E.J.Wilkins

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Pena Palace, Sintra

A view from the Pena Palace at Sintra. This statue is, I believe, of the architect Baron von Eschwege.

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Pena Palace, Sintra

A view from the Pena Palace at Sintra. This statue is, I believe, of the architect Baron von Eschwege.

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The solitude of the guardian. He is peculiar that of the back to the city, truth?
EJWilkins: I think it is strange that he is looking at the palace and not at the city, but perhaps it is because he wants all those at the palace to remember what he looks like.
I do not know why he is dressed as a soldier.

Pienso que es extraño que él está mirando el palacio y no la ciudad, pero quizás está porque él desea todo el ésos en el palacio para recordar lo que él parece. No sé porqué lo visten como soldado. (http://babelfish.altavista.com)
Very interesting shot! It seems that the soldier is safeguarding the city... Is this statue large? I really don't know how they 'stick' this monuments in places like that...
EJWilkins: The statue seems very small, but I think it is bigger than life size. We did not have time to walk to see it.
This architect managed to design Pena Palace, I don't think there was much he couldn't do. wink I'm amazed that this statue is where it is, right on the top of an outcrop of rock at the top of a mountain.
Ellie, this is a lovely shot. smile
EJWilkins: thanks Sarthak smile
  • Chantal
  • Netherlands
  • 14 Dec 2006, 12:08
good composition
EJWilkins: thanks Chantal smile
  • Louis
  • 14 Dec 2006, 12:43
A german the architect of the Pena? Wow! I may not be the best traveller of Germany, but I haven't seen anything closely resembling Pena there.

The guy on the rock has what seems to be a clown hat on. Maybe he was having agood time designing the Pena.

Great picture
EJWilkins: Yes, I think he modelled the place on castles from the Rhine as well as including some Moorish influences. I don't know about the hat, it does look unusual to me as well, but it may have been part of the military uniform of the time. ... I do think he enjoyed himself quite a bit!
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 14 Dec 2006, 14:05
HA, abourt the clown-hat comment from Louis, after all the crazy pics we've seen of this castle. That may explain everything we need to know about the architect, and why the soldier is NOT facing the city.

The thing I love about this pic, Ellie, is how sharp and vivid the foreground is in relation to the background of the city. You also get the sense of how high up this palace is! Well done.
EJWilkins: I was pleased with this picture because the statue was quite a long way off. The background was blurred by heat haze and/or possibly also the clouds that descended on the Sintra hills each evening. I can't think he imagined that houses would get so close.
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 14 Dec 2006, 14:52
very good series ellie. he does look lonely here and he does look good contrasted against the city. did you consider a crop of the lighter greenery at the bottom. you then would have 3 different shades in thirds. it does not take away from the shot however.
EJWilkins: Darn it, I chopped a great big chunk of green off and left the lighter bit because it added a bit of contrast. No matter ... I think you're probably right though. wink
lovely shot ellie,
love the composition.,the background really adds to the shot...
EJWilkins: Thanks Shiv, I'm glad you think so, because there wasn't much I could do about all the houses. smile
Nice one Ellie, I like the background !!!
EJWilkins: Thanks Dafredo smile
You have a good eye for these sort of shots... Well taken. (I agree with the comment about a slight crop at bottom tho!!);-)
EJWilkins: Thanks Mike, that's kind of you to say so ... and err, yes, I know about the crop, should have taken a bit more green away. wink
  • Samira
  • United States
  • 14 Dec 2006, 17:19
Great eye, Ellie! I agree with the suggestion regarding cropping at the bottom. Did you do something to the city behind, or it was naturally gray like this, with no horizon?
EJWilkins: Hi Samira. No, I didn't do anything at all to the background, it was hazy either because of the heat or because there was always a layer of cloud around Sintra in the evenings, it may have been building up. The horizon couldn't be seen although we were very high.
Hi Ellie,
what the name of the statue?and what's that mean?
Btw, Nice captured and i like the backround of the pict. I learn of history now wink
EJWilkins: Hello Dudee.
The statue is, I think, the architect who designed the Pena Palace at Sintra in Portugal. His name was Baron von Eschwege. He is dressed as a soldier.

You can see some more pictures of the Pena Palace in my archives.
Beautiful scene and capture
Good Contrast between the green and the city!!!

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