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Monsanto, rock strength III

Monsanto, rock strength III
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Copyright: Filipe Rocha (sacavem) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2467 W: 128 N: 3992] (18620)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-02-22
Categories: Castles, Nature, Architecture
Camera: Kodak Easyshare Z740
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/90 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): All My Account #1, (Your Favourites*) added by members, TRIPLE WOW number 2, Granite boulders serving as walls. Portugal Greece, Personal photos with more than 100 points, More than 200 points to 300 – photos [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-09 13:29
Viewed: 20487
Favorites: 12 [view]
Points: 288
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All Rights Reserved: Filipe Rocha Copyright. Use in any form is forbidden without the written permission of the photographer. :
Direitos Autorais Reservados: A presente fotografia é obra intelectual protegida pela lei,sendo proibida a reprodução por qualquer meio sem a prévia autorização por escrito do autor. Favor contactar:Filipe Rocha

Hi dear TE friends

3rd of the series, Monsanto

Place :Monsanto, it is a Historical Village of Portugal.
Region: Municipality- Idanha-a-Nova / Parish-Monsanto (zone center of Portugal).
To see: map view
I hope you guys like it.

Theme:Monsanto rock strength

Taken on a rainy day…
As the title says “Monsanto rock strength”, this great photo show us that.
The houses are build only with granite stone, a local and natural resource.
Monsanto, between gigantic boulders, it’s a stunning sight.

*If your target is not our extraordinary beaches, you must visit our Historic Villages, for sure, you’ll not loose your precious time. There, you’ll find a sort of beauty natural stuff. All in all impossible to see in any other place in the world.

I hope you like it, a big hug to all of you TE friends

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To mcenteesalas: Obrigado pelo comentariosacavem 1 2007-07-10 02:54
To Bruno40: Thanks for your visit and critic.sacavem 2 2007-09-07 06:38
To Alain: Thanks a lot for your comment !sacavem 1 2007-12-21 01:23
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Hi Filipe!

This must be one of the most impressive villages of the world. I remember that incredible photo with the rock on the roof of a house. This one is excellent too! Great composition, brilliant colours, perfect sharpness and contrast, and an amazing sky as the cherry of the pie. Congratulations!


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  • avene Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1587 W: 134 N: 2932] (12675)
  • [2007-07-09 13:41]

I agree, very impressive shot of an impressive place. I particularly like the curving road passing the cross. but I have a question - is this village on a mountain-top? because for some reason the sky seems as if it's a separate background plane, or taken from a totally different shot :)) it seems that you've also left it not near as sharp as the rest of the photo, and that adds to the feeling of artificiality. but still, this is a very good photo.

Bonsoir Filipe
superbe photo avec un excellent rendu de la pierre. J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage ; j'ai l'impression de me trouver au milieu de ce village. Bien vu.

Hi Filipe,
Very nice picture my friend...I like much this atmosphere for this one..!
Very good framing and good light and colours too..!
Nice composition here..!
Best regards,

Hi Filipe,
Very impressive shot, I like the effective composition and massive textures. Colours are beautiful, really fascinating atmosphere, Congratulations. Have a nice week

Hello Filipe, lovely crisp details of the buildings, everything is sharp.
The colours are good,the green everywhere contrasts well with the grey stone and blue sky.
It certainly looks an interesting place to visit.
TFS, regards Jean.

ce village est surprenant
il faudra je j'aille voir ca de plus prés
belle photo

Olá Filipe!
Muito boa essa imagem, a cor do céu ficou muito boa e a composição também! Gostei de ser tudo formado de pedras!
Parabéns e Abraço!

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  • Charo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5142 W: 58 N: 12086] (51212)
  • [2007-07-09 14:24]

Hola Filipe,
Fantástica la luz y el color de esta foto, tiene un ambiente casi de misterio, muy especial.
Un lugar encantador con muy buen encuadre y definición.

Filipe, excellent shot, great color and detail and the sky couldn't be more alive, super capture. I think that this also shows a side we might not expect, this is a current use of something that appears very old yet is seems to be comfortable and sung in the pending wet weather, very nicelt done.


