Photograph of the Day: Ancient Doorway

Walking around the old city of Segovia, Spain, I stumbled across this old door to what looked like a garden on the other side. Old doorways and garden gates dot the walls of what would be otherwise uninteresting streets. The old doors provide some visual relief from the plain walls.
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Photograph of the Day: Ancient Doorway

My daughter and I visited Segovia in Spain. It was a location I wanted to show her as it was one of my favorite cities in Spain when I lived there over 30 years ago.

Segovia is known for it’s ancient Roman aqueduct (which 30 years ago, was still running, but is no longer – to help preserve it!) and the Alcazar, an ancient Moorish castle. You can read about both in a blog post I wrote shortly after we returned, “Impressions of Spain: Segovia.”

As we wandered around the old city, which sits on a large hill above the modern city of Segovia, I spotted this ancient doorway into what seemed like a garden.  In many of the old homes in the old city section of Segovia, there is a small garden entrance as well as a main doorway.  The small garden provides a nice place to enjoy the cooler evening and a long extended supper which Spain is famous for.

I loved the rugged look of this door and the wall itself. The wooden lentel above the ancient doorway and the stone stoop beneath the door provides some character, as if the ancient doorway needed any character!

An old doorway to a garden, or perhaps soneone’s home??? Segovia, Spain.

Photographer’s Notes:

I took this photograph using a Sony A7RII with the Sony FE 24-240 F3.5-6.3 OSS Lens  set at a focal length of 52mm.  I used this lens as a nice travel lens. It was small and compact and works well with the Sony A7RII.  My exposure settings for this photograph were f/7.1 shooting at 1/20 second shutter speed and an ISO of 100.

I framed this shot so that the wall would provide enough context for the door itself.  The wall was pitted and gritty, and I wondered if I should have processed this shot highlighting more detail (the door has a lot of detail in the wood grain!). But I was afraid that the photograph would be more about the level of detail than the doorway itself, which I found interesting.  I love the warmth that the patina of the wood of the door conveys, and the carvings on the wood add to the visual interest.

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