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
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Reflections At The Local Barragem

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On my morning Dog walks I’ve noticed that the local Barragem (Portuguese for dam, but also used to name a reservoir) water has been very still and the reflection amazing. So, this morning I also took my camera for a walk with the Dog.

Whilst letting Wally run around exploring the Barragem surroundings, I took a few reflection photos.

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Barragem Reflection

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Milky Way Over The Barragem de Odelouca

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Before the Galactic Core of the Milky way dips below the horizon for the Winter months, I thought I’d get out and grab a photo, continue reading below if you are interested in how I planned for the shot.

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Galaxy Over Lake - D810, AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 @ 14mm, f/2.8, ISO3200, 20sec - {Flickr Link}

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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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Sunset Reflection at the Barragem

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I’ve been waiting for a perfectly still night and another fantastic red sunset to get down to a local “Bomberios Barragem” to get a reflection shot.

Here in the Serra (hills) of the Algarve you’ll find a lot of these man-made lakes (Bomberios Barregem translates to Firefighter Damn) which are used by fire trucks and helicopters to fill up with water in the event of a local forest fire.

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Barregem Sunset - D810, AF-S 24-70 f/2.8E @ 24mm, f/13, ISO64, 0.4sec, Hoya Super Pro 1 D Revo Circular Polariser Filter - {Flickr Link}

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