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golden days

golden days
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Copyright: Teresat Teresat (Teresat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3410 W: 96 N: 3821] (15934)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2010-03-26
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Mood
Camera: Panasonic FZ18
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/13 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): I could live here! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-07-20 16:39
Viewed: 2315
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Old cafés are one of my passion when I travel ( I have the same problem in Lisbon). I love to be there and to imagine how did they have been in their glorious days. Specialy, to imagine there, the writers, the filmakers... I like to have a sit and stay there ...and dream with the golden days. I like always to taste the known drinks of the place.

(My difficult search have been the "Pastroudis" in Alexandria: the temple of Cavafy.)

This is the outdoor of Florian in Venice. I liked so much the tiles in the ground and the architecture. So in this photo I have tryed to create the atmosphere ( with my limitations, of course) of this wellknown café in S. Marcos Piazza. ( I liked the all bellini and all Slipz I drink in Venezia)

If you come to Lisbon the most known café is " Brasileira". I use to go to the very near " Benárd" ( they are side by side).
My best one, in Portugal, is the "Magestic" in the centre of Porto( north of Portugal).

I have worked clarity, I have converted in B/W and I corrected the perspective. I added a little sepia tonality.


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Hello Teresa,
The scene you were capturing does appear as if it did in the 20's and 30's as you had wished. The low key tones are wonderful, and yes, that beautiful tiled floor brings back memories of grand balls and great musicians.
A great scene,
Well Captured...

Olá Teresa,
Imaginar que essa foto tenha sido feita a 23 de março de 2010! Magnífica - gastei bastante tempo esquadrinhando tudo, até os costumes dos protagonistas da cena. Tudo muito bem feito e capturado.
Você descobriu a máquina do tempo e, por isso, tem minha admiração.
Esta é uma "foto com alma".

  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-07-20 22:24]


quelle image nostalgique, superbe l'effet, quel pavage avec ces losanges, sous les arches, des endroit merveilleux et magiques, avec des terrasse, sueprbe.

Bravo et amitié


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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2010-07-20 22:30]

Hi Teresat,
you have indeed created a scene that appears as if it was taken in the early 40's,I half expected to see Humphry Bogart
amongst the people.I like your use of a longish exposure,as it gives the blur of movement & adds mood to this scene. Good PP work.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2010-07-20 22:53]

Hi Dear Teresat,
really so beautiful like travel to past.Well done.Congratulations.TFS.Necla.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2010-07-20 23:50]

Bom dia Teresa!
..ehh...you are a very romantic person :)))....me too.
You have worked the picture in fantastic way.....it seems took from an old album !!
I like also the shot...there is an excellent perspective ..the composition is perfect.
I hope to learn watching your works :) Nice note.
Congratulations Teresa.
Ciao! Vanda

Superb PP for this great scene !


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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2010-07-21 2:06]

Hi Teresat...
Nice [email protected] shot...
Great scene...

Olá Teresa!
Wonderful capture and great presentation!
Its really a fascinating trip to the past!
Great mood and atmosphere,nice note!
TFS Kostas

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2010-07-21 3:47]

Hello Teresa :)

This formulation looks in blackly white convention fantastically,
it reminds old photo.
Splendid composition and realization in this light and sharpness.
Beautiful effect, it pleases me very.

Best wishes.

Quite absorbing and moody my dear Teresa. Appears like a scene from a period film worthy of scrutiny. Awesome pp work. Quite impressive with your cam and the tech settings of f/2.8, 1/13 seconds. My best regards.


Hi Teresat,
The mood shows as if the shot was made years back which you beautifully presented,the lighting condition is amazing and the B&W mood is lovely while the details are beautiful,a lovely one indeed.

Best Wishes

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2010-07-21 11:18]

Hello Teresat,

Great atmosphere in B/W, excellent DOF and perspective .
The sharpness and the light are perfect, With these tiles with white and black tiles and columns give a good angle shot.
Best regards.

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2010-07-21 12:07]

Ciao Teresat

É como se eu estivesse vendo um postal bem antigo!
olhar e voltar no tempo, olhar cada detalhe deste lugar
e imaginar que século foi este.
Belíssima apresentação e de muito bom gosto!
Adorei e continuo a olhar para foto e tentando me transportar
para este lugar, este século , este tempo!


