While planning what to photograph during the week long holiday my wife Liz and I had booked for February 2018 on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands I came across a good number of dramatic images of a large shipwreck at Arrecife, just along the coast from where we were booked to stay at Puerto del Carmen.
A little bit more investigation revealed this as the wreck of the Telamon, with a very interesting history attached.
So of course, I couldn't resist making a special effort to photograph such a wonderful example of decay and dereliction while on Lanzarote, and I reckoned that the transition from day to night over the wreck would make a great time lapse video, as the hulk would end up lit by the artifical lights of the nearby port and gas terminal as night fell.
So early on in our holiday we hunted out the wreck, and while Liz sat patiently knitting socks in our hire car, I planted myself and camera gear on the rocky foreshore to record the hour and a half's worth of still images needed for the video.
I carefully framed up the scene in my viewfinder to avoid the gas terminal to the left, and derelict harbour buildings to the right, allowing all the attention to focus on the ship.
Not exactly your typical holiday scene, but magnificent in its own unique way.
Filename - lanzarote shipwreck timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 50mm
Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/15 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 8 secs @ f4, ISO1600
Filters - Polarising filter used to enhance colours. 2 stop neutral density filter used to darken the sky.
Shooting interval - 10 seconds
Location - Arrecife, Lanzarote
This clip - HD 720p, 30fps
Clip duration - 19 seconds
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