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Antique cooking

In an old monastery in Portugal I found this lovely kitchen detail, the light is natural but blue, because of the wide chimney above....
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In an old monastery in Portugal I found this lovely kitchen detail, the light is natural but blue, because of the wide chimney above.
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AnitaHogue PRO+
AnitaHogue October 17, 2015
Gorgeous textures and tones!
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ircacaplikas October 18, 2015
fantastic place to visit
BestShot October 20, 2015
a beautiful capture.... makes you stare...!
kathyk_abq November 09, 2015
Incredible textures - love this!
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NanaSue54 November 11, 2015
Wonderful find!! :)
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TeazleW November 18, 2015
Join the conversation. Add a comment or even better, a critique. Let's get better together!
suzannesingleton November 18, 2015
Beautifully rustic, impeccable image.
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Hood December 05, 2015
Great composition and muted colours!
Kazza60 December 13, 2015
love this .. perfect balance , tones and textures
godsbod December 15, 2015
Nice study piece.
rhondaflynn December 18, 2015
I love this!
Byrdgrl December 18, 2015
What an amazing photo! The colors and textures just pulled me right in for a closer look.
1Ernesto December 27, 2015
This is a most special and unique old cooking method, it probably originated to cook with crockery instead of iron pots. Wonderful photo and so glad you explained the natural light coming down the chimney.
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clementinacabral June 18, 2016
Convento dos Capuchos, também eu fiquei rendida ao encanto dessa cozinha... Bela foto
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Pjerry June 19, 2017
Eenvoudige maar erg mooie compositie. Vandaag een award waard.

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Behind The Lens

I took this photo in an old monastery in Sintra, Portugal.
It was about one o clock and as the sun was standing high in the sky, it was a very hot day and we tried to find some cooling within the thick walls of the ancient monastery.
The sun was standing high in the sky, she was shining right into the chimney of the monastery kitchen creating the wonderful and only light because the kitchen only had a very small window covered by trees in this part of the room. The first photos I took where far to dark, so I played a little with my camera settings to get a better photo. The room was quite small so I pushed myself as far as possible against the wall to create some distance...
I have a Lumix DMC-TZ60, all my photos are taken with this little miracle of a camera... it shows that you don't need an expensive camera with a lot of equipment to make good quality photos.The best thing about this camera is that it has a good Leica lens and it is very easy to carry with you because it practically fits in your back pocket.
The light coming down from the chimney above the coocking pot was a wonderful site to see... In the dark and overgrown monastery kitchen it was the only light there was. Allthough it was very dark I wanted to capture the wonderful down coming light and textures of the interior of the ancient building.
This was a natural shot, hardly any post-processing was done, I only cropped the photo and played a little bit with the contrast. I allways shoot a wider shot, to have a wider range of sharpness.
In my camera bag
My bag of equipment is filled with inspiration, my little Lumix DMC-TZ60, a good eye for detail and patience.
Normally I try to apply the rule of thirds and create a playfull composition but in this case the light was the fascinating part of the photo and I decided to place the symmetrical composition in the middle of the photo to emphasize the strange blue down coming light.

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