18 January 2012

Ilhéu da Cal at dusk

Ilhéu da Cal is a small islet SW of Porto Santo island and distant about 400 meters from the later. For many years this islet was the heart of a calcium oxide mining industry that no longer exists and is now a nature reserve, hiding within rare flora and fauna. The inaccessibility of the island protects the delicate ecosystem and visits are only allowed with a special permit.
Nikon D40X with Nikkor 18-55mm kit lens
Cokin Graduated Neutral Density Filter
Manfrotto tripod and ball head

08 January 2012

Chestnut tree and Pico Grande at evening time

Chestnut trees are quite common in Madeira. In particular, the months of November and December (when chestnuts are mature and ready to crop) witness several parties all over the island where this fruit is king. Following the general Portuguese tradition, chestnuts are either roasted or cooked/boiled with a mix of spices and sweet herbs. They are also included in the Portuguese culinary in several meals. Particularly meat ones. Also edible in raw condition.
The chestnut tree in the picture grew up in Boca da Corrida-Pico Grande-Encumeada trail and, sadly, was also destroyed in the 2010 Summer forest fire.
Picture taken with Nikon FM10 body and cheap Nikkor (Cosina?) 35-70mm f:3.5-4.8 kit lens.
Fujichrome Velvia ASA50, scanned in Nikon Coolscan V ED

04 January 2012

New Year's Eve in Funchal port

The preparation for the New Year's Eve in the port of Funchal sometimes takes place several months before the actual event. Upon receiving the cruise ships schedules, it's our job (toghether with the port Coordination) to place these ships in the anchorage areas and alongside in order to permit to the passengers the best view of the upcoming world famous fireworks show. Here, in a picture taken in the S. Gonçalo belvedere, around 1845 GMT of the 31st of December, we see already at anchor the cruise ships Queen Elisabeth, Aida Bella and Saga Pearl II. Alongside are the Aurora, the Boudicca, the ferry Lobo Marinho and, on the North quay, the Aida Sol. Out of the picture are still the Princess Danae and the MSC Fantasia, both of them with late ETA's to the anchorage.
Photo taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 with resizing post-work in Photoshop CS3