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Sunset Session At Burgau

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Another location ticked off! I was shooting a drone video for my Real Estate venture (FotoSul) on Friday in Burgau and decided to wait until sunset to capture another wish list shot. The weather was fantastic, almost too fantastic as I like a little cloud in my sunset shots but the colours were yet again amazing. I set myself up on the cliff overlooking the village and shot both sunset and dusk. If you like them, they are already available to purchase in the Web Shop

The village of Burgau is a little treasure, although on the South Coast, it is well away from the busy tourist resorts.

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Sunset At Burgau
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December Sunset At Carvoeiro

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I have been wanting to shoot from this iconic Algarve viewpoint for a while and as I will be at the Christmas Fair at The Smokehouse & Tapas Bar in Carvoeiro on Sunday I thought it a good idea to have a local photograph to include in the display.

This evening I arrived early to setup for a “2nd Sunset” (the colourful sky after the sun has set) shot, but the clouds started rolling in so changed my plan for an actual sunset shot instead.

If you want to see this image in print and mounted, please come along on Sunday.

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Sunset at Carvoeiro
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Glossy Ibis At Salgados

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Salgados has a large number of Glossy Ibis currently, certainly in the hundreds if not more. However, the majority of them start heading a short distance west to their roosting grounds around an hour before sunset. This daily migration continues until sunset.

Here is one of the last flocks to leave whilst I was there a few days ago. Glossy Ibis in Portugal is a huge success story as they were a very rare bird just over 10 years ago and now the numbers are huge and increasing. More details soon as I will be writing next months article in the Algarve Resident all about these stunning birds. Not sure what they look like? Take a look Here.

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Sunset Formation (Glossy Ibis - Glossy Ibis - Íbis-preta -Plegadis falcinellus)
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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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Final Glow Of The Day

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Last night’s sunset was yet again a colourful one. Not quite as bright as the last few days, but some clouds did add to the mood. On top of (what I call) Eagle Ridge had a great view of it, I selected a young Cork Oak tree to place in the foreground. I also wanted to capture the bright glow lighting up the foreground and the tops of the Pine Trees in the valley below me.

This image along with the previous night’s Crescent Sunset are available to purchase in the shop.

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Final Glow Of The Day
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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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