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Light trails and Christmas lights

Christmas lights and light trails from passing traffic.

There’s a four lane highway through Malaga but in December and January they have great decorations over the street.

The perfect time to take some long exposure shots of passing traffic!


Apertureƒ/22
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length136mm
ISO100
Shutter speed30s

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Loading the containers

Loading a container ship in Malaga Harbour. The sun has already set but there’s a lovely glow in the sky!

Trying something new this time. You’ll probably have the visit the site to get the full effect. I’ll be uploading these images to Instagram shortly.

As before, these images were cut up with the convert command:

convert input.jpg -crop 3x1@ out-%02d.jpg

Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length212mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1s

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The old and the new in Málaga

A wide angle photo of the glass pyramid in Malaga. Roman ruins underneath and bright purple LED lights above.

A wide-angle photo of the glass pyramid in Malaga that I posted before, but this time showing the Roman ruins underneath, contrasting with the modern LED lights on a tree in the background.


Apertureƒ/10
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/1.3s

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Dos cervezas por favor

Someone carrying two one litre glasses of beer through a crowd

Beer carried through a busy crowd in a market. Only a few drops of liquid dropped out of the glasses too! A guy behind him had a selection of tapas for wherever they were going!


Apertureƒ/3.2
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO8000
Shutter speed1/500s

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Malaga after the sun set

A wide angle view of the sun set, reflected in the water.

If the sky is right, Málaga harbour has some stunning sunsets. The colours of the sky are reflected in the waters of the harbour. The industrial and urban buildings on the far shore make for pleasing silhouettes defined by the setting sun.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/10s

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La Capilla del Puerto de Málaga

A small church at one end of a shallow pool.

The chapel of the port of Málaga sits right in the middle of a now busy tourist area. It’s flanked by expensive restaurants, with towering apartment blocks behind it for tourists.

A review on Google maps (and Tripadvisor) is enlightening.

This is the Chapel of the Port of Malaga. Erected as an oratory in 1531 further out in the port area, but moved closer inland, brick by brick in 1719 and inaugurated as a chapel a few years later. It was used to say mass for seamen who were often extremely religious due in part to their dangerous profession. It’s a very old building and when juxtaposed against the modernity of Malaga Port, seems oddly out of place, yet all the more beautiful. Not a must see, but worth a detour if in the port area.

I can’t comment on how accurate that review is, as I couldn’t find any “official” page about the chapel, at least in English.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1s

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Purple Lights and a Pyramid

Purple lights on a tree reflect off the wet ground and a glass pyramid at night

Bright purple lights on a tree reflect off the ground after a friend shower in Málaga. The pyramid is the “Pirámide de Cristal” which is a glass pyramid that is there at least 11 years.

Ancient ruins are visible through the glass, which are apparently, “Roman basins belonging to a salted fish factory from the second half of 4th century A.D. The basins were used to make the fish sauce called garum.” according to wikimapia.

Look to the right of this image and you’ll see a large statue of one of the Kings, as this photo was taken just before January 6th.

Out of shot are the ruins of the Roman Theatre and the Alcazaba, a fort built or rebuilt up to the 14th century.


Apertureƒ/10
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length132mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/8s

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Feeding the cat

A man puts some kind of paste on his finger while being watched carefully by his cat who is lying over his shoulder!

It’s not every day you see a man walk by with a cat lying across his shoulder, but this day in Malaga I did.

He was squeezing some kind of paste on to his finger, which I presume may have been a treat for his cat. That cat was very interested in what he was doing!


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length24mm
ISO640
Shutter speed1/500s

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New Year’s Fireworks in Malaga

Bright fireworks burst in the sky in an explosion of colour
Bright fireworks burst in the sky in an explosion of colour
Bright fireworks burst in the sky in an explosion of colour
Bright fireworks burst in the sky in an explosion of colour. The  Hotel Soho Boutique Equitativa and the Moon can be seen behind.

The new year was welcomed by fireworks lit by a random guy in Plaza de la Marina in Malaga. I thought there would be spectacular fireworks over by the lighthouse as the clocks struck 12, but no, the skies remained empty.

We turned away and saw fireworks lighting the sky next to the towering Hotel Soho Boutique Equitativa near the plaza. Bangers were lit and it was very noisy. I remembered I had Bluetooth earphones, and they helped dull the noise when I started playing Pet Shop Boys a little louder than I would normally.

All the photos were hand held. I had a tripod, but it was hard to know when a firework would go up. I eventually set up the tripod during a lull when they lit some sort of sparkler on the ground, but then the main protagonists just walked away. The show was over.

It was my first time shooting fireworks close up and handheld. I shot in manual mode, with the aperture as wide as I could, ISO 100. After a few shots, I switched to back button focus and focused on the hotel, but I’m not sure if it helped much.


Apertureƒ/6.3
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length108mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1s

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The heavy burden of religion

The heavy burden of religion

Malaga, Spain. October 2018.


Apertureƒ/9
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length28mm
ISO125
Shutter speed1/80s

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Dating in Malaga

Dating in Malaga

Sharing a Tik Tok video maybe in a backstreet in Malaga, Spain.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO12800
Shutter speed1/200s

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City Life in Malaga

City Life in Malaga

Walking and cycling in front of a construction site.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraILCE-7M3
Focal length16mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/250s