This photo is a continuation of the previous photo between two towers is this entry into the interior walls, the streets are narrow and stone floor, the houses are white with gray stripes, these are quite different from homes in northern Portugal most of them in the walls are of dark granite.
Serpa (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈsɛɾpɐ]) is a municipality in Portugal, in Alentejo Region, with a total area of 1104.0 km² and a total population of 16,178 inhabitants. The Guadiana River flows close to the town of Serpa.
The present Mayor is João Manuel Rocha da Silva, elected by the Unitarian Democratic Coalition and the President of the Municipal Assembly is José Jacinto Sargento Valente, also elected by the Unitarian Democratic Coalition.
Serpa is of ancient origins and its establishment probably preceded the coming of the Romans to the area. After the Roman occupation, the neighbouring town of Beja (known as Pax Julia to the Romans) became the Roman capital of Pacensis (southern subdivision of Lusitania province) and Serpa was settled by Roman settlers. The archeological remains of a Roman Villa today lie close to Serpa.
The Moors settled in Serpa after their invasion of the Iberian Peninsula and remained until their defeat at the hands of Portuguese forces fighting their way south during the period of the Reconquista (the Christian re-conquest of Iberia).
As a result of Serpa's proximity to the Spanish border, the town has always been a defensive stronghold and today is still surrounded by thick castle walls. The town castle stands in the middle of town and is partly damaged as a result of the last Spanish invasion.
Owing to its rich past, Serpa offers much in historical interest to visitors, including archeological sites, the town walls, the castle, the aqueduct, the clock tower, the town's museum and numerous interesting old churches.
The area surrounding Serpa consists mostly of wheat farms and wheat has traditionally been the staple of the local economy employing many people. Due to the area's strong agricultural reliance much of the area's people have traditionally been peasants or sheep herders.
After the Portuguese Revolution of 1974 the Portuguese Communist Party gained strong support in the area and its popularity continues to this day.
Today many urban residents of Lisbon, Beja and other cities maintain country homes in Serpa or take weekend breaks to the area as a result of Serpa's rural location and laid back lifestyle.
Serpa is famous for its cheese, a spicy and strong-smelling cheese made in the area and eaten throughout Portugal, although a good one is now hard to find. Other local and regional specialties include Shepherd's Lamb Stew, a Clam and Pork dish and Sweet Potato Pastries. Slightly to the northeast, Pias 38°1′16″N 7°28′39″W is known for its wine.
The municipal holiday is Holy Tuesday.
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Image Size: Large (3872 x 2592)
Lens: 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 G
Focal Length: 10mm
Exposure Mode: Manual
Metering Mode: Spot
1/250 sec - F/9
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Sensitivity: ISO 100
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White Balance: Preset
AF Mode: AF-S
Color Mode: Mode IIIa (sRGB)
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mjdundee (4663) 2012-07-23 9:30
Very graphical compo. Your POV gives a great sense of depth. Good note. TFS
mohammad_H (9904) 2012-07-23 11:26
Good vision photography. And nice camera angles
Beautiful view with complete details
Have a nice evening
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-23 11:29
a splendid photo of this narrow street, the composition is spectacular, beautiful colours and lights. Great atmosphere, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
ciakgiak (30429) 2012-07-23 11:50
Una stradina davvero bella con un ottimo gioco di luci e ombre e con tutte le linee convergenti verso un unico punto focale! Splendidi i colori e la qualità.
Un caro abbraccio
mjw364 (842) 2012-07-23 12:13
This is a nice use of lines to add depth and perspective as well as colours and shapes to give an overall graphic feel to the image.
Very well done.
Sonata11 (33763) 2012-07-23 12:16
magnificent shot of this beautiful place. Fabuous executed image of this beautiful unique architecture. Marvellous manage colors, sharpness, clarity, amazing perspective, POV and DOF are great too. Very beautiful work.. Thanks for sharing. All the best,
rbellemare (2109) 2012-07-23 13:27
Very nice presentation of a beautiful street. I like the fact that the neighborhood seems to be separated by this nice aquaduc.
It seems to be a interesting town to visit.
janjan1897 (2301) 2012-07-23 13:57
Very good use of perspective with the lines carrying the eye all the way to the tower at the end of the street. I like the textures in the pavement and the shapes drawn by the shadow of the tiles on the ground. Well seen and captured.
lousat (89740) 2012-07-23 15:24
Hi Goncalo,a magnificent long perspective create by the street and by your excellent choice of point of view,i like the architechtures and how you manage so well the different light levels,excellent details too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
npecanhuk (74814) 2012-07-23 18:59
Destaque para o pdv escolhido, o formato vertical, a exposição e a composição!
Parabéns, abraço e até mais,
bukitgolfb301 (41014) 2012-07-23 19:18
Hi HOLA dear Goncalo, how are you?
Another marvelous and fantastic shot indeed!
Best matchi of the aicient water bridge and the modern architectures.You are an artist, I am sure.
