The Alhambra Palace

By way of introduction to the magnificent Alhambra Palace, I thought I would start with a few shots that were taken from a restaurant terrace across the valley in the old Arab quarter of Granada. Although these were taken at the end of the day (whilst enjoying a meal with a few glasses of Rioja and watching the sunset) it makes sense to start with these as it gives you a good idea of what the whole palace complex looks like in context with the landscape.

For me the Alhambra was the main reason why I wanted to visit Andalucia……it’s been on my bucket list for years, so I’m pleased to have finally ticked this one off. It definitely didn’t disappoint:

I’d hoped to have finished sharing my images of Andalucia by now, but life (work, decorating, birthday celebrations etc) have been getting in the way. Not that I’m complaining you understand, just explaining why I’ve been so damn slow! Anyway I still have 4 or 5 more posts from Spain planned…..which I hope to get done over the next couple of weeks.

I have to admit that part of the reason for my slow rate of posting of late is that I have been pre-occupied with my move from DSLR to Mirrorless – researching, selling, more researching and, finally, making a decision to purchase the Olympus OMD EM1 with 12-40mm F2.8 lens. My new camera only arrived yesterday and so I haven’t really had time to play with it yet – however first impressions are very positive. It’s beautifully built, but a lot lighter and more compact than my Canon 7d – which was what prompted the move in the first place. My intention is to write a post about my decision to move away from my DSLR and my thought processes in choosing the EM1… might help if any of you are thinking about doing something similar.

© Mark Simms Photography (2013)

11 Responses to “The Alhambra Palace”

  1. Chillbrook

    These are lovely Mark. Very impressive dusk shot/night shot. This is somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit. Perhaps I will vicariously through your coming posts I hope.

  2. Noeline Smith

    Nice pictures Mark. Unfortunately I was in the wrong place relative to the sun on my visit (a few years go) so didn’t get any decent external shots 😦 The dusk shot is lovely – and it’s nice to know I’m not the only one to wander off from the table to take photos 😀


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