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Lanzarote Panorama #15

Panoramic view of the town of Teguise in central Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, as seen from the Castillo Santa Barbara

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The story behind this image

Cold, rain and a howling gale - not the sort of weather you expect in the Canary Islands - yet that's what Liz and I got on one day towards the end of our week long winter sun break on Lanzarote in February 2018.

We'd spent most of the week driving round exploring the island's coastline and volcanoes, passing through the central town of Teguise en route to the north on a few occasions.

On our drives thorugh the town we noticed that there was a castle on the peak of a nearby volcano that overlooked the town, with cars parked next to it, so we decided to stop and have a look next time we came in this direction.

The next time proved to be the worst weather day of our stay, with a real mixed bag of donwpours followed by patches of weak sunlight as heavy clouds raced by overhead in what was, at ground level, a strong breeze.

The strong breeze was a howling gale by the time we reached the summit of our volcano and the Castillo Santa Barbara at the top.

However, the view had a lot of potential for a stitched panoramic collage, so I waited in the car for a break in the rain before venturing out, camera in hand (too windy for a tripod!) to capture the scene.

I had to brace myself on the bonnet of our hire car to prevent being blown backwards, and my attempts at taking the twenty or so overlapping frames required to fully capture the view were somewhat shaky to say the least!

So I took half a dozen or so series of images, with this panoramic stitch having the best light with the least wobble.

Quite an effort to go to to capture the scene, but views like this don't come along every day.

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Image data

Filename - lanzarote panorama 15.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 47mm

Exposure - 1/320 sec @ f8, ISO200

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Location - Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

This image - 1200x333px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Comments - Panoramic image made by stitching multiple exposures. Fast shutter speed used to overcome camera shake caused by strong wind.