3 photos today. Kok Gumbaz mosque in late November with a small autumn coloured tree in front. Completed in 1437 by Ulughbek in honour of his father Shah Rukh, who was Timur's son. The name of the mosque means Blue Dome. This is Timur(Tamerlane)'s home town. Realtively few people travel to Uzbekistan, even fewer go to Shakhrisabz (means Green town in Tajik language). It's not a spectacular place, but only 1.5 hour south of Samarkand, it is easy to visit. The WS photo 1 shows better the autumn colour in town, #2 shows this building from far and above, with Timur.
UPDATE January 2007: It seems I have places Shakhrisabz in the wrong province, I hope it's correct now.
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danyy (0) 2005-11-04 15:42
c'est très joli et très coloré. Et puis les coulerus de l'automne sont aussi discrètement présentes.
Jolie esthétique avec ce ciel bien bleu.
ahmet54 (3039) 2005-11-04 15:49
fevkalade cami, fevkalade fotograf. Ben bir gün de Özbekistan'daki tarihi yerleri görmek istiyorum. Ekim ayi seyahat etmek icin iyi mi, degil mi? Fotografin gercekten güzel, bilhassa renkleri begeniyorum.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-11-04 15:50
TRès belle architecture bien mise en valeur.
J'aime beaucoup cette image d'un endroit finalement peu connu et pourtant splendide.
Deepforest (9260) 2005-11-04 16:02
Beautiful view at mosque. Excellent coloures and frame, good sharpness. Great shot! Regards!
pilpel-adom (3018) 2005-11-04 16:14
Great structures! Good capture, Tan! Wonderfull skies you captured here, align nicely with the torquise color of the domes!
Ina (2687) 2005-11-04 16:49
What a colorful picture... I like the blue and torquise colors mixed with the colors of autum... Fine composition too...TFS...Ina...
jjbach (9324) 2005-11-04 17:04
Very impressive presentetion with three (!) photos. Excellent colours and very beautiful details on the mosque. Wonderful work!
cengiz (3591) 2005-11-04 17:48
harkulade bir fotograf olmus mavinin tonlari kubblelerle nefis bir frame olmus elinize saglik
Tue (27406) 2005-11-04 17:56
Great picture of this beautiful mosque. The colours are very strong! Good composition too. I like the small clouds in the background.
MiguelP (14466) 2005-11-04 18:28
Late at night after see a wonderful movie I recommend you: "The constant gardener". Best among the best of the year. Not too much time to TE this busy days but I´ve seen this one of you, another hommage to the sky, you are always so lucky at this point. I look forward to visit this place, and your photo makes me more anxious to go there. Maybe next summer. Take care Tan.
Gerrit (45886) 2005-11-04 19:53
Beautiful place and great picture. The colors and defenition make rhe picture.
Thanks and regards Gerrit
partha (14020) 2005-11-04 20:32
The pic is beautifully composed.The colour tone is perfect.
huynt (5079) 2005-11-05 2:16
An especial architecture of Uzbekistan. Detailful shot. Well done. Thanks. Huy
Cormac (26545) 2005-11-05 9:53
Wow Tan! I'm so jealous - Samarkand is one of the places I want to visit. This photo really shows the incredible detail in the mosque, ad especially that amazing blue colour. Great work, and I hope we get to see more from this area!
AmiBe (6042) 2005-11-05 13:34
very nice monument, less photographed than the Eiffel tower.
Superb colors as usual.
coco (30439) 2005-11-05 18:05
Nice composition with nice light and colour. Also we have a nice architecture where the light is reflected. And that's is nice in the photo. That reflections, with the light and the sky, add more interest to the picture.
ChrisJ (95188) 2005-11-06 3:35
I like the symmetry of the 3 domes, & tight framing, but it has a slight yellow green color cast on my monitor, in the sky at top left. Good work overall.
PixelTerror (0) 2005-11-06 6:24
This is a place I've always been dreaming about, not that I'm a big islamic believer, but I value all religions for their participation in the architecture of the cities, we can see a luminous illustration of it here, nice you've been able to visit some "out of the main track" places and a superb result, the rendering and glowing of these fine green domes is splendid, and all the building is real fine art, I really enjoy this one !
