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Crescent Sunset

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Yet another fantastic sunset tonight with the sky lit up in spectacular fashion. I was sitting drinking a Sagres (Portuguese beer) and just couldn’t resist grabbing the camera with 500mm lens to take a shot of a nearby ridge silhouetted by the glowing sky. The Crescent Moon was low in the sky as it was setting soon after sunset.

To assist with exposing the Moon correctly, I used exposure bracketing and merged 2 of the shots together.

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Crescent Sunset
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Autumn Colours!

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Whist we might not get the autumn colours of the falling leaves that northern Europe sees this time of year, we do get other colours, sunset colours.

For the last week the sunset colours have been stunning, today I scouted for a position to capture the colours of the “2nd Sunset”, usually appears 20 minutes after the actual sunset.

I found a spot that I could silhouette a disused windmill (the same one I used for the Super Worm Equinox Moon Rising Above The Algarve Serra shot a while back) and Cork Oak Tree.

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Autumn Sunset In The Algarve Hills
📷 Nikon D850, AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8E @ 48mm, 0.6sec, f/13, ISO64
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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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Sunset Palm

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I was relaxing in the garden after the excitement of hearing a colony of Bee-eaters returning to the area when I realised that the clouds were going to provide a colourful sunset so I set the camera up using a Palm Tree in the foreground as a silhouette and waited.

It really didn’t disappoint! Our sunset in the hills is about 10 minutes earlier due to the ridges, this can sometimes provide some amazing colours.

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Sunset Palm


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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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