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ancient green in deep «blues»
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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: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/50 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): postcards from Portugal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-15 12:50
Viewed: 3528
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 182
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The photo of today was taken last summer in «Coja», a Portuguese clientele of «Arganil» municipality, near of the city of «Coimbra» (center of Portugal), with 20,63 km ² of area, 1.650 inhabitants (2001), and a population density of 80,0 hab/km ²(*).

The village of «Coja» has a beautiful marginal front, with a series of palace-like houses observing the edges of Alva river. Next to the dam was constructed a zone of leisure very frequented in summer.

The river «Alva», for its rough course, with many dams, is one paradise for those who love canoe sports.

«Coja», like «Avô» (the previous photo), is another small village of Portugal, out from the usual tourist routes.


(*) data extracted from Wikipedia.

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Olá José,
Absolutamente magnífica em todos os aspectos destacando a ponte, aliás, nem sei qual o centro de maior atracção...está tudo tão fantástico.
Parabéns pelo magnífico registo e OPC!

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  • Alexia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 0 N: 221] (2466)
  • [2008-10-15 13:27]

Ciao...mi piace moltissimo questa foto
mi piacciono i colori
e tutto il riflesso in acqua...


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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-10-15 13:27]

Hi Jose
I don't believe all this incredible clarity of the view and the shap details with those excellent colors. Really impressive!

hello josè. jusst back form bari (deep heel of Italy , with eyes full of sea andd ssun and white stone buildings , soon to be shared
thank you for these images of fantastic portugal , let's hope it can stay the same

Olá José,

Wonderful colour contrasts in the image. Strong reflections and the clouds a delight. TFS,

ciao jose!

beautiful place..
splendid landscape..
small but cool town! lovely sky and green...

best wishes

Hi Jose
wonderful capture of a beautiful view. perfect pov.
marvelous reflections. clear and sharp.
lovely vivid colors.

Very nice work on this Jose! Love the filters you used here! The colors are super rich! Excellent comp and the red and white just POP out! I love it!

Olá Jоse.
Wonderful place and nice reflection.Nice colours my friend!

Hi, Jose!

Fantastic landscape with perfect saturation and sharpness. Nice mood.



Uh mr Jose, your work is
absolutely fantastic..

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  • Aida Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 39 N: 200] (2292)
  • [2008-10-15 14:43]

Olá José,
Completamente espectacular, as cores vibrante, os reflexos no rio... Um lugar que vale sem dúvida uma visita.
Fica bem,

Such fabulous deep tones here Jose.
This scene has everything in harmony.
Clouds are a wonderful design as are the reflections.
Excellent catch.
- Vincent

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  • Margy Gold Star Critiquer [C: 103 W: 6 N: 221] (2520)
  • [2008-10-15 15:26]

Hello Jose,

An Amazing photo, beautiful colors, sharpness and POV.
The red roofs, the sky, the clouds, the reflexion makes it very nice, well done!
regards, Marga

ah from the same place again.. beautiful shot, Jose.. this one is really lovely.. the view is just stunning.. much beautiful to look at than the previous.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-10-15 18:54]

Hi Jose...
Amazing composition - nice point of view...
It is really a very good shot of the a beautiful "Coja".
Excellent, top quality colors, contrast and sharp.

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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2008-10-15 19:12]

Hi Jose,
What a beautiful day with all those lovely clouds. Excellent composition with a perfect reflection.

Hi Jose
Excellent perspective and composition.
The view and sky,old place are very beautiful.

Hello Jose,
Beautiful capture, The colours are very nice and clouds are super , I like the reflection the bridge the white houses with red roofs, Very nice, good sharpenes and light,
My best Regards

Hello Jose,

Wonderful view!
Great composed Landscape, fine exposed water and beautiful lighting.
Well done,

Malik & Mary.

Bom dia Master
What a wonderful capture and perspective
Perfect reflections and colors
Take care

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2008-10-16 0:52]

Hi Jose...
Beautiful shot with nice colors, composition, light...
Nice postcard...

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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-10-16 0:59]

Bom dia José,
A imagem está espetacular.
As cores e a nitidez é incrivel.
Muito Obrigado meu amigo.
Tenha um dia fantástico

Hello Jose,

Beautiful view! Superb composition, nicely exposed photo with addorable "story". I am adding this to favorites! :-)


Jose Hi:

Stunning beauty of architecture and nature. Amazing colors and clarity coming from the wonderful PoV. Thanks for the notes.

Congratulations, very very nice, my friend

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-10-16 2:20]


quel ciel merveilleu accompagne cette superbe vue, de toute beauté, avec le pont, les reflet, quel bel ensemble.

Bravo et amitié


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  • pikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 9 N: 277] (1105)
  • [2008-10-16 3:42]

Olá José,

Que paisagem maravilhosa, com um céu perfeito para fotografia, e muito bem reflectido no rio.

As cores, texturas e enquadramento estão perfeitas.

