Camera ready? Yes, indeed. Who knew our first photo would be of us? Students from the University of Porto were fundraising for academic projects and asked if we’d like to have our photo taken with them (for a small donation). Why not? University of Porto students wear traditional black suits and capes. We had read this student tradition had inspired JK Rowling, who lived in Porto for 3 years, in her choice for Hogwart’s school uniforms in her Harry Potter books.
Another (supposed) inspiration for the Harry Potter Hogwarts’s library is one of the oldest and best bookstores in Portugal, Livraria Lello.
Whenever we took our walks in Porto, we watched others photograph monuments and each other. Instead, we often photographed birds, bees, and trees.
We went for the popular Six Bridges boat ride on the Douro River. We looked up from the river to see places we’d walked — this time from a new angle.
Every night we looked out of our AirBnB window to the illuminated Porto Cathedral nearby. Inspired by another blogger, the eff stop, we decided it was time for a night photo, and the only way to do it was to play around with manual settings and use a tripod. We don’t have one. The tripod was achieved with a stack of books set up on the interior window ledge. A folded map propped up the front of the camera to get a good angle. We used a 10-second time delay and set a slow speed. After trying various speeds we got a photo that worked for us.