Tuesday, October 21, 2014

EVORA: STREET SCENES

In addition to visiting several of the churches in Evora, we had time just to experience some of the town's secular charms, if you will.

First, there was a small open plaza just outside our pousada that included an ebony bust and a couple of simple whitewashed buildings that caught my attention, and I took a number of shots in my attempt to capture what I saw.  Here they are.

First, a closeup of the bust that also includes part of a doorway.


Probably a bit too simple, and it would have been better, as long as I was showing the door, to show the entire thing, but that's not what I got.  I did like that I converted it to a black & white.  Here is another black & white of a wider view of the plaza area.


Again I liked the shot but again it had flaws.  I should have positioned the bust so that it was wholly to the right of the window.

Finally, here is a third shot, this time in color, my favorite of the three.


Evora, like all the other cities we visited, had it share of narrow streets.  Here's one of those.


I'm still trying to figure out how to shoot these scenes, but I think I have learned a few things.  First,  better to shoot them in landscape rather than in portrait.  Second, choose a the street that shows an elevation change, either going up or down.  Third, try to convey a sense that the street continues beyond the view shown, to pique the viewer's curiosity.  Finally, where possible, include the human element.  In the above shot I was basically one for four.  Here is another shot that maybe does a bit better job. Still not great.


As my fellow travelers noted, I had a penchant for photographing windows and doors (or parts thereof), and Evora was no exception.  Here are a few of those.




Finally, I am winding up the posts on Evora with a few "human interest" shots.




This last was my favorite.

John


1 comment:

  1. I love the Black Pictures. My favorite was the had as the door knocker. Great pictures

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