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Los Gigantes Beach, Tenerife #6

Wave breaking over a boulder below the sea cliffs on the beach at Los Gigantes on Tenerife in the Canary Islands

The story behind this image

Los Gigantes on the west coast of Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is famous for one thing only - the huge and dramatic sea cliffs that stretch northwards from the seaside town all the way to the northwestern tip of the island at Punto De Teno.

So of course, a visit to Los Gigantes was high on my photographic list of 'go to' places for the week that Liz and I spent on Tenerife in early 2017.

After finding a back street to park in, we made our way down to the shoreline and, to our suprise, we found a beach of actual sand (black volcanic), strewn with rocks fallen from the cliffs above.

With the sun about to set and the light turning golden, an occasional larger than usual Atlantic wave smashed against a large volcanic boulder, throwing up a spume of spray which caught that lovely warm light.

So I sat down on the sand in front of said rock, camera braced on my knees, and photographed with a relatively low shutter speed as the waves rolled in.

This image was the best of the bunch that I took from that spot, with a motion blurred spray of white water set against the dramatic backdrop of the ocean and towering sea cliffs.

Just a lovely spot.

Image data

Filename - tenerife los gigantes beach 06.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm

Exposure - 1/20 sec @ f16, ISO400

Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours.

Location - Los Gigantes, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This image - 800x578px JPEG

Processing - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - -0.7ev exposure compensation used to preserve highlights, with the shadows opened up subsequently in Lightroom.