Louis Dobson

I particularly like the Vila do Bispo area; it’s rugged with lots of rocks and wonderful light

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve magazine October 2015

This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is Louis Dobson (54), who lives near São Brás. Louis is a self-taught photographer who’s talented enough to be a professional, but prefers to keep his photography a hobby. “I started taking pictures aged 5 and learned in the school darkroom. Later, when I was an adult, my friend and I shared a darkroom we built in a rented house. One day one of us failed to properly put out a ‘cigarette’ in the bin. When we came back, the house was on fire. No more darkroom.”

And no more photography for Louis until darkrooms went digital. He started again 15 years later and began photographing dogs he rescued, in order to make them look at their best for adoption. Apart from his animal portraits, Louis is probably best known for his landscape and seascape pictures. “I enjoy being in the countryside very much and photography is a good excuse to get away.”

“Photography was one of the main reasons why I moved here, about 15 years ago. The Algarve is famous for its light: many people come here to paint. As I try to produce photos which are like paintings (by trying to capture the movement in water, working with long exposure times and graduated filters), this region was the obvious choice. I particularly like the Vila do Bispo area; it’s rugged with lots of rocks and wonderful light.”

 

Animal photography

This month’s Picture Perfect shows two chameleons on a tree in Louis’ garden. It was taken on a Nikon D3, Lens 105 f2.8 Macro, f9.5, 1/2000th, ISO 400. Like this pic? See more on: Louis’ Flickr page

Want to try and make a perfect picture like this one as well? Here are Louis’ top three tips on animal photography:

  1. Be patient! Take a lot of shots and be prepared to throw most of them away.
  2. When photographing dogs: whistle. The dog will then put its head to one side and this almost always makes for a great picture.
  3. Consider using a flash. This way, you can freeze movement, for example of flapping insect wings.

Two chameleons on a tree by Louis Dobson

 

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve magazine October 2015

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