Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand; the three Great Central Asian cities which arouse our wonder by the originality and sheer power of their mythic silhouettes. This shot delves into the vibrant artistic architectural heritage of this once forbidden land demonstrating a rich and varied past and reinstating the region's Islamic art within the chaos of world history. The insightful historical voyage begins over two thousand years ago when Alexander the Great approached the city walls of Samarkand and was stunned by its invincible size and beauty.
It recounts how merchants on the Silk Road and warring armies, headed by the likes of Gengis Khan and Amir Timur (know in the west as Tamerlane) continued to cross paths for centuries in this region. Unceasing rivalries spurred these different parties to create ever more spectacular buildings, madrassahs, mausoleums and mosques. This shot attempts to make these silent places with their dazzling livery of turquoise ceramics, echo once more with the sounds of the men that created and peopled them and bears witness to the cultural legacy of a vibrant Islamic civilization.
This is Registan ensemble definitely one of the world's finest but least-known; three perfectly proportioned madrassahs delimit three of its sides and the intricate geometric mosaics covering every square-inch of their walls glimmer in the sun light. These fabled monuments of Samarkand are absolutely awesome of which Alexander the Great had said; " Everything I have heard about Samarkand is true, except that it is more beautiful than I ever imagined " ...
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jemaflor (83014) 2012-07-20 9:08
Lovely view, interesting perspective and symetrical effect, nice architecture on a perfect blue sky, well done.
JFS (32459) 2012-07-20 11:01
Wow! What a wonderful image, so many and impressive architecture! It must be so plesant to walk among these colorful and rich monuments...thanks for sharing Abmdsudi!
rychem (21699) 2012-07-20 11:06
Very attractive architecture with rich details and beautiful colors, nice symmetrical composition
papagolf21 (84772) 2012-07-20 11:43
Magnifique prise de vue.
La beauté des édifices est superbe. Le rendu général est parfait pour présenter ce joyau architectural.
Félicitations et un très grand merci pour le partage;
marabu61 (8063) 2012-07-20 12:23
Ahh Samarkand, one of the places on this earth that makes me dreaming. Great how the two gates frame the square in the middle. The architecture is just amazing. You have framed this very well, giving the sky so much place enhances the feeling of greatness in this picture.
Janusz1974 (2814) 2012-07-20 12:41
Very impressive picture from Samarkand.
Beautiful capture of amazing islamic architecture.
Very well done.
bukitgolfb301 (35236) 2012-07-20 12:54
Hi dear Abmdsudi YTH
Sorry for my late reaction, as I was out of Tokyo for another festival shoting.
Yes this is greatly wonderful shot via panfocus appraoch to makes so clear and sharp description as always. The blue sky and the combination with hose historical islamic architectures are so marvelous indeed. Best balanced framework shot! Thanks for your good work and have a good weekend!
Takero from Tokyo, why rain again here?
PaulVDV (21657) 2012-07-20 12:57
This is pretty much the ultimate for everyone who loves the history and the architecture of the Silk Road.
The colours of these monuments are incredibly beautiful. It was certainly a very clear winter day with
a strong light.
That blue sky is a great backdrop.
The whole looks like belonging to a dream world.
Best regards, Paul
Cricri (104461) 2012-07-20 12:57
Ces monuments sont une pure merveille, votre POV permet d'avoir une vue de tout l'ensemble de plus la lumière est extra et le fond bleu les met bien dans leurs juste valeur, magnifique
marcan44 (6223) 2012-07-20 13:16
uno scatto che mostra queste magnifiche architetture di Samarcanda sulla vecchia strada della seta.
Il cielo splendido è lo sfondo degno e giusto per questa bellissima immagine.
Eccellente qualità dell'immagine, tutti i parametri tecnici al top!!!
Have a nice day
Gigidusud (14705) 2012-07-20 13:16
Beautiful architecture with nice colors and light.Excellent framing and great POV.I like it!
Thanks for sharing.
