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smile, the summer is over...

smile, the summer is over...
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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
Categories: Nature, Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Telephoto Zoom
Exposure: f/8, 1/640 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): "Photos with soul", mbrito back in time, by himself, PLAGES ET COTES DU MONDE [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-17 15:35
Viewed: 4364
Favorites: 6 [view]
Points: 192
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
«Smile, the summer is over», the name I’ve chosen for the photo I present you today, it’s not a joke, has a very simple explanation.

In Foz do Arelho — were the photo was taken, and were I spend almost all my week ends, and have my beach season — the oldest people usually «classifies time» in two categories: the «good time» and … the «quality time».

The «good time» is summer; when the sun shines, and the crowd comes to the beach, transforming a usual peaceful small village in a hell of cars and noise.

The «quality time» is… before and after, summer; when the life in the village retakes its rhythm peaceful and quiet.

Thus, now that the summer is to finish, as the oldest I say: «smile, the summer is over».


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To brunorsantana: smile, the summer is overmbrito 2 09-21 02:59
To lynnekelman: smile, the summer is overmbrito 1 09-20 19:15
To brunorsantana: smile, the summer is overTeresat 1 09-20 19:11
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Very poignant photo!

Hi José,

Yes, I see what you mean - this would absolutely be the time I prefer to visit this place, leave the sun and the noise for the holiday makers - now at last you can see nature's beauty and really take it all in.

Very attractive composition in which sand, sculpted by the wind, forms flowing lines.


hello jose
The texture of the sand is wonderful. The mood is peaceful and sweet.The work is excelent.
Quality time waits for you, now.
My regards


Nice to see you back on the ambigious forms! ;)

This one's very pleasant. I'd have been tempted to remove the "pinky" tones myself, but this is a minor detail in a shot which majors on form.


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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2008-09-17 16:39]

Hi Jose,
Delicious note! So relevant!
This photo is very finely done! Not B&W, not sepia, not colors, but somewhere, in the middle between two saisons!
I like the soft light, long shadows and this "indéfinissable" mood! Nostagia!I will never forget this sentence: «smile, the summer is over».
My compliments! Annie

Beautiful emotive landscape shot José.
I smile for Summer's end as well and here you convey a positive feeling.
Love the desolation and sense of loneliness. Dark and tender.
Well done.
- Vincent

i like the sense of light here and the interesting shapes you've captured.

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  • kateb Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 486 W: 147 N: 338] (2991)
  • [2008-09-17 17:26]

Excellent shapes and textures, it definately captures the mood. Nice photo!

Excellent textures, composition and light... Also, atmosphere are so strange... I liked so much...

Viva la Portugal!


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  • roald Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 64 W: 57 N: 65] (773)
  • [2008-09-17 20:10]

hi jose

Aptly titled. The mood is well captured on this one with the colour and I don’t know, the composition in general. Minimalist with great impact,IMO.


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-09-17 22:17]

Superb lighting and color tones.

ps.Sorry, I've switched off the points

merhaba dear jose
magnificent atmosphere and composition.excellent picture.well done my friend.
best regards.
gürkan akçakır.

smile, peace and quiet allow us to enjoy the music of silence and to keep the company of our own thoughts
great photo, grteat note, great mind
um abraço

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-09-18 0:01]

Wowwwww....Only one word Spectacular....Congratulation dear Jose.TFS.Necla.

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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-09-18 0:34]

Good morning José,
It is indeed a fact, the calm and tranquility
is felt again.
Outstanding capture.
Magnificent lightning. Beautiful
Have a wonderful day my friend
Friendly Greetings

Hi Master
One of your excellent classics
Impressive work
Wonderful details

Love the picture, it is so unearthly feeling. Summer is over on your side but here summer begins
I have one word too describe your picter: WOW
:) Have a good day, Liesbeth

Olá amigo José.
A tua nota é muito esclarecedora e concordo plenamente, aonde passo as férias de verão sucede o mesmo.
Acerca da fotografia adorei a luz que conseguiste, deu um Mood perfeito.
Parabéns, e um grande abraço.

