Guest post: A few days in Lisbon

A guest post: Nadia Alba writes about Lisbon and I put the photos. So we share the work.

This summer we decided to visit Portugal. There are so many beautiful things to see there… Although in this post I will focus on its most representative neighborhoods. Some of our friends had already traveled to the Portuguese capital and they all said that we would love it. “Lisbon is very beautiful and there are great places to eat,” was the phrase we heard most. What they forgot to say is the amount of slopes that it has, as well as the curious pavement floor that characterizes its most emblematic areas, but that shatters anyone’s feet. I have to say it is worth suffering because the place is wonderful. Luckily, I checked before I packed my suitcase, and I came to the conclusion that this time my heels had to stay at home.

Mosaico en Lisboa. Archerphoto, fotógrafo profesional.
Portuguese Pavement.

This land, known as “Portuguese pavement”, has its origins in 1755. After an earthquake devastated the city, the Marquis of Pombal, the prime minister of King Jose I of Portugal, “the Reformer”, ordered the reconstruction of the road with the rubble which had left the catastrophe. Today you can enjoy the beautiful mosaics that cobblestones form throughout the old part of the capital.

La Baixa

Lisbon downtown: commercial area. It starts at Praça dos Restauradores ( Restauradores Square) and ends at the impressive Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square). Here we could contemplate the sunset from the 360º viewpoint located at the top of the Arco do Triunfo da Rua Augusta  (Triumphal Arch of Augusta Street).

Arco do Triunfo da Rua Augusta, por Archerphoto. Fotografía de arquitectura y viajes.
Arco do Triunfo da Rua Augusta.

Already at night, we visited the Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa’s elevator), which also offers excellent views of the whole city. The panorama is fantastic from this neogothic structure of 45 meters high, which was built in iron in 1900 and connects the lower and upper parts of the city. Over the years, it has ceased to be as functional as originally, to become more of a tourist attraction.

Elevador de Santa Justa. Sergi Albir,fotografo,fotos Lisboa.
Elevador de Santa Justa.

Lisboa de noche. Archerphoto, fotografía empresas y particulares.From Santa Justa’s Elevator.

 

Chiado and Bairro Alto

Chiado is an elegant and bohemian area. Here Portuguese writers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries met. Now it’s full of well-known brand stores and coffee shops. Many of them have preserved the aesthetics of the premises of the early twentieth century, both outside and inside. The combination of the new and the traditional is spectacular.

Praça Luís de Camões, one of the stages of the Carnation Revolution, marks the limits of the Chiado and Bairro Alto districts.

Praça Luís de Camões, Lisboa, Archerphoto, fotógrafo profesional
Praça Luís de Camões.

The Bairro Alto represents the most alternative Lisbon and is located in the highest part of the city. If you are brave you can walk up its slopes, or if you prefer, you can take the tram or the elevator. Its steep streets full of facades with graffiti are filled with people of all kinds looking for fun at night.

La Alfama

This old quarter of fishermen and cradle of the fado, has a special charm that is perceived when walking through its streets. It is located at the foot of Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George’s Castle) and among its old houses is Casa dos Bicos (Beaks House), with an original stone façade in the form of a pyramid, which was built in 1523. Currently it is housing the Jose Saramago’s foundation.

28 tram in Praça Luís de Camões.

In the evening, we took the famous tram 28 from the Doctor António de Sousa de Macedo square, located in the Bairro Alto, to climb to the neighborhood of Alfama. The tram ride is a fun and enjoyable experience in Lisbon. It’s hard to believe that their wooden wagons climb their slopes at the speed they do. Sometimes they pass through streets so narrow that if you take your hand out the window you almost touch the wall of the houses. The fact is that we did not reach the end of the journey. We decided to get off at the Sé de Lisboa (Lisboa Cathedral), the capital’s cathedral and its oldest church. It was built in the 12th century and has survived several earthquakes. We went back on foot while watching the typical Portuguese restaurants and bars, which offer the best Fado shows.

Sé de Lisboa, Archerphoto,fotógrafo,fotografo.
Sé de Lisboa.

Belém

Located west of Lisbon and in front of the Tagus River, it was one of the neighborhoods we liked the most. The Torre de Belém (Belém Tower) and the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jeronimos Monastery) stand out.

