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Snaar holiday snaps..

Can I bore you with my holiday snaps? (Maybe we should have a forum section specific to holiday pictures.. after all we like picures on this forum, eh?)

We just got back from a week in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife. Good and bad: It was hotter than the internet met forecast so we took the wrong clothes . Then we picked up a bad virus* and spent two and a half days in the hotel room

So - we blew the money we saved on a taxi up Mount Teide. Incredible place, photo paradise.

Anyway - here are the snaps:

This looks like fun....


How did I get the angle? Well, on the right days this guy and his mate spent the afternoons buzzing the local hotels because I guess there is updraught. But - less than a canopy width from the concrete on occasions - that can't be legal surely? :-)



Taking pictures just seemed to encourage them.. They got so close passing overhead I would have needed the 11-22 to get the canopy in!

OK, here is one from the Jardins Botanico in Puerto de la Cruz. I had a few nice shots in there, but I took the wrong lens that day, the 14-54 was neither wide or long enough for the range of plants. Anyway, I think this is an air plant, it was hitchiking a ride on a bigger tree and hanging down over the footpath:



Tenerife is soft and green at the bottom and brown and crunchy up top - very crunchy... There seemed to be a classic car meeting up at the 6600 feet mark. (How the Morris Oxford got up there I have no idea). Anyway this is just for you old Alfa fans... I actually had one of these once. Looked pretty but it was A Dog.



And now the arty moonscape shots: There are lots of dead plants like this one to put in your foregrounds, but they are bleached white by the hard sunlight. There is definitely a dynamic range challenge under these conditions.





Oye Como Va! **
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** I suspect I am a graduate of the C. Santana school of Spanish :-)
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Re: Snaar holiday snaps..

Some nice images there. We spent a week in Los Gigantes in May and did the Teide drive. Incredible place but the heat and light of the sun during the part of the day we were there was not overlly condusive to good photography. Will have to get some of mine up!
Off to Cyprus in three weeks - whoah!
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Re: Snaar holiday snaps..

Yes please to more !

Especially when it's nice geology to look at ... if you want moonscapes I can highly recommend Timanfaya on Lanzarote

What is it with all of these "late summer holidays" ... Morocco Next week

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loved the old alfa just got rid of a 147 t spark good car despite what every one says about reliability of alfas you love them or hate them and the drive makes up for everythng else that comes with having one lol
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loved the old alfa just got rid of a 147 t spark good car despite what every one says about reliability of alfas you love them or hate them and the drive makes up for everythng else that comes with having one lol
Don't they say you ain't a petrolhead until you've owned and alfa. Oh dear, I've owned five of them. No hope really :-)

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PS. More pictures to follow when I've finished "developing" the raws..

PPS. Cyprus. Oh yes, our favourite destination. However I think they want you to take your own water these days...
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Re: Snaar holiday snaps..

Love the Alfa - I used to work as Warranty Manager for an Alfa dealership (yes, I was busy), and they were rot boxes, but great to drive. I had several 'suds, but the 1600GT (or is it a GT Junior) in your shot is such a graceful car. Pity the petrol tanks rotted out in them...
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Love the Alfa - I used to work as Warranty Manager for an Alfa dealership (yes, I was busy), and they were rot boxes, but great to drive. I had several 'suds, but the 1600GT (or is it a GT Junior) in your shot is such a graceful car. Pity the petrol tanks rotted out in them...

He he.. the Sud, what a great little car. I had two. The handling and grip were so good at the front that I always said you could turn down a side turning that you had technically already missed ..

Its the only front wheel drive car that I've lost the back on while going round a roundabout (well, I was younger then..)

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Re: Snaar holiday snaps..

An interesting and varied series Pete.
The first shot, Alfa and last caught my eye and of course the weather looks great
Looking forward to the next series, thanks for sharing
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I was hoping to see pictures of the Morris Oxford that you teasingly mentioned, I've had one of those and quite a few Alfa Sud and Sud Sprints.
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Re: Snaar holiday snaps..

Love the last one with the rock formations.The colours are great.

Ps I like Santana too,you've made me get all my old albums out.Playing Caravanserai at the moment.
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Re: Snaar holiday snaps..

Here we go: Sublime and ridiculous part 2.

First the sublime: Don't ask me how it mde it up the mountain. I had one, same model and colour as a student in 74. It was a Dog, but it was cheap I guess. I wish I'd kept the registration number (1412 JG)



Here are couple more from the Jardins Botanico. This is one reason I wished I'd taken the 11-22 lens..



.. but the 14-54 in close mode did serve its purpose:



Back up the mountain: Who needs Death Valley when this place is so much closer..





This item must be a hundred feet tall, but I couldn't get a figure in the shot to give it a sense of scale...



And here is a 5 shot pano of the 15 kilometer caldera - can you see the people?



I did shoot some stereo pairs of some scenes to prepare as Anaglyphs. I will have a go at them next and post them if they work :-)

Another view of the Caldera out of the Taxi window, looking like a Pink Floyd album cover. A person is included for sense of scale.



I have to say I've never seen so much inexplicable Geology. Ash domes, lava flows, Basalt columns, crunchy coarse sand, pumice, rocks the size of busses that look like they fell out of the sky yesterday. Weird, scary, fascinating stuff..


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The Oxfords a lovely colour, I had an MO series so it was even slower! Sidevalve engines are really really smooth, but not much power.
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WOW - great series of shots there Pete. Love the mountains... gorgeous. Or lush as we'd say here
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Many years ago I went on holiday to morocco on monarch
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Re: Snaar holiday snaps..

A couple from Puerto de la Cruz. A nice-ish place, though like everywhere you get hassled by street traders selling boat trips, carved wooden goods, restaurants, fake watches and sunglasses. I was practicing my response: "Habemus oculus extinctio" in the hope they would say "Where you from?" and I could reply "Ancient Rome"





I have to say, some of the rock formations up the mountain are really quite remarkable. Its amazing what nature can do...



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