Hi Jose,
wonderful compo here with lovely soft light,
really love the elegant and meaningful title indeed,
great work as always,
enjoy the quality time,
welldone my dear friend and tfs,
:) soon

Hi Jose
the oldest are really in right
goo story and note
wonderful capture of the sand stopped
really nice effect
I ll post one of the end of summer but on 21st....
Have a good day

Hi Jose,
Excellent composition and note for the end of summer, beautiful picture nicely composed and presented with and Excellent POV. and details,
Well done..
My compliments
Michel ;)

Hi Jose,
Fantastic and futuristic shot! I agree with you, the quality time is much better to be there, enjoy and make photos :)

Hello jose,
very artistic and moody, still warm and summerlike.
Great capture
Regards Caesar

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-09-18 9:23]


Quell image, ces vague de sable sont tout simplement fantastique, avec ce faisceua de lumière, vraiment du grand art.

Bravo et amitié


Ola Jose.
Lovely title and so right.!
The same here on the beaches of Zeeland. They make good money from the tourists, but at the end of the summer, people like to live there own life.
Your exellent photo shows it very well.!
Complements from Jan

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  • Niva Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1121 W: 2 N: 877] (11866)
  • [2008-09-18 11:13]

Beleza de apresentação < José!
Enjoy yourself the "quality time" in Arelho!
Um abraço, parabéns!

Hi friend. Seems to me to hears the voice of silence. A great tribute to old summer waiting the next....


supeeb lesson, what a great reamrk!
love your repetition and light... your composition is magnific

A lovely solitude produced here Jose. Nicely composed, good colour and light and the slight grain once again add so much. TFS,

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2008-09-18 13:38]

Hi Jose,
Magnificent atmosphere, so peaceful... The texture of the sand is wonderful.

I really don´t know what to say... it is so perfect.. let me just say thank you.
maría José

Hello Jose:)

Smile - when summer is over? Ah, I love summer days :)
But you are right, I agree with you. I can't wait for nostalgic autumn evenings...
Beautiful work again. I love its smoothness and pastel colors. Very moody:)

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  • pikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 9 N: 277] (1105)
  • [2008-09-18 18:49]

Olá José,

Foto estrondosa e o titulo está espectacular principalmente depois de ler as notas.

O céu está perfeito e dá à foto um ambiente de relax.

Trabalho soberbo, muitos parabéns.


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  • clnaef Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 996 W: 54 N: 31] (5769)
  • [2008-09-18 22:43]

Voilà un beau cliché qui complète bien la série.
Bonne journée.

Hello Jose
absolutely fantastic photos
amazing atmosphere, lighting and colors

ciao Jose..
great note, my friend.. the reading runs so fast a free trough the logic of your sentences.. me too, i really like the "out season".. in every situations.. ;)
capture is so nice at all.. lines and forms are intriguing and
really moodly.. with interesting crop and pov! well done! thanks
ciao Marco

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2008-09-19 0:48]

Hello Jose,
a great technical shot of the beach.Real graphico and pestel rendition. Very abstract and very interesting.
Well composed in special effects.


Hi dear JMB
I think You are far from home.Come back dear friend.I just love You!Amazing grace that now we are far from summertime.Thanks for the post dear friend.I think maibe we are back to friendship.
Grande abraço meu querido.
José Diogo

ps: later dear friend

Hi Jose!

Original Mbrito-style photo, nice mood, excellent tones. Superb!


hello Jose

lovely composition, you have played very well with lights,shadows and shapes in a simple perfect picture



Jose Hi:
Marvelous composition, Marvelous note
Congratulations, very very nicely composed and presented, my friend

Hi Jose, fascinating composition with splendid soft colors and fantastic light, very well done, ciao Silvio

Ola José

Que pena que teu verão acabou,
ele esta de malas prontas para vir para o Brasil!
Belíssimo visual desta paisagem, eu gosto da leve luz.
excelente textura e grande compo meu amigo!
de muito bom gosto na apresentação, como sempre!
Parabens, começe a curtir agora teu Outono!


Hi José,
Excellent Pov and Composition..
very beautiful colours and details.TFS.

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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-09-19 10:22]

A dreamy image again, you have a very nice style. Yes, summer is over, even we had a couple of raindrops this morning.

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-09-19 14:04]

HI Jose
I can certainly relate to what you say. We go through the same thing at our place. Year after year we look to the fall and especially winter when all you hear is the snow falling and the odd birds chirping away.
Beautiful rendition of sand piled up as sculptures, it could pass as snow easily. So I wil join you in quality time.

