Photographer's Note

Some months ago I posted another photo of this pre-historic monument with the humorous title 'Gift of Obelix to Alentejo'. When I posted it, I had already returned to the place hoping to get some more interesting views. While the earlier post was shot in Spring, when the fields were still green, this one was shot in the Summer, when the grass had already dried.

This is the tallest menhir of Iberian Peninsula. It is more than 7 meters tall and weights over 18 tonnes.

Menhirs are pre-historic megalithic monuments several thousands years old. I have read somewhere that some archaeological research done near this one puts its construction on the 5 millennium BC.

I grouped all my posts of megalithic monuments under this theme. At the time I am writing this these lines, all the monuments shown in that theme are pretty close to each other (less than 10 Km), but I have plans to posts some more one of these days.

Note about the PP: I hope it is not apparent, but what you see here resulted from the blending of 3 different images, produced applying different exposure adjustments on the original raw file. This is a very effective way of avoiding too dark shadows and burnt out highlights in subjects with high contrast that it isn't so complicated once you are familiar with layers and layers masks. However, it happens often that it's very tricky to adjust the mask so the interfaces between dark and light areas don't look unnatural and/or the contrast looks strange (see WS#1).

WS's: #1 presents a slightly different POV/framing and is a good example of the strange contrast that may result from the blending of images with different exposures; #2 is a view with a closer low POV.

You can browse all my posts of megalithic monuments in this theme.

Location (latitude, longitude): 39.496,-7.4457

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