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Portugal in «bw»

Portugal in «bw»
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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: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-08
Categories: Architecture, Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): postcards from Portugal [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-11-17 13:37
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Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 104
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
In my photo-journey for the centre of Portugal, after the tiring stage to come up Mountain of Lousã to find the «schist villages» - ancient villages all made of schist in the clientele of Lousã, district of Coimbra -is time to rest a little and enjoy the superb view around and breath the atmosphere of those legendary construtions.

As I said in the note to the previous photo, remain mysterious the reasons that had pushed the first settlers to leave the foot of the mountain and to be fixed in the high one, where the land were difficult to cultivate. Ancient narratives place the origins of these mountainous villages in the field of the fancy and the legend.

As I began to say, is time to stop, to rest, and to listen the silent breath of the ancient stone.
Will you hear it?


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Olá José,

Uma foto repleta de beleza, com excelente profundidade de fundo e correta escolha das cores. Muito bom também o detalhe da senhora à esquerda.
Parabéns por mais um lindo trabalho!

Ciao Jose, romantic B&Wcomposition with great perspective, splendid light, very well done, ciao Silvio

provided Grazinha keeps walking away ... well yes!!
ciao josè, yes these ancient stone buildings aree indeed quite intriguing and the lack of people in them puzzling , too. the silence can be felt and yet the murmur of ancient characters may also be heard, if you strain your ears really hard. or maybe it is the wind singing an old song ... or a ghost form the past teeling a story... let us sit against a stonewall and close our eyes...let the sounds of ancient times flow and bring peace to our fatigued hearts
boa noite dear friend , peace be with you and you know who

Boa noite José!
Sir, yes, sir. Excelente trabalho! Ouço sim, antigas pedras cheias de histórias. Simplesmente soberbo o POV, dando a vista e detalhes da casa e a misteriosa camponesa ao fundo. Perfeito efeito P/B nesta fotografia. Muito boa nitidez e perspectiva, amigo.
Muitos parabéns.

grande abraço.

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  • budgun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 2 N: 382] (2091)
  • [2008-11-17 16:02]

Hi Jose,
The b&w format goes well with this timeless ancient village in teh mountains.
Excellent clarity and sharpness to theis wonderfully lit scene that is blessed with tranquil shadows.
Regards, Tom

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-11-17 16:23]

Hi Jose,
beautiful white and black work and composition.Conratulations.Necla.

Hi Jose,
Yes, we can...
Amazing composition and texture of walls. BW color choice works well here.
Selahattin E

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-11-17 20:36]

Hi Jose,
Yes, I can and I like what I hear! The silent breath of the ancient stones tells me that, when a job is well done like these old architectures, they resist at time and mode and remain the lone true witnesses of History. I hear the efforts of these poeple who built these villages with a minimum of tools and material and I have a great respect for their patience and know-how. These ancient stones have no need to cry to be listened, they keep the soul of the builders, their beauty breathes and time is stopping.

Great work with this conversion. I like the human element in your composition.
My compliments! Annie

Dear Jose,

no matter if you're making photos in color or BW tones, they always have unique atmosphere, that makes me happy everytime you upload new one. Except great pov, my attention made this shadow coming from the left and discrete clouds on "blue-gray" sky. Lady in the distance is making this scene even more special. BEAUTIFUL! As usual! :-)

All the best, dear friend!

Hi Master
Wonderful capture and perspective
Great note
You are the best

Bom dia Jose! Amazing perspective and very original composition. B&W is excellent. Good capture. Interesting picture. Saude!

Ola my friend Lose.
"If stones could speak", an old saying of a fantastic Scottish photografer "Highlander".
To know the Further, we have to understand the past.
The person gives this picture an extra add.
Good composed in Black and White.
Best wishes from Jan

This stone made wall could tell million and million stories,if we just have "ear" to hear that...But if we include our imagination we can here all those stories ,I think :)
Perfect shot IMHO :))

warm regards dear Jose

Hello Jose,
I do like the diminshing scale with the walking man fading out of the scene. The perspective is a delight. There is good tonality and contrast. My best regards...Danilo

Bom dia jose
(Do you see B.O?)
There is a great Humanity in your photo...not just because oF "nice lady" but also for all the composition. This a great tribute (for almost north and up center of Portugal) to those stone villages and to the people who live there. It´s beautiful but hard. To live for the Land and by the Land. This is a great photo because I can feel it and it´s very well done.
What i love more is the composition.Even when it has been hard Humanity resist and kept shinning. You got the Humanity Light.
Have a nice day

Hi Mbrito
veru nice black and white and the light that creats some wonderful shadows

Howdy Jose!
Original picture. Good composition. Perfect contrast and sharp.

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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2008-11-18 6:36]

Hi Jose,
Wonderful perspective, lovely tones and nice halo effect. I'm sure you can hear it if you listen long enough, and also hear the stories they have to tell.

Keep enjoying your voyage!


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-11-18 7:31]

selam dear Jose...
beautiful shot and focos.. A superb colors and detail....selamlar

Hello Jose,
this one is very beautifull magic pov,
the black and white choice of color is like end of summer meaning for me.
Regards Caesar

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-11-18 8:28]

Hello Jose, well composed image, great textures and contrasts, well done!


