Tenerife, Spain

NOVEMBER 2005 – Waves clash against a woman that steps into the water at the Playa de la Arena in Tenerife, Spain. © Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

The story behind the image

It had been a long and hot day on the island of Tenerife in Spain. We finally had made it to the most western part of the island to admire the view across Los Gigantes, a set of steep cliffs, accessible only through a long hike – or by boat.

After that we decided that it’s now time for a bath in the Atlantic Ocean, at the Playa de la Arena. The main features of this beach are the large waves rolling constantly in with plenty of power, and the pitch black color of the sand (and the beach.)

In this image, you will notice the absence of color in the lower left corner. That’s because the water had twirled up the black sand of the beach, pushing it forward as part of the motion. As the black sand in the water basically sucks up the sunlight, if won’t reflect. An interesting effect.

But it does not impact the refreshing nature of the bath.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time08-NOV-2005, 17:48
LocationTenerife, Spain
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 70-200 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/6400 sec at f/4
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3328 x 3328 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/zanzig.com

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