E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém

Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém

Choir Stalls.

Slightly dusty, beautifully carved Choir Stalls at the huge sixteenth century Monastery of the Jeronimos in Santa Maria de Belem, near Lisbon.

The carved section beneath the raised seats are so that the monks could rest while standing during their long services.

It is a building that is well worth a visit, it is peaceful and pleasant way to spend an afternoon. If you are like me you will want to learn more. This site may help  http://www.manorhouses.com/unesco/whjeron.html

Photographing is not prohibited inside the building, but people are reminded not to use their camera's flash.

I'm sure somebody will ask, so ... this was taken on auto, no flash, the camera was resting on my handbag which was resting on a rail. I have used a free Noise Reduction programme called Noiseware Community Edition (thanks Chris) and, using Fotofiltre (freeware) I added a 15% inverted black colour layer, the picture was a little too dark and adjusting contrast or gamma spoiled it. The picture has not been cropped.

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Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém

Choir Stalls.

Slightly dusty, beautifully carved Choir Stalls at the huge sixteenth century Monastery of the Jeronimos in Santa Maria de Belem, near Lisbon.

The carved section beneath the raised seats are so that the monks could rest while standing during their long services.

It is a building that is well worth a visit, it is peaceful and pleasant way to spend an afternoon. If you are like me you will want to learn more. This site may help  http://www.manorhouses.com/unesco/whjeron.html

Photographing is not prohibited inside the building, but people are reminded not to use their camera's flash.

I'm sure somebody will ask, so ... this was taken on auto, no flash, the camera was resting on my handbag which was resting on a rail. I have used a free Noise Reduction programme called Noiseware Community Edition (thanks Chris) and, using Fotofiltre (freeware) I added a 15% inverted black colour layer, the picture was a little too dark and adjusting contrast or gamma spoiled it. The picture has not been cropped.

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comments (16)

  • johnnyg
  • United Kingdom
  • 26 Nov 2006, 00:12
I doff my hat to you 'o misstress. I love this Joy, you always try something different and you always seem to nail it.
EJWilkins: Thanks Johnny, kind of you to say so but hey, there's quite a lot wrong with this picture but one day I'll get 'it all' right! smile
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 26 Nov 2006, 01:18
I'm really liking your Sunday "studies," Ellie. If you squint, you can tell that every panel carving is different/unique. The artistry involved in these monasteries overwhelms me. I could spend a day attempting to see everything!

Well done on your photo manipulation. You clearly figured out what to do!
EJWilkins: Thanks Ginnie, hopefully we'll be able to go back there again and I'll be able to take some more pictures to show the detail.
hey ellie,

wow, a lot of work went into this shot. i never would have been able to guess that you didn't use a flash. really nice work. i like the way this shot is framed, and i also really like the angle. i also like the way the paintings kind of dangle into the shot. i would have liked to have seen more of the details on the bottom of the chairs.
EJWilkins: Thank you Nicole, I really appreciate your in-depth comment. As I've said to Ginnie, I hope to be able to go back there and get some more detailed pictures ... one day. smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 26 Nov 2006, 08:30
Hey, all this editing stuff? You seem to be getting good at it and good at getting the software. I like the figurines that serve as exclamation marks between the seats at head level.

Imagine that someone had time and money to build such seats in a modern church.
EJWilkins: *grin* Thanks Louis, I'm learning, slowly. Those little figurines fascinated me too, they look slightly bacchanalian. I doubt that many modern buildings will stand the test of the centuries, they don't seem to be built to last, and anyway they're all pretty uncomfortable too!
Very well done - Bravo once again ! smile
EJWilkins: Thank you so much Zeb smile
  • Eileen
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Nov 2006, 10:57
Well done Ellie - you've seem to have ended up with very nice, natural lighting here.
  • Eileen
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Nov 2006, 10:59
Well done Ellie, you seem to have ended up with very natural lighting here, picking up the carvings very nicely.
EJWilkins: Thanks Eileen, luck was on my side here I think.
Nie shot. Great details. The carving are great piece of art.
EJWilkins: Thanks Sarthak, they are amazing and clever carvings
such beautiful bronze looking details. Just lovely.
EJWilkins: Thanks Jen, I'm glad you like it
Evening Ellie. This is a really lovely phot, but the one thing that kinda spoils it for me is the unnatural looking brown at the middle to bottom of each of the stalls, it seems out of sorts with the rest of the photo. Considering the situation you found yourself in, this is a great photo even so. Regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: Hi Neil, and yes I agree. I don't know what it is, it's the same on the 'original'. I wonder if the carving have been damaged or if there are brass studs there that have reflected the available light.
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 26 Nov 2006, 18:13
smile loses a touch towards the left-hand edge, but you've done really well to get this Ellie - must have had a good teacher wink
EJWilkins: Ah, I wonder wh that teacher might be? wink
Yes, it does fade into nothingness. I hesitated and nearly cropped it out, but decided to leave it as a sort of visual metaphor (grand words!) because there are no monks there now, they too have faded into nothing. I think a better camera or a more experienced photographer would have got the whole lot in good detail.
  • dafredo
  • France
  • 26 Nov 2006, 18:47
Nice lines, yep looks very old smile nice one
EJWilkins: Thanks Dafredo smile
  • russo
  • Portugal
  • 26 Nov 2006, 20:54
Great shot, even better considering the circumstances.
(Not wanting to bother you with Lisbon geography again, the Mosteiro dos Jeronimos is in Belém, which is not near Lisbon but actually in Lisbon)
EJWilkins: Thanks Russo, kind of you to drop by. I'm glad you like the shot.
Do you mean within the administrative district of Lisbon? We've been advised that Belem sees itself as separate from the city.
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 26 Nov 2006, 22:56
beautifully presented image...than you for sharing details of your techniques for pp.
EJWilkins: Thanks Ray, it's lovely to see you here, thanks for your kind comment.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 27 Nov 2006, 13:02
Holey moley nice processing lessons ellie. who takes the bookings you or chris. nice work
EJWilkins: Chris, of course wink
Thanks Nev, I appreciate your kind words.
  • Vyder
  • India
  • 27 Nov 2006, 17:10
thats a really cool shot!
love the angle and the fade away type of effect...normally i read thru prev comments but now i cant possibly fream off it...

great shot...

Vyder
EJWilkins: Thank you Vyder, I am really pleased you like this picture, and I've had loads more comments than usual as well.

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