Almerimar Spain Day 4

Saturday was a very interesting day to say the least. In the morning we met with Chris Soroko and his team from Long Way Round Andalucia. They were taking a couple of clients for a little off road motorbike adventure. My friend Chris Marshall and me went as photographers. Chris's pictures actually end up on a DVD that the clients take home with them. I must say that I was quite impressed with the quality of images he produces for the clients. We traveled to a town of Berja to get ready for the adventure. I had no idea what adventure this would be, so I started with couple of shots around the villa, or the base camp.

Plantation

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 800, 1/400 sec, f/6.3, 400mm

Pink Rose

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 800, 1/400 sec, f/6.3, 70mm

Chris Marshall went as a real photographer, and I really went to see the country side. Chris Soroko, is really a great guy that knows the country side like the back of his hand. He was navigating the little 4x4 SUV around the little maze like streets and back roads with amazing skill and knowledge, while the guys on the motorbikes took a little different route.

There were a couple of spots along the way where we stopped to take picture of the riders. I managed to shoot the photographer, and the rider. With the camera of course :)

Photographer

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, f/8, 100mm

Showing Off

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, f/8, 135mm

Later we drove deeper into the mountains of La Alpujarra. First stop was a village called Murtas. Before we got to the little village situated high in the mountains I was able to get some shots of the surrounding areas.

La Alpujarra

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/1000 sec, f/7.1, 100mm

Determination

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/320 sec, f/8, 400mm

Mountain View

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/400 sec, f/8, 24mm

Murtas

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/1000 sec, f/8, 43mm

Murtas is a lovely Spanish village with narrow streets and a lot of old building and very friendly smiling people. The riders took a short break there, and I managed to walk around the village a little.

Boys

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/500 sec, f/8, 35mm

Old House

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/1000 sec, f/8, 24mm

Old Door

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/320 sec, f/8, 24mm

Watering Hole

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/320 sec, f/11, 24mm

Next stop was a bigger town of Ujicar. This was a much easier route, more on the tarmac then off road. Still the scenery was breath taking.

Old Bridge

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/60 sec, f/11, 70mm

Mountains

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/500 sec, f/11, 59mm

La Alpujarra

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/320 sec, f/11, 70mm

La Alpujarra

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 250, 1/500 sec, f/8, 70mm

In Ujicar we stopped for well deserved break and lunch. While everyone went to get more fuel for the vehicles I went exploring.

Lunch

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 800, 1/50 sec, f/4, 24mm

Street in Ujicar

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/250 sec, f/11, 38mm

Street in Ujicar

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/125 sec, f/11, 24mm

After filling up we continued on our journey. We stopped at a bridge spanning a dry river bed, for another photo oportunity for the riders. They must have been pretty tired by now, because I was able to explore the area much longer this time. Right by the bridge there was this old abandoned house with a few almond trees growing right beside it.

Old Tavern

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/800 sec, f/7.1, 70mm

Fireplace

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/125 sec, f/8, 24mm

Old House

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/400 sec, f/8, 25mm

Almond Tree

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/500 sec, f/8, 32mm

Old House

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/250 sec, f/8, 24mm

Old House

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/250 sec, f/8, 24mm

Photographer

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/260 sec, f/8, 200mm

We ended our trek with the riders trying their luck on Guinea Hill. There is a long story why this hill is called that, but I will leave the telling of that story to the boys of Long Way Round Andalucia.

Riders

 

 

Canon 5D, ISO 200, 1/400 sec, f/8, 400mm

An amazing day, with amazing people. Chris and his knowledge of the countryside, and his son Kris, who is pretty spectacular on the bike. If anyone wants to see Spain, the way it should be seen, I would definitely recommend giving Long Way Round Andalucia (link) a call. A trip I will never forget.