Location: This is the Ursa beach located near Cabo da Roca (the western most point of Europe) which is only about 35 kilometers west of Lisbon, however, a pretty strenuous hike is required to reach the beach.
About the Photo: You may recognize this beach from other great photographers here on Treakearth such as lucinka and Rodrigues. However, this beach belongs to luisafonso. His photos of this beach are top notch and truly capture the many different angles and moods of this spectacular beach. To see more photos of this beach by all of the above mentioned members of Trekearth please click here.
Dedication: This photo is dedicated to my good friend Luis Afonso. Who made this visit to the Ursa beach possible, in fact he was standing somewhere to my right when I took this picture. Thanks again Luis for taking me to your beach. I'll never forget everything you did to make my trip to Portugal such a wonderful experience.
P.S. Iíve probably got one or two more photos of the Ursa I can post in the future :)
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Floydian (30970) 2007-05-15 11:25
A great shot from Luis his place.
The colors look like Velvia, and you know that i like that. The framing is very tight, but maybe here the best you could do.
The white rock in the center gives perfect contrast to the other red rocks, and in combination with that beautiful deep blue sky you have a real good one here.
Looking forward to your others from this location.
GG_Poland (722) 2007-05-15 11:27
for me it's most interesting place in Portugal because of excellent work of photographers you mentioned. I'm used to see it with wide angle lens which usualy I prefer but you achieved something different and this is good in my opinion. great light and composition.
I will wait for more :)
puzzle (700) 2007-05-15 11:28
very eye-catching photo!
great compo,and soft light makes it impressive..
thanks for sharing
Paolo (41230) 2007-05-15 11:29
Hi Ryan, excellent image, with perfect exposure and fantastic POV close to the sea.
the orange tones of the rocks and the contrast with the white needle is wonderful.
loneroc (1233) 2007-05-15 11:31
Really interesting looking rock formations and well captured moment. Great light and I especially love the warm reflection on that big round rock in the front. Well done!
waseemkhan (1099) 2007-05-15 11:32
great light and composition............
beautiful deep blue sky you have a real good one here.
i like it very muchhhhhhhhhhhhhh.....
ancevski (3358) 2007-05-15 11:37
Nice composition with great light and colors. I like it.
luisafonso (862) 2007-05-15 11:55
And I have a photo of you getting this one... :) Did you received it? This is perfect Euryan. The definition is amazing, as only a L lens is capable when maneuvered by experienced hands like yours. The side light really enhanced the whole scene and this was a pov I never tried till this day. The round rocks in the foreground are wonderful and the depth they provide from here to the Ursa rock is incredible. I love your tight composition. All in the right place, with gorgeous shadows and with several toning in the rocks. The water's foam looks amazing at 1/6. Not bad for your first beach shot, hein? :) Thanks my friend.
banyanman (7789) 2007-05-15 12:05
You've captured some wonderful colours in this image, Ryan, and the combination of the very deep DOF and slow shutter speed has created a loevly mood to it. Perfect composition, I like the warm side-lighting - excellent work all round. Cheers . . . David
maduixeta (1795) 2007-05-15 12:08
excellent shot! Very good POV and composition and beautiful colors.
Good game of lights and shadows.
Rodrigues (1035) 2007-05-15 12:43
First beach shot? I can't believe. For us, living in Portugal, the sea is always there, so it's not surprising our portfolio are filled with seascapes. But a good photographer is a good photographer, and you are one for sure.
Well, Luis might have mentioned that getting good clouds in that beach it's not an easy task (always clear or clouded), but you managed it well, getting a small portion of the deepest blue on top of the frame.
I thought you used a wide angle, but you fooled me. After all 38mm get you a decent wide angle, al least in your hands.
I'll underline my sadness for not sharing this delightfull moment with you :-( For the rest, as you used us to, top photo.
grantlp (2113) 2007-05-15 13:09
Yes I've seen the other images from other photographers, and all are very good. Your image here is also excellent with strong colours and lighting. You've included very nice foreground focus points, in the rocks. Overall a powerful image of this beach location. Well done.
chicken (1557) 2007-05-15 13:38
This one looks unreal! (I mean that as compliment ;-)
I like the contrast of the smooth rounded foreground rocks and the hard edgy cliffs in the background, especially with that brighter one standing out by its color. The cold toned splashing water is the icing on the cake. Absolutely nothing to nitpick.
presidente (1122) 2007-05-15 14:06
Amazing shot with wonderful color and a fantastic DOF an absolute eye catching POV. Good job,
partha (14023) 2007-05-15 14:11
A great shot. The perspective is simply awsome.Excellent lighting condition. A perfect in all respect.
asajernigan (21427) 2007-05-15 14:12
Very good photo with excellent color and lighting. Your slow shutter speed gives the water a nice sense of motion. The high f-stop creates a good DOF and sharpness.
pburraco (861) 2007-05-15 16:19
I love this photo! It is a great technical asset and a great shot too.
