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The Initiation

Inside the Initiation Well at Quita da Regaleira (Sintra, Portugal).

Inside the Initiation Well at Quinta da Regaleira (Sintra, Portugal, 2017). Get a print!

The Initiation Well at Quinta da Regaleira (Sintra, Portugal) has been shot numerous times. I must admit its photogenic potential is absolutely over the top. The hardest was to take it from another angle, try something different. I got lucky to have the unintended help from a tourist that had the marvellous idea to pop his head out of the shadow at the exact right spot where the light was falling from the top of the well down to the bottom, 27 meters below. Thanks a lot sir, you made my day there 😉

The wells at Quinta da Regaleira were used for ceremonial purposes that included Tarot initiation rites. Some tunnels connect the different wells and caves via several underground paths… pretty interesting!

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More about The Initiation

For me, it’s important to share as much info as possible about the photos I take. Therefore, here are the EXIFs for this photo:

  • Camera: Canon 6D
  • Lens:Canon EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
  • Aperture: ƒ/2.8
  • Focale: 24mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s
  • ISO: 6400
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2017, all rights reserved

Half Moon

A building in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, nicknamed as the "Half Moon" because of its shape.

The “Half Moon” is the nickname of an office and residential building in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. It is nicknamed this way because of its shape… which is more of a quarter of a moon 🙂 Well… never mind… It is one of the very first shots I did with my Fujifilm X100T and it looks fantastic with the Black & White with red filter setting, giving an awesome fine art architecture look with no effort. I just did a bit of dodge and burn in Adobe Lightroom in order to raise the contrast.

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EXIFs:

  • Camera: Fujifilm X100T
  • Aperture: ƒ/11
  • Focale: 23mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000s
  • ISO: 2000
  • Copyright: Pierre Pichot 2015, all rights reserved