From the centre of Yerevan, capital of Armenia.
Yerevan, with a population of more than a million, is a mainly modern city. Those looking for exotic, crowded markets and a touch of the "Orient" will be disappointed. The city centre consists of straight streets on a chequered pattern inside a circle, obviously coming straight from an architect's drawing-board during Soviet times. The streets and pavements are wide, everything is neat and tidy, and apart from one or two old churches there is very little left from before the 20th century.
Some may call Yerevan boring, I found it quite pleasant. I enjoyed being able to cross the streets with no fear of being overrun by crazy drivers. The atmosphere was very relaxed, including the traffic. The lack of exotic sights is made up for by a number of interesting museums.
My only complaint, as a fan of taking pictures in crowded streets, was that Yerevan is such a "normal" city that I had difficulties taking any pictures at all.
This is one of my relatively few photos from Yerevan, taken towards the evening at Hanrapetutyan Hraparak, Republic Square, one of the two major hubs of central Yerevan. The building behind the ladies is the Ministry of foreign affairs.
I will show another picture from across the street in a workshop.
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ACL1978 (7511) 2012-07-25 9:57
Gert, nice shot of a seldom-seen location. I love the color on the stones of the building - wonderfully rich. Your subjects are well chosen, and you have a strong POV here.
Miguel82 (26905) 2012-07-25 10:02
A very good daily life scene from Armenia
Sharp photo and fine colors
saxo042 (37724) 2012-07-25 10:12
Very strong vertical lines from the background pillars and also very strong horizontal lines from the paving. I appreciate that you too have discovered the value of some eye-catching red details. Here that red is perfectly balanced by the green tree.
abmdsudi (47672) 2012-07-25 11:16
What a brilliant treat from this former iron curtain state, and your wonderful adventure from this tame looking urban square. But the small area of vivid red carries a lot of weight into this shot and has successfully glued the eyes in at the right spot so effectively.
Great fun shot though and love all the mix of shapes the pattern on the building facade together with the contrasting colours make this a very fine urban shot and this clearly shows how to make the dull looking sight so exciting. You certainly know how to find the right subjects and sight, the favourable conditions to make the best of the available elements. A great ideas coupled by effective use of wide lens, pov and the burst of colors add that all important impact and the contrast they create to the environment. Excellent shot, TFS
Excellent additional picture as well, and good infor note as usual.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-25 12:05
a very attractive street photo with superb composition and perspective, I like the atmosphere of the photo and the excellent POV, Tfs! Have a nice week! Kellemes hetet kívánok!
worldcitizen (7712) 2012-07-25 14:08
It's nice to see a daily life scene from Yerevan. The colorful clothes really jump out against the gray floor and light brown columns. I also like the way the large tree that is partially visible counter-plays with the small bush. The WS photo is also interesting.
siamesa (27881) 2012-07-25 15:37
Boa noite Gert
the ladies are the subject, but those columns are impressive. the colors are very attrctives.
emka (87568) 2012-07-25 23:10
Hi, This lady in red is not dancing with you, cheek to cheek, but is really eyecatching. Impressive architecture in the background. Nice composition with the curvy line and the tree. You should go (once more) to Hanoi. There you would be in busy street, every second in danger that the motorbike runs onto you.
rmajum (1151) 2012-07-25 23:14
Very good details of the ministry building, tall and gothic. The shape of the half seen tree acting as a shade on the road is intersesting.The small plant in the pathway increases the aesthetics. The people appear normal and going to work at ease. Nice capture.
wolf38 (31284) 2012-07-26 0:14
Hello Gert. It is interesting to visit these East European countries. Your instructive text explains why. Well, you can not expect anything spectacular. And yet the daily life with all its facets, the really worth seeing. For example, the girl behind the screen with the school uniform. Best regards, Wolfgang.
Nicou (131526) 2012-07-26 2:22
quelle couleur rouge de la robe de cette damde avec les autres personnages quelle scène et iamge sueprbe compo et quel rendu avec le fond sur les colonnes sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
chrisvek (7001) 2012-07-26 4:23
I like very much your shoot with the very nice colors and the great amount of saturation.Very nice job.Well done!
dkmurphys (53571) 2012-07-26 5:04
Very fine street scene. I like the mood and the great columns in the back. Well taken.
tyro (22406) 2012-07-26 8:08
A very interesting note about this modern city and, despite your remarks about its "ordinariness", you have presented two very fine pictures here.
This one is superb, the brightly dressed ladies (especially the near one in a bright red dress and the distant one in a red skirt) standing out well against the clean pale blue paving and the lovely regularity of the background columns. Godd composition, lovely vibrant colours and excellent detail and sharpness.
Your workshop picture, interestingly, shows groups of men rather than groups of ladies, not on the move but sitting and relaxing (perhaps we men are better at that!) by a water fountain and pool, again with fine columns in the background.
Two Excellent Photographs!
pajaran (55611) 2012-07-26 10:05
Dobar tekst o trgu ...
Dobra ostrina snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepa fotografija u radionici.
Lepo mesto za setnju i odmor.
Good article on the square ...
Good image sharpness, contrast and perspective, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, beautiful images in the workshop.
