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The weather outside is frightful here in Ireland. Even if we occasionally have some sun shining, there is also a very strong cold wind. It feels exactly like in the movies showing the penguins in the Antarctic. So I dont have any new photos from Ireland.
Few days ago I have been to Belgium. It was a one day trip (job interview) but there was some time left so I hoped to take at least one night photo. I calculated that I can spend no more than one hour in the beautiful Grote Markt, and I was really looking forward to it. One stop before the destination the train stopped. Long story short: all trains around Brussels stopped because somebody was hit by a train. It took only one hour but it was exactly this one hour which I had available. So without seeing Grote Markt I had to get back to the airport.
Since December 1st I am formally unemployed so in theory I have a lot of time for TE now but every time I do anything else than looking for a job I feel guilty. After a while of silence I decided that I deserve a break and some fun and that is why I searched my archives from the past...
MY SINTRA PHOTOS
Pena National Palace in Sintra not far from Lisbon is a paradise for a photographer. Indeed I have planned a whole day there and I took hundreds of photos. I have to say though that the place is very challenging. The shapes and colors are fantastic but you have to give it some extra thought to use them well. Plus crowds of people everywhere are not helping. That is why I did not show anything from this wonderful place before: I was simply not happy with what I got. But the place is so extraordinary that I really wanted to have a postcard presenting it in my TE gallery, so here you are.
The Pena National Palace (Portuguese: Palácio Nacional da Pena) is a Romanticist palace on the top of a hill above the town of Sintra, and on a clear day it can be easily seen from Lisbon and much of its metropolitan area. It is a national monument and constitutes one of the major expressions of 19th century Romanticism in the world. The Pena Palace has a profusion of styles much in accordance with the exotic taste of the Romanticism. The intentional mixture of eclectic styles includes the Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Islamic and Neo-Renaissance. The palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal.
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dta (62866) 2011-12-15 4:51
Hello Mariusz ,
You've chosen an excellent POV , to show us a part of this famous castle . Like the framing by the dark leaves , and the beautiful colors against the blue sky .
PS : I wish you success in your job's enquiries .
Sergiom (54377) 2011-12-15 5:18
On dirait un château pour les petites fées. Les couleurs sont trčs Walt Disney. La contre plongée lui donne beaucoup d'ampleur et le ciel bleu est un parfait arričre plan.
ManuMay (34357) 2011-12-15 9:04
Thanks for your nice postcard!! ;)
Beautiful place and beautiful colours, from a good point of view, deserving this imppressive postcard, filled on light and colours...Good idea to frame with tree branches, adding contrasts to the scene...Great work Mariusz!!
Have a nice day...
batalay (34715) 2011-12-15 9:06
The fairy tale castle in Sintra has been photographed so many times, but this shows a more complete version of it. I like it very much. The pristine blue sky, the pink towers and the yellow walls all complement each other. I just located the group theme of the Pena Palace on TE and uploaded this photo there.
cargus (8018) 2011-12-15 9:49
An excellent picture of the castle, you played in the beautiful colors, a good balance between light color and clarity, a picture of successful and well done..!
JFS (32459) 2011-12-15 11:37
It seems a fairy tale castle, the colors are amazing! Impecable POV and definition.
mauro61 (52623) 2011-12-15 12:18
mi piacciono molto i colori della scena con una perfetta inquadratura che include anche la chioma dell'albero.
Jeppo (17639) 2011-12-15 13:09
tak, niema pracja = prze...a opcja!
but I think it's good that you find some little break to breath some fresh air and start looking again.
polish guys are tough guys...don't worry.
ah...by the way I love Sintra. In my Swiss home I have a picture of my parents in front of Palacio de Pena. ^I took them over there to keep the promise I made to my father before being operated ("Silvio, If I feel better, will you take me once again on a plane??")
francio64 (38264) 2011-12-15 13:45
quasi fiabesca l'architettura di questo castello, ben catturato e inserito nella scena.
Luce ben gestita a vantaggio della resa cromatica.
Ottimo lo sharp.
cornejo (27937) 2011-12-15 13:49
Hi Mariusz, doskonała kompozycja, które oferujemy w ten piękny obraz tego urokliwego pałacu, urocze zdjęcie technicznie bardzo dobre, dobre i piękne zadanie bardzo dobrze zrobione, gratulacje. Dobranoc i szczęśliwy weekend. TFS.
serp2000 (37859) 2011-12-15 19:26
Wonderful architecture! Just a Disneyland style )))
Excellent composition with splendid colours and amazing green frame.
