After spending one year in Santander, the northern coast of Spain has grown to be one of my favorite areas to photograph. Each time I visit I drive along the coast and occasionally into the mountains or forests. However, even though most locations are reachable within a few hours driving, Santander have many locations waiting to be photographed. Here's my top 3 photography locations in Santander.
Those of you who know me or have been following my work for a while, may know that after living a year in northern Spain, more specific Santander, Cantabria, I have fallen in love with the Spanish coast. Not only because it's summers are significantly warmer then back home in Norway, or the selection of sandy beaches, but also because of it's moody weather, dramatic cliffs and rocky beaches. Here are my top 3 favorite beaches from Asturias and some pictures from them!
One of the locations I was most eager to revisit during my last trip to Spain was the beach of Pendueles located in Asturias. I've been here once before and I fell in love straight away. During my first visit I was treated with some beautiful grey colors.. so this time I was hoping for a little more exciting sunset.
Those of you who follow me across various social medias may have picked up that I am currently visiting northern Spain. You may also know that I spent one year living here, and that my girlfriend still lives here. So this trip is a mix between relaxation with my girlfriend and friends and traveling along the coast to photograph.
Spain isn't only sun, beer and beautiful girls. The winter in Northern Spain consists of a lot of rain, wind and grey. Adding these factors with the dramatic seascapes can create some really moody images!
Finally everything was made for a great sunset. The tide was low, revealing the amazing cliffs on the Sardinero beach in Santander, Spain, at the perfect moment during sunset. The only factor that could ruin it all was, as you get used to in North of Spain, the weather. Looking out the kitchen window, seeing only clouds and light rain, I almost decided to stay home. But after coming back to my right senses, and persuading myself that it's better to go and not get a shot, then not to go and miss something great, I went down to the beach.
Long exposure self portrait during burning sunset in Santoña, Spain.
I was balancing on a oyster covered beach, enjoying the burning sunset, while trying not to move for this 10 seconds long exposure photography.