Oi Filipe que beleza de foto , muito realistica , a textura das pedras o verde muito bom ,gostei da casa no centro da foto e do ceu , parabens!!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo

Está quase no topo da minha lista de prioridades de sítios a visitar em Portugal quando aí estiver no fim do ano. Ainda só conheço a Sortelha, das aldeias históricas.
Gosto muito do PDV e das cores. A definição está excelente e aquele verde é uma maravilha. Muito boa.

Hi Filipe
This is an amazing and wonderful shot you have taken.Really this village is wonderful and historic.shapes of stones and colours are excellent and incredible.details and clarity are impressive.and also composition and your POV are fantastic and lovely.

Thanks for sharing this beautiful shot.

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  • Uhu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 0 N: 1712] (8609)
  • [2007-07-10 0:51]

It's really a very special place and great photo of it!

a fantastic photo Felipe,
the shot is very nice, the details the perspective the contrast and the good sky they all fit in a good taken composition, good photojob.
groet Jaap

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  • emn Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 60 W: 3 N: 35] (251)
  • [2007-07-10 3:23]

Olá Filipe,

A foto está com uma cor muito boa e a composição muito equilibrada. Gosto imenso da nossa arquitectura vernacular e tu conseguiste nesta imagem exprimi-la de uma maneira muito bonita. Obrigado


Hi Filipe
The strong textures and contrasts are stunning here. The sharpness of the rocks in the tower is superb and it stands out so well against the animated sky.

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  • Cormac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2553 W: 61 N: 5828] (26565)
  • [2007-07-10 8:10]

Great shot! The texture of these stones is just incredible, so detailed that it's like being there. I like the way you show the sky too, with those clouds and the deep blue. REally beautiful piece of work, showing the strength of the building. Superb!

Ola Filipe, mais uma vez conseguiste umas das tuas famosas fotos, gosto como construiram as casas ao lado desses rochedos imponentes, essas rochas foram transportadas pra esse local durante a formacao geologica ou ou fazem parte da geologia local? muito interessante como sao moldadas ate parece que alguem as pos ai, ate mais, Joao Salas

Hello Philip:

This one is an excellent photo. I do not deal on technologies(skills) only guide what I see so much when I come out in photographs as when I criticize. Now what I see in this photo I like the composition, the definition, the color of the stone, of the vegetation, of a sky of cinema, in a word everything.

A good work. Thank you for leaving it me to see.

Cordial regards friend.


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  • vincz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2604 W: 77 N: 5252] (19113)
  • [2007-07-10 14:45]

Very impressive, with great details, superb light on the moss and overall great colors. An excellent work.

O mais interessante de sua foto é que as casas parecem saltar de dentro da foto. Ficou um visial muito bonito e com cores maravilhosas.

Bom trabalho

Bonjour, cher Filipe,
Je suis vraiment amoureux de cette prise de vue. Tout dans cette composition respire la beauté. Admiratif de cette architecture qui défie le temps avec bonheur.

Excellent image of this beautiful old town and its rock, beautiful perspective and amazing colors for a wonderful image, compliments Filipe.

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  • efi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 280 W: 46 N: 509] (5303)
  • [2007-07-12 3:45]

hi filipe;
a masterpiece of rocks and sky and clouds and the grass.TFS.

Superb light on the building. The detail of the rocks is very very high. I love the greenery contrasting on the building as well. It is very crisp overall for such a wide aperture.

hi filipe...
the quality and exposure of this shot is great... also your pov and glowing daylight also very attractive...

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24614 W: 523 N: 41315] (177552)
  • [2007-07-13 3:05]

Hi Filipe,

What a lovely image with the narrow cobblestone way between the stone wall, also it cross under the lantern give nice depth.
Splendid tower building with the small window, very well composition and soft colour, very pleasant for looking.

I wish you a nice weekend,

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  • Paolo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 144 N: 8842] (41250)
  • [2007-07-13 7:15]

Hi Filipe another one really beautiful from Monsanto, with a fantastic work on tones, saturation and contrast.
excellent quality and perfect POV.
thanks, ciao

Hello Filipe!
Wonderful image and really great colours and clarity!
Very nice place!
Lovelypoint of view!
Excellent done!

