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Tenerife Teide Sunset #1

Sun setting over billowing cloud with Mount Teide in the background. Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

The story behind this image

During the week that my wife Liz and I spent exploring Tenerife in the Canary Islands in February 2017 we enjoyed seeing some amazing scenery, mostly at high altitude in the Teide National Park.

We were staying in a resort on the south coast of the island, and at sea level the weather was nice enough, but with quite a bit of low level cloud that cut down on visibility and took the edge off the spectacular sunsets we were hoping to see.

Hence the excursions to the Teide National Park, with roads and viewpoints above the clouds at around 6,500ft, not to mention the huge 12,000ft high cone of the volcano Mount Teide which dominates this other-worldly landscape.

With a bit of forward planning, and the help of my Photographer's Ephemeris app, I worked out that a really good spot to watch the sunset from would be to the northeast of Mount Teide, and a good look at our map of the island led me to investigate the view from the Mirador de Chipeque viewpoint.

Wow! Was I in for a suprise when we pulled into the car park and got out to check out the scenery.

Looking out over a sea of roiling cloud, submerging the Forestal cloud pine forest below and with the summit of Mount Teide reaching up into a clear blue sky as the sun was starting to set in just the right place, I was struggling to come to terms with the raw beauty of what I was seeing.

But photographic discipline prevailed, and I got to work setting up my camera and tripod to record the 1000+ still frames I needed for my time lapse video of the sunset and ensuing dusk.

I spent the next couple of hours in a happy daze, making adjustments to my camera's exposure settings and just marvelling at the changing light as day gave way to night.

I chose this single frame from the sequence I shot for the video to present as a still image, just loving the amazing light and colours that occured at this point in the sunset sequence.

What a priviledge to be able to witness such a stunning example of God's beautiful creation.

Image data

Filename - tenerife teide sunset 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 32mm

Exposure - 1/30 sec @ f22, ISO100

Filters - None

Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This image - 800x450px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Small aperture used to create sunstar effect