Madeira Christmas and New year 2018

We enjoyed Madeira so much last year that we decided to go again this year but to include Christmas and New Years.

We had another great holiday but less great weather. I had many great adventures, I ate and drank too much and can honestly say that the Madeira fireworks are about the most impressive I have ever witnessed (no photographs of that but I did get a quick video).

Gear wise I took my a7r3 with the grip on (I cant find the normal battery door) my 16-35 f4, 85mm f1.4 and my Lensbaby twist 60 in the composer housing.

Woke up to this most mornings.

Woke up to this most mornings.

Valley of the nuns from the vantage point I was aiming for last year. Much more impressive, Waze will get you where you need to be although the drive isn’t for the faint hearted. Too much green in the edit too.

Valley of the nuns from the vantage point I was aiming for last year. Much more impressive, Waze will get you where you need to be although the drive isn’t for the faint hearted. Too much green in the edit too.

There are very few sandy beach on Madeira, this is one of them, tucked away towards the tip of the island, sadly on this day it was pretty windy, people did still brave the water though.

There are very few sandy beach on Madeira, this is one of them, tucked away towards the tip of the island, sadly on this day it was pretty windy, people did still brave the water though.

Keeping my hand in with a balcony portrait of my girlfriend Polly.

Keeping my hand in with a balcony portrait of my girlfriend Polly.

We didn’t have quite the luck we had last year with the weather. Here I stopped the car on the way up one of the mountains to take advantage of this view. Would look awesome at sunrise.

We didn’t have quite the luck we had last year with the weather. Here I stopped the car on the way up one of the mountains to take advantage of this view. Would look awesome at sunrise.

Loved this location last year and definitely wanted to return. I spent a couple of hours with just me and my camera on Christmas day. Would love to be here with better light.

Loved this location last year and definitely wanted to return. I spent a couple of hours with just me and my camera on Christmas day. Would love to be here with better light.

I was lucky the camera didn’t go surfing in this one.

I was lucky the camera didn’t go surfing in this one.

Swirly Bokeh with the Lensbaby Twist 60.

Swirly Bokeh with the Lensbaby Twist 60.

Madeiras botanical gardens, what a beautiful place. Here I.m using my new lensbaby twist 60 that father Christmas delivered, so you may see some interesting effects.

Madeiras botanical gardens, what a beautiful place. Here I.m using my new lensbaby twist 60 that father Christmas delivered, so you may see some interesting effects.

These birds of paradise flowers are allover Madeira, you see them everywhere. I thought I would test my twist 60 with these, you can see the effect quite nicely here.

These birds of paradise flowers are allover Madeira, you see them everywhere. I thought I would test my twist 60 with these, you can see the effect quite nicely here.

More swirly Bokeh from the botanical gardens.

More swirly Bokeh from the botanical gardens.

More lensbaby magic here with the twist/composer combination.

More lensbaby magic here with the twist/composer combination.

More swirly bokeh.

More swirly bokeh.

Toy town Madeira with a twist using the tilt effect of the lensbaby.

Toy town Madeira with a twist using the tilt effect of the lensbaby.

Lensbaby sunset.

Lensbaby sunset.

Night time bokeh in Funchal.

Night time bokeh in Funchal.

A beautiful sunset, this place was a five minute walk away from my hotel.

A beautiful sunset, this place was a five minute walk away from my hotel.

Twilight shooting.

Twilight shooting.

This was an amazing hike to the tip of the island, we didn’t make it all the way but gives me a good excuse to go back.

This was an amazing hike to the tip of the island, we didn’t make it all the way but gives me a good excuse to go back.

This is as far towards the tip of the island that we got, I did stop and get the camera on a tripod which was a little silly. You can see the rather frightening walkway up ahead that put us off. Would love to go back here for better light.

This is as far towards the tip of the island that we got, I did stop and get the camera on a tripod which was a little silly. You can see the rather frightening walkway up ahead that put us off. Would love to go back here for better light.

This was an interesting one, should have been a ten minute drive from the hotel so I left in plenty of time. Ended up getting stuck in traffic and missing the main light show. Parking was pretty none existent in this location too. Then on the way back got stuck on the motorway due to a car being flipped onto its roof.

This was an interesting one, should have been a ten minute drive from the hotel so I left in plenty of time. Ended up getting stuck in traffic and missing the main light show. Parking was pretty none existent in this location too. Then on the way back got stuck on the motorway due to a car being flipped onto its roof.

Madeira mountains, not for the faint of heart! This shot just doesn’t do the scale of the place justice, it was breathtaking. I abandoned ship early on this hike due to a total lack of visibility, I had my head in the clouds, literally. Another excuse to go back.

Madeira mountains, not for the faint of heart! This shot just doesn’t do the scale of the place justice, it was breathtaking. I abandoned ship early on this hike due to a total lack of visibility, I had my head in the clouds, literally. Another excuse to go back.

This is me stuck in a cloud, which obscures the terrifying drop on either side of me.

This is me stuck in a cloud, which obscures the terrifying drop on either side of me.

More crappy weather so we drove out to this waterfall, easy to find and tucked away just at the side of the road.

More crappy weather so we drove out to this waterfall, easy to find and tucked away just at the side of the road.

Sunset with the lensbaby.

Sunset with the lensbaby.

Arty long exposure shot with Polly on our last full day.

Arty long exposure shot with Polly on our last full day.