I was in Algarve, southern Portugal last weekend, and on one of the evenings managed to get over to the west coast, which has some of the most beautiful and unspoilt beaches in the country. I've shot here on this coast on a couple of occasions [link] [link] [link]
were all taken in the area. It's a wonderful stretch of coastline and one that I intend to spend the next couple of years exploring and shooting.
On this particular evening I was walking along the cliff tops and saw that the tide had revealed these rock formations. Getting down to the beach was another matter...the cliff was pretty steep and there was no path, so it was a case of scrambling down loose shale until I was at the bottom, knowing that I was going to have to climb up again in the darkness.
Still, it was a great evening...I haven't shot waterscapes like this for over months now, not since I bought the D3 infact, and although the shots aren't great, I had a lot of fun shooting them The Photo
I spent a lot of time composing around the rocks, which made almost parallel tramlines running out to the sea which finished in the curves you can see at the end of the line of rocks.
Sadly however, that part of the sky wasn't particularly interesting, so I changed angle to include the colourful cloud formation and have the lines moving diagonally across the frame.
I metered from the rocks, and used a 3 stop hard graduated ND filter to control the highlights in the sky. I also used a 2 stop glass ND filter so give me a longer shutter time to blur the waves motion.
For more information on using filters, have a look here [link]Metadata
Taken near Monte Clerigo, Algarve, Portugal
Nikon D3 | Nikkor 17-35 f2.8 ED
Gitzo GT2541 tripod w/ Gitzo GH1780QR ballhead
Lee 0.6 ND | Lee 0.9 GND (hard)
15 seconds | f11 | 19mmThanks in advance for any comments or faves. Sadly, I no longer have time to reply to individual comments, but I do appreciate people taking the time to look.
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