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Tenerife Teno Mountains #1

The Teno mountains shrouded in mist 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.

The weather also added to the drama, with low cloud and rain punctuated by bursts of brilliant sunshine. We could have been in Snowdonia!

Eventually we arrived at a small viewpoint where I stopped for a break from the white knuckle drive and took the opportunity to photograph the backlit, mist shrouded mountains with the Atlantic Ocean as a backdrop.

I wasn't the only one taking a photo op, as there was a couple doing selfies perched on a rocky outcrop just in front of me.

So I included them in this composition as silhouettes, to add a sense of scale and a bit of a story to the image.

Image data

Filename - tenerife teno 01.jpg

Camera - Canon 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 58mm

Exposure - 1/250 secs @ f11, ISO100

Filters - None

Location - Teno Mountains, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This image - 800x533px JPEG

Conversion - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - -0.3ev exposure compensation used to reduce the brightness of the lit patches of water.