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5 minutes from home

5 minutes from home
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Copyright: Jose m brito e silva (mbrito) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Experimental, Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/25 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Friday Theme 2008/09/12 "5 Minutes From Home", boats sport and ships, PLAGES ET COTES DU MONDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-11 7:35
Viewed: 2951
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 174
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
5 minutes from home where I spend all my week-ends, in Foz do Arelho,… I fish.

Foz do Arelho is located in West of Portugal, near Nazaré, an hour distanced from Lisbon, it has a beautiful beach, swamped by the ocean, connected with the «Óbidos» lagoon, surrounded by mountain and forrest. The nearest town is Caldas da Rainha.

There I can feel the elements, the sun shines, the wind blows, the rain falls, and sometimes it snows. As a friend said recently, it is my «private paradise». It's true... and that place keeps my soul alive.

In the photo a characteristic boat of Foz do Arelho called «bateira».


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good b&W Photo Jose..
good shot..
good view ..
good idea..

Beautiful landscape of the sea life.

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-09-11 7:50]

Ola jose

Good symmetry of the reflection, with a dark & moody atmosphere, and a superb tonal range. Tfs!

Olá José,
Mais um excelente preto e branco, pois esta é a combinação perfeita para esse local.
Excelente escolha para o tema.

Hello Jose,
This is a classic timeless composition in b&w. It is oozing with charm and the elements are placed appropriately. Muy suave. Greetings! Danilo

This is wonderful b&w photo. Contrast is great.


I love this stunning image, the comp, the atmosphere but above all the tones!!
Thanx, M, (*_*)

Boa tarde jose
I think you are working and dreaming with Foz.
It´s a wonderful place and your boat and the fisherman are wonderful.Magic Light .
work well!
My regards

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  • rigz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 82] (1091)
  • [2008-09-11 8:07]

Nice B&W shot. Good brightnes. Subject nicely captured and composed. Well done!

Geoffrey Bin Ramji

Hi Jose
Amazing capture and reflections
Wonderful job

Ola Jose,
Bonito lugar otima composicao.
Parabens e abraco,

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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29412)
  • [2008-09-11 8:28]

My god you're ever in the heaven Jose. One to be proud.


Hi Jose,
I love this shot. I like the B&W color choice and the detail in this picture. Awesome reflections of the boat and person on the boat. Nice work.

Very nice Jose. Excellent composition. I like the overall effect you have achieved, particularly the glow around the objects.

Nice range of tones.


Olá JM my dear friend,
Wonderful capture of our "private paradise".Stunning B&W and wonderful PP work.Well done dear friend!
Have a wonderful dreaming/working day!
Grande abraço
José Diogo

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-09-11 9:39]

Very good dramatic mood in this picture Jose,B&W is always special.jan

Hi Jose
wonderful work and effect in this photo
My curiosity is to see it natural
possibel in a ws???

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-09-11 10:55]


Merveilleuse image de ce pêcheru,m qulle douceur dans les teinte, le reflet, le ciel, de toute beauté, un merveille.

Bravo et amitié


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-09-11 11:53]
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Hi Jose,
You are lucky to be in this paradise 5 minutes from you home!
This is a powerful photo with a timeless mood (so good for a weekend) and well enhanced by the horizontal plans and by the sepia tones.
What fish do you take there?
Bravo! Annie

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-09-11 11:58]

Hello Jose,
Very friendly contents in the picture you represented us. That is a beautiful picture whit the nice reflections.

HI Jose...great shot..wonderful black and white tones...nicely composed.


Ola Jose
wonderful image, excellent lines, so calm... great b/w tones...

E allora "in bocca al Luccio". When you'll came in Italy I'll explain you what's the meaning. Friendly.


Ciao Jose, fascinating B&W composition with fantastic reflections, splendid atmosphere, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jose,

Excellent B&W image with very nice tones and reflection, wonderful composition.


a very nice set-up. very calming. good PPwork on your composition. well done. TFS.

Absolutely beautiful image and perfect BW. Congratulations, José
Una abrazo
maría José

Hi jose - I would like to have seen the real scene here - not some ghastly 70's style inverted image. Did you really need to do this to this photo. It seems as if the composition and view are very good, but you've totally ruined the picture....

Bonsoir Jose,
WoW!! great composition and details, Excellent POV. in black and White, nice contrast and litht,
Exellent done.

Hello Jose!
Excellent b/w photo!
Very like!
Best regards

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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-09-12 0:26]

Dear José,
It is indeed a wonderful paradise.
You have capture it beautifully.
The image, the colours, the feeling, Perfect.
Have a very nice day.
Friendly Greetings

Ola Jose! Very interesting scene. Good POV. Original B&W. Good lightness. Very good capture. Saude!

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-09-12 1:41]

Hi Jose...
Beautiful [email protected] shot...
Nice tones...
Beautiful composition...
Have a nice weekend...

