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Telamon Shipwreck, Lanzarote #1

The shipwreck Telamon at Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

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The story behind this image

Before embarking on a holiday to a new location, I always do an internet search for interesting and picturesque locations to visit and photograph.

So prior to the week long winter break my wife Liz and I had booked on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands I asked google to show me some good photography sites to visit.

Imagine my surprise when google presented me with a variety of images showing a dramatic shipwreck, close inshore at a port near the capital, Arrecife.

A little more research revealed this to be the wreck of the Telamon, a ship with an interesting history as to how it ended up beached at Arrecife.

Although you wouldn't normally consider a shipwreck to be a pretty subject for a photographic session I just loved the look of it, so early on in our holiday we made a special effort to find it.

In the end we arrived at the Telamon by following the Port de Marmoles road from Arrecife, and all of a sudden there it was, sandwiched between a gas storage terminal on the left and some derelict port buildings on the right.

The sun was low in the sky and I immediately thought what a great time lapse video it would make, to capture day fading into night while the wreck caught the glowing lights of the port.

So while Liz sat patiently knitting in our hire car, parked at the head of the small beach, I set to and took the hundreds of stills needed to make my Lanzarote Shipwreck Timelapse #1 video.

This particular image is one of the hundreds I took to make the time lapse, from quite early on in the session when the setting sun briefly broke through a gap in the clouds, lighting up the rusted steel of the wreck with a roseate glow.

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Image data

Filename - lanzarote shipwreck 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 50mm

Exposure - 1/15 sec @ f4, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours. Two stop neutral density graduated filter used to darken the sky.

Location - Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Tripod and intervalometer used to prevent camera movement during the taking of hundreds of frames for a time lapse video.