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Teide Road, Tenerife #1

Highway TF-21 passing through volcanic landscape in the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands

The story behind this image

'On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair....'

OK, so I'm not in California, but the same air of mystery prevails as I gaze along the TF-21 highway as it passes through the amazing Teide National Park towards its vanishing point amongst the volcanic crater walls of Mount Teide.

There's something very enigmatic about a long, straight highway disappearing off into the distance that evokes strong emotions in me, and I've photographed them wherever I can.

Sort of a 'road less travelled' experience.

But there was nothing prosaic about the actual taking of this photo, waiting for a gap in the traffic with my wife Liz watching out behind while I dashed into the middle of the road for a few seconds to grab a couple of frames.

But that's a secondary consideration, compared with the feelings of empty wistfullness that just looking at this image still brings to the fore in my mind.

Image data

Filename - tenerife teide road 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 105mm

Exposure - 1/50 sec @ f11, ISO100

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce the effect of the haze.

Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This image - 533x800px JPEG

Processing - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Long focal length lens used to compress perspective.