Mount Teide, Tenerife, 29 April 2009 – F/3, 1/13s ISO 100
As I said in my ‘about me’ blurb, I’d dabbled in photography on and off up till 2 years ago. I used point and click film cameras, even getting an Advantix Camera in the early 00’s up until 2006 I think. My first foray into digital was with a point and click camera that looked more like a digital cine-camera. It had good memory, or so I thought until a holiday in Malta where I accidentally wiped all the pictures I took.
I was still using the DV Camera by the time of my second trip to Tenerife in the spring of 2009. I don’t think I did any tours on the first trip 6 months earlier but i did one on this trip. On this trip there are 2 locations that I think should inspire any landscape photographer. Masca Valley always gets overlooked, but it is a gorgeous area of the island. Composition wise it’s interesting, I think I got a shot with a hut atop a ridge. It is an interesting journey though. If you have a hire car and are driving there, make sure you are on top of your game when it comes to clutch control. If you know, you know.
The surrounds of Mount Teide though grab the prize. A thoroughly alien landscape, has doubled in the past as future Earth and Skaro, it’s a fascinating area and with hindsight gagging for black and white pics. This pic though was a simple one, I want ‘God’s Finger’ in the pic with Teide, line the shot up, click. I hadn’t noticed the fellow tourists in the pic but a recent You-Tube video advised including people into landscape shots to give scale and grandeur. And this does that.
That was kind of that until I got back home and it was pointed out to me how good this picture is. I have a canvas copy of this picture… somewhere. I have been back twice, the last time 9 years ago but the pictures I took of Teide were not from the same location and don’t look as dynamic. With me starting a new blog showcasing my photography… I could have started with my first pics with the DSLR… or first pics with the Bridge… Or some of the spectacular pictures of the Western Isles… but I have gone with this one.