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Friendship under a bridge

Friendship under a bridge
Photo Information
Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8555 W: 489 N: 16720] (75285)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-05-24
Categories: Daily Life, Artwork, Decisive Moment
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-06-14 0:48
Viewed: 888
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Is there anything better than to meet a close friend and sit down for a long, sincere talk, really listening to each other, showing how much you care?

This photo is of course nothing special, just a quick snap when I saw these two women busy with their mobile phones, next to the large graffiti "portraits". I guess the quality isn't the best, but it was a rainy day, the light was not good, and I had to zoom in on them from across the street.

They had found protection from the rain under the northern end of the Ponte do Infante, a modern bridge crossing the Douro river a few hundred meters east of the famous Luís I bridge in Porto.

Here is a larger version.

Click the Map: view in the box to the right to see this place.

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To ChrisJ: possibly the touristsholmertz 1 2018-06-14 01:10
To jmdias: too many touristsholmertz 1 2018-06-14 01:15
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Hello dear Gert, my neighbour today !
Wonderfull mural and wonderfull capture with perfect pov and timing.
A quite typical scene of our todays World. Two women quite close to each other but fully cocentrated in thei handies :-)
TFS and best regards

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobar kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak. Lepo mesto za odmor i druzenje sa lepim grafitima na zidu.
Zelim vam lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12324 W: 126 N: 22230] (113175)
  • [2018-06-14 1:02]

Hi Gert,nice composition showing a daily life scene in a excellent way,remember me the pics of CLODO. The colors of graffiti gives a special bonus to the result,well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

Bonjour, cher Gert,
L'environnement ne semble pas intéresser ces jeunes femmes.
Elles sont totalement imprégnées à travers leur smartphone !
Comme quoi l'addiction peut être contagieuse ! ;o)

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10365 W: 161 N: 17205] (131115)
  • [2018-06-14 1:29]

Witaj Gert!
A great scene from everyday life, girls have a job and graffiti complements the atmosphere of photos.
Excellent frame, colors and sharpness.
Well done.
Have a good day.

Hello Gert,

When I meet up with my close friends we are eye-to-eye and chat about everything that has happened recently and reminisce about so many things. I'm afraid the mobile phones are firmly in our bags, definitely not taking precedence!
However, this is a sign of the times! And, for your purpose, it makes a great photograph as the graffiti heads appear to be looking at them, their speech bubbles adding to the conversations!
In a difficult lighting situation, you have done extremely well and, of course, composed the whole with great care.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9757 W: 57 N: 16694] (61732)
  • [2018-06-14 3:36]

Hello Gert,
A really cool photo and juxtaposition of these ladies and the graffiti mural. They were both really engaged in conversation, with someone else somewhere else... At least the two colourful heads seemed to be some kind of talking to one another. Great daily life capture.

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14886 W: 1055 N: 30603] (143247)
  • [2018-06-14 4:05]
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Hi Gert

A striking contrast between the 2 cartoon like street art figures at left and the 2 young women at right busy on their cell phones. I wonder who was trying to buy Porto? Good sharpness and framing. Tfs!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 25087 W: 520 N: 42358] (181452)
  • [2018-06-14 5:54]

Hello Gert,

The communication between people is totally change.
Only the mobile phone is the communicator.
Happy that you took the graffiti this gives additional colour to te picture.
An excellent composition, lovely presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.

Have a nice day,

Good evening Gert,
Nice "quick snap" with three subjects: The painted wall, the two lady-friends chatting and the contrast between the old stones as the base of the bridge and the newer concrete structure surround.
Simple, "nothing special" but looks as a well timed shooting session.
My best regards,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16204 W: 159 N: 28248] (148600)
  • [2018-06-14 9:22]

Hi Gert
J'aime la composition, les drôles de graffitis et les deux dames intéresser par leurs smartphones, l'endroit ne semble pas les intéresser tout comme leurs conversations entre elles, là est le monde moderne de maintenant !!!
Bonne soirée

Hello dear Gert and have a n ice evening
I agree with you that there is nothing
better than to meet a close friend and sit
down for a lon here we have a different photo
and a different place from the usual to drink
a coffee simple composition showing a daily
life scenery the colors of graffiti gives
a special bonus to the result

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10495 W: 174 N: 18817] (83639)
  • [2018-06-14 12:55]
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curious to read the phrase in english, a message for tourists. I read few days ago many portuguese are crazy because the big amount of visitors in the country. I would like to have 10,000 tourists by day in my town, we would not have an economic crisis, but they want everything perfect. haha.
nice flagrant of the modern times in evidence. quality is very nice.

take care


Hi Gert,

You have captured well the action of the women. The point of view is showing the details of the graffitis. The light is giving good colours rendering. Have a nice day.


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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-06-14 14:13]

Hello Gert,
nice the snapshot with the two girl friends to chatting under the bridge with the company of the two graffiti.I like their excellent placement in the frame with the perfect light and colour management to enhance even more the details of the image.


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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4272 W: 2 N: 7350] (35812)
  • [2018-06-14 16:11]

Hello Gert,
An interesting scene from street in Porto with wonderful mural.
I like fine details and beautiful colors.
Nice presentation.

