Less than two miles east of Cape St. Vincent (Cabo de São Vicente), at the southwestern tip of mainland Europe, lies the lovely sheltered beach of Praia do Beliche. You can see the location if you click on Map: view.
This picture was taken from the headland looking southward across the Atlantic Ocean, no polarising filter was used and the colours have not been significantly changed in processing.
You can see a larger version of this picture on "Panoramio" here.
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lousat (64197) 2013-09-07 8:21
Hi John,the composition is absolutely fantastic! What a choice,i like the big space dedicate to the sea and the beach below as natural border to the blue carpet,very professional details on the people and very bright colors too,i like it! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
saxo042 (33926) 2013-09-07 8:24
I really enjoy the strong blue colours here and how they change into green and how the beach is taking over the picture. The beach part contain people, providing life and interest, but the all the impressive blue colours really make this picture remarkable.
marabu61 (5867) 2013-09-07 8:40
This is a gorgeous beach indeed. The composition is fantastic with the beautiful sea taking so much space in the frame. Good use of different layers from beach to sea to sky, everything is in balance and works beautifully together.
The scattered sunbather remind me somehow of a Salvador Dali painting about how memories get lost the farther they are away.
have a great weekend
romanaa (7644) 2013-09-07 9:47
fantastic shot with the maximum space given to the wonderful blueness of the sea. I love the way the horizon is blurred by the humidity in the air. I so wish to be there.
By the way, when did they change the size limits? And did they announce it? I have just been surprised by the size. It is so impressive to see the shot this large.
I have recently got a forward of a powerpoint on Scotland by email... you know that forwarded stuff which you cannot find its origin and to my surprise the third shot was mine - stolen from TE. Now they will have a chance to steal higher resolution- hahaha.
Energysavingelk (725) 2013-09-07 10:42
hadn't it been for the few persons, this view might have been a painting. Very appealing game of colours, stripe by stripe, reminding of an excerpt from a rainbow's spectrum.
Regards from Rhineland
emka (64144) 2013-09-07 11:08
Nice beach and what a fantastic place for swimming. Nice composition with so much space given to the blue. i like the tiny but very sharp figures of the people. Not many of them in the water, was it too cold? Splendid colours.
carlo62 (19421) 2013-09-07 15:15
una foto che va al di fuori dai tuoi paesaggi collinari dal colore verde, ma il risultato non cambia, è sempre uno spettacolo.
Bellissima foto, pochi elementi, tutti posizionati al meglio, mi piace lo spazio che hai dato al mare, le distese d'acqua sono immense e tu le hai riprodotte fedelmente.
jjcordier (67226) 2013-09-07 22:58
Très belle composition verticale avec une étonnante palette de couleurs qui s'étagent de bas en haut. Superbe photo!
annjackman (15533) 2013-09-07 23:12
This is a wonderful composition and although all the action is confined to the beach and shoreline it is the large expanse of sea and sky that makes this so good. The layers of colours are glorious and the waves give texture and detail. An idyllic beach scene made into something more by your excellent photographic eye.
Kind Regards, Ann
macjake (45588) 2013-09-07 23:18
its a shame this photo has only 18pts, now 20 with my critique, as it deserves a heck of alot more!
I think its great that you chose to include the little
gate or signs on the far right, its a smart addition.
and the way the sky gets a bit hazy along with the blended blues and greens of the water is the highlight for me.
and there's more :)
the people - obviously they give size and scale to the overall image and it worked out perfectly for you.
splendid light and wicked pov....whats not to like here!!
and thanks for plotting it on the map :)
holmertz (31302) 2013-09-08 3:17
This is a fine composition, well anchored among the tiny figures on the beach at the bottom. Above all this is a splendid proof of the many colours of the sea and a stretch of sand on a sunny day. The view and the colours are truly breathtaking. As for the super large size of the Panorama version it is interesting to realize the great sharpness of this photo, but I find it a lot more enjoyable in this more moderate size, or that of the TE beta version, which my ordinary computer screen can handle without scrolling.
Noel_Byrne (13356) 2013-09-08 3:20
At ground leve, I think we may sometimes forget the size and power of the sea, but this perfect composition reminds us well as it stretches off into infinity. The beach scene is beautiful, and it looks like everybody is having lots of fun, but it is the stretch to eternity of the sea that I love here, and how it seems to fade off into the sits of time. Very strong composition and shot, really nicely done.
jhm (127995) 2013-09-08 4:36
We get a three part picture, in foreground the a lot people on the beach.
