Outside the medieval walls of the island town of Trogir is the modern waterfront. Although the sun was still beating down on us, it was evident from the ominous sky and loud cracks of thunder that a storm was approaching. The people in the waterfront cafes were hurriedly packing away the sun umbrellas and cushions from the chairs. However not many photographers could resist this light, coupled with the black clouds; not this photographer at least.
The tower you see in the background is part of Kamerlengo Castle. It was built by the Venetians in about 1430, and was the residence of the Venetian Governor. Now the space inside the walls is used for summer concerts and outdoor theatre performances. Further information about Trogir is in my previous post from here.
I have posted another shot in the WS, looking across the water to the island of Ciovo.
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TopGeo (38206) 2008-07-11 1:29
Hi Kath excellent shot Wonderful prospect perfect composition with excellent colour & detail. Good scene of Crocia coast very nice work Well done.
robertosalguero (246) 2008-07-11 1:30
Very dramatic view of this waterfront. The dark clouds enhance the mood of the image and create a more interestin landscape. The image is sharp and properly saturated. This seem like a beautiful place to go for a stroll. Thanks Kath.
snunney (86342) 2008-07-11 1:31
A great dramatic picture of the approaching storm. The light looks very ominous indeed. Good point of view looking towards the old tower, to which the eyes are drawn by the palms and the street lights. Very good sharpness.
jimkilgallon (0) 2008-07-11 1:33
The row of palm trees and lights bending into the centre is a great focal point for the eyes to follow. The couple in the orange seem to bring the capture out more as does the dirty clouds. Colours, detail, lighting and sharpness is spot on.
delkoo (68) 2008-07-11 1:53
Truly beautiful , really great mood there and this one shows how light conditions are important in photography.
grey sky and sun gives always an interesting result as you perfectly done .
gilou530 (34) 2008-07-11 2:05
oufff, which sky ! the storm has being hard a contrast excel which gives a atmospher, framing with this curved road is well found
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-07-11 3:52
nice perspective, amazing contrast with the black clouds
cbrman (21645) 2008-07-11 4:15
Un temps des plus orageux. Le ciel sombre contraste bien avec le sol et la rangée de palmiers donne un joli point d'interêt dans l'image.
Gerrit (49672) 2008-07-11 4:31
good composition in fanatstic light. The sky is very impressive.
ruisc_pt (10890) 2008-07-11 4:49
A tension is felt with this heavy sky contrasting with the daily life mood of the seaside walkway.
I really like it
Royaldevon (31193) 2008-07-11 4:52
Wow, Kath! This scene carries so much contrast and potential drama!
People strolling around in fresh, summer clothes and this big, black sky, creeping in like some giant Trollenburg Terror!
You certainly could not resist this!
The curve of the promenade with its associated trees leads in perfectly.
Tis is nicely balanced with the tall mast and tower.
danyy (0) 2008-07-11 5:23
ca, c'est le ciel qui me fait rêver, les conditions de lumières que je préfère parmi toutes.
Avex les ombres , on devine la position du soliel qui donne ces si belles lumières.
De la toute bonne photo dans des conditions difficiles.
Best regards and have a great week-end.
Jonas_Schmitt (3074) 2008-07-11 5:33
A fantastic new picture taken with the D300. I see you used a 24-120mm lens, I haven´t heard about this one before...but as it seems you get wonderful pictures with it [at least, if it is in the right hands ;-)]. This photo is really beautiful, there´s still some light illuminating the port and as an amazing contrast there are the almost black clouds, great! Very well composed with the trees on the right which give you an excellent feeling of depth and also the ship on the left, I like this a lot. The atmosphere here is just brilliant and I like the colors very much.
Wonderful photo, Kath, I just can repeat that....Well done,
Dyerco (10185) 2008-07-11 6:18
The frontlit FG with that ominous sky really add drama to this shot. The light was well handled. Well done.
John_F_Kennedy (43173) 2008-07-11 7:48
The colours on this image are beautifully saturated under this dramatic sky. My compliments for it.
crckt (7218) 2008-07-11 8:10
The sky is just awesome! A ND filter? Wonderful light, a great atmosphere.
Thanks for sharing,
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2008-07-11 8:25
Hi, Kath -
There is indeed an amazing quality of light that just precedes a thunderstorm. We don't see that much out here in the West (US), but I remember it well from when I grew up in New Jersey. You've captured it very well here.
It is a tight composition, the boat almost pushing the edge, but you did manage to get all the elements in place and in line. I hope you got under cover before the storm broke!
