Belchite, Aragon, SpainLooking for some unusual sightseeing in Spain? Here is a tip for shooting some interesting photos if you are visiting Zaragoza and have some time left to explore also the surrounding area. Head, by bus or your own car, to 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.

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Shooting in MadridAs 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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Traditionally dressed Qatari men playing a game of aldama (similar to backgammon) in an old arabic style coffee shop, Doha, QatarShooting a few photos at dusk to Doha’s stunning technicolor skyline. Seen from the top of a small hill of this pretty public garden, distant downtown Doha looks like a large expanse of shining and colorful skyscrapers packed against the horizon. Under a dramatic red orange sky all this vertical architectural splendor in front of me symbolises the Qatar’s fast growth and massive investments. On the flank of the hill dropping down gently to the sea, the beautiful winter sunset brought many local couples or families up here to enjoy the view and the pleasant winter temperature.

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