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gates of an old palace now a Pousada in Estoi Portugal

By freda
gates of an old palace now a Pousada in Estoi Portugal

Tags: Landscape and travel

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Cor 9 Belgium
6 Mar 2012 4:02PM
So well spotted and taken. Cor.

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mhfore 11 6 176 England
6 Mar 2012 5:28PM
Hi Freda,

I hope you were wearing a welding mask when you took this Grin. The detail is still there and can be brought out with a few adjustments. I'm not sure what the actual colour to the base of the pillars should be, I may have possibly over done it, but if it's over done then it can be reduced and it gives you an idea.

Take care

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
6 Mar 2012 10:36PM
A beautiful gate, Freda, just the sort of thing I would spend ages with.
You obviously realise you were shooting into the sun, and have cleverly hidden it behind one of the pillars. But although the light has given you excellent detail on the ironwork, the pillars are lacking in detail because they are in the shade, and I don't think you were close enough for flash to be effective.
I don't know how good you are on your knees, but I can't help thinking that a lower pov would have placed more of the intricate ironwork against the sky. The far wall and view are rather obscuring some of its detail.
The shadow of the gate on the ground is lovely, and I wonder if you got some pictures of the whole of it. In this image, you obviously wanted to include the whole of the gate and it wouldn't have been possible to include much more of the shadow, although a touch less sky would have got a little more of the shadow in the frame.
It's a straight-on shot and, as such, works ok, but did you take it at an angle or from another pov as well? Moving to the right would have excluded the sun and would still have given you nice light on the gate, highlighting the patterns, and might have been a little more interesting at this angle, with some perspective on the side uprights/fencing, with the gate off to the right of the frame.
I have done a modification where I used perspective correction on the verticals (they were only out a little bit), cropped and got the centre of the gate in the centre of the frame. I then adjusted highlights, shadows and levels for a bit more balance and contrast. I couldn't resist cloning out the lights and wires.
Looks like there are some interesting statues behind he gates.
freda 6 United Kingdom
7 Mar 2012 7:13AM
love both of the mod done to this shot, it has brought the fine detail on the gates and taken down the exposure, it was a bit of a gamble as i was shooting into a very bright full sun, the feedback is good and is helping so much with my photography, its the attention to detail that has really helped me take notice of straight lines and angles.

regards Freda

ps sorry to say my knees are no longer that bendable Pamela, this pousada was originally a palace with many beautiful features and is now a 1st class hotel you can stay in, we didn't stay there as we have a much loved motor home that we tour round in.
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2012 10:19PM
Hi, Freda.
My knees are none to good at the moment, either, and I think this is what makes me aware of the fact that not everybody can get "down low".
Glad you enjoy your motorhome. I used to have an American RV and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

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