Le Mezquita glows under afternoon light as red and white pillars stand in unison through the prayer hall. Some shimmer, enlivened by light that comes through the domes but others are in the shadow, with the light dancing across the floor. Onwards you walk, to the cathedral element of this ancient mosque, where saints stare alongside Eastern calligraphic patterns. There are illusions here, the harmony of two religions and two styles making your photos really stand out. It’s not an easy place to take photos, but a great place to start experimenting with your guide.
Land in Seville and travel to Cordoba, where you enter Le Mezquita in the later hours of the day, just before it closes. It is quietest at this time, and when you come outside the light is soft and golden, starting to bounce off the walls with the telltale color Spain is known for. Take your time and take photos that capture the ancient atmosphere and solemnity of this early Moorish showpiece, before heading into the haphazard alcazar for some street photography. On this first day, it is best to point your camera around and experiment, getting a feel for the lighting and scenes, getting a sense of what is possible. Over the next few days, the photo taking will be more defined.
You will be staying at a small boutique hotel within Alcazar de los Reyes Cristianos. Keep your camera with you at all times because there is always an opportunity here. While each day will feature important stops, it is often what happens in between that most excite a lens. Settle on a roof terrace after dusk and capture the city lights, or stroll between the tapas bars to find wafts of smoke coming from outdoor barbecue stands. As with all days on this itinerary, your hotel is chosen for its location, allowing you to walk straight out into the kinds of places you will want to photograph the most.