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Milky Way over Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands #1

Milky Way over Mount Teide, Tenerife, Canary Islands

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When my wife Liz and I go away on holiday I usually have one or two photographic projects lined up that I class as 'must shoot', as opposed to the impromptu photos that I take while we drive and hike around the landscapes.

And for our trip to Tenerife in Janaury 2020 my 'must shoot' project was to capture a time lapse sequence of the milky way arcing over the Mount Teide volcano in the Teide National Park at the centre and highest point of Tenerife.

Of course, shooting the milky way involves being out for a good part of the night, which in itself raises additional logistical challenges that aren't apparent during the day.

Such as - where can I park, how cold will it get, what about hot drinks, food and toilets, are the skies dark enough, have I brought a torch and cold weather gear with me to this sun kissed island...and so on.

Fortunately for me, we'd been here before at night so I already knew the answers to all these questions, and so did Liz, stoically knitting away in the warmth of our hire car while I took the hundreds of still images needed to create my Tenerife Teide Timelapse #5 video.

After over two hours standing in the freezing cold I decided to call it a night, absolutely buzzing at having witnessed and photographed such an amazing display of God's handiwork in action.

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Filename - tenerife teide milky way 01

Lens - 14mm prime

Exposure - 10 secs @ f/2.8, ISO6400

Filters - None.

Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - This image is one of hundreds taken to create my Tenerife Teide Timelapse #5 video.