Another picture taken in August during one of our daily walks from our little villa along the coastal path to the town of Praia da Luz in western Algarve, Portugal.
Much of the Atlantic coastline of the Algarve is composed of soft sandstone and in many areas the actions of the weather and the sea have formed some very impressive and spectacular sea caves. Here at Luz, however, the features are less impressive though the colours and textures of the various strata of sandstone are delightful. But care is needed here - the rocks are very soft, crumbly and unstable and you must definitely avoid walking too close to some of the edges which overhang the sea.
In this picture you can see in the distance the array of modern buildings and apartments largely catering for tourists. Nearer to the sea lies the older part of Luz where you can just make out the little "Church of Our Lady of Light" and farther distant is the popular beach of Praia da Luz.
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jhm (154632) 2013-12-19 4:04
We get a wonderful detailed picture with the reliefs in the rocks.
Technical a very well picture with a lot depth and perspective.
Colours and sharpness make these picture attractive
Excellent composition, good presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
dta (79148) 2013-12-19 4:31
En dépit de toutes les constructions modernes , l' Algarve reste une région attachante , et sa côte réserve de belles surprises , comme ces très jolies falaises ; La superbe lumière enrichit ici les tonalités . LA composition est parfaite .
jemaflor (98793) 2013-12-19 8:21
beautiful cliffs well taken from this pov, interestinf effect with these colors, well composed with the village and the blue sea.
olive224 (2719) 2013-12-19 12:06
Very nice landscape, beautiful FG rocks
Maybe a little to much sky no ?
emka (100071) 2013-12-19 23:58
What a lovely view you had from your cliffs walks in Algarve. fantastic rocks and beautiful white town. I would prefer it with less modern buildings. I also liked my cliffs walking when I was in algarve a few years ago. fascinating place for holidays.
have a happy Christmas preparations
Noel_Byrne (31678) 2013-12-20 0:58
This is a beauty, and the one thing that really strikes me in this is how the modern apartments actually look like they have grown from the rocks, or been carved from them! Normally, these buildings stand out for good or bad reasons, but here they are perfectly natural. The textures in the cliffs in the foreground are wonderful too, and the whole scene has a tremendous sense of depth and scale. A beautiful sky too to top it all off.
annjackman (21899) 2013-12-21 3:14
Your daily walks gave you some superb photo opportunities. For me, this picture is all about the colours and textures of the crumbling sandstone. The pristine looking town behind adds interest and context. You manage to make very pleasing pictures out of subjects such as this - it exudes quality, very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
delpeoples (58620) 2013-12-23 15:21
Wow, this is a corker and of a subject that you probably know I love. The red rocks have a wonderful structure and texture and I like how they provide a natural frame for the image. The little white town in the BG shines like a beacon. Now I am guessing that you have employed your Levels and Layers skills here, but the work is a lot more subtle and refined than the photo we previously talked about. What a wonderful part of coastline you have captured, and captured so skilfully both in-camera and in post-processing.
I wish you and yours a very merry Christmas and sincerely hope that 2014 brings you everything you wish for. Maybe even that KT behind the Chrissy tree ;)
Un abbraccio forte forte
macjake (69245) 2013-12-23 23:31
reading lisa's note, i understand you're doing alot of practising with layering in photoshop? Hows that going for you?
As for the photo itself, i love it. And the opening paragraph in yr note describes this place very well.
Lots of beautiful colors, lots of jagged shoreline with steep angles, and the white colored town in the bg caps it off smartly.
Excellent blue color for contrast too.
Nice shot all around.
mkamionka (37879) 2013-12-31 5:24
your villa has an amazing view. One could sit there and enjoy it for a long time without the need to go anywhere else. The cliffs look fantastic, very photogenic so that would be my first walk after getting bored with sitting in one place for a while.
I guess I would try to find there a spot where I could photograph the cliffs without the traces of civilization. Lovely place I don't remember this particular fragment of Algarve coast but I can follow it on the map you provided.
Beautiful photograph it is a teaser for vacations in the warm south, which I will probably not have for a while.
I wish you a happy New Year full of great photo opportunities.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (25750)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-27
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-12-19 3:45