Floydian (30970) 2008-07-11 9:20
First time i find a sky more impressive than the foreground. And look at that contrast between sky and earth...a big wow...i like such skies...stunning..!!!
Have a nice weekend, Henk
The row of palmtrees is also very nice ;-)
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-07-11 10:47
Superb contrasts here.
I like this dark sky, and how it works with this brighter FG.
plimrn (21344) 2008-07-11 11:48
Yes you captured that pre-storm feeling perfectly: the the whipping palm leaves and black clouds are strongly emphasized by the last rays of sun. The WS is nice but this one if fabulous.
leo61 (0) 2008-07-11 11:52
I love this :sun at the landscape or here,city and a dark grey sky.Great POV and good composition with the long curve and these palmtrees.The sailingboat is perfect placed and It`s mast is good for the balance of the image.
dareco (17134) 2008-07-11 12:41
Oh I love this lighting and the storm clouds! Very nice pov and a very pretty place. Excellent colors! TFS and have a happy day!
dta (68764) 2008-07-11 12:49
Hello Kath ,
Fantastic stormy sky . Great contrast between it and the great calm in the sunny street . An excellent composition with many interesting élements , too .
devimeuxbe (58557) 2008-07-11 14:08
Very impressive sky ! the contrasts is beautifull. Very nice scenery of Trogir/
guillaumejm (0) 2008-07-11 14:55
what a dramatic sky very well contrasting with the men with short trousers. the set of tree creates nice perspective. The light on castle walls in background is great too.
gneufeld (15890) 2008-07-11 18:34
Wow, its the dark sky that really sets this image ablaze. The contrasts are stunning and colors breathtaking. TFS. Gerald
UlfE (14641) 2008-07-11 22:10
Marvelous shot of Trogir waterfront. The lighting with the very dark sky and and the sunlight still on the quay and the tower is absolutely perfect. Also very, very good timing since you seldom are in the right place when such lighting appears. I guess that a few minutes the lighting was gone.TFS and have a nice week-end!
Graal (98630) 2008-07-11 23:52
amazing dark clouds on the sky, unusual background for this scene and presentation. I like the contrast and composition also. Fine perspective. Good shot.
kadirim (879) 2008-07-12 6:11
Wonderful atmosphere and magnificent sky.Excellent harbour and old castle.Well done.
holmertz (42723) 2008-07-12 9:36
Brilliant contrast between the dark sky and the sunlit waterfront. A very neat diagonal composition, with an elegant line formed by the palms up to the tower. The people positioned along the road give depth to the picture.
sacavem (18614) 2008-07-12 10:33
An excellent illustrated postcard of Trogir.Light and color,very well done.
Congratulations. One hug,
Cricri (108623) 2008-07-12 11:08
Un beau contraste obtenu avec le ciel dramatique, bon POV sur cette longue promenade
le WS donne un autre bel aperçu de l'endroit
Emile (20350) 2008-07-12 16:27
Superb shot of the waterfront of Trogir with the old castle in the back, despite the very cloudy sky you still had good lighting in the harbor. Sunny days are good to get photos but also cloudy days too. Very well captured.
Wish you a nice weekend.
bostankorkulugu (42116) 2008-07-12 23:04
looks like the white tower in thessaloniki to me at first glance... the heavy weather helped you get a dramatic result kath... strange but perfect light...
have a nice weekend...
bakes888 (18499) 2008-07-13 0:31
Hi Kath. The sunny FG and dark sky gives this shot a surreal atmosphere. Well composed, the palm trees make and excellent and impressive lead-in line. Nice work and thanks for sharing.
Have a good week, Paul.
marietom (34609) 2008-07-13 1:31
Superbe lumière, on sent l'orage proche. Belle composition.
PaulVDV (23037) 2008-07-13 3:07
Wow, here we see an almost black sky and that while everything is still bathing in the sun.
Good clear and sharp picture.
Well done, Paul
steliosk (4802) 2008-07-13 3:33
Your capture is very well balanced, beautiful composition and POV.
That sky looks threating, ready to brake up. I like that part, its adds attitude to your scene.
Excellent PP, I totally agree on the way you handled the shot and PP :)
rodgerg (55767) 2008-07-13 8:11
Beautiful vew to the seafront of Trogir. A composition well balanced with the alignment of trees and a good prospect. I like too the superb colors of the sky.
riclopes (35577) 2008-07-13 8:56
Yes, this is an irresistable light, Kath. Somehow I understant your doubts about the WS because it has an even better lighting, but this image is much better. Why? Well, better composition to start with. Love the strong diagonal of the palmtrees and the elements on the other side balancing well the image. Even the tourist ;-) entering in the frame is a nice bonus - although he has the hand in the pocket he seems anxious to find the best photo out of this storm and that adds some drama :) Even the sky has depth. Beautiful image with such weather.