Torre de Belém, Lisboa, por Archerphoto, fotógrafo profesional
Torre de Belém.

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Both buildings, dating from the sixteenth century and Manueline Gothic style, are declared World Heritage. Seeing them, one wonders why this has not come out in Game of Thrones. Undoubtedly precious. The cloister of the monastery is possibly the most beautiful of all.

 

Mosteiro dos Jerónimos Archerphoto, fotógrafo en España y Portugal
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos Archerphoto, fotógrafo en España y Portugal
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos Archerphoto, fotógrafo en España y Portugal
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos.

Back to the center of the city, we visited the National Museum of the Carriages (National Carriage Museum), which seemed as spectacular as the rest of what we had seen in Belém. This museum contains one of the most important European collections of royal carriages from the 16th to the 19th centuries and another one of fire engines. Nothing that can be seen there, as well as the 18th century palace that houses them, left us indifferent.

Museo dos Coches. Archerphoto, fotografo Valencia, Sintra, Alicante, Madrid.
Museo dos Coches.
Museo dos Coches. Archerphoto, fotografo Valencia, Sintra, Alicante, Madrid.
Museo dos Coches.
Museo dos Coches. Archerphoto, fotografo Valencia, Sintra, Alicante, Madrid.
Museo dos Coches.

Parque das Naçoes 

The translation is simple: Park of Nations. It is the most modern part of Lisbon, where the 1998 Expo was held. It stands out from other neighborhoods for its contemporary architecture. We arrived in the subway and got off at Estaçao do Oriente (Estación de Oriente), the work of Santiago Calatrava. We are so familiar with its style that when we saw it, it gave us the feeling of being in València.

Estaçao do Oriente de Lisboa, de Santiago Calatrava, por Sergi Albir, fotógrafo profesional.
Estaçao do Oriente.
Estaçao do Oriente de Lisboa, de Santiago Calatrava, por Sergi Albir, fotógrafo profesional.
Estaçao do Oriente.

The park has the pavilions and venues inherited from the Expo, among which is the Torre Vasco da Gama (Vasco de Gama), which with its 145 meters is the tallest building in Lisbon. We would have loved to upload it but it is not accessible. A pity; sure the view from above is breathtaking. It is located in the middle of the Tajo Estuary, where the longest bridge in Europe is 12.3 kilometers away. We could have climbed the cable car but it did not reach so high and we did not enjoy ourselves so much.

Torre Vasco da Gama en Lisboa. Archerphoto. Fotografo.
Torre Vasco da Gama.

That afternoon was the most relaxed we had because, although we did not stop, we got rid of slopes and cobblestones for a few hours. We walked around the area, which does not get rid of runners fever; We visited the mall and had coffee. We are still surprised at how cheap it is there (€ 0.70).

Runner,monumento,Archerphoto,fotógrafo profesional,Lisboa.
A runner with Vasco do Gama bridge on the background.

Lisbon deserves all the attention

In short, a very, very recommendable trip. The flight from València is less than two hours (752 km) and pass quickly. The food is good and not very expensive. The people are very friendly and there is not much problem with the language. Besides that Portuguese is not difficult to understand, in many places they also speak Spanish. We plan to return and learn more about our neighboring country.

Nadia Alba

Photography and translation (if you seee some mistake, it’s been me) by Sergi Albir (Archerphoto). If you need content for your website or your company, be it photos, texts, or video, you can contact us at sergi@archerphoto.eu or +34644459753.

Si quieres leer este post en español, estás de suerte:  https://www.archerphoto.eu/post-invitado-unos-dias-en-lisboa/

Lindy Hop, St.John’s Eve and Valencia

San Juan (St.John’s Eve) is an impossible night in Valencia. If you try to get to the beach you can stay dull in a horrendous traffic jam. If you arrive at your destination you will see hordes of young and not so young people in a huge botellón (youngsters drinking outside around their cars) on the beach. There are also people who just try to walk or put their feet in the water, but in general I do not like them. It reminds me too at New Year’s Eve the year, but with the beach.

Lindy Hop, St.John’s Eve and Valencia

So, I decided to get close to taking pictures of people dancing to Lindy Hop (a dance that started in Harlem, New York, in the late 1920s) in Valencia. At first it was planned to go to their place in Ruzafa, but my contacts in the dancing mob told me that they planned a street coup: they would go to the Turia bed to dance, taking advantage of cops would be distracted watching the beaches and / or night street parties that sprinkled the city. I think this is one of the worst nights to be a cop.

