Always Shoot With The Sun Over Your Shoulder?….Yeah Right!

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You may have heard this spoken many times, “shoot with the sun over your shoulder”, this is so that you get a good light falling on your subject. Of course, this isn’t a rule as such, but often given as advice. However, shooting with the sun at different angles can be creative.

This morning, Wally was taking a drink from the river and he was in direct line of the sun. I took a shot and with some “mood” editing in Lightroom came away with this shot. I love that his tongue is lit.

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Wally Silhouetted Directly Into The Sun
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Morning Dog Walk: Barn Swallow Tail

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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 was watching some Barn Swallows catching Flies this morning and wanted to grab a quick shot of one with its tail feathers spread wide to show the white flashes. It’s a sight you don’t see very often as they open their tail feathers to turn and it happens so quickly you often miss it.

If you struggle identifying the difference between Swallows, Swifts and Martins, keep a look out for this week’s Algarve Resident. On sale on Thursday, this month’s article is a quick guide on the differences between them. A few days later it will also be available online.

Here is one just about to gulp down a Fly.

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Barn Swallow about to catch a Fly

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Wally Playing In The River: Your Own Dog Photo Shoots Now Available!

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Almost every morning, I get up, drink a fresh “Bean-to-Cup” Coffee to wake me and take Wally out for his walk. Usually, he has to be very patient as I look for new things to photograph on the walk. This morning however, it was all about Wally.

We spent a long time playing in (what is left of) the river. Of course, I still had to point the camera at him!

I love photographs of Dogs playing naturally and think that all dog owners should be taking snaps as (in most cases) they are only with us for a small percentage of our own lives. If you would like your own photography session with your dog(s), for just €75 I will photograph your dog in a location of your choice and provide 5 digital photographs and also include one large photograph print. Of course, you have the option more prints for a small charge. If you want to combine the photo shoot with more than one dog (up to a maximum of 4), simply add just €25 per dog.

Here are some of the photos I got from this mornings fun in the river with Wally.

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Wally Enjoying The River
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Tarantula Wolf Spider Served Breakfast (inc. Video)

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After discovering the Tarantula Wolf Spider burrow a few days ago (see blog posts), I decided to set up two cameras, one for a photography and another for video. I then dropped a Mealworm near the burrow that she gladly came out for a breakfast treat!

Due to the size, I think this is a female as they are considerable larger than the males. The female’s body grows to about 3cm whereas the male is only around 2cm. Also, the females live their entire lives in their burrows and the smaller males go off in search of females. In the winter they hibernate in the burrows. As you will notice in the video below, the burrow opening is almost 5cm wide which helps visualise the size of her.

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Tarantula Wolf Spider (Lycosa tarantula)
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Glow-worm in the garden (Video)

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The European Glow-worm (Lampyris noctiluca) is fairly common here in the hills, we see many of the males as they are sometimes attracted by artificial lights. Tonight, a female was proudly displaying her lights to attract a male.

The European Glow-worm is a species of Firefly which are actually Beetles. Only the males take the form of beetles and have the ability to fly, the females remain in almost larvae form. Using bioluminescence, they sit still with their light glowing pointing upwards to attract the male. The brighter the light the more chance of a male selecting her.

Armed with just my mobile phone, here is a photo of her, I returned her to her spot and she lit back up again.

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Female European Glow-worm

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