This is a street in the centre of Mariager; a very old and very small city in Denmark.
Untill about 1430 it was just a village, but it got cityrights in 1536. Despite that rights, it only has only about 2.200 inhabitants.
The name Mariager is from middelage Danish "Mariæager", which means Virgins Maria's Field. It has that name because the village became bigger when a nonnery was founed in 1430.
The nonnery was devoted to Virgin Maria, and the village name Mariæager was meant to show that this city was the right place to devote Maria.
The city is situated by a fjord, and the fjord is called Mariagerfjord.
The building you see here to the right is Hotel Postgården. It's from the 18th century, but it is still used as a hotel-cafe.
I took this on a cold and snowy day. This is how the roads to Mariager looked like.
About the photo:
I want to thank Lars/Tue, because he removed a small, but disturbing red sign on one of the brown logs of the building to the right.
I also want to thank Magnus/MvS for his tip about Picasa2. I used Picasa2 here to crop the photo on the bottum, give it a bit more light and shadows, and give it more saturation.
This is the first time I increased saturation (my own program doesn't have that function). I just increased that a little bit. Do you think that I used it too much? Or not enough?
PS Did you already discover the icicles on the roof?
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antti (0) 2005-02-18 7:31
Hi, You ! Very, very attractive and beautiful shot. Great. You succeeded well in my mind with increasing saturation - not too much, not too less. Exellent point of view. Street leads eye nicely more far away. What to say ? - my english is not good enough to explain, I just say, I really like this.
mmarina (0) 2005-02-18 7:35
Hi Stef! I like this picture a lot and I think you added just the right amount of saturation. I tend to do that on my own pictures as well and it can work wonders. I guess it makes your yellow very yellow which I like. Sky a bit overexposed so it is not so distinct from the roof which is also white. But, I wouldn't know what to do about it. I can think of one thing. Select the sky with magic wand tool (photoshop), then diminish brightness or use the replace colour tool to make it more blue for instance. I can try it if you like. I like the depth of your image.
alvaraalto (10616) 2005-02-18 7:45
Gunnar in Kopenhagen heeft een elektrische sneeuwruimer. Is dat niet iets voor jullie met al dat witte spul. Ik wou dat het hier is lekker ging sneeuwen.
MvS (4163) 2005-02-18 7:56
Mysig Österlensk stämning. Färgerna är fina. Man får se upp med övermättning, men jag tror inte du överskridit gränsen även om det är nära. Själv har jag passerat gränsen ibland.
Vad roligt att du testar Picasa2! Otroligt lättanvänt tycker jag.
M v h
Kolyamour (1760) 2005-02-18 8:00
Beautiful picture of beautiful place! I like this yellow houses with brown logs and the texture of cobbled street.
Thanks for share.
faubry (35447) 2005-02-18 8:02
very beautiful village with yellow houses, very good composition, and perspective! i would like visit this village, wher is exatly in Danemark?
Hayri_CALISKAN (944) 2005-02-18 8:13
Very nice winter compsoition. Great perspective also.
clodreno (0) 2005-02-18 8:33
lovely image of a wondeful place. i have seen it in the summer though.. very nice image with the snow
arth (1454) 2005-02-18 9:32
Proficiat Stef ,dergelijke shots van U vindt ik altijd prachtig. Een mooi camerastandpunt weer met een mooie perspectief en zeer kleurrijk .Goede belichting met veel contrast en een mooie compositie .Knappe foto
Kenny10pin (19301) 2005-02-18 9:54
great perspective, I likee the yellow housing, very good snow surrounding, it looks very festive, well done
Vicky (1446) 2005-02-18 10:09
The colours of the buildings here are very warming, despite the presence of the ice and snow! It's a wonderfully composed and well thought out shot with just the right amount of saturation. I also have fun with Picasa2! The whiteish sky seems to emphasise the wintry conditions, so is not a problem as far as I'm concerned. Thank you Stef, it's lovely.
Steve_T (421) 2005-02-18 10:11
Good picture Stef, good idea. Good contrast between the Yellow and White and a good title!
keribar (43841) 2005-02-18 10:19
Stef, I really enjoy this picture very much: Perhaps
it's because of the yellow patterns and the snow, but also because you took it so well. Some people could tell you, "I wish someone was walking at the golden spot," they may be right, but it is OK like this too.