Perfect framework and sharp / clear presentation as usual. Thanks for your sharing with the finest work and have a good day! Best regards,
Takero in Tokyo
dta (77085) 2012-07-24 1:19
Ola Goncalo ,
A liyyle street typically portuguese . But waht is interesting , here , is the perspective towards the arch and the old ruins crossing the street .
Well framed and exposed .
dkmurphys (57427) 2012-07-24 2:47
Strong graphical effect of the shadows. Nice textures and shapes, good composition.
kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-07-24 3:05
Lovely graphic feel and nicely framed perspective in this a narrow street.
timecapturer (49288) 2012-07-24 4:27
wonderful use of light and shade to give depth and interest to this excellently composed shot. Love the perspective and detailing they are both compelling and the aqueduct looks amazing. Captivating image.
Regards - Brian.
pierrefonds (65244) 2012-07-24 4:41
The length of the street is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of the houses. The afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
Sergiom (77253) 2012-07-24 5:56
J'aime avoir l'impression que j'ai les épaules trop larges pour passer dans un passage. J'aime le combat entre l'ombre et la lumière.
jmdias (63350) 2012-07-24 7:20
muito boa esta foto apanhando as sombras, diagonais, fachadas, o portal e os arcos acima. linda compo.
marabu61 (10773) 2012-07-24 13:51
Very pretty street, nicely framed with the shadows as a diagonal. Good that there are no people disturbing the peace of this scene.
Graal (102570) 2012-07-25 0:51
very nice calm, narrow street. Good composition. I like the perspective and contrast of architecture. Image is well composed. I like it.
Have a nice day.
Nicou (139940) 2012-07-25 1:07
quel jeu d'ombres et lumirèes sueprbe iamge et cpatage fantastique perspective avec cette architecture ce passage les maisons blanche et le vielles pierre, quelle compo.
Bravo et amitié
Royaldevon (37925) 2012-07-25 1:23
Wonderful use of converging lines which give this shot a dynamic appeal. The textural details are sharp and you have a fine contrast of sunny and shaded areas.
Have a lovely day,
danos (96688) 2012-07-25 3:28
nice the vertical format,with the narrow road to lead-in the eye on the old and high walls of the castle that surround the houses.
I like the play of the light and the shadows as the clarity and the beauty of the place.
Have a good day,danos
siamesa (28117) 2012-07-25 15:02
Boa noite Gonçalo
Gosto dessa imagem das sombras dividindo a rua. Super bonita essa foto.
Fis2 (95983) 2012-07-27 8:01
Ciekawa uliczka, ciekawa architektura.
Dobry kadr i perspektywa.
Cricri (117853) 2012-07-27 11:53
Excellente perspective, le jeu ombre et de lumière sur le sol et le contraste intéressant de l'architecture ancien et nouveau
abmdsudi (52963) 2012-07-27 12:26
This shot certainly does convey an immense depth. The shooting angle exaggerates the proportions of the subject which is what you wanted to achieve with excellent focus guiding the eye to the out of place castle wall and its arches. The effect of wide lens is pretty evident within the limited space. A very pleasing shot, Congrats TFS.
delpeoples (57278) 2012-07-27 22:57
Ola dear Goncalo
I think narrow streets would have to be my favourite thing to see when travelling Europe. And Portugal seems to have so many of them. You are an expert at photographing them, know how to manage the problems with light and shadow so expertly. Excellent vertical frame, marvellous vibrant colours and an impressive depth of field. Parabens!
aliabazari (16154) 2012-07-28 20:16
Bela arquitetura e interessante, com boa profundidade. Excelente iluminação e cores.
Silvio1953 (140700) 2012-07-29 9:50
Ciao Goncalo, beautiful composition with fantastic perspective, superb blue sky, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Didi (60588) 2012-07-30 9:23
Interesting vertical lines with a good perspective of this narrow street.
Good lights balance with shades.
Angshu (56750) 2012-07-30 20:54
Excellent perspective with fine exposure & contrast between light & shade. Like the arches of the old wall with the view of the blue sky through them. Good work!
josepmarin (58357) 2012-07-31 3:22
Olá, amigo Gonçalo,
me gusta el bonito efecto de las sombras del tejado sobre la calle, así como la perspectiva que nos ofrece tu buen encuadre.
Un pueblo realmente bello, con la integración de su arquitectura blanca tradicional con las antiguas murallas, la cual crea un fantástico contraste gráfico.
Buen trabajo con la luz y con los colores, para una imagen con una alta calidad.
Pili e Josep
ikeharel (69765) 2012-07-31 7:14
relatively modern small town, built within the old walls.
The combination of it gave a nice mingled styled.
Good depth, clearity and light managed.
- Copyright: Goncalo Lopes (Bluejeans) (64251)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-13
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D40X, Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD, SD 4GB 150x
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Vila de Serpa [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-07-23 9:26
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