This is a picture from Barcelos I visited two years ago in the Minho, a province right in the north of Porto about 20 km west of Braga. It’s a lovely city well known for the rooster “o galo”, symbol of the Portugal.
The church here presented is the “Igreja da Nossa Senhora do Terçero” built in the 18th century in the middle of the today nice “Campo da Republica” place where a big market occur each week.
This quite simple church has some wonderful “aluzejos” inside, these blue enamels which were brought in the iberic peninsula by the Arabo-andalusian Civilization and became quickly a major portuguese architecture element. In that place, they represent the life of Saint-Benoît.
For the technical part, I played with the layer adjustment curves in photoshop in two main steps. In a first one, I selected the sky area only and increased the saturation (dark part darker and white part lighter...). Then, I made the same adjustment to the whole scene. Then, I ran the picture into Neatimage to clean the resulting noise especially in the sky.
As I mainly focused on the layer work, I didn’t take time to adjust the format and kept the original one. Feel free to submit some improvements regarding the composition.
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PechePassion (483) 2004-01-03 5:28
Je suis curieux de voir la photo original car celle si est interressante mais pauvre ciel qui a subi tant de torture ....
Les nuages à force de subir des traitements en sont devenu couleur chrome en bas dommage ....
Dommage car le coté technique de prise de vue etait bon.
light (865) 2004-01-03 7:59
ery impresive perspective here, you got very good effect. Nice use of Neatimage. Very good colors, deepnees, elements, poeple. In fact best here is the proportions and the game of the church enhanced with sky, gives a superb impresion.
Didi (56057) 2004-01-03 8:13
La photo originale est une banale carte postale touristique quand même très bien cadrée, mais le WS est surtout bien travaillé et l'effet sur le ciel agrémente cette image.
Votre commentaire est très intéressant.
clodreno (0) 2004-01-03 9:46
You are good at working those pictures..The result is really nice..
You should do some WS for me!!!
claudiaf (4438) 2004-01-03 10:42
Bom trabalho. Ficou excelente!
andyohare (437) 2004-01-03 11:36
Nice shot, and excellent postprocessing. Very dramatic, attractive sky.
jrj (34841) 2004-01-03 12:49
Excellent shot and post work. Really good Steven.
joseelias (0) 2004-01-05 9:14
Well using that technique really added some drama to the photo and I like it! The higher contrast, and the more intense colors created a nice efect.
One thing one must be careful is to balance the luminosity of the sky considering the luminosity of the elements on the ground.
In one fine critique written by ninadev on one of my photos she pointed out that the sky was a bit to threatening regarding the light seen on the sand. We can see a bit of that here too. It's just a question of carefulness. But it's a great effect.
Besides all that this is a nice photo with a good composition!
prcr (36) 2004-02-24 7:39
the manipulation gave quite a dramatic look to this photo...
my only complain would be that there are too many people on the scene. i would love to see the same photo but with a deserted street.
anyways, this is quite an impressive image, which really caught my attention.
osinzj (138) 2004-08-31 20:44
Parabéns pelo ar "dramático" que conseguiu dar á foto.Muito boa
KAMARA (0) 2006-10-09 8:04
A fotografia está muito bonita mas de facto não é Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Terço mas sim a Igreja do Sr. da Cruz.
- Copyright: Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) (9271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2001-08-16
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Sony DSC-S70, JPEG 100 ISO
- Exposure: f/8, 1/942 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: 8 DAYS IN THE NORTHERN PORTUGAL
- Date Submitted: 2004-01-03 4:58