An Itinerary for Spain with Kids

“This is the dream of all the world. The dream is to live in Granada. You know, work in the morning, have a one-hour nap in the afternoon, and at night go out and have that life. Go out and see your friends and eat tapas and drink red wine and be in a beautiful […]

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Narrow Nightmares

Cordoba, in the middle of winter. It was late (9pm) and the kids were hungry, the saving grace of an ice cream bar on the Roman Bridge having lost its charm by now. We started driving towards our hotel. As we entered the street that led to the hotel as per Sygic and Google Maps, the walls […]

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Beheading on the Bridge

Born in Damascus, near modern day Syria, a young prince of age 20, Abd al-Rahman and his family were overthrown as the ruling family in a revolt in 750 AD. The rebellion was led by the Abbasids who were ruthless and showed no mercy to anyone. Abd fled with his brother, Yahiya, as the Abbasids […]

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Orange County, Spain

While walking around in Cordoba, Seville and other small towns and villages, if there was an abundance of one thing it was oranges. Every street, alley, pathway and every courtyard or square had orange trees – hundreds and thousands of them. It was as if no other tree existed in these towns, and there was […]

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Ghosts of Spain

About 100 miles east of Madrid lies the town of Poyales del Hoyo, which serves as the backdrop for the gruesome acts of the Franco era Spanish Civil War as described by Giles Tremlett in his fascinating book Ghosts of Spain. On a cold and rainy night in December 1936, a small truck pulled into the muddy […]

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Dorne, Seville

6 months ago, we visited Seville and the Andalusian White Villages (Pueblo Blancos) and heard about Game of Thrones for the first time in our pitiful non-HBO existence so far. As we drove around Andalusia we kept hearing about the actors, scenes and shoots from the locals. We came back to the US on January […]

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Shot on iPhone 6 : High Dynamic Range (HDR)

Inspired by the new Apple ad campaign around “Shot on iPhone 6”, we look at where an iPhone (or an Android) breaks down in image quality or capability, and when and why a DSLR really matters. If there are apps or gizmos that can be used with the iPhone to compensate for this breakdown in image quality or capability, we will […]

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Shot on iPhone 6 : Long Exposures

We have recently started noticing a new Apple ad campaign “Shot on iPhone 6” on a whole slew of billboards all around the San Francisco Bay Area, especially while driving up and down 101. Apple launched the campaign around a month ago, involving 77 photographers, 70 cities and 24 countries, to showcase the virtues of the new camera […]

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Possessing Beauty

  There are a few places on Earth that captivate you to the point of blissful surrender. Whether it was the Angel Glacier appearing spiritually from behind dark stormy clouds in Jasper or the local singer lamenting his long lost motherland in the middle of a hot summer diner in Belgrade, these images are personal, private and […]

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The Accidental Game of Thrones at Osuna

While planning our trip across Andalusia, we decided to stay in some of the smaller White Villages that dot the region, sprawling and tumbling over sandstone-colored hilltops. Some of the notable ones – like Arcos de la Frontera and Ronda – were too big for our intent, but since we were traveling with kids, we didn’t want […]

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Planet Naboo and Star Wars

  Every once in a while when your expectations are least, you get pleasantly surprised. Tour bus trips generate the least expectations from the photography point of view. While I enjoy the friendly banter, historical knick-knacks, and sometimes even crave the mind-numbing drive-me-anywhere carefree nature of these trips, I know deep inside that this is my […]

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