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La Gomera Festival #1

Two young people in festival costumes at San Sebastian de La Gomera, the capital of La Gomera in the Canary Islands

The story behind this image

During our week long stay on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, my wife Liz and I took a day's ferry and coach excursion over to La Gomera, the second smallest of the Canary Islands just to the west of Tenerife itself.

We had no time for exploring and photographing in San Sebastian after docking before being whisked off on a coach tour around the island's beauty spots (really lovely by the way).

But I'm glad to say that our coach tour ended back at San Sebastian with an hour to spare before the ferry back to Tenerife was due to depart, so Liz and I used the time profitably to explore and photograph this rather charming town.

What we didn't know at the time was that our visit occured just before the start of the annual festival 'Fiesta de Carnival', with preparations in full swing and children already getting into the spirit of the event by wandering the streets in full festival regalia.

These two youngsters grabbed my attention with their matching mirror coats and flamboyant colours, so I grabbed this photo of them as they walked by, standing out like two birds of paradise against the darker surroundings of the street.

Image data

Filename - la gomera festival 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 75mm

Exposure - 1/500 sec @ f8, ISO200

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance the colours.

Location - San Sebastian, La Gomera, Canary Islands

This image - 800x800px JPEG

Processing - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.