Hello Jose,
The sand certainly gives the appearnce of a silky smooth feeling. And that is this composition, smooth and attractive. Superb subtle hues and well exposed. Regards, Danilo

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2008-09-20 0:44]

Hi jose

Good softness & graphism, with excellent tonal range, repetition, lighting contrasts, & composition. Tfs!

Hi Jose..beautiful shot..perfectly composed..great tones and light...nice work.


Hi Jose!
Amazing sculpture! Wonderful art work. Good composition.

Ola Jose,
Fantastica,uma pintura.
Parabens e abraco,

Hi Jose
Very nice image,fantastic lighting and contrast.

Belíssima composição, Jose! Great POV and perfect work!!!


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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-09-20 14:13]

Hi Jose, really a sensation of ending season, a bit sad, but we know that for everything that ends, another one is becoming, so...
Great composition and light Bravo!
ciao, cinzia

great Photo mbrito

This is sublime and wonderful-it jumped right out at me amongst all the others-what a great idea--you were really looking and seeing---yes,real quality time----thank you for all your comments on my images,I have been neglecting Trek of late but am trying to get back into it again---Lynne

Well, the summer is indeed over. This colour solution creates an interesting effect.
I like it and I enjoy I'm in the warmth of my house:))))

Hi Jose,
Excellent composition of light. Inspiring image the light is stunning here. Great posting my friend.

Well composed and your notes is very interesting.
You captured a great shot of this lovely place.

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2008-09-21 10:36]

A moving shot of a special time, and it is very evident in this scene. There is a fullness to the emptiness that can only be seen in a moment like this. Great note to go with the image. Well done!

Hello Jose

An excellent capture here,nice sharp detail and texture. A simple but very effective shot.

TFS kind regards Helen

Ciao Jose,
phantastic shot!
The softness of the sand is wonderful; even the tone , the lights are perfect.
I really like your work.
Even comment is nice.

hello Jose,

looks like somewhere in the desert.. the sands are so thick.. beautiful shot.. the place look like where the time suddenly stop and very still.. tfs..

regards, terry

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  • ARGI Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 99 W: 2 N: 40] (1139)
  • [2008-09-22 0:15]

Superb my friend !!!!
Is an excellent composition with the autumn atmosphere well shown.
I like the minimal sand colors and shadows and the wonderful light spot.
I wish you a beautiful Autumn.
best regards

Ola dear Jose
I adore Ypour B&W photos. You are master to do them. And this is really quite and piece one. And have wonderful atmosphere and fillings. Yes, I agree this is really "quality time."
Best wishes my friend

Olá José,
Belo texto.
A foto é mais uma evidência de seu domínio das virtudes do preto e branco.
Grande geometri.

Hi Jose,
The your explanation of the title was exactly what I thought about when reading it. The light has an odd quality that I cannot put my finger on. Is it cloudy with rays of sun piercing through (white streak of light)? Or was it the camera settings or PP that make it a bit dark? I'm experimenting a lot with light and manual settings on my point and shoot, and I'm curious.

Jim (points are off)

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-09-22 20:05]

Hi my friend Jose...
It's a lovely shot - nice texture of the sand
and beautifully composed...
Fine colors, image and details...
Well done.
Best regards,

Hello Jose,
Nice photo of the beach, good composition and light, nice presented photo
My best Regards

Very expressive and great light ! Well seen and well done !

Hello Jose,

Another beauty from your Sony glass :) :)

Nice composition Dear friend, very well done!

Malik & Mary.

Oh Yes,I am smiling too:))
and you've made fantastic shot with so beautiful mood...I love this pic:)
and this is one small poem for you:))


In the morning sun,
We show our colors,
That are just beginning,
In hopes that they be enjoyed.

Our leaves are changing,
To red, orange, yellow, and brown,
Amongst the green of pines,
Above a lone building.

Every year at summers end,
We bring our colors for all to see,
We make the skies all brightly filled,
With our changing colors to bring new life.

When we change our colors,
We then lose our leaves,
And we wait for Spring,
To renew our life and leaves.

Hi Jose,
A great note with your photo !!! Funny that one can be happy, because summer is over. :-)
Strong compo in your photo. Good job done.