Aviller (3866) 2008-07-13 9:17
An amazing sky with great composition. The dark sky certainly creates a great contrast with the bright tower and sidewalk.
carper (96) 2008-07-13 11:19
wauw marvelous Kath,
I like the shot with the dark sky and the good light on the scene, good composition and a plaesure to look at, good photojob here, have a nice evening.
alvaraalto (6177) 2008-07-13 14:16
To me this is always one of the most photogenic circumstances. An interesting place lightened by sunshine and a pitch-black sky of a thunderstorm that will change to place totally in a few minute or when you are lucky will pass by without rain.
Angshu (56186) 2008-07-13 21:17
I wish I get these clouds one day...problem is in this season we have such weather a plenty but in no occasion I would have my camera with me. The clouds lifts the picture several notches...I'm sure this would look good under a blue sky as well, but this is special. Perspective is well created with the row of palms leading upto the wall. Even the WS post is excellent with the contrast of the roofs against the dark sky. Fine work, both!
dkeus31 (27735) 2008-07-14 3:37
very nice image, the light on the way is great, even more wit the dark sky as background.
jjbach (9324) 2008-07-14 14:06
Very nice composition with wonderful perspective. The sky looks great and the lighting is perfect. Very well done!
pablominto (53744) 2008-07-14 23:52
The good point of view is resulting in fine lines!
The drama in the weather situation is well captured, as the sunlit waterfront contrast well with the threatening clouds...
A well balanced composition with super details!
PixelTerror (0) 2008-07-15 0:10
Nice seaside perspective, exposure is good and ensures maximum visual impact of what makes your image spectacular, this stormy light pushing the highlights against this dark clouds background, I like a lot such images.
Have a nice day JY
robiuk (10807) 2008-07-15 15:38
Well, not often do I get to see such a contrast between
the light in the FG and the clouds, except here in the UK.
I can almost see the raindrops already falling on my
monitor - so I better hurry up...
JCG (35129) 2008-07-17 9:11
Which fantastic sky and I find that it is even more seizing on your complementary photograph which would be worth a publication in principal photograph. I like much contrasts of light. Framing is judicious and well balanced between this boat and its mast as well as the palm trees on the right. The depth of the image is appreciable. Pretty and interesting glance Kath, cheer… two points to round to 100 !!!
With all my friendships and a very good evening,
noborders (1010) 2008-07-21 8:38
The sky is fabulous with the contrast of the sun on the buildings ! Happy to discover Trogir here, I don't think that I was there but I have really fond memories of lifely and happy Split (waterfront a bit similar) which I really preferred to too touristy and a bit empty Dubrovnik.
An excellent combination of historical building, nature, people etc as you indicate, great view !
(PS : your analysis of my landscape with a truck was very complete and interesting to read, I had not thought of all that, many thanks !)
cobbydale (1958) 2008-07-21 12:06
Excellent atmosphere of foreboding in this one Kath, looks like a hell of a storm brewing there. Yet the light on the ground etc is still quite bright adding a strong contrast. I like the lead-in lines formed by both the pavement and the palm trees.
PS I do agree with your comment about your WS - I think it is a tad empty and not up to the standard you've set yourself for a main post
eska (522) 2008-07-25 7:30
Hi Kath. Nice invitation for a stroll or maybe for exciting, in this weather, boat ride. I like your WS maybe even more. It might be empty in the centre but both pictures are full of "weather" in the upper parts.
Thanks to "this photographer" for black clouds. I agree - hard to resist that kind of light and shadow show.
Greetings from Canada, have a good weekend.
coco (30439) 2008-07-31 12:39
This sky is really menacing... but it works very well in the photo.
The exposure, I'm sure, wasn't easy but you made a good work (did you do some kind of postprocessing?).
Regards and thanks for sharing.
mortijo (12828) 2008-08-10 6:36
Trogir waterfront hasn't changed much since I visited a 36 years ago. Excellent shot with this threathening sky. Nice, well saturated colors.
- Copyright: Kath Featherstone (feather) (51130)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-06-06
- Categories: Castles, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D300, Nikkor 24-120mm AF-S, VR, RAW, HOYA 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/11, 1/80 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Travelogue: Croatia
- Date Submitted: 2008-07-11 1:18