If you’re visiting Zaragoza and have some time left to explore its surroundings and, above all, you would like shooting photos of a ghost town, make sure to visit the abandoned village of Belchite, located some 50 km south of the Aragon’s capital. Belchite was the location of a sadly known battle that took place in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. The Battle of Belchite was fought by Spanish Republicans, who represented the democratic government set in Spain just a few years before and the Nationalist rebels run by Francisco Franco. At that time, Belchite was a fortified town with some 4,000 inhabitants. The town found itself on the front lines of these two armies as the Republicans were trying a new series of offensives in order to slow down the Nationalist advance in Aragon.
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As a professional travel photographer, I am constantly faced with unpredictable challenges: unwanted cranes, historical buildings swaddled in scaffolding, hordes of tourists and, above all, inclement weather. Weather dominated my recent trip to Madrid: unusual Arctic weather blanketed half of Spain with snow and producing freezing temperatures. High winds disrupted my shooting plans but meant that dramatic black storm clouds alternated with sunny spells.
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If you plan to visit a Muslim country here are a few tips and explanations about Ramadan for travel photographers. Ramadan is a holy month for Muslims around the world. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which the Quran was revealed. Being the Islamic calendar a lunar calendar, months begin when the first crescent of a new moon is sighted. Since the Islamic lunar calendar year is 10 to 11 days shorter than the solar year and contains no intercalation, Ramadan varies every year.
In 2018, Ramadan will start on May 15 and end on June 14.
During this period, observant Muslims tend to abstain from food (sawm), drinking or smoking from dawn to dusk and also restrain from all activities or behaviours that are not compatible with Islamic values.
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When you think of photographing architecture in Barcelona immediately you think of Gaudi doubtless. But beside the worldwide famous examples of great architecture that Barcelona inherited by Gaudi and more Catalan modernism’s contemporary architects, you can still look for something unique in terms of shooting photos in town. The old Poblenou cemetery is among those places you should not miss when you think of shooting something different in Barcelona. At the begin of 19th century, an Italian architect was commissioned to design this cemetery which is located in the Poblenou district. The cemetery is rich of individual marble monuments and family’s mausolea as it was specifically designated to meet the aesthetic tastes and aspirations of the wealthy bourgeoise class and merchants of Barcelona. Famous local politicians, writers or musicians of that time are buried in this cemetery and many of their graves are interesting and impressive samples of work of art.
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Three suggestions for photographing festivals in Barcelona: the Saint George’s Day, the Gracia Festival and the Merce Festival. Three rich and colourful not to miss events if you wish shooting some great images of street photography while visiting one of the most exciting European destinations.
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