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Orient Station_Lisbon
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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: 2009-04
Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-05-19 14:07
Viewed: 2124
Points: 126
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Orient Station was commissioned in the short term to serve the needs of World Expo 98 and in the long term to provide a main transport terminal for the east side of Lisbon as a future development of the city is planned for this side of the Tagus River.

Today it is one of Europe’s most comprehensive transport nodes, an important interchange for high-speed intercity trains, rapid regional rail services and a tram and metro network. The building is a huge transport interchange, connecting local and taxis, and the underground system, and providing an airport link with check-in facilities.

It also connects with the «Parque das Nacões» housing important civic functions, reached via an adjacent light industrial and social housing neighborhood.

Calatrava’s design is visually robust and suitably monumental. The cavernous space beneath the platforms, among concrete rib-like arches, provides a concourse, ticket booths and access to the underground. The coach station and car park are protected by two glass and steel awnings and are intersected by a gallery at 14 m above the ground that ends at the train station.

Horizontal order is enhanced by the feeling of spaciousness, transparency and ease of orientation, thanks to the use of laminated glass. The gallery on an intermediary floor links all the uses and is lined with shops, exiting the complex into the larger commercial center under the station square. A giant cantilevered roof juts out like a tongue, acting as ceremonial gate and gesturing towards the Expo site, and enhances the isolated nature of this station within the surrounding idiosyncratic landscape of Lisbon(*)


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Nice work my dear friend!Great shot and idea!Regards.A.

Your photos always have such MOOD and DRAMA Jose'! I love them! Nice color here, a very nice perspective the bricks and lines create! It leads you right in, making it almost a symetrical shot, and then the people just off set it nicely! Great shot!

Olá José,

Uma segunda fotografia desta linda estação, em minha opinião, ainda melhor que a primeira!
Excelente profundidade de campo e perspectiva!
Magnífica luminosidade e ótimo contraste!
Parabéns e um grande abraço,

Hi Jose, what an interesting note, and a great shot to accompany it! Thanks for telling us about, and showing us this place.
It looks like a marvel of architecture. Of course the shot has your signature recognizable yellow/green hue .. very nice perspective, with the beams of the roof fanning out from the center of the shot.
Great job:)

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  • papera Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 109 W: 21 N: 794] (3246)
  • [2009-05-19 14:42]

ola' Jose'!
maybe I should stop viewing your postings in the evening - I always feel like I am thrown into a dream when I look at them, ahahahah....
your eye for symmetry and distribution of elements in a composition is really good. but what amazes me is how you can "see" through the physical picture and imagine, already when shooting, how the final work might look like.
un abbraccio =)

Hello Jose,
Great lightness, texture and graphism...
All of them excellent...
Fantastic beauty
Selahattin E

Architectural stunner. Great tones and sharpness. Love the wide angle feel to it.



Very cool shot. The light is pivotal to this one working so well - subdued and atmospheric, gloomy enough to prompt the viewer to peer into the frame for more information about the setting.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-05-19 16:22]

Hi jose,
At the first sight, this appears like a strange place! This low light plays beautifully here! And the converging structures on the roof make the rest for a captivating image. Excellent post- treatment as usual! Bravo! Annie

Hi Jose.

Very nice scene and use of sepia like finition. May I would have cut out a part of the ceiling in order to compensate for the little under exposition. I have made a little workshop to better express what I mean.

Best regards

Falar o quê? Maravilhosa, amigo mb! Ótimo ponto
de vista e excelente tratamento como de costume.
Meus parabéns e grande abraço, meu caro!


Hi Jose..I like the light and lines of this photo...nicely composed and balanced.


Boa noite jose

You use very well Calatrava lines to increase a modern atmosphere...thinking better a future. The estrutural lines of architecture are very well seen. The light play is really great too.If I believe Siza is technical the most interesting of expo...This is the most beautiful of expo 98.
This is a great photo of gare do oriente.
Great work.
My regards

Olá Jose.

Essa estação é realmente uma das mais belas estações que já vi. Belíssima sua escolha do ponto a ser fotografado. Magnífica profundidade e efeito final.

