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One of the most dramatic stretches of coastline on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands is to be found on the west coast at Los Hervidos.
With volcanic lava flowing right into the pounding waves of the Altantic ocean, this must have been an amazing sight during the actual eruptions that formed this part of the coast.
The twisted forms of black and brown lava, set against the white surf is visually arresting, and Los Hervidos is a must see on all the coach tours that criss cross the island.
Photographing such a scene however is quite tricky, trying to avoid the opposing pitfalls of blowing out the highlights in the white water or blocking out the shadows in the dark lava.
In a situation like this I will deliberately underexpose the image to preserve the highlights in the waves, relying on the quality of my camera's RAW file and the almost mystical ability of Adobe Lightroom to pull useable detail out of seemingly black shadow areas.
After all, such a dramtic scene deserves to be photographed and processed to show how it actually looks to the human eye, with detail everywhere.
Filename - lanzarote panorama 16.jpg
Camera - Canon 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Exposure - 1/160 sec @ f8, ISO200
Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glarre and enhance colours.
Location - Los Hervidos, Lanzarote, Canary Islands
This image - 1200x462px JPEG
Conversion - Adobe Lightroom
Comments - Panoramic image made by stitching multiple exposures. Image underexposed to preserve highlights with shadow areas subsequently brightened in Adobe Lightroom.
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