The Nights Watch

Night photography of a statue in the streets of Horta, Faial Island, Açores, Portugal.

Night photography of a statue in the rainy streets of Horta, Faial Island, Açores, Portugal.

One night while I was exploring the streets of Horta, I came across this statue and took 3 bracketed shots with my Canon EOS600D (EF50mm f/1.8 II lens) at f/1.8, ISO 100. Now, three years later, I finally sat down and processed the images. It took me a while, but I like the results so it was worth the wait. I decided to make two versions, in the second one I added a small touch of blur and darkened a few parts. If you look at the walls, you can see how the forces of nature has been wearing and tearing on these buildings during the years. Here are both the photos in a gallery, which version do you prefer?

Would night photographing during the middle of the night, alone in an unknown city, get your adrenalin pumping? I can assure you that Horta was a quiet and safe place, but if you want to see adrenaline related shots you can always visit Paula’s challenge:


Açores Photo Gallery – Faial Island

The photos in the following gallery were shot in the area near Terminal Maritimo in Horta, Faial Island, Açores, Portugal.

f/1.8 | 30 sec | ISO-100 (of course you can click the image for a large version)

f/1.8 | 30 sec | ISO-100 (of course you can click the image for a large version)

I’ve posted many of these before, but I’ve re-edited the photos in this gallery.

Horta – Azorean Islands – Portugal

Horta, Portugal: A couple of years ago we went to visit the Azorean Islands of Portugal.

Since then I’ve had these photos in a “waiting to be published” folder on my computer. Today I figured that it was about time to post them in this point&shoot gallery:


Horta (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɔɾtɐ]) is a single municipality and city in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores, encompassing the island of Faial. The population in 2011 was 14,994,[1] in an area of 173.06 km².[2] The city of Horta itself has a population of about 7,000.[3] – Wikipedia

Night waves hit Horta in this music clip:

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Full Moon over Horta

On our last night in Horta there was a full moon, so I got up in the middle of the night, brought my camera and shot some photos.

In Norse mythology, Hjúki (Old Norse, possibly meaning “the one returning to health” and Bil (Old Norse) are a brother and sister pair of children who follow the personified moon, Máni, across the heavens. Both Hjúki and Bil are solely attested in the Prose Edda, written in the 13th century by the great Icelandic historian and poet Snorri Sturluson. (wikipedia)

In modern terms Full moon is a lunar phase that occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of the Earth from the Sun. A full moon occurs when the geocentric apparent (ecliptic) longitudes of the Sun and Moon differ by 180 degrees. (wikipedia)

The Old Norse Men divided the year into two equally long periods – summer and winter. A man’s age was measured according to the number of winters he had lived. Like most other ancient calendars they followed the  lunar phases – from new moon to new moon or full moon to full moon.

A small taste of Horta (Azores)

Here’s a small taste of Horta. The photos are shot around Terminal Maritimo in Horta, Faial Island, Açores, Portugal.

As always when you’re on holidays, it comes to an end and you realize that you have to return to your horrible daily life where your pointless job eats up most of the time and days. People just can’t seem to get out of slavery, and at the same time they seem to be happy with it:

“Praise the lard. Hallelujah, I hope the Yankees win this year, who will you vote for this election?, the weather is really something, etc, et fucking cetera”…

On the bright side it’s only 111 days until I can enjoy some freedom again.

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