Lindy Hop, St.John's Eve and Valencia

Despite the infamous heat during the day the night was fantastic. And for some reason the mosquitoes had no interest in Lindy Hop. Just armed with an iPad and a not-so-big speaker, without any pretensions, there were around fifty people who were going out dancing in a strictly natural way. Zero organization, zero problems. Most are known and the atmosphere was cordial. They barely talked to me, except for my contact, but neither was making any effort, just photos. I am usually a commercial photographer but this was more a documentary job.

Lindy Hop, St.John's Eve and Valencia

So,  I spent this night from the 22nd to the 23rd of June shooting a few photos. I will only show a small, clear selection of everything I did. More than 600 photos with only sodium vapor lamps as lighting. As an extra difficulty, late at night, I do not know exactly the reason, all but one of the lights went out. So I got a look with harder shadows, but if during all night I was shooting in high ISOs, in the end, even more.

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BTW, if you have liked this pictures, in my Spanish web I have almost the same post but, eh, different gallery, https://www.archerphoto.eu/lindy-hop-valencia-san-juan-cauce-del-turia/

Night Urban Pictures (I)

Some say there is nothing like film pictures. I may respect fundamentalists of celluloid, but I can not agree. Since we have digital cameras we can work at night with good results without dependence on the flash and tripod. The better our camera, the easier it will be for us. Although night it is not a particularly strange event, in my case, it has a special attraction.

 

Night Urban Pictures

I like to shoot at night in the city. There are a raising number of amateur astrophotography but it is not my thing. Valencia sky it is too bright because of the light reflected from the streets: excess of ill-designed street lights . So if it’s not a good place to take pictures of the sky, it’s fine to shoot on the street with that excess of luminosity.

 

One of the key factors is -in addition to working with high ISOs, high luminosity lenses and godd cameras- a steady hand. Personally, I almost never carry a tripod or monopod with me, so I just have to lean against a wall, lamppost or the like to obtain not trepidated photos . My system, apart from the above, is to shootjust after I have emptied my lungs with well placed camera. But it not always works.
Another important issue is knowing that many of the photos will not be fine, but do not fall into despair just for that. After all, only we’ll only show the good ones. In many cases the secret for success of urban and night shots is a matter of patience.

London, Valencia, Barcelona and Madrid are among the cities that I have photographed at night. If you are interested in purchasing any of these pictures in large, you can email me, because I still have not an operative online store.

Fotos urbanas y nocturnas
Canary Wharf, London
Puerto de Valencia de noche
Valencia Port
Apagón. Foto de Sergi Albir, fotógrafo en Valencia.
Blackout in Valencia
Finsbury Park, por Archerphoto, Sergi Albir, fotógrafo para empresas.
Londres, Finsbury Park. Rain.
Madrid, Paseo del Prado. Foto de Sergi Albir, fotógrafo profesional.
Madrid, Paseo del Prado

If you need a professional photographer, forget Jimmy Olsen: my name is Sergi Albir, my phone is +34 644459753 and my e-mail es sergi@archerphoto.eu .

 

Valencia Central Market Neighborhood: Barri del Mercat

One of the neighborhoods in central Valencia. The Barri del Mercat, or Market Neighborhood , is the nearest to the Central Market, which itself is a remarkable piece of modernist architecture. The neighborhood is not like that, but are rather humble dwellings mixed with occasional palaces. This space was an extramural suburb in the Arab Valencia, which had its wall in the current Caballeros street, where some parts of the wall remain integrated within existing buildings . Until the fourteenth century the neighborhood remained outside Valencia, but became integrated with the construction of the outer city wall. Next to the current Central there was a mosque, which gave way around 1240 to Santos Juanes church. That same church was rebuilt some centuries after.

Valencia Central Market Neighborhood: Barri del Mercat


Barri del Mercat by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Valencia

Barri del Mercat by Archerphoto, professional photographer Valencia Spain

Barri del Mercat, Iglesia Santos Juanes by Archerphoto, professional photographer Valencia Spain

Barri del Mercat, by Archerphoto, commercial photographer Spain

Barri del Mercat, Mercat Central, by Archerphoto, photographer in Valencia

The neighborhood also houses the Llotja Mercaders or Lonja de la Seda, world’s greatest example of civil Gothic. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, was started to be built by Pere Compte on the very concept of Llotja de Mallorca, and it is an indicative of the commercial revolution during the late Middle Age in the city of Valencia.