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  • mpdre Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 248 W: 1 N: 250] (1611)
  • [2007-07-13 20:38]

Hi Filipe,
Incredible place and incredible shot! The quality of the image is excellent, the light, the sharpness, very natural (some times, although PP can transform in very nicely certain colors, I like to see images a bit more natural, like this one). The place is so interesting...all rock, little windows, the cross in the street,...very unusual... And the sky is gorgeous... Great shot!

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  • Mikos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 958 W: 0 N: 896] (4326)
  • [2007-07-14 2:22]

Ola Filipe!

Has logrado crear una atmósfera, un ambiente, realmente mágico, gracias al pov, pero sobre todo a la luz! Un trabajo impresionante!

Saludos y buen fin de semana!


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  • kiks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1482 W: 160 N: 1682] (12805)
  • [2007-07-14 11:30]

Hi Filipe,

again a great image from this amazing village. The POV that you take lets us see how rough the place is. I love the different textures: rocks, green.
Great work

Hi Filipe,
a very nice image with strong colours and nice contrast. A good perspective and a great composition. A very nice place you show,

Merhaba Flipe.
Güzel bir kare.Tebrikler.

Hi Filipe, this is very good, the "texture" of this picture is amazing, your PP skills are excellent and the compo of this picture is very good ... Thanks for sharing such an "intriguing" picture of a place i don't know and for sure worth the visit

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  • ifanik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 52 N: 3687] (21679)
  • [2007-07-16 4:30]

Geia soy Filipe
Very impressive shot of an impressive place.

Hello Filipe,
Excellent shot with superb light management, sharpness, contrast, composition. Rock on the roof of a house, grass are so good. Sky view is also so good. Very nice and lovely place. WONDERFUL....
Have a nice day.
Best Regards,
Emir Nedim

hi FİLİPE.very nice picture.very fantastic.light,colors and cloudy sky very effective.good jop.thanks.

Ola Filipe,
Estive uma vez em Monsanto e gostei muito mas nao levei a minha camera. Obrigado por esta foto deste belissimo local de Portugal.
Excelente POV, cores e definicao
Um abraço Amigo

Ola Filipe, I really like the textures and the saturated colours of the building and yhe old cobbelstone road here, together with the contrast with the sky, the effect is almost 3D. The compo is very well chosen with the wall swerving our eye into the picture. Very nice work.
Parabens e um abraco,

Oh! What great textures!
Oh! What great lines!
I LOVE the cross and its position in the photograph.
... and I have just seen the light above the cross.
.. and the door.
... and the shadowed area to the left of the door.
... and the rocks on the roof.
There is so much to discover here and the relationships are fantastic.
I LOVE this photograph.
Well seen

Hola Filipe.
¿Que tal estás?
Me gusta mucho esta foto por dos cosas:
1º Por lo interesante del lugar, con esas construcciones hechas de iedra sobre piedra acoplandose a las dificultades del terreno e integrandose en el paisaje sin a penas romper la continuidad ambiental del mismo. Parece como si esas casas estuviesen ahí desde toda la vida, al mismo tiempo que las grandes rocas que las soporta.
2º Los colores y tonos que se pueden conseguir en un día de lluvia, no tienen comparación con ningún otro tipo de color en fotografía (a mi modo de ver) pues aportan un toque de dramatismo a la escena difícil de lograr de otra manera.
En este caso además tuviste la suerte de pillar un cielo azul y con nubes, en vez de uno gris que es lo más normal en estos días lluviosos.
Un excelente trabajo amigo, un saludo.

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  • adores Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5877 W: 64 N: 11341] (46937)
  • [2007-07-19 16:49]

Alô Filipe!
Vejo que ainda não esgotaste Monsanto. Muito boa também!Gosto da luz, das cores e da textura da pedra. O verde em contraste com a pedra está excelente. Gosto também da perspectiva da rua!

