I’m in Spain on a short holiday, and it’s very hot – in fact, it’s officially drought conditions here. It’s the sort of conditions where you’re very reluctant (even as a card-carrying Englishman) to go out in the midday sun.

So, day 1 was a bit of a flop photographically, as we huddled behind drawn shutters trying to stay moderately cool.

We did have a brief foray into the real world later in the afternoon, so I managed to get a couple of pictures in trying to show what conditions are like.

It’s something of a cliché, but few things speak of a dry climate as blue skies, harsh shadows and dust. You’ll be told that careful photographers avoid harsh shadows, but I’d say that creative photographers use what’s there to express what they want to say. Dry landscape

There are other ways to speak of a hot climate, but they are more of a cultural thing: the colours and styles of architecture, for instance.Dry landscape There are some things that we associate with hot countries, so just seeing them brings those associations to mind.

WindowSo, as in the last post, I come back to the idea of looking for the essence of something, thinking of what it is that’s important about what you’re trying to photograph and convey that in the image.

You won’t always be successful, but you’ll always be learning.