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Tenerife Coastal Rocks #2

Porous volcanic rock on the beach near Los Abrigos on the south coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands

The story behind this image

The south coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands is heavily developed with tourist hotels and golf courses, but it's still possible to find quiet spots to look at the sea and take photographs.

Just a short stroll from the resort where Liz and I were spending a few days we came across a small bay near Los Abrigos filled with weathered volcanic rocks, spewed from Mount Teide in ages past.

The black and grey rocks were most attractive and unusual, being full of little holes formed by expanding gases when the rock was molten, much like the fizz when you open a bottle of pop.

So while Liz enjoyed the warmth of the sun, sat on a bench above the beach, I made my unsteady way, camera in hand, over the rocks to take a few pictures.

Wanting to emphasise the shape and texture of this particular fine example, I reduced the saturation of the final image significantly, reducing the effect of the somewhat distracting colours thus letting the rock become the focus of attention.

Image data

Filename - tenerife coast rock 02.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 105mm

Exposure - 1/20 secs @ f16, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare

Location - Los Abrigos, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation. Multiple images taken to achieve one sharp picture with slow shutter speed.