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  • mbasil Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 279 W: 128 N: 303] (2129)
  • [2007-07-19 17:35]

Nice composition, but really amazing colors. What did you do to get so much saturation? (I usually underexpose by half a stop just to help avoid washing anything out, and I've found that tends to increase the saturation)

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  • deud Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 499 W: 13 N: 115] (1920)
  • [2007-07-20 6:35]

wow! great shot, great place! amazing composition, focus, colors. very well done. tfs

esta foto está mesmo muito boa! Tudo perfeito.... a luz, a perspectiva as cores ...
Fica bem Ana:)

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15702 W: 159 N: 27465] (144074)
  • [2007-07-21 4:25]

Bonjour Filipe,
Une bonne lumiére qui permet de voir les moindres détails des vielles pierres, un joli ensemble de couleurs avec le vert, excellent POV, compliment

Hi Filipe

This is an excellent and clear capture,picturing the Monsanto , stone village. Good lighting and framing as well .It is very interesting to visit places in Portugal and not only Lisbon. I wish to visit your country again very much.
Best regards

Ciao Filipe!

nice strong picture, strong colors and interesting subject: interesting stone buildings, where grass grows on the wall and not on the ground as usual everywhere!
Lovely blue sky a little cloudy.

Nice work, thank you!!


Bonsoir filipe,
J'aime bien la structure de la pierre qui saute au yeux,ainsi que la verdure qui s'y incruste,tout cela constrastant magnifiquement avec le magnifqiue ciel.

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  • stego Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4422 W: 612 N: 7301] (24132)
  • [2007-07-24 18:52]

Olá Filipe,
Esta está realmente fantástica. Se é certo que o tempo e a luz deram uma ajuda, sem dúvida que a tua inspiração e talento foram imprescindíveis para produzir este efeito visual espantoso. O enquadramento está genial e a definição e cores estão perfeitas. As texturas do granito e do musgo são impressionantes. Custa a crer que tenha sido tirada com f2.8.
Um abraço, José.

Olá Filipe,
Esta foto está muito original pois na minha opinião o cinzento granítico das pedras da casa tem uma certa combinação com as nuvens cinzentas apanhadas no céu! Também gosto da ténue luminosidade que se faz notar na parte mais verdejante e cimeira do musgo e da parte mais alta da casa.
Boa foto e boas férias!
Cumprimentos igo

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  • trips Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 158 W: 2 N: 101] (1602)
  • [2007-07-26 6:31]

Olá Filipe,

Já há muito que não te "via"... Grandes fotos tens aqui. Esta série está poderosa, com cores espectaculares!

Boas férias!

Good picture with nice colors,great contarst,fantastic sharpening and good depth.You have a good point of view and the right exposure.

Your photos of Monsanto are all very interesting and beautiful. I wish I could have visited there on my last trip to Portugal. This photo is very striking. I like how the stone walk way leads up behind the round tower. That one little window is also very interesting. The darkened sky also helps make the stone buildings stand out. Nice work.

Hello Filipe!

Very good shot and composition with the air of the old one! TFS.

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  • Cara Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 90 N: 422] (2059)
  • [2007-08-21 2:10]

Olá Filipe,
Esta foto está mesmo muito boa, gosto especiamente do pdv e das cores, o pp foi aqui muito bem realizado.
Excelente, parabéns!

Hello Filipe! This image is so interesting it almost seems surreal. It definitely has a 3-dimensional quality to it. I think part of it is the angle of the wall leading the eye into the frame and creating a sense of depth. The sharpness is quite good. The contrast of the greens and blues against the gray granites really add to the splendeur.

Well done!

Hi Filipe,
Well seen this angle to give great effect ad nice depth at your view, interesting contrast with this light and blue background, tfs.

Olá Filipe, cada nova imagem que nos mostras deste local mágico, voltas a surpreender-me. Tenho mesmo que arranjar maneira de vir aqui um dia. Que imagem incrível - devias vender isto para uma revista. Mais parece tirada da imaginação de um escritor de histórias do imaginário do Senhor dos Anéis. Simplesmente deliciosa!
Um grande abraço,
p.s.- Fazes bem em ter um ritmo lento aqui. Eu estou a tentar fazer o mesmo...
p.s.1- Parece que estamos a apontar uma saída para o fim de semana de 8/9 de Setembro, mas ainda não sei mais pormenores.

Hello Felipe! Very nice and interesting photo. Very sharp front and very blur sky. Impressive photo! Composition and colors are so good!



