The Gloria Funicular, like its Bica counterpart, is a national monument controlled by Carris, Lisbon’s public transportation company. Built in 1885, the Gloria is the most frequented of the city’s three funiculars. Here it rolls through Bairro Alto, where it cannot be spared the rampant graffiti but can offer great views of the city.
Lisbon – Photo Tip

Use a dominant hue to tie photos together

Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Lisbon – Photo Tip Use a dominant hue to tie photos together

All memories, all images, all dreams of Lisbon by night have one thing in common: they are totally immersed in yellow. Drenched in it.

Jurjen Drenth
Jurjen Drenth Travel Photographer

Yellow rules the night in Lisbon and has effectively ousted all other colors from sunset until sunrise. It’s fascinating, disorienting even, as if entering a different world. And in a way you do.

For a photographer, a hue can be annoying, as is sometimes the case with greenish TL lights, but it can also be the opposite because it ties photos together in a series and creates an atmosphere that would otherwise be lost.

The dominant yellow of Lisbon nights is definitely an asset. Coincidentally, another iconic image of Lisbon is also yellow: the streetcar. I wanted to combine these two into one photo, to enhance both the yellow and the sense of place.

There is a famous funicular or tram which runs from Da Gloria Street up the hill to Bairro Alto. It stops by a flight of steps in a very symbolic way. It reads: this is the end of the line, you have to get out. I was attracted by this symbolism and to further enhance it I waited until the tram was empty except for the driver.

To avoid camera shake, I rested my camera on a fence (I don’t like to carry a tripod because it limits me in my movements).

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The Gloria Funicular, like its Bica counterpart, is a national monument controlled by Carris, Lisbon’s public transportation company. Built in 1885, the Gloria is the most frequented of the city’s three funiculars. Here it rolls through Bairro Alto, where it cannot be spared the rampant graffiti but can offer great views of the city. Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II

Aperture
ƒ/28/10
Exposure
1/10
ISO
1600
Focal
24/1 mm

The Gloria Funicular, like its Bica counterpart, is a national monument controlled by Carris, Lisbon’s public transportation company. Built in 1885, the Gloria is the most frequented of the city’s three funiculars. Here it rolls through Bairro Alto, where it cannot be spared the rampant graffiti but can offer great views of the city.

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