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Punta de Teno, Tenerife #2

The Los Gigantes cliffs and coastline from Punta de Teno on the northwest coast of Tenerife in the Canary Islands

The story behind this image

One of the real pleasures I enjoy in exploring to a new location is to buy a largeish scale map of the area and pick out what looks like interesting drives along winding roads passing through mountains or along a rugged coastline.

So during my wife Liz's and my week long stay on Tenerife in the Canary Islands we made several long drives to obscure places, taking in the scenery and driving experiences along the way.

One of the most exciting drives we undertook was to go north through the Teno Mountains on the TF-436 up to Punta del Teno, right on the tip of the island.

A very winding and narrow road saw us squeaking past huge coaches in our tiny hire car, wheels in the drainage channels most of the time, as we made our way through some fantastic and dramatic mountain scenery.

Arriving at Punta de Teno, I was certainly glad we made the effort to get here as the views back along the coastline south towards Los Gigantes were just stunning, with the huge sea cliffs catching the light of the rapidly setting sun as Atlantic waves crashed against the rocks below us.

I wasn't going to let this fleeting opportunity go by, so camera and tripod in hand I scrambled down to a ledge below the car park and managed to get just a few frames of this lovely scene before the sun sank into a bank of murk on the western horizon, thus ending the light show.

But I didn't finish photographing after the sun had set, instead I kept going on into the gathering gloom, using the rapidly decreasing light levels to extend my exposures times to several seconds.

These long exposures, together with the change in lighting conditions, gave an image very different in mood to the few I had captured before sunset, and we finally started on the long, dark drive back to our resort happy at having seen and photographed such a beautiful and dramatic scene.

Image data

Filename - tenerife punta de teno 02.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 21mm

Exposure - 10 secs @ f22, ISO100

Filters - Polarisng filter used to enhance colours. 2 stop neutral density graduated filter use to darken the sky.

Location - Punta de Teno, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This image - 640x800px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Comments - Tripod, mirror lockup and cable release used to prevent camera movement.