Hi Filipe
This so good thst seems unreal. The exposure and sharpness are beyond what I ever dream to take... did you use HDR or another kind of PP?
Fantastic work
PS: how do you insert the Map in the photo data?

Hi Filipe,
this picture looks so "so real", i feel like i was there, in the middle of old rocky way. Great shot, so sharp!
Nice evening

Hello Filipe,

Monsanto is a really spectacular village. I like these typical houses, it's very impressive. About the shot, well composed with beautiful colors. Congratulations !


hello filipe,
a nice composition, very sharp. i like the way conducting the view to the tower.

Hi Filipe, i like a lot you compo and perspective here...
the treatment is fantastic and the green absolutely eye catching!
fantastic texture with the stones!

Hi savacem.
Nice pic! I like the green and the blue sky, that makes this photo more interresting! Good point of view! I wouldnt do something in another way.


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  • berek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7512 W: 201 N: 7196] (50508)
  • [2007-09-28 2:03]

Hi Filipe,
I like it very much. lovely vivid colours. very good point of view. lovely atmosphere and architecture. great sky effect with clouds. well done. have a nice day.

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  • Yffic Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 927 W: 18 N: 1256] (6106)
  • [2007-09-28 5:50]

hi Filipe,

A very colorful shot... The stone texture is really splendid !!
The sharpness is great.

A real nice shot.



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  • kipli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 125 W: 2 N: 193] (1009)
  • [2007-09-29 2:03]

Bella composizione.
Grande definizione dei dettagli e bellissimi colori.
Ottima foto!


thats realy nice filipe but not paparazzi photo.

Beautiful textures filipe!
But i think the sky look a bit strange, did you do something to it?
Otherwise very detailed, and a good pov along the granite wall.
Nice one

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  • jmcl Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2514 W: 131 N: 4070] (14535)
  • [2007-10-15 20:10]

hi Filipe,

Beautiful lush greens .. they are what put this over the top .. the blue sky is wonderful .. great evocative stone .. mystic place .. amplified by your composition of the curved path and the wonderful colors.

take care,


Ola Filipe, I missed this, fantastic shot and fantastic PP to bring the full visual power of this place to the viewer's attention. I like the upwards POV and the textures are worked out up to the smallest detail. Great work.


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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2139 W: 54 N: 1004] (17136)
  • [2007-10-18 7:26]

Thanks for your critique and I'm glad it lead me to your gallery which is very nice. I especially like this picture. I have never seen a place like this! Very interesting!!!! Fantastic pov! Great color and detail. I love the moss. I'd sure like to see this place some day. TFS

Hello Filipe,

you have realized a very good composition and excellent colors.The sharpness of the picture is very good.Bravo.

With regrads from Luxembourg


Hi Filipe,
Vue surprenante, et originale. Un joli coin, bien mis en valeur par ta photo.

Hi Filipe...

Thank you very much for commenting.

I like in your photo the composition and the contrast of colors.
Nonetheless a nice picture.
You have a great evening!
Regards Joanna

Hello Filipe!
It is beautiful photo and amazing place! I like these stone buildings with moss, narrow pathway, this place is full of mood. Stunning colours, excellent sharpness and perfect composition. TFS!
Regards, Agata

The clarity of this image is excellent. Well composed with good saturation of colour and sharpness.
The fine varied light adds life to the scenery, a view with a superb feeling of depth!


Un endroit vraiment fascinant !! je vois que ton kodak fait du beau travail...

Great composition and edition. I'd increase the BG's contrast just a little bit more though... it kinda fades away comparing with the starkingly well defined FG.

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  • Alain Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 94 W: 58 N: 49] (302)
  • [2007-12-20 14:49]
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Hi Filipe:

You have managed to take an excellent photo on a rainy day. The detail and sharpness of the stones is perfect. Great color balance.

I did not konw about Monsanto - I will certainly visit when I go to portugal.

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  • mnp (57)
  • [2008-01-03 12:01]
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uma prova q nao é a maquina q faz o fotografo. Para uma maquina deste nivel de preço, embora, tendo pelo q me parece bastante ediçao em photoshop, uma qualidade notavel de uma fotografia belissima. Excelente perspectiva, brilho, cor, tudo na perfeiçao. Os meus parabens!