Hi Jose,
excellent contribution to the theme,
great light and lovely reflections,
welldone and tfs,

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-09-12 2:58]

ciao jose...bellissimo scatto...grande lavoro...bello il bianco e nero...ottimo riflesso..bellissimo soggetto...ottimi i dettagli
sei un mito

Sem dúvidas, uma linda composição. O reflexo na água está belo. Great shot and well done job!!


Intéressant traitement d'image.
Bonne journée.

Jose Hi:
Marvelous, what a beautiful place in the world your 5 minutes from home is, my friend. An amazing place for you and wonderfully beautiful
Thanks for the note.
Congratulations, very nicely composed an presented.

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-09-12 7:21]

Hi dear friend...
Fantastic composition. great mood and capture in B&W..! Congratulations.
Have a nice WE...
My regards,

Ola Jose

Lindo!! visão excelente e de maravilhosa qualidade.
Afortunado voce, a 5 minutos de casa tendo estas maravilhosas
visão. infelizmente eu não tenho estas todos os dias.
Meu trabalho fica longe da praia e em meio a muitos edificios.
É só cimento e estruturas metalicas.
Excelente visual e de muito bom gosto!


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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-09-12 7:50]

Hi Jose, in this shot there is all your love for the place : it speaks to soul and this is the most important thing. It's tecnically perfect too. Great!
Ciao, cinzia

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2008-09-12 9:28]
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Hi Jos,
thus such a picture make that can only one master. It is so strongly and too equivalent alive because of that reflection in the water. It is great.

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  • ARGI Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 99 W: 2 N: 40] (1139)
  • [2008-09-12 10:08]
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very beautiful Jose
I like the b& w mood and the light of the hour.
Excellent POV and note
best regards

Hello Jose ,
Beautiful photo, good composition verz nice view with very nice reflection of the boat and of the man
Mz best Regards

A superb addition to the theme Jose. The image well composed, the conversion up to your usual standards and a lovely grainy texture. TFS,

Many thanks for your comment on ‘A little ray of sunshine’ and ‘5 minutes from home’

hello josè, stunning picture, i rather like the PP work, though as you know i would have never had the patiencee (or indeed the knoww howw) to carry it out
enjoy your weekend in Paradise
by the way luccio is a freshwateer fish quite common in our northern Italian lakes (see robert's comment)

Hello Jose

An outstanding capture here, so peaceful and well balanced. Nice sharp detail and lines, perfectly suited to greyscale too. Lovely work

TFS and for joining in the theme

kind regards Helen

Hello Jose
always wonderful surprises
perfect shot and pp work
my regards

Wonderfully surreal B/W composition José!
Stunning visual effect you have created. It gives a mood of mystery and peace at the same time.
Fabulous work my friend.
- Vincent

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-09-12 22:33]

A very beautiful shot from you again. It captures the tranquil mood of the angler, and thanks to your pp work it has a dreamy look.

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  • KrL Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 504 W: 135 N: 502] (7619)
  • [2008-09-13 0:04]

Bonjour José,
je crois que mes 2 pts te font passer la barre des 100 pts pour cette photo :)
Superbe cet effet linéaire bien renforcé par ce fort contraste. Le ciel paraît irréel.
Ton ami appel ça un "private paradise", moi aussi j'en ai un que j'appel "my secret garden"...:)
Bonne journée


Hi Jose..
Good point of view. Excellent BW composition
and great theme.Well done.TFS.

Hi Jose,

Beautiful presentation in BW . .
Excellent work you've done here . .


:-)) will be back this afternoon

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2008-09-13 8:29]

Hello Jose,
a real great BW shot. Special effects could be felt by the tonal and greyinsh colours in the shot. Very graphic too with the oles upright and the waves coming.
excellent composition.


Superb work Jose. I like the way you anchored the shot and the mood this image brings. Well done and best regards. Jusni

hi jose.
this would be a good pic were it not for the pp.

i am at a loss to understand why you have recieved so many points.

there is quite a few problems with this pic.....
the horizon line is very poor.
the edges of the boat, the mooring pole and the angler are so harsh.
i'm sorry if you are not happy with this critique but someone had to tell you where you went wrong.
if you cannot see your mistakes then i must be looking at a different pic from everyone else.

i do not like this at all.

Boa fotografia e bom trabalho posterior. Parabéns.

Hi Jose
Great capture,nice reflection and excellent contrast and lighting.

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-09-15 4:32]

hi Jose

5 minutes away! You are lucky to live here.

A little bit of classic stylish look for this B&W with such great reflection of the boat and fisherman. I guess he is too well dressed for fishing. But a fine shot!

tfs, bill

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-09-15 6:49]

Good morning Jose
Fishing is the most relaxing and revitalizing sport which I enjoyed for many years.
A great capture of the magic moments.

