My wife visited Andalusia, together with members of the family, several times. When she came back from her last visit, she told me that she had decided that we should go together so I could take the pictures she had in mind, but could not take. So, we decided to make a roundtrip: Malaga – Sevilla – Cordoba – Granada – Nerja – Malaga. In total, almost three weeks, so we had sufficient time to visit all the tourist attractions in that area.
We spent two days deciding on the dates, booking the hotels/apartments, and making reservations for important attractions, such as Alhambra. I used Sygic Travel, both app and webservice, to schedule everything, including our daily trips. To register the GPS locations while taking pictures I will use Komoot. Furthermore, we decided to take the Alsa busses from city to city. Very convenient. Within the cities we would either walk or take a taxi.
In the meantime, I started to read more about the region and about the Moresque influences in Spain in general and in Andalusia in particular. I first read a book about a Moor that copied important books in Cordoba (De Kopiist by Hanny Alders, in Dutch), followed by The Hand of Fatima by Ildefonso Falcones. Both books give a good impression of the ruling of the Arabs in Spain, and the influences on culture and architecture, and the fights between the Roman Catholic and Islam religions.
From a photography perspective I had to decide what to take. Because we traveled by airplane and busses, it means we have to travel light. The topic of my pictures would be buildings, both indoor and outdoor, details, like tiles or plants, aerial view of cities, night shots.
So I decided to take:
- Nikon D800 and iPhone (!) as cameras (iPhone X is doing a pretty good job and weights almost nothing)
- Nikon 28-300 mm lens, general-purpose lens
- Nikon 16-35 mm lens, for architectural pictures
- A small tripod, for night shots
- Colorspace UDMA 2, to store pictures
- Peak Design Capture, to carry the D800 on the strap of my backpack
- Peak Design Field pouch, to carry smaller stuff like a polaroid filter
- Peak Design Range pouch, to carry an extra lens on my belt in case I am not allowed to take my backpack inside a tourist attraction (like Alhambra)
- Peak Design straps, to carry my camera or Range pouch
- Arsenal, the smart camera assistant, to help me with difficult pictures
- Peak Design Everyday Backpack 20L, to carry all of the above.
In the upcoming posts I will keep you up-to-date about my photography trip to Andalusia (see roundtrip at the top of this post). Here a reflection on the above decisions what to take.