Good shot .. Izzet
Fixfocus (9385) 2005-02-18 11:17
A nice compo with good PoV and perspective,
Beautiful colors and contrasts.The yellow houses reminding me of the danish city of Abenra which I visited last year.
Booz (14347) 2005-02-18 11:40
I like typicaly danish buildings :)
Jeppe (18654) 2005-02-18 12:49
Wow - what a fine view - I been looking for photos like this for a long time. Congratulation Stef - you did a great job here - getting that old brickroad and houses with snow - thanks for sharing - (Yes I must check Picasa2 soon)
saintclaude (1398) 2005-02-18 12:57
Very interesting note and your WS show us really another way of living.
Here, the colors are intense in spite of snow, contrast is well made and the composition is excellent. It is beautiful work! Bravo! Claude
bertolucci (13362) 2005-02-18 13:06
Dit is een heel mooi Zweeds dorpsplaatje, Stef! Het perspectief is goed gekozen en stelt ons in staat de traditionele architectuur te bewonderen. De kleuren zijn perfect gesatureerd en de scherpte is top. Ik deel de opmerking van Marina over de blown out hightlites in de lucht en van de sneeuw op het dak. Met curves kan je hieraan nog het nodige doen - ik post later de WS om 't te laten zien - ik ben door mijn WS heen vandaag. Erg goed werk.
weswang (18223) 2005-02-18 14:08
Very cheerful colored old buildings. Thanks for providing the histories about this interesting city.
papagolf21 (99698) 2005-02-18 14:41
La route pavée déneigée bordée de très belles maisons aux couleurs joyeuses, l'ensemble crée une composition très agréable.
Très bien vu et très intéressante note d'accompagnement.
Hanssie (10774) 2005-02-18 16:25
A real Danish scene, this street with the beautiful houses. The darker yellow is a fine colour. The winter gives this shot a romantic mood and the few details as the flag and the sign-board are nice too. Mooi gedaan, jochie !!
Rockyboy (20598) 2005-02-18 17:05
wow, very nice "snowy" place! I like the architecture and the yellow color of this house. The perspective made with the road is also very good. Bravo!
Tue (35302) 2005-02-18 17:16
Nice Danish street! :-D Nice colours and perspective!
The red sign is removed very good! Great job! ;-)
AmiBe (6042) 2005-02-18 18:52
Very good composition, nice houses.
Beautiful colors and good contrast.
singuanti (15250) 2005-02-18 23:27
when I think of this part of the world this is just what comes to my mind. good eye in seeing the depth you could capture with this POV. The orange/yellow colors really stand out and come across quite well in the pic. the snow helps seperate this from the average shot. well done, again!
ChristianS (2997) 2005-02-19 3:14
Hi Stef, lovely photo, well composed. I like the nice perspective which leads the eye towards the end of the road and along the houses. The colours are really great. Well done!
supereira (9576) 2005-02-19 4:11
Great point of view and DOF.I like the composition and prespective.Very,very good colors and good contrasts.I like the light and sharpness.I like the windows.Very good job!
PixelTerror (0) 2005-02-19 5:00
It's a very nice view with a great perspective, I like the warm tones of the walls but I find them pretty unusual for a norther country, I'm more used to the red of swedish houses.
I think you're right saturating a bit as digital cameras often produce too pale colors.
Have a nice day,
jmdaoudal (82) 2005-02-19 5:05
Great one and this construction is a real star; I like these colors and excellent perspective.
Hauke (12) 2005-02-19 9:57
Well, pushing it up to 60 pts ;-)
Fantastic work, Stef. I like it for its strong lines and - even more - for the spare use of colours. This is one of the ways to get some balance, silence and stability into a pic's message. I will follow you up the road into history.
Great job. Thank you for that.
jhm (151446) 2005-02-19 12:01
Hoi Stef, ik denk dat u al de mooiste straatje van Denemarken afloopt om zo een mooi en vriendelijk beeld te maken van de oude woningen, de kasseistenen en de ijskegels aan het dak krijgen wij er gratis bij, zeker goed perspectief en zachte kleuren.
paulspain (625) 2005-02-19 18:38
Hello, Stef. What an amazing picture is this beautiful view, my friend.