Fis2 (83990) 2012-07-20 13:24
A very interesting buildings.
I like frame and colors.Good light, photo has climate.
ciakgiak (30409) 2012-07-20 13:51
Un'architettura splendida dai decori e colori raffinatissimi.
L'inquadratura è perfetta ed è eccellente la scelta del POV e dell'inquadratura.
Molto buona la luce, il colore e l'intensità del cielo completano una foto bellissima accompagnata da note molto interessanti, complimenti.
Un caro abbraccio
mauro61 (52623) 2012-07-20 14:21
l'ampia inquadratura permette di ammirare questa combinazione di architetture che si guardano fra loro.
Avrei dato un po' più di luce all'immagine per farne risaltare i colori.
dta (65000) 2012-07-20 14:24
Hello Abmdsudi ,
An effectif POV for this outstanding square . I like the contrasts of lighting , and the strong effect of the polarizer , especially for the splendid sky .
Budapestman (82620) 2012-07-20 17:34
a fantastic view with many beautiful architectural details, the composition is spectacular, great lights and colours, the POV is excellent, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
npecanhuk (63594) 2012-07-20 19:52
Truly beautiful and attractive picture with excellent level of sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, horizontal format, black & white borders, contrasts and composition!
TFS - congrats,
Graal (96450) 2012-07-21 1:00
beautiful place here in Samarkand. Great old architecture, very nice details. Good symmetric composition. Sky is nice laso, fine effect of polariser.
Have a nice WE.
Bluejeans (64247) 2012-07-21 3:11
Ola Abmdsudi ,
Que bela visão deste templo tem uns detalhes de arquitetura lindos , parece enorme este lugar , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
bayno (18342) 2012-07-21 5:22
here is a nation that has always intrigued me, the mythical land of Samarkand, beautiful architecture and decor of this madrassahs, I agree with you maybe one of the finest existing, including the amazing light and colors and a beautiful sky, are really glad I saw this picture, a place that did not know the existence...great job...
have a nice WE...
ourania (29417) 2012-07-21 7:03
the architecture of these antique monuments is magnificent and the impact the three of them have together is tremendous. It's the first time I see them and although the names of the cities are well known, I wonder why I knew nothing about this place. Your brilliant picture is a great incentive for some further research. I love the superb sense of space, depth and perspective, the combined fascination of the three marvellous monuments and the intriguing details of the architecture. The lighting is great and together with the chromatic tones and contrasts gives to the image a fascinating timelessness. Your note is wonderful too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
eldancer1 (26786) 2012-07-21 7:52
Beautiful and very intricate architectures! I like it that you included more sky, this would have been a distraction but it's not. Good colors with saturation. Very well done, tfs.
josepmarin (57693) 2012-07-21 12:45
the blue intense of the sky, perfectly polarized, is an effective backdrop in order to emphasize the fantastic architecture of the city, a real universal marvel.
I like the weak luminosity, the quality of the colors, the deep perspective, the high graphism of the image, its great sharpness and the high aesthetic level of your composition.
A gorgeous work, my friend.
carlo62 (30583) 2012-07-21 14:22
Bella architettura dai bei colori, ben fotografata.
Una bella condivisione.
macjake (54934) 2012-07-22 1:56
Its not everyday we get to see city views from Uzbekistan, so this one is a real visual treat.
normally leaving that much empty sky is a mistake, but with the sweeping clouds it adds alot to the overall feeling of the scene.
lovely architecture and overview.
ahmet54 (3045) 2012-07-22 5:09
in my opinion this square in Samarkand is the most impressive one in the world. You have captured it very well using a wide angle lens.
CanmoreKevin (2111) 2012-07-23 5:46
I like the formality of this photo. The big expanse of sky nicely balances all of the busy intricacies of the buildings. Nicely composed.
tedesse (25099) 2012-07-23 10:15
An interesting photo from Samarkand!
Beautiful architecture, wonderful colors and excellent sharpness.
