Taken on a glorious warm and sunny afternoon in Praia da Luz, this is the Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Luz (or Church of Our Lady of Light), probably the most beautiful building in this Western Algarve tourist resort. This is the west façade of the church.
The story goes that in the early 16th Century the sailors of a certain Portuguese ship were lost and in peril one dark and stormy night and could not find a safe landing place. After offering up prayers, they beheld a light and decided to follow it. The light guided them to a safe piece of coast where they made a landing and were saved. The light immediately disappeared and its origin could not be found but they gave thanks to their mysterious "Lady of the Light" and a church was built near their landing place around 1520.
The original church suffered severely in the Great Lisbon Earthquake of 1755, one of the deadliest earthquakes in history which not only caused massive damage and casualties throughout Portugal but also gave rise to a tsunami which caused damage in north Africa and other parts of Europe and was seen in areas as far removed as Greenland and the Caribbean.
This little church was rebuilt in 1874 via local contributions yet it has suffered from further, more minor, damage in the 20th Century from a severe storm and an earthquake in 1969.
Sadly, only a few hundred metres from this church are the Ocean Club apartments from which the little girl, Madeleine McCann, tragically disappeared on 3rd May, 2007. Members of the McCann family have frequently worshipped at this little church.
You can see how close this church is to the sea if you look at this map and drag the little yellow man down to the red cross and pan around.
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macjake (45844) 2013-09-03 18:20
well, would you look at that....there's a map view again :)
thanks for the email by the way, i read it this morning.
I'm at work today and tomorrow, so i'll try to figure out the map-view sooner that later. I suppose its NOT possible to add a map view to an already-posted photo?
you know i go on and on about how much i love clouds, well in this case it actually worked out better without the clouds!! Go figure.
talk about your stark whites! should be an add for clothes getting whiter and whiter :)
wonderful colors here John, they totally jump out at me, and its not because they're over saturated or anything like that, they just simply POP!
love the subject, love the colors, love the in-your-face composition too.
jcpix (6820) 2013-09-03 20:04
Most impressive John, this is about as crisp and clean as it gets! As Craig mentioned, the color just pops, it's impossible to overlook...but in a very good way. I think the deeper blue, saturated sky actually works in your favor here. Generally it tends to detract from an image as being too unnatural, but with the two tone colors of the church...especially with the rustic yellow...it works nicely.
I do enjoy the approaching gentleman, and I would love to have see him with that red shirt in front of the church itself. He still provides good scale though, and even adds a bit of motion into the scene. This head on point of view is suited well to showcase the large shapes and sharp lines. So many great qualities contained within this shot. Bravo! I'm guessing this was taken at about...oh, 14:35?? :) Enjoy the day ahead. Take care.
emka (64518) 2013-09-03 23:12
Hello John. Glorious day you had and glorious photo. fantastic, with such strong colours, typical for Portugal, so clear and clean, simply stunning. And this little man in red shirt is to please Gunnar ( not only).
jjcordier (67602) 2013-09-03 23:24
Magnifique photo de cette belle église. La lumière est splendide et tu as parfaitement maîtrisé l'exposition de l'image. Très beau cadrage et bon contraste de couleurs.
carlo62 (19759) 2013-09-03 23:36
gran bel colpo, l'architettura è perfettamente delineata dal tuo taglio e sottolineata dai colori stessi.
Un impatto visivo molto efficace, una splendida sorpresa è l'uomo in rosso, semplicemente fantastico.
dta (57034) 2013-09-04 0:03
Hello John ,
If you lok at my picture of Praia da Luz , you can see this churche from a lttle far , and I remember very well that this facade was not so easy to photograph . How have you do that ?
This is a so perfect capture of the typical white church of Algarve . Great sharpness, exposure and framing .
As other daid , the man in red for Gunnar ;) ?
Kugart (1776) 2013-09-04 0:16
Magnificent shot of this little church. Superb colours of the building stand out even more set against the blue afternoon sky. Your note is very interesting and informative giving us the history of the church and the surrounding area.
subhendu_bagchi (21368) 2013-09-04 3:01
artistic presentation here. The church is looking sure. Like the contrasting colours. The background blue of sky is looking nice with the white church. Excellent shot. Tfs.
jhm (128297) 2013-09-04 3:34
Still one nice picture of your trip to Portugal.
Taken in high quality, we see all details as well as the clock time.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
I like your composition, splendid presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Romano46 (11915) 2013-09-04 4:55
una composizione perfetta grazie ad un soggetto di belle forme che viene illuminato in maniera perfetta dal sole, dando modo di esprimere tutta la sua bellezza, fatta oltre che di forme armoniche di colori aggraziati e vivaci nello stesso tempo.
Ottimo anche lo sfondo che il cielo ci regala con il suo azzurro molto intenso.