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2008-09-25 23:21]

hello Jose

This color tone and exposure actually makes it look as if it is winter snow especially with such fine sand.

Light+shadow effect nicely done here.

tfs, bill

Oooooooo,wonderful work my dear friend!Bravo!
I like it!

Nice how you show emptyness in this picture.
Well done

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-09-26 5:09]

ciao jose..bellissimo lavoro..ottima composizione..lavoro veramente ben contrastato..ottimo pov..grande lavorazione..bellissimo soggetto..

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-09-27 15:07]

Hello Jose! Great composition, lovely textures and colors, well done, thanks!


Hi dear friend,
I'm taking a bow in front of this posting.
The light in it, the textures, the view... amazing!
and I like very much the title for it - goes perfectly.
A pleasure to admire it. All my congrats!
Have a lovely day.

Jose Hello,

Hello Jose. This image is really neat. Excellent foreground details in nice pleasant perspective. I like the framing and very well composed shot. Regards. Jusni

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2008-10-08 13:31]

Hi Jose
I'm not sure that there is anything that I can say that is new about this one. Like your gallery with all the B&W images. The tones and shades in this one are outstanding - the OE streak adds rather than detracts from the composition. Bravo


Hi Jose,
Wonderful peaceful shot....
Complet silence and like a therapy!!...
Congratulations. Excellent POV.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hi Jose
I belive that everithing is sayed and i cane join me with al other great words for this beautiful work

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1320 W: 31 N: 1634] (9994)
  • [2008-10-26 14:20]

Hi Jose

the simplicity in this image is what makes it work, from the almost mono toning to the calm subject. I love the shapes in the FG. Lovely work



Hi Jose,

Nice, moody capture. Well composed, with excellent lighting to accent to overall atmosphere. You can almost feel the chill in the air from your photograph.

Well exposed.


Before reading the note, I thought, "Smile, the summer is over" meant "Smile, it's only going to get worse...(because of the winter coming)", but now I know it's not a smile of regret, but one of relief that you can go back to peace and tranquility. I understand that perfectly, and I 100% agree with you!
Superb posting, Jose!
p.s. Have you managed to make the link work?

hi jose
wow!!!an artistic composition with melancholic atmosphere!!!
excellent shot and idea!

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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2008-11-10 3:21]

hi mb
beautiful shot with interesting composition.
thanks for your nice comment on
"flames of sunrise".
best regards.

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 0 N: 242] (2673)
  • [2008-11-10 13:54]

hi José,
this picture is really beautiful, the lines of the sand and the light create a wonderful atmosphere, this place seems to be the more quite and warm of the world, bravissimo
kind regards

thank you very much for the great edition of Pessoa, Anna has given it to me times ago but I was in a busy period with work, thank you very much again

Hi Jose
Adorable monochrome shot.
Excellent light control and balance.
The overall noises make shot gloomy, Good job brother.
Best Wishes, Alireza.

Bonsoir José,

L'été est bel et bien fini, la plage retrouve toute sa quiétude et ton âme romantique à souhait nous permet de rêver à ces jolies journées ensoleillées!!!
Merci de ce fabuleux partage José, j'aime beaucoup cette photo toute simple mais qui reflète bien ton âme du moment!!!

Hi Mb
wonderful shot, you are good to shot Photo

Beautiful Jose! The picture says the story. Everything is so quiet and simple in this shot..the light,contrast, color everything!
Beautifully composed.
And A well written note!


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  • jorgi Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 46 W: 40 N: 33] (519)
  • [2008-12-13 23:35]

Hi Jose,

no wonder this photo is so popular since it is so rich in symbolism and meaning. It can deliver so many different emotions while watching it and it is presented in such a gentle soft manner of superb light conditions. A true piece of art, a true time milestone.
Yes, summer is over...


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  • Nikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 352 W: 3 N: 97] (2034)
  • [2008-12-17 17:29]

Olá JOsé!

Adorei a foto, as cores, a mancha de luz, o titulo.


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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2009-01-26 8:55]

incredible atmosphere...
amazing shot

Hi Jose,
this is rather interesting. Personally, I think it would look even more attractive if the top part was cropped.

Nice effort all the same. Best regards, Daniel

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  • wd222 (0)
  • [2009-06-20 16:54]

Good light and shadow,good colors,superb details, a masterpiece

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