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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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Back-lit Flora

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I was late taking Wally out this morning after a late night in the studio. I have had a lot of Real Estate work (FotoSul) over the last few days and I’d rather process the photos at night!

It was 10am before we headed out and many of the bird life, apart from the Bee-Eaters were quiet due to the already above 30 deg heat. The sun at 10am is strong and high at this time of year, so I used it to capture from back-lit shots of some of the plant life. Here are 4 that I captured. Each photo is taken with -2EV (Exposure Compensation) dialled in. The dark background is provided by some distant trees blocking the sunlight.

First up, one of Emma’s favourite plants, the Allium.

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Back-lit Allium
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Abandoned Palm Tree At Sunrise

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This morning was a great morning for a walk and was perfectly chosen by Anthony and his family who joined me for a Private Nature Walks. We saw and heard plenty of things as we walked my now famous Eagle Ridge route and yes we even spotted a Short Toed Eagle albeit very briefly. Of course, the Bee-Eaters were everywhere and to my amazement, I even spotted some new tunnel holes on my land, more about this soon!

However, whilst most were sleeping, I actually was up before sunrise this morning and decided to head out to a nearby Palm Tree that is next to a ruin that has been left to nature to capture the sun as it appeared above the ridge.

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Abandoned Palm At Sunrise
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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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