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. The word Ramadan comes directly from the Arabic root ramiḍa which means dryness. 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. 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.
Though Barcelona’s skyline may not be exactly looks like those of Dubai, New York or Shangai, even here you will find some interesting modern architecture for your camera. If you are tired of shooting the usual worldwide famous Gaudi’s buildings or the lovely Gothic Quarter’s medieval architecture, well, don’t worry. There are also several samples of modern architecture to discover and enjoy in Barcelona. In the last 20 years, several skyscrapers and buildings designed by some famous international architects changed Barcelona’s skyline for ever. Among all the existing new buildings you can see in Barcelona these are my favorite ones.
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.
Looking for the best views of Barcelona? Barcelona reserves to photographers many scenic viewpoints to shoot images of its beautiful skyline and historical landmarks. Department stores, rooftop bars, monuments or parks, Barcelona is really home to many locations that boast some great scenic views of the pretty old town, the beaches or the entire city. Most of my suggested places are tripod friendly but remember to be always discrete when you use it. Here is a list of some of my favorite places where you can have the best views of Barcelona and take some great images. Also you find some information about how to get there and the best light of the day to catch photos.
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.