Hello Gert,
What a lovely catch! You could almost include it in your Smalltalk series, if texting could be considered "talk." I like the colors of the murals. Very charming photo, well done.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14518 W: 0 N: 16410] (176325)
  • [2018-06-14 22:04]


quel mur et blele pierre ces forme ce tons avec les deux dame au natel et quel mur en fond quel dessin colorés génaile et superbe compo
Belle journée

Dear Gert,

At thumbnail size I didn't see that they were busy using their mobile phones. Then I read you description first and expected the two women talking to each other. Then I thought: oh, the irony. :)
Anyway its a good picture, which is far more than a nothing special. It says something as the two graffiti talks with each other as much as the two girls.

Best Wishes,

Ciao Gert, lovely composition with beautiful graffiti and nice couple, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and fine details, very well done, my friend, have a good weekend ciao Silvio

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10773 W: 146 N: 27120] (129847)
  • [2018-06-15 23:29]

Hello Gert, The nice scene under the bridge, but the graffiti is not especially attractive. I like your irony about the listening to each other. I am sure that when you meet friends you do not look at your mobile. :). So you had rain in Porto?
Strange this sign Porto is not for sale. I read your discussion. Too many tourists are a horror for many popular towns - Venice, Lisbon, Barcelona, also Krakow. Often the inhabitants have to move out, they rent their flats for AirB@B and live somewhere else.
Have a nice weekend


Hi Gert
A long talk with a good friend is a nice thing indeed, but these two girls seem to be talking to other people invisible in the photo on Facebook or some other social media site. Still, they chose to do it together so I'm sure they share a secret or two about what they are up to on their phones.
I like the way you composed the photo with the graffiti and the two friends on one side, part of their urban environment rather than its centre. Their poses, the way their legs are crossed, mirror each other and the colours match the graffiti - even in case of the blue jeans and the "Porto is not for sale" slogan.
Best wishes

Hello Gert,
So Porto is not for sale? I will have to look elsewhere ...
Is there anything better than being busy by your smartphone in the company of a good friend?
Yes, you better do this in front of an entrance door, a staircase or another busy place instead of on a bench. These girls are very polite to their fellow man.
You've composed this daily life-picture very well.
Excellent clarity and sharpness.
Enjoy your Sunday, Paul

Dag Gert
An intriguing photo. We are used to, having your own mobile communication before the contact with your travel companion. Maybe they send a picture of this funny graffiti to family and friends.
With the quality of the photo is nothing wrong, despite the dark environment. It just shows the atmosphere from under the bridge.
Have a good week, groet Rob
Groet Rob

Ciao Gert
una settimana fa ho partecipato ad una lezione di fotografia dove si parlava dell'importanza della foto e di ciò che esprime senza tenere conto della qualità dettata dalle regole comuni. Devo dire che è stata una lezione molto interessante, mi ha fatto capire cose nuove, prendendo ad esempio la pittura.
Gli espressionisti non hanno mai utilizzato la qualità, ovvero i contorni perfetti e la nitidezza, ma ci hanno comunque trasmesso sensazioni bellissime e molto forti.
Questa foto rispecchia tutto questo, in questi casi non è importante la qualità della foto, ma ciò che ci trasmette e ciò che il fotografo vuole mostraci, due donne che si fanno compagnia in maniera moderna in un luogo altrettanto moderno.

Hi Gert
surprised not to see any WS photos.

to answer your questions...I don't ask permission at airports whether or not I can bring my drone bc 100% they're going to say no. Just take it. I've never had my drone or the lithium batteries taken away (only once in Ireland the airport security pulled me over and asked several questions etc etc, but it was ok).

The only time I had a problem was when i called Lufthansa before my flight in Vancouver to ask about the drone...of course they told me NO. So i didn't take the drone to Portugal - big mistake! I should have just taken it to the airport.

In my experience, airport security have lightened their stance on drones. I now go through the security check points with no issues at all, not even questions.

But I have to be smart, not stupid. For example...don't be stupid and fly a drone in NYC, don't fly to Russia with a drone and expect to fly it in Moscow etc etc...I know that will not be allowed and will be punished severely for it. Don't fly a drone at a major airport etc etc

Onto your photo...good for you to fine these two looking for shelter. as you say, the weather wasn't the best so you had to get a bit creative and look for other opportunities. I like the writing on the wall Porto is not for sale. this is a classic Gert shot

Hello, Gert!

Interesting urban scene captured here, with typical elements such as the graffiti, but surprisingly there are good-looking women there, different of what would be expected if this bridge was here in my city, many times frequented by poor drug users that have nowhere to sleep... Very nice details captured with very good light and colors! Well done!

Hello Gert.
A frequent image of the two girls with their mobiles, but in a peculiar environment under the bridge with the wet and greenish stone and the two graffiti, which are a bit unpleasant to look at.
A magnificent color, good lighting and sharpness management.
Have a nice day.

Hello Gert,
This is a cool street view. I always enjoy some grit, some street art, and a bit of human presence. All of these elements come together nicely to produce an appealing scene. We also see, written in English, that "Porto is not for sale". ;-)

Hello Gert, I notice that both young ladies are looking at their smart phones, comparing notes perhaps?
You have created a well balanced composition, they fill the space nicely, particularly with their bright blue jeans.
The graffiti faces are quite impressive too.
Regards Jean.

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