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  • pikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 9 N: 277] (1105)
  • [2008-09-15 8:46]
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Olá Jose,

Mais um B&W perfeito, gostei imenso dos efeitos.

Vejo que a Foz do Arelho o inspira, não é para mais é uma das mais belas praias de Portugal.

Continua o excelente trabalho, muitos parabéns.


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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-09-15 10:03]

beautiful struktuur of horizontal lines

Olá José,

Adorei este efeito em B/W! E o efeito espelho está fantastico também.
Quase que sinto os teus sentimentos quando dizes que este sitio é um paraiso, pois é realmente belo. Gostaria de ver a foto com as cores originais, mas assim da outra mistica à foto.

Muitos parabéns, e um grande abraço.


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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2008-09-15 13:01]

Hi Jose

The lighting and the mono toning is fabulous. Lovely peaceful feel to the shot. Very nice work



how lucky you are....very beautiful description, love your thoughts about the place, and you were able to connect your mood to the picture.
amazingly beautiful
best to you

Hello Jose,

Wonderful scene , great processed
fantastic "minutes"! :) :)

Malik & Mary.

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2008-09-15 18:40]

I like the strong b&w impression of this image, the glassy surface of the water, and the apparent inverse contrasts that capture the attention. Good composition and enjoyable style that work well together. Excellent:)

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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2008-09-15 19:05]

Hi Jose,
Simply stunning - the composition, the clarity...looks like a dream to me. Outstanding shot!.

hello Jose,

must be a lot of fishes.. so lovely to go fishing just so near from your place.. i like this one best.. black and white i mean.. very artistic.. love the reflection.. excellent pp work. well done.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 680 W: 60 N: 8] (86)
  • [2008-09-15 21:42]

Hi Jse,
great light management . i like reflections and your compo very much. congratulations.
Best wshes.

merhaba my friend jose
magnificent black white picture and composition.magnificent light and reflections.well done.best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Hello Jose,
thank you for so many kind words.
This one is very dramatic yet very peacefull.
Good choice of colors - makes it very artistic.
Regards Caesar

Hi dear friend,
you must be living in a dreammy place :)
Stunning textures on the water surface.
I like the dark tones so perfectly bound with the light in it.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Best wishes,
:) soon

Hello Jose,

Preciosa composición con esos tonos tan bien acertados en B/N, buenos detalles y perfecta presentación. Bravo !!



Ola dear Jose
Wooow. Magnificient landscape. Yes I could conceive that this is the place for complete regeneration of body and soul. Maybe the best of Your B&W photots. the real exalting is this cloud or fog and it's arch line. The photo is ful of atmosphere like all Your photos
Best wishes my friend

I really do love mood in this photo...I can feel it ...My compliments and thank you :)

warm regards

Hello Jose,
You have written a very interesting notes and you are so lucky to live in a beautiful place. You choose a nice color tones in this photo. The reflections in the water of the man in the boat is fantastic.

Hello Jose,

Lovely 'graphic' work:) Looks like you put some ink on it:))) Nice subject and moment to capture, you took it into a higher level and created a different world...

Hi Jose,
Great place to be, and only 5 minutes from home !! ;-)
Very good contribution to the theme.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2008-09-17 19:47]

Very nice lighting and contrast, and a beautiful and peaceful scene. The sepia tones add a nice mood. TFS

overwelming beautifull

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-09-19 8:04]

Very well done Jose! Good composition and perfect technique, thanks!


I missed this one earlier--it also is wonderful---I love these black and white ones of yours, you are producing some great work---keep going my friend, they are wonderful---Lynne

Hello Jose,

I've been a bit busy and haven't been visiting my favorites lately. I made a mental note to come back to this photo as soon as possible. I'm actually glad I didn't respond immediately. I read some of the criticism you've received and I do see their arguments are perhaps valid from a technical point of view (not something I'm good at), however, I would like to say that I really like the almost surreal effect. The strangeness of the almost two-dimensional man, the mysterious, ominous sky with wind turbines on the horizon and the sand dunes that look like snow-capped mountains. I wonder what the original looked like.
Kind regards,
Jim (points are off)

Ola Jose.
Gorgeous B/W photo. The scene is adoreble.
Maybe a small cropp off, from the left side ?
Best regards from Jan

Beautiful landscape my dear friend!Well done!
Grande abraço

O efeito do céu ficou maravilhoso como o restante da foto.

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-10-30 10:00]

Hi Jose
A great place to spend a holiday and certainly exceptional pp work on it.
Really lovely

Buena toma y tonalidades. Interesante :)

Hello Jose,
Very good dramatic mood in this picture...

Most fedeztem fel ezt a fotót, nagyon komoly munka! Az árny , a fény játéka gyönyörű!
Gratulálok Laci

Hi Jose

Interesting B&W photo. Good clarity and tones. The POV is effective, I like the reflection of the boat and fisherman.

Tfs and best wishes,


On dirait une peinture, c'est très beau!

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