Adventure travel

La Palma, Islas Canarias: A Timelapse Movie (Final Version)

My wife and I spent a wonderful vacation this summer on the beautiful and rugged island of La Palma in the Canary Islands, hiking and timelapsing. 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 Desert (approx. 200 km away) 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 breathtaking though. Spent two nights camping along the caldera rim on 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 !

The island of La Palma is declared a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, protected from light pollution by the Sky Act (, is a no-fly zone, and boasts one of the worlds best sites and all - year round clearest skies for astrophysical observing.

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
Zoom H2n Handy Recorder microphone for the bird sounds added to the google earth zoom at the beginning.
GoPro Hero 3 camera for the intro. videos

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

I have yet a lot to learn and am still pretty new with timelapse photography techniques. 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 by the end of August).

by Simon Wilkinson
(purchased with a license)

Intro zoom of La Palma courtesy of Google Earth

Watch our other hiking / timelapse videos of La Palma here:


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