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PhotoPills Awards 2018 Book

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I often mention PhotoPills, the app I use mainly for predicting the location Sun, Moon and Stars. Occasionally I submit a photo where I’ve used PhotoPills to their “Award” competition. They select a photo everyday which goes onto make up a monthly award and onto their yearly award. At the end of the year, the create a digital book that showcases every daily award for that year.

The Full Moon Rise Photo I took towards the end of September was chosen on the 1st October as an award photo and of course it is now included in the end of the year “PhotoPills Awards 2018” book. It is amongst some amazing photos from around the world and you can download the whole book (for free) from the PhotoPills Website.

Here is a screen print of page 219 of the book where my image appears.



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Photography Bean Bags Made In The Algarve Available Now!

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I always discuss Photography Bean Bags on my Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop when it comes to shooting with a slow shutter speed. Usually I get the “Where can I get one?” question, therefore, I decided to look into getting these made right here in the Algarve.

Bean Bags are a great substitute for a tripod particularly when using air travel where a tripod can be a pain. They are also sometimes a better choice than a tripod when the winds are high using a long shutter speed. In my opinion, they are a far better choice than the small mini tripods available due to the greater flexibility of camera position Bean Bags offer.


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Tiddlers….!

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Whenever I have placed a perch in the river to attract a Kingfisher it has worked amazingly well. However, my recent attempts have been in unsuccesful. While I’ve waited paitently hidden on the river bank I have seen them just fly straight past up and down stream. It then occured why…..

NO FISH! The river seemed to be completely empty of any “Tiddler” sized fish, the food of the Kingfisher. I don’t understand the life-cycle of seasonal rivers but it was enough for me to be slightly concerned. Others have suggested that the warmer weather will bring them out and they were right!

Yesterday was the first real (almost) hot day in the Algarve with temperatures not only exceeding mid-20s, but also the sun’s angle is now high enough to make it very strong. So, I wandered down to the river this morning and it has LOTS of tiddlers, what happened next was an amazing surprise!


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Long Exposure Sunset

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I had just finished working on a new feature at my “A Rocha” area, more details soon, and I noticed that the sky was turning into a stunning colour-fest. A quick grab of the camera and I noticed that although the wind at ground level was calm the clouds were moving south quickly.

I decided to try something different and take a long exposure of a colourful sunset to blur the moving clouds.

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Long Exposure Sunset

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New Location For A Star Trail Shot Found

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This morning I (and Wally!) stumbled across an old and abandoned Well with many of the workings still intact. A quick look on the PhotoPills App confirmed my thoughts that the angle below is exactly north facing.

This means that Polaris (AKA The North Star) is directly above the well. I love to try to include local features in my shots and therefore, I will return for a Star Trail Shot the next time we have a perfectly clear night sky. The only concern is the area also has a lot of evidence of Javali foraging!


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Prints Of My Work Are Now Available To Purchase Directly From My New Online Shop

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It has been a longtime in the making with a lot of work behind the scenes but I can now officially state that my New Shop is now open!

Inside the shop you will find the new way of booking on my Digital Photography Fundamentals Workshop (and other events) and also Gift Vouchers, but more importantly you can now purchase prints of my work!


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