca Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Incredible shot! I want to know this place since long ago. I hope to go there soon. :D
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Xerces Featured By Owner May 13, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
the building is lit so beautifully! very nice colours to the sky as well. such a lovely place
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner May 13, 2009
Thanks loads
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Xerces Featured By Owner May 14, 2009  Professional Artisan Crafter
welcome :-)
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