Any keen photographer would know that there is a special time of the day that is magic for photography. Add to that a couple of bridges and the odd railway station and you have yourself an opportunity to just keep clicking away.
Point to note – make sure you arrive at your viewpoint well ahead of sunset (prior research will help you find the perfect spot).
25 APRIL BRIDGE
For our sunset photo-shoot, we chose the MAAT (Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology) in Lisbon to photograph the 25th April Bridge to our left and Monument of Discoveries at Belem to our right. The museum was closed at the time but we were able to sit on the steps and use the amazing curves of the building for our photos.
We arrived early so it seemed like an eternity waiting for the sun to set. In the meantime, I walked around the building looking through arches, out across the river at passing boats and to the Christ the King monument on the other shore.
Joggers and walkers passing by added to the atmosphere. As the sun went down, the bridge took on a darker red look.
Once night fell, we walked along the foreshore to see old jetties and modern architecture.
The Monument of Discoveries created a great silhouette for these nautical photographs. Try turning your camera for some interesting angles.
VASCO DA GAMA BRIDGE
In order to see the Vasco da Gama Bridge at sunset, we travelled to Orient Station in Lisbon. Wow, what an amazing piece of architecture.
So many different angles to take a photo. Make sure though that you capture a train in the picture as well. It was late afternoon so got lots of photos before walking to the bridge.
That was quite a walk and it seemed like we were never getting there. Finally got to the end just on sunset. Unfortunately it wasn’t a great sunset and in hindsight I think this place would be much better for a sunrise shot.
As there was a taxi strike while we were in Lisbon, we found it impossible to get a cab back to the station. We like walking but this was just way too much at the end of an already busy day.
The only good thing was when we arrived back at Orient Station, the place was lit up giving us even better photos. One can get lucky sometimes!
CITY AT NIGHT AND EARLY MORNING
Although we stayed right in the city, we didn’t get out that much to photograph the city centre. The Praca de Comercio area was under a lot of renovation with popup events in place, thus preventing any great photos. However I did manage to get a couple.
However the following morning while walking to Rossio Station, I got a nice photo looking through the Rua Augusta Arch to the Dom Jose statue.
This photo looking up to the Carmo Convent highlights the nice morning light.
Loved how this church became a silhouette.
A couple of days later, I took a photo of the 25th April Bridge from Belem Tower in the early morning.
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