One of the most astonishing views my wife Liz and I enjoyed during our 'winter sun' break on Tenerife in the Canary Islands was found halfway up the huge volcano that is Mount Teide.
Dominating the island, this 12,000ft behemoth is quite a sight to behold, but during our stay in late February it was hardly ever visible from the sea level resort where we were based due to a layer of Atlantic cloud that hung over the island.
So what to do to get a decent view?
Fortunately for us there is the Teide National Park, accessed by some amazing roads that climb from sea level, up through a forest of cloud pines and top out at around 7,000ft in an alien landscape of lava fields and other volcanic features.
The great thing about being at 7,000ft is that we were above that pesky layer of cloud, basking in bright sunshine and clear blue skies while below us a blanket of swirling fog stretched out to the far horizon.
What an opportunity for a time lapse, one I certainly wasn't going to pass by!
So while Liz prepared the picnic I set up my camera and tripod overlooking a cloud filled valley lined with cloud pines and set it off recording the six hundred or so frames needed to make a twenty second video.
Half an hour later and we were done, picnic eaten, photos taken and off to see the next amazing sight, probably just around the next bend!
It's opportunites like this that make it worthwhile carting a full camera kit and tripod around airports!
Filename - tenerife clouds timelapse 01.mp4
Camera - Canon EOS 6D
Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 24mm
Exposure - 1/320 sec @ f4, ISO100
Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours
Capture interval - 3 seconds
Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands
This clip - HD 720p
Clip duration - 20 seconds
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