MM 212: A Rabelo on the Douro

Leanne Cole has chosen Boats(s) as the theme for this week’s Monochrome Madness Challenge and I have decided to submit this photo I took last year of a rabelo sitting proudly along Cais da Gaia with Porto’s Ribeira district and the Dom Luis I Bridge in the background.

A rabelo docked on the Gaia side of the Rio Douro opposite Porto.

Click on the photo to see a larger version of the photo.

The rabelo is a wooden sail boat that was used to transport port wine barrels down the Douro from the Douro Valley vineyards to the wine aging cellars in Gaia. There’s a whole string of these replicas along Cais da Gaia, each bearing a banner of a popular port wine brand. This one happens to display the Graham brand.

The port wine is brought to Gaia these days by way of trucks. The rabelos of today are mainly for tourists with euros in their pockets and cameras in their hands.

Every year on June 24th during the Sao Joao festivities there is a rabelo regatta on the Douro. That’s when you can see this boat with its sail unfurled and displaying the Graham name.

You can see the color version of this photo here (third photo).

Australian photographer Leanne Cole hosts the weekly Monochrome Madness Challenge. For the first week of every month she suggests a specific theme for that week’s challenge. Drop by her website on Wednesdays (Tuesdays in Europe and North America) to see what Leanne and other photographers from all over the world are doing



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I am a family man with interests in family history, photography, history and travel.
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8 Responses to MM 212: A Rabelo on the Douro

  1. StillWalks says:

    Nice handling of the monochrome – it works really well.

  2. disperser says:

    I knew that was yours even before reading the tag over at MM 212. Nice.

    • You probably recognized the preset I often use when I process with Nik Silver Efex Pro. BTW, why do you always give Leanne the link to a posting of yours from last July?

    • disperser says:

      Actually, I recognized the scene first (the bridge and homes) and then the processing. Not the exact scene, but the looks of the bridge and homes.

      By the way, DxO just released their updated Nick tools (49 euros). I’ll probably buy it.

      As for the link, I don’t give Leanne any specific link other than my blog’s home link. I think that July post is the only time I had asked her to use a specific link but I had mentioned it would be for that post only.

      I’m guessing she keeps a list of links for contributors for her Monochrome posts and it just happens to be the link that’s in there for mine. I’ll write her and ask her to update it. Thanks for letting me know.

  3. kzmcb says:

    Fabulous shot.

  4. crosbyman66 says:

    What a coincidence.
    We live thousands of miles apart and yet last year we stood in almost exactly the same spot to take a photo.
    Then we both submitted them to Leanne for her MM challenge.

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