One of the most characteristic features of Porto is its beautiful river Douro. Along its banks lies the historical quarter of Ribeira (declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO) and on the opposite side across the river, the town of Vila nova de Gaia, where all the cellars of the Porto wine are. So in my view, one of the best pleasure while visiting this charming city, is to have a stroll along one of these banks and enjoy the gay atmosphere one can find here day and night. This photo was shot in Cais da Ribeira, the barcos rabelos, the traditional sailing boats once used to carry the barrels of wine from the distant vineyards, and now converted to sightseeing tours for tourists, are moored here. Bars, restaurants, shops, etcs, are most of the time crowded with people and one can have a good choice of them. One can feel that the ocean is not far even it’s not possible to see it, the whole place has a strong maritime flavour which reminds of old good times.
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dta (64982) 2011-11-15 1:14
Ciao Donato ,
Quand on évoque Porto , on pense souvent au promenade en bateau sur le fleuve . Je crois que je préfèrerais une balade à pied dans des ruelles telles que celle ci .
La compositioon est excellente , parfaitement construite , riche en détails de toute sorte (on se demande ainsi ce que fait la personne allongée sur le mur) , et baignée par une très belle lumière .
ChrisJ (95826) 2011-11-15 2:13
I love the little red boat in the fg. Nice sharpness & good warm cold color contrasts against the bluwe sky & water. The path at left adds perspective. The bg bridge makes a good secondary focal point. Tfs!
janusz2054 (2) 2011-11-15 2:39
Great view of this Ribeira and river from an excellent POV.
The town looks great with many nice details and pleasant colours.
Excellent composed shot.
dkmurphys (48088) 2011-11-15 3:02
Very beautiful atmosphre along the river. Picturesque buildings and a warm atmosphere.
Well catch, have a great day.
amaryllis (34208) 2011-11-15 3:08
une très belle photo avec une lumière douce et agréable pour nous présenter cette rivière avec ce bateau au premier plan
et en plus le promeneur sur la gauche
siudzi (33003) 2011-11-15 3:21
A very nice place full of interesting details, beautiful colors and lovely warm light. Great shot captured very well. Thanks for sharing.
lousat (74993) 2011-11-15 3:40
Ciao Donato,non e' la prima volta che vedo su TE questo angolino e se mi e' rimasto impresso e' perche' mi piace davvero,e' un posto davvero unico e caratteristico con un sacco di cose e colori e quel ponte di ferro molto originale,foto bellissima con una luce calda e ottimi dettagli.Complimenti e buona giornata,Luciano
sacavem (18610) 2011-11-15 4:08
A wonderful shot! Nice combination indeed!
An excellent presentation by very well considered framework, so fresh color and very sharp focsuing in the details as usual.
It should be a pleasure to walk through a promenade along the river Douro.
stevesaba (8135) 2011-11-15 4:26
What a great photo with such beautiful light and the perfect clarity that you seem to always have! Your notes describe a wonderful place, and the "world heritage" aspect of the Ribeira quarter sounds interesting! The boat in the foreground certainly helps the photo a lot, but there are lots of great details to feast one's eyes on in the background. The skyline is quite amazing with the central building looking very striking. One has to mention the sleeping boy in the foreground I suppose...just a little ironic detail. He is enjoying the ambience too. A very fine photo, warm and attractive, best regards,
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-11-15 5:22
Ola Donato ,
Bom ângulo de visão com Vila Nova de Gaia de fundo , gostei muito das cores e da luz , um bom contraste entre vermelho e azul , parabéns!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Sergiom (57783) 2011-11-15 6:00
Une très belle image lumineuse ou les couleurs ressortent parfaitement sous cette très belle lumière. Le muret guide le regard dans l'image et lui donne une belle profondeur. Un point de vue superbe.
tyro (19766) 2011-11-15 6:04
A beautifully composed shot complying well with the rule of thirds and with the long, curving harbour wall leading the eye well into the picture. Even the man walking on the pavement on the left adds to help draw the viewer into the shot.
Stunning colours, details and sharpness and I love the little boat in the foreground with its incredibly tall cabin/cockpit.
bayno (18342) 2011-11-15 6:39
caro Donato, riguardo il tuo commento...ho visto uscire delle immagini così strepitose da quella tua piccola macchinetta che il più delle volte mi hanno lasciato sorpreso, anche questa ne è la riprova, una nitidezza che spacca, luce favolosa, ottima resa cromatica e una profondità guasi da non credere visto lo scatto a f4, e comunque è grazie anche ai tuoi preziosi consigli e di molti altri quì in TE che ho saputo aumentare le mie capacità tecniche e artistiche, grazie e buona giornata, Valter
Sonata11 (33223) 2011-11-15 7:35
this view of this city is brautiful with so many nice details from great POV. Wonderfully executed picture wth beautiful, colors, sharpness, clarity. Absolutely wonderful photo. Thanks for sharing and informative note. I like it a lot.
