I shot this picture in Sevilla at high noon – at this time of day the Spanish sun turns the lime-painted houses into glittering buildings that bedazzle the few foreigners ignoring the sacred time of siesta. My camera’s sensor gave up on these extreme lighting conditions, and only by under-exposing the original picture (three full exposure stops), the lady and the window suddenly appeared, reminding me of “magic paper” used by children to communicate secretly.
The main reason why I like this picture so much though is because it proves a point: sometimes, technology works best when failing…
When I visited Andalusia for the first time in October 2009, I was completely awe-struck by the inspiring beauty of the landscape and the intense colors. Jim Morrison captured the region’s spirit in the Doors song “Spanisch Caravan”:
Carry me Caravan take me away
Take me to Portugal, take me to Spain
Andalusia with fields full of grain
I have to see you again and again.
In two weeks I took about 2.000 pictures and started my first HDR experiments – this technique is perfect to capture the high contrasts and brilliant colors of the region.