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Teide National Park Panorama #1

Panoramic image showing the volcanic landscape of the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands

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The story behind this image

Jaw dropping. Gob smacking. Unbelieveable.

Just a few of the thoughts that raced through my head as Liz and I pulled over at the Minas de San Jose viewpoint in the Teide National Park, high up in the crater of the semi-dormant volcano Mount Teide on Tenerife, the largest of the Canary Islands.

We could have been on another planet, the landscape was so unreal.

Devoid of vegetation and covered in multi-hued volcanic spew, the view defied the senses, and going for a short hike through this forbidding terrain only reinforced the feeling that we should have been wearing spacesuits!

But fortunately the clean crisp air at 6,500ft above sea level was eminently breathable, and after I'd calmed down a bit I started to think more rationally about how to capture this alien landscape in a photograph.

With so many fascinating views in every direction I was hard pressed trying to decide what to include in the frame and what to leave out.

So in the end I decided to include everything in a monster panoramic collage spanning close to 180°, the detail of which can only really be appreciated when seen large.

There are some tiny human figures in the image, which I decided to leave in, in order to give a sense of scale to this huge area, but you'll have to look carefully to spot them!

Image data

Filename - tenerife teide panorama 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 50mm

Exposure - 1/200 sec @ f8, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce the glare and enhance colours

Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This image - 1200x213px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC

Comments - Panoramic image made by stitching multiple exposures