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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jonathan_hart (21274) 2009-06-04 12:59
good light on the tram
janink (1010) 2009-06-04 13:01
Great and interesting streetview. I like the way you use the HDR technique. Not overdone. Nice POV, clear colours. regards Ingrid
pauloog (11747) 2009-06-04 13:04
A good play of light and shadows in this view where the sun and the bright yellow colour highlight the tram car in a fine contrast with the dark street before.
yquem46 (38680) 2009-06-04 13:07
Quite an impressive perspective
The colors are splendid and thanks to your work with HDR the light and exposure is great throughout
A good work Susanna
Hunkar (6844) 2009-06-04 13:07
Superb composition with good POV and vivid colors,
brano14 (2682) 2009-06-04 13:22
Nice ,well done , colorful photo. I like those three dark sides and one bright and that walking figure.
rbassin (17535) 2009-06-04 13:24
Une belle prise de vue, avec une bonne lumière sur le tram.
Greg1949 (9011) 2009-06-04 13:27
Susanna, what a great shot! Everything about it is perfect, great color and detail, a narryow street and a trolley, fantastic.
teutza (10590) 2009-06-04 13:45
i miss this place..is totaly magnific. But, what i like the most in your image is that little piece of light you cought exactly on the train. You did a really good job with PP.
Floydian (30970) 2009-06-04 14:13
Timing and well thought on the exposure and the treatment in the digital darkroom is well done. But also your pov and the vertical composition is what i like, the steep road works fantastic...i really like this one.
Ninello52 (7542) 2009-06-04 14:17
Bello questo punto di vista con il tram che sembra emergere dalle viscere della terra! Belli i colori e le luce, bella anche la silouette dell'uomo con la busta in mano.
Jeppo (17639) 2009-06-04 14:22
first: thanks for the technical info relevant to this shot.
second: thanks for this shot! I like the POV running from the track downwards to the yellow electrico
Lisboa...I still miss it and I hope I'll have the chance to go back there!
dbar (78) 2009-06-04 14:50
The selected POV is great and so is the composition. I like the way you placed the train in the frame. The exposure is good and looks absolutely natural.
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2009-06-04 22:01
I really like the magic views of Lisbon trams. And your picture is an excellent example. It is very nice in sharpness, colours and light. Well done.
gary91 (15348) 2009-06-04 22:04
Excellente composition et magnifique réalisation sur cette image.
Ce qui est le plus bluffant est la gestion de cette belle lumière qui frappe la cabine sur le bas et ta maîtrise du HDR qui t'a permis de restituer quand même tous les détails dans l'ombre tout en conservant à ton image un aspect très naturel.
Ton point de vue assez bas avec les rails qui emmènent le regard et le cadrage vertical sont très bons aussi.
Vraiment une très belle image.
Bonne journée à toi.
wolf38 (31270) 2009-06-04 22:07
Hello susanna. A motive for everyday life. But with your skillful composition it became worth seeing. Compliment. Regards, Wolfgang.
cbrman (21645) 2009-06-04 22:14
Un excellent point de vue qui surprend. La verticalité est ici très marquée et très agréable. J'aime bien la lumière qui tombe idéalement sur le tram qui est le sujet de l'image.
alainh (35581) 2009-06-04 23:37
su'il est joli ce plan que tu as trouvé là !! en plus la nouvelle presentation de TE donne de la puissance à ces images verticales et elle est d'autant plus attractive. ouvrir la vignette ne deçoit pas pour le moins !! amicalement
janneman (2538) 2009-06-05 3:24
The composition is perfect.
The dark facades of the houses on the left is in good contrast to the colourful roofs and facades in the background.
The touch of bright sunlight on the tram is the finishing touch onthis picture!
sandpiper (6788) 2009-06-05 4:31
Great angle and your post-processing has given us a great result. It also emphasises the value of shooting raw. Great work.
I hadn't realised that Lisbon was this steep, I must go have a look someday for myself.
nwoehnl (122) 2009-06-05 5:52
Hi Susanna. Very good this one, I have always wanted to see this city and the famous old trams, and I hole that one day we will. This is well framed and your post-processing turned out pretty darn good. As mentioned by some others, the dash of sunlight on the tram provides that special touch that we always want to find for our photos :o). Have a nice weekend.
PixelTerror (0) 2009-06-05 13:55
Une belle image fort bien cadree du tram, ca change du BLT n'est ce pas ? Le seul truc qui me gene c'est ce jaune partout ;-)
Bon ouuiiiiikkkkkk, Bizzz JY
Didi (56249) 2009-06-06 8:04
Intéressante image qui fait penser à une BD.
Bonne maitrise de l'exposition, cadrage original avec cette perspective tassée par l'utilisation d'une moyenne focale.
cherryripe (21033) 2009-06-06 10:43
Lisbon seems like a Nikon paradise :-)
Despite the graffiti (probably JY), the tram is so cute and it's position down the steep hill so dynamic. Hope you didn't get run over or fall down the hill. The guy is a bonus too.
wautersw (3647) 2009-06-06 11:11
excellent capture of this famous transport system. The light is just great (and on the right spots). Excellent perspective and details. I like it a lot. TFS
bernardec (2235) 2009-06-06 21:32
Jolie entrée dans Lisbonne, ce que j'aime c'est l'angle de vue en visée plongante et la magnifique couleur du tram éclairé par ce soleil oblique!
giorgimer (34818) 2009-06-07 5:22
one of the nicest shots i recently saw from Lisbon. Light is excellent, impressive sense of verticality.
sacavem (18610) 2009-06-07 11:14
*I am pleased that your photo is attached to my theme.
I like your picture with the Bica funicular.Great point of view and excellent details in the fine capture!
I love the strong diagonal and fine lines in this dynamic composition!
Aviller (3866) 2009-06-08 7:31
A stunningly beautiful photo, that gives you a good idea of the steepness of the place. The diffiult lightining conditions have been handled well, with the areas in the background not appearing overexposed.
MichaelTrezzi (3347) 2009-06-10 14:01
Hello Susanna, this is a great composition with careguully following the curve of the hill and not cutting the bottom of the tram. Wonderful colors and contrast. Well done. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards, Michael
npecanhuk (64182) 2009-06-13 4:33
That's a wonderful picture that translates so beautifully the spirit of Lisbon!
Sharpness is excellent, exposure is perfect, as well as the depth of field, colors are naturally beautiful, with the most suitable level of saturation and, above all, the pov was excellently chosen and the compostion was superbly elaborated!
A view to fall head-over-heels in love!
TFS - congratulations!
donluicu (24722) 2009-07-26 7:54
tout fonctionne bien ici,
ombres bien debouchées
crhieatt (5347) 2009-08-02 12:18
I have to admit, my understand of the exposure process you've used to create this shot is a little sketchy - although I think I understand the principle - and thanks for mentioning it.
The results - on the other hand - speak for themselves with this shot. So, whatever you did, you did it very well, ending up with a shot which to all appearances looks effortless and natural.
xavshot (69835) 2009-08-18 12:28
superbe prise de ce tram célèbre. J'aime beaucoup le format vertical et la lumière juste sur l'avant de la cabine. Belle image.
- Copyright: Susanna Leon (sleon) (9402)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-05-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm F4-5.6 IS USM, Hama circular polariser
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/30 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Tram, funiculars and lift of Lisbon [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-06-04 12:48
- Favorites: 1 [view]