I think is a bit velvia like, isn't it?
anesugur (18789) 2007-05-15 18:08
Very good work.
Wonderful colors and exposure.
Best wishes. Uğur
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-05-15 18:10
Lovely perspective and beautiful colours and clarity!
JoseMiguel (860) 2007-05-15 23:25
I like very much the colour saturation used in this image!
The Cir. Polarizer worked great in the vivid tones got in this lanscape: incredible warm tones on the rocks, and a beautifully gradated blues on the skies.
I'm curious about the small size of your post, any particular reason for that?
Congratulations and thanks for share it.
My best regards,
PJE (20758) 2007-05-16 0:38
Excellent choice of lens here and I really love how the foreground elements blend into the setting. Also very good control of lighting on the sun filled rocks and shadows here. A great capture indeed...thanks for sharing!
patdeph (35748) 2007-05-16 7:24
wonderful!The very strong colours are splendid.I like the contrast between orange rocks and the blue sky.The water seems like lather.the sharpness is very good and we can see very well the texture of the rocks.Congratulations.
bruce_wayne (1507) 2007-05-16 9:21
all your shots are great!!!
This is very good with good colors, clearness, light...well done!
Cormac (26565) 2007-05-16 9:56
Great colours, with lots of different hues in those rocks, and of course the contrast between the warm colour of the rocks and the blue of the sky is great too. The rocks have such a dramatic shape that it is impossible not to look at this photo. Excellent!
jdomingues (686) 2007-05-16 10:10
p_m_geraldes (774) 2007-05-16 12:53
I found your gallery, and it's full of great photos. This is one of them.
The pov is perfect, and the compo is perfect too.
Great water effect and great light.
pboehringer (770) 2007-05-16 13:22
The right POV, the right light and an interesting exposure time that gives a silky impression but still crisp enough allowing to see the waves coming in. It seems that this beach is a very hot spot in Portugal. I don't know how many versions and interpretations I have already seen at TE during the last year. Its gorgeous and the post certainly worth to be seen. Stunning work, Ryan!
derek3755 (2341) 2007-05-16 15:41
great shot! beautiful composition and light!
cdmonson (5244) 2007-05-16 18:19
Great one Ryan, especially for your first beach shot. Definitely better than my first (although it was quite overcast, so that didn't help!). You've managed to place the boulders in your composition in such a way that you have a shot with many potential points of interest that doesn't feel crowded or confused. Colors are excellent as well, as always. Take care.
gary91 (15348) 2007-05-17 1:58
Glad to see that your trip in Europe was with your camera on the shoulder :o)
Your view of this wonderful and magic place is absolutely stunning. The light is purely superb and the tones it gives to the rocks is so good. I especialy like your composition with this well detailled rock in the foreground.
This superb image makes me think I would love to get there on day. Maybe this would be an occasion for a TE meeting in Lisboa?
Come on Lisboa trekkers ;-)
Wish you a nice day.
Best regards, Christian
Philippe (11836) 2007-05-17 4:48
Hi, Ryan. I like the contrast between the round rocks in the foreground and the needles in the background. Also a good colour contrast between the central and the lateral needles. The colours are warm and create a very nice ambiance.
vinicio (23423) 2007-05-18 4:15
Excellent image Ryan, compliments, beautiful place and over all beautiful and fine lights and colors in this image, you have well managed them, a work of high level.
Have a nice week-end
Didi (60590) 2007-05-18 4:19
Very nice foreground who gives a good depht in your composition.
Very interesting control and good management of lights.
henrytf (985) 2007-05-18 18:56
What an extraordinary shot.
The composition, the depth of field, the light and the colours are really stunning.
zeca (19762) 2007-05-21 0:16
Excellent work Ryan! Absolutely perfect! I love the lights and the DOF is great! Beautiful textures, colours and I love the subject! One of your masterpieces!
lucinka (9976) 2007-05-23 3:03
Hello Ryan, so I see that we all will end up at one place at the end. I am really glad to see that you could experience the beauty of this magnificent place and also had a chance to meet Luis. TE is fulfilling its purpose in its best possible way. I hope you had a great time and look forward to see more shots from your Europe trip. Lucie
cherryripe (21033) 2007-05-23 7:04
I sure do recognize this famous TE beach. Your photo is quite different from the others with these red boulders so close up. I like the way the water swishes around them. The light is so warm and rich.
