Almost exactly a year since I photographed this beach last time, I was in the south of Portugal again last weekend.
It had been a LONG TIME since I was out with my camera. A long time since I'd done any waterscapes, and on this weekend I had both the time and the inspiration to go out and shoot.....I just didn't know if the weather was going to help me out.
The first evening was grey and rainy, so I didn't even bother going out. The second day was promising, and I headed out to the coast, only to find 45mph winds coming off the ocean, and a huge cloud bank that ate the sun as it got close to the horizon. I did get one shot on that evening, but more than anything, I just had so much fun working the tripod, working the camera, and splashing about on the rocks.
The third and final night didn't look so promising, so I headed out to a location that I knew well and thought that I could get something from even if the sky was disappointing.
Well, as it turned out, the sky was brilliant, and I spent a happy hour there shooting. Again, it was very windy, which shook the tripod and sent lots of spray off the incoming tide. Long exposures were pretty much out, but I couldn't resist shooting one when the sky was at it's peak of colour.
As I said, the tide was coming in rather quickly, and Casteljo is a very flat beach. I wanted to shoot with this rock as a foreground feature, which meant waiting till the waves receded, running down the beach after the retreating wave, setting up, measuring exposure and filters, and then shooting before the incoming wave submerged everything again. I didn't have the time for a 30 second exposure, and didn't want to open the aperture wider than f9.5, so I shot at ISO400 to ensure I could get the image before the waves came back.
Sure enough, the shutter clicked shut at the end of the exposure just as the waves were coming back, so I picked the tripod up just as the water came round my legs, and walked back up the beach out the sea to check how the image had come out.
It was a lovely evening, and I think I'll be submitting at least two more shots from the same session.
Shot last year at the same beach: Metadata
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
15 secs | f9.5 | | ISO400 | 17mm
Workflow in Nikon Capture NX2. Title in PSThanks in advance for any comments or faves.