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Mount Teide, Tenerife #3

Mount Teide and the Roques de Garcia in the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands

The story behind this image

One of the most iconic and most photographed views on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, this is the semi-active volcano Mount Teide, framed amongst the Roques de Garcia.

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

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 interesting foreground in the shots, to provide a gradation of colour saturation and contrast through the composition, and the Roques de Garcia proved the ideal subject!

Image data

Filename - tenerife mount teide 03.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 45mm

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.