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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 !

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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

Ansel Adams – 17 minute video about the legend

Ansel Adams on PetaPixel

“The negative is comparable to the composer’s score and the print to its performance. Each performance differs in subtle ways.”
– Ansel Adams

Viewfinder Screens for DSLR’s



The standard AUTO-FOCUS screen on a DSLR may look like


The older style manual focus camera’s had a focus screen that is viewed through the view-finder that helps with fine level of focusing,

You can retro-fit these screens to later more modern DSLR camera – I am hopefully going to purchase a “SPLIT-SCREEN” focus screen for my 500d.


A quick summary (full credit to http://www.camerahacker.com/Tools/Viewfinder_Screens.shtml) is given below:


Microprism focusing screen gets its name from placing many tiny prisms on the focusing screen. When the subject is not in focus, the tiny prisms show up in black and white dotted pattern. When the subject is in focus, the prisms blend in with the surrounding light so that you don’t see them any more. Although this system still forces you to look closely at the screen, it makes the task slightly easier.

Split – Image

The split-image focusing screen is probably one of the most useful manual focusing screens. A split-image focusing screen has a split circle in the middle. Usually the split is Horizontal. But there are vertical and diagonal focusing screens out there as well. In fact, for some camera systems, there is a “cross-split” type that has both vertical and horizontal splits.

The split divides your image in half. If your subject is not in focus, the two images does not line up. With the horizontal split, one half of the circle is shifted to the left, while the other half is shifted to the right. By aiming the circle on your subject’s edge, it is very easy to see whether the edges line up. Instead of looking at whether the image is blurry, adjust the focus until the edge lines up, then you’ll know the subject is sharp


Although most of this article talked about manual focus screens, there are several viewfinder screens used for other purposes. One such screen is the grid screen. The grid screen has several horizontal and vertical lines on it. These lines form a grid. The grid is very useful for composing the scene. You can easily see if an object is on a line, off a line, or at the intersection of a line. It’s easy to put things where specified by the rule of thirds. You can see if straight lines are truly vertical or horizontal in the image frame. Architecture photographers find the grid screen particularly convenient.


The scale screen is very similar to the grid screen. But instead of forming a grid, the lines on the viewfinder screen form a graph-like scale with the origin in the center of the screen. The scale could be in millimeters, inches, or any other measurement unit. The scale screen is particular useful for macro and scientific photography where the amount of magnification is significant.


A quick search on ebay found :