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Its been a while since my last post. Some recent personal events have made almost impossible for me to get time for my blog and keep it updated. Not even editing and processing pictures. I still have loads of pictures from other trips and places that, hopefully soon, will share here. In this “no time for anything” situations is where the convenience of a mobile camera shines. I took these in some places in Spain, Cambridge and London, in the last couple of months.

I wish I could forget the last couple of months… Possibly more material for future posts.

Big gallery of pictures from Cabo de Gata, Almeria. I struggled a bit processing this ones. I first thought about doing black and white processing for these, in a similar way to my Low tide pictures. But I like the brown and ochre colours in these landscapes, so here are the colour versions.

The weather was really hot. At some point my car told me something about 37ºC. I spent a couple of days in this place. The plan was just visit some villages and spend some time in beaches. I started in the lighthouse of Cabo de Gata. From there I went to the Monsul Beach. That place is amazing. It is just a desert and the rock formations in the beach remind me, in its shape, like frozen rocky waves. In contrast, the water was totally calm and flat, and completely transparent. I’ve never seen water like that in a beach. There were lots of fishes also, and people trying to catch them. At the end of the day I went up to Las Negras and there I stayed in a hotel. I really liked that little village. The pebbles beach was a bit difficult to walk on, but it is a very unspoilt area, something I really appreciate. I hope it stays that way for long time.

The next day I went to Aguas Amargas. That place didn’t inspired too much to take pictures, so there is none in this gallery. But I had some great seafood. Something I miss living in the UK. That will be the theme of another culture shock post, I think… 😉

As a curiosity, Monsul beach was a location in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie:

And here, the map of the route I did:

I’m back from my holidays. I’m also really busy these days, but I have time to share some pictures I did in the past two or three weeks with my new mobile. The image quality is not the same as the ones I take with my DSLR, but I reckon it is quite fun to use a mobile for photography. At the end, It doesn’t change too much if you just focus on the composition and light. Also there are some really good image processing apps available. The one I most like right now is VSCOCam. The filters are subtler than the instagram ones. And the basic tools for cropping, rotating, colour temperature, contrast, etc… are there for you to use. Speaking of instagram, there is something I don’t like at all and that is the forced square crop. You can use some apps to add black or white extended borders, so you don loose the original framing, but that is an extra step that I find really bothering. One thing I would like to see is RAW support on mobiles. The JPGs get quickly degraded after a few edits.

In this small gallery you can see pictures taken in Cambridge, UK and some places I’ve visited in Spain during my holidays. I will post soon some more, along others taken with my normal camera, that I hope you find interesting. First I need to recover from some kind of post-vacation depression that is affecting me much more than needed… 😉