World’s end: Spain’s wild north edge

LOOKING FOR ORIGINAL LANDSCAPES

 

If you are interested in getting lost in some of the most stunning nature places of Spain, then you should read this article. If you also consider yourself an enthusiast or professional photographer, then you are reading the right article.

Why Spain? Well, Spain is one of the 25 biodiversity hotspots in the world and considered the most biodiverse country in Europe. Spain has 14 National Parks, 135 Nature Parks and 44 Biosphere Reserves, enough reasons to get lost if you are a nature lover.

Yes, I am suggesting you to visit Spain, concretely the province of Asturias, located in the North, where I spent 6 unforgettable days during Easter. I had the opportunity to explore some remarkable places, where I felt totally entranced as I contemplated and took pictures of those magical places.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR

 

Before starting the trip, I obviously had to think about what gear I should take with me. Nowadays I am a Fujifilm photographer, which means two things: firstly, I am highly proud of owning a Fujifilm gear, which is outstanding in terms of quality and shooting experience, and furthermore because I’m in love with the quality and design of my Fujifilm XT-2 and my lenses too.

I knew I would mostly shoot landscapes, so before going up north to Asturias, I took a good decision: I sold my small and sweet pancake Samyang 12mm f/2 and then, I bought the legendary Fuji XF10-24mm f/4, and yes, it was a great. The XF10-24mm is more convenient for landscape photography; the focal range helps to reach far scenes where it’s impossible to get with a prime 12mm lens; for example shooting rocks in the water during a high tide.

Another essential photography support to make the most of the landscape photography, it is doubtlessly a high quality polarized filter. I use the Lee Filters System, which is pretty expensive but worthy. I am very happy with the polarized, because it adds to the picture pure magic, and it is able to show hidden colors and tones in the picture, probably impossible to get using Photoshop or any other software.

ERODED ROCK FORMATIONS AND SPECTRAL SHAPES

 

13 April 2017, 7 a.m. Campiecho Beach

Campiecho is a secret place out of the way. It is only possible to get there while the tide is low, so it is important to check the tide times, as well as the forecast, in order to be well prepared. When the tide is at the lowest point, it is possible to find a cave on west side of the beach, where a colossal rock stands tall with a unique spectral shape. This rock has a pass in its base that looks like the entrance to another world.

The day was cold, and the sky cloudy and dark grey. I wanted to catch the sunset colors but the forecast played, again, with me. Regardless, I was able to handle this situation, and once again, I made the most of this ugly day.

The morning was cold, windy and gloomy. I decided to get rid of the Neutral Density filter, as I was able to shoot long exposures under 3 or 4 seconds without the Neutral Density filter. I closed the aperture diaphragm all the way and that’s it:

 

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/14 18.2 mm Shutter speed 4 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/16 24 mm Shutter speed 6 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/16 15.1 mm Shutter speed 3.7 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/10 10 mm Shutter speed 1.5 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/16 10 mm Shutter speed 3.7 sec. ISO 100

 

14 April 2017, 8:30 a.m. Mexota Beach

Mexota is another beautiful beach which contains big eroded rock formations across. As I felt happy with the photographic results of the previous day, I decided to continue shooting without the Neutral Density filter, because I discovered that I like the silk water effect under 3 or 4 seconds of exposure, and it was enough to get the results I’ve been looking for:

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/10 10 mm Shutter speed 1.5 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/5.6 20.9 mm Shutter speed 90 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/5.6 10 mm Shutter speed 185 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/5.6 10.5 mm Shutter speed 101 sec. ISO 100

THE WILD NORTH EDGE: CHASMS AND CLIFFS

 15 April 2017, 8:00 p.m. Busto Cape

The edge of the north of Spain faces the Cantabrian Sea. Its huge waves, strong winds and currents are the perfect spot to be home to an incredible marine biodiversity, but it is also a rough place to fish and a hard sea to sail. The Atlantic wind lashes the cliffs and chisels sharp shapes on the rocks, protecting the land from ancient invaders since the beginning of times.

At the end of the land’s edge is the Busto Cape Lighthouse, which helps to the ships to find the way back home when the weather sail conditions are dangerous and rough. Just by this point there are amazing deep cliffs with stunning views, where it is possible to feel the force of mother nature from their tops.

I arrived to the Cape during the afternoon, looking for some beautiful sunset colors. However, the forecast betrayed me once again: a dark grey sky and strong wind coming from the north of the Atlantic. Fortunately I was ready to face any inconvenient while shooting landscapes, and I had the opportunity to make the most of this weather conditions once again:

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/22 18.2 mm Shutter speed 10 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/22 10 mm Shutter speed 15 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/22 10 mm Shutter speed 4 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/22 10 mm Shutter speed 30 sec. ISO 100

17 April 2017, 8:30 p.m. As Catedrais Beach

As Catedrais Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of Spain. Despite this being true, I always defend and support that there are a pile of nicer beaches close by that nobody talks about, and fortunately, all of them are still hidden from the tourist masses.

If you want to visit As Catedrais, I would warn you that unfortunately during the holidays it gets crowded really early (from 9 a.m.) with people, even in raining days, just because it became famous a few years ago. Nowadays it’s getting harder than ever to have a quiet walk and enjoy the loneliness and the extraordinary beauty of the place.

Whenever I plan to shoot at As Catedrais beach, I arrive around 7 a.m., the right time to catch nice dawn colors while it is still empty before the tourist apocalypse. However, this time I decided to sleep longer and shoot the place late in the afternoon, trying to catch the last dusk colors before night, and yes, it was the right decision, it was totally empty:

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/20 19.1 mm Shutter speed 1.3 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/22 10 mm Shutter speed 6.5 sec. ISO 100

Fujifilm X-T2 + XF10-24mmF4 R OIS   |   ƒ/22 10 mm Shutter speed 12 sec. ISO 100

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