The Rocío pilgrimage in Andalusia, Spain sees vast numbers of horses and mule or ox-drawn wagons descend on El Rocío, following a traditional route and creating swirling clouds of dust. Pilgrims start arriving on the Friday before Pentecost Monday, the seventh weekend after Easter and leave again on Tuesday.
Andalusia - Photo Tip

How facing the sun makes you a better photographer

Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Andalusia - Photo Tip How facing the sun makes you a better photographer

The pilgrimage to El Rocío in Andalusia is the most exotic festival on the European continent, one of the largest pilgrimages in the world, and the weather during Pentecost is usually sunny and hot. What it certainly has in abundance is atmosphere. The question is, how do you best capture “atmosphere” in a photo?

Jochem Wijnands
Jochem Wijnands Founder / photographer

The general rule is this: the more light you allow into your photos, the more atmospheric they will become. Make light your main subject and then look for an interesting scene, not the other way around.

Strongly backlit settings are what to look for. When the sun is low, don’t turn your back on it. In fact, never turn your back on the sun. It really pays off to have the sun in sight because it will backlight or sidelight the situation you are photographing.

There are a few things to keep in mind. The rays and spots of light that show up on your photos when photographing against the light are caused by tiny specks of dirt or dust on (and in) your lens. The only way to avoid them is to clean it obsessively.

And, when allowing the sun directly into your photo, you need to overexpose by one or two stops to adjust your camera settings.

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Andalusian horses are famous all over the world for their strength and beauty and are part of every day life in their home province. During the pilgrimage it is the preferred way of transport for men. Here horsemen from the city of Huelva are riding into yet another beautiful sunset. Photo by Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Jochem Wijnands

Nikon F5

Aperture
ƒ/6.3
Exposure
1/250
ISO
50
Focal
20 mm

Andalusian horses are famous all over the world for their strength and beauty and are part of every day life in their home province. During the pilgrimage it is the preferred way of transport for men. Here horsemen from the city of Huelva are riding into yet another beautiful sunset.

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