Hola Filipe, que extraordinaria imagen!!!!! lo que me llama la atención, es la calidad de los detalles que nos muestras, cada linea está bien definida y con un tono muy agradable, y resaltante.

El verde, y el azul del cielo, resaltan y llaman la atención de modo extraordinario, frente a un gris, que pasa a un segundo plano, pero, nunca desapercibido...

Es una excelente foto...


Hello Filipe,
amazing colors and atmosphere, great contrast, POV and subject - great photo
Regards Caesar

  • sadeik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 550 W: 181 N: 673] (3282)
  • [2008-01-13 11:27]

Superb, I like the effect of the stone buildings and your composition is excellant.
A most unusual village and prehaps a lovely one to live in especially if you like bouldering. A grand shot


Hi Filipe
Very well captured shot of this country view in lovely setting. The element of sky, stones, clouds, greens, are all making it very balanced perspective. Excellent light and sharpness. WEll done.
Best regards

Nice photo indeed with great sharpness and details.
Andrea Gatt

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  • atus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2152 W: 208 N: 4536] (15856)
  • [2008-01-30 10:56]

Hi Filipe,
the razor sharpness and the light is fantastic here. The vivid green colour contrasts greatly with the grey of the walls. Looking at the nice sky in the bg., the picture looks like a 3-D one. Fantastic work!
Tfs and best wishes.

Ola, Felipe,
this is one of the most awesome photos I have ever had the pleasure of seeing. I've never seen anything like it. It is nearly 3-D. I'm pretty sure there is little more I can add to what's already been said, but this is one magnificent photograph. My greatest respect and congratulations to you. Many thanks,

Wow, really beautiful composition here (but you knew that already from the massive positive feedback!). I love the 3-D quality to the shot as well.. Excellent! Regards, Doug

Soir Filipe

Belle composition, le traitement hdr est bien fait.

Buena coposition y el tratamente HDR es muy bien.

Hello filipe,
What a superb picture. Stones colours with this deep green and wonderful sky. I simply love it.
Best regards

Hi Filipe,
It's really hard to believe the photo taken in a rainy day, the sky seems so clear..
The sharpness of the texture, your light management is perfect and the lively colours increasing the atractiveness of the shot, also I admired your POV

Ola Filipe
What beautiful contrast you have captured with the sky and the stone walls.
The blue and the grey complement each other quite well here
Well done

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  • emes Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 19] (318)
  • [2008-03-06 2:45]

Hi Filipe.
Fantastic colours!!!
And very nice village.

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  • Juntas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1449 W: 216 N: 1809] (7960)
  • [2008-03-14 15:01]

Sem dúvida uma bela foto com a pedra muito bem trabalhada. Paulo

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  • robob Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 59 N: 762] (3648)
  • [2008-03-19 5:46]

Hello Filipe,
Voilà une construction qui est très massive avec toutes ces grosses pierres,
J’aime beaucoup !
Excellent angle de prise de vue,
Très beau ciel également,
Bien cordialement,


hi Filipe

what a great shoot, HDR treatment ?


Lovely capture my friend,
POV, shades, colour, atmosphere, just great!!!

Although I have one question:
the sky must be taken from another photograph hasn't it?

Don't get me wrong, I like the final result, it fits like glove, but my post processing skills and experience tells me that the front part has different lighting from the sky.

I could be wrong though :)

Thanks for capturing this
Many Regards

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  • PerR Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 268 W: 146 N: 321] (1513)
  • [2008-03-23 11:26]

Hi Filipe.
Incredible! This is a place I just have to visit some time! So spectacular. Your photo looks kind of artificial, but it is very nice. Sharp and with great light and colours. Nice composition. Maybe the electrical street lamp should have been hidden for maximum feeling to time of the middle ages. (No critic to you)
Thanks for sharing this photo, you made me a new dream!


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  • Felip Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 677 W: 56 N: 779] (3907)
  • [2008-03-25 9:06]

Amigo Filipe
Menuda imagen esta. Que nitidez y colores....y que nubes!...Anda dime, como has conseguido estas nubes tan estupendasssss?


