Hello friends , this is 1000 picture in TE , thank you for criticizing my pictures throughout these years, good years, 2011
Between Castelo de Vide and Portalegre, and only a few kilometres from Spain, stands the peaceful town of Marvão, on the highest crest of the Serra de São Mamede.
The hilltop village of Ammaia, as it was then known, owes its current name to the fact that it was used as a place of refuge by Ibn Marúan, a Moorish warrior, during the 9th century. The Arab domination of the area lasted for several centuries and ended when the military campaign of 1160/66 for the Reconquest of the territory resulted in yet another victory for the Christian forces led by D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal.
Geographically, Marvão is a point of natural strategic defence, marked by steep slopes to the north, south and west. Access on foot is only possible from the east, which was the direction in which the town gradually spread.
This fact did not go unnoticed by both conquerors and kings, who always took care to strengthen both the castle and its walls. It played a fundamental role in major military conflicts, including the fight between the king D. Dinis and his brother D. Afonso (1299), the Dynastic Crisis of 1383-85, the Wars for the Restoration of Independence (1640-68), the War of Spanish Succession (1704-12) and the Peninsular Wars (1807-11). Marvão's importance was recognised when it was raised to the status of a town by D. Sancho II, in 1266. The charter was renewed in 1299, and a New Charter was granted by D. Manuel, in 1512, who left his mark on the town with the building of the Pillory and the placing of the royal coat of arms on the Town Hall.
Inside the walls are narrow streets lined with the beautiful popular houses that are typical of the Alentejo. Amidst them, it is easy to find Gothic arches, Manueline windows, wrought-iron balconies and other embellishments in the nooks and crannies of the buildings made from the local granite.
Besides the castle and the walls that no visitors to the town will ever forget, Marvão's architectural heritage includes the Igreja de Santa Maria, a church that has been transformed into the Municipal Museum, the Igreja de Santiago, the Renaissance Capela do Espírito Santo and the Convento de Nossa Senhora da Estrela, lying outside the walls.
One of the main reasons for visiting Marvão is the beautiful view over the surrounding region. To best appreciate it, we recommend the views from the top of the castle´s high keep (Torre de Menagem) and from the Pousada de Santa Maria, luxurious hotel accommodation that has been formed through the adaptation of two of the town's houses and also offers you a place to rest and savour the delicious regional cuisine.
The Chestnut Festival, which is held in November, is an excellent occasion for visiting the town and getting to know more about its people and the local customs.
Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 11mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/200 sec - F/11
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 100
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-C
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: More Contrast
Hue Adjustment: +3°
Sharpening: Medium high
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: Off
High ISO NR: Off
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HimalAnda (8470) 2011-01-04 10:32
This is a very nice picture, with great colors and an excellent composition. You played with the diagonals of the little walls. This place is beautiful.
bema (26213) 2011-01-04 10:38
thanks for sharing this milestone with us here on TE; and i hope you may post another 1000 such beautiful captures here; perfect landscape view, great colors and a spectacular depth..
have a nice day, see you around, Bernd
J_Burke (1283) 2011-01-04 11:30
Congratulations on reaching 1000 images! The colour you have captured in this one is really stunning, amazing sky. The horizon is placed close to the centre of the image but it seems to work here. Well exposed, the lighting is fantastic and draws attention to the white building. Great depth too. TFS
PaulVDV (20233) 2011-01-04 12:00
Congratulations with your 1000th post on TE!
A long time ago I also visited Marvão and I remember the stunning views I had from on top of the mountain.
The diagonal lines of the walls lead us nicely to that part of the top with the splendid whitewashed church and this under a wonderful sky. Even the lines of clouds seem to lead our attention to this church.
At the end of December the weather was beautiful and very bright which has these beautiful colours as result.
Very good note too.
dta (62300) 2011-01-04 12:07
Ola Goncalo ,
You've chosen a very beautiful shot for your 1000 th . This is a superb place , with a splendid winter light and wonderful colors . As often in your pictures , the horizon is centered , and why not ? It works well . And your skies are really wonderful .
Best regards .
yaya13baut (3344) 2011-01-04 13:00
and happy new year.
good contrast to give vivid colours ; nice POV.
sacavem (18610) 2011-01-04 13:33
Lindíssima esta tua foto do Marvão para mim um dos mais belos locais históricos de Portugal. A primeira vez que lá fui fiquei apaixonado. Cansa percorrer toda a Vila e suas muralhas mas vale a pena certamente. E depois almoçar um "manjar" na povoação mais abaixo de seu nome Fronteira.
