Another picture from our trip to the island of St. Miguel in the Azores. We stayed in the small capital city of Ponta Delgada and I showed recently a picture taken in the charming back streets. I thought today I would show a rather more traditional picture of the small city centre. This is the church of St. Sebastian which was built in 1547 and described as Gothic with a Manueline exterior, although the entrance was modified in a Baroque style in the 18th century. Manueline is a word that describes Portuguese late Gothic style (early 16th century) and influenced by the Portuguese voyages of discovery.
I have deliberately not corrected the camera distortion as when I did it looked less interesting.
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snunney (72728) 2013-09-08 2:04
The distortion resulting from the wide angle lens accentuates the height of the clock tower, something helped by the well placed passer-by. The attractive sky makes a fine backdrop for the whitewashed walls of the church. A nicely lit image with very good colours and excellent clarity.
Romano46 (11535) 2013-09-08 2:35
un'altra delle tue belle riprese nella quale il punto di ripresa piuttosto basso e l'uso del grandangolare ha portato ad una prospettiva particolarmente interessante ed idonea a mettere in risalto la particolarità degli ornamenti della chiesa, ma soprattutto del campanile.
Ne è derivata una bella composizione nella quale l'eccellente definizione ed i colori offrono una particolare nrillantezza.
La classe non si smentisce mai. Brava.
Ciao e buona domenica
goodwill (4879) 2013-09-08 2:50
The image is well in focus with the wide angle coverage but the dynamic range of the cam is not working properly here. The image is well lit but I am not able to enjoy the "slight difference between the light and the shadows". This is what I want to convey.
dta (56710) 2013-09-08 3:28
Hello Ann ,
The low POV and te perspective create an excellent effect . This is a beautiful typical portuguese church .
tyro (15717) 2013-09-08 3:33
There appears to be a preponderance of photographs from Portugal these days! And, interestingly, I see that the architecture on the south wall (though not the tower) of this church is very similar to that of the Capela dos Ossos at Alcantarilha of which I recent posted a picture of the interior: I shall try to post a picture of the outside later.
This is a splendid photograph, well composed with the diagonal line of the steps and the patterns on the cobblestones, and which also benefits considerably from the inclusion of the man passing by. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness which are better appreciated in the larger version on "beta" TE.
Now I'm moving into my usual obsessive mode: there is a little camera (or, more properly, lens) distortion here but also a lot of perspective distortion. Because you took this at the widest end of your lens, there is some "barrelling", mainly seen on the vertical edges of the tower which appear to bulge slightly outwards: that can be corrected in editing but, really, it is not at all worrying.
The perspective distortion is due to your having tilted your camera upwards but, in my opinion, that is often best left alone as it is a phenomenon which we observe naturally when we look upwards at a building. In my recent picture of the yellow and white church in Praia da Luz, I did correct the vertical lean-in to some extent but not completely: I think that if you try to correct that distortion completely, you end up with a building which looks crazily top-heavy and unnatural.
So, Ann, please forgive me for my wanderings. Basically, all I wanted to say was this picture looks fine as it is! :o)
rigoletto (32764) 2013-09-08 4:32
i love the result of barrel distortion here, and how wide angle exaggerates perspective. the tower looks even more gigantic than it probably is. having the walking man was essential to your final effect.
subhendu_bagchi (21090) 2013-09-08 4:53
wow, love the chosen POV. Interesting colour of this architecture. You get a clear and sharp image with contrasting colours. The flowers created a nice contrast with the almosts black and white architecture. Excellent presentation. Tfs.
saxo042 (33930) 2013-09-08 5:19
From this low position, the church has an impressive perspective as it narrows upwards. An inclusion of people is never wrong.
lousat (64213) 2013-09-08 8:52
Hi Ann,the choice of point of view make the difference,what a nice and original view and what a imposing perspective,magnificent capture in the best exposure for the best white and great details everywhere too,very interesting architechture,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
dkmurphys (42527) 2013-09-08 10:09
A lovely POV with this attractive church. I've never been in Acores but there' s the same charm of Portugal as in the continent. Well taken, have a good week.
npecanhuk (56368) 2013-09-08 10:11
Very beautiful church!
Very attractive picture!
Large vertical format, black & white borders, exposure, colors, sharpness, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
holmertz (31322) 2013-09-08 10:23
This is a fine photo of a fine church. It's interesting to see the contrasts of the fairly plain walls of the bell-tower and the richly ornamented façade. This seems to have been a fairly sunny day, in which case you handled the exposure impressively. The light is really good. To me the man walking by is almost as important as the church for the composition. While he doesn't actually contribute anything his mere presence ínjects liveliness into the photo. Likewise the red flowers are a fine detail of equal formal unimportance.
macjake (45588) 2013-09-08 19:14
at first glance when i viewed this, I actually thought it was one of my OWN photos! haha
I take shots like this all the time :)
because i've posted similar shots with the wide angle lens, i know for a fact that there are TE members who really dislike the distortion effect.
But its so subjective, and personally i love it! Correcting the image in photoshop means you LOSE so many other areas of the scene - so lets keep it like this please :)
you chose the perfect time of day for the photo, the lighting is just the way i'd want it, and the clouds are splendid.
beautiful architecture with a smart composition, well chosen all around
emka (64150) 2013-09-08 23:18
hi Ann , John went also to Portugal but I see you have been to Azores. beautiful church, architecture in typical Portuguese style. Nicely composed and I see without correction the impact is bigger. the facade has some Manueline feature. I would like to see the facade more closely, it is wonderful.
krzychu30 (12719) 2013-09-09 4:51
great angle and perspective to present us this beautiful church(its architecture and above all the Tower reminds me the Cathedral in Funchal on Madeira).
I like also the inclusion of the man to gives us good sense of the scale.
Beautiful architecure and superb presentation of it!
Have a nice day
fabbs99 (11148) 2013-09-13 11:41
The use of wide angle lens has done magic to the scene.The Church of St. Sebastian looks awesome in perfect lights and sharpness.Nice light and beautiful texture of the facade.Absolute perfection written all over the frame.TFS.
PiotrF (2380) 2013-09-17 13:07
Very nice church spires here. Good vertical frame, colors and contrast are great.Interesting note. Very pleasant picture
tatadalou (3975) 2013-09-17 14:13
Your pic reminds me my trip to Madeira in June, with the black and white architecture. I agree with your choice of not correcting camera distortion, it gives an impression of height to the bell tower.
mcmtanyel (5273) 2013-10-21 19:25
The POV in this photo is lovely and the framing is just right. Excellent details; inclusion of the fellow gives a good sense of scale.