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-05-19 21:21]

Hi Jose...

Very nice architectural scene and nice capture of "Orient Station 2"..!
Great lighting and beautiful colors and details. Interesting info note.
Well done, my friend,

Hi Master
Wonderful capture and place
Great perspective and symmetry
Thanks for the note

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-05-19 22:35]

hi Jose

Very interesting note about this station node and the architecture is one of modernistic concept. The roof structure is impressive. I seem to notice a tilt here as well as in the WS.

Nice work.

tfs, bill

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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-05-19 22:37]

Hi Jose,

again an amazing shot for this Orient station, excellent light and sepia tones, and yes this look of spaciousness is quite effective... superb perspective, the lines draw the eyes right till end.. everything seems here perfectly balanced and managed... Impressive composition..

all the best and kind greetings

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-05-19 23:48]

Superb place, superb piece of work !


Hi MF Jose, after a london break for a week, i have returned.
A fine capture and nice composition!
TFS and cheers,

Ola Jose! Wonderful modern architecture. Very mysterious scene. Good shadows. Very good contrast. Original image. Saude!

Hi My Friend
Very nice composition of these lines and curves which light playing game on them.
Excellent mono color tone. Amazing texture in floor. Well done
TFS. Alireza

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-05-20 1:42]


encore une petite merveille, quelle image ce graphsie que fait le plafond, ce par-terre de pavé, avec les personnages, grandiose.

bravo et amitié


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-05-20 6:36]

Hi Jose

Astonishing graphism & good repetition of geometric patterns & shapes. I like the pale green light filtering through the skylight. Tfs!

Ciao Jose. Misteriosa, raffinata e affascinante con un trattamento in PP da grande artista.


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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-05-20 7:21]

hello Jose.
Interesting shot from Orient station.
Well presented detalis and moment on the picture.
As always!
Best Regards
Janek Kloss

Hello José,
This is a moody and dramatic image indeed. Full of mystery, uncertainity and the dark tones suggest a bit of fear as well. Technically perfect exposition, great job again, my friend! TFS!

Hi Jose
Wonderful shot,great POV.Superb lighting and tones.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-05-20 12:02]

Hi Jose,
great perspective,great compo.Well taken.TFS.Necla.

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-05-20 12:17]

Very impressive work!! Love the mood and the tones and textures. TFS

Hi Master
another great shot of yours
very well worked and fantastic pov
I like the effect you added and fantastic perspective of the floor and roof
Greetings from Warsaw

Boa noite dear Jose,

I knew I have missed one image today!!! If I didn't see Lucio's comment in the critique section in the gallery, I would probably totally forgotten to write a critique on your image. I am so silly sometimes... :):):)

*looking and thinking* I hate when I am late in writing comments, because usually everybody says exactly what I wanted to say. Damn... :) But NO, I refuse to repeat after them (even though I agree with all nice critiques), so I'll try to write something new and different. Piccolina has to be different! Always ;)


I think of one thing...a quote...“The mother art is architecture. Without an architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization.” and your image is the heart and soul of this saying.

Um grande abraço,


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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-05-20 13:14]

The two dark figures are fitting well into the architecture Jose.


Ciao Jose, great view of fantastic architecture, splendid composition, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jose
Impressive architecture. I like how you have chosen a symmetrical composition and stunning colours...
I like the compo and POV. Well done.

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2009-05-20 16:12]

Hi Jose. I like the composition as it has the two figures well positioned and the over-arching symmetry. The intriging textures and colours in many of your fine images makes it timeless. TFS. Murray.

Hello Jose,
The roof is most decorative with fanlike shape. Good lighting, great mood, the Sigma lens is again put to good use. Regards.

Ciao Jose

Super linhas nesta composição!
Esta é uma criação muito dinâmico, e o toque artístico
faz com que seja mais atraente para os meus olhos ...
O forte contraste funciona bem aqui!



Hello Jose:)
This one is another in your amazing thoughtful gallery...Your pic isn't just for looking...it ask thinking too...and give to observer some surreal feeling...
Great done my friend

warm regards

Well Jose, they sure had the Sun in mind while designing this architecture.
Good capture and exposure. I like the diagonal lines, and the two persons sure adds a lot.

