First of all, I wish you a Happy New Year 😀
It was a good start so far: Christina and I were able to lead a photo trip to the Algarve right at the beginning, which was a lot of fun.
On 26 December, we went to Sagres, the southernmost tip of Portugal, for exactly one week over New Year's Eve. One after the other, we explored the beautiful beaches and cliffs of the eastern and western Algarve. So classic "seascape" photography was on the agenda.
Looking back, I'm pretty excited about the conditions there. We've been there in spring, summer and autumn over the last 8 years, but not yet between December and February. I had heard a lot of good things about the winter there over the years and I also know nature photographers who like to go there every year.
Now I know why. Nature is really great at this time of year - everything is green, many plants are already in bloom and the temperatures are very mild. When you leave the airport, you have the feeling that you have not only travelled to a different place, but also to a different season. However, the climate - as in all other seasons there - is quite humid, so you definitely need a jacket in the morning and evening.
Overall, I would describe the weather there as ideal - lots of sunshine and yet no sweaty temperatures and wonderful light.
As in the last Iceland workshops, the forecast was once again not at all suitable for landscape photography, so here is a screenshot from the day of arrival:
The only difference is that in Portugal it is the other way round: the weather is usually forecast to be too good 😅 But we knew that from the last few years; despite such forecasts, there are often a few beautiful veil clouds in the mornings and evenings, and especially in the afternoon there is usually a lot of haze over the sea. This means that even an absolutely cloudless sky at sunset brings a long and beautiful "glow" with it. And last but not least, there are always a few cloud fields that push their way in. And that's exactly how it was, we had really nice sessions with great colours and lots of light.
After the work was done, we enjoyed the culinary delights of Portugal's cuisine - thanks to the wintry sunset times. We enjoyed it so much that we have already been suggested to change the name of the website to "Culinary Photo Trip" 🤣 .
Due to the good mood and perhaps also one or two Sagres beers, the term "Foto-Maniac" (actually another very german word) was formed. For others an affront, for us a distinction 🤣 At this point, very warm greetings to Ruth, Dani, Ulrich, Christian and Carsten 🖐 Thanks for the great time! Also a big thank you to our super photo trip organiser Kathrin https://www.brockmann-phototravel.de
So here are a few first impressions of this beautiful trip, which gave us a little escape from the bad weather in Germany.
Three technical notes about the pictures:
- For the first time, my pictures are quite large in 1800px, so that they do not lose too much quality when scaled to high-resolution displays (you have to click on them for a full view).
- In the future, I will no longer give out image numbers, as I have made the experience that people interested in buying images like to send screenshots anyway. Therefore, I will only assign numbers analogous to the order of the pictures.
- Since I'm currently short of time on all fronts, there was only a global quick edit - whoever finds halos and oversharpenings may keep them today 😉
I hope you enjoyed the series 🖐