Flora. Fotoshoot on Tenerife

Originally, I intended to work with Flora in the studio or in a nearby location, but she did not find a cheap flight to the nearby airports Basel or Zurich. Instead, she planned for a few days vacation on the Canary Islands. Since we knew each other for quite a while, she asked me whether I would like to work with her in Tenerife. An ususual thought, but actually it is not much more expensive than a studio rental and a railway travel in Germany. I agreed to her proposal.

Travelling is less of a problem than the planning for an unknown location which also can not be visited beforehand. But after some internet research I was convinced it would be a successful shoot.

At the Teide

A research about Tenerife shows the volcanic area of the Teide on top of the must see list. Hence, we drove up there on the first day from Puerto de la Cruz. There were many tourists and few parking spots, but the tourists usually stay near the parking area. Accordingly, we did not have to walk far to be essentailly undisturbed.

We started with pictures at an area with scattered lava rocks, which made an interesting contrast to the human figure.

At another location, the rocks were larger, but with some distance they provided an attractive backdrop for our pictures.

When we continued with our tour, we passed by a deep black lava field, and we made a picture there. Standing there bare foot is challanging because of the sharp rocks, but it was worthwhile. A little further the lava was more sandy, and needle trees standing in isolation made a somewhat surrealistic effect on the film I was using here.

In the Laurel Forest

Quite different from the archaic area around the Teide, we visited the laurel forest in the Anaga mountains the north east of the island. We caught some impressions in the mystic forest.

Rough Coast

The large walled banana plantations along the north coast are not pretty. Still, even there we found an opportunity for a picture in an unused plantation.

Sandy beaches are rare. Not so attractive for swimmers, but after leaving the plantations behind the rocks and the lava of the rough coast represent a photographer’s paradise. The pounding surf which is often found on the north coast makes it even more impressive.

In the Botanical Garden

At the end of my short trip we relaxed in the botanical garden of Puerto de la Cruz. Many interesing trees can be found there, and the lush vegetation merits a visit as well.


It may seem strange to fly to Tenerife for a short visit. However, it is a worthwhile option for those looking for new opportunities. Without insider tips, an internet research is mandatory, but it is evident that it is worthwhile to do so.

Many thanks to Flora and for her initiative and for the pleasing collaboration.

For Technical Interest

I had Nikon equipment with me. Digital pictures were taken with the D800, analog pictures with a F5. The following lenses were in my backpack:

  • Nikkor AF-D 2,8/16 (Fish Eye)
  • Nikkor AF-D 2,8/20
  • Sigma Art 1,4/35
  • Sigma Art 4/24-105
  • Nikkor AF-S 4/70-200 G ED VR

The Nikon F5 and the Sigma lenses are good but rather heavy for travelling. The wide angle Nikkors are much smaller and lighter, but they are unsharp in the image corners (see, for example, the first picture, which was taken with the 20 mm lens at f/5.6).

For the analog pictures I used the legendary Kodak High Speed Infrared Film with an orange filter. Unfortunately, this film was discontinued long time ago, but I still have some rolls in my freezer.


Digital and analog - with the legendary Kodak High Speed Infrared Film