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Christmas in Sintra

Christmas in Sintra
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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: Color
Date Taken: 2009-12-17
Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Mood
Camera: Panasonic FZ18
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-12-20 16:09
Viewed: 2378
Points: 64
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
UNESCO says...
Sintra was declared a World Heritage Site because:
"In the 19th century became the first center of European Romantic architecture. Ferdinand II turned a ruined monastery into a castle where this new sensitivity was displayed in the use of Gothic, Egyptian, Moorish, and Renaissance elements, and in the creation of a park blending local and exotic species of trees.Other fine dwellings, built along the same lines in the surrounding serra, created a unique combination of parks and gardens which influenced the development of landscape architecture throughout Europe."

Sintra is so beautiful...that we look at it and we forget for moments the «reality» and we breath a fairytale harmony. That's Christmas.
Lord Byron has written about it, Polansky has filmed here with Johnny Dept and there are so many palaces in this little village. So dreamy things...

I Wish you all, specially members who take time to still make TL a vibrant place...writing notes, posting photos, making ws, making comments or critics...not perfect, ...but always with sharing motivation,... to you all Merry Christmas and for those who not celebrate it the wish of warm days.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2011-12-20 16:42]

Hi Teresa,
This one brings back memories of this place from August. As you say, it is a quaint little town, full of pleasant surprises around every corner. This photo gives you a sense of the place.

Wishing you a very happy Christmas and a great new year,


Hi Teresat,
Beautiful romantic architecture well presented here,
great saturation of colors and contrast,
Excellent point of view and details.

Merry Christmas to you too Teresat..and my best wishes..

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-12-20 17:53]

Hi Teresat

Love the warm vs cold colour contrasts between the pink, blue & yellow. Good sharpness, the people at left add scale, & thanks for your Christmas wishes!

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-12-20 17:58]

Greetings Teresa,
I have visited more than one European World Heritage Site,& have felt the wonder of each,& I would imagine,Sintra,would hold the same magic for me as the others have.I like this artistic dressed Christmas Tree,beautiful,as are your notes,I'm glad you continue to be a vital member of TL.
A very Merry Christmas to you & your family & friends.
Best Wishes

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2011-12-20 20:13]

Hi Teresa,

I didn't know anything about Sintra...so I made a quick search on Google! What an interesting medieval city! Surely an addition on my next travel book!
What a special Christmas tree...I like these big poppies as decorations.
The facades of building seem made with glazed tiles as those we can see in old french architecture,by example : Hospices of Beaune with geometric patterns.
The bold colors and contrast give really life, and powerful impact at the image.
The best for you for this Christmas time, dear friend!


Merry Christmas Teresat and Happy New year. An interesting and attractive seasonal shot with fascinating architecture and christmas tree. TFS

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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2011-12-20 22:37]

Hi Teresa,
What a beautiful place that you share with TL. I like the tree with its decoration, The color of the buildings is so classy. Nice lighting and sharp image. TFS

Dear Teresa
Its been a long time since your colorful shot!
Incredible and amazing view of Sintra with dreamy colors and soft lighting
Merry Xmass to you and your great husband, wish you a prosperous new year
Regards :)

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-12-20 23:23]

Hi Teresa,
You caught here a nice festive atmosphere with this huge Christmas tree. Nice diffused lighting to obtain such a beautiful mood. A very colorful capture with such interesting architecture and quietness.
Well done for this neat work.
My best wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Healthy New Year.

Francis Xavier

Bom dia Teresa,
TL tem poucas unanimidades e você é uma delas, mesmo nos tempos de lutas "fratricidas".
Bela foto, amiga, bela foto, carregada de emoções.
Grande abraço e boas festas,

Dear Teresa
I don't celebrate Christmas but do like and appreciate this marvelous greeting card. a wonderful picture from an attractive site. colorful and interesting architecture. great PP work on colors and details.
Merry Christmas

Hi Teresa
Wonderful scenic view of this beautiful place where you not only show this lovely old building vis a vis the amazing BG beauty with good DOF and details.
Best Wishes

Bonjour Teresa
Je t'ai emmenée au château de Sintra l'autre jour , et voilà ses maisons très portugaises qui me font penser à celles de Barcelos avec des façades et une petite place comme ici.Les cocardes du sapin me paraissent très typiques aussi, il faut garder le patrimoine, le protéger des invasions barbares quelles qu'elles soient.Une belle profondeur, et des couleurs, des couleurs...
Mes meilleurs voeux pour toi et les tiens Teresa et...
um abraço

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2011-12-21 22:35]

Hi Teresat,

A wonderful view of the place in the christmas time, excellent sharpness and contrast of colors.
POV and DOF are perfect, splendid light.
Merry christmas 2you and your family.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-12-22 10:14]


quelle compo e tiamge superbe quel arbre de noèel tout pointu tout beau décoré avec ce rouge dans un très bel ensmeble grandisoe image de noël, quel chef d'oeuvre.