Nice place to walk and rest.
All the best.
marcan44 (6301) 2012-07-26 10:56
uno scorcio di questa città armena ripreso con un POV eccellente che esalta la prospettiva grazie al colonnato che dalla sinistra si protrae sullo sfondo.
La presenza di persone serve a dare un senso delle proporzioni.
Buona la gestione della luce senza ombre violente.
marabu61 (9711) 2012-07-26 13:50
Great composition. I like the way the curved building and street is leading the eye.
Lots of interest in the architecture and the people to.
Thanks for showing an unknown city to us.
bukitgolfb301 (38040) 2012-07-26 17:38
Hi dear Gert, how are you?
Sorry for my late reaction to your posting.
This is very natural casual snap shot.
Best composition and perfect framework, and sharp / clear presentation as usual. They seem to be happy.
Thank your for your sharing with finest work and have a good last working day of week. Best regards,
Takero from Tokyo
Gerrit (51130) 2012-07-26 19:59
the photo is not boring at all. Perfect composition with some strong red en pink elements contrasting with the blue/grey. I love the flosting treetop but the best is the way the people turn their heads, the two woman aside towards eachother and the two men in the back to the outside.
bayno (18344) 2012-07-27 5:25
from my poor English I understood that it is a people who likes to be photographed with the two beautiful pictures and your explanatory note very well have made the idea, great colors and quality and always accurate framing, great job...
have a good day...
TopGeo (38216) 2012-07-27 12:37
Hello Gert! After a short break from my vacation, I saw some of your projects with impressive details! There are many amazing ideas and concepts, which emphasize and charm to your images!
Great daily life scene, great 'low' POV, very good framing and composition! Excellent perspective! Great light management, excellent choice of corner with great contrasts FG and depth!
Graal (100550) 2012-07-28 7:22
nice street reportage from Yerewan. I like the architecture in BG and natural colours. Fine portrait of women and WS also. Good note and photowork.
Have a nice WE.
agjika (3616) 2012-07-29 9:04
Lovely photo of daily life in this Armenian city. I love the architecuture of this building it is very majestic and the colour of the stone quite unusuall and interesting to me.
Very well ballanced and composed.
boa (6679) 2012-07-29 13:09
i don`t know if Yerevan is boring or not but i like your picture from there. First of all the woman in red steals the show,very eye-catching red color who draw attention but it is also a fine composition in my opinion. You have placed the woman in a perfect position within the frame in front of Ministry of foreign affairs. Interesting for me because i have plans to visit this region next year, Tfs!
ps.Jag ska resa till Vitryssland och Ukraina i September, har du tid någon dag framöver. Vore kul med lite resetips?
jhm (145228) 2012-07-30 3:31
The different pilars care for a nice symetry in vertical style.
Also your second picture is lovely as daily life image.
Yet takes I these picture one of the most beautiful with the ladies in foreground.
Color and light management are superb.
Nice composition and good presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
mkamionka (32949) 2012-07-30 12:37
thanks for sharing another view from this underrepresented here city and country. I like the peaceful colorful street life and a nice architecture selected as a background.
Very interesting note as usually,
batalay (37205) 2012-07-31 3:47
A glance at the thumbnail, with the colors, textures and curves suggested that this was going to be a shot of St. Peter's in Rome. Of course the columns are not as massive. The composition is very good, with the three wome serving as a strong focal point. As always your journalist's skills contributes to the packet as a good example of photojournalism.
eldancer1 (32844) 2012-07-31 19:05
Very nice candid shot of those ladies amidst those tall columns and the people provided the sense of proportion to the building. Good lighting and details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.
Angshu (56682) 2012-08-01 5:44
Interesting repeat of the columns in a wide arc, sweeping our eyes across the picture. The peple animate the scene well. I was curious reading your note..why did you find difficult taking pictures? Is it because of the lack of people in the city?
serp2000 (42236) 2012-08-03 10:48
Another interesting report, Gert.
I see you were like a diplomatic shuttle between Turkey and Armenia. An interesting note, good illustration.
Just a typical European life style. TFS!
kato (11630) 2012-08-05 23:07
It's an interesting street photograph, so it's impressive to see strong pillars of the ministry and wide pavement. It's interesting in mozaic design of pillar, too. You're capturing this scene by a good angle with a curved effect. And, people walking on the pavement draw out a good supplement in this image.
Have a nice week.
fabbs99 (16819) 2012-08-19 12:06
Nice image of the Armenian ladies with bright color dresses and the grand building in the background.Nice job done with good depth of field.Your note is quite informative as I didnt know about yerevan at all.
Regds and Happy Eid
macjake (62352) 2012-08-20 8:39
reading your note was very informative, it sounds like a very interesting place to visit - and on a personal note, the city sounds great because its so quiet.
the view you described is exactly what we see in the shot, wide open spaces, quietness and few people.
lovely combination of photo/note/
alex4ndru (1408) 2012-08-22 6:06
nice caomposition, i really like the columns in the back and of course the ladies walk :)
all the best!
aliabazari (16067) 2014-09-07 21:47
Beauty shot of people's daily lives. Good composition and architecture. Excellent sharpness and exposure. Thanks for sharing