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Fabulous Sintra - TE meeting

Fabulous Sintra - TE meeting
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Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10134 W: 144 N: 25354] (123461)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-03-28
Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Event
Exposure: f/4, 1/800 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Top foto architettura e vedute urbane, TE meeting Lisbon March of 2010 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-03-28 17:30
Viewed: 2838
Points: 82
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
My TE-meetings in Lisbon continue. Today we were in Sintra. The view of the Pena Palace was fabulous.

The palace's history started in the Middle Ages when a chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Pena was built on the top of the hill above Sintra. According to tradition, the construction occurred after an apparition of the Virgin Mary. In 1493, King John II, accompanied by his wife Queen Leonor, made a pilgrimage to the site to fulfill a vow. His successor, King Manuel I, was also very fond of this sanctuary, and ordered the construction there of a monastery which was donated to the Order of Saint Jerome. For centuries Pena was a small, quiet place for meditation, housing a maximum of eighteen monks.

In the 18th century the monastery was severely damaged by lightning. However, it was the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, occurring shortly afterwards, that took the heaviest toll on the monastery, reducing it to ruins. Nonetheless, the chapel (and its magnificent works of marble and alabaster attributed to Nicolau Chanterene) escaped without significant damage.

For many decades the ruins remained untouched, but they still astonished young prince Ferdinand. In 1838, as King consort Ferdinand II, he decided to acquire the old monastery, all of the surrounding lands, the nearby Castle of the Moors and a few other estates in the area. King Ferdinand then set out to transform the remains of the monastery into a palace that would serve as a summer residence for the Portuguese royal family. The construction took place between 1842-1854, although it was almost completed in 1847:
After the death of Ferdinand the palace passed into the possession of his second wife Elisa Hensler, Countess of Edla. The latter then sold the palace to King Luís, who wanted to retrieve it for the royal family, and thereafter the palace was frequently used by the family. In 1889 it was purchased by the Portuguese State, and after the Republican Revolution of 1910 it was classified as a national monument and transformed into a museum. The last queen of Portugal, Queen Amélia, spent her last night at the palace before leaving the country in exile.

The palace quickly drew visitors and became one of Portugal's most visited monuments.
In 1995, the palace and the rest of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra were classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

See WS - Aires looks for the new interesting POVs.

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46937)
  • [2010-03-28 18:01]

Hi Malgorzata!
Seems you were lucky about the weather today:)!
Good pov of the Pena Palace. The colours and the sky are great, as well as the sharpness!
Are there any new povs for Aires in Sintra:)????
Hope you like Évora - I'm sure you will:)!

Hi Malgorzata
i have to say,,,wow.
what a structure!
what colours and lighting!
the lighting it simply superb, i wish i was at that TE meeting!
great write up aswell...much apprecitated
excellent work

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  • edge Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 757 W: 34 N: 2205] (7409)
  • [2010-03-28 21:53]

Hello Malgorzata, This is a very impressive scene of this building. Wonderful colors. Earth brown and red seem to dominate here. The ornamentation is excellent. The condition of a building, as old as this, is truly outstanding. A real surfing the gallery stopper. I think it is very good. Regards, Roger

Ce palais est magnifique et tu as bénéficié, en plus, d'une lumičre idéale qui fait ressortir les couleurs et d'un ciel trčs beau. Peut-ętre aurais-tu pu redresser un peu les verticales?
Certainement un excellent meeting TE (sympas les WS!)

Hi Malgorzata,

A great note to fully appreciate this wonderful castle, a real regalia for colours and textures lovers. There's so many details to appreciate everywhere, the mix of different influence, a real fairy tale.

Very nice presentation!


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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6077 W: 277 N: 11720] (90417)
  • [2010-03-28 23:36]

Hello MAlgorzata ,
The splendid light enhances the beauty of this wonderful castle . The sky is superb , too , and the framing is excellent .

