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San Sebastian de La Gomera #3

The streets of 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.

Our ferry docked at San Sebastian de La Gomera, the island's port and capital, and I was immediately struck by the rather pretty colourful buildings, stretching upwards in terraces on the steep sided hills surrounding the port.

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.

A further benefit of photographing later in the day was that the sun was lower in the sky, bathing the brightly painted buildings with a warmer, more gentle light than we had earlier in the day.

This particular scene struck me due to the contrast between the brightly lit buildings high up on the slopes surrounding the port, with the shadowed street at a lower level.

I just managed to squeeze the entire dynamic range of the scene into one single exposure, using the highlight and shadow controls in Adobe Lightroom to reduce the contrast to a level that was easier on the eye.

Image data

Filename - la gomera san sebastian 03.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 45mm

Exposure - 1/80 sec @ f11, ISO200

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance the colours.

Location - San Sebastian, La Gomera, Canary Islands

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Processing - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.