Misty River Captured On My Smartphone

Smartphone photography is a little restrictive which actually makes it fun. Trying to get a shot that shouldn’t work is a real challenge. This morning I was down at the river and the sun was beaming down onto the bridge/ford and the rising steam made it look amazing. The sun is a little blown out, but again, that’s the restriction on a smartphone as its dynamic range (the difference between the darks and lights) it can capture is quite small.

As the saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you, so I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to capture this. Once the world returns to some sort of normal, keep an eye out for my Smartphone Workshops!

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The Sun Was Trying To Hide This Morning!

I was awake at around sunrise this morning, I looked out of the bedroom window, which faces south, and couldn’t understand why the sky looked grey, but there wasn’t a cloud in my view. So I moved to the Northern side of the house and it was a different view completely.

We are having hot air coming over from Africa currently with temperatures yesterday reaching 43 degrees, it could get even higher over the next few days with rumor of it reaching 50! This warm air is also bringing dust and combined with a small cloud masking the sun, I could see an amazing sunrise coming.

Still in my “Oscar the Grouch” bed shorts (maybe too much info!) I grabbed a camera, lens and tripod and headed outside. Just a few moments later, this was the stunning view!

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Hide and Rise
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Male Serin

This is a new first for me, I have never photographed a Serin before. I was awake before sunrise this morning and the forecast was a for a great day, so decided to get my camo kit on and hide in the garden near a dead Oak Tree which has frequent visitors. I missed out on an Iberian Green Woodpecker that landed behind a branch and didn’t stay long enough, but soon after this Male Serin landed and started to sing it’s head off.

When it first landed, from behind the camo net I couldn’t work out if it was a Serin or a Siskin. As I’ve never photographed a Serin before, I was really hoping for one. Then I noticed the lack of a black cap that the Male Siskin has and therefore knew it was a Serin.

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Male European Serin - Masculino Chamariz (Serinus serinus)
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Serra Sunrise

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?

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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