E.J.Wilkins

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photoblog image Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém

Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém

This is the enormous doorway to the church at the Monastery of Jerónimos at Belem, Portugal.

You can see the whole building here
 http://www.ellie.shutterchance.com/photoblog/50932.htm

If I ever get the chance to go back I plan to take more detailed pictures, hopefully out of bright sunlight. The carvings are amazing.

The Monastery is a World Heritage site.

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Monastery of Jerónimos, Belém

This is the enormous doorway to the church at the Monastery of Jerónimos at Belem, Portugal.

You can see the whole building here
 http://www.ellie.shutterchance.com/photoblog/50932.htm

If I ever get the chance to go back I plan to take more detailed pictures, hopefully out of bright sunlight. The carvings are amazing.

The Monastery is a World Heritage site.

please visit my vfxy

comments (14)

Wow, you were right about the details around the door! Marvelous! May be I would have standed straight in front of the column separating both doors, to get a symmetric, flat shot.

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EJWilkins: Thanks Samira smile
Odd, isn't it, how the steps are horizontal yet the upper part of the picture seems out of true. Not quite sure why.
Nicely centred. It can b hard in places like this to find how best to capture the shot with so much detail abundant.
EJWilkins: Thanks Daniel, I absolutely agree with you. I think you need to take a picture of 'the whole thing' otherwise you regret it afterwards. With a building as huge and detailed as this one it's hard to focus on small details.
I definitivly like this serie smile
EJWilkins: Glad you do Zeb, keep looking, there are more .. many of them equally bright! wink
Not the easiest of shots to take Ellie and you have done well to capture so much detail. Sometimes with shots like this, I find that less is more and can benefit from a crop, but that is just how I see things, and probably not how you try to convey your photos. Kindest regards, Neil.
EJWilkins: It was 'point and click' Neil. I'd only had a digital camera for a couple of months wink If I'd cropped closer in then the bright sunlight wouldn't have been a problem, but then I'm sure somebody would have wanted to see the whole doorway. Next time we're there I'll get some closer shots.
  • Deb
  • 28 Jan 2007, 14:07
So beautiful...!
EJWilkins: Thanks Deb smile
  • Ray
  • 28 Jan 2007, 14:59
Nice doorway...a bit more intricate and interesting than the door to my apartment. Actually I kinda like that it has a variation of lighting. Expertly composed.
EJWilkins: You mean your apartment isn't like this? You disappoint me Ray tongue
I think a little more work on Shadows and Highlights to create more of a contrast, and bring out that fantastic carving. It takes one's breath away, so I totally understand why you wanted to post this. It's like that mural I posted yesterday, Ellie....not quite as good online, as it is on one's own screen.
EJWilkins: You're a true gentleman! Believe me, this looks exactly the same on my screen as it does on yours .. overbright in parts. Like you though, I uploaded it because I like it. I don't 'do' curves, because I don't understand it, but next time we're there I'm hoping the weather will be more forgiving, the camera a better model and the camera-woman willing to turn the thing off auto! wink
Very nice shot. I like it.
EJWilkins: Thank you, I'm glad you like it smile
  • Clint
  • 28 Jan 2007, 17:48
From the looks of it, this was a tough shot to get. There is a quite a difference in the lighting in different spots. You did a good good of getting the exposure right to capture the most detail.
EJWilkins: You're too kind. smile It was a 'point and click' picture, not long after I'd got the camera, so I let it do all the work. You're right though, the doorway was in deep shade while parts of the carvings were in direct, and very bright, sunlight. I'd really like to know how an experienced photographer would have tackled it to deal with these extremes.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 28 Jan 2007, 17:54
I would never want to crop anything out of such a magnificent shot, Ellie. So if/when you do go back to get the details, you'll have to show both--the details and the over-all context, like here.

I can't begin to imagine the time and effort put into these carvings!
EJWilkins: Hi Ginnie, I've just looked back at the picture of the building. I think the top of the arched window must be something approaching a hundred feet above the ground! I remember waiting until there were no people in the frame, I somehow now wish I'd left somebody there to give a feeling of the true scale ... you learn, don't you?
Whenever I see carvings like these I wonder what would have happened to the workman whose chisel slipped, right at the end of making a piece. wink
  • Iain
  • Toronto, Canada
  • 28 Jan 2007, 18:12
What incredible workmanship in the details on that building! it's fantastic! You've done a great job capturing this building and the warmth of the doors and coolness of the window above make for a nice contrast. The sun-shadow angle works very well here too!
EJWilkins: The workmanship throughout the building is truly amazing Ian. I know there's a link somewhere (in with one of my earlier pictures) to the World Heritage lists, there's quite a lot of information about it there and also on Wikipedia. I've just replied to Ginnie that I think the top of the window above the door must be something approaching a hundred feet above ground level. That might give you an idea of the scale of the place. High summer probably isn't the best of times to take pictures of bright buildings, we're back there in February and hopefully I'll get a chance to take some more pictures in a more forgiving light. Thank you for your comments. smile
  • Dotun
  • 28 Jan 2007, 18:38
well captured Ellie
EJWilkins: Thanks Dotun smile
  • Jos-Angel
  • Sant Feliu de Llobegat (Barcelona)
  • 28 Jan 2007, 18:41
Is incredible the subject of the coincidences… you have seen the sculptures of my photo of the other day in Montserrat? They seem the same sculptures… (with some differences, clear) Within a time I have predicted to raise images of the Monastery of Poblet, then you will say… same claustro, same corridors, to me... coincidences. wink
EJWilkins: Aha! When I saw your picture earlier in the week I thought of this one. I had already chosen this picture for today. I wondered if you would notice how similar the carvings are. Coincidences ... they happen a lot here on Shutterchance. The carvings in your picture http://jasdg.shutterchance.com/photoblog/53623.htm are truly beautiful. smile
  • Louis
  • 28 Jan 2007, 22:44
Very special artistry and detail. Weel captured Ellie - it would imrove if the detail of the doors was also visible.
EJWilkins: I don't honestly think my camera is capable of capturing that sort of detail from where I was standing Louis. This building is huge, the doorway .. to the top of the window .. is somewhere near a hundred feet in height and the doors were in deep shadow.

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