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Sunset Riders – A Double Lucky Shot

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I was at Salgados this afternoon taking some shots for my next Algarve Resident Article and got talking to two young lads (great to meet you Bruno and Fabio, keep shooting!) and soon enough the sun was approaching the horizon.

As I was only armed with my 500mm prime lens, I look around for some ideas of a sunset shot.

I got lucky, a group of horse riders climbed on the top of the dunes of Praia Grande de Pêra giving me the perfect silhouette shot against the orange sky. I muttered to myself “…shame there are no clouds, there will be a lot of empty sky…”, then out of nowhere a couple of Glossy Ibis (there are a lot at Salgados right now) not only flew into the frame but also at a reasonable distance to be sharp enough as another silhouette.

A lot of photographers can be lucky and get great shots, but to be double lucky in the same shot it was fantastic! This image is already available to purchase in print in the web shop

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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 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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Lovers At Sunset

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I’ve been thinking about this shot for a while, but if I’m honest, it was more to get a White Stork family with juveniles in the shot. However, when I arrived and pair were standing facing each other it worked even better.

The sun is directly behind the nest creating this amazing back-lit silhouette of the White Storks sitting on the nest. Standing a fair distance away and using a long lens (500mm) created the sun to be almost the same size as the nest. I love the way it looks like the streetlight is lit too, it wasn’t.

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Lovers At 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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Colourful Sunset & Moonrise

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Yesterday afternoon a thin haze, high in the sky was developing which usually results in a colourful sunset. I headed to the nearby Sapeira to get a shot of the sunset with the river bridge in the foreground. The colours did not disappoint with the sun lighting up the haze, as a bonus when I turned around to start packing up the Cold Moon (the name given to December’s Full Moon) was rising with the fading sunset still providing some colour.

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Sunset Bridge
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