Sunflowers as they once were
The slogan of the Croatian National Tourist Board is "The Mediterranean as it once was". That seems especially true on the island of Lastovo, a 47-km2 island in the county of Dubrovnik-Neretva, perhaps due to the relatively long ferry journey and the lack of sumptuous beaches and mass tourism facilities. Despite being closer to Dubrovnik than to Split, the main ferry leaves from Split. For some reason, that’s what the local population preferred. However, there’s also a maritime link to Dubrovnik (no car) during the summer months. As one could expect, Lastovo’s economy relies mainly on agriculture and tourism. The island was closed to foreigners until 1989 owing to its importance as a military outpost.
This photo was taken in Lastovo Town where nearly half of remaining eight hundred islanders live. This is a charming and authentic village built on a slope and facing inland (south), which is rather unusual for an insular village. But the sea is not far off, less than a 10-minute walk down a steep path, or via a narrow winding road. Several of the houses are however abandoned or in bad condition, but in a way that just adds to the charms of the place. If not living too far away, that might even be a wonderful place for a newly retired wishing to acquire an old house at a reasonable price and eventually slowly restore it. Photo taken around 17 h, which explains the yellowish tone. I like that time of the day in these Mediterranean places, often calm and full of nature sounds and smells, and sometimes bringing relief after the very hot hours.
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mesutilgim (81320) 2014-03-04 12:46
Very nice capture from Croatia with perfect pov and ligth management.
Of course great symbolism .Fresh sunflowers against old and abandoned walls.
TFS and best regards
PaulVDV (21107) 2014-03-04 13:00
It must be very interesting to visit an island that has been closed for foreign visitors for such a long time.
Beautiful afternoon light.
Best regards, Paul
dta (64142) 2014-03-04 13:21
Bonjour Claude ,
Très belle image de ces superbes tournesols devant la maison abandonnée , sous une jolie lumière chaude . beau travail sur la profondeur de champ .
le genre d'ile qu'il me plairait de visiter .
npecanhuk (62474) 2014-03-04 13:32
Lovely and beautiful picture, with special regards to the management of light, colors, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,
lousat (73853) 2014-03-04 15:02
Salut Claude,une maniere magnifique de nous montrer les tournesol,la choix de la prise de vue avec cet arrier-plan a etee' decisive,details au top et exposition parfaicte.Mes compliments et bonne nuit,Luciano
rychem (20795) 2014-03-04 21:32
Very nice. I like the composition with sunflowers in the foreground, you have found a very nice corner, good management of light and colors
SnapRJW (30002) 2014-03-05 1:36
Hello Claude - This does have a lovely rural feel. I particularly like the colours of the sunflowers in a brighter version of the colours of the old house. You have managed to create a shot which captures a bygone look, attractive work.
Warm regards Rosemary
Royaldevon (27495) 2014-03-05 6:31
I like how you have made the sunflowers your focal image, positioned them strongly and emphasised your intention with your title.
The flowers are perfectly supported by the warm sun, in the b/g, where the buildings are being gilded by its effects.
You have used an effective shallow dof.
Have a great day,
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-05 7:55
what a nice image. The colors are all kept in warm tones and that makes this picture very pleasant. The sunflowers very smartly placed in the corner of the composition provide very eye catching foreground. I also like the building which work as a background. Its old walls add very much to the picture. Well presented!
jhm (136638) 2014-03-07 3:11
You chose a very nice picture with the focus on the sunflower.
Through the light background blurred, becomes the flower more activated.
Nice picture with pleasant colours.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Waylim (25172) 2014-03-07 12:02
Beautiful sunflower, love how the low sunlight makes the color even richer and more red. the background of the houses with stone wall really give a feeling of cozy and charming quality.
Excellent details photo with good composition.
siudzi (32825) 2014-03-07 22:49
Eye-catching capture this due to a beautiful presented subject additionally executed with amazing warm lights and tonality. Like it a lot! A perfectly done work.
Have a nice weekend!
willperrett (6388) 2014-03-12 1:58
Lovely light; lovely composition. The sunflower is given prominence over the village view, which is unusual and effective: the slight defocussing of the background adds a sort of nostalgic feel to the shot. I'm reminded of one I posted earlier. For the record, here it is!
- Copyright: Claude Belanger (cebe) (1481)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-08-06
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Sigma EX 10-20 f4.0-5.6 DC HSM, Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-03-04 12:45