Composition is sensational creating a very beautiful perspective and a Great winter atmosphere.
I love the wonderful colors of this photo, thanks for share it.
oochappan (16355) 2005-02-21 0:13
Dit is prachtig van kleur, het dominante geel en witte sneeuw met enkele roodkleurige spots in een mooi perspektief, prachtig Steft.
Eagle (522) 2005-02-23 17:22
Very nice picture with good composition! I like the fact that you managed to capture the street with no persons on the image. Actually I took a very simular picture like this in Ebeltoft three days after your picture =)...
I really like these old houses with the squares and crooked walls.
elihesamian (26149) 2005-02-26 5:15
Great work,excellent snowy perspectve with lovely colors,very nice work and glad to see it in your gallery,Stef,which I like it very much,Congratulation,and thanks for sharing,perfectly composed.
loupiot (3909) 2005-02-28 6:23
Une jolie composition, avec des couleurs très agréables. Ce petit village semble vraiment typique et très traditionnel. L'angle de vue est bien choisi, en nous faisant découvrir cette superbe petite ruelle pavée. A very good job, well done!
lukie (0) 2005-04-01 11:14
Het kasseibaantje springt wel direkt in het oog, Steft. Mooie foto van dit oude stadje. Prettige reis in die buurlanden daar.
bazal (7900) 2005-04-13 4:54
I've just dicovered this shot in your album and I think it's very interesting. I like both the superb perspective given by the road and the colors of the buildings. The general architectureis unusual and interesting. The different oblique, vertical and diagonal lines give a good geometric aspect to the composition. Beautiful light even if the conditions weren't optimal! Nicely done !
Xalkida (11744) 2005-04-13 12:47
Excellent winter scene! Very nice and vivid colors and excellent authentic lighting! Very nice!
AEG (2449) 2005-04-14 13:53
Piêknie pokazujesz Danie super foto
Fantastyczne zdjêcie podoba siê bardzo
loumi (6) 2005-04-17 11:45
This street is very attractive. Your photo includes many interesting details.
I love the cobble stones, the old yellow buildings and the narrow and curvy street.
Again, great historical info. Thanks.
robiuk (10807) 2005-04-24 16:31
Compositionally very good. I like the tones of yellow-colored facades.
Unfortunately, the roof seems a bit washed out and unpleasantly blends with the sky - use of a polariser would've helped here.
paolino (1024) 2005-05-23 13:58
I especially like the timeless atmosphere in this picture. Colors and POV are also intersting. Images capture a moment, and that moment was magic.
sayzey (2358) 2005-06-26 8:36
Well done Stef! A good phot with an informative note! I also like the fact you added a photo of the roads and note about the busses! It makes me wonder about this country where we see snow a few times a year and it brings the country to a stand still, roads closed, no people turning up to work!
Congrats to you on taking the photo but also to Lars who made it so you cant tell that there was ever a sign!
aznegrao (10316) 2005-07-03 17:12
Otimo momento de luz, as cores e o fundo ficaram otimos. Gosto da dinamica e do grafismo dessa composição.
aralda (1240) 2005-10-27 10:20
I think you did a good job with the saturation. I like that orange (and the yellowish ochre and dark brick red) and the light... Great photo, thanks for sharing!
timleahy (2195) 2006-08-19 11:52
Lovely snowscene. Good composition. I think saturation is just nice, the yellow of the houses contrasting with the snow. The sky is somewhat burnt out, maybe that is just the way it was that day?
Towns and villages can look so beautiful covered in slow, and you captured this one beautifully.
asajernigan (21427) 2006-11-10 11:18
Very attractive photo. You have captured the essence of the setting very well. The added saturation doesn't seem to have caused any problems.
I like the way the eye is led down the street to the red house in the distance.
paura (47186) 2007-04-30 21:09
Interesting architecture details on this fascinating winter shot. Excellent dep and colors.
pablominto (53746) 2007-05-02 4:17
A pleasant and typical small Danish town street scenery!
The old architecture is very attractive and the fresh colour make the houses stand out even on a dull light winter day...
Well composed imnage, with the curving atreet as an excellent lead-in!
I think a small saturation increase is wise under this light conditions...