The cloud and me


Selfportrait on the rocky beach of Granja, south of Porto, Portugal.

A story behind:  It was almost the sunset. I set a 30 seconds dalay and the camera shot a series of photos  with a one to three-seconds exposure.
Lack of polarizer didn´t allow me to remove the glare from the rocks while creating this dreamy long exposure photograph.


There was a thunderstorm on the horizon and the cloud went interestingly iluminated by the dying sun.


Gear:
Nikon D700. Nikkor 16-35 mm. Tripod.

Aperture:
f/18

Shutter speed:
3 sec

Exposure bias:
0 EV

Focal Length: 16 mm

ISO: 200



Place taken: Granja, Portugal.
 
Date taken: Tuesday, December 25th 2012, 17:06

Maciek.

Rise like a morning sun



Selfportrait on the rocky beach of Povoaçao, Portugal.

A story behind:  It is always dificult to get up early in the morning. Sometimes you get a nice photo but most frequently you don´t. But the real reward is the unique oportunity to observe the nature with such a tranquility that no other part of the day can deliver. Researchers from the University of Bradford using funcional MRI recently discovered that people who experience tranquility have much greater effective brain connectivity.

That Thursday morning cold clouds were illuminated by the rising pink sun over the beach of Povoaçao - southern coast if the São Miguel island. Agua Retorta high cliffs can be seen on the left.


Gear:
Nikon D700. Nikkor 16-35 mm. Tripod.

Aperture:
f/9

Shutter speed:
1 sec

Exposure bias:
0 EV

Focal Length: 16 mm

ISO: 200



Place taken: Povoação, Portugal.
 
Date taken: Thursday, December 6th 2012, 08:02

Maciek.

Monday in the Bussaco palace



The Bussaco palace columnade in Manueline style.


A story behind: The Palace of Busaco was a haunting palace for the kings of Portugal. Now it is a luxury hotel located in the mountain range of Serra do Busaco, in the municipality of Mealhada, in central Portugal.
The area around the Palace was ones a part of a Carmelite convent established in 1628. The monks not only built a convent but also created a luxurious garden with many species of trees from all over the world.


Gear: Nikon D700. Nikkor 70-300 mm.

Aperture: f/8

Shutter speed:
1/100 sec

Exposure bias:
0 EV

Focal Length: 140 mm

ISO: 640



Place taken: Busaco, Portugal.

Date taken: Monday, Dezember 3rd, 2012. 12:07




 Maciek.

Early morning on the Eiffel bridge



The  Dom Luis bridge erected in 1886. The architect was Teóphile Seyrig under the supervion of  Gustaf Eiffel.

A story behind:  Since cold air is denser than the warm air, it sinks to the lowest point of the ground which is usually the valley of the river. There is a sufficient moisture in the air from the water ( the water temperature is always higher than the air ) and the fog begins to form in layers as the air temperature approaches the dew point. The fog develops over night and it usually persists until sun rises. 

Early cold morning on the Dom Luis bridge.

Gear:
Nikon D700. Nikkor 16-35 mm. Handheld.

Aperture:
f/10

Shutter speed:
1/30 sec

Exposure bias:
0 EV

Focal Length: 35 mm

ISO: 400



Place taken: Porto, Portugal.
 
Date taken: Thursday, November 27th 2012, 08:34

Maciek.