I visited Dubrovnik for the first time in July, and was captivated by this picturesque and historic city – especially the old town pictured here. Dubrovnik promotes itself as “the second most beautiful place on earth”, and when you see photographs like this you can understand why.
Dating back to the 7th century, the old town of Dubrovnik is one of the few cities in the world which still looks today much like it did hundreds of years ago. It is a picturesque city of cobbled streets, red tiled roofs and historic churches, monasteries and palaces, surrounded by massive stone walls.
As the entire old town is closed to cars, it is easy to explore on foot. There are some great restaurants inside (and outside) the old town, and the coffee shops (which serve great coffee!) along the central pedestrian mall (called Placa) create a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere in summer with their outdoor tables and umbrellas. There are many interesting shops tucked away in its shady backstreets too.
The shelling of Dubrovnik in 1991 and 1992 was a tragic situation which left more than half of the buildings damaged and nine palaces gutted by fire. Most of the city has been repaired now, but it is still easy to see evidence of the shelling.
I was in Dubrovnik for five nights, and each morning before breakfast I walked down the road from my hotel to this spot where I could see the old town framed by these palms and a magnificent display of purple bougainvillea. On the last morning I was there, the sky was quite stormy looking, and it created marvellous lighting conditions which were very different to the first four days. I waited until a break in the cloud caused the sun to shine on the old town and bracketed a few shots to capture this composition.
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gaby (19819) 2005-09-07 11:33
Hi David wonderful landscape - I like a lot the compo and the colors -
ajcsousa (1804) 2005-09-07 11:34
Very nice picture. Great composition and POV. Superb colours, light and details. Good work
mlopes (494) 2005-09-07 12:27
Beautiful photo with nice summer colours. I really wanted to be there ... swimming in that wonderfull sea :)
Albrecht (11281) 2005-09-07 14:44
Wonderful sight of the old city and the sea. Perhaps a bit overexposed, but a good shot.
Take care, -Albrecht-
ahmet54 (3123) 2005-09-07 16:16
beautiful view of a beautiful city. Your picture is not over-saturated. I like Dalmatian coast. Hope to see some pics of North Korea soon on TE. Have a good journey.
Roland alias ahmet54
oochappan (16355) 2005-09-07 20:19
Well framed with the flowers and the palms, a very light sunny view on Dubrovnic.
kensimage (8565) 2005-09-08 0:02
Very beautiful and nicely framed, David, and I like that little boat at lower center! Including the purple flowers is a great touch.
North Korea, wow, what takes you there? I hope you get some great shots (to the extent allowed, we don't want your next series to be "The Gulag from Inside.")
aloyho (6798) 2005-09-08 2:31
This place is indeed beautiful and I like the way you look this place. The palm trees and the purple flowers give good decorations to this place and create the right atmosphere. The clarity and details are very well managed and controlled. Excellent shot and a pleasant trip. Have a wonderful time.
Wirraway (1985) 2005-09-08 3:57
What a neat landscape you have captured here David, it has a very good composition as well as exposure and colour, great note as well, excellent stuff.
Kenny10pin (19301) 2005-09-08 5:37
very nice shot here, I like the colours at the front, very well done with the composition too, well done
ChrisJ (109658) 2005-09-08 6:11
A very scenic & colorful spot. Good to see this place didn't sustain too much damage, during the breakup of the former republic of Yugoslavia, at least on a superficial level.
AnneFrance (921) 2005-09-09 12:30
oh, yes! wonderfull, this sky and sea almost one, these soft colours, just one word, GREAT!
klyee75 (778) 2005-09-12 20:37
Beautiful sea, clear sunshine and a peaceful day. I feel enjoying looking at this photo.
erdna (5711) 2005-09-16 10:00
This place is really beautiful David. Ithink your saturation is perfect. Everything is just right.
kevinos (7507) 2005-09-26 3:20
A lovely view of a lovely city, David. Nicely composed and with vibrant colour. great! regards Kevin
santhosh_ermal (122) 2005-09-28 20:50
very interesting subject..note provided here
Here you shown us a wonderfull landscape with joyfull colours...nice work
HOBO (5282) 2005-10-07 12:43
Good evening David,
hope you had a great flight :-))
You composed a great view of this fascinating city, which is a real open air museum. Pefect colors and good sharpness. Good pov.
ArtLook (2348) 2005-10-08 9:17
Really wonderful place. I like colors on this photo very much.. sky, water, trees - looks very interesting... The composition is very good framed with beautiful colorful trees. Well done, bravo!
With BEST regards,
rabani (9645) 2005-10-25 0:38
David...what's the first?
About being the second most beautiful... Your work here David, depicted a Mediterranean ambience in a way. It must be those palm trees diagonally framing the old city and the bright sunny day outlook of it all.
You are going places.
Paul57 (2217) 2005-11-14 11:04
Such a pretty city and people wanting to destroy it! TRAGIC, indeed!!
I have never been to Dubrovnic but it appears to be amazingly beautiful. Your composition with those flowers and palm trees add that extra touch.
mjdundee (4663) 2005-12-03 5:21
very beautifull - it really is!
Great compo of different colours. The red rubber boat gives additional attraction.
Very well done. TFS. Thomas
jbweasle (9393) 2005-12-11 15:04
Hello David, this is truly a beautiful place. The white marble streets are a delight and a walk along the walls is one of the best "city walks" in Europe. Here you have a wonderful composition with the palms in the foreground and I love the colourful purple flowers on the right.
sergio1 (12152) 2006-01-05 5:56
Buen tiro y punto de visto. Colores llamativos y definición buena.
vbl (1421) 2006-11-05 14:36
Very nice picture, i like it very much. Great POV and compo perfect. Contrast and definition is very good.
plimrn (21344) 2007-04-07 19:47
I love bouganvilla and I've never seen it captured quite so well. The colors seem very natural too me and I see that's the common opinion. The framing is outstanding as well with that diagonal of plants framing the finger of the old town projecting into the turquoise sea. You are right, they are VERY diplomatic people. HLJ, Pat
izmirli (3989) 2007-04-07 19:58
merhaba dear david
beautiful landscape.very good dubrovnik city and colours.well done.
- Copyright: David Astley (banyanman) (7789)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-07-10
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D100, Nikkor AF-S 24-120/3.5-5.6G ED, Circular PL
- Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
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- Date Submitted: 2005-09-07 8:42
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