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back gates of joy
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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: Architecture
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): mbrito back in time, by himself [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-21 10:48
Viewed: 2235
Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 147
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
THE PHOTO was taken in the historical zone of Lousã, city of Portugal centre, near Coimbra, and the gates are from a garage of a «palace-like house» there located.

THE TITLE came to my mind because the format of roofing tiles over the gates, in form of medieval wigs, or the white wigs used in the English courts of law still in present days.

That funny roofing tiles shape, remind me a surreal joy like the one we can see in the cartoon world of «Who Framed Roger Rabbit» (film by Robert Zemeckis, 1988); or in the classic’s «Wizard of Oz» (film by Victor Fleming, 1939), and «Alice's Adventures in Wonderland» (book by Lewis Carrol, published in 1865).

In fact I imagined these gates as a kind of “service door”, or “back door” of these oneiric worlds of crazy and joy.


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Hello Jose,
Perfect csapture of architectıural details. üI liked tight croplight and contrast
Congrats my friend
Selahattin E

Is indeed a fact that old aristhocracy was surrounded by this precious of architecure.Great POV my friend.Wonderful perspective,colours and fine details.Beautiful post.And the note...
Grande abraço

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2008-10-21 10:58]
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Hi Jose...
You are my new neighbor again for today...

Absolutely fantastic shot..!
Your composition is really well arranged,
Nice soft colors, good contrasts...
Best wishes from George

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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2008-10-21 11:04]

Excellent composition, José, with those diagonal leads in coming out of the corners. Nicely subdued colours. The sky is well controlled and has lots of detail.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2008-10-21 11:15]

Hello Jose,
Postcards quality photo! Beautifully compound with warm lighting and sharp details.

Hi, Jose!

Excellent composition, with nice mood and good colours. I liike it!



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  • tibig Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 26 N: 681] (7565)
  • [2008-10-21 11:49]

Expressive and interesting shot. A very curious piece of architecture, indeed something out of fantasy like Lewis Carol or more recently Thomas Pynchon.

Nice work on this Jose, a little OE in the sky, not sure I like it that bright. I might pull in to WS and see what I can make of it! Just for fun! I love the building, it's beautiful!!

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2008-10-21 12:16]

Ola Jose

Bonito visual e gande documentário desta arquitetura!
Eu gosto tambem da onda do telhado decorando a entrada
da porta.
Sem dúvida é um bonito visual e muito bem detalhada!
Eu gosto dos detalhes que emolduram a janela.
Fabulosa perspectiva!
De muito bom gosto.


Hi Jose,
I like the architecture and colors very much. Super-sky above it. TFS.

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  • bakyy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 64 W: 36 N: 32] (1200)
  • [2008-10-21 13:09]

hi Hose
beautiful house and gate of garage
excellent color and composition
regards Bane

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2008-10-21 13:32]

Hello Jose,
class colors and light Large detail and well administered background. Very beautifully. Well compound and perfectly.

Jose Hi:

Splendid architecture and tiles within your wonderfully sharp and detailed compositions. Lovely colors along with the excellent PoV.
Thanks for the notes, as well.
Congratulations, very very nice, my friend

Witaj Jose,
Excellent composition. Splendid architecture. Nice soft colors, good contrasts.
Pozdrawiam - Roma

Boa noite José,

Uma imagem duplamente bela: primeiro, bela em si mesma, excelente; segundo, bela por mostrar a rica (e linda) arquitetura portuguêsa.

:) Fiz um WS e espero que goste.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2008-10-21 20:55]

Hmm,I wonder if the owner had a handlebar mustache:)
It does look like the white wigs worn by barristers.
Nice strong lines & shapes to make for a strong composition MB
This beautiful home is looked after well.


Composición realmente atractiva con una perspectiva acertada así como la luz ténue pero marcada...saludos

Hi Jose
woderful shot and great architecture in your photo
I saw that lot of ws were made
I really prefer jazmin version
Have good day

Bom dia Master
Amazing capture
Wonderful details and colors
Very well presented
Have a nice days

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2008-10-22 1:30]


J'aime baucoup cet arrondi sur l'entreé, ce petit toit qui fait comme une vague, avec ces belles tuiles, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


Bonjour Jose,
Beautiful composition and details, very nice architecture and perpective, great colors and sharpness, Excellent POV. and details, lovely decoration around the window and the doors,
Very well done..

