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Digital Artwork – Something A Bit Different

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I have been thinking about this for sometime as I like to see Digital Artwork but never really tried my hand. However, after working through some processes, I have decided on a style that I like. I will be selecting a few of my images that I am able to add further creativity to. I’m not sure how much time I will spend on this, but today I created a new piece of work on a popular photograph of mine, Face-off At Sunrise (Greater Flamingos). There’s a fair bit of work than just a Photoshop filter and even includes brush work!

Here is the finished work.


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Algarve Photo Fun Facebook Group Social Meet

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We had our first social meet last Saturday of the Algarve Photo Fun Group that I host on Facebook. It was a small gathering at Algar Seco on the cliffs above Carvoerio where we walked and talked photography (and many other things). We even took a few photographs too! Later on, we headed down to the square in Carvoeiro for lunch.

If you have an interest in photography and are also in the Algarve (permanently, visit or even holiday here) come and join the Algarve Photo Fun Facebook Group.

We hope to organise more of these social meets in the future, the next is being discussed right now!

Here are a few photos I snapped.


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Morning Dog Walk: The Esteva Is Flowering!?

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I take a camera along on my Dog Walks to bring you some of the sightings that I see on my morning walks, these photos are rarely going to be great quality as its hard enough keeping an energetic Dog entertained and get close enough to anything. They also help me identify where species are so that I can plan to return.

I haven’t published any Dog Walk Blogs for a while and this is down to the fact that we now have 3 dogs, yes we have another rescued dog called Snowy (photos of him soon), which makes takin a camera a bit difficult, particulary as 2 of them are still being trained.

Anyway, this morning we stumbled across this line flower on one of the Esteva (Gum Rock Rose) plants. This is very strange as they normally flower in April. This is just a single flower but strange nonetheless. Maybe it’s down to lack of rain throughout the year and the sudden wetness has caused it to flower.


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Sunset Session At Burgau

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Another location ticked off! I was shooting a drone video for my Real Estate venture (FotoSul) on Friday in Burgau and decided to wait until sunset to capture another wish list shot. The weather was fantastic, almost too fantastic as I like a little cloud in my sunset shots but the colours were yet again amazing. I set myself up on the cliff overlooking the village and shot both sunset and dusk. If you like them, they are already available to purchase in the Web Shop

The village of Burgau is a little treasure, although on the South Coast, it is well away from the busy tourist resorts.

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Sunset At Burgau
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White Storks Of Silves Field Trip 2020! – Saturday 8th February

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This field trip back in February was very popular and sold out quickly therefore, I have added the event for booking much earlier this year and is scheduled for Saturday February 8th.

If you know all about this trip and just want to book, please CLICK HERE.

Come and spend a morning with me and other like-minded nature and photography lovers in the historic town of Silves amongst the stunning White Storks. Although this trip is designed with photographers in mind, feel free to join us even if you don’t bring a camera!

There will be plenty of opportunities to photograph Storks on their huge nests and point your camera at these giants in flight. We may even be lucky to witness them fighting over nesting rights. Of course, I will be on hand to offer advice on all aspects of photography from exposure settings to bird in flight techniques.

This is the perfect Field Trip if you are wanting to improve your Bird in Flight technique!


The morning will consist of the following schedule;

» A brief talk about the White Storks and their habitat, lifestyle, feeding, breeding and migration patterns.
» Photographic opportunities of Storks on their huge nests with walks to various nest sites around the city of Silves.
» Photographic opportunities of Storks in flight.
» During the morning I will be on hand to help with any photographic tips and techniques from exposure settings to Bird in Flight Techniques.

Although it helps if you have a little experience in photography anyone is welcome on this field trip as I will offer help and advice. It can be used as a followup or a taster to my Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop.


Where is this Field Trip?
This trip is in the stunning historical city of Silves. Why not make a day of it and spend the afternoon exploring this fantastic city! Google Map of Silves

How large is the group size?
This trip has a maximum number of 12 people.

What time does it start?
We will meet at 8:00am in Silves.

What time does it finish?
Approximately 1pm, however, you are able to leave earlier if you wish.

Is this a strenuous activity?
No, although we will be walking around the city and standing for most of the time.

Is transport included?
No, attendees must make their own travel arrangements.

What language is spoken during this Field Trip?
English

What is the price?
Just €14 per person

Are White Storks sightings guaranteed?
Whilst nothing in nature can be guaranteed, it is extremely unlikely that there will be no White Storks present. Silves has White Storks all year and during February they are usually in abundance.

What camera do I need?
Any camera is suitable and although you don’t require super telephoto or zoom lenses, it is recommended that you have a modest magnification available. Feel free to bring along any equipment (various lenses, tripods etc.) you wish, but bear in mind you will be responsible for carrying your equipment. Please Contact Me should you want any advice.

Is this trip dependent on the weather?
Yes and maybe rescheduled due to bad weather. We of course want perfectly clear skies and glorious light, however, this cannot be guaranteed. Should there be inclement weather forecast (rain or strong winds) then the trip will be rescheduled. Should bad weather be forecast then a final decision will be made 5pm the night before and all attendees will be notified by email and/or telephone.

Where is the meeting place?
The location will be communicated nearer the day.

Payment is required in advance by booking online and paying via either PayPal (inc Credit/Debit card without a PayPal account) or Bank Transfer. By booking onto the this Field Trip you are agreeing to the Terms and Conditions.


Doorway To The Ocean

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It was great meeting some of the members of the Algarve Photo Fun Facebook Group this morning on the very first Social Meet.

Although I wasn’t there to work, I never pass an opportunity for a shot. We walked along the Algar Seco boardwalk on the cliffs above Carvoerio and I wandered down one of the paths to the small caves and was fascinated by one of the views so I waited and waited and waited for the right moment when no people were visible and shot this.

I like it so much it’s printed at will be viewable on my display at the Smokehouse and Tapas Bar Christmas Fair tomorrow.

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Doorway To The Ocean
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