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Another shot from Cascais beach – this one taken a few minutes after the one I posted a couple of days ago, and from a POV to the right of from where I took the other photograph, and looking directly across to the marina. (In my other photograph you can see the start of the marina in the top left hand corner).

The wooden poles stuck in the sand are for the sun shades that the beach workers were just starting to erect when I got there at 8.00 am. What attracted me to this composition was the way in which the masts of the yachts seemed to complement the poles in the sand (or vice versa).

Ricardo Lopes (riclopes) mentioned in his critique to my other photograph that this beach will be so crowded with sunbathers within a few hours, that you will hardly be able to see the sand for people. I think this image has more impact without the people, and anyway later in the day the light would not have been as good as this. I did no post-processing to this photograph apart from sharpening – the deep blue colour and contrast is due to the polarising filter.

As I was shooting this from the top of the beach, and the sand falls away at a sharper angle just in front of the sun loungers, you can’t actually see the shoreline from this POV – hence the sharply defined line between the sand and the ocean.

The small port of Cascais is home to both luxury yachts and working fishing boats, and the wealthy yachtsmen and local fisherman “live there in harmony” (or so I was told). I could see where the yachtsmen were living (multi-million dollar beachfront mansions and apartments) but I couldn’t see where the fishermen were living. Maybe the yachtsmen rent out rooms in their mansions to the fishermen?

I shot a few versions of this – some with a narrow DOF focusing on either the marina or the wooden poles in the foreground, and some with a deep DOF, and some in between. I liked this one the best with the deepest DOF from using a very narrow aperture (f22). This meant I had to use a slow shutter speed (1/30th) and it was handheld, but I think I have managed to maintain reasonable sharpness.

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