I dedicate these 3 pictures to Malgo who will visit Georgia in spring, when my series will ultimately be finished. :)
So a new series of Georgia by Malgo will start soon after that. :)
Malgo, since you will begin your journey in Kutaisi, this monastery will be one of your first visits.
The main picture shows the access bridge and the church tower. In the workshop you find another picture of the church and a view of the surrounding landscape.
Motsameta Monastery is situated at 9 km from Kutaisi (the 2nd largest city of Georgia).
From on the cliff where the complex is situated there are great views of the surrounding landscape with its wooded hills.
The monastery was founded in the 8th century but the present church and bell-tower were built in the 11th century. All frescoes were destroyed by the Bolsheviks. Today there are new frescoes.
The church houses the bones of two brothers (two dukes) who were killed in the 720s because they refused to convert to islam.
Information from Bradt Travel Guide.
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npecanhuk (58170) 2014-01-16 15:59
Very beautiful details!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, slim black borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
carlo62 (22265) 2014-01-16 16:07
bello questo pov, gli elementi architettonici si compongono in modo graduale, dal ponte coperto, alla porta torre, fino a vedere la cupola della chiesa.
Ottima qualità e bella luce, il cielo che si intravede è luminoso e con piacevoli nuvole.
Corry (3348) 2014-01-16 19:26
Magnifique point de vue sur cet ancien monastère. Netteté excellente. Note intéressante. Salutations.
emka (67229) 2014-01-16 20:44
hello Paul, Many thanks for a nice dedication! And also for this photo as I didn't know about this monastery near Kutaisi. I must go there. Wonderful photo, I like this composition with not only the church but also this nice stone bridge and tower. And the colours are also great, nicely saturated. I still must learn a lot what is to see in Georgia.
The workshop photos are also inviting. Still two months and a half...
Warm regrads Malgo
jadesgran (4286) 2014-01-16 21:49
A very attractive building with a lovely light on the stone walls.
Good P.O.V.A pleasing picture.
COSTANTINO (46432) 2014-01-16 23:09
thanks for sharing with us this
shot of the monastery
you notes are very useful
shot with great lightness
jemaflor (76546) 2014-01-16 23:32
Une vue très bien équilibrée avec tous ces éléments qui la compose, bel éclairage sur les murs en pierres, intéressante architecture à montrer.
mkamionka (28029) 2014-01-17 0:15
beautiful place and fantastic presentation. You have selected a great POV. The processing was very suitable-it emphasized well the colors and texture of the walls. The weather on that day was better than on another days of your trip. Fantastic idea to go to Georgia, it is so close and so little known. In fact before your photos I don't recall seeing any other photos from Georgia, and obviously you have inspired emka and probably many others to go there. I would go there right away as well if I only could ;(
Beautiful, eye catching and very interesting work,
lousat (67045) 2014-01-17 2:40
Hi Paul,3 magnificent pics to show us this monastery and the view from there,truly interesting like the your others pics from Georgia,i discover a lot of new place thanks at you,and always in the best quality! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Subhogen (3138) 2014-01-17 3:18
A nice view of this monastery from a Well chosen POV. I like the natural framing with trees and also the inclusion of the bridge and the tower in the BG. Fine details captured on these old walls. Excellent clarity and vibrant colours. Thanks for sharing.
macjake (48279) 2014-01-17 3:43
first thing to capture my attention is how the entire frame is occupied, there are no dead spaces in this photo at all.
I also like the lighting/shadow underneath the arch, and the lighting on the roof at the top right.
the stones are so textured, like that too.
enjoy your w/e
jhm (130608) 2014-01-17 3:45
Deze foto is een stuk beter dan uw voorgaande, alleen de kleur toont hier veel echter.
Dit is echt een zeer mooie en scherpe foto, met heel mooie details.
Van dergelijke foto's kan echt genieten, het onderwerp en de details zijn van hoge kwaliteit.
Schitterend foto werk, toont maar meer van deze foto's.
Graal (93560) 2014-01-17 4:03
nice presentation from Georgia. Interesting construction and old architecture of monastery. Good colors, sharpness and contrast. Also I like WS. Well done photos.
Have a nice afternoon.
Didi (52411) 2014-01-17 4:07
Très bonne composition avec cette église parfaitement cadrée
J'apprécie la qualité de l'éclairage et la netteté
holmertz (33461) 2014-01-17 8:21
Another fabulous shot with very impressive colours. You present us a fine set of three photos but no doubt this is the best one. It's a very well balanced and all-embracing composition showing a bridge, a tower and a church, all of it nicely framed by trees.
Romano46 (14452) 2014-01-17 10:35
la tua serie di foto sulla Georgia mi piace ogni giorno di più, soprattutto ora che esse si concentrano sulle bellezze lontane dalla città.
Questa di oggi è anch'essa pregevole per composizione, colori e nitidezza.
Assai piacevole ed interessante il soggetto.
