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Merry Xmas !

Merry Xmas !
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Copyright: Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1885 W: 126 N: 4149] (13366)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-02-09
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Panasonic Lumix G1, Lumix G VARIO 45-200 f/3.5-5.6 OIS, SanDisk SDhc X3 8GB, Hoya HD Protector 58 mm
Exposure: f/11, 5 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-12-23 7:29
Viewed: 3900
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Merry Xmas!

I wish you all Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, Prettige Kerstdagen, Frohe Weihnachten, Feliz Natal, Boas Festas, Joyeux Noël, Feliz Navidad, Buon Natale, Καλά Χριστούγεννα, Весел Коледа, Wesołych Świąt, Craciun Fericit, Glædelig Jul, God Jul, Gleðileg jól !

This one was shot 6 weeks after Xmas, but beautiful Tavira still looks the part.
Tavira is our home away from home, shown here are 3 of its 6 bridges (the old Roman pedestrian bridge, the Ponte das Forcas Armadas (an aging Bailey bridge) and the Ponte dos Descobrimentos, spanning the tidal Gilão river. In the background the Ria Formosa nature reserve and the Atlantic Ocean. Shot from our holiday rental penthouse on Colina da Asseca.

More things here that define Tavira: the traditional chimneys, harking back to the times of the Moorish occupation, the scissor roofed houses (most houses have multiple roofs which cover the main elements (rooms) of it; the roofs are steep and characteristically trapezoid,) its (low) neo classical buildings. And in the BG its industrial history dating back to the glory days of the tuna fishery. First a former tuna canning factory and behind that the Arraial Ferreira Neto (a seasonal tuna fishermen’s colony, now a lovely hotel). In the FG is the roof of the modernist bus station.

Check out the workshop for another take on Tavira.

PCS6 work flow: altered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers, USM-ed, added a frame, resized,enhanced the edges and did a gentle USM (0,4px, 22%).
Tripod: Velbon Sherpa 600 R / PH157Q head.

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5755 W: 64 N: 11341] (46939)
  • [2012-12-23 7:51]

Hi Bert!
A really beautiful night shot, with a good pov and exposure! We can even see the beautiful roofs and a nice chimney in foreground:)! Well chosen moment, the blue hour makes it really beautiful, with nice reflections on the river!
Merry Christmas to you, too!

Hi Bert, very good and nice photo of this lovely night view of the beautiful town of Tavira. Lovely image very well composed, framed and with high quality. Thanks for the greeting. Chaming job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing your lovely work.

Good afternoon and happy week.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
A hug.

Hello Bert,
There is exceptional clarity in this picture. The lights andthe blue hour colour are magical. I particularly like the streaks of reflected lights in the water.
A really gorgeous image.
Merry Christmas to you.
Kind Regards, Ann

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  • siudzi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2782 W: 23 N: 4581] (34141)
  • [2012-12-23 9:22]

Hi Bert,
Lovely night post of this interesting city landscape. Like the way you presented the scene from the above and how perfectly the light was executed! Very well done! TFS.

Happy Christmas!


Hello Bert - A good informative note to accompany a beautiful photograph. The colours and clarity are very good and there is a lot of fine detail to enjoy thanks to your POV. I don't like sodium vapour street lighting but here the lights look attractive and festive! Warm wishes for a very Merry Christmas. Rosemary

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6092 W: 277 N: 11813] (91052)
  • [2012-12-24 5:31]

Hello Bert ,
A splendid capture at the blue hour , of all these illuminated bridges of Tavira .
Merry Christmas !

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13700 W: 295 N: 27475] (110383)
  • [2012-12-24 5:57]

Hello Bert,
nice the nocturne scenery from this beautiful place with the lights and the reflections to create a beautiful and original Christmas scenery.

I wish for you and to your family wonderful and peaceful Christmas days,Danos

Hello Bert,
fascinating blue hour shot.I like the color scheme of it.Especially the way you isolated the blue tones from orange tones of street lights.Really great!Not always and easy task to coordinate all settings,but you did it perfectly and the end result is really stunning!

I wish You all the best. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24633 W: 523 N: 41345] (177668)
  • [2012-12-25 0:50]

Goedemorgen Bert,

Deze foto past uiteraard bij kerstmis, maar uw verliching op de foto is werkelijk perfect.
Heel mooie compositie, prachtige presentatie, mooi foto werk.
Geniet van deze dag Bert.

Groeten uit een half bewolkt Vlaanderen met 9°C dit op kerstmis.

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  • UlfE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2518 W: 81 N: 3654] (14641)
  • [2012-12-25 8:10]

Hi Bert,

A really beautiful blue hour shot. From your high perspective you have very nice view of the town. I love the saturated colours and the sharpness of the photo. You could see every little detail. TFS. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Hi Bert
well, the 2 photo's are so completely different! in the WS one we can clearly see the rooftop details, and in this one the blue hour light and colors, both have something of interest to offer.

Merry Christmas to you and your Family!

Hi Brett Darling.
Mooi landschap. Goede compositie. Belichting en kleur zijn erg goed.

Groeten ...

Hi Bert,
Spectacular capture in great light management. Well taken, enjoy a fine afternoon.


Good Morning Bert,
A fabulous blue-hour over a small marine, town and an industrial area near by. Also, far side sea and beach along, is in good depth on image.
Reading your note, gave much info. about the place and especially on the bridges, thereafter I noticed when looked againd on this fine photo.
Best regards for the new 2013 year.

Hello Bert,

The bridges act like steps from the f/g to the b/g of this warm, lamp-lit scene. The reflections emphasise the lights' effect, whilst the street of lights link well as another guide.
I love the roof details which you draw attention to in your notes.

My good wishes to you and your family for 2013,
Bev :-)

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10378 W: 146 N: 25981] (125665)
  • [2013-01-02 7:09]

Hi Bert,

I am a bit late with the New Year greeetings, HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Wonderful blue hour shot from this town, I think it has mainly white houses. Very nice place for the second home.
superb compostion and light. Magical view. Marvelous reflections in the blue waters.

Warm regrads


Olá Bert,
uma foto bonita essa, gosto do contraste do entardecer com as luzes amarelas. Bela composição.
Parabéns e Abraço,

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