This year I wanted to spend Christmas with my parents. After a couple of very dull Christmases at home during the pandemic, I wanted to do something a little bit different. My parents live part time in a motorhome and have spent the last couple of winters down on the Algarve coast, and that’s where they were this year too. They stay on a campsite in Albufeira, not too far from Faro and I booked myself an apartment close by. It had a lovely balcony with an incredible view of the ocean and the old town in Albufeira.

cloudy red sunset

Getting back out there

It’s been a long time since I’ve felt like going on a photo walk. I rarely do that at home and shooting wedding keeps me busy taking pictures most of the year! I’d been reading Aesthetica magazine on the plane and really wanted to challenge myself to make some minimal compositions, more so than my usual style. I was really pleased with what I got by keeping that I mind as I wandered around Albufeira and Faro looking for shots.

sunrise over albufeira and the ocean

Camera & Lenses

I will always love a bit of street photography and landscapes too, so what’s here is a bit of a mix. I took my Leica M10 away with me and my default lenses for street and general photography are my 28mm Elmarit and 35mm Summilux, so to add in an extra challenge to myself I used my 50mm Summicron more than the other two. The 50mm helped me to crop out more in a busy scene and make some of the compositions more minimal, which is what I was chasing for.

albufeira beach pier with vivid colour and high contrast close up sunset of albufeira and city night lightshigh contrast beach scene with one sunbather minimal compositions or mum and also a sky with half a palm tree silhouette self portrait with sunset red sky emotional looking seascape in greys self portrait plus misty scene with pool misty sky with one bird probably a seagul red flowers in street against white buildings and blue sky showdow of gate against a wall red flowers through a fence with bokeh minimal photos of building in yellow and bluedoor frame and door in sunlight more minimal compositions P for parking sign and chimney against sky lighthouse and grass in front of cloudy sky tree shadow against blue and white wall self portrait in yellow couple filming each other with sea view close ups of waves crashing washing hanging out on line building chimney and cactus plants big colourful disco ball outside a nightclub pink gate and love hearts painted on wallcocktail bar sign against sky shadows on building roof eyes looking back at you in graffiti and painting on broken window white yellow and orange shapes with tree against sandstone cliff escalator and man with green shrubs mum dipping toes in the sea mum and dad on a boat trip mum on outdoor escalator in albufeira mural of man in glasses painted on side of building in faro footprints and seaweed on sand in high contrast image red and green tiled wall in sunlight

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Mike your images are fabulous. So happy you were able to join your folks. Happy New Year and best wishes for 2023 from Oz

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