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2008-10-22 6:53]

Wonderful compo.
I like the colors, too.


hello maestro!
there is no keeping up with your fantastic mind

A great POV, well chosen framing and composition Jose.
The workshops do a great job on the OE area. Other than that.
this ia s great architectural detail shot.
Nicely done.
- Vincent

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2008-10-22 8:57]

merhaba dear Jose...
verynice shot and pov...superb colors and focus..bravo..selamlar....

Hello Jose.
Vert 'Joyfull' gate it is.
Looks like an Oriental Gate aswell.
Good composition with nice colours.
The wall looks well maintained.
Best wishes from Jan

Hi Jose,
Fantastic sky and depth of street are impressive..
Nice colours and Good POV. I love it.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

Hello Jose,
Interessting view of architecture in the historical zone, I like composition and colours, good sharpeness , nice view from Lousa
My best Regards

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  • Ber Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 359 W: 79 N: 346] (6326)
  • [2008-10-22 12:07]

Hello Jose,
Interesting view of architecture...
Beautiful composition and details.

Hi Jose.Nice POV and beautiful colours.
Best regards, Bosko.

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2008-10-22 12:28]

Hi Jose
Lovely composition. The old houses have a charm and detail difficult to find nowadays. Great design for the entrance and of course great capture

Ola dear Jose
Yes this door and it's surounding is like from romantic child movies and stories. You secceeded to amke an excellent composition and bring us a piece of this atmosphere. congratulations
Best wishes my friend

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2008-10-22 15:47]
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Hi Jose
Unusul architecture but very interesting and pleasant to look at. I notice that the right pinwheel looks a bit different than the left and wonder if there were pieces of tiles missing.
Love how you composed it with a nice leading line to handle bars.

Hi Jose
New photos and new masterpiece
great details of architecture.

Boa noite Jose
You have became a painter. The composition is very beautiful and very well seen.. the work is really beatiful for me of coursr. COng.
My regards

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  • zms Gold Star Critiquer [C: 268 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2008-10-23 2:48]

Dear José,
What a wonderful capture and remark.
Great sharpness and colour
Great POV.
Thank You my friend
Have a beautiful day
Friendly Greetings

Hello Jose,
The diagonal presentation is effective in showcasing lovely architectural details of the house. I do like the sharp focus on the arch atop the gate or door. Well exposed and composed. My compliments...Danilo

Hi, Jose, what a beautiful architecture! Amazing details and you made a wonderful photo...
Best regards...

Ciao Jose..
mi piace molto questa foto
molto bella...


Questa è classe amico mio. Classe e fantasia. Magnifica la propettiva. La luce bassa crea una atmosfera favolosa e surreale. Complimenti.


Hello Jose,
thank you for your kind words and opinions again and again,
what a beautifull architecture and light you have captured here.
Very cosy, very castle like and very home sweet home like.
Regards Caesar

Hi Jose, beutiful composition with great vperspective, splendid colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

nice compositiuon and colors jose, the graphical and patterened structure of the house is wonderful.well captured .

Hello Jose,
Excellent perspective and architectural details.
Colors, scenery and composition are very beautiful.TFS

Hi Jose
great capture of unique architecture.
attractive decorations. beautiful colors. good clarity of details.


Very beauitufl shot with great atmosphere..yes,maybe is sky little bit overexposed but it's not big deal for me...I feel nice looking your photo and it's enough to me :))
warm regards

Olá José!

Telhado em formato de bigode :P
Interessante arquitectura, nunca tinha visto um telhado como este. Original.
Muito boa perspectiva. O céu esta lindo ;)
Parabéns amigo.

grande abraço.

