E.J.Wilkins

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Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém


Vasco da Gama

Just inside the doorway of the Monastery of Jerónimos at Belem, Portugal, stands the tomb of explorer and discoverer Vasco da Gama (1468 - 1523).

Fellow Shutterchancer Photorusso has uploaded a really beautiful picture of Sines, Vasco da Gama's home town, it's - here - .

There is a short article about Vasco da Gama here on the BBC website

To take the picture I leant the camera on the tomb of poet and dramatist - Luis de Camões - (c.1524 - 1580) which is on the other side of the church, and equally splendid.

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Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém


Vasco da Gama

Just inside the doorway of the Monastery of Jerónimos at Belem, Portugal, stands the tomb of explorer and discoverer Vasco da Gama (1468 - 1523).

Fellow Shutterchancer Photorusso has uploaded a really beautiful picture of Sines, Vasco da Gama's home town, it's - here - .

There is a short article about Vasco da Gama here on the BBC website

To take the picture I leant the camera on the tomb of poet and dramatist - Luis de Camões - (c.1524 - 1580) which is on the other side of the church, and equally splendid.

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comments (10)

Nice shot. Those lions look a little tired and squashed. I have been there either no tri-pod or couldn't use one and to dark to hold the camera steady. Thank Luis for the help.
EJWilkins: Ha, you're right, the lions do look quite weary, almost resigned to their heavy load. Thanks John smile
Beautiful. The structure of the tomb comes out very well.
(Wonder if our comments come back.wink)
EJWilkins: Thanks, another picture I was really pleased with.

They're working on retrieving the comments, there's a message in the forum about it. smile
  • Louis
  • south africa
  • 21 Jan 2007, 09:10
A beautiful tomb - Old Vasco is one of the earlier explorers to chart the route around our country to the east - India etc. And there he lies as pious as a pope. The lions look tired of carrying the cask all these years.

Creat capture with some help of a friend (Luis)
EJWilkins: It is a beautiful tomb, as the man deserves.

I'll take any help I can get to get a picture, and Luis Camoes was handy.
Nice serie about Lisboa smile You know how much I love this place smile
EJWilkins: I have quite a few more Zeb, I hope you enjoy them as, and when, they appear on my blog smile
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 21 Jan 2007, 14:02
You have captured this so well, Ellie, with incredible lighting for such an old tomb. Please explain to me what you did, assuming you did not use your flash (I don't see any shadows!), or is it well-lit? The carvings are just spectacular, as are the tired lions, already mentioned. This is the kind of pic you can just sit and stare at, finding something new the longer you look.

It's nice once again to have the history lesson on a Sunday. smile
EJWilkins: How did I do it? I had the camera on auto and clicked the shutter. I didn't know anything better at the time, because I was still learning how to use the camera. I only took the one, so if it hadn't been any good ... There was a lot of light coming in through the doorway, I suppose that helped, but it didn't cast any strong shadows. I haven't done anything to this picture apart from straightening it and cropping it a bit because there was the edge of a sign on the wall to the right.
It fascinates me too, there is so much to see, much more than we really had time to look at when we were there.
These type of photos are always difficult light wise, so you are very lucky you did have good natural light Ellie. Very well photographed tribute to a great explorer. Although I would have preferred a slightly tighter crop on the top of the pic, I see you are getting close to minimum pixel allowance, so that may well be difficult. May I also suggest a bit of colour and contrast treatment, just to add a bit more punch? Very good work, even so. Kindest regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: When I took the picture I was blissfully ignorant of the potential pitfalls, hadn't much of a clue about what might go wrong, I simply assumed the camera knew what it was doing. wink
The picture was sized to match the "one side of 700 pixels" setting that suits Shutterchance, reduced from its original size. It might look completely different with the new set-up, I'll have to wait and see what happens. I tried a couple of shallower crops, but they seemed to focus attention on the tomb rather than on the effigy, so left it as it was.
Thanks a million for your help Neil, I appreciate it. smile
Ah my well traveled historian friend, this is a very nice shot for one who was new to her camera and just wanted something to remember from her trip to Portugal. Vasco along with Americo Vespuci are my fav explorers. Thanks for the lession El. smile
EJWilkins: Well travelled? I wish. grin I've only crossed that little bit of water a few times each way. You've nailed the reason for the picture, it's a memory that I thought I'd share, nothing more. I think almost all of my pictures are like that, never really considered it before. Thanks for making me think ... again, it must be the second or third time this week. wink
Hi Ellie... Nice details in this picture, the colors, the atmosphere breathe like a meditation
EJWilkins: It was wonderful to see Roland, people stood and looked at the tomb without speaking.
beautiful tomb with nice details on your shot!
EJWilkins: Thank you Dafredo, I appreciate both your visit and your kind comment. smile
I remember having to study him in history lessons at school - many years ago! Nice one Ellie smile

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