jmcl (14535) 2007-05-23 13:09
Wonderful wonderful tone .. the composition is great with the rocks giving depth and frame .. the light is my favorite bit .. the interaction of light and shadow is beautiful.
greg64g (11193) 2007-05-24 3:07
What an impressive shot, i like the way the rocks are so huge.
that's a great one
dkeus31 (27735) 2007-05-25 4:55
Nice composition with the right foreground, the light on the round stone is very good, and also on the rest of the picture.
sebinho342 (19317) 2007-05-26 13:58
Hi Ryan, i'm sure you had great moments this end of afternoon with master Luis, two of the best photographers of TE at same place same moment, good to see the result of what you were able to do. For sure it's a fascinating place, and at 1/6 sec you did well, i wished you played longer with the shutter speed but for that you should have waited later time in the day ...
Anyway this is very photogenic and eyes catching.
Congratulations mister, a pearl, once again :)
giorgimer (34941) 2007-05-31 7:53
incredibly beautiful image!
Wonderful colors and excellent sharpness.
fkokol (1636) 2007-06-04 17:03
This is great.. Wonderful wiew. Good colour and light.
piston9 (66) 2007-06-15 3:31
Nice photo, I love the motion of the waves and the exadurated perspective of the front rocks. Very well composed.
France (125) 2007-06-18 10:08
You said "I wish I had a shot like this" about my photo of Roma but I wish I had done all of yours ! Your gallery is fantastic. I like this one particularly because of vivid colors, mixture of various rough textures, the large DOF, the boulder in foreground and the general composition.
I will consult your gallery regularly for the pleasure of the eyes.
fayeulle (27827) 2007-07-04 3:18
Stunning colors for this shot. Impressive effect of the high f-stop and long exposure (my by longer using a ND ?)
mphotographies (1976) 2007-07-10 0:33
Fantastic depth, you managed to contain 'what's in the beach' than the entire scenery as most photos of the beaches are. Your down-to-earth personality brings out the best in you dude! Amazing work with amazing photographers help you capture such places. I'll let the 'professionals' deal with the technicals here, just unbelievable work you have here Ryan!
All the best!
Manamo (3710) 2007-07-13 5:49
I'm easily imprssed by this kind of views and now I'm jealous that you got there...and with Luis!! We gotta envy them for such a place!
Here, the side lighting is amazing!!It creates such warmth and texture on the rock that it feels like we're there too! The colors are amazing on my display:perfectly balanced and saturated.
Very inspiring shot...I'm booking a flight!
joeydrops (2659) 2007-08-03 5:42
This is a superb photo of an amazing landscape. The variety of textures and shapes of these rocks is incredible - from smooth round rocks in the foreground to tall rigid rock formations in the background. The POV and composition are excellent giving good DOF and the exposure is wonderful, capturing the gorgeous waves and lighting very well. Nice contrasts between the orange and blue tones and good clarity. Well captured!
Mistral (15402) 2007-08-08 14:59
excellent beautiful Pov of this (TE) famous place! Love the colours and your composition.
A smile from Italy
PS: I wonder how it weight your tripod (with head)... I walk a lot during my trips and since now I've never afforded to bring one with me...
ribeiroantonio (22637) 2007-08-08 15:03
This photo came up on my monitor this morning when I opened the TE page. It is so good that it really deserves to have triple digit points. Therefore, here I am making the count go to 100. The light is beautiful, creating wonderful shadows and colours. I really like the colour of the big rock in the BG. And the boulders in the FG are a mus for the sense of depth. Congratulations for the great photo from Portugal.
Lilly716 (240) 2007-08-23 7:43
Wonderful shot! Great detail in the rocks and the clay color of the rocks create a great balance with the blue of the sky. There is a great mixture of textures as well, the foam of the water, with the rough rocks and smooth sky! Nice composition and point of view. And the simple black border makes this shot, pop! Thanks for sharing Ryan, and thanks Luis!
npecanhuk (77805) 2008-12-15 5:45
The view is fantastic and your picture was superbly taken! Excellent light management! Saturated colors are natural and beautiful! The lowest pov was such an excellent choice to create such an impressively nice picture! The vertical format was an outstanding choice as well! The photo has really pleased me!
TFS - Congratulations!
CLODO (35616) 2009-07-03 7:21
Nice picture placed in the right place today in TE!
Congratulations for the low POV, high DOF and stunning colours of the rocks contrasting with the sea and the blue sky. Due to a small aperture, the sea is blurred, giving sense of motion.
- Copyright: Ryan Thayne (euryan) (8440)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-05-11
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Digital ISO 200, Cokin Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/22, 1/6 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: PORTUGAL: 2007
- Theme(s): My Best Shots, Where to go in Portugal, Seascapes, Aaah! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-15 11:19
- Favorites: 11 [view]