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Tenerife Teide Time Lapse #2

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What an astonishing place!

My wife Liz and I had spent the day exploring the Teide National Park on Tenerife in the Canary Islands, and were just overwhelmed by the other-worldly beauty on display in this unique environment.

As the sun drew lower in the sky we gravitated towards the only place to get a coffee and a trip to the loo that we'd come across in the park, the Parador de Cañadas el Teide hotel.

Suitably refreshed and relieved, we drove the few metres across the road to the highly popular Mirador Llano de Ucanca viewpoint, overlooking the huge volcanic upwellings called Los Roques de Garcia, including the iconic Roque Cinchado which appeared on the old Spanish 1000 peso note along with Mount Teide.

At an altitude of 6,500ft we were nicely above the clouds, in clean fresh air with visibility so sharp you could almost cut it with a knife.

Ideal situation for a day to night time lapse session, and I was soon out of the car and set up on a patch of high ground overlooking Los Roques de Garcia to the west, and the perfectly shaped cone of the Mount Teide volcano to the north.

I started this time lapse shoot pointing north to Mount Teide, hoping to get a a decent time lapse of the last of the sun's light slowly creeping up the cone before nightfall and the stars coming out.

But after ten minutes or so I realised that this view was quite bland and lacking in interesting detail compared with what was going on to the west in the direction of the setting sun over Los Roques de Garcia.

With high cloud catching the light of the setting sun directly over the pinnacles of rock this struck me as a much more interesting and dynamic scene, so I swung my camera through 90° and started shooting the 1000+ frames used to create this video.

With the rocks rendered as a silhouette the sky above went though a marvellous, colourful transformation as the sun sank lower and lower, to finally disappear below the horizon while still shedding wonderful warm light on the high cirrus clouds above.

Eventually all direct light fled the scene, and we were treated to the spectacle of the sky becoming a deeper and deeper blue as the planet Venus appeared, followed by a myriad of stars in the now inky black sky.

Liz and I weren't the only ones appreciating the beauty of the night sky, as there was a fully catered astronomy tour on the go right by where we were parked as well, with big telescopes and all the high tech gear, including champagne!

They made my DSLR on a tripod set up look kind of feeble!

But I was very happy with the end results of my photographic efforts that night, and it was just amazing to be out under the stars in such a beautiful and inspiring landscape.

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Video data

Filename - tenerife teide timelapse 02.mp4

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 17-40mm zoom @ 17mm

Exposure (start of sequence) - 1/1600 sec @ f4, ISO100
Exposure (end of sequence) - 6 secs @ f4, ISO6400

Filters - None

Capture interval - 6 seconds

Location - Teide National Park, Tenerife, Canary Islands

This clip - HD 720p

Clip duration - 22 seconds