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Mount Teide, Tenerife #5

The summit of Mount Teide in the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands

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The story behind this image

Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands, is usually associated with beach resorts, hotels and all the paraphenalia of package holidays.

But venture away from the coast and a very different Tenerife starts to present itself.

My wife Liz and I took a winter break on the island during February 2017 and spent most of our time touring around the Teide National Park in order to marvel at the astonishing volcanic geology from which the island is formed.

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 on our second day trip to high altitude the air was crystal clear, with all the fascinating formations, textures and colours of the volcanic rocks visible from miles away.

Dominating the scene, naturally enough, was the 12,000ft high cone of Mount Teide itself, and of course I spent a fair portion of my time up here photographing the volcano and its surroundings, using my polarising filter to good effect to bring out those striking colour contrasts.

But for this image I decided to use those contrasting colours to create a high contrast monochrome image of Mount Teide, emphasising the tones and textures of the surreal landscape.

If you look carefully you can see the pylons and cables of the cablecar which snakes up to almost the tip of the mountain.

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Image data

Filename - tenerife mount teide 05.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 100-400mm zoom @ 310mm

Exposure - 1/500 sec @ f8, ISO400

Filters - Polarising filter used to darken the sky.

Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Processing - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Comments - -0.7ev exposure compensation used to preserve the highlights on the lighter patches of rock.