Hello Meeting-Terror ;-)
This castle is indeed a great meeting place for it has both nice shapes and colors, here you have pleasant light to make them shine, also attractive clouds dynamizing the sky on the left
have a nice day JY

Hi Malgorzata
Fine picture of the colorful palace
Lovely colors and very good sharpness
Well framed and done
Regards my dear friend
Nice WS picture

Przepiękny jest zamek La Pena w Sintrze i niesamowite jest jego położenie. Choć nieco kiczowaty, przypomina nam lata dzieciństwa i bajki o wróżkach i królewnach, nieprawdaż ? . Wspaniałe kolory i super osrtość.

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  • Ricx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 994 W: 51 N: 2900] (13495)
  • [2010-03-29 0:57]

Hi, You must have had such a great TE meeting. This looks like a wonderful place to have been and with good weather. A great note.. Well done Ricx

ciao malgorzata,
un'altra bella immagine dal Portogallo con un cielo in cui le nuvole hanno una grande valenza.
Fantastica la luce calda che bacia la costruzione dai bei colori e dalla perfetta definizione.
un abbraccio

Olá Malgozata,

Wonderful image of the castle.Amazing colors and excellent light management.Very well framed and composed,

Um abraço,

Hello Malgorzata,
A splendid view in vivid fresh colours and good play of light and shadows.
The photo would have gained in my opinion by correcting the distortions that are just a littl too much visible.

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  • yeln Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 55 N: 2227] (11516)
  • [2010-03-29 3:42]

hello Malgorzata

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This is the postcard photo!
very clear and clean photo.
photo with a lot of depth of field
Congratulations! TFS!


Fabulous is really the right word for this photo!
so fine the palace but also so fine the light and colours. It looks like a sight of one thousands and one night... and you even found a very interesting sky as the ideal background. Excellent sharpness and contrast, a very alive and incisive photo.

Hello Emka,
Fabulous Sintra, and a photo with fabulous colours and contrasts. A good POV taking in a large part of he castle and many architectural details, and a very careful PP.
Kind regards,

Hi Malgorzata!
That Palace is certainly wonderful and your picture is truly attractive with excellent sharpness, exposure, colors, pov and composition!
TFS - congratulations!
Best regards,

Hello Malgorzata.
Another shot from the TE get-together - I saw one of Aires' pictures yesterday.
This architecture is wondrous to behold. Such colour and spectacular shapes.
I admire the exposure in this one - it is well controlled and really shows both the highlights and shadows superbly. Maybe you did some excellent work with layers to keep the detail in both the sky and the palace, but whatever you might have done the result is marvellous. Pleasing proportions in your crop, too.

marvelous shot Malgorzata
like a fairy tale , good light fine colors, well composed and good contrast, a fantastic place, good photo job here. I made a workshop and I hope you like it.
have a good day.
regard jaap

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  • jlynx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 699 W: 95 N: 1012] (12647)
  • [2010-03-29 5:55]

Witaj Małgosiu,
Myślę, że to dopiero początek zdjęć z mitingu portugalskiego. Jak tutaj kolorowo i ile tutaj światła. Niełatwo o podobne naświetlenie w Polsce. Krajobraz tutaj iście bajkowy podobnie jak kolorystyka i kształy. To niewątpliwe przeniesienie do świata baśni i bajek z dzieciństwa. Ech, dobrze jest czasem pomarzyć patrząc na takie obrazy. Pogoda Wam dopisała stąd światło bardzo plastyczne. Szkoda tego gościa z kamerką - było by bardziej baśniowo.
Piękna ostrość.
Pozdrawiam serdecznie,

Salut Malgorzata.
A very pretty palate, which you emphasized well by a very good framing and splendid colors. The sky is absolutely superb. A great success.

Witaj Malgosiu,
Milo Cie zobaczyc (mowie tu o WSie ;), bo takie okazje zdarzaja sie nie czesto. Widze, ze meeting sie udal- super!
Co do zdjecia- architektura naprawde wyglada przepieknie na tle tego delikatnego, niebieskiego nieba. Niestety tam nie dotarlem, ale moze jeszcze kiedys sie tam wybiore. Super fota!

Hi Malgorzata,
A superb sharpness and an abuncance of details in this picture. Also superb colours. Sintra is indeed a very beautiful mand interesting place, a must if you are in Portugal!
Kind regards

Ola Malgorzata! To jest kraj, prawda!? Piekne zdjecie tego nieprawdopodobnego kiczu. Saude e Paz!

