E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém

Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém

This is the main entrance of the Monastery of Jerónimos at Belém, Portugal. The building continues away to the right of this picture.

Out of interest I uploaded two copies of this picture. One had the longest side of 700, the other was the original size. This one, the smaller image, displays the detail far better than the larger one.

Picture taken in July 2006.

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Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém

This is the main entrance of the Monastery of Jerónimos at Belém, Portugal. The building continues away to the right of this picture.

Out of interest I uploaded two copies of this picture. One had the longest side of 700, the other was the original size. This one, the smaller image, displays the detail far better than the larger one.

Picture taken in July 2006.

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comments (14)

El what lens did you use for this? Ilike the persepctive fo this shot.
EJWilkins: Err, my camera has only got one lens. I just pointed the camera and took the picture on auto, didn't know how to use anything else at that time .. had only had a digital camera for about two months. The picture was a bit distorted so I 'skewed' it by a degree or so using Photofiltre.
Ellie. this photo by the architectonic value and the greatness of the building seems to me interesting. I like the cut on the so blue sky. Solely, I think that it fails the verticality.
EJWilkins: I agree with you about the verticals Jose smile I think they got messed up because the lens on my camera is so small, so there is distortion. I think it can be fixed by somebody who is very good at using photoshop, but I don't know how. So I am saving up for a new camera. smile
This look very imposing! I like the cut against the sky, and how it seems full of details arround the door. Very nice!
This looks very imposing! I like the cut against the sky, and how it is full of details arround the door. Very nice!
EJWilkins: It's a truly amazing building Samira, only seeing it for yourself is really good enough smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 14 Jan 2007, 07:17
What a magnificent monastery, Ellie. It's funny, because I usually think of monasteries as being simpler, more humble structures than cathedrals. This one is HUGE. I'm not sure PS could do anything to change the vertical lines after your initial "skew," however. For me it is just fine and I like how you have cropped/framed it on the page.

This pixel size stuff is really amazing me. Chris P also told me about using 700 as the longest side (I have many pics that are no bigger than 800 x 600, back when I didn't know better), but it seems so weird to have the smaller size having more detail. I'll have to upload one soon to check it out. Thanks for the explanation.
EJWilkins: It is magnificent Ginnie, that's about the only word for it. There are websites that give details of its history. I'll try to dig one out for you.

I used 'skew' after rotating didn't do much good. I simply can't get my head round PS, although there's probably something in it that would have done better.

I've experimented again today, uploading a couple of pictures. One had the longest side of 700, the other it was the shortest side, there was no noticeable difference between the two so I think it's the 700 that's important. I'm digging through my archives, and probably will be for quite some time until I get overwhelmed with new pictures as the weather improves.
  • Iain
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 14 Jan 2007, 07:34
Hey Ellie,
Yea, detail issues are a problem online here simply because of the resolution and down sampling when you upload files. Nevertheless, I think it's fantastic. One thing I love about shutterchance is getting to see places all over the world. Thank you for sharing! smile
EJWilkins: Oh yes Ian, that's what I like about Shutterchance, the sharing. smile
Lisboa smile smile
Very well composed !

Have a nice week !
EJWilkins: You like Lisbon Zeb? That's good, because I've got a few more to share and we'll be back there in February. smile

I hope you have a good week too.
Hi Ellie. Beautiful exposure, especially of the sky which makes for a magnificent contrast. The detailing as a result of very crisp focus is great and the perspective works just fine. Overall a very good photo. Many regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: wink Point and click Neil, with this camera it's what seems to work best. I Just have to try to stand in the right place when I press the button. Thank you for a lovely positive comment. smile
What a fantastic place - and you've made it sing to me too. Nice work.
EJWilkins: It is a magnificent building, one that's worth visiting if you ever get the chance. There are a couple of other pictures of the inside in my archive if you'd like to see more. Thank you for your lovely comment, I really do appreciate it. smile
  • chris p
  • the Isle of Wight
  • 14 Jan 2007, 21:03
Your camera did a good job with this given its limitations Ellie, your corrections are pretty good too using Photofiltre, well done smile
EJWilkins: I was quite pleased with it too Chris, even on 'second looking' so many months later. Thank you smile
  • Louis
  • 14 Jan 2007, 21:24
What detail on these walls. I wonder if they have internet in there - never know with these monks.

A great picture Ellie
EJWilkins: I have a single photo of the carvings round the door Louis, I'll try to upload it soon, but the sun was far too bright to do them justice.
It's a magnificent place, as far as I know it's no longer a monastery. We didn't see anybody clerical while we were there. I wouldn't mind betting there's a wi-fi nearby because there's the Cultural Centre just round the corner. wink
  • nev
  • Australia
  • 15 Jan 2007, 04:06
nice work ellie. you are experiencing one of shutters quirks and 700 is a magic number i think i saw in the forums. Go see mals post on landscape sizes if you feel like adding to his requests.
EJWilkins: I'll stick with the magic numbers if I can wink
I find it interesting that a presumably christian monastery uses so many Moorish design elements for their buildings. Great picture!
EJWilkins: The Moorish influence on Portugues architecture is quite surprising at first, especially for somebody like me who comes from the upper part of Europe, but I suppose it's quite natural really to have 'local' influence. It blends so very well, and somehow seems absolutely right.
Ellie, from my archive you can see I am very partial to capturing the history of a place.. This is an example of beautiful architecture.. I see more of a romanesque and baroque than I do moorish especially with the lintel over the arched doorway... Perhaps I am wrong though

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