Bravo et amitié


Hi Teresat...a color shot!!!!!! very nice tones and colors. Nicely composed.


Very nice capture and an awesome Christmas spirit. Love the color combination. Great pov and it has a good dof with nice details. Very well done, tfs.

Bonsoir Teresat,

Une belle interprétation et illustration pour les fêtes.
Magnifique architecture colorée.
Le sapin est joliment décoré. Plaisante composition.
Joyeux Noël à vous en famille.
Merci pour le partage
Salutations amicales.

Hoi Teresa,

Best wishes for you and your family for 2012 ! And of course a great christmas day.

Superb posting regarding Sintra !!
Light and colors are very nice. Funy are those 3 people who are watching the same scene as we do.



Hi, Teresa. Merry Christmas to you and Seasons greetings. This is a neat photo with so many architectural details and color. Well composed with excellent sharpness and a very informative note. Cheers.

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  • Clanyi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 254 W: 7 N: 100] (7129)
  • [2011-12-29 13:29]

Hi Teresat! Welcome back! Beautiful capture, nice tones. Regards Csabi

Strong colors along with an immense mood make this picture so special for Christmas greetings, dear Teresa!

Love the light and sharpness you have achieved in this work.
The colors are natural and clarity is amazing.
The clouds add mood into the scene.
Well done!

Belated Happy Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Um abracos,

Bonjour Teresat,

Que de couleurs, pour ce joli cliché de ton joli pays!!!
Le sapin est génial ainsi revêtu, jolis détails et belle lumière, les habitations sont richement décorées!!!
Tous mes meilleurs voeux pour 2012, santé, bonheur, félicité et prospérité qu'elle te soit sereine et te garde en bonne santé!!!

Hello Teresa,
Wishing you a very happy new year.
An interesting and attractive shot with fascinating architecture and christmas tree.
Very nice composition

Hi Teresat
This is a colorful landscape shot. Very good POV and composition. Very good exposure and contrast. Excellent work. TFS.
Best wishes...

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2012-01-17 6:21]

Olà Teresa!
Reading your note I think that Sintra must be wonderful, really. Your picture shows us this colorful city with interesting architecture.
Your capture is excellent: we can see al details.
Great DOF and perfect exposure.
Very well done. Um abraço.
ciao! Vanda

Ola Teresa, pifff,, we just saw the town through the car window , lack of time , we would have visited this wonderful place on the day prior to our departure but we ran just almost a day behind schedule at one point during the trip , a full day was planned for Sintra , not the obligatory drive to the airport for our flight, a PITY ! I 'll be content to look at your photo taken a few days before Christmas i note , an engaging scene with the decorative Christmas tree planted to the right and the persons walking on the grass toward the street , Sintra is Unesco listed and it is a colorful town deserving the honor to be on that list and it is easy to see why, as described in your note the place is a sublime mishmash of styles that have beautified the whole through the centuries , bold pastel colors adorn the facades of elegant buildings here and eyecatching it is !
Thank you for the view and for reminding me of my duty to see Sintra with a restful eye and more time to enjoy this fabulous place on the next occasion , humm hopefully i/we will ,
Um abraço ,

Ciao Teresa, lovely composition with original Christmas tree, great view onf beautiful town, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-05-29 2:27]

Hello Teresa.

Old and new...thats what comes to mind on gazing over this. You have a quaint village, that possibly hasnt changed in a long time, then you have an addition of a very modern interpretation of a Christmas Tree, I wonder what the eldery locals thought of it...ha ha ha

I do like the colours on offer here, the shop fronts, the old bell tower and the backdrop of a sloping hill covered in trees.

This feels well balanced Teresa, people go about there everyday life here wih no hastle, a pleasure to view.

Stv :0))

Un contesto in cui la vita ha un contesto reale ...riportata con una nuova prospettiva concettuale .
I colori diventano cupi ...ma distinti ...
Ottimo lavoro

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-11-02 9:32]

Ola Teresa,

It's like me is very very original scene
Very good idea with the image. Perfect details and color. Very nice composition. A picture such as a postcard with a great job.
Best Wishes.

Hi Teresa,
Neat presentation of this quite town.Nice perspective with good details. The primary colours portraying strongly.
PS. I am off to the bush tomorrow, will see if I can find some more Zebras.

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