Have a nice evening
mkamionka (30084) 2012-07-23 12:21
wow, this is just a jaw-dropping view.
So impressive. I could stare at that for hours. The turquoise domes add particularly much unique beauty here. The sky is wonderful too, the composition has a feeling of space. Great light and pleasant strong contrasts.
delpeoples (52929) 2012-07-23 22:28
Hello dear Abmdsudi
This is such a spectacular series on this little-known yet incredibly beautiful mosque. I love this wide-angle shot and the inclusion of the people here are absolutely vital to give us a sense of scale and perspective. Not only is the architecture incredibly beautiful, it's massive - a real testament to man's skill as an artisan. I also like the effect the wide-angle lens has had on the bokeh and the superb light management. Fantastic!
Silvio1953 (119639) 2012-07-24 0:49
Ciao Abmdsudi, great POV on fantastic architecture, splendid clarity. wonderful light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
shevchenko (19257) 2012-07-25 1:12
Good pov and good frame to show a square that comprises a group of architectures, nice colourful buildings that completed with artistic patterns on the walls, thanks for sharing a charming view in the sunny day.
TopGeo (38202) 2012-07-27 23:03
good image of this square, Samarkand, one of the places
I like the scene and the moment you present with all the old buildings around,very impressive photo, very atmospheric, with a beautiful peaceful feeling! Technically ! Great composition and framing, outstanding light management, wonderful colours! Top quality photo! Congratulations!
danyy (0) 2012-07-27 23:29
sous un ciel merveilleux, capturé avec brio, les couleurs sont vibrantes et mettent en valeur la moindre parcelle de ces bâtiments. Dommage que tu n'ais pas un peu redressé la distorsion de perspective.
adramad (36959) 2012-07-28 12:15
That marvel of composition .... has splendidly captured the special atmosphere of this architectural complex ... unique in the world in style.
I visited him for many years and is one of the best memories I have of my travels, this fabulous composition I recalls.
Delicious colorful tiles, the magnificent contrast and good brightness, everything we enjoy with this beautiful image.
TFS. My congratulations.
Have a nice weekend.
claudeD (31765) 2012-07-29 11:45
Vy fine architecture shot with a perfeçt composition and and fine sharpness. The colors and the clarity of your picture are very good. I like the shot very much.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Angshu (55267) 2012-07-30 21:12
One of the most famous views from Samarkhand...a view which is aw for the first time froma picture of Tan (capthaddock). The wonderful details of the building & the symmetry of the frame leaves me awestruck. The light appears to be strong, given the density & range of shadows, but you did well. Good work!
COSTANTINO (53715) 2012-07-31 9:29
this shot draws the eyes towards the amazing blue sky
nice shot with interesting architectural details
nice symmetrical composition
have a nice evening
maria-v1981 (10814) 2012-08-02 4:17
A very well composed image and great use of lighting to create a nice pleasant feel, with nice soft color palette and depth. Great alignment of the monuments with excellent contrast against blue-white sky and marvelous light in the front.
Thanks for sharing,
kato (11630) 2012-09-17 5:28
You're capturing well this Islamic architecture by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the many architectures with mosaic's design and blue/gold color. It's impressive in cylindrical towers, square gates and mosques of a dome shape roof, too. It is visible like the masterpiece of Islamic construction. And, a blue sky matches well with these buildings.
Have a nice day.
DanielBarker (24) 2012-10-15 1:13
Too much shadow and the colours appear to be incorrect and dull
Noel_Byrne (22787) 2013-12-06 4:49
I am taking a journey to Uzbekistan today courtesy of your gallery! Another beautiful architectural image, showing the beautiful detail of this city, and the fine impressive architecture. A really impressive view, this is like a scene from a ancient legend.
Have a great weekend
- Copyright: abmdsudi abmdsudi (abmdsudi) (41998)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-12-19
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D70s, 18-70mm AF-S DX 3.5 - 4.5 Nikkor, ISO 200 RAW, Tokina 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/22, 1/100 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2012-07-20 8:55
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