La Palma, Islas Canarias: A Timelapse (“Beta” version) by Randy and Brenda

By: Randy and Brenda

Spent a wonderful vacation this summer with my wife on the rugged and beautiful island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, timelapsing extensively (mostly on our hikes). The weather was superb except for the “Calima” phenomenon that was prevalent during our last week. This is caused by a duststorm that is stirred up by high winds in the Sahara and is then driven over the Canary Islands by south easterly winds causing very hazy conditions (hence the sun becomes a massive glowing ball with no definition as seen in some of the sequences, esp. during sunrise and sunset). The night skies are jaw – dropping though. Spent two nights camping near Pico de la Cruz along the GR131 trail. Here I saw the Milky Way in all it’s splendour, and was fortunate to have conditions very favourable for timelapsing, not to mention the Perseid Meteor Shower was approaching it’s peak … sleepless nights indeed !

Canon 550d
Canon 24mm f/1.4 L-series
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 wide
Sigma 10mm f/2.8 fish-eye
B+W ND filters
Pocketslider dolly (
Hahnel Giga T2 Pro intervalometer
Velbon QHD-53D tripod and MeFoto backpacker tripod

12000+ Raw files edited using LRTimelapse, Adobe Lightroom and Final Cut Pro.

I have yet a lot to learn and am still pretty new with timelapse photography, so I may revise / improve this (hence “Beta” version). It takes a lot of time … and patience !!

Thanks to my wife Brenda for all her patience, inspiration and helping me carry my equipment on those gruelling hikes (GoPro videos of our hikes as well as the visit to the GranTeCan Telescope to be posted within the next few weeks).

by Simon Wilkinson
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