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  • kai Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 50 W: 18 N: 17] (422)
  • [2008-03-26 3:35]

What a place !
There are no direct sun light in your image but you can capture it very detailed and clean. Nicely done
: )

Filipe, j'aime beaucoup cette architecture qui semble sortie du rocher. Le rendu de la pierre et de la mousse est excellent, le tout sur un ciel des plus beaux.

Hey Filipe,
An excellent shot with great sharpness & details and superb colors. I love the contrast between the gray rocks and the sky. There's a subtle mystic atmosphere in your shot that is really quite interesting. Excellent POV as well. Congratulations!!!

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  • Jardim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 500 W: 176 N: 400] (3243)
  • [2008-04-10 13:25]

Olá Filipe,

Monsanto no seu melhor. Captaste muito bem uma das caracteristicas desta vila que é o aproveitamento das rochas existentes para edificar.
O verde do musgo vem dar mais cor. A nitidez está excelente.
Júlio Jardim

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  • paura Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7887 W: 56 N: 4002] (27524)
  • [2008-04-18 12:38]

A imagem é incrível e a foto está muito bem tomada, com lindas cores e boa iluinação.



the constrast in the foreground is just amazing
however the sky is maybe to dark and so the contrast between sky and rock is not very beautiful.
anyway a very nice picture!
have a nice day

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  • Muse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2048 W: 149 N: 6385] (35010)
  • [2008-05-15 9:41]

Hello Filipe,
Une photo très nette et de superbes couleurs.
Quel ciel!
Tout bon cadrage.
Best regards

Hi Filipe
Excellent photo with the huge rocks at foreground and beautiful sky at the background. The sharpness is at high quality levels as the colors too.
TFS - Regards

Hello Filipe
Nice Architecture ,
Very nice compo , photo , colors , nice POV ...

Excelente imagem com um céu bem carregado.
Parabéns. está fabulosa!
Um ab


Hi Filipe,
really impressive! 3d-effect!
Nice POV! great colors and sharpness!
amazing light!

Hi Filipe,

Nice work, excellent details and well composed, I like you POV capturing interest all around with good detail of the sky. TFS


Filipe, this is such an impressive image!
Such a lot has already been said about this photo that I won't add anything new - I just say it's wonderful!
It's good that there's also a small lantern on the left in the photo! such a contrast with the right part - the massive rock! And the colours are superb.

ciao Felipe,
delle tue tante belle foto scelgo questa.
Mi piace molto il colore del cielo e il contrasto tra le pietre della costruzone e il verde.
un saluto maurizio

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10227 W: 174 N: 18146] (80623)
  • [2008-08-11 18:04]


já vi muitas fotos de monsanto mas esta é uma maravilha, luz e pov, cores e enquadramento, detalhes e beleza em cada cantinho. lindíssimo trabalho, parabéns



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  • Morac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1990 W: 221 N: 2765] (27725)
  • [2008-08-15 14:51]

Hello Filipe.
Great photo with an excellent record of the stone.
I love this frame, I feel I stand in the middle of this village.

Olá Filipe!
Uma fotografia realmente fantástica, cheia de detalhes que podem ser muito bem apreciados devido à excelente nitidez! O colorido está muito bonito, ressaltando-se principalmente o céu e a vegetação!
O ponto de vista meio baixo e a composição estão muito bem acertados dando como resultado uma imagem de primeira - bela!
Parabéns e abraços,

Very good framing and good light and colours too..!

Hi Filipe
I love your work, it is top draw is your gallery. These stones and village is amazing, the clean, crisp image is superb with natural colourings, perfect sharpness and lighting.
Out of this world Filipe my compliment Sir.

Esta é uma das fotografias mais belas que já vi neste Site fotográfico. Bela composição, alta definição e cores fortes e bem saturadas.
Um primor ..
5 estrelas ..


Amico mio devo ringraziarti perche dando una critica al mio post mi hai invogliato a vedere le tue foto e così ho potuto vedere questa magnifica foto, un vero capolavoro che vado subito a mettere tra le mie preferite.
Solo una cosa vorrei chiederti per mia curiosità.
Questo eccezionale microdettaglio e queste luci così drammatiche sono il risultato di un HDR?
Grazie della condivisione e ancora i miei complimenti!

