27 May, 2011

The Heart of Lisbon

reflections FTW:

Out of the 5 days that I spent in Lisbon Portugal, this was the only day where it didn’t rain. — Well, it didn’t rain all day anyway… On the other days it was raining cats and dogs. Giant wet cats, and you know how pissed off cats get when they’re wet. And dogs, lets not forget about them, they stink up a damn storm when they’re wet. Ha! Stink up a storm… because it was raining, get it? Anyone? — Crap, I completely lost my train of thought…

Now, a cool little side effect occurred while I was dodging pissed off wet cats and stinky dogs. All around, pools of water cast cool reflections of everything. It was pretty awesome actually. Almost every shot that I framed around the city had a reflection of some sort in the frame. It was like my own little “make look cool” button for composition.

This is the statue monument of Dom Pedro IV in Rossio Square, which is affectionately known as the heart of Lisbon. There are lots of little shops, restaurants, and bars lining each side. So when you get tired of shooting HDR reflections and dodging giant falling wet animals, there are plenty of cool little spots to have a break.

Check out other HDR Photos of Lisbon, Portugal.

Daily Banana – The Heart of Lisbon

Elia Locardi - HDR Portugal - Heart of Lisbon

About the Author

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, videographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, public speaker, and highly skilled educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world.


As featured by Professional Photographer MagazineCNet Australia,, Wacom USA, and Fstoppers, Elia has built an engaged social media following of nearly 3 million people across FacebookGoogle+TwitterInstagramYouTube, and Snapchat. Due to the years of dedication and genuine openness with his audience, he has become one of the most followed photographers in the world.


Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 55 countries, flown over one million miles, and collaborated with major companies, brands, countries, and tourism agencies all over the world.


Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of photography that has become well known around the world. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, beauty, depth and emotion. Many of his photos have been used in some of the most widely circulated publications in the world including National Geographic.


Throughout the journey, he shares the Art of Photography on many different websites including his popular blog, blamethemonkey.com, teaches post-processing workshops worldwide, speaks at major international photography conventions, and is proud to be one of the founders and leaders of Dream Photo Tours.

  • Karah

    Portugal is often overlooked…thanks for capturing it for us.

    • It’s a shame that Portugal is often overlooked. It’s one of the most beautiful countries that I’ve visited. 🙂

  • Grace

    Awesome!!!!! B)

  • Victor Ferreira

    Elia you have to come to Portugal again, but this time you have to visit Porto city! Great wine, great food, great coffee, great views!

    • I would really like to get back to Portugal soon. It’s an amazing country for photography. 🙂

      • Victor Ferreira

        Yes, please come, but this time, your have to visit Porto!
        Elia, travel guide Lonely Planet has selected Porto city as Top 10 European travel destinations for 2013!!!