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  • Fons Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1165 W: 2 N: 215] (16615)
  • [2008-10-25 8:52]

very elegant gable full fantasia

Ola Jose,
Linda composicao,excelente luz,muito boa captura.
Parabens e abracp,

Very nice photo my friend!I like it!
Grande abraço.

Hi José,

Yes I can see why roofs like this above such a door will get your imagination/phantasy going.

The light also adds to that special atmosphere.

Lovely work.


Hello Jose,
it is a wonderful architectural compo with lovely tiles and texture here,
gerat pov and beautiful colours indeed,
welldone my dear friend and tfs,
warm regards,

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  • budgun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 2 N: 382] (2091)
  • [2008-10-25 16:37]

Hi Jose,
Beautiful vertical presentation of this lovely architecture of Portugal.
Wonderful soft light brings out all the intricate details of this lovely home and its tiled roof.
Regards, Tom

the building is beautiful but not so much on the sky a bit OE.. anyway nice finding though.. lovely building design.. tfs..

regards, terry

Ola jose,
What a superb architectural view vith excellent POV, sharpness, lighting and perspective.TFS.


Nice composition with lovely lines.
The light is nice as well.
May can improve some color with photoshop. (only suggestion)

Notes are great and you can better enjoi the picture

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  • pikas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 9 N: 277] (1105)
  • [2008-10-27 6:51]

Bom dia Jose,

Lindissimo pormenor arquitectonico com cores fantásticas. O céu está soberbo.

Excelente perspectiva, Maginifico POV.

Muitos parabéns,


There's no need to knock on the door, right, even if that would be the polite thing to do... I will quietly let myself in through this magic door...
Wonderful take, Jose, full of mood, very inspirational and thought-provoking. It had to be you... :)
Best regards,

Hi Jose...Nice composition...beautiful tones and light.


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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2008-10-28 7:20]

ciao jose..bella composizione..ottima messa a fuoco..soggetto molto interessante..grande lavoro
ottima prospettiva e bel taglio del immagine.complimenti

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2008-10-28 13:09]

A very unique piece of architecture Jose,the windows are looking great.
Thanks for the vieuw.

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2008-10-29 7:27]

Hello Jose, very good note and a beautiful shot, great idea and very well done, thanks!


A lovely light Jose and a perfect POV to show the gate. A good diagonal and nice colour and detail in the image,

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  • karith Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1037 W: 55 N: 1262] (7891)
  • [2008-10-30 19:32]

Interesting architectural features and POV to see the curled roof line. It does indeed resemble the white wigs of English courts:) I like the glow in the sky that seems to spotlight the roof below. Nice shot.

it's nice to see it in vertical like this with important details are all in here.
the POV is just perfect for the peeping sun at the tip of the roofing.
the pastel colours are soft and nice too.


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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2008-10-31 16:15]

Hi jose, this shot is fantastic! it lets me without words! Light, colours, patterns, sharpness, I like all of it! A magic mood in it and in your note too, I image to open that door and...
ciao, cinzia

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2008-11-01 9:28]

hi Jose,
beautiful architecture and designs.Good perspective.I liked colours so muh also.TFS.Necla.

Hello Jose,
Beautiful capture, Great pov and colors, very well done & TFS.

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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2008-11-02 12:24]

Hi Jose
So sweet light who seems coming from the roof. Wonderful architecture with this wave movment ! Well seen !
Best regards

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  • dbp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 644 W: 9 N: 92] (4132)
  • [2008-11-15 1:31]

hi mb
great shot with excellent composition .
very good.
thanks for your nice comment on
"train is comming".
best regards.

Hello Jose,

Wonderful composition and lighting,
well done, Dear friend!

Malik & Mary.

Thanks to share this "fantasy"....
It remerber us that many peoples passed before us..and they had also good taste and full of fantasies......
Great realisition .....

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  • iso Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 981 W: 61 N: 169] (29412)
  • [2008-12-04 5:24]
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Two more points for your original work Jose, very interesting, thanks to you.


Hi Jose, a very soft and yet bright picture.I like the way you have taken this shot. NIce POV!


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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2009-01-24 12:16]

Hi jose,
Interesting view of architecture.
Beautiful composition and details.

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