July 8, 2016

Almendra Dam Spain

By In Spain
As we raced across the top of the Almendra Dam I knew this was a place I wanted to photograph. Luckily, as our driver explained, we would be returning on the same route so a little stop would be possible. If I had a choice I would have picked a much later time of day to return, the sun was still high in the sky and not really ideal for ‘serious’ photographs. If I had more time I would have played around with long exposures to smooth out the water, spent more time lining up the street lights so they didnt overlap or obscure each other, and try to remove the far shore from some of the shots. As it was there were five other people in the van, non of which saw much of interest once they had looked over the parapet for a few minutes.

The road runs right across the top of the dam but seemed devoid of traffic. Empty until I asked for a quick stop at the far end and stepped into the middle of the road. Then a haulage truck came flying down the road in one direction and two cars from the other! Once they had disappeared though all was quiet. Even under time pressure I managed to get a few shots I was happy with and had envisioned during the earlier journey. A black and white conversion seemed the best way to process the photos.

Almendra Dam Spain

The Almendra Dam, also known as Villarino Dam, in Salamanca, Spain, interrupts the course of the River Tormes five kilometres from the village from which it takes its name: Almendra (literally, almond). It was constructed between 1964 and 1970. The arch dam forms part of the hydroelectric system known as the Duero Drops, along with the Castro, Ricobayo, Saucelle and Villalcampo dams of Spain, and the Bemposta, Miranda and Picote Dams of nearby Portugal. The reservoir that backs up behind the dam covers 86.5 square kilometres and contains 2.5 billion cubic metres of water as well as several drowned villages, among them Argusinos. The dam is more than half a kilometre wide and, at a height of 202 metres, one of Spain’s tallest structures. Wikipedia

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