Believe or not, this is one of Portugal’s top beaches in the height of the summer season, so it shows you don’t have to go to an island in the middle of the Pacific to have a beach all to yourself (see Crowded Beach - 1).
Why is this picturesque beach so deserted? Well, firstly this was taken at 8.00 am in the morning, and secondly it was taken on the morning after Portugal lost to France in the World Cup semi-final – so maybe the locals didn’t feel like getting out of bed early that day. But I guess the real reason is that neither the locals nor the holidaymakers get up early in this part of the world – despite this being a lovely time of the day. In Portugal people eat late and party late, so there are not too many early risers.
This is Cascais beach on the Estoril Coast. I heard Cascais being pronounced by the locals as both ‘Cass-kyse’ and ‘Cash-kyshe’ – so I am not sure which is correct – but Cascais was well known in the late 19th and first half of the 20th century as the place where Europe’s royalty and aristocracy went for their summer holidays. It has a very agreeable climate – dry most of the year; warm but not overly hot in the summer, and mild in the winter.
Many wealthy people have made their homes in Cascais, because of the amenable climate, but it’s still a great place for us less wealthy mortals to visit due to its relaxing atmosphere and interesting old town (actually more of a village than a town).
The only PP that I did to this was to increase saturation and sharpen. The increased saturation restored the true colour of the beach which was a little washed out in the original. The deep blue sky is due to the polarising filter, not the increased saturation.
Check out a photograph here that Aires dos Santos took from the same POV about a month later - you're in for a surprise!
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blakitan (1311) 2006-07-10 7:15
I am very surprised that only one man on this beautiful beach. Where is everybody else? After reading your note, I understand, why this thing happens.
Great picture. Nicely composed. Great color.
Polonaise (5802) 2006-07-10 7:21
Judging by the frequency of your posting , you do everything possible NOT to spoil us with your adorable stuff. As much as I appreciate your educational methods, as much I desire to be a spoilt brat - so, please take it into consideration.
Everyone of your photos, supported by your extraordinary journalistics, is like going to the book store or library without going to the book store or library.
If that was your intention when you signed-up to TE…So, there you have it. !? It works!!! I don't even know WHERE is the closest public library!
ophelcia (0) 2006-07-10 7:27
Good point of getting up early...that is the ONLY one good point of being an early bird...
I like the atmosphere,
cunejo200 (7281) 2006-07-10 7:45
Good photo of a deserted beach in Portugal. Lovely colors and details. Very good notes.
AiresSantos (56155) 2006-07-10 8:20
Welcome to Portugal. Beautiful view of Cascais beach. Fantastic POV, colors and definition. I like very much your note.
Very well done.
Thanks and greetings
Kenny10pin (19301) 2006-07-10 8:46
great work, I like the beach shot here, especially with the guy on the sand, well done
PJE (20758) 2006-07-10 8:50
Well David I guess these Portugese people hardly ever see the wonders of early morning light on the beach. Excellent composition on a wonderful day!
s10001in (0) 2006-07-10 9:31
Great shot boy.
Nice to get empty beach
I think it was made ready for your shot.
Very well done.
josepmarin (58357) 2006-07-10 10:56
It is a splendid photo of this beautiful beach. The composition is very elegant, with the diagonal of the beach and the pretty buildings that follow the line of the coast until the marina full of masts of the boats.
The light and the colors are magnificent, and the detail of the lonely man in the sand is very peculiar, he is not habitual to see the beach so empty of people, although I suppose that it must be by the hour to which the photo is taken.
kensimage (8565) 2006-07-10 11:28
Nice of that one person to sit on the beach for you, David--it would be much less interesting if it were totally empty. I hope they were thanked. The polarising works well here, even though the blue becomes unrealistic, because it befits the scene of a holiday resort. Nice composition. Regards, Ken.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2006-07-10 15:28
Hehe, great comparison with riclopes`s last photo :). I wonder if you`ve seen it?
Beautiful capture of the beach with only one person. Nice colours and composition.
riclopes (35577) 2006-07-11 3:36
This was quite a surprising photo for me, because of several reasons. First, I posted yesterday, an image showing the problem of Portuguese beaches, which contrasts strongly with this one. And second because I know very well this beach and have photographed it a few weeks ago. After read your note I understand why it's empty. But beleive me - in the weekend you almost can't see the sand of this beach!
Magnificent shot with attractive colors and taken from a good POV. Excellent note as usual.
p.s.1- ‘Cash-kyshe’ is the correct one.
p.s.2- are you still in Cascais?
ChrisJ (113111) 2006-07-11 4:50
I like the rich, saturated colors & superb sharpness & pov. Good perspective added by the footprints & the lone sunbather indicates a cool day. Good work!
PixelTerror (0) 2006-07-11 8:07
In terms of frequentation this beach appeals a lot more to me than the one Ricardo has presented recently... In terms of light it was a wise choice of yours to get up early to benefit from the morning light and allow us all to enjoy it, I like the good exposure and contrasting colors thanks to the pola.
Have a nice day,
capthaddock (28790) 2006-07-12 10:16
Hi David - great timing, having only one person there is more interesting than a completely empty or crowded beach. Good contrasts thanks to the polariser, I also like the way the footprints fill the empty parts.
oochappan (16355) 2006-07-16 21:36
It must have been crowded here seeing all the tracks, funny title to see this lonely man on this big beach with a very shaep view over the bay and gradiant deep blue sky. A pleasant one David.
plimrn (21344) 2006-07-17 2:14
You have captued a stunning sky with your polarizer, my shots always seem to be too dark but I will persevere as I see such wonderful results. I really like your framing with the curve of the beach leading to the cliffs and the gargantuan houses. The lone figure on the beach and the footprints are frosting on the cake.
elmec (12210) 2006-07-19 14:29
I like best the beach with many footsteps!
richtersl (3546) 2006-07-27 13:17
Gee, I wish I could be at the "crowded" beach right now. I like the pattern of the footprints in the sand and the man sitting all alone. The photo would not be the same without him. I wonder what story he has to tell. Perhaps he just wanted to console himself for losing a bet on the game?
tcht (7565) 2006-08-06 0:47
A very nice shot of lovely Cascais. I've posted a similar shot from the same location but didn't have the advantage of such an empty beach. The colours in your post are excellent. Well balanced lighting. Good shot.
kevinos (7517) 2006-08-06 8:41
WoW! You have really made a strong statement with this beach, David, and it pos out against the blue of the sky. There is one person who could get up, but, because he gives a sense of scale, he only serves to contribute to the sense of emptyness. regards kevin
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-07-06
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED, Circular PL
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-10 6:58
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