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Darkelf Photography (Perth, Australia) on 24 May 2020 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.


Asturias in northern Spain is a region especially packed with insane coastal locations. Playa de Campiecho, another stop on our journey, is located not far away from Gueirua on a fantastic stretch of the coast. No matter which beach you decide to go to, there is something amazing to see and photograph. We stayed in a village called Cadavedo and were within short driving distance of many of these spots. Campiecho was within walking distance of our accommodation and we went for a walk through the Spanish country side to explore the area and to take some photos at sunset.

The bonus of staying here was the ability to experience a little bit of small European village life and this was our first chance to do so. Driving was also an experience, not only on the wrong side of the road (wink, wink), but also on narrow roads where you had to be careful of any oncoming traffic, especially anything large like a truck or a bus. Many an uncultured word was uttered during our morning and evening escapades. In the end it was well worth it as we were able to see some fantastic places.

Playa de Campiecho is also very tide dependent and we picked the evening when the tide was at its lowest so that we could make our way across to this incredible arch that looked just like a portal to another world. This feeling was amplified by the conditions that awaited us at the shore. The sky filled with low level clouds descending from nearby mountains and that created a dark and gloomy atmosphere, which I did not mind at all. This location is well suited to moody black and white photographs and I knew as soon as we arrived that this was going to be my main plan. As you can see, at low tide the sea revealed so much fantastic detail and we took our time to explore this area thoroughly. As we were taking photos, a very thin gentle layer of fog started to appear at the base of the arch and around the rocks in the background. It is just barely there but it added a great touch to the overall mood.

It is another one of those locations where I felt just like leaving planet Earth and arriving on a different world. I mean how does an arch like that get sculpted by nature? What forces of nature can create something so unique and just standing there in the middle of the rocky shore, as though it was built deliberately by some else. Amazing is not enough to even start to describe it.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV 4/5 seconds F/11.0 ISO 100 24 mm

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