Faro de Illa Pancha

Storm + Sunset + Illa Pancha = Love!

Faro de Illa Pancha is a small, scenic lighthouse in Ribadeo, Galicia. Located on the border to Asturias lays this hidden treasure that remains one of the greatest lighthouses I've photographed. The small island, bridge and rough ocean gives a scenery unlike many others.

During my last road trip through Cantabria, Asturias and the tip of Galicia, Mila and I spent two nights in Ribadeo. Faro de Illa Pancha was the main reason that we took the extra time briefly visiting Galicia, and I have to say it did not disappoint! 

The weather in northern Spain is always a challenge for photographers. It seems like it's either a blue sky or a black sky, and it`s not often I've witnessed a explosive sunset in this region. Typically it`s clear during the day and gradually turning into a storm during the evening. This was yet another day exactly the same. However, due to the lack of clouds in the horizon we were treated with a colourful sunset, even though it only lasted for some minutes. 

What I really enjoy watching the weather change during a sunset session, is the fact that the scene you are photographing changes just as much. When arriving some hours before sunset to scout a little, the sky was blue and I was fearing yet another boring evening. After hiking around the area, and arriving back to the lighthouse again about an hour before sunset the clouds were rapidly building up. The scene was now completely different and much more enjoyable for me personally. I don't know if Mila agreed though, as it was getting a bit more chilly and there was hints of rain in the air. 

As I mentioned the colours only lasted for a few minutes, and as soon as the sun dipped beneath the horizon the clouds covered the horizon and the sky was a mixture of dark grey tones. So again a new scene was revealing itself in front of me. 

Here is 3 images I took during the sunset that shows how much the scene changes with the weather:

The setting sun throws it's last light on Isla Pancha

The setting sun throws it's last light on Isla Pancha


When the sun went below the horizon, the clouds quickly became darker and began creating a moodier atmosphere

When the sun went below the horizon, the clouds quickly became darker and began creating a moodier atmosphere

Not long after the sun was gone the colours disappeared and the rain began soaking us 

Not long after the sun was gone the colours disappeared and the rain began soaking us 

I'm curious to see what image you like the best? As you can see the scene changed quite dramatically during the evening. Leave a comment below telling me which one you prefer!