Photographer's Note

Portugal is sitting by the sea. Although only 92,391 km², the coast extends for 943 km. All the west and south of the country is bathing in the Atlantic Ocean…it’s no surprise our passion for the sea.

“Azenhas do mar” it’s a small village hanging on the vertical cliffs over the sea, near Sintra, ending in a very small beach, and as many other alike, with strong fishing traditions, by now almost totally lost.

I saw the water flowing from an inactive sea pool to the sea, in the mid afternoon, but thought I should wait for the magical hour after the sunset. Half hour after the sunset I stood before this small waterfall, and shot several photos with that magical light. The absence of the sun gave that blue cast to the sky and clouds, and the long exposure made the cotton effect to the flowing water.

I tried to keep the level of the sea and pool aligned, making a perspective game. It looks the sea is feeding the pool, but the pool is also feeding the sea in a circuit, as the water slowly returns from the pool to the sea. The heavier right side is balanced with the emptier left side, as the flowing water leads our eye from the waterfall to the sea once again.

No external light was used (just natural light) and no,it’s not underexposed in my opinion. Don’t forget it’s more than half hour after sunset. Please confirm your monitor calibration in the bottom of the page!

Advice: don’t pack your gear after the sun hides in the horizon, the next hour is really a magical one!

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