Ola Jose:
se a ultima tinha uma captura fantstica.
esta supera ,porque um execelente DEPH.

um abraço

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  • Athila Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 317 W: 286 N: 822] (4030)
  • [2009-05-21 17:30]

Bonsoir Jose

Nice constrasty light. I like the radiance that make the architecture. Excellent sharpness, great depth of field. And here again, the human silouette create lots of interest in the image. Nice work and TFS.


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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-05-22 0:41]

merhaba dear Jose...
a great shot
great a share
beautiful color and light,

incredible work, Jose.. you sure have sharp eyes.. the ceiling are just amaszing to look at in sepia.. it created more drama and mood.. remind me of abstract if not for the silhoutte figures of the men.. very well done..

regards, terry

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-05-22 1:07]

Hi Jose,

I love the symmetry of the shot.
such a moody image and very nice perspective.


Olá Sérgio,
A minha atenção prendeu-se imediatamente ao ponto de vista! A profundidade que as linhas do tecto imprimem indicam claramente onde é o ponto de fuga. A peculiaridade do ambiente é também uma característica que o Sérgio transporta para o seu trabalho!

Wow!!! Wow!!! Wow!!!
It's hard to find really impressive place to take an excellent photo, but it's even more difficult to take impressive photo of it.
That's really outstanding shot!
All the best,

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2009-05-22 10:56]

Hello José,
A wonderful admission of station with good colors and contrast. Very interesting and unique photo. Excellent work.
Best regards.

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  • kanton Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 854 W: 5 N: 1570] (6756)
  • [2009-05-22 17:19]

Olá José!
Another stunning compo in B&W-sepia!
wonderful contrast lighting,perspective
and atmosphere in an excellent presentation!
Compliments and TFS

Hi Jose,
Another great Black & White and architecture picture,
nice perpective and details,
Excellent contrast and light,
Nice silhouette Excellent done..great.
All my compliments

Bom Dia dear friend Jose.

I just readed your note which is full of interest.
Thanks for that.
The station looks indeed on a large scale.
Good moody picture you created her with.
Best regards from Jan

Olá José

Extraordinária composição e captura.Excelente efeito gráfico.Atmosfera mágica.Mais uma belíssima malha.

Grande abraço e bom fim de semana.

José Diogo

Bonjour José,

Une jolie perspective due au plafond en arrondi nous offrant de plus une belle profondeur!!!
Joli coup d'oeil, comme d'habitude!!!

Hi Jose,
A wonderful image vith excellent graphism and perspective.TFS.


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  • glint Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 593 W: 3 N: 545] (3785)
  • [2009-05-24 7:20]

hello Jose,
these black & white shots have a wierd kind of atmosphere. They make me think of science fiction.The roof and the floor tiles give a graphical element.And of course the figures are perfectly placed.

Dear friend,

it's like the perfect movie continues! Same loceation, different story, but always perfect view from and eye of a true artist! GREAT!

All the best!

Olá José

Excelente fotografia.
Ótima luz e cores...inteligente
enquadramento. Gosto muito.

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  • mi_per Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 215 W: 27 N: 369] (3825)
  • [2009-05-25 15:38]

Hello Jose
Wonderful capture and compo!
Beautiful architecture and perspective!
Excellant tones,light and textures in this work.

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  • dunav1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 167 W: 71 N: 89] (1879)
  • [2009-05-25 23:51]

Hi Jose,
Excellent photo of this beautiful architecture.Congratulations!
Best regards!

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-05-26 5:15]

Hi Jose,
excellent graphical presentation in a powerful style.
the lines and tones is very strong and impressive.
Very special effect to the visual.


Hi Jose!

Very nice image! Really good that there is high contrast! Good composition!


Helo Jose
Excelllent work

What a moody photo, Jose! You perfectly used these linnes and bricks pattern to emphasized perspective on this composition. It's really great wide angle shot with your unique "finger print". I like specific, dark tones and low light here.
Regards, Ewa

Hi dear Jose
Excellent architecture, captured in extremely good angle, with great composition
Best wishes

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