Gosto do POV um dos mais vistos mas sempre diferente em alguma coisa. Obrigado pela recordação.
vasilpro (40701) 2011-01-04 14:17
Superb composition, beautiful sky, very good DOF, excellent light management, very good contrast, lovely color tones, very nice POV.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-01-04 15:56
a picturesque view with beautiful details and lights, great shot, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
siamesa (27703) 2011-01-04 16:15
Boa noite Gonçalo
Parabéns pela marca de 1000 fotos.Que venham muito mais.
Uma perspectiva espetacular. O ponto de vista e as cores estão maravilhosos.Amei esse céu azul.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4768) 2011-01-04 20:44
Congratulations on your 1000th post here in TE. I bet this place is simply amazing. Wonderful scenery, the colors are so lively and the sky is so clear. It must have been overwhelming seeing this wondrous place. Excellent shot, great exposure! TFS
Cheers to more remarkable photos this 2011,
wishin you all the best,
yeln (11504) 2011-01-04 23:14
izjemna kompozicija z močnimi in lepimi barvami!!! i like it!!! tfs
lep dan, vojko
Graal (95027) 2011-01-04 23:20
congratulations on Your 1000th post in TE! Nice view here and presentation. I like the colours and contrast. Good composition also. Well informations and done photo.
Have a nice day.
delpeoples (52241) 2011-01-04 23:22
Ola dear Goncalo
Congratulations on your 1000th photo, this is a mighty achievement, you should be proud of yourself. And we thank you for your beautiful photos and critiques. This photo is a fantastic one to celebrate with. Beautiful deep colours, excellent sharpness and your trademark artistry with the perspective and wide-angle lens. I love the effect of the wide-angle on the sky and the rocks in the foreground provide a superb anchor for the rest of the photo. Wonderful work and congratulations once again.
Um abraco my dear friend
npecanhuk (60116) 2011-01-05 0:53
Que lugar magnífico! Que belo céu! Que linda foto!
Taí um lugar que quando voltar a Portugal quero conhecer!
Nitidez, exposição, cores, pdv escolhido, pp, contrastes, formato horizontal, moldura em preto & branco e composição excelentes!
Parabéns, abraços e até logo,
Nicou (115160) 2011-01-05 1:12
toutes mes félicitations pour ce 1000ème poste et tu nous gâtes, quelle compo, quelle vue, ce ciel pur et limpide, ce blanc qui ressort, la perspective et la profondeur de l'iamge, la perfection.
Bravo et amitié
Cricri (100243) 2011-01-05 1:13
Ola Goncalo, une 1000ème prise le jour de Noël!! quel cadeau du temps, et quel plaisir a regarder, félicitations, j'aime la vue, les couleurs, touts ces détails, et le batiment blanc sous la lumière et sous un superbe ciel, très belle image
wgreis (8267) 2011-01-05 2:31
uma visão bonita, limpa e nítida da igreja. Gostei muito do ótimo efeito de dispersão das nuvens e também desse jardim na parte inferior direita, parecendo um labirinto verde.
Parabéns pela milésima foto no TE.
danos (82641) 2011-01-05 2:45
congratulations on your 1000th upload photo.I wish you to upload more and better photos like this one.Excellent perspective with the hilltop to dominates of the area.I like the great blue sky over the village as the great clarity of the scene.Well done.
I wish, you and your family a wonderful, peaceful and prosperous New Year,Danos
BennyV (13538) 2011-01-05 4:45
Congratulations on your 1000 shots, Goncalo. Your picture of Marvao brings back some fine memories of my stay there all those years ago. Bright blue sky (I'd have gone for a little less brightness there, but that's me...) and superb pov. Thanks for sharing & all the best for 2011.
paninho (2931) 2011-01-05 4:46
Ola Gonçalo! Parabéns pelas 1000 fotografias!
Esta é para mim a melhor da série sobre o Marvão que aqui apresentaste! Belissima luz e até as nuvens ajudaram à festa!
pierrefonds (54548) 2011-01-05 4:49
The point of view is sending my eyes toward the church then toward the mountain which is giving depth to the composition. It is aslo showing the details and colors of the church and her surrounding. The afternoon light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
jplebrun (21208) 2011-01-05 5:18
toute mes félicitations pour cette 1000e photo, tu as fais un superbe travail et tes clichés sont de toutes beautés, comme celle-ci qui nous montre un superbe paysage
Bonne et heureuse année.
timecapturer (44311) 2011-01-05 5:47
well chosen POV for this beautifully sharp and cleverly composed image. Like the contrast of the white walls against the blue sky and wispy clouds. Excellent!
jmdias (51899) 2011-01-05 6:36
esta é a vista clássica. muito bonitos os padrões do céu, dão um senso espacial muito interessante aqui. boa luz e enquadramento, ótimos detalhes.
josepmarin (57459) 2011-01-05 8:15
tu foto 1000, ¡estoy impresionado!