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9596 W: 157 N: 15500] (124107)
  • [2010-03-29 12:44]

Czesc Malgosiu!
Jeszcze cieple prosto z meetingu :)
Czy to ta slynna kiczowata budowla?
Kadr fajny, kolory i swiatlo tez.
Ostrosc dodaje smaku.

hello Malgorzata
you are right,this architecture is really fabulous,I could say more than fabulous,and the colors are marvelous,this is a vision of dream,superbly emphasized by a splendid light!

Hi dear Malgorzata,
Very interesting building with amazing bright colors.
Good pov and perfect light management.
Very good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards

Hello Malgorzata,

Now that is an amazing piece of medieval architecture!
The fairytale castle really stands out and the colourful towers attract attention...
The angle of light adds a bit of 3D feeling to the structure, sharp fine details!

Pablo -

Czesc Malgorzata,
widze ze TE meeting bardzo owocny.
Ja rowniez odwiedzilem Sintre w tamtym roku ale byly tak straszne tlumy plus niebo nieskazitelnie niebieskie -co normalnie mnie zawsze cieszy ale nie najlepsze do zdjec.
Tobie widze trafilo sie wspaniale swiatlo, ladne niebo, nie az tak wielu turystow -a moze po prostu wiekszosc udalo Ci sie wyciac. Bardzo ladna oryginalna prezentacja z tego miejsca.

Ola Malgorzata ,
Linda esta tua foto do Palácio de Sintra , as cores estăo magnificas , gostei muito da luz lateral , magnifico céu neste dia , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Ciao Malgo,
approffitto per mandare un caro saluto agli altri partecipanti al meeting.
L'architettura di questo palazzo č meravigliosa, tutti i dettagli ed i colori sono godibilissimi grazie all'eccellente qualitŕ dello scatto.
Splendido il cielo, perfetto il POV... complimenti.
Un caro abbraccio.

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  • Vasa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2208 W: 0 N: 95] (515)
  • [2010-03-31 15:00]

The great subject has only the warm colors. I say Kodak colors. Really spectacular corner of Lisboa. I am so glad to see you again, dear Malgorzata.


Olá Malgozata,

Beautifull picture of this Castel, very good colors and light.

best regards

Witaj Malgorzata,

Excellent framing to this famous and curious ( and too a little crazy) castle. I like too the composition left to right and the details of the architectur very well collectyed. Beautiful contrasts too.
Best regards,

Ciao Malgorzata, I missed this one, great view of wonderful architecture, fantastic sky, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • papera Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 111 N: 1805] (14372)
  • [2010-04-02 13:13]

ciao malgorzata,
what a difference a bit of sunshine makes... I was in Sintra exactly a year ago, on a cold and gray day, and although I enjoyed this strange architectural concoction very much, the warm tones of your photo are nowhere to be found in my pictures...
you give a good view of the castle, it shows very well the strange mixture of styles and the eclectic architectural approach.
great Spring light - crystal clear, fresh and inviting :)
have a good Easter!

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2010-04-03 23:49]

Hello Malgorzata
What a beautiful and colourful castle. Like the way you composed with the catle off-centre from the left. The red turret attracts straightaway. Hope you had a good TE meeting!
Best Regards

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  • mumek Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1912 W: 31 N: 2944] (20202)
  • [2010-04-04 19:09]

Hi Gosiu!
Wspaniala kolorystyka, swietna jakosc obrazu i swiatlo.
Ciekawa, b.interesujaca notatka.Wesolych Swiat
pozdrawiam serdecznie

Ciao Malgorzata!
Really a powerfull picture.
The subject is fantastic, but is great also your composition and the colors.


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  • siolaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4829 W: 629 N: 10303] (38294)
  • [2010-04-07 0:07]

Hi Malgorzata
Really a flamboyant architecture here and a stupendous place. Colors and contrast look very nice. Sharp and clean image

Vi č piů arabo come stile architettonico in Portogallo che in Spagna ...ma sicuramente il TE Meeting di Lisbona ha catapultato moltissime foto di monumenti ....come in un libro.
Molti volumi ed imponenza di strutture .
I particolari molti e tecnicamente nitidi foto da thema .

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