Sonata11 (33151) 2011-12-15 20:45
jest przykro gdy sie traci prace, ale mam nadzieje i zycze Ci powodzenia w znalezieniu jej. Na pewno wszystko sie ulozy pomyslnie. W takiej sytuacji to rzeczywiscie trudno sie zrelaksowac jak ma sie na glowie inne wazne sprawy.
Co do zdjecia to jak zawsze, kazde jest pieknie wykonane, bardzo dobra jakosc. Piekna i ciekawa architektura oraz bardzo ladna naturalna oprawa tego zdjecia. Piekne pocztowka. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam i zycze powodzenia.
mesutilgim (79934) 2011-12-15 23:07
Nice postcard capture with good pov and nice bright colors.
I didn't see it yet but it reminds me to the famous Bavarian castles "Schloss Schwanstein" .
TFS and have a nice day
Fis2 (81844) 2011-12-16 0:50
I Ty ten kiczowaty zamek odwiedziles ;)
Ponoc warto go zobaczyc nazywo.
Dobre spojrzenie i kompozycja.
TopGeo (38168) 2011-12-16 0:57
Hello Mariusz ,
You've chosen an excellent famous castle Pena National Palace in Sintra from Lisbon Great architecture photo, great, balanced framing with details colours and clarity! and a good idea this choice of composition! Great light management, beautiful colours and sharpness!
Budapestman (82620) 2011-12-16 1:14
a beautiful photo of this famous view I like the composition and the fantastic architectural details, the colours and lights are splendid, superb POV, a beautiful photo with excellent realization, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
josepmarin (57473) 2011-12-16 3:41
I love this framing, in which the branches hanging in foreground they create a natural frame about the eclectic architecture of the Pena National Palace.
The image has a great sharpness, a good luminosity, and a few splendid colors, which give a high quality to your composition.
It is an excellent work.
lousat (72181) 2011-12-16 4:03
Hi Mariusz,a great capture of this palace,i like the leaves as a natural border,and the perfect choice of point of view,impressive sharpenss and a lot of colors.Very well done and very interesting!Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
timecapturer (45107) 2011-12-16 5:44
what a fascinating looking place, almost Disney in appearance. Mind you the latter may well have copied this original! Love all the perfect detail and colours made all the more distinctive by the light. Beautifully composed and framed.
Have a great weekend - Brian.
raszid62 (18583) 2011-12-16 14:51
Niektórzy uwazaja ten palac za uosobienie kiczu. Mnie gdy tam byłem, on, przyznam sie bardzo mi się podobał,
chociaż trzeba przyznać ,że elewację aż się proszą o renowację. Bardzo dobre ujęcie z niskiego POV-u. Cudowne kolory i perfekcyjna ostrość.
corjan3 (2025) 2011-12-16 19:03
What a beautiful castle in wonderful colours and composition. Excellent exposure control. What a pelasure to view.
PS: Best wishes with your job-hunting.
Graal (95343) 2011-12-16 23:24
bardzo fajna kompozycja z tym zielonym obramowaniem. Sintra wielokrotnie pokazywana bo to portugalska perelka. Twoje zdjecie bardzo mi sie podoba. Ciekawa notka, dobra praca.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-12-17 1:08
Superb post card under a beautiful blue sky. The vived and famous colors of this edifice arise very well. The POV well selecetd give an impressive view.
Have a nice WE,
Silvio1953 (115825) 2011-12-17 2:24
Ciao Mariusz, great POV on fantastic building, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-12-17 2:36
Ola Mariusz ,
Uma foto bem tradicional do castelo da Pena em Sintra , mas gostei muito da lua a iluminar as cores , muito bons os detalhes , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
bukitgolfb301 (34474) 2011-12-17 3:33
Hi my dear Mariuszu
Sorry for my late reaction as always.
Very impressive and wonderful shot via perfect framework! Great color contarst of sky ble and pastel color castle. Clear, sharp and nice color presentation is marvelous as usual.
Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good Saturday,
Takero from cold Tokyo.
jlbrthnn (79791) 2011-12-17 3:50
I like this inclusion of dark foliage in this bright photo. The excellent point of view allows to describe in a pleasant way this spectacular construction. Excellent colors and neatness. Bravo.
