Playa de la Arena, Tenerife, Spain (II)

NOVEMBER 2005 – A big wave rolls onto the Playa de la Arena in Tenerife, Spain, and its black sand. © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

Here is another photo of Playa de la Arena at the western end of Tenerife island. Its a rather small beach that has steep cliffs at either side. Between the cliffs lies the black sand of the beach. It took me a while to accept it as ‘beach’, because it looks so unusual and not like any beach I had seen before. But once we went down and put our towels onto the beach, it certainly felt like any other beach with fine sand.

This photo shows the southern end of the beach just as a big wave rolls into the small bay. Looking at the wave splashing against the rocks gives you an idea of how strong and powerful the waves and currents were that afternoon. The palm trees in the front add an interesting frame to the scene, and the sunlight created harsh contrasting shadows that – together with the black sand – reduce the color set to the max and highlights the single orange umbrella in the center.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time08-NOV-2005, 17:38
LocationTenerife, Spain
CameraCanon EOS-1Ds Mark II
LensCanon EF 24-70 mm 2.8 L USM
Exposure1/5000 sec at f/4
Digital Image Source FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions4733 x 3155 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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