A quick one - Fuerteventura, sand and wind

26th February 2012
In: Blog

Just back from a family holiday at Fuerteventura. I will write about this in more detail when I get a minute, but for now I'll say the place surprised me in what its got to offer. The obvious draw for photographers is the sahara-esque sand dunes which really are stunning, but there's a few other gems. Culturally once you step beyond the all-inclusive resorts and English bars its pretty rich in interest, and the landscape is fairly unique too.

It really lives up to its name though, as it seems Fuerteventura is Spanish for "really bloody windy". So you're laughing if you're one of the many wind or kite-surfers who flock to the island, but can prose some problems for the photographer. Anticipating the wind I took a Lowepro Slingshot instead of my usual bag, from which you can access the contents without putting it down on the floor, which really was a boon. On some days I'd have ruined all my clobber had I put the bag down and watched it fill with ultra-fine sand.

Also it became obvious that on soft fine dry sand a tripod will tend to sink and move around a lot. Armed with a kitchen knife and three empty plastic water bottles I set about improvising some sand feet for the tripod. They worked extremely well, and took about 10 seconds to remove when you were back on hard ground, leaving just the blue plastic caps still on the tripod feet.

Anyway, more photos of this intriguing island will appear in due course. I've got a few dozen more pieces of film to develop, and about 500 digital shots to go through.

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