Da rilevare anche la notevole nitidezza ed il taglio quadrato che si addice a perfezione a questo soggetto.
Ottime ed esaurienti anche le note che accompagnano la foto.
Ciao e buona giornata
macondo (18461) 2013-09-04 6:15
A good close crop for this full frontal, with the deeply polarised sky making a very pleasing foil for the white and tan. At that short focal length I imagine you had some lens distortion, but if so it's been admirably removed (mostly!). I'm going to assume there was something ugly or distracting on the far right which had to be cropped off. The highlight for me is the red shirt coming around the corner - a very fortuitous emergence, providing evidence of the scale of the structure as well as a small but vital touch of colour (even though you probably cursed and took another shot at the time). Glad you had him in it. Thanks for the interesting note, especially regarding the earthquake, and of course the map.
dkmurphys (42699) 2013-09-04 6:17
Simple and very attractive capture. I like the graphical effect of the strong lines and the contrasts, well taken.
Have a good evening.
holmertz (31580) 2013-09-04 10:09
This is an interesting church with plain but nice details and colours. It is quite an accomplishment to get such a perfect exposure of the white wall in that strong sunlight. I would not have objected if you had waited for the person in red to come closer and maybe walked in front of the church. He/she provides a fine glimpse of a different colour already now, but being left at the side like this it seems more like an accident to have him/her there.
saxo042 (33992) 2013-09-04 11:26
This church looks more impressive in your picture than it does in the Google street view. Very strong lines and good colours here and a person in red who happens to walk round the corner. A very interesting note!
lousat (64585) 2013-09-04 14:41
Hi John,when the sun kiss the white facades in this very hard way,the result is always a fantastic spectacle and the best to have the most ble sky available,great capture of this original and nice architechture in the best exposure and whit fine details too,i like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
timecapturer (37414) 2013-09-05 5:26
glorious shot this! The light and detailing here are magnificent and your tight crop just beautiful and effective. I would have cloned out the little man on the right though as he does tend to distract and this is a shot that needs to be man-free I think. Get your brush out - he should not be difficult to remove! I do love this image though it just jumps out at you even in the t/nails.
willperrett (4187) 2013-09-05 10:54
Are you sure you weren't using a polarizer as well? The sky certainly suggests you were! It matters not: you've captured a striking scene, where the geometries and contrasting colours create an eye-popping effect. Excellent work.
Silvio1953 (106008) 2013-09-05 12:13
Ciao John, great view of lovely Church, beautiful geometry, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
amaryllis (32077) 2013-09-06 5:40
cette église est remarquable sous ce ciel bleu, le blanc qui domine, le orange autour, son architecture, tous ces éléments sont excellents
ton cadrage serré est bien réussi
sacavem (18604) 2013-09-06 7:47
It is very beautiful photo. I very like your composition. I like your warm colours. Beautiful contrast white architecture and blue sky. Light is good to.
rogerl (1156) 2013-09-06 18:33
John, this is a really striking composition, with the clear deep orange and blues against the really stark white. I particularly love the tight framing, with the church completely filling the view. Too bad (in my opinion) about the guy at the right edge, but I imagine it was difficult to get a clean shot with no people in it. Really a beautifully sharp and well-presented image. Thanks.
agjika (4309) 2013-09-07 1:33
I love the graphics in this design. Lovel light and mood.
Thanks for sharing
yquem46 (35678) 2013-09-08 9:41
back to you john
Another second good one in a row
Again great vivid colors and luminosity
Would have been a killer with the guy with the red shirt, walking along the facade towards the entrance door !
Glint (5953) 2013-09-11 1:47
your choice of pov has produced a graphic image with lots of impact. I like the simplicity of the composition and the geometry of lines and circles. That gorgeous blue sky is a great bg to the white and terracotta colours.
mkamionka (27193) 2013-09-14 13:23
inspired by your photos from Algarve I have also posted something from this beautiful region. I Like very much your picture here. The colors are stunning. Although the sky is almost too dark. It happens to me occasionally when I get to a sunny place. I live in Northern Europe for a while and here we have usually other problems like how to get some light but never how to work in excess of the light. So for my taste the contrast is even too strong but I think I may have the same problem in my recent upload. Still it works very impressive. So simple and yet beautiful architecture.
adores (31005) 2013-09-16 16:41
I've seen this church os many times on TV because of Madeleine's case, that I can recognize it at once. It's simple and beautiful and you're showing it with fantastic colours. Light is also perfect and that tourist with the red t-shirt also adds to the composition.
gervaso (9247) 2013-09-17 18:56
Interesting and different church! The framing is perfect to show how different it is, and it's captured with beautiful strong colors! The polarized sky is wonderful! Excellent job!
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (15831)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-27
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-03 16:40