John de Freitas

I see the Algarve as an open canvas

See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2016

This month’s Picture Perfect photographer is self-taught John de Freitas (57) who was born in Funchal, Madeira. He moved to Canada in 1977, but for the last six years, he’s been spending most of the winter in the Algarve. John: “Since early childhood I have been fascinated with photography and now at 57 years of age I am still intrigued by black and white photos.”

His first camera, a Pentax ME Super, John purchased in 1980. “I have owned several since then. In 2000 I began using a digital Canon EOS 20D. Many different styles of photography interest me and wherever I go, a camera goes with me. The variety of options that digital photography presents, has allowed me to experiment, explore and create. I enjoy taking candid shots, street photos, abstract compositions, infra-red, macro, and golden hour photos.”

John on photography in the Algarve: “I see the Algarve as an open canvas; there is always something ready to be captured, displayed and shared. My topics of interest are wide and varied; I’m always looking for anything that catches my eye and intrigues me.”


Abstract photography:

This month’s Picture Perfect shows a rope tied to a mooring post in Faro. It was taken on a Canon EOS 5D Mark ll with a 17-40mm Canon lens. Settings: 1/125s, f/4.0 at 35mm, IOS 100. Like this pic? See more on John’s gallery of Algarve pictures:

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

  1. Get in the habit of using a tripod as often as possible and a remote control or camera timer if you want to get sharp photos.
  2. Photograph a subject of interest from many different points of view. And capture all photos in RAW format if possible, as this will provide an array of options in post-production.
  3. Even if you think you are too close to a subject, go a step closer – fill the frame.

Mooring post in Faro by John de Freitas


See original article in Enjoy the Algarve – magazine March 2016

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