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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.

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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.
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Burnbrae Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Portugal is a great place ans that is a great shot. Thanks for sharing :-)
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Furiousxr Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
Stunning shot Andy love the little bit of reflection and movement in the clouds
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2011
Thanks so much mate
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CLAudioXAVIersiLVA Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2011
Uaauu!!! :wow: Lindo! :hug:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
Thanks so much
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CLAudioXAVIersiLVA Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011
You're welcome! ;)

Take a look at my gallery. :hug:
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ayazahmad Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
thank YOU for sharing such a beautiful picture with us.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
Thanks so much
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GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! This piece has been featured here.
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blue-moon-legacy Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! I've featured this piece in my journal. I hope that's alright :hug:
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nmdelgado Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010  Professional Photographer
Excelente trabalho... :clap: Uma D3 com uma nikkor só pode dar resultados estrondosos! ;)
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emphocus Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
I loved that.
Simple, strong...
You allow me to paint it in oil on canvas?
Should I start a new collection next week and I really liked this shot.
Congrats.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2010
No problem
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emphocus Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
really thanks!
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Very nice. :-)
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iytj Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2010
:clap:
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m-r-p Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2010
This needs to be a massive print!
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Maciej-Koniuszy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010   Photographer
Great photo.

:+fav:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
Thanks so much
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akhater Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
Impressively good
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jeyminems Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010
"Who Let The Features Out? Who? Who? Who? Whoooooooo?" (Sing it to the tune of "Who Let The Dogs Out?") Hahaha. Congratulations, YOU made it in my 85th Daily Journal Feature in here: [link] :clap: :hug:
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Renee-Steinway Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Wow, this is pretty! Reminds me of a beach I went to very similar to this. :D
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jva3 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
Featured in my journal: [link] :)
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2010  Professional Photographer
This image has been featured here: [link] as part of a massive feature of the "Images that Caught My Eye" features done in my journal each month.

Hope you like it :)
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jarofjuice Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Beautiful
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2010
Cheers
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swoosh Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2009
Great great picture! As usual... :+fav:
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hhryah Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009
Beautiful reflection in the water!
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BlackJack0919 Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello Andy ^^
Thank you so much for a very informative comment :aww: I learn a lot from these words . But there is one thing I don't understand :

You said that you used 2 stop ND grad filter to keep the sky and it's reflection at the same brightness, and a 9 stop ND filter for a long shutter time.

So , I was wondering if you were attached both of the filter onto your lens ???

I'm very new at these Filter use , so there are much question to be answered ^^;

Thank you so much for reading :hug:

Have a nice day :hug:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
That's right, I used both filters at the same time. I've written an article on it here [link]
Hope that helps
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BlackJack0919 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow , I've been searching for this information :hug:

Thank you so much Andy :aww:

Have a Nice day :hug:
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BadiB Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009
amazing
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jeyminems Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
"Who Let The Features Out? Who? Who? Who? Whooooooo?" (Sing it to the tune of "Who Let The Dogs Out?") Hahaha. Congratulations, you are featured in my 22nd journal feature in here: [link] :clap:
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Elle-Noir86 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009   Photographer
This is beautiful, I love the reflections :)
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009
Thanks so much
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LaMusaTriste Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009  Professional Photographer
your photos breath tranquility Andy
that is why i love them so much..
:hug:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009
Thanks so much Carmen :hug:
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Dave-Ellis Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2009
Featured [link] ;)
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EvaMcDermott Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2009  Professional Photographer
Fabulous light and soft color Andy. Beautiful!
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009
Thanks again. Hope you're well :-)
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KirlianCamera Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Professional Photographer
the light is great and the reflection on the wet sand is awesome :D
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
Cheers mate :D
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PETROSML Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
nice, very nice
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justeline Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009  Professional Photographer
Oh boy, took me a while to see and comment and just a second to fall in love with it! Beautiful Andy, just beautiful! :nod:
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Thanks loads Maria :-)
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RickyLP Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009
Works great mate. Simple but affective. Sky came out really nice.
Hope you are doing good Andy.
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AndyMumford Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2009
Cheers mate, glad you like it. I'm good, how's everything with you?
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2009  Professional Photographer
This image has been featured in December's Edition of "Images that Caught My Eye" - a month long journal feature found here: [link]

Hope you like it :)
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Svision Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
I featured your amazing piece of art in my journal, I hope you like it!
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sametimenxtyr Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2009
Andy, your photography is astounding!! :worship:
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