Exploring Seville – Setas de Sevilla (Mushrooms of Seville) is another post about this stunning architectural masterpiece located in the heart of Seville, Spain. Only this time, the structure is a bit modern. Also known as the “Metropol Parasol”, it is said to be the largest wooden structure in the world. Located on La Encarnación square in Seville’s old quarter, it was designed by German architect Jürgen Mayer and completed in April 2011. For more on the history of Setas and some more photos, continue after the jump….
The structure consists of six large umbrella-shaped structures, which are made of interconnected wooden panels and reach almost 30 meters in height. The panels are arranged in a honeycomb-like pattern, which creates a stunning visual effect and provides shade to the area beneath.
It goes without saying that the giant wood mushrooms are a photographer’s paradise, from below, as well as from the trails above. I like to play with texture and contrast during the day, and with color when the LED light show kicks off at night.
And I could turn down the chance to go sunburst hunting, opening up the aperture of my Leica SL2-S to f/16. Then I placed the sun right on the edge of the wooden structure above and caught the sun. Obviously it works really well when converted to monochrome.
Visitors can access the top of Setas de Sevilla via an elevator, which takes them to a panoramic platform offering stunning views of the city. The platform is also equipped with a restaurant and bar, where visitors can relax and enjoy the view.
Our tickets allowed us to visit the mushroom twice, so The Significant Other and I made our first trip to the top just before the blue hour started. Unfortunately, the golden sunset did not materialize that day, the sky was covered with clouds. Then we had dinner, only to return later in the evening to enjoy the colorful illumination of the structure, with LED lights bathing the Setas in waves of ever-changing colors.
Visiting Setas was another highlight we enjoyed during our week to Seville. And it’s a match made in heaven for me as a photographer, enjoying the low-light capabilities of my Leica SL2-S and Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2.8/24-70 ASPH. Post-processing in Lightroom Classic.
Stay tuned for more posts about the beauty of Seville seen through my travel lens.
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