Portugal Day 2 – Exploring Lisbon with an Epic Sunset

The second full day in Lisbon allowed us to explore the city and all of its hills!  We first stopped for breakfast after sleeping some of the jet lag off.  The first location we stopped at was the Praca do Comercio which is the main plaza in Lisbon that overlooks the water.  It’s really a beautiful location with street views you can see for 2.50 euros going to the arch in the center of the plaza.  Highly recommended!  See some photos from the arch I took plus a few timelapses.  20171215_12363520171215_124108There are two sides to the arch, one overlooking the street and the other overlooking the plaza.  Both are really good views of Lisbon.  The first timelapse here is the shot of the Lisbon street.  I used a 2 second interval for this photo to get some long exposure on the people and cars with a 3 second interval.

From there we went to the Belem Tower which is a 10-15 minute train outside Lisbon.  The castle built in the 1100s sits on the Tagus river.  For this video I also used a 2 second shutter speed with a 3 second interval for the long exposure on the river and crowd.  The day was still a bit cloudy but there was some break coming.  We were hopeful for a sunset shot coming later!

For sunset we were going to the Sao Jorge Castle which sits atop Lisbon overlooking the entire city.  The views from that location are outstanding and I had looked that it was going to have a nice sunset angle.  We got there about 75 minutes before sunset.  The entry fee isn’t too expensive (6-8 euro) but the park closes at 6 pm so we had some time to see sunset but not much to stay after.

We walked around the park and found some sitting areas right on the wall overlooking Lisbon and the Tagus river.  I was going for a day to night timelapse here ramping my ISO, aperture, and shutter speed with my 28 mm f/2.8 lens.  I typically try to keep my shutter speed around 1 second.  I had an interval of 7 seconds for this shot.  I typically like shorter intervals.  If the intervals are too long then the amount of time to see the sunset with brilliant colors can look pretty short on the video.

20171215_160116The weather was looking better and better! And it turned amazing colors after the sun went down which was a sight to see over Lisbon!

20171215_17111020171215_183232In the end the sunset shot was perfect! One of the best I’ve seen and even better when on vacation hoping for a sunset to remember!

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After the sunset we walked down towards the town which is much easier than walking up!  We stopped for dinner (meat, cheese, and wine!). Then explored the plazas of Lisbon which were decorated for Christmas and lit up!  I shot a few timelapses of the streets and plazas with the holiday lights.

Thanks for reading! I hope you enjoy the videos and photos! Look for more posts from Portugal in the near future!

Brian

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