Both the Central Mercat as Llotja deserve its own post, but for now, we will release some detail.

Barri del Mercat, Llotja, by Archerphoto, pro photographer in Valencia, Spain

Barri del Mercat, Llotja, by Archerphoto, professional commercial photographer in Valencia, Spain

Barri del Mercat, Llotja, by Archerphoto, commercial photographer in Spain

Barri del Mercat, Llotja, by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain

Barri del Mercat, by Archerphoto, professional photographer for business in Valencia

More info about the Llotja: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llotja_de_la_Seda

Sergi Albir.

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Armin Van Buuren in Valencia

They say that he is one of the biggest DJ in the world. According to some classifications, the best one. It is not a subject I master, but it he is certainly a well-known trance music producer and also an outstanding star who gets public attention. So if he came to Valencia and I had the opportunity to shoot some pictures of him and some on his show, well,  it did not sound bad.

Armin Van Buuren in Valencia

He came to present a product in which he has been involved in the design: Philips  M1-XDJ, an invention that allows iPad or iPhone using the full working DJ, providing mixers and including three speakers with a power Total 80W RMS, which is a respectable power for a small party. The device features a plug, but if what you like is getting lost in places that have no outlet, you can use batteries. And if your friends have a some other M1-XDJ, you can stack the speakers for adding output power.
Armin Van Buuren en Valencia

All this had Armin Van Buuren in Valencia, in the Mercat Central, an event that served as appetizer for his night show, Armin Only Intense. The event was somewhat marred by technical problems that prevented the Dutch had a minmally spectacular lighting system, so it was all as a presentation rather unspectacular but very sincere and direct, with  Van Buuren explaining details of the system and teaching it with great interest and vehemence. If you want more info, here: http://www.philips.co.in/c/audio-system/m1x-dj-sound-system-ds8900_10/prd/;jsessionid=358448819A185A74FAB4133123C049E8.app101-drp2

Later at night I assisted to his show. The tickets they gave me were subject to the general access rules so it was strictly forbidden to enter the event with an SLR or interchangeable lens camera, so I had to make do with a Canon Ixus 120 which have to, well, because I love the Ixus and go. You can not configure speed priority or aperture, so good, I managed as best I could.

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If you want to read this article in Spanish, http://www.archerphoto.eu/armin-van-buuren-en-valencia/

 

Valencia

Valencia is my home town and it’s where I live now. Sun, beach, colorful place and funny people. On the other hand we’ve got some issues with our politicians but, then again, who hasn’t?

Valencia is a 800,000 inhabitants  city on the shore of Mediterranean Sea. If you include the metropolitan area you can count about 1,300,000. Mostly flat, as long as an important part of the area was desecated from a lagoon, the Albufera de Valencia. The Albufera is partially wet and it’s the only protected natural space in a capital in a UE city. Or I read that some time ago.

Mercado de Colón, Valencia by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain
Mercado de Colón, Valencia by Archerphoto, professional photographer in Spain

Valencia is very famous for the Fallas, giant monuments made of cardboard and wood that are exposed in the street during less than 1o days.  After that they are burnt  in March 19th, Saint Joseph. It’s kind a way of a good-bye to the winter. The festivities are popular, but you can find a growing social pressure against it. Lots of problems with traffic and the constant fireworks and explosions happening. People hurt by fireworks, wasted money, social discussions. Yeah, I’m one of the people who disagrees with the festivities, I’m not trying to be impartial.

Architecture in Valencia

The cultural inheritage is really important. Valencia was a kingdom some centuries ago and was integrated in Aragon Crown and after that in Spain. Palaces, religious and civil buildings are very important, and also contemporary architecture. Most important civil Gothic building in the world, Silk Exchange, is inside Valencia.

There is also a cathedral, important baroque palaces (Marqués de Dos Aguas). Architecture in Valencia is  really interesting. As a commercial photographer in Spain, when I have some time I love to shoot those buildings.

 

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