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Telamon Shipwreck, Lanzarote #3

The shipwreck Telamon at night, beached near 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.

Once the time lapse shoot was finished I just couldn't tear myself away without taking one or two more photos, with a longer exposure time than I use for the time lapse, allowing the sea and clouds to blur around the sharply defined and beautifully lit shipwreck.

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Image data

Filename - lanzarote shipwreck 03.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 45mm

Exposure - 30 secs @ f5.6, ISO1600

Filters - None

Location - Arrecife, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

This image - 640x800px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Tripod, mirror lockup and cable release used to prevent camera movement.