Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Puerto de Mogán, Gran Canaria

Puerto de Mogán is a picturesque town in the south western part of Gran Canaria. It is a working port, marina, commercial centre and a tourist destination.

The harbour area is characterised by uniform streets of two storey buildings as well as small connecting canals. Each building has green painted doors and windows but the aspect that makes the area so attractive is the pastel coloured trim and the colourful arches of bougainvillea.

Photographically, the colours were an obvious attraction. However capturing a balanced exposure was a bit of a challenge in the bright sun. The white painted walls were hard to expose correctly without throwing everything else into deep shadow. The solution that seemed to produce the best results was the in-camera HDR mode. I had not used this facility before as I prefer to select my own settings in manual mode but whilst on holiday there seems to be more time to experiment and try different things.

The HDR mode is an automatic camera process. When the shutter is released three consecutive shots are taken at different exposures and then combined within the camera.  There is an option to apply some creative finishes but I preferred the natural option.

These were some of the results:

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