Ciao e buona serata
cornejo (24535) 2014-01-17 11:23
Hi Paul, excellent photography of this beautiful and interesting stone building, very well captured in this beautiful and interesting picture, with good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
chrislo (3349) 2014-01-17 14:08
Wat een geweldig mooie en interessante reis zal dat geweest zijn ! De zon was weer van de partij en heeft zijn bijdrage geleverd om deze mooie foto te maken. Prachtige belichting en vlakverdeling van dit pittoreske klooster. Je laat hier een mooi plaatje zien met prachtige kleuren. Ook de details zijn goed te onderscheiden. Het rood van de daken tegen de zuiver blauwe lucht doet het erg goed en de groene omlijsting maakt het plaatje af. Ik kijk met belangstelling uit naar je volgende platen.
ikeharel (46914) 2014-01-18 4:26
A very well chosen POV for the main post, and complementary photos in the two WS's.
A built old wall over a rocjka and a trough on side's, the local stone outlines superbly with daylight.
I like the wooden balcony on left, and there is a nice view on the towr and dome on right.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
jacquest (17527) 2014-01-18 5:03
Une excellente vue sur ce monastère baigné dans une belle luminosité qui accentue ses détails et couleurs. J'aime bien cet arche couvert et le contraste entre le rouge des toits et la pierre grise.
SnapRJW (26034) 2014-01-18 6:04
A fine upward composition presents both towers against an area of open sky allowing the details to stand out very well Paul. Of special note here is the lovely covered bridge which immediately tells us something about the location of this lovely old stone monastery. Lovely clean shot. I'm sure Malgo will love her trip to Georgia as your gallery shows many super places to see. Have a good weekend Rosemary
Kamilutka (5653) 2014-01-18 6:37
very good picture taken from the POV which probably was the best for it. I like how you managed the light - maybe little bit harsh - to achieve all these vivid colors. Superb composition with all the beautiful details of this architecture and natural framing provided by some greenery.
Thanks for sharing
mohammad_H (7938) 2014-01-18 7:04
Nice and clear display with excellent contrast and light
Record the angle appropriate for the building and blue sky
"detailed and comprehensive
Good job with good resolution
all the best
abmdsudi (35250) 2014-01-18 8:18
Very good! Plenty to see, the shadows, textures and intricate design. I love the viewpoint and perspective with great dof in subtle light, colours and good tonal quality. Great to see how the small bridge actually links and direct the eye to the anchor point - the red roof tower. This has a nice monastic feel to it. Superlative capture, Congrats
photoray (7896) 2014-01-18 9:52
Attractive gothic architecture in excellent resolution, the stone arch bridge, then Motsameta Monastery with surrounding green landscape.
Royaldevon (23372) 2014-01-18 12:01
A good series of photographs with this being my favourite. I like how the photograph is composed so that there is a natural lead from the left, across the frame.
The textures are amazing, so sharp they are almost palpable, whilst the colours are very nicely saturated.
My warm regards,
jcpix (8296) 2014-01-18 17:10
You've given us a multitude of scenic and attractive pictures from here, and this is certainly no exception, another beautiful image! You certainly had the skies in your favor as well, the blue backdrop is superb against the earthy stone colors and rustic rooftops. The detail is sharp and the composition provides interest from side to side. Plus, you've managed the exposure just right to even have detail in the shadows. A lovely and most impressive shot. Enjoy the day ahead.
ourania (21360) 2014-01-19 6:53
I like very much this rich and rewarding photo, a great combination of textural and chromatic richness with elegant and well defined perspectives. Your composition is well balanced and the setting very clear and interesting, our observation of the antique structures is enjoyable and captivating. You've made the most of the lovely light, its role in the appeal of this view is decisive. The colours are marvelous too. I like the workshop pictures as well, especially the alternative view of the church. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great Sunday,
Schnappilic (9498) 2014-01-19 11:12
Good presentation of this monastery with impressive walls. I like the light, colors and sharpness. My congratulations!
papagolf21 (80926) 2014-01-19 11:30
Ma passion pour l'architecture est comblée à travers cette composition.
L'intérêt est manifeste. Un pur régal d'ensemble.
adramad (32821) 2014-01-19 12:24
A superb composition with this wonderful monastery, which has captured a splendid POV, with different tower gateway that pretty wood and all beautifully decorated by the branches of the trees.
Very sharp image with optimal lighting.
Well done. I like.
I wish you a good start to the week.
annjackman (16471) 2014-01-21 23:09
A lovely set of images and the main one is my favourite. I like the lead in across the old bridge to the tower. There is very nice detailing on the stonework and the colours in the image are super. I like the way that you have used the branches to frame the picture. A very interesting note too.
Kind Regards, Ann
Cricri (95323) 2014-01-22 9:31
Très jolie vue du monastère avec le petit pont, la végétation , un ciel et une lumière magnifique, très belle présentation
SWEETFREEDOM (20552) 2014-01-23 0:27
great colors and interesting architecture.
nikkitta (10418) 2014-01-25 16:21
Enjoying your post of Georgia a not very known country, discovered by you for TE
Interesting and atractive old monastery well presented framed with vegetation
Great POV showing the covered bridge at the FG
Well done, enjoy Sunday
kiks (11743) 2014-01-31 9:39
Verry appealing this composition! The composition shows well all the diferent architecture styles. I would like to visit it
adores (32138) 2014-02-08 15:19
Beautiful monastery! I like the pov, the light, colours and textures. It looks old but very well kept and with beautiful details of architecture!
- Copyright: Paul VDV (PaulVDV) (18682)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Places that i want to visit [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-16 15:16