Es un largo y tenaz trabajo durante estos años compartiendo tus fotos con nosotros, y te felicito por alcanzar este número mágico.
Además, nos regalas una gran foto para celebrarlo, limpia, profunda, con un colorido fantástico y una gran nitidez, en una composición realmente elegante y eficaz.
Excelente trabajo, amigo.
lucasgalodoido (21049) 2011-01-05 8:46
realmente uma foto muito bonita e boa para celebrar sua milésima postagem aqui no TE, e como todas as outras 999, um belo trabalho. Continue assim, amigo!
Parabéns e Abraço,
bebbetto (12) 2011-01-05 10:49
Incredible deep and blu sky !
Perfect composition. Wonderful sunlight
dkmurphys (45821) 2011-01-05 12:51
Wonderful panoramic scene. A beautiful place in a calm atmosphere. The sky looks amazing.
Have a good night.
ciakgiak (30403) 2011-01-05 12:52
splendida composizione, paesaggio meraviglioso con la candida chiesetta collocata in perfetta posizione sulla scena. I colori e la luce sono molto belli, il cielo semplicemente spettacolare. Un caro abbraccio.
ruisc_pt (10343) 2011-01-05 15:05
Difícil escolher um "crop" com mais céu.. pois as oliveiras iam embora....
SWEETFREEDOM (21516) 2011-01-06 0:32
congrats for yout 1000th, great lanscape and light.
i like colors and wide angle view.
ymrk (14955) 2011-01-06 2:08
incredible angle of vision,and there is a good wide angle affect here.Beautiful perspective as usual :)
Abraço my friend!
Silvio1953 (114993) 2011-01-06 4:52
Ciao Goncalo, great POV om lòovely church, fantastic sky, wonderful composition, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
John_F_Kennedy (41980) 2011-01-06 6:36
This is an excellent shot! Sharp, correct exposure, beautiful composition.
TopGeo (38168) 2011-01-06 7:55
congratulations on Your 1000th post in TE! These are beautiful designs ideal view of the blue sky, gave a very interesting sense of space here general picture prime!. good light and shape, great details.
macjake (51264) 2011-01-06 13:59
but i must say, its hard to criticize your photos when they look like this!
your signature is this exact sky formation, with lots of depth. beautiful sharpness and details.
i wouldn't change a thing
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2011-01-07 1:21
100th post on TE. Great effect.
Fine shot. Nice place. Nice lightness and colours.
Good exposure and capture. Very good POV and DOF.
Az armas! Az armas!
lousat (71343) 2011-01-07 2:03
Hi Goncalo,nothing better to celebrate your 1000th pics!What a magic landscape under this beautiful sky,i like a lot the great contrast whit the white church on the sun and the rest,impressive sharpness,colors and composition.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano
jafadabret (56497) 2011-01-07 23:22
Le Sud du Portugal possède des paysages à couper le souffle et ta photo en est un exemple. J'aime ce jardin du premier plan qui conduit le regard sur l'église et le château. Le ciel et la lumière sont superbes.
kiks (11749) 2011-01-08 7:16
This is a place that we wish to visit and our photo's increase the idea to go there. I like the filter effect on it.
JCG (35129) 2011-01-08 8:30
Splendid panorama which justifies the effectiveness of the wide-angle lens. A very beautiful photograph where I appreciate much your framing. The colors and the light are very pleasant, superb 1.000th photograph, Goncalo cheer.
With all my friendships and with soon,
shevchenko (19051) 2011-01-09 19:23
Congratulation on your achievement - 1,000 photos posted onto TE! A beautiful photo to show a whitish architecture on the slope, good perspective, distinct photo, good shoot.
Angshu (54493) 2011-01-10 7:39
Very fine picture in excellent light! The perspective has been well defined & its actually the hedges which makes it very attractive for me. Fine composition & picture!
subhendu_bagchi (25087) 2011-01-10 11:33
firstly I would like to congrats on your 1000th post, really a milestone( where as I posted here my 300th today, hope you have seen that photo. Love the framing with sharp details and contrasting colours.. Great depth and perfect light. Excellent presentation. Thanks for sharing.
Best wishes for 2011.
glasscafe (1040) 2011-01-11 8:53
Vaya pedazo de fotografia, simplemente impresionante! Por suerte he estado en Marvao unas pocas ocasiones y tengo alguna foto en mi galeria, pero eran de mis inicios y nada que se le parezca a la tuya, simplemente enhorabuena.
- Copyright: Goncalo Lopes (Bluejeans) (64247)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-12-26
- Categories: Castles
- Camera: Nikon D40X, Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD, SD 4GB 150x
- Exposure: f/11, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Vila de Marvão [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-01-04 10:26