Have a nice week end,
bibiweb (8) 2005-11-06 12:11
You have really been to great places!
This mosque is remarkably beautiful with its turquoise colored domes and you've perfectly framed it against the deep bleu sky. I like the way you've include the trees in the foreground to add a nice contrasting yellow color.
Have a nice Sunday.
Paolo (41222) 2005-11-07 9:52
How many fantastic place do you visit?!
that one is fantastic, i saw that mosque only on National Geo channel and sometimes in some magazines!
fantastic buildings, well composed, with good light and colors!
Leonie (8809) 2005-11-07 11:47
This is quite remarquable architecture! You say it's not a spectacular place..but on your pic it looks like one! :o) Good framing and crop and nice colours, too!
bazal (7900) 2005-11-08 3:28
Samarkand is a place I would dream to visit. I think this city on the silk road is so mithic and fascinating. The sun's reflection on the blue-green domes and on the incredible walls of the mosque is superb. Thanks for sharing !
bantonbuju (51771) 2005-11-08 5:57
merhaba tan, this place is my dream - samarkanda with its famous muslim architecture is a place where one day i want to see; amazing colours, and - as guaranteed by the place - stunning beauty of an islamic archi;
carper (96) 2005-11-19 13:27
Wauw Tan, I like this one,
the composition is realy nice, the crop is well made the colours and the contrast is very nice, I like it a lot, very good job,
Didi (55567) 2005-11-29 14:47
Même au Caire ma ville natale il n'existe pas d'aussi belle mosquée.
La composition est très originale, j'ai l'impression de voir une architecture en miniature.
C'est fantastique !
Even in Cairo my birthplace there does not exist such beautiful mosque. The composition is very original, I have the impression to see an architecture in miniature. It is fantastic!
kombizz (0) 2005-12-02 11:07
I love your beautiful photo which very vivid. You could get rid of that black spot on top on the left side. Would be better to burn little on the wall on the left side.By the way my first camera was Minolta X700 and now I have Minolta Dynax 7 and would like to buy a digital minolta SLR with 10 or MP.
fadingstar78 (420) 2005-12-07 11:19
I would love to travel to Uzbekistan, I would love to see central Asia. picture and subject are beautiful.
smash2707 (3320) 2006-01-14 19:38
Amazing colors. Great sharpness (as in all of your pictures). Good light. What else can I say? Well done.
fmfelman (118) 2006-01-25 21:59
Incredible photo. The color and the detail are fabulous. I would like to go see this place.
jbweasle (9373) 2006-01-30 3:01
Hello Tan, I didn't manage to get to this place when I was in Uz, so thanks for sharing. I think the road was closed to stop potential militants travelling to the capital during the 10 year anniversary of independence. Anyway, you have some fantastically bright colours and the tilework is wonderfully detailed. Looks like I missed a worthwhile place.
BlaiseCendrars (0) 2006-02-05 8:18
I have almost the exact photo but mine is bland and boring while yours is magnificient. You were the lucky one this time, it was cloudy when I visited, but nevertheless your photo is a gem, letting the shapes, details and colours speak for themselves.
Thanks and best regards,
anew (582) 2006-02-06 18:27
I love the colors in this picture. The turquoise goes so well with the sky at the back. Amazing sight
adramad (36317) 2006-02-09 17:07
This is a beautiful picture. I love the colors and the composition. When I´ve seen, this incredible photo remembered my trip to Samarcand some years ago.
My analogic camera is a Minolta X700 and I have a lot of slides and I want to buy a scan, but I don´t know wich kind to buy. Coul´d you recomended any model. All your photos are very nice and have a fantastic definitions and colours for scanned pictures. Explendid works.
asadi-s (108) 2006-10-17 20:18
This is the best photo I have ever seen from this famous place. The angle you have chosen for the picture is nice.
danos (84383) 2007-02-01 13:36
what a nice blue of these aquadomes.The incredible details on the mosque make your shot marvellous.The colours the lighting and the sharpness are great.Wonderful work!
- Copyright: Tan Yilmaz (capthaddock) (28790)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2002-11-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Minolta X-700, 28mm, Fuji Superia Reala, Circular Polariser
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2005-11-04 15:37
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