All the best,
bema (26293) 2011-11-15 9:05
yes, you have really chosen a perfect pov, to show us the beautiness of the city as even the beautiness of the landscape.. really a fine maritme mood and capture!
have a nice evening, un caro saluto, Bernd
saxo042 (37224) 2011-11-15 9:21
A good POV with many details and with strong and clear colours. The famous bridge is also included the addition of human life (?) is also adding value to the picture.
krzychu30 (15442) 2011-11-15 9:33
you´ve captured nicely the atmosphere of this beautiful city.Well shown the beauty of the Porto´s architecture as well as famous Porto´s boats.Superb,vivid colors which animate the whole scene.I like it.
Have a nice evening
faletiz (10759) 2011-11-15 10:24
caspita che che bella composizione! Davvero accuratissima, molto cercata e ricca di elementi sia architettonici che di vita quotidiana. Il tutto con una luce stupenda! Bravo, molto molto bella!
Mi impressiona il poveretto buttato sul muretto...avesse avuto il viso in alto si sarebbe potuto dire che si godeva il sole ma così...
carlosmarin (11954) 2011-11-15 10:47
Bella vista del fiume Douro al suo passo per Porto, col ponte di Eiffel.
Buon POV con bei colori, gestione della luce e nitidezza dell'immagine.
PaulVDV (21655) 2011-11-15 12:34
What elements should a city have to be beautiful? Many monuments obviously help. But for me personally, there are two other important elements. I love it when there is water located in the city, such as a river. A second important issue is that there's some relief in the city. Several cities in the world like to boast that they are built on seven hills.
Now Porto has it all: a river, hills and of course also the historic buildings.
This picture proves it clearly.
Furthermore, the boats also refer to the aspect of leisure (sightseeing) and we clearly see a very picturesque part of town.
To me this is an splendid presentation of Porto, with a good composition, excellent sharpness and attractive colours.
Best regards, Paul
geoant68 (331) 2011-11-15 12:39
the view of the promenade creates depth in the image as the river too.The warm afternoon light falling on the scene makes the scene so brilliant and picturesque.The details and the contrast are fine.
cornejo (30067) 2011-11-15 12:40
Ciao Donato, una bella foto di questo bellissimo posto, una bella foto con chiarezza e profondità, buon lavoro il mio amico, le mie congratulazioni per questo. Buona notte e la settimana felice.
Cordiali saluti da Andalucia
Jeppo (17639) 2011-11-15 13:06
immagine molto piacevole, ricca di dettagli baciata da una luce calda ed avvolgente
delpeoples (52905) 2011-11-15 13:29
I've read your comments to Paul and it seems you've fallen in love with Porto. I agree with you about the necessity to be by water and this charming town fills the criteria. Here again you've captured a wonderful golden light. What every photographer dreams of and with those added characteristic elements, the shot is a winner. I'm curious to know whether the man lying on the parapet is another photographer getting a good POV or whether he's just enjoyed too much vino the night before ;)
Grazie per la Bella condivisione, un abbraccio
adores (35679) 2011-11-15 16:38
A very good and not much seen pov here! The light is very good also. I like the inclusion of the boat and the man passing.
Let us know next time you come to Portugal:)!
jjcordier (75148) 2011-11-15 22:02
Un excellent cadrage et une superbe lumière pour cette belle vue le long du Douro. Je vois que certains profitent au maximum des rayons du soleil automnal -)
danos (85165) 2011-11-16 0:33
beautiful the part of the city from this POV with the warm afternoon light to make it unique.I like the creative perspective from the river and the promenade,as the excellent contrast of the colours.Well done.
Have a good day,Danos
peppe59 (14551) 2011-11-16 3:59
immagine di qualità, una luce naturale su questo bellissimo paesaggio, ottima inclusione del bastione a dare una migliore profondità, grande nitidezza dei particolari.
jhm (137622) 2011-11-16 4:09
Nice panoramic image with the city and bridge in background
Splendid sharpness and clarity, perfectly depth and perspective.
Composition and good captured, are excellent taken.
Very well done, TFS.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-11-16 5:55
Ciao caro Donato,
La tua bella immagine e, per me, un'ricordo del mio viaggio in Porto, ho visitao questo posto lungo il fiume Douro. Ottima gestione della luce con bei contrasti e naturali colori. l'uomo sulla sinsitra da Un'elemento di vità. Bella prospettiva aperta sul ponte, le case ed il monastero al vertice.
Buona fine di giornata,
RhodieIke (11542) 2011-11-16 10:51
Hi Donato, What an interesting and captivating photo you have captured,so much of interest to view, pin-sharp, great colours,super light even the person asleep on the wall looks like he/she is having a great snooze in the sun, Love it, Tfs, Cheers Iain.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-11-17 5:25
Da questo punto di vista, si vede un aspetto emblematico della città ed in particolare il ponte metallico sul Douro, concepito da Gustave Eiffel. Eccellenti luci, colori e pulizia. Applauso.
