Portugal Part III: Coimbra, Tomar, Algarve

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We’ve reached the final phase of our Portugal journey. As in previous posts already mentioned I really enjoy the 10-24 lens but admit even with the X-T1 it’s on the heavier and bulkier side  (still would love to get the 50-140mm even bigger and heavier). I had recently purchased a backpack (Kata DR-467) and a Peak Design Clip Pro (which I may dedicate a separate post) and wished I had those already at that time.

I always shoot without a tripod though have a mini Manfrotto one but sometimes I could need a big one (as seen in the last sunset photo).


Coimbra

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Once arrived in Coimbra we hit the famous Café Santa Cruz in town.

 

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The inside of the Cafe which is quite special is a former chapel of the Santa Cruz church just next door. This is a scenario where the Fuji struggles. It usually tends to blow the highlights already but here it get’s multiplied by the strong light through the windows and rather shady inside so in post-processing had to push highlights all the way down and shadows up.

 

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One of the world’s oldest Universities, the University of Coimbra. You will notice my B&W are rather contrasty and highlights pushed a bit more up and blacks a tad toned down.

 

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I think I already had mentioned I have a thing for old doors.

 

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Here you can see that the university is sitting on a hill, statue of King João III in the background and some students in traditional uniform with black cape (reminded me a bit of Hogwarts)

 

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Tomar

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The main objective to stop in Tomar was to visit the Convent of Christ, here as we came from the garden.

 

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This was build in the 12th century and was a stronghold of the templars before it became the convent of Christ. A world heritage as the Coimbra University. The round church, Charola, from a different perspective.

 

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Here we approach the interior of the round church which is jaw dropping decorated. Coming from the nave.

 

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A lot of gothic/manueline sculpture and paintings.

 

 

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This is just a glimpse of the magnificent outside which I thought had some unique architectural elements like this belt.

 

Algarve

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Finally just relaxing at the Algarve though the water was way too cold even in July.

 

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Notice it’s not the 10-24 mm lens 😉

 

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This one could have benefited from a proper  tripod, I had the Manfrotto Pixi. This is a long exposre with a ND10 filter, hmm it got a bit too dark but the colors worked out. This is the image which revealed that my X-T1 suffered from light bleeding (had to crop the photo). Fuji fixed it – arigato.


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