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No Wide Angle Lens? No Problem!

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As you may have seen from my previous post of Wally Backlit, this morning was amazing. There was a lit hazy mist in the valleys but otherwise almost cloud free skies, of course, this is the Algarve!

When I got to the top of Eagle Ridge, the view was stunning, but I only had my AF-S 80-400mm lens. So, I took 23 separate images with the camera oriented in vertical and then merged them all together in Photoshop.

The resulting image was huge! Give or take, due to images being overlapped in the merge process, it would be around 1000 Megapixels! The output TIFF file from Photoshop back to Lightroom is over 2.5gb! The final JPEG export was over 200mb, so I had to resize it a little for upload to Flickr. This image on Flickr is 20000 x 3333 pixels! The great thing is, Pano-stitching in Photoshop is so powerful that all 23 shots where taken handheld and it still merges them perfectly.

My local village of São Marcos da Serra is just visible above the right on the far right of the image.

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Morning Winter Mist In The Algarve Hills
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Cobwebs In The Mist

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The weather forecast mentioned the chance of some clouds early this morning. Well, we had just one cloud, ONE BIG CLOUD. It seems the entire northern Algarve Hills were covered in thick hill mist this morning which has now made way for a warm and sunny day!

My morning dog walk was transformed into a stunning display of water droplets on the many Spider Webs. Armed with just my mobile phone, I snapped a few shots. Oh and whilst we are on the subject of Spiders, the resident Tarantula Wolf Spider now has many hatched babies attached to her abdomen, unfortunately, she is very reluctant to come out of her burrow so no photos yet.

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Misty Sunrise

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A few weeks ago, I was up before sunrise to get some mist filled valley shots but the mist was just too thick, you may remember this post.

I stumbled across another photo which at the time I didn’t like so never published anywhere, however, I have now changed my mind and here it is. The sun was rising to the right of the photo causing a purple haze to shine through the mist. The trees are Cork Oak and you can see where the bark has been harvested at the bottoms.

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Misty Sunrise
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