Hi Jose,
Beautiful black-white shot..
Excellent perspective and depthining.
Well done.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi Jose,
I think this is an excellent title to what the photo expresses! I like the architecture, the pov and the composition. Good note too.

very nice B/W image the contrast is well controlled , details are still well seen.good capture Jose,

Merhaba Jose,çok etkili bir siyah beyaz fotoğraf.Oldukça dramatik bir kare,ellerine sağlık :)

Hi Jose
diagonal composition and ancient stone walls are excellent.What original and beautiful shot.TFS.

Un silenzio che ci racconta tante storie. Hai gestito divinamante la luce. Grande effetto grafico e altrettanto affacinante atmosfera. Grazie amico mio.


The stones, the trees, the earth, they all have their moan, they are all talking, in their own, primordial language, all one has to do, as you very well said, is to take the time to hear them... :)

Olá, José!

Como de costume, mais um ótimo trabalho. Bela
composição com excelente perspectiva e ponto
de vista. A escolha da tonalidade me agradou
bastante, assim como suas notas. Parabéns!

Forte abraço,

Hi Jose,
Nice perpective and composition,
great contrast on this black & white picture,
Excellent POV. and details.
very well done.
My compliments

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-11-19 7:40]
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Hi Jose
The texture shows ruggedness and its easy to go back in time and watch this being built.
I like the addition of the person it gives a good dof.
I wonder why you have a halo all around the roof. Did you do this on purpose?

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2008-11-19 8:38]

Hi Jose:

What a great composition. Beautiful picture and Great B&W.

Hi Jose
You creat a nostaljic and great mood to this shot.
The monocolor tone is a good choice.
The present of the human help us to better understand of this house height.
Regards, Alireza.

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-11-19 12:36]

Overhere for some raison I feel an incredible Picasso or Hemmingway kind of mood,its seems like back in time Jose.

Nice composition and B&W photo my friend.Great work.
Grande abraço

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-11-19 22:25]

Hi Jose
Excellent view of the schist house in a great perspective. In my country most traditional houses are like this but the reason for moeving to the higher places was protection from the pirates.
Have a good day

hi Jose',

this photo is indeed an invitation to the traveller (the physical and the psycological) to stop and savour the moment.
I love the high contrast you manage to capture here, there's a lot of black that underlines the stones and an absence of it in the sky, which makes it clear and open.
and the person walking out of the visual field makes the picture more interesting.

Beautifully composed shot Jose.
I love the lines of this structure from right to left.
Perfectly leading the eye towards the person walking away.
Great mood and artistry.
- Vincent

Hi Jose...nice shot...well composed...great details and tones...


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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-11-21 18:26]

hi Jose

How interesting to see this kind of stone wall that really shows how man first build the dwelling unit, it resembles the stone cave!

What would the inside look like?

I would imagine the house look very simple and perhaps even wish to think the stone wall and roof can be replaced by palm leaves and wood and change the location to Borneo islands off Semporna for the Sea Bajau habitat.

tfs, bill

Bonjour José,
Ah, ces pierres si elles pouvaient parler, elles nous conterait la vie difficile de ces habitants heureux peut être au début mais qui avec les difficultés furent obligés de laisser leurs maisons à l'abandon!!!
Le noir et blanc fait très bel, effet celui d'un village éloigné du monde et qui a perdu un peu de sa gaieté!!!

Nice WB work, fine a woman included!

Malik & Mary.

Original POV and the B/W gives a mood of a neglegted constructions. The human presence, at a good place in the composition, gives a hope.
Well seen and well done.
Best regards

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  • Alexia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 0 N: 221] (2466)
  • [2008-11-23 14:04]

questa immagine...


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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-11-24 1:36]


Quel rendu sur la pierre, merveilleux, avec la belle dame au châpeu, ces ombre, superbe image.

Bravo et amitié


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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2008-11-28 12:37]
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Hi Jose
Wonderful composition fine a woman included! great work

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-12-01 13:46]
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Hi Jose, beautiful composition with the presence of woman to close the perspective. Vivid light and strong contrast too,but the amazing thing in your shot is that it really speaks to me of ancient times and never ending feelings. thanks, cinzia

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2008-12-04 14:53]

Ola Jose

Belo tiro e grande visual!
eu gosto da fotografia e do local, eu vi muito deste cenario
por Bolivia. e o teu trabalho em b/w é fantástico!
Um belíssimo jogo de luz e sombras.
Muito bem composto my friend...


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  • jorgi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 46 W: 40 N: 33] (519)
  • [2008-12-16 13:03]

Hi Jose,

this silence follows the lady like her shadow does...
Wonderful sepia photo of timeless motive...stones.
They were here before us and they will outlive us...
They've seen a lot and stories that can tell...uf!
Excellently composed with stressed curve that leads the view of the observer thru texturized wall all the way to human presence. It gives the wall a life...a story to tell.

My best,

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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2008-12-17 16:46]

Boa Noite Jose
Fiquei com esta fotografia ...é muito portuguesa. A composição é excellente.
Um abraço amigo

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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2009-02-01 7:21]

Great B&W composition with great perspective, splendid light.
I keep it.

Hello Jose,
in your gallery there are lots of fantastic photos, like this splendid and romantic B/W landscape.
I like the magnificent POV and light and the presence of the man above.
It's really a great image.
Have a nice week end dear friend.

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