Changing Light

Our Olhanese apartment block is not aesthetically pleasing from the outside, however inside it is fabulous as are the sea views from the balcony and roof. No wonder we return here year after year. A couple of years ago, when we were in an apartment closer to the sea, I decided to attempt to take a photograph at the same time every day.


After a day or two I struggled to make it exactly the same time and after a week or two I may have missed a day or two. Looking back into the archives though I see for about a month I did take a daily photograph. For some reason I have never got round to sharing the gallery, but then last weekend Jude at Travel Talk invited us to study light and how it changes over time and I immediately thought of my balcony views.

To be honest I think Jude was hoping we were returning to the same location at different times during the same day to compile our six shots. It is a bit of a challenge though for me to achieve that during Covid-19, specially when I am still in England! However I am hoping the next six photographs of the changing light of the same view over a period of time will do just as well. Interestingly the tide seems to affect how close the lighthouse appears as much as the light and the weather. Do you have a favourite?

Author: BeckyB

It had been a good life walking, cooking, photographing, volunteering, blogging, and best of all spending time with MrB, family, & friends. Sadly it no longer is. Suddenly and unexpectedly I have become a widow.

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  1. The sunrise is the best – or is it sunset? Out of the rest I think I prefer 2 and 3 where there are people in the scene as it is more interesting. The assignment was meant to track how the light changes on a subject over the course of the day, but seeing how light changes over the course of time is equally valid. The point is to gain an understanding that how good a photo is depends not only on the composition but also on the direction of the light source. Something most of us forget when we snap away. Are you heading back to Olhao this year? Or will it have to wait until we have a vaccine – if there ever is one of course. I think my foreign travels are on hold for a long while. No way could I fly wearing a mask. I’d feel even more claustrophobic than I already do on an aircraft.

    1. It is a sunset this one, have to look out the bedrooms for the sunrise πŸ™‚

      and yes thought I might be pushing it on the assignment. Just haven’t got organised this week. However I do been looking ahead at some of the other weeks and think I might make the grade in a week or too πŸ˜‰

    2. We are thinking maybe November for our return now as September/October is going to be too early, however like you we don’t want to fly. So we are pondering driving down . . . go via the tunnel and then slowly make our way down to the south. Would be an adventure πŸ˜€ so fingers crossed it will happen

      1. Driving down through France is something we frequently did during our French years. Highly recommended, and if you choose the right ones, French chambres d’hΓ΄tes can be wonderful stopping off places.

    1. The low tides I love too, and the mist was such a wonderful change . . . not surprised though the sunset is your favourite too πŸ™‚

        1. Wouldn’t that be marvellous, maybe we can do virtual one. You will a sunset, me with a sunrise or vice versa!

        2. likewise here . . .maybe then we save it for when I am back in Portugal and you are on the coast?

  2. Today it is lashing down,easterly breeze,the islands visible one moment,gone the next.
    The changes ,not just in colours,but in textures of water surface,the banding, at highish water,with the varying streams,fascinating.
    However ,the pollution prevents those sparkling colours seen so often in the med,particularly as the marina co.dredges years of yuck ,that hangs in the water and moves with tide.
    Happily the flamingo flocks,ignore this,and feed in the abandoned salt lagoons,joined recently in the shallowest by
    3 spoonbills.
    A glossy Ibis is about, while a small colony of black winged Stilts have moved to an exposed ridge in the active part of the salt pans.
    Thank heaven for the birds in semi lockdown!

    1. ooh love those kind of days when they happen occasionally, just amazing to watch (if you are inside of course!!)

      and thank you so very much for the lovely birding updates. Great to know some things remain the same . . . we look forward to returning in the autumn

  3. Well, what a lovely place. They’re all inviting shots, but it has to be your main photo of the sunset (sunrise?). I’m a sucker for these dramatic photos

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