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  • plimrn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3999 W: 226 N: 6734] (21344)
  • [2008-11-14 10:42]

Olá Filipe,
WOW!! You have framed this unique building perfectly with the road curving upward, the detail of the roof tiles, the grassy hillside and the wonderful sky. Detail is great and light management is amazing; especially for a rainy day.
SAA, Pat

Hi Filipe
I like the effective composition.
This is an amazing and wonderful shot!!!!

the texture is just exquisite. it pops out of the screen! amazin job!

Hi Filipe,

it's an extraordinary image, great composition, great quality

Very well done!


Hi, Filipe,

A "triple wow" photo!

Not hard to see why.

Your subject is compelling.
Your composition is excellent, with a strong set of diagonal lines sweeping the viewer up into the frame to rest on this most interesting tower.
The lighting conditions were excellent and so too are your rendering of the colors. The green grass is stunning and so is the blue sky.
Sharpness and clarity are excellent throughout.

High compliments!
- William

This is a nicely composed shot with the road leading the eye into the scene. The architecture is amazing and the moss adds nice color and texture to the scene. The lighting and colors are great with excellent sharpness.

Muito bonita essa construção de pedras, e o ângulo ficou excelente, dá para ver bem a textura das rochas. E o céu ficou maravilhoso. Parabéns pelo trabalho!

Another magnificent shot!
Very interesting place! It looks really amazing!Excellent POV, beautiful color tones and lovely light.

Hi Filipe!
Adoro suas fotos, são muito reais e fantásticos, ao mesmo tempo.

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  • yeln Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1077 W: 55 N: 2227] (11516)
  • [2010-11-02 11:18]

hi Filipe
odlična fotografija!! zelo dober motiv, da o barvah ne govorim! odlična ostrina! bravo! TFS!
lep večer želim, vojko
p.s. lepo presenečenje, ko vidim, da jezik ni več problem, da bi se ljudje med seboj razumeli.
tudi drugi prijatelji so začeli pisati v svojem materinem jeziku. veliki brat goooogle je naš prijatelj.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13702 W: 295 N: 27475] (110381)
  • [2010-11-28 8:00]

Ola Filipe,
excellent presentation of this rocky village with the rock constructions to make the scene so fascinating.The great light management,the clarity and the sharpness make the whole scenery unique.Well done.

Have a good afternoon,Danos

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 966 W: 0 N: 1364] (7101)
  • [2010-12-09 18:06]

Hello Filipe,
this is an extra ordinary capture. The powerful colours and texture indeed very exciting to look. The clouds on the deep blue sky is pretty. The classical look of the stone wall is fascinating.
Very well details shot.


Olá Filipe!
Muito bom comentário e fotografia, excelente trabalho!
Desejo-lhe um bom fim de semana

Hi Filipe,
incredible processing here. I like very much the vivid colors and in spite of the limited light -great luminosity. The processing enhanced not only the fantastic sky here, also the texture of the walls was emphasized and together with the interesting color it creates an interesting atmosphere here.
I have almost a 3D feeling looking at the photo and yet everything seems perfectly normal and natural.
Very well done,

Hi Filipe,
Beautiful photo of this ancient street with granit buildings. Te green vegetation looks nice in combination with the blue sky,
regards henk

Good morning Filipe,
This must be a great village to visit, an invaluable part of your heritage !
Excellent photo with the grey stones contrasting so well with the green of the moss and the blue of the sky !
I also like the composition with the winding path going up through the dwellings, and the cross in the curve which blends so well in the picture that it's hard to detect.
Thank you very much for this very interesting post.
Kind regards.

Ola Filipe
I find this oldie at the TE welcome page
Nothing else to say here except put my praises at the end of the very long queue
Bravo, splendid
All the Best

Caro Filipe,

Uma foto belissima, tecnicamente pefeita e transmite a Historia nas pedras, rua e musgos. Fantastico, parabens and thanks for sharing :-)


Very well composed shot - and it fills the frame - the blue sky and the grey stone work well together with the dash of green in the middle - all add to balance - nice work

Hi, Filipe. Nice framing, good light management. Nice compo with the curvy road and the sturdy structure. TFS

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