Mais um belo postal do nosso bonito Portugal, muitos parabéns.


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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2008-10-16 3:47]
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Hi José,

What an amazing picture is this!
I like these colors and light very much.
The sharpnes, the contrast, the composition, the reflection, the sky..... it's all perfect!
Well done my friend,

TFS and greetings from Netherland,

Hi Jose,
Amazing point of view and presentation with great colors and sharpness, Excellent light and contrast, lovely reflection and very well done.

Ola dear Jose
Wonderful architecture and lanscape. It's obvious that citizens here have a excellent view and atmosphere in their houses. Beutiful river asnd reflection. Bravo
Best wihses my friend

Ola Jose

Bonito cartão postal!
Eu gosto da suavidade das cores e da luz não tão forte,
moldando os contornos das pequenas casas brancas.
A ponte e teu reflexo é maravilhosa.
Uma Bonita vila, me parece ser bem calma!
Bonita compo!


Ola Jose.
Wonderful City landscape with good composition and nice bright colours.
Thanks for showing here.
Regards from Jan

Hi, Jose, perfect photo, so sharp, so good contrast, great colors, excellent scene, just perfect!

HI Jose..great shot...excellent composition...great colors and tones..nice work.


Hi Jose,
What a fantastic view! Awsome representation of the sky and clous, perfect sharpness, details and colours. The reflection on the surface of the water looks great. Congratulations, fantastic image! TFS.
Best regards,

Hi Jose,
A Beautiful shot of colourful city...
Nice composition and its excellent details.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2008-10-16 11:27]

Lovely deep colours in a very nice composition with sharp details ! The red roofs are a + for the eyes !

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-10-16 12:11]

I need to visit a warm location such as this, MB,I like your angle for shooting,also your colours are vibrant, did you use a polariser for this one?I like the position of the bridge & the reflections in the river,looks like a very charming village.


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 996 W: 54 N: 31] (5769)
  • [2008-10-16 22:54]

Un joli paysage bien contrasté.
Bonne journée.

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  • tafa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 13 N: 181] (1818)
  • [2008-10-17 3:36]

Composition are really great!! so nice colours indeed!! it's so original and effective! well done!

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

Ciao Jose, splendid composition with fantastic reflections, wonderful colors and superb sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-10-17 7:26]

Hi Jose, vivid colours and light, really a nice landscape! great sharpness too. compliments! Ciao, cinzia

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-10-17 9:06]

nicely coloured landscape

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-10-17 11:59]

Hello Jose
The white houses really stand out against this dark sky.
Good reflections and love the little bit of light.
WEll done

Hi Jose,
Wow, what a really great city this is !! Great shape and beautiful colors and light/exposure. The sky is superb too.
Good job done!

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  • budgun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 2 N: 382] (2091)
  • [2008-10-17 12:50]

Hi Jose,
Very placid river image with beautiful contrasting colors and a tranquil reflection of tree and sky in the calm water.
The lovely old bridge makes a lovely leadin down the river and towards the fantastic sky.
Regards, Tom

Hi Jose,

just great photo!
Lovely colors,
very beautiful sky,
I love reflections on water :)
useful notes.



Boa noite José!

Mas que belas cores e nitidez meu, amigo! WOW. Impressionante.
Adorei os reflexos no rio e a velha ponte romana ;)
Descreve perfeitamente um lugarejo portugues.
grande abraço.


Hello Jose, What an attractive viewpoint you have chosen for this charming village. I like the mirror image reflected in the river. TFS.
Cheers, Pat.

Ola Jose,
What an amazing panoramic view.Superb colours, reflection, POV, colours and lighting.TFS.


Hi Jose,
Perfect well balanced composition and vivd colors
Selahattin E

Bonjour José,

Quel superbe paysage, très colorée avec un ciel très artistique, le reflet est très bien mis en valeur par le contraste des couleurs très différentes de la réalité!!!
Toute mes félicitations

Hello Hose,
this is great reflection, nice capture and thank you for your kind words again,
Have a nice weekend - Caesar

Bonjour Jose
What a wonderful and well contrasted photo. The composition is very artistic. I love the reflection of the bridge on the surfce of the Alva River. The colors are fanastic.

Stunning landscape shot. I particularly like the cloud formation, and the reflection in the water.

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2008-10-19 10:03]

Hello José,
Class perspective and super composition. The composition is excellent one and effect of the picture. Fantastic reflection.
Well done.

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  • limba3 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1035 W: 476 N: 576] (16751)
  • [2008-10-19 14:37]

Hi Jose
Wonderful colors, composition, lighting and point of view.

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-10-20 5:21]

ciao jose...un grande scatto..particolare e suggestivo..buono il riflesso e le varie tonalita di colori..un grande pov..ottima composizione bella profondita di campo.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-10-20 7:27]

Hi Jose,
amazing...Sky and reflections are so effective.Congretulation.TFS.Necla.

