Tram 28 and the Cathedral
I visited Portugal about one year ago, in September 2021. I was excited to take an international trip, my first one since Covid-19 shut down travel. The number of Covid cases was low, so it felt a little safer. Mask mandates still existed in many places, including airplanes. The US government also required a negative test to return home, so that was in my mind as I traveled. It ended up being a great trip.
One of the things I liked most about Lisbon were the trams. It seemed like every time I turned around, I’d see one. I got used to raising my camera up quickly and taking a few shots, as I found them very photogenic.
I had a few locations that I particularly liked, so over the course of several mornings I staked those spots out and waited for trams to come by.
One was the Cathedral in Lisbon, an imposing Latin-cross style structure which dates to the late 1100s. There’s a nice curve in the road there, a great place to catch a tram coming around the corner.
So I set up with a wide-angle lens one morning and managed to get a few good photos. This location was a little hard because taxis like to park in front of the cathedral. Fortunately, there weren’t any early in the day.
Normally I’d correct my verticals on a photo like this, but I rather liked the way the angle works out with the tram. I think it helps imply motion. I decided to leave that alone.