Ricardo Alves

The Costa Vicentina is the best place to combine photography and action sports.

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2016

This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is the Portuguese Ricardo Alves (40), who got into photography when he was 15, inspired by his father. He specialises in travel & landscape pictures, but recently started R2arte weddings & lifestyle photography with his wife Rita.

In the Algarve, though, Ricardo is best known for his action photos. “I’ve been rock climbing since an early age, so when I started taking pictures while hanging on the walls it all came natural; I already felt comfortable with the techniques involved and knew everyone. Exciting sports usually take place on dramatic natural locations with amazing backdrops, making it easy for me to get inspired and motivated.”

Ricardo on photography in the Algarve: “The Costa Vicentina is the best place to combine photography and action sports! The long unscathed coastline unfolds amazing beaches like Canal, Cordoama or Ponta Ruiva: true photography gems.”

 

Action photography:

This month’s Picture Perfect shows João Agostinho slacklining on Praia do Beliche. It was taken on a Nikon D700, Nikon AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, 1/320, f10, ISO200. Like this pic? See more on Ricardo’s website.

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

  1. Action photos can be taken from a multitude of different angles. Take some time to explore the location and find your ‘sweet spot’.
  2. If you aim to take pictures while hanging on a rope, take all the safety steps and get proper teaching. Remember that carrying all the photographic gear makes moving in a wild terrain a difficult task.
  3. Photographing in nature can be harsh on the equipment. Invest in good weather-sealed gear, a fast lens and a sturdy shoulder/belt pack.

João Agostinho slacklining on Praia do Beliche by Ricardo Alves

 

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine September 2016

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