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This Week’s Featured Print: Long Exposure Sunset

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This week’s feature print started off as an experiment in March that resulted in an amazing image.

The Spring sunset was turning very colourful due to some high clouds. Although the wind level on the ground was low, the high clouds were moving at a fast rate. I decided to take a long exposure to blur the clouds. It turned into a spectacular image with some fantastic colours contrasted by the silhouette of the ridge line.

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Long Exposure Sunset
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Sunset Over Castelo De Silves

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Shopping, that task that never seems to be more efficient. Yes certain supermarkets in certain countries have tried to speed up the process, but you park in the car park, grab a trolley, fill the trolley, empty the trolley at the checkout, fill the trolley back up, take it to your car, empty the trolley into the car, drive home, empty the car into the house, put shopping in the correct place inside the house! Arrrrrghhhh! It was shopping day and we decided to head out an hour before sunset. I looked to the western skies and thought that just maybe the high clouds would create some colour.

We drove to Silves and the cloud cover was getting thicker, but I decided to still go to a favourite spot that over looks the city with a great view of the Castle. As the sun got lower, the clouds seemed to thin out, it was a gamble that paid off! We were treated to a fantastic colourful sky! Of course, then we went shopping……

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Sunset Over Castelo De Silves
📷 Nikon D850, AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E @ 70mm, 1/6sec, f/11, ISO64
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Clouds Spoilt The Shot…..Almost!

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Yesterday afternoon I noticed some light and wispy clouds developing towards the West and knew these would create some great colours at sunset so I headed to a remote Trig Point (These are usually found on high ground and used for triangulation purposes in surveying and orienteering).

As the sun was setting a large area of cloud came rolling off the West coast and spoilt what was going to be an amazingly colourful sunset. However, I still decided to process one of the shots I took.

It’s sort of nice in it’s own right even though it’s not what I was hoping for. I will be returning to this location for another attempt on another evening.

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Clouds Spoilt The Sunset
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The Unmistakable Colours Of The European Bee-Eater Backlit By The Sunset

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Almost every evening the now re-grouped huge colony of European Bee-Eaters arrive around the Quinta, they are taking an easy meal from nearby Honey Bee Hives.

They are always west of the Quinta which means they are beautifully back-lit by the setting sun.

Today, I was waiting with a camera and grabbed a shot of one landing with a catch. Just look how the sun is shining through the feathers!

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European Bee-Eater Back-lit By The Setting Sun
📷 Nikon D850, AF-S 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 @ 400mm, f/8, 1/3200sec, ISO1100

Sunset Tonight In The Algarve Hills

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The sun was lowering in the sky and I noticed it was setting with a nice ridge line framing it, so I grabbed the camera with 500mm lens and underexposed by one stop to create the silhouette effect. At first, I was disappointed when a small cloud rolled in to cover the sun and almost didn’t take the shot, but actually, I think it adds something mysterious to it.

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Another Day Is Done
📷 Nikon D850, AF-S 500mm f/4 @ 1/250sec, f/11, ISO64


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