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Lagos, Portugal, Algave, 7th August

Sunday 7th August 2011

Today was my beautiful wife’s birthday.


To celebrate this special day, we continued to wander around the Old Town, and take in the sights.


We initially tried to dine at “A Forja” (known locally as the Blue Door) but the we arrived quite late in the evening and the queues here were quite long (it’s reputation proceeded it) so we wandered around, and stopped off for a quick drink in the “Green Room”.

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As it turned out, this was a great little place with friendly bar staff, reasonably priced drinks which were suitable stronger than expected, and huge portions of Mexican food.


Lagos, Portugal, Algave, 6th August


Saturday 6th August

One of Lisa’s recommendations especially since we were self catering was a visit to the weekly farmers market down opposite the marine, housed in a couple of buildings in the bus stations area.


On our walk down, we past an interesting opening in the city wall.


“Can you tell where we are?”



I think this is near the main town hall?


This is the little “harbour ferry” that takes tourists across this small stretch of water to the beach on the other side.


Local market man selling jars of honey.


Another farmer waiting for customers.



After the market, we wandered back across the street, to the harbour for some food.



There were lots of sales pitches where you could go for the local boat trips around the local area to visit the grottos.



After a busy first day, we relaxed back at the apartment.



TAGS: 2011, Holiday, Lagos, PhotographyByFai, Portugal, Algave

Lagos, Portugal, Algave, 5th August


Friday 5th August 2011

Our first full day in Lagos, and we didn’t really know where to go.

What we usually try to do on the first day, is walk around, and pick up a few free local maps to see what is the “touristy” suggestions for places to eat, and see.


We had a walk around the old town to familiarise ourselves with the location, and found the marina which is only 5 minutes from the apartments.


If anyone can comment on who this statue is, that would be great !


Me on the wall down on the harbour front. (with a “fashion” preset)


The “Boa Esperanca”


“Street” shot of “Bar 53” in Lagos


“Late night menu critique”


TAGS: 2011, Holiday, Lagos, PhotographyByFai, Portugal, Algave


DIY Photography – Strobe Hood, and ebay UV filter

I made myself a cheap DIY flash gun hood from a IKEA standing lamp today.

DIY Photography Strobe Head

DIY Photography Strobe Head

DIY Photography Strobe Head


I cut the flash gun hole into the lamp shade, to turn it into a hood, then took a very quick remote shot to see what the results were like.

I was more than happy with the results, however, it did highlight something that I’d thought about in the back of my mind.


My super cheap ebay UV filter was causing GHOSTING on my shots.

It has cropped up in the past in my previous shots, but I never really knew why till today, as I’d guessed it might have been a reflection caused by my lens hood !

DIY Photography Strobe Head

Without filter
DIY Photography Strobe Head

DIY Photography Strobe Head

Without filter
DIY Photography Strobe Head


Looks like I’d better get a good multi-coated UV filter from now on !

First Autumnal walk of 2011

The wife and I just took our first Autumnal walk around by the woods near where we live. We collected some things, that we thought might look pretty, and I thought I’d share them with you.


Enjoy !


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Lagos, Portugal 2011 Holiday with Photographs


On 4th August 2011, my wife and I took a lovely 14 day break away to Lagos, South Portugal in the Algave.

We bought the package direct from Thomsons (via topcashback).


Over the next few posts, I’ll document some of the great restaurant, and places to visit, and some of the sights I managed to photograph.


Thursday 4th August

Our destination in Lagos, Portugal, was a lovely self catering apartment “Porta da Vila” over in the west side of the old town in Lagos.


“Lisa” out rep at the apartments was fantastic. She was very welcoming, and had plenty of suggestions of places to visit, and restaurants to try which I’ll cover later.


TAGS: 2011