Photographer's Note

Continuation on my theme about the TE members I admire. To know what this is all about please read the introductory notes on the first post of the series.

Ryan is one of the youngest most talented photographers I know. At the height of his twenties, the quality of his work is really impressive. Just look at his earlier Velvia analog work and you will find why. He is also one of the most methodic shooters I admire. If you read his notes carefully, you will find out that he wakes up early and stays late in the field in order to get the best light possible. There is no other way to achieve perfection in landscape photography and those who think that this discipline is a minor one can’t imagine the effort needed to get the results he present us. His compositional skills, along with a great knowledge on the subject itself, makes him one of the best landscape photographers in this site. His critiques also show the attention he takes when analyzing others photography. I have learnt a lot with him, with details he likes to notice in my pictures, technical issues I would never discover by myself. He is also the responsible for my Castles theme. We both share a love for the subject and that’s one of the reasons I am presenting this photo to him today. The other one is the golden light he is always looking for.

Technically, this isn’t a castle. The ruins of Centum Cellas, also known as the St. Cornélio Tower, are one of the most typical yet enigmatic monuments from the Roman period to be found in the Beira Alta region. It has been attributed with several functions, such as temple, prison, praetorium (the centre of Roman camp), mansio (staging post), mutatio (a lodge for travellers to rest) and a Roman villa. Excavations at the Centum Cellas Tower, between 1993 and 1998, revealed that it was not a single isolated building but part of a larger and more complex group of structures, including rooms, corridors, staircases, cellars and courtyards. As the central building within the group, the tower is the best-preserved part of what was the villa of Lucius Caecilius, a wealthy Roman citizen and tin trader. It was Lucius Caecilius who had his house built here at the beginning of the first century BC, under the supervision of a qualified architect who knew Vitruvus' building techniques.

I hope you like this one my friend. Since you are always complaining that in the US the older thing has 100 years old, I decided to present something with more than 2000! :) Thanks for being a constant source of learning and enlightment. Your critiques always play an important role in my development, so just don’t forget about that. Um grande abraço!

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