I middle the three different colour of water, this through the depth of then sea.
I background the blue sky with a little bit fog.
Absolutely splendid done with high quality made.
Lovely colours and pleasant to look at.
Splendid composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
yquem46 (35368) 2013-09-08 9:37
Impressed by the colors in this one
Excellent compo with most of the image in a gradient of blue, from the light blue sky, the intense blue of the waters and the blue turquoise almost green of the last part
All this in splendid, very eye catching and esthetic contrast with the salmon orange color of the sand. Welcome presence of the people just like colorful ants
have a nice sunday evening, bravo
goodwill (4879) 2013-09-08 12:19
Few shots arouse the feeling of "WoW", and this has both mesmerized me as well as shocked me.
Seems this shot has been exactly sliced in half, and I am watching the left side only, but where is the right half??
may be the extra length/height of this image has conditioned my mind and the eyes search for the complete Panorama.
Now the other side of this image.
Such a sharp focus; unbelievable on TE as the members here are more interested in snap shots then the quality images.
Don't know how and why could I miss your uploads, thought this is the first shot I am enjoying from your 24-70 f/2.8 mm lens and yet to scan your gallery!
Tonal quality is par excellence with various tones of green and blue, and this is how the Sea appears.
Just one word; Cheers John,
jcpix (6544) 2013-09-08 19:23
Wow, where to begin? This is a rainbow of beauty, from top to bottom and all the way out to the disappearing horizon. It almost appears as if this is being viewed through a prism...what a compelling display of color! At first glance from the thumbnail image, I thought it was perhaps a painters pallet. :) Even if this were enhanced by post processing, the natural range of colors alone would be impressive!
Brilliant use of a vertical composition to accentuate the layers. The beach goers scattered along the bottom of the frame give this the obvious element of humanity, but also a sense of scale from this distant viewpoint which shows the vast expanse of sea. Such incredible detail too, I can make out each wave, ripple and the white caps in the distance. Just one more driving reason to get myself to Portugal. This is not just reciprocating your comments on mine, I genuinely think this is a smashing shot! Enjoy the week ahead. take care.
bayno (18334) 2013-09-09 0:47
I really like the gradient from cobalt blue to emerald green and finally to the ocher color of the sand, a really minimal image of big impact enriched by human presence, perfect details and a strong light well managed...excellent work...
have a good day...
ourania (18632) 2013-09-10 6:37
a very beautiful picture with a brilliant, carefree summer atmosphere. The seascape is captivating, featuring a very nice sense of movement and a wonderful palette of natural blue tones crossing the frame like horizontal brushes. The seascape separates intriguingly the two ends of the composition which are totally different. I like very much how the warmth and vivacity of the bottom part is juxtaposed to the absolute calmness and depth of the sky. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
rogerl (1156) 2013-09-10 9:26
John, lovely pastels on the beach and shallow water, and beautiful blue shades farther out. I love the compositional choice of devoting most of the image to the ocean and sky; I would never have thought of doing that. It really makes you realize how little of the ocean we actually use when we go to the beach! Thanks.
mkamionka (27073) 2013-09-12 7:45
after visiting the Cape we have spent few hours on this beach. It was one of the most beautiful beaches I have seen in Portugal. Plus there were not too many people.
I had a near death experience on this beach though. The waves were very high and strong but I went into the water anyway. And coming back from the water I hear suddenly my wife screaming: RUN!
I didn't know what it was about but she was serious so I started to run or more precisely I wanted to run but I felt like a great force is pulling my legs into the ground and then into the water and a huge wave toller than me suddenly took me as a toy and thrown me against the ground. My head was scratched but just a little. The force was very strong though and I started to wonder what would happen if it was just few centimeters further...
I was in a shock for a while and the rest of the time I spent enjoying the power of nature from a safer distance.
Beautiful picture here, amazing gradient of color and the people let us feel the scale of the place.
SnapRJW (23656) 2013-09-20 9:51
Hello John - The few tiny people complete a very lovely beach shot. The gentle graduation of blues through greens to the strip of yellow sand is beautiful and you have captured the ocean's movement very well through areas of light, shade and texture. A fine shot, well done. Warm regards rosemary
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (15711)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-24
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-07 7:55