Another early alarm clock this morning to head down to one of my favourite childhood memory beaches, Praia do Carvalho. If you have visited this beach you can understand that as a 10 year old in 1984, I thought we had discovered this “Pirate Beach” and nobody else knew about it. Of course, in 1984 there was no development on the cliffs surrounding this beach so really did feel very remote.
Just after sunrise (View Sunrise Photo Here), we (yes, Emma came with me too) headed down onto the beach to capture this photo of the single stack that is present at this amazing beach.
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There was a change of plan this morning, I was awake (before the alarm) at 4:30am to head to a location I scouted a few days ago. However, after checking the weather I decided the location was too dangerous due to a large ocean swell as it is on a tiny pebble cove. Therefore, I decided to stay on top of the cliffs and head to the double natural arc near Praia da Marinha. I couldn’t form a perfect heart shape as I wanted to shoot the arches with the sun rising just off to the left of the shot to light the cliffs, so settle for this imperfect shape, once I captured the white water from the swell, the title of “Turmoil Inside An Imperfect Heart” just popped into my head.
Yet again, it was amazing to arrive in darkness and watch the world wake up. This image is available to purchase in print in the Web Shop
The first sunrise shot of 2022 at Praia dos Arrifes. There is something magical about arriving on a beach in the dark and witnessing dawn turning to sunrise turning to daylight. This morning I experienced just that, I was on the beach in almost complete darkness whilst I set the camera up with the aid of a torch and waited for sunrise.
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Ponta da Piedade is a stunning location near Lagos and can be found on the end of the headland, where there is a lighthouse too. The waterside at Ponta da Piedade is reached by what seems like thousands of steps and at 6am in December it is dark, completely dark. Armed with a powerful Mountain Bike LED light I reach the bottom only to be greeted with quite a rough sea. It was too dangerous to stand on the man-made concrete pad so changed my location to slightly higher up than planned. My plans of capturing the first light of the sun peeking around the rock formation was still perfect. As I waited everything became brighter and eventually I was bathed in sunshine capturing this shot which I have titled “Sunlight Arrives”.
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The weather promised that the rain would ease and the clouds would break. I woke at 5am to rain but put my trust in the weather forecast that insisted it was going to clear. I got in the car and I could see stars in the sky! Yes, it started to clear.
However, the 40 minute drive to Ferragudo and the clouds rolled in again. I waited hoping for some pre-sunrise shots, but the clouds made it far too dark. Then there was another break in the clouds just as the sun was rising. I setup on the beach and started to take some long exposures but the clouds just kept building and I couldn’t help notice a large rain shower approaching. Just as the sun was rising above the roof tops of Ferragudo, I shot the photo below. This is not what I was hoping for, but I was determined to come away with something, but I don’t really like it!
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