Ruins, Algarve, Portugal by Keith Durham

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Over the winter my wife and I spent several months in Portugal. We’ve been there many times so I wasn’t too hopeful of capturing anything new. We travelled along the Atlantic coast, every now and then pulling off the road and driving down narrow lanes in search of quiet beaches. We spent many evenings walking along the cliffs, scrambling over rocks and on sea shores in search of the ‘right’ composition.

Ostensibly I was also looking for any ‘dark sky’ area and hopefully making my first attempt at astrophotography. One evening we came across the remains of this 12th century Islamic fishing village and thought it would provide some foreground interest for a shot of the stars. I got there quite early the following evening in order to determine the composition and, having decided, took a few shots. Whilst waiting for darkness needed I thought I would try a long exposure to ‘flatten out’ the otherwise, quite rough Atlantic. I attached my Lee ‘big stopper’ together with a two stop graduated filter. The stars never did appear that night because the cloud remained firmly in place but I was delighted with this result of my efforts. Arriving early and staying late is invariably time well spent.


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