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One of the attractions in Lisbon is its gravity-defying tram system. We had fun riding this small carriage the short distance down this steep narrow street, and at the bottom I jumped out and walked back up the street to photograph its ascent. Covering such a short distance and not running all that frequently, the tram is now more of an attraction to tourists or for the truly weary with heavy loads to carry.

This 900 mm system once covered the city in a dense network and comprised 160 km of track in the 1950s. Since then, many of the routes have been axed and parts of the track even lifted or filled in with tarmac. Today the track length is only some 25 km and the small single carriages are usually crammed with passengers.

The high contrasts in this shot made the exposure difficult. I underexposed the shot by 1.3 stops to avoid overexposure. Later I made two exposures from the RAW file and combined these using Photomatix software to try and retain the highlights while bringing out some more of the detail in the shadows.

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Additional Photos by Susanna Leon (sleon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 724 W: 76 N: 2025] (9402)
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