For anyone who isn’t familiar with Instagram, it has become an extremely popular online social networking platform or, as Instagram themselves put it, “…a fun and quirky way to share your life with friends through a series of pictures…” – think facebook made up solely of your own highly stylised, square-shaped smartphone photographs.
It’s so popular that some tourist boards actually have travel press/blog trip based wholly around people taking photos and posting them on Instagram.
For newbies and old Instagram hands alike, here are suggestions for five things with a Tenerife flavour which are ideal subjects for an Instagram photo.
With Instagram scenery shots you need a strong centrepiece if you want them to stand out from the crowd. You don’t get much better than Spain’s highest mountain. Unlike many other mountains around Europe, there are no other peaks around to detract. Mount Teide stands alone. As a bonus, because Teide National Park lies at such an altitude (even the crater level is about twice as high as Britain’s highest mount, Ben Nevis) the sky is usually intense. You don’t need to ramp up the saturation to get that impossibly blue backdrop.
Eye-catching and unusual architectural shapes work well on Instagram and there’s none more surreal than the gleaming curves of the Tenerife Auditorium in Santa Cruz. Designed by one of the most famous Spanish architects, Santiago Calatrava, the hooded roof of the Auditorium is an instagrammer’s dream. There’s lots of potential for getting shots that are unlike anyone else’s.
Beaches always look great in photographs but don’t always stand out when it comes to Instagram. As well as white sands and turquoise water, you need something interesting to give the shot a different angle and a bit of a boost. A golden brown body sitting at the water’s edge might do the trick but if not, look for a beach with plenty of individual features like Del Duque in Costa Adeje. You’ve got a restaurant on stilts (very colonial with a hint of the Caribbean) and beach huts that exude an air of the south of France to get creative with.
Sunrises always seem like too much hard work to me, especially when you get another bite of the spectacular and natural light show in the sky at a more sociable time of the day. Sunsets you can do without leaving the bar… as long as the bar is facing west. Look for something to give your shot perspective and make it slightly more exotic, like having La Gomera on the horizon or including silhouettes of other sunset worshippers.
A Taste of Tenerife
Canarian food might be tasty, but traditional cuisine isn’t always the most photogenic of subject matters. Cocktails, on the other hand, can be glamorous Instagram models. But it shouldn’t be just any cocktail, it has to be THE most popular cocktail amongst locals, the Cuban mojito. It’s a too-easy-to-drink blend of white rum, soda water, mint, lime juice and sugar. Capture it with palm trees in the background for a jealousy-inducing hot and exotic Instagram image.
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