Silvio1953 (119605) 2011-11-17 7:51
Ciao Donato, gran bella vista della passeggiata sul fiume, gran bello il ponte in ferrosullo sfondo, splendida luce calda e bei colori naturali, bravo, ciao
Kielia (23287) 2011-11-17 8:36
you have found a very well working POV on this already well known and famous scenery. Excellently composed impression with many fascinating details. The colors and the light are really very attractive. My compliments! This was a fruitful weekend in Portugal!
Hansaphotos (6593) 2011-11-17 9:27
A fine scene, very well captured. You chosed a good angle for the shot. The varm lighting contributs to make it such a delightful scene. Love the glimpse of the well known bridge and the traditional boat in the foreground. Very nice work:) Have a nice evening.
Best regards, Erling
Cricri (104433) 2011-11-17 10:57
Une image agréable par sa lumière, les couleurs , le POV qui offre une vue sur beaucoup de détails,et puis la présence du fleuve qui donne pour moi beaucoup d'importance et apaisement, très belle réalisation
gunbud (34066) 2011-11-17 20:00
Love that unique wooden vessels and how it leads our eyse to this splendid coastal village.
Wondeful sharpness and strong details to the old world archiecture so tightly grouped on the steep hillside.
Excellent sharpness and strong colors to yet another superb coastal scene.
mkamionka (30072) 2011-11-18 1:14
I had the pleasure to visit this wonderful town two years ago. It is so beautiful and photogenic, and of course you did a great job there. This is a very original POV. I have spent there two days but I did not walked so far this path and now I regret it -this seems so pretty! The composition divides the view diagonally into two parts: foreground and a spectacular view opening in the upper right corner. Whereas the view is famous -the foreground is less popular which adds a very nice touch to the scene. The boat is really unique and presence of people who relax along the path introduces a peaceful atmosphere.
Fantastic capture in a great warm sun rays.
jemaflor (82988) 2011-11-18 9:32
Nice composition well balanced with fg, human presence and view of the bridge and the town brightness with golend light is pleasant, tfs.
paololg (31448) 2011-11-19 15:39
Ciao caro Donato,
si hai ragione, queste banchine ricordano un pò i tempi antichi, come si vedono in certe stampe del passato. Piacevole veduta di questo scorcio di città, caratterizzato da una perfetta nitidezza e da una piacevole luce calda. Curiosa la persona che sonnecchia sul muretto, come un gatto che si gode l'ultimo sole della sera. Bravo!
Ciao, buona domenica!
Angshu (55263) 2011-11-19 22:36
Ciao dear Donato
A very original POV with the promenade leading to the famous bridge made by Eiffel (if I remember well). While the promenade creates a fine perspective. The warm colour tones vibrate of the warm climate & perhaps the warmth of the people. Wonderfully depicted, this historical city!
Have a great Sunday & the week ahead!
ellelloo (6570) 2011-11-21 12:44
Another beautiful photo from your visit in Port, a photo which has many details to see. A pleasant composition, good perspective impression, beautiful afternoon light and nicely warm colours. The red boat on the foreground is a nice detail. I see that you have planned the photographing effectively. Thanks for the good note! Well done!
pablominto (53744) 2011-11-29 23:02
The charming boat is an eye-catcher in the setting, with its special design!
And the scenery itself is very attractive with many interesting details to explore, for instance the castle on the hilltop and the bridge to mention a couple...
A well balanced composition with good depth, the human factor taken care of!
UlfE (14641) 2011-12-03 4:34
I really enjoy this photo with its wonderful lighting and clarity. The composition could not be better with its exciting curves and lines and the man walking along the river. The boy sleeping on the wall is fun, but to be quite frank it is one of three details I would not have missed if they had not be there. The others are the white boat in the foreground and the ugly thing on the wall that hides the street lamp. But as a whole an excellent photo and as photographer you could sometimes do nothing, what is there is there. TFS and have a nice weekend!
COSTANTINO (53687) 2011-12-04 7:25
the beauty in this shot is the excellent
chosen point of view,the sharpness and the
lightness of this photois a miracle
I am feeling that I am into the frame
and Iam walking along the river
have a nice new week
kordinator (15725) 2011-12-09 1:10
Picturesque buildings and a warm atmosphere.
Nice scene along the river.
Great depth of field.
macjake (54930) 2011-12-26 16:09
I can see why so many people have truly enjoyed viewing this scene you captured.
the lighting, the gold touches from above really illuminated the subjects in an elegant way.
A perfect time for that perfect photograph.
I really enjoy looking at the architecture up along the hillsides.
Ricx (13495) 2011-12-31 3:25
Hi Donato, what a lovely place to lie down and watch the world go by. The low level light picks up the landmarks along the way. well done my friend . Have a great 2012. Rich
ruisc_pt (10527) 2012-01-08 9:45
I know this place very well as you may realize Donato.
This is a fantastic shot and image.
The POV is simply superb.
- Copyright: Donato Ingenua Mente (Longroute) (19394)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-10-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot G9, circular polarizer
- Exposure: f/4, 1/320 seconds
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2011-11-15 0:56