Have a nice day
abmdsudi (39482) 2011-12-17 7:25
A pleasingly composed image with nice range of tones and wonderful pastel color of the palace. This really looks so elegant and charming, admire the classic structure. The capture makes this an interesting perspective and pov. Wonderful light, warm tones and so much of delicate detail in the crafted stonework. Good exposure control and the overall effect is very pleasing to the eye and so very eyecatching contrast. Excellent postcard image, Congrats
sacavem (18610) 2011-12-17 7:40
This is truely a beautifull and very strange palace,i like it! Your usual perfect choice of point of view is perfect to understand the details,very very nice colorfull work! Thanks for share,have a nice day.
nikkitta (13220) 2011-12-17 11:14
Good and creative capture with the green plants as a frame of the castle that, I must confess, at first view I believed to be part of Euro Disney
Like to read your notes, so personal, hope you will find a real good and interesting work in the New Year
Greetings and congrats
Note, I am going next January at Torres del Paine, will stay ( if possible )at Pehoe Hosteria, how many days would you recommend me to stay, we are planing a 10 days trip to the South of Chile
macjake (52014) 2011-12-17 11:34
yes, its a fine balance isn't it, you need to search for work, but you also need to be sharp and rested as well.
for some reason, this structure makes me think i'm walking along the Vegas Strip! It looks surreal and out of place...i guess its the colors that make it look that way. I'm sure if it were a natural stone color, it would look just fine.
Also, as i'm viewing this, i can see several abstract style compositions everywhere, lots of fun could be had with this one if you had the time.
A fine addition for TE for sure...no sense in discussing the quality, we both know about your high standards.
Take care my friend, and good luck out there!!
PaulVDV (20385) 2011-12-17 13:11
You found a good POV and framed the view very well.
The fairytale castle is presented nicely with the view upwards and with its ocher and pink colours contrasting with the blue sky.
One day in Belgium ? I was thinking what a shame. But you had a good reason for it.
If you come back, take out more time. Never trust our trains. They're world famous for having delays.
If you want to change the Irish weather for the Belgian, know then that you're just putting a small step forward :)
Good luck in your quest for a new job.
Best regards, Paul
delpeoples (52445) 2011-12-17 17:42
Hi dear Mariusz
Welcome back, you've been missed. And I truly hope someone realises what a treasure they've got in you and employs you quicksmart. Times are so tough in Europe and everywhere else for that matter, it can be quite depressing. But chin up, I'm sure something will come along. Excellent archival shot, it looks straight out of a fairy tale, or as Craig suggests, Vegas :) Excellent colours, sharpness and light management as usual.
All the best
emka (73115) 2011-12-17 23:35
póki znałam Sintrę tylko ze zdjęć wydawała mi sie troche kiczowata, ale potem bardzo mi sie spodobała, szczególnie, że zwiedzałam ją z Airesem :). Zeby cieszyc sie widokiem azrchitekltury a nie tłumów, trzeba przyjść jak otwieraja kasy i potem gnać na piecjhotę co sił w nogach. przez kilkanaście minut mozna mieć widoki dla siebie. Klasyczne dośc ujęcie, ale bardzo efektownie wyglądają czerwone wieże na tle błękitnego nieba, miło zobaczyc chociaż na fotografii. Fajne obramowanie z prawej strony.
kordinator (14831) 2011-12-18 0:52
An excellent capture of this amazing castle.
Beautiful colors, a good balance between light color and clarity.
Amazing composition and presentation.
Great job my friends
Have a nice Sunday
andywo (4723) 2011-12-18 2:50
Niezwykla architektura, moze i jest w tym troche kiczu, ale te kruzganki sa jak z bajki.
Ciekawy kadr i niesamowita kolorystyka.
siolaw (38050) 2011-12-18 7:25
The place is a treat to the photographer, then to those who view the resulting pictures..! Like here in fine light and colours, sharp details and well rendered textures.
sacimar (25975) 2011-12-18 7:48
this is a classical view of this place, and yours is really beautiful, colors and light management are excellent, it's an impressive building, well seen,
adramad (35259) 2011-12-18 9:13
Wonderful composition of this architectural quirk, sensational chosen POV, which shows the elegant towers and those beautiful galleries, I love the backlighting of these branches of trees, which frame so naturally beautiful scenery.
