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The early morning summer mist rises above Cape St. Vincent in the Algarve on the southwestern tip of Portugal.

For me, the Algarve, and especially the rugged coast near Sagres, has the most stunning land and seascapes in Europe.
Its history goes way back to when Portugal ruled the waves and many landmark discoveries that changed the world’s maps were launched from this magnificant place.

Shot on Fuji Sensia slide film absolute yonks ago, I’m still going through tons of negatives and slides that have been forgotten since the world went digital and took me along with it.

As for the shooting conditions, I don’t know what the fuk I was doing up at that time of day (Sagres was at least an hour’s drive from my cosy bed in Carvoeiro)… and this is one of the few times I felt that the presence of tourists worked for me in a landscape shot.
So two entries to the BB Book of Stoopid Records in one shot :-)

Thanks for lookin!


  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanover 3 years ago

    Well, those tourists turned up at just the right time because for me, they just put the whole damn thing into a perspective I couldn’t have begin to have imagined without them.

    The light across the rocks is just so highly detailed in black an white and the textures just ooze with quality in that early morning light.

    You can almost see the sun burning away at the mist as it lingers like mist on a car windscreen being quickly cleared, hovering away and it’ll all be gone before you even notice.

  • Everything about this was down to being in the right place at the right time, which hardly EVER happens to me cause I dig sleeping late…
    And you’re right, that mist was gone in minutes. I took a couple of shots soon after this and the group at the top had wandered down to join the others at the lower left and the whole scene turned very flat and uninspiring.

    As usual, you totally got the fine points of this, even the fact that the BW allowes the nuance… the original color slide was cool, but the varied tones in the rocks detracted from the overall vibe.

    Thanks so much for your input Stuart, and for the fave!!

    – billyboy

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    Varinia - Gl...over 3 years ago

    Wonderful depth and atmosphere, just love the “little people” they really give an idea of the expansive landscape, great shot and perfect in mono :-)

  • Cheers Varinia, this place was massive. At Cape St. Vincent you truly feel you are at the end of the world.
    I did later wander over to where those peple were and it took my breath away like I’ve never before experinced.

    Nice to see ya, and thanx for the fave!!

    – billyboy

  • Joanne  Bradley
    Joanne Bradleyover 3 years ago

    Extraoridnary shot! What a view, what a perspective! Amazing pov and dof! Superior tonal contrast and wonderful composition!

  • Hiya Joanne!
    The POV was important cause moving even a couple of yards either way totally changed the feeling of depth. The tones and contrast just kind of sorted themselves out, which was kinda cool :-)

    Thanks so much for faving and for making me blush!

    – billyboy

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 3 years ago

    sensational shot, so incredibly atmospheric, and as the others have noted, the tiny people really give scale to this fabulously exposed shot

  • Thanks Carol, one of the cool things about film was that you couldn’t check the exposure on the LCD screen… and especially slide film was less forgiving than negative film where you could stretch the exposure a bit either way at the printing stage.
    So I got lucky!
    Cheers for the compliments!!

    – billyboy

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 3 years ago

    Well there are a lot of tourists around too, so it can’t have been too early, surely? The mist adds so much depth and mood to this gnarly old scene, love it Bill! Portugal and Spain are top of my bucket list!

  • Jeeze those STOOPID people must have been up at the crack of fukkin DAWN!!
    Mel, you know so well too that some days, especially when they start before 10 AM, produce magical conditions… and this seems to happen more per squ. meter in the Algarve than in any other place I’ve visted.
    I so hope yer bucket brings you there one day, and if it does, let me know so I can tell you what not to miss!
    And cheers for the fave!!

    – billyboy

  • Isa Rodriguez
    Isa Rodriguezover 3 years ago

    I realy love this one . I know nothing of this place until you told me . how special and fascinating. this is just such good photography!. I feel its specialness.

  • Thanks Isa!
    Far to the left is the lighthouse and monastery that overlooks the cliffs and coves…

    Cool you see this place as special cause it SO is!!!

    Cheers and hugs for the fave!!

    – billyboy

  • James Gibbs
    James Gibbsover 3 years ago

    Great capture! Awesome shot!

  • Cheers James, seemed almost sad this is in BW as the sky is SO blue down there…
    Thanks for the awesome!

    – billyboy

  • Ken McColl
    Ken McCollover 3 years ago

    yep..without the tourists there would be no scale of reference.. a bit like Lemmings getting ready for the big jump :-)) The depth here is just awesome… well done for gettin up early.

  • shutterbug261
    shutterbug261over 3 years ago

    wow….this is sensational. an absolutely brilliant bit of work!!

  • Many thanx for the compliment SB!

    – billyboy

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellover 3 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful .

  • Absolutely thanks for that !!

    – billyboy

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