Ola José,
Excellent view of Coja. Maybe it could be a tad brighter, but the composition is fine. So are the striking colours and the reflection makes it an attractive picture. Well done my friend!

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  • Chang Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 61 W: 7 N: 30] (439)
  • [2008-10-20 9:34]

Hi José,

Beautiful landscape shot! I like the composition.
very sharp and well balanced contrast..
Well done

TFS and greetings
from Pakistan,
Muhammad Hasnain

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-10-20 10:46]

selam dear Jose...
verynice shot and reflections..superb colors and focus..bravo..selamlar

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2008-10-20 13:24]

Very deep blues and intense colors for a strong visual impression. I like the composition and use of natural textures combined with the man-made ones. A bit busy, but not your fault:) Appealing and vibrant with a touch of dark mood. Nice shot!

Una pasada de composicion y luz..sobresaliente

Hi José,

This really is one eye catching scene here with the bright light on the white houses under a deep blue sky. A glass like river winding it's way through an old arched bridge...
Worth leaving the normal tourist route for, because let's face it a photographer never thinks of himself as a tourist ^-^.

TFS this beautiful part of your country.


Bom dia Jose
It seems an oil. Very original composition and fantastic work. It looks so perfect. The defintion , the reflexes are amazing. Very well play.
my regards

Hi dear friend,
indeed a beautiful place. Great peaceful mood in it.
The houses are looking like from a fairy tale - all white and with red roofs.
The bridge looks perfect in there and the water reflections are completing so well the scene.
A wonderful view to admire.
Have a lovely day.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-10-23 6:47]

Hello Jose! Such a nice composition with saturated colors and great reflections! A beautiful image my friend!


So very beautiful place..you've mde perfect shot ..amazing light,colors ,atmosphere ...My best compliments dear Jose:)
warm regards

merhaba dear jose
excellent lovely colours and reflections.excellent bridge and villece.well done my friend.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

Hi Jose
Your gallery is full of masterpeices! Very nice photos, Congrats! This one is a pretty scenic place that you've captured professionaly. Its my honour to add your name in my favorite.
Warm Regards, Alireza.

Hello Jose,

What a wonderful view! Love the composition, the reflections are very attractive. Beautifull place beautifully presented.

Hi Jose!
Nice cityscape. Very nice clouds. Wonderful perspective. Beautiful picture.

You have flying colors from my part, in every aspect regarding this posting: subject, composition, perspective, dof, colors, clarity and attention to detail, exposure, and most of all, mood!
I'm anxiously waiting for the next stop. :)

hi jose
brilliant composition with stunning colours impressive sky and amazing reflections!

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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2008-11-19 1:52]

hi mb
beautiful shot from great pov and great composition.
thanks for your nice comment on
"yellow foliage".
best regards.

ciao Jose..
nice and intense capture.. full of intensity.. with a taste so out of time! excellent.. thanks
ciao Marco

You have some truly beautiful photography here...Thank you for commenting on my photo :)

hello josè
thank you for sharing this amazing photo
excellent colour ,sharpness,pov every thing
best regards

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-11-30 6:33]

A very pretty picture jose with lots of things to see and a big bonus of the perfect cloudy sky!

Buenos reflejos e iluminacion. Una postal encantadora :)

Hello Jose,
What an absolutely beautiful photo. The colors and clarity are perfect. The POV is nicely done. I love the clouds above.

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2008-12-16 17:48]

Hi Jose,

This a nice shot with plenty of detail. Light on the houses is brilliant, the sky has a nice deep blue with plenty of beautifull clouds. Reflexions in the water are also well detailed. This is a great picture and TFS.


I feel like I am back in ancient times. very beautiful!

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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2009-01-07 5:00]

Hi jose
Isto é um Portugal pouco visto mas bem verdadeiro. O trabalho fotografico está espectacular. Parabéns.
Um abraço

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  • jorgi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 46 W: 40 N: 33] (519)
  • [2009-01-12 1:39]

Hi Jose,

judging from your photos Portugal must be wonderful country.
I have only been to Spain and I loved it...country, people, everything.
But all friends of mine, who went afterwards to Portugal said, that it is even more warm with more friendly people and country. Since then I have great wish to visit it.
But while I'm completely broke I will enjoy it thru your most amazing photos like this one. It is absolutely stunning with most picturesque sky and scenery.
Not much else to say here than Wow.


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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2009-01-24 10:55]
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beautiful place..
geat atmosphere and great reflections...

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-02-01 9:09]


Beautiful landscape, exposure/sharpness/colors is excellent.
Well done.


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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2009-05-30 18:55]

Hi Jose, A well balanced scene with the arch reflected as a perfect circle. The skies are pleasant to the eye and the scene floods an ambiance of peace and tranquility. Portugal loogs a place of many natural wonders. TFS. Murray.

Hi Jose

Just so much colors..
i like the composition.. its very quiet and beautiful

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