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Mount Teide, Tenerife #2

Mount Teide and the surrounding volcanic landscape in the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands

The story behind this image

If it wasn't for the odd patch of scrub, we wcould have easily been on the surface of Mars!

Huge twisted and tortured volcanic upwellings punctuate the vast lava field surrounding the conical peak of Mount Teide, the 12,000+ft high volcano in the centre of Tenerife, the largest and most volcanically active of the Canary Islands.

This is scenery on a biblical scale, and my wife Liz and I made two full day excursions up here during our week long stay on Tenerife, to marvel at the astonishing geology surrounding us in the Teide National Park.

On our first trip up to the 6,500 ft plateau, Canadas del Teide, formed from an ancient caldera, we were surprised to find that even at this high altitude the air was holding a lot of moisture, and the view out to Mount Teide was quite hazy.

But never mind, as a bit of haze actually adds a sense of depth to an image, with closer elements being rendered more clearly than those further away.

So when photographing Mount Teide (and I took a LOT of photographs) I always made sure to include some foreground in the shots, to provide a gradation of colour saturation and contrast through the composition.

Image data

Filename - tenerife mount teide 02.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 50mm

Exposure - 1/60 secs @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce the effect of the haze.

Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Processing - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Comments - Handheld exposure with lens stabilisation.