Fujifilm 18mm f2 around TORREMOLINOS, SPAIN.

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Hi everyone. It’s mid March in 2020 and I’m just back from spending two months in Spain. I cut my trip a little short as the virus outbreak was starting to affect travel. Terrified that I would get stuck in the sunshine forever, I decided to come home. For now I’m happy to be back and taking some time to reflect on an absolutely wonderful time away and relive it through the many pictures I took.

All of these photos are with my Fujifilm X-T3 and my latest favourite lens, the 18mm f2. As ever, if you’re curious about the lens or camera I hope seeing these pictures is useful to you. I highly recommend the lens and the combination – it’s been a wonderful companion for me these past weeks.

I spent most of my trip in Malaga and goodness knows how I might describe the city and my time there in just a handful of pictures and a few words. It was simply one of the happiest times of my life – my favourite little photography adventure yet – but I’ll get back to talking about Malaga another time.

While staying in the city I took a few day trips along the coast and one of those was to nearby Torremolinos. Although it may have cultural riches that escaped my gaze in the brief time that I was there, I think it is fair to say that Torremolinos is more easily described by a few photographs and paragraphs.

It feels very much a holiday town (and that’s a daft understatement) with restaurants, souvenir shops and bars lining the coast. The sound of English being spoken was never too far away and there are perhaps a few too many curry houses or Irish bars to offer a traditional Spanish experience. I was reminded of the Manic Street Preachers lyric – A Billion Balconies Facing The Sun. And reminded too of some very British characters in Martin Parr photos – but I wasn’t there to take copies of his pictures, not on this occasion at least.

So Torremolinos is not traditional Seville, nor international Malaga. But it was peaceful, maybe sleepy, sunny and often pretty. Sometimes pretty in an eerie, orderly, 1950s picket fence type of way, but also more interestingly pretty from some backstreets – and from a distance, looking down on the carefree holidaymakers, appreciating the sunshine and sea. I was pleased and unashamed to be one of them for a short while, but it sure made me miss Malaga – fortunately just a short train ride away.

Thanks for watching everyone – I hope you’re keeping well, wherever you are in the world.

9 thoughts on “Fujifilm 18mm f2 around TORREMOLINOS, SPAIN.

  1. I really enjoyed the mood here. Sad you had to end your vacations, but it was for the best. Let's stay safe in the mean time. Cheers.

  2. Thanks for bringing some of the sunshine home with you and sharing it with us. These photos are lovely (those clear blue skies!). It's nice to hear that you had a happy and wonderful 2 months in Spain. I've been enjoying your videos in this series

  3. Beautiful town . I always say this is the most hated lens for ridiculous reasons. Maybe I'm just spoiled with the X-T3 "supercharging" the lens .

  4. Those blues are insane! Glad you had such a great trip, Chris

  5. Those colours sure are lush. I went to Italy at the end of December last year…clear blue skies almost every day..I took just my x100f and was really happy with the results. I shot quite a few using the Velvia simulation. I'm glad I went when I did!! This is why we shouldn't put things off as we never know what's around the corner. I hope everyone stays safe and well during these times.

  6. Awesome photographs Chris! I’m thinking of buying either the 18 or 23mm. Heard both are great 👍🏼

  7. Such lovely colours, textures and details in those pictures 👌

  8. I wished I went somewhere months ago before the covid19 existed 😭 Anyway thanks for sharing your photos, I am really curious on how you edit your photos, I love the look of it. 😍

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