Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It

Lisboa sits at the mouth of the Tagus River, which then travels from Portugal across most of Spain, being the longest river on the Iberian peninsula.  Its navigable waters gave Lisboa a valuable port which made it possible for Portugal to take the lead in Atlantic sea voyages during the Age of Exploration.  Many famous explorers, including Vasco da Gama, embarked from here.  The “Monument to the Discoveries” celebrates this history with 33 key figures of the time period, with Henry the Navigator in front.

The Monument to the Discoveries on the banks of the Tagus; the 25 de Abril Bridge spans the river behind it

This next photo was a bit of a failure in that I didn’t get a good picture of any of my friends!  But as a shot of the river, it’s pretty cool.

We were visiting the Torre Belem, just a bit further down the river.  Out the tower window, you can see the 25 de Abril Bridge, and the Sanctuary of Christ the King on the opposite bank of the river.

You can find more rivers at the original Lens-Artist challenge.


11 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #89: A River Runs Through It

  1. Amy March 23, 2020 / 12:21 pm

    Two beautiful photos of this famous river. The first image is magnificent!

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    • Mei-Mei March 25, 2020 / 11:58 pm

      Thank you! My friends and I had a lot of fun taking pictures of that monument. We were all doing “explorer poses” in pictures for months afterward haha


  2. For Tyeth March 23, 2020 / 12:22 pm

    Hi Mei-Mei, cool, I like bridges and live within view of a famous river and it’s suspension bridge myself! I have to say your second picture forms an interesting “silhouette” effect…but, you forgot the cardinal rule of photography – Never have the light source behind your subjects! Unless you are trying to get a “halo/corona” effect around your subject it is best to have any light positioned behind you not your subject.
    And speaking of Henry the navigator and navigating….do you know why geese fly in a V formation? Cos the one at the front has the map! Thanks and stay safe.

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    • Mei-Mei March 25, 2020 / 11:57 pm

      Haha, I might have fixed the lighting better if I knew how to use the settings on my camera at all then…I supposed that’s another cardinal rule of photography broken!🤣

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      • For Tyeth March 26, 2020 / 1:42 am

        It would help I guess but nowadays a lot of cameras do all the hard work of setting aperture sizes and shutter speeds automatically. It’s just the basics of knowing where the light is that was the problem – though to be fair you were stuck because of how your friends were positioned! Still I’ve enjoyed your other images so you can take good pictures!


  3. Tina Schell March 23, 2020 / 2:14 pm

    Love the image with the monument which is really beautiful. Excellent choices Mei-Mei


  4. JohnRH March 24, 2020 / 10:14 am

    Majestic monument, and friends providing a foreground for a great river and bridge shot. I like it.

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