Castelo dos Mouros (English: Castle of the Moors) is a castle located in the town of Sintra, Portugal. The castle is located on a high hill overlooking the town, being one of its most important tourist attractions. It is part of the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, recognised as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
As implied by its name, the castle is of Moorish origin, but the current building is the result of a romantic renovation carried out in the 19th century. The views from its walls and towers are breathtaking. The town of Sintra with its royal palace, as well as the Pena National Palace, are all visible from the Castle of the Moors.
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Compressed RAW (12-bit)
Image Size: Large (3008 x 2000)
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 G
Focal Length: 18mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Multi-Pattern
1/40 sec - F/18
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Custom
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-A
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Medium High
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Long Exposure NR: Off
VR Control: On
High ISO NR: Off
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marina7 (8055) 2010-10-18 9:46
Wow, that's some stunning fire up there in the sky, looks like it's melting the branches of the trees beneath - they are so delicate and fragile. The castle on top makes the whole scene like a movie. Fantastic picture. Thanks for sharing.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-10-18 10:39
Oi amigo ,
Ficou fantástico este céu parece tirado do filme Senhor dos Anéis , beleza o primeiro plano com esta pedra e a muralha ,parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
sabermonajati (10557) 2010-10-18 11:45
evocative sky you captured top of castle.so beauty frame.
PaulVDV (24753) 2010-10-18 14:01
Long time ago I visited Sintra and this castelo. I remember I found some parts of its wall as spectacular as the beautiful Great Wall of China.
Here you found a very good POV to show us that wall in an excellent way with the battlements nicely standing out against the sky, a sky that looks like it's on fire.
Best regards, Paul
loves_summer (1310) 2010-10-18 17:47
Amazing sky! The colours of this shot are so vibrant. You have captured the architectural details of this castle, and also created an atmosphere surrounding it. Great POV and framing.
Thanks for sharing!
hispic (9652) 2010-10-18 20:08
Good use of Gradual Tobacco filter, it has created a fantastic and fascinating sky. A direction of fluttering flags leads the eye to the top of castle.
Best wishes, Hisashi
dkmurphys (53561) 2010-10-19 5:01
Great capture! Windy dynamics, picturesque ruins and impressive amazing sky. Well seen image.
have a great afternoon.
Longroute (19396) 2010-10-19 5:09
A fantastic composition, in all senses.
The pov you chose is very effective and original to produce a very well balanced image with great depth and sense of perspective. Of course this castle is very beautiful but I appreciate a lot your PP work which gave you a very evocative image.
My best compliments,
Kielia (24073) 2010-10-19 5:21
this is really a breathtaking view and an excellent composition. The management of the light is outstanding! You have created a great atmosphere of this famous heritage with the help of these dramatic colors. TFS!
adramad (41162) 2010-10-19 8:01
A surprising composition with the sky which gives a color filter as resounding.
POV magnificent with the great rock and the turret in the foreground, the wall up the hill and in the top the castle, all that beautiful vegetation that covers the site.
Good light and details in this beautiful work.
Have a nice day. Best regards.
Graal (100548) 2010-10-20 0:37
amazing effect of tobacco filter, sky like fired. Fine glance on the castle, unusual defensive wall. Well photowork.
Have a nice day.
jhm (145204) 2010-10-20 0:49
What a imminent sky, very lovely for look at.
Also the clarity of the Castle of Moors is really a very nice image.
I like your composition, excellent captured, pertfect PP work. nice done. TFS.
John_F_Kennedy (43505) 2010-10-20 3:01
Wonderful work. Nice warm colours one can really feel the warm wind blowing around the wall
rodgerg (55767) 2010-10-20 3:04
Superb presnettaion of this castle sith the incredible and beautiful colors in the sky. I like too the very efficience POV very well selected. This POV and the wall learn the glance and give a very great prospect effect. The peoples give an interesting idea of the scale of the place.
mkamionka (32937) 2010-10-20 3:20
very impressive view.The composition itself is fantastic with two tower one being much closer and the other furthe in the distance interconnected with the wall.
It would be a great shot even without the tobacco filter but with the filter the effect is wonderful. I will consider buying one (tobacco filter).
Very well done,
kordinator (20235) 2010-10-20 4:13
An excellent composition,perfect framed.
Nice castle,unusual defensive wall.
Amazing effect of tobacco filter,sky like fired.
Many nice details,excellent sharpness and clarity.
