Dave Sheldrake

If I had to praise one thing here though it’d be the quality of light; it’s exceptional and reminds me of St. Ives in Cornwall.

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2015

 

This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Dave Sheldrake (58). Born in the UK, Dave was previously a Police Sergeant in Devon. In May 2011 he and his artist wife Alyson moved to the Algarve. Together they make a good team at exhibitions: Alyson’s vibrant artwork is an interpretation of Dave’s pictures.

Although he’s mainly self-taught, Dave studied photography as an adult at college and has worked as a self-employed photographer since 2008. He is probably best known for his seascapes, but also works as a commercial photographer, photographing properties, businesses, events and shooting portraits. Dave’s motto ‘Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are’ is his variation of a quote by Theodore Roosevelt.

 

Dave on photography in the Algarve: 
“I personally love the photography in Portugal as it can be so varied; from the rugged cliffs of the west coast beaches to the Ria Formosa on the south. Yet within 30 minutes you can be in beautiful green countryside or the mountains of Monchique. Above all it’s a colourful and vibrant place, with great festivals like the medieval festival in Silves. If I had to praise one thing here though it’d be the quality of light; it’s exceptional and reminds me of St. Ives in Cornwall.”

This month’s Picture Perfect shows Praia dos Três Irmãos at Alvor. Dave took it on a Canon EOS 500D – Sigma 10-20 lens @10mm – ISO 100 – 1/2 second at f16.

Like this pic? See more on: www.davesheldrakephotography.com

Want to try and make a perfect picture as well? Here are Dave’s top three tips on beach photography:

  1. Shoot early in the day or around sunset, but watch your shutter speed. A tripod is always good to have with you.
  2. The skies here are very bright, so use a graduated neutral density filter to help the exposure. The better your ‘in camera’ image is, the better the end result will be.
  3. At sunset time, turn around; often the best colours and light are behind you. Avoid shooting directly into the sun.

Praia dos Três Irmãos at Alvor by Dave Sheldrake

 

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine June 2015

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