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Autumn Colours!


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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Super Worm Equinox Moon Rise


A few weeks ago I hoped to get a shot of February’s Super Moon rising above a ruined Windmill here in the Algarve Hills, however, clouds put a stop to that. Therefore, I had already planned the shot for March’s Worm Moon.

The Full Moon in March is called a Worm Moon due to folklore that believed that the ground frost would melt and the Earthworms would start to emerge. Today is also the Spring Equinox and therefore the name Super Worm Equinox Moon has been given, quite a mouthful!

This afternoon I was in place almost an hour before the Moon would appear above the Windmill. A few small changes of position put me in line for the Moon to rise directly behind the Windmill.

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Super Worm Equinox Moon

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Abandoned Windmill?


I decided to return to the Windmill ruin visited a short while back at Sunset (click here for last visit), this time I wanted to shoot it at dusk. The photo was taken 10 minutes after Civil Twighlight (the time at which the human eye requires artificial light to see).

To add some drama to the photo I wanted light up the inside of the mill as if there was someone inside. I placed a remote flash inside the mill however after a few test shots, I couldn’t get the light correct. I could either get the inside lit or the floor outside lit but not both together. To finally get the shot I needed, I set the camera’s timer to 10secs, pressed the shutter and ran inside the mill. Once the 20 second exposure was being taken, I fired the flash manually twice, once at the walls and once pointing straight at the door way to create the lighting effect on the ground outside.

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Sunset from the border of the Algarve and Alentejo


This last week we had a visit from my sister (and family) and whilst I was out giving her a tour around the hills, I spotted an abandoned windmill on the top of a ridge and thought it would make a good foreground for a sunset.

This evening, I returned to the windmill just before sundown.

The sunset wasn’t as good as the Algarve can be gifted with, but enough colours to snap a few shots which you can see below;

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Abandonded Windmill Sunset - D810, AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 16mm, f/11, ISO64, 1/60sec - {Flickr Link}

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