Fuerteventura’s former capital Betancuria lies in a picturesque valley next to a dried up stream which flowed up until the 16th century. The village is named after Jean de Béthencourt, who founded the town in 1404 with Gadifer de La Salle. It was the original capital of the Kingdom of the Canary Islands, and later capital of Fuerteventura.
Often times when capturing an image I have it in my mind whether the final image will be presented in colour or black & white. Some subjects just lend themselves to one or the other.
On a ridge above the village of La Oliva about 100m or so apart sit two dissused but intact Canarian Windmills – they should make good photographic subjects – but here’s the thing, they are tricky subjects – finding a good place to stand is just alot harder than it looks particularly if you want to capture both in the same image, so much so that I have yet to master that image. In the meantime here is the best I have managed of just one of the mills. This is a contra-jour image captured as five bracketed images and processed as an HDR image with the sacred Tindaya Mountain as a backdrop.
Today was the start of a week of Fiesta activities in our nearby village and tonight they were kicking things off with a local band (Grupo de Música popular Tababairet) – now this kind of thing is not really my bag as you may have noticed that I rarely if ever photograph people – however I was keen to give the G9s high iso performance a try so off I headed to get a few “snaps”.
The little village of Tindaya sits at the foot of the Montaña de Tindaya in north-west Fuerteventura. It was considered a sacred place by the pre-Spanish local population, and is also known as the Sacred Mountain today. At the heart of the village lies the immaculately maintained church of Ermita Nuestra Senora de la Caridad. It makes a nice photographic subject with the sacred mountain as a backdrop.
Question: What does the perfect Volcano look like ?
Answer: Like this.
Every time I see this volcano near La Oliva it makes me smile – just like a volcano I would have drawn as a kid.
Punta Jandia is the southern most point on the island of Fuerteventura. Reached by a 20km off-road adventure that is not for the fient hearted especially if the weather has been bad, fortunately not often.
The church of Nuestra Señora de Regla in Pájara town has interesting sculptures of sun pattern, snakes, panther and birds above the main entrance. It is thought by some specialists to show Aztec influence.
Casa de los Coroneles is a stately home in the northern province of La Oliva on the island of Fuerteventura. It was once the seat of the island’s colonel and now is the location of an art gallery.
Patterns in nature and man made can make great photo opportunities – here are just a few spotted when out and about.
It’s almost de rigeur to test a lenses bokeh in a trendy coffee shop – not wishing to disappoint I have given it a go. All with the PL 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0 hand held. Quite pleased with the results – the coffee and cake were good too.
After yesterday’s sports horror show it’s time for something more……well arty farty. So how about some gritty black & white. WARNING if you are a pixel peeper that doesn’t like grain then look away now.