Hazy Arco de Albanderia (Again!)

Last year I visited Arco de Albandeira for a sunset photo and unexpected haze arrived, surely it couldn’t happen again? Er, yes!

After a cloudy start yesterday morning, the forecast was looking perfect for a typical Algarve colourful sunset so I decided to head to Arco de Albanderia near Porches for a sunset shot. As I arrived it was immediately clear that the typical Algarve sunset wasn’t going to happen. However, I decided to stay and photograph it anyway. Sometimes, even if you think the results are going to be terrible, you are pleasantly surprised. This image will be available in print (along with many others) when my new print shop goes live (hopefully) tomorrow.

Can you see the Fisherman on the cliff in the distance?

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Arco de Albandeira at Sunset

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No Wide Angle Lens? No Problem!

As you may have seen from my previous post of Wally Backlit, this morning was amazing. There was a lit hazy mist in the valleys but otherwise almost cloud free skies, of course, this is the Algarve!

When I got to the top of Eagle Ridge, the view was stunning, but I only had my AF-S 80-400mm lens. So, I took 23 separate images with the camera oriented in vertical and then merged them all together in Photoshop.

The resulting image was huge! Give or take, due to images being overlapped in the merge process, it would be around 1000 Megapixels! The output TIFF file from Photoshop back to Lightroom is over 2.5gb! The final JPEG export was over 200mb, so I had to resize it a little for upload to Flickr. This image on Flickr is 20000 x 3333 pixels! The great thing is, Pano-stitching in Photoshop is so powerful that all 23 shots where taken handheld and it still merges them perfectly.

My local village of São Marcos da Serra is just visible above the right on the far right of the image.

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Morning Winter Mist In The Algarve Hills
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Another Beautiful Sunset, Briefly

Blink and you would have missed this stunning view this evening. As the sun started to set a few clouds rolled in and just for about 5 minutes the colours were amazing before the sun dropped below the clouds and the colours dimmed.

The first photo, I was out trying to photograph some of the Robins that have re-appeared for the winter and therefore had the wrong lens fitted, but a quick dash inside to change the lens and grab a tripod, I got the 2nd photo just before the scene faded out.

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Sunset in the Northern Algarve Hills
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Silves At Sunset

I’ve been wanting to get a sunset shot at Silves for a while but I’ve been waiting for the right moment when I could get an angle of the sun dropping behind the castle walls. Yesterday things lined up nicely and the skies were clear which is a nice change from all the storms recently.

Using the PhotoPills App I was able to find a location to shoot from and headed down at sunset for the following photographs;

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This first shot was just as the sun was dropping behind the castle wall

Silves ao Pôr do Sol - Silves at Sunset
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View From This Morning’s Dog Walk

I decided to take Wally on the “Cork Oak Route” this morning, this walk takes us up one of the tall ridges here in the hills through an area full of Cork Oak. The view was stunning as always. The 2 trees in the foreground are Cork Oak, you can see where the one of the right has been harvested for it’s Cork. We are lucky enough to have some Cork Oaks and they are due for harvesting in May. I will be writing an article on the whole process.

I thought I’d see how good multiple images from my Samsung Galaxy S8+ Smartphone would stitch together in Lightroom as a Panorama. Yes, of course, I could just take a Pano shot on the phone, but the resulting image would be jpeg and not Raw. I still wanted to be able to edit the images. Therefore, I took 4 shots in Pro Mode, saved as Raw (dng), edited the photos in Lightroom and then used the Panorama stitching tool to create this image.

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Algarve Serra (Samsung Galaxy S8+)
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