The south western coast of Portugal is one of the most beautiful parts of the country. Much of it is protected, so there's almost no tourism development there, and the beaches are generally windy and exposed to wild seas, as well as being a little off the beaten track. This makes them ideal for photography as there are few crowds, and they have some stunning cliffs and rocks.
I've been slowly trying to build up a portfolio of this part of the coast for the last 18 months, but this particular beach has proven difficult to get a shot of that I'm happy with. Last weekend was the fifth time I've been there since the summer of 08, and every time the conditions have been crap: No cloud, too much cloud, rain etc.
Finally, last weekend I got there and everything came together. The light and sky were glorious, there were large breaks of cloud on the horizon giving me strong sidelight and turning the rocks red, and the tide was on it's way out, leaving glistening reflections behind.
I haven't been shooting many waterscapes over the last year, to be honest, my heart hasn't really been in it after doing so many of them the year before, but this was a wonderful evening. The kind of session when it all seems easy, compose, shoot. Compose again, shoot again, solidly for 45 minutes until all the colour had drained from the sky.
I used a 2 stop ND grad filter to keep the sky and it's reflection at the same brightness, and a 9 stop ND filter to give me the long shutter time.
Next weekend I'll be in that part of Portugal again, so hopefully I'll get conditions as nice as this.
Taken at Praia do Castelejo, Costa Vicentina, Algarve, Portugal
Nikon D3 w/ Nikkor 17-35mm 2.8
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.6 (2 stop) hard NDG | Hoya ND400
30 secs | f16 | 17mm
Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Title in PS
Thanks in advance for any comments or faves.