Sunrise Over São Marcos da Serra

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What to do when the persistent rain keeps coming? There is always the option of photographing the rain but as I’ve only just about dried out after our very wet Nature Photography Walk, I have been practicing my Lightroom and Photoshop skills. I have recently started to play with “Luminosity Blending” which takes two (or more) images shot of the same scene with different exposures and blending them together by selecting dark and light areas. The idea is to achieve a photo that is closest to the dynamic range that a human eye can see whereas a camera sensor cannot. If you want to see what I mean, take a photo inside your house including the inside and the outside through a window. The camera will struggle to expose for the outside light and the inside dark but your eyes will see it all fine.

This technique of blending is similar to HDR however, it has far greater control of the blending.

So here is a photo that I took back in October 2017. It is made from 2 exposures, 1 exposed for the sky so the foreground and village were underexposed and another exposed for the village so the sky was overexposed. They are blended together to use the sky from the first exposure and the foreground from the 2nd exposure.

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A New Day Begins
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Meet Wally

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Time to introduce the new member to our household, meet Wally.

We rescued Wally from a busy two-lane road he was wandering right down the middle of, against the rush hour traffic. No collar, no Micro-chip and the all-clear from our vets resulted in us keeping him. Our vet (and a few other people) think he was probably abandoned either because he’s not small and cute anymore (well at 7 months old, I still think he is!) or a failed Hunter’s Dog. Although getting better, both scenarios are still common in Portugal.

Expect to see a lots of photos, he’s a very willing (sometimes) model and great for practice snapping. Here are some photos against the back-lit sunrise this morning.

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Wally in the morning sun

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Serra Sunrise

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Twighlight had just started when I set off this morning to a local ridge that I’d scouted yesterday. Setup the tripod and camera (D810, AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8 and “Cheap as Chips” Remote) with about 30 minutes until the sun was to appear above the serra ridges to the East.

I sat and watched a some stunning colours before the sun started to poke above the mountains and walked away with this shot.

In the foreground is my local village, São Marcos da Serra preparing for another warm October day.

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Serra Sunrise

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Frost in the Algarve?

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Yes, believe it or not, the sunshine capital of Europe can get cold, particularly up in the Serra.

We’ve had a few cold nights recently, last night dipped below freezing and there was a good ground frost. However, as soon as the sun comes up, the frost instantly melts.

I was out just before sunset and walked down to the local Barragem (same location as the Sunset Reflection at the Barragem photo a few nights ago) to photograph the sunrise.

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Chilly Sunrise - D810, AF-S 24-70 f/2.8E @ 24mm, f/8, ISO64, 1/320sec (2 shots) : 24mm, f/22, 1/30sec (1 shot) - {Flickr Link}

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Backlit Short Eared Owl

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This photo of a Shortie is taken into the Sunrise. It wasn’t too long after the sun had come above the tree line (just to the right of shot). The camera’s light meter is taking it’s reading from the light around the Owl. The light shinning through it’s wings was very bright which results in the camera underexposing the Owl add that to the -1 stop of exposure I had dialled in making the shot even darker and giving this backlit effect. Of course, post editing in Lightroom was needed to give the final effect.

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Backlit Shortie - D810, AF-S 500mm f/4 with TC-14III @ 700mm, f/5.6, ISO3600, 1/800sec - {Flickr Link}
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Yes, I know, another Sheep Pic!

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I was up at Dawn to get ready to photograph the Red Squirrels in the Yorkshire Dales this weekend and looked out of the window to a stunning sunrise with this Ram sitting on a ridge, I couldn’t resist a silhouette shot.

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Sheep at Sunrise
Sunrise Silhouette – D810, AF-S 300mm f/2.8 @ 300mm, f/2.8, ISO1000, 1/250sec {Flickr Link}
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