POSTCARD FROM TALLINN I
During the past millennium the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania were frequently occupied by powerful neighbors, but in the early 1990s all three regained their independence from their last master, USSR. When the Seabourn Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Sojourn, on which I was serving as a lecturer, docked in the harbor of Tallinn, I joined a walking tour of the cobble stoned streets of the city. The capital and most populous city of Estonia, Tallinn abounds in medieval buildings with steep roofs, tall spires, and churches with onion domes. It is a veritable medieval gem in the Baltic, and increasingly seen as a 'must visit' site for Baltic cruises. “Populous city,” however, has to be taken in context. Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania have total populations of only 1.4 million, 2.4 million and 3.4 million, respectively.
My experience is that walking tours give a much better sense of a city than driving tours.
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shevchenko (18892) 2010-09-17 1:32
Good discover and good pov to show the little entrance that allow a glimpse into the yard, nice to see variety type of architectures in a photo, creative frame, good shoot.
niphredil76 (850) 2010-09-17 1:59
very nice postcard, with beautiful composition and framing, maybe there's a little lack of sharpening, but I think it's due to the redimensioning process.
On my screen the foreground it's a little dark, maybe you could correct it in post processing, I will try to post a ws about it, if you don't mind!
sandpiper (6788) 2010-09-17 2:38
Superb architecture and nicely captured with this fine composition. Good POV.
yeln (11516) 2010-09-17 2:41
pogled an prelepo cerkev je tako zelo žameten in nežen. dober svetlobni menagement! všeč mi je! TFS!
prijeten konec tedna želim
snunney (88391) 2010-09-17 2:48
A good composition of this interesting ensemble of architecture. The gateway is nicely placed directly below the domes and invites us to explore further. Good capture of the detail in the domes.
npecanhuk (69166) 2010-09-17 6:16
Beautiful architectural details in that building!
Pretty attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, pp, contrasts, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all very good!
I'd only try to avoid that car parked there, taking this pictures from a slightly different pov... just a tip!
TFS - congrats!
emka (84209) 2010-09-17 7:25
Hi Bulent, My experience is also that walking tour is much better then driving tour (I do not like the driving tour at all), and an individual tour is better than with a group. I was in talling and other estonian cities, as tartu, in the pre-digital era. I am glad to see pictures from this lovely town. Nice view of the impressive orthodox cathedral with the domes. Always problems with the cars parking in not good places! Yes, the population of these three Baltic countries is less than an average Chinese city.
Kielia (24073) 2010-09-17 10:36
a very successful composition. It is not only the excellent perspective on these fascinating buildings, it is also the harmony of the colors that makes the image very attractive. And I also enjoyed reading your note. TFS!
BWJ (3064) 2010-09-17 17:00
It is a splendid architectural scene with the beautiful Russian style domes of the cathedral in the background. The fine details, shapes, patterns, and colors are wonderful to view and enjoy. Photographic quality is outstanding.
PaulVDV (24029) 2010-09-18 0:05
I remember this view on the top of the hill in old Tallinn. I've also taken a picture on the same spot :)
The sight is splendid with the domes towering out above the roofs and with the gate on the foreground. The big door shutter and the mailbox are well placed in this composition.
Best regards, Paul
Bluejeans (64249) 2010-09-18 2:16
Oi Bulent ,
Lindo esta cartão postal deste lugar , linda a igreja ortodoxa de fundo com aquelas cúpulas são ricas em detalhes , bom primeiro plano , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
Glint (6171) 2010-09-19 1:02
a well chosen pov invites us to walk through the archway. I guess the archway takes us into a closed couitryard but nonetheless the gateway serves as a metaphorical invitation to explore the city. Perhaps I would have cropped the very bottom of this for a strronger graphic quality.Despite the blue in the sky it seems quite a dull, if not overcast day. This lighting helps to expose the colours of the buildings, the onion domes and their gold tops.
delpeoples (54467) 2010-09-19 4:38
Hi Bulent, Talinn no doubt being part of your "summer living dangerously" it's beautiful to se Estonia represented here as it's not seen enough. You have used the vertical framing to superb effect and the domes of the churches are so spectacular. Excellent colour rendering and sharpness all combine to make a wonderful photo. TFS and I wish you a beautiful Sunday, Lisa
Angshu (56458) 2010-09-19 7:36
Hello Professor 'A'
Nice postcard indeed! Much in shade is the FG, but the details are well shown. The church in the B with typical architecture of this region and the onion domes with golden top stands out!
With Warmest Regards
Have a fine Sunday!
sabermonajati (10081) 2010-09-19 8:51
excellent composition from tombs you captured.
JCG (35129) 2010-09-19 23:48
An area which seems rich in history and architecture like it says your interesting note, like each time. And indeed, nothing is worth the walking to discover the hidden treasures of a city. A beautiful photograph showing us the diversity architectural of Tallinn. Good choice of the vertical framing to emphasize this coloured church. To satisfy our friend Neyvan, I allowed myself a WS…
With all my friendships and a very good week,
paololg (31448) 2010-09-20 15:07
Ciao dear Bulent,
interesting image of Baltic architecture, with a pleasant feeling of the three-dimensional due to the good perspective and the excellent photographic quality. After the Soviet domination, these Countries have their correct role inside the old Europe. Excellent work, my friend!
Ciao, have a nice day!
rodgerg (55767) 2010-09-21 3:54
An excellent presentation of this superb architectur. The composition in differents plans give a great depht to the image. Details of the architectur, especially in the BG, very well collected. Interetsing nad good photowork.
Silvio1953 (128423) 2010-09-21 6:50
Ciao Bulent, beautifulpostcard, great view of wonderful architecture, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
anokutan (15097) 2010-09-21 8:18
Bülent bey merhaba,
Yapının mimari detayları süper.Netlik,pozlama ve dikey formatla beraber harika bir sunum.Tebrikler.
pally3100 (3413) 2010-09-21 10:31
a very good shoot with perfect pov and dov .nice day dear friend
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2010-09-22 4:33
it is a beautiful architecture and you composed it superbly. The chosen POV IS nice. The domes through the triangular roof is nice to watch at. Light is masterfully managed. Sharpness and depth are also excellent. Very well done. Tfs.
Best wishes to you.
s_lush (16134) 2010-09-24 1:17
For me Estonia and in particular Tallinn alway were attractive first of all for the amazing mixture of different cultures and architectural styles both old and modern. Your picture depicts this Estonian feature very well and shows that Tallinn is now looking even better than 30 years ego, when I was to it. An extremely interesting scene captured and commented perfectly!
Urs (14082) 2010-09-28 23:40
What a wonderful postcard. Your light management is superb producing vibrant color hues and fine sharpness. Generally I do not like to explore place by driving from spot to spot, I prefer walking as well. You see much more. Well done. Thanks for your critique of my paddy harvesting shot with the slash and burn practice.
mafegan (8624) 2010-10-03 1:03
I agree with you about walking tours. Having been to Tallinin there is only one way to get around - and that is by foot. Amazing that there is not one person within the scene. I agree with others regarding the vehicle and I notice that Jean-Charles has removed it in a workshop. This scene is typical of my memories of this old city. Tfs, Marlene
yedirenk (11244) 2010-10-06 10:46
merhaba Bülent hocam,
harika bir kartpostal.kadraj,kesim ve sunumunuz çok şık.mimari detaylarıyla gözalıcı bir kare.ellerinize sağlık.selamlar,saygılar.