Impressions of


São Jorge/ Faial (Azores)

All images of this gallery were taken between June 19 and June 29 2022 on São Jorge and Faial islands (Azores, Portugal). For artistic reasons (I believe that photos should speak for themselves) no captions are displayed together with the images, but by holding your mouse over the thumbnails for a second you should get a brief title caption displayed as a popup-tooltip.
All images were taken with a Sony HX99 compact camera (which comprises a 24-720mm optical zoom range (in 35mm equivalent)).

Velas (São Jorge)

Calçada paved square Largo Doutor João Pereira Auditório Municipal (Town Hall and Cultural Centre) Houses in Velas built up the hill Auditório Municipal (Town Hall and Cultural Centre) Jardim da Praça da República Calçada paved street (R. Maestro Francisco de Lacerda) in town centre

Views on Velas

View from Velas viewpoint on the Auditório Municipal Velas from miradouro (viewpoint) do Velas Outskirts of Velas in valley View from Velas viewpoint towards Pico before sunset Velas after sunset from near viewpoint; in background Pico mountain Velas after sunset; in background Pico mountain

Pico da Esperança Walking Trail

Mountain trail in thick fog View from Pico da Esperança towards south coast of São Jorge Central crater lake inside Pico da Esperança caldera View from Pico da Esperança towards south coast of São Jorge View from Pico da Esperança towards south coast of São Jorge Crater lake near mountain trail

Serra do Topo - Fajã dos Cubres Walking Trail

Greenery near walking trail First glimpse of the ocean through fog View of Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo North coast of São Jorge near Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo House overgrown with plants at Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo Scene near Fajã da Caldeira de Santo Cristo

Horta (Faial island)

Unusual house front in Horta View over Porto Pim Bay area from Monte Queimado View to Horta Marina from Monte Queimado Sailor's wall painting near Porto Pim beach Sky reflections in sea near Porto Pim beach Sailor's harbour wall painting


São Jorge north coast near Fajã do Belo House with tree at Fajã dos Cubres (São Jorge island) View to Horta Marina from Monte Queimado (Faial island) Sailor's harbour wall paintings at Horta (Faial island) View of Pico mountain from airplane View of São Jorge from airplane
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Thomas Smid



Selected Links

Ernst Haas   (the first master of creative colour photography).
Pete Turner   (Pete Turner's distinctive style pushes colour photography to its limits).
Franco Fontana   (minimalist, abstract landscape colour photographs of almost surreal quality).
David Burdeny   (minimalist and semi-abstract high key landscape and architecture colour photos by Canadian photographer David Burdeny).
Ciro Totku   (inspiring abstract landscape and nature images by Cambodian photographer Ciro Totku).

Photography Portals
Photographydirectoryproject.com  (A human edited Directory of Photography Websites. Links to Photographer and Photography related sites.).
Betterphoto.com   (Site featuring online photography courses, photo competitions and galleries; US based).
Royal Photographic Society creative photography course   (online photography courses, UK based).
Thephotoforum.com   (Busy discussion forum regarding all things photographic).

Royal Photographic Society   (photography exibitions, workshops, online courses, resources and qualifications ).
Association of Photographers   (UK based; the place to visit if you are looking for a employment as a photographer (job vacancies, contact details of other photographers and more)).