That day's price, the intense light, gives a vivid colors, the sharpness is also enjoyable, for the viewing of all items.
When I went this spring I was disappointed, because I remembered my first visit many years ago, better able to maintain, perhaps helped that the day was very gray, with some fog.
In this image back to enjoy the place.
I wish you a good start to the week.
Most cordial greetings.
holmertz (37011) 2011-12-18 11:43
Great shot from Sintra. You capture most of this strange and fantastic building in one photo and manage to frame the view very well. The colours are excellent.
paololg (31448) 2011-12-19 15:20
Ciao dear Mariusz,
I'm sure that a great photographer like you have a formidable photo archive that allows you to post photos for many years! This amazing image is the evidence of what I say. I am sorry to read about your problems with the job, but I'm also sure that in 2012 you will find a good job. I sincere wish it to you.
Congratulations again for this photographic masterpiece, with a beautiful three-dimensional effect. BRAVO!
Ciao, have a nice Tuesday!
danos (83045) 2011-12-20 0:38
a really nice the view of the Pena National Palace in Sintra as dominating the backdrop of the image, with its pink towers to outlined perfect against the blue sky.I like its great architectural style of the Palace,with the details of it to are captured superb.
Have a good day,Danos
Angshu (54703) 2011-12-21 3:59
Still in Ireland?
I know this castle...from pictures! Looks straight out of a fairy tale book. Its actually quite quaint, not very elegant in my opinion, but something out of the world. like the framing you did with the foliage.
I'm sure your job hunt will bear fruit very soon. The global situation is very bad though!
brianmcc (6005) 2011-12-21 15:36
the yellows and pinks of the castle work very well together and against the deep blue sky create a marvellously appealing image. the detail and sharpness, are as always perfect. it does indeed appear quite unreal and fantasy like, especially when framed against the natural shapes and colours of the vegetation.
i hope your search for work will soon be successful. it must be a very stressful time. i understand what you say about feeling guilty about taking pictures at this time, but it is also important not to lose interest in the things that are important to you and make you who you are - ie. a very talented photographer whose pictures brighten up our day too, not just yours.
Longroute (19392) 2011-12-23 6:41
I can see that your archives are full of precious images! Yes, a lovely and interesting postcard - for all postcard lovers! (:-) I really like your POV which make this palace looks so impressive and picturesque, a real feast for every photographer! I do like also the framing you choose, those threes and leaves are a natural complement to the building.
Very fine and awfully well composed.
good luck for your search of a new job and my best wishes for the coming Season,
jhm (135058) 2011-12-24 1:52
I find always a surprice when we look for in it archive.
Always find I also nice picture that are never used.
Indeed a lovely post card from Sintra
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Merry Christmas to you and your family,
s_lush (16134) 2011-12-24 11:30
This palace looks exactly as if it is from a fairy-tale. The shapes and color are simply fantastic. The view of the palace is excellently composed and skillfully captured by you. Perfectly good job!
Vasa (16736) 2011-12-24 17:45
One of your so nice pictures. This time Portugal is thankful for your participation.
Dear Mariusz, it is nice occasion to wish you Marry Christmas and the best 2012 in your creation.
lakshmip1949 (19110) 2012-01-18 13:30
A lovely shot of this castle with nice architectural details. The pink and yellow combination works well here along with the blue sky. An excellent composition with sharpness.
ikeharel (52181) 2012-01-26 4:56
The most attractive palace in Sintra. Unfortunately, when I was there it was pouring rain - and did not see this fabulous sight.
I think you found a secret POV from this presice point, and light was in favor as well.
tedesse (25045) 2012-03-31 3:19
Piekna pocztowka z Sintry.
Bajeczna architektura, super kolory i ostrosc.
Pozdrawiam i zycze milej niedzieli
fritzi007 (2678) 2012-05-03 9:15
wunderschönes Schloss, könnte auch vom bayrischen König Ludwig sein!
Wirklich wundervoll, gratuliere!!!
elenimavrandoni (14231) 2013-10-01 15:35
Mariusz, a true postcard with fantastic colors and a very appropriate note to accompany a great work as usual..it seems like a nice place to visit...
all the best
- Copyright: Mariusz Kamionka (mkamionka) (29187)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-08-22
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Portugal 2009
- Theme(s): Pena Palace, Pena Palace II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-12-15 2:48