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Gran Canaria La Garita #1

El Bufadero volcanic pool at La Garita, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands

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When on holiday, my wife Liz and I rarely visit the same spot twice, but for the small town of La Garita on the Atlantic coast of Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands we made an exception.

This fascinating stretch of rugged volcanic coastline is relatively undeveloped and free of tourists, a fact which is reflected in the very reasonable prices in the seaside café where we stopped for a pizza.

But pizzas aside, the shoreline is just fascinating and very dramatic, a photographer's dream in fact.

This image shows the most well known coastal feature in this region, the El Bufadero pool, which is connected to the sea via an underwater tunnel through which the water rises and falls with the Atlantic wave action.

But I didn't just take still photographs of this feature, but I also shot a real time video and a time lapse video showing the rise and fall of the water in the Bufadero.

You can watch the real time video at this link.

You can watch the time lapse video at this link.

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Image data

Filename - gran canaria la garita 01.jpg

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure - 1/3 sec @ f22, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Location - La Garita, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Small aperture used to allow slow shutter speed for water blur effect. Tripod, mirror lockup and remote release used to prevent camera movement.