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Sunset Session At The Beach!

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I keep telling myself that I don’t take enough Seascape shots so whilst I was in Balaia Golf Resort on the weekend taking (Real Estate Shots, I decided to head to Praia de São Rafael for the sunset.

I arrived well before sunset to also use the opportunity to take some product shots of my new Photography Bean Bags which will be launched later today!

Of course, after living here for over 2.5 years, even though the temperatures were mid 20s, it was a nice surprise to see people sunbathing and even swimming in the sea! Soon enough the sun started to lower in the sky and most of the sun-cravers started to leave the beach and replaced by sunset watchers. I set myself up near the iconic rock in the centre of the beach and waited. The result of the session was the following 4 photographs which are shown below in time order. All are available in print in the Shop, please see individual links below each image.

First, the sun just about to dip below the west cliff.

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Sunset at Praia de São Rafael, Algarve, Portugal

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Hazy Arco de Albanderia (Again!)

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Last year I visited Arco de Albandeira for a sunset photo and unexpected haze arrived, surely it couldn’t happen again? Er, yes!

After a cloudy start yesterday morning, the forecast was looking perfect for a typical Algarve colourful sunset so I decided to head to Arco de Albanderia near Porches for a sunset shot. As I arrived it was immediately clear that the typical Algarve sunset wasn’t going to happen. However, I decided to stay and photograph it anyway. Sometimes, even if you think the results are going to be terrible, you are pleasantly surprised. This image will be available in print (along with many others) when my new print shop goes live (hopefully) tomorrow.

Can you see the Fisherman on the cliff in the distance?

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Arco de Albandeira at Sunset

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Twilight At Praia De Albandeira (March 2018)

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Back in March, I went to take sunset and dusk shots at the fantastic Albandeira Arch. I really wasn’t happy with the results of both the photo and post-editing.

Today, I was going through some old work and once again stumbled across this session. During this year, I have approached my post work differently to achieve my results, so I adopted this new approach and had another go at editing one of the shots from this session. I am now extremely happy with this final image. It just goes to show that you should never just automatically delete photos you are not happy with, it could just be a bad day of creativity, a sort of photographers writers block.

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Praia de Albandeira at Twilight
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Agitaçao Maritima – Rough Seas!

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Storm Emma has had a big influence on the high tides causing a lot of damage to the beaches, boardwalks and eateries along the Southern Algarve Coastline. The IPMA (Portuguese Met Office) had yellow alert in force for “Agitaçao Maritima” which translates to Rough Seas.

Yesterday I visited two beaches to take a look for myself, and whilst destructive, I wanted to capture the beauty of these rough seas. First was Praia Arrifes near Guia which has 3 rock structures called “Três Penecos”, the high tide was retreating and battering the rocks. The fast moving water was ideal for a long exposure, so with both an ND64 and ND8 combined with a Circular Polariser, I was able to capture this photo.

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"Três Penecos" at Praia Arrifes
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A Trip Back To Where It All Began, Vale Centeanes

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It dawned on me last week that I’ve lived in the Algarve for over 18 months and not taken one photograph of the iconic Southern Coastline, so last week I decided to visit the place I was first introduced to the Algarve over 32 years ago.

I was hoping to take long exposure shot immediately after sunset, however, the swell was quite big and the retreating tide hadn’t gone out far enough to risk being so close to the rocks. At one point I did have to grab the tripod and run. Therefore, I had to wait until almost the end of Civil Dusk before getting into position to take this long exposure shot. Even well after sunset the golden colours are picked up by the camera.

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Praia do Vale Centeanes at Dusk
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