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2010-07-21 14:26]
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Hi Teresa,
Really, this could be an old photo of this café!
I am amazed by the ambience you got with your PP work. Even people seem coming from an other time.
This is the confirmation about great talent you have for creating such beautiful images full of connotations, nostalgia and charm. My compliments! Annie

Hi Teresat...you did a great job creating an old time feel to this shot...I like the sepia effect...excellent work Teresat...


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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2010-07-21 22:37]

dear Teresa,
this old taste is superb,
all people and objects shows me good old atmosphere very well,
where the past time had gone, always I think about the relation of the past and the future, but I cannot see it, only I can imagine at least the present time includes the shadows of them,
and this your old taste picture surely makes me feel one timeless sense of my sixth sense,
thank you for your excellent art work picture,

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2010-07-22 13:11]

Hi Teresa,
Brilliant work on this. Very catchy. Nicely composed. TFS Julie

Dear Teresa,

A big smile from me and my compliments.
Just a wonderful piece of work.
A nice journey to the olds days.

Take care,

Going back several years, brought such a feeling in my mind when I first saw this strong composition, Teresa!
The sepia tone works well here and sharpness is perfect. Great mood you have been able to deliver through this work.
Well seen!

Um abracos,


What a wonderful idea to converting this to black and white. The sepia really gives it that old photograph look as well as adding some warmth (in my opinion) to the photo. This photo is timeless!! Great job! Lisa

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2010-07-23 2:31]

Hello Teresa,wonderful image, you realised your idea perfectly, all details are very sharp, there is much atmosphere in it. Wonderfully composed, very good POV.
Regards Rose

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  • mamcg Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 452 W: 66 N: 1002] (10644)
  • [2010-07-23 3:39]

You did well composed and illustrated the scene, I like too have a seat and stay there for couple of hours and enjoy but it is a dream for us that we are marked behind the line so I only dream. You did illustrate this in whole, I love this and have the desire and dream, TFS.


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2010-07-23 14:42]
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The Café Florian is so beautiful and the architectural details of that old piazza is fantastic. You did a great job of capturing the real essence of Venezia. Very well done as usual thanks Teresat!


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  • brubar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 269 W: 43 N: 9] (1836)
  • [2010-07-23 21:20]

Ciao Teresa,

le parole delle tue note servono sempre a spiegare le tue immagini, diventano una sola cosa con le foto.

Buon weekend

Hi Teresa
What you've done here to make it looks like old photographs are successful.
This is a good view and surly remembers you about your memories...
But I'm looking for colors which in most of your shots, do not exist. I know this is your style, no argue, just these types of post processing bring sadness to me

Hello Teresat

Looks like a turn of the century image from the early 1900's. Great work here.


Many "small scenes", within an exceptional "theatre". The sepia is lovely and adds something, I would have love also the "simple" BW. But maybe the sepia here helps to maintain the brightest tones "under" the pure white, it is better for the scenes you wanted to tell us....

love it


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2010-09-02 9:06]

Hi Teresat

Good tonal range & perspective. The people animate the scene. Wonderful work!

Excelente tratamiento y buen mensaje...P.D. he publicado una...the Magestic café is very interesting...Saludos since Girona.

Interesting effect you've managed here Teresat! The photo looks quite aged, like it's from the 20s or 30s... Nice perspective, not bad sharpness at f2.8 - the photo blurs a little towards the left side but I think that adds to the 'old' feel of this one.


Hello dear Teresa, you know if this weren't for the contemporary garnments of the passers-by this picture could have been taken sometime in the early 1900's , why not the building seems much older than that and i think the sepia tint is what makes it appear that way , well to me this old café has all the antique feel about it , nicely done and well chosen medium to give this place its terrific atmosphere of old days , thank you for sharing my friend,

Hi Teresat.
The sepia tone and the interior of this architecture somehow complementing well making this image looking vintage in the frame. Well captured perspective and thanks for sharing.

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  • mikio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 61 N: 385] (1327)
  • [2011-06-14 5:33]

Hello Teresat,

You're capturing well this corridor with cafe by a good composition and excellent cepia tone, so it's impressive and interesting to see old architecture with tiles in the ground, ceiling with good design and stocky pillars. It is possible to catch a glimpse of the life seeing in daily life from this photograph. The depth that there is a stereoscopic effect in the photograph is felt because it takes it from a good angle.
And, the communication of guests and waiters at right side draws out more good effect. I want also to take such a photograph some time.


Ciao Teresa, fascinating B&W composition, great perspective, nice scene with interesting people, seems a photo of 100 years ago, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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