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The Start Of The End Of The Day

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Before you read on, a word of warning! If you are hoping to take a similar photo shown below, please do not look through the viewfinder of a DSLR, it will seriously damage your eye!

Ok, that is out of the way……. Today was another hot spring day in the Algarve and even more so in the Northern Hills. Late afternoon, the strong sun was beginning to set and just before it disappeared behind the ridges of the hills I took this shot directly into it and captured the fantastic glow it was giving. Of course, the sky wasn’t orange at this point, but because it was taken at 400mm only a small portion of the sky is visible, hence why the sun is also huge.

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The Start Of The End Of The Day
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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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Finally, A Typical Algarve Serra Sunset

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The sunsets here in the hills have been a little disappointing recently, however, tonight made up for it. The high wispy clouds providing the canvas for some stunning colours. I wasn’t prepared, but there’s always something to nearby to create a silhouette shot. This time one of our Palm Trees in the garden.

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Palm Silhouette At Sunset
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The Sun Was Trying To Hide This Morning!

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I was awake at around sunrise this morning, I looked out of the bedroom window, which faces south, and couldn’t understand why the sky looked grey, but there wasn’t a cloud in my view. So I moved to the Northern side of the house and it was a different view completely.

We are having hot air coming over from Africa currently with temperatures yesterday reaching 43 degrees, it could get even higher over the next few days with rumor of it reaching 50! This warm air is also bringing dust and combined with a small cloud masking the sun, I could see an amazing sunrise coming.

Still in my “Oscar the Grouch” bed shorts (maybe too much info!) I grabbed a camera, lens and tripod and headed outside. Just a few moments later, this was the stunning view!

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Hide and Rise
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Abandoned Windmill?

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I decided to return to the Windmill ruin visited a short while back at Sunset (click here for last visit), this time I wanted to shoot it at dusk. The photo was taken 10 minutes after Civil Twighlight (the time at which the human eye requires artificial light to see).

To add some drama to the photo I wanted light up the inside of the mill as if there was someone inside. I placed a remote flash inside the mill however after a few test shots, I couldn’t get the light correct. I could either get the inside lit or the floor outside lit but not both together. To finally get the shot I needed, I set the camera’s timer to 10secs, pressed the shutter and ran inside the mill. Once the 20 second exposure was being taken, I fired the flash manually twice, once at the walls and once pointing straight at the door way to create the lighting effect on the ground outside.

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Abandoned?

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Autumn Colours

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I was looking for some Autumn colours (with red as well as gold) today and struggled at Branston Water Park (Staffordshire) but I did see the sun shining through these trees that had a little red colour and thought it would capture well.

The shot is made up from 5 Bracketed shots of 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25 and 1/30sec (0.3EV) and then merged as a HDR in Lightroom

The warm weather might be disappearing after today, but at least we have the colours to look forward to.

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Autumn Colours
Autumn Colours – D810, AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm, f/11, ISO64, 5 Bracketed Shots – {Flickr Link}

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