Silvio1953 (131778) 2010-10-21 2:32
Ciao Paulo, great view of wonderful castle, fascinating composition fantastic sky, wonderful warm colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
yeln (11516) 2010-10-21 10:37
zelo zanimiv efekt filtra. nebo dobesedno zaari. tega sam e nisem preiskusil. vidim, da moram to e narediti.
lepo delo! čestitke!
lep večer, vojko
pajaran (55597) 2010-10-21 12:12
Prelep trenutak ...
Lep pogled na zidine i dvorac, sa prelepim nebom koje gori, dobra kompozicija.
Dobar trenutak snimka i ostrina, lepe boje i fotografija, dobar rad, svidja mi se.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje, pozdrav, Paja.
Lindo momento ...
Bela vista das muralhas do castelo, com um céu lindo de fogo, uma boa composição.
Um período de tempo bom e nitidez, cores bonitas e fotos, um bom trabalho, eu gosto.
Agradável à noite e tudo de melhor, que se refere, Paja.
pablominto (53746) 2010-10-21 22:27
Interesting to see this old fortification, with the strong wall along the ridge!
The construction takes my mind to another part of the world...
A well framed scene with good details, a fine documentary!
sacimar (26205) 2010-10-22 3:23
fantastic place and great picture, I like the sky and these colors so amazing, good details and composition,
COSTANTINO (60621) 2010-10-23 5:56
the title could be fire into the sky,
it looks like a scenery from another planet
very impressive capture of this clouds explosion
thanks for sharing
have a nice week end
Urs (14082) 2010-10-23 20:27
Wow Paulo, so you set the sky on fire! Congrats that is an excellent shot. I kke your sky a lot. Interesting that the auto WB worked this way, I never use auto. Very good photo job. Thanks for your critique of my jetty before sunset. You like to try my dishes, most welcome visit us in Alor Star ... I will cook for you.
s_lush (16134) 2010-10-24 22:28
You have presented this interesting historic place in such an artistic manner, against the so dramatic sky and with the wonderful compositional details. A highly aesthetic job!
NoFx (78) 2010-10-28 7:05
Olá Paulo, excelente foto, adoro especialmente a composição pois retrata um tema que gosto muito, castelos. Quanto às "férias", é verdade que não tenho publicado novas fotos por aqui, apenas vejo. Espero voltar em breve com novos posts. Fico também à espera das tuas fotos da Figueirinha ;) Um abraço!
sacavem (18620) 2010-10-29 9:40
Grande tiro com uso do filtro tabaco. ou será que os mouros incendiaram o castelo?
Gosto muito desta composição,pov, cores e filtro.Parabéns
Bom fim de semana alargado :)
mvinagre (849) 2010-10-30 13:25
Excelente foto, óptima perspectiva com um ceu fantastico.
gervaso (12336) 2010-11-10 6:35
Sensacional essa foto com o céu alaranjado, como se estivesse pegando fogo, fazendo-me lembrar de alguns filmes que mostram guerras nesse tipo de cenário. Excelente composição! Belíssimo trabalho!
fabianoleite (10160) 2010-11-19 11:03
A saturação do céu ficou impressionante, combinando com o castelo. Ótimos detalhes. Parabéns!
kiasari (62) 2010-11-25 7:41
A nice shot with a good POV, framing, and light management. I like the warm tones of the photo. Well done!
ikeharel (63925) 2010-11-25 10:04
A dramatic "burning" sky's, over the impressive Sintra Castelo-dos-Mouros.
(I missed this place due to rainy weather, I'll have to do again...)
Colors on this image very intense and unique against the grey boulder and castle wall's.
Good use of filter, well done.
kiks (11785) 2011-01-29 10:16
Hello Paulo, i see your experementing with filters. Sicerely i don't like very much the result on this one. I find that the result seems more like 2 diferent photo's glued together. It is a personal taste and i hope you don't mind i give my sincere opinion.
paura (47184) 2011-04-02 13:56
Uma beleza de composição, amigo. Excelente trabalho na tomada e no PS.
- Copyright: Paulo Goncalves (Juntas) (7960)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-10-04
- Categories: Castles, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40, SIGMA DC 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OS HSM, Cokin P124 Gradual Tobacco T1
- Exposure: f/18.0, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Castelos de Portugal (Portuguese Castles), Castles by Juntas, Tobacco by Juntas, Photos with tobacco filter II [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-10-18 8:00