Sunset at the Barragem de Odelouca

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Normal weather has returned to the Algarve over the last few days (will it last is the big question) so I decided to find a new spot to photograph the sunset. Using the PhotoPills App, I found a spot on the side of the Barragem de Odelouca (Odelouca Reservoir) where the sun would be setting on the far side of the water.

This location was very remote and took about 20 minutes of dirt track to reach. I was hoping to find something interesting to place in the foreground such as an old tree or rocks, however, the banks here are very steep and just dropped into the water. This is one issue going to an unknown location. I decided to try to use light shining off a bank and a large rocky island instead. Myself and Emma took along some wine and enjoyed the sundown whilst taking the photos.

The first photo was 20 minutes before sunset just as the sun was falling behind the hills.

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Pôr do Sol na Barragem de Odelouca

The second photo was 15 minutes after the sunset, so 35 minutes after the first photo. I fitted an ND8 filter (think sunglasses for a camera) so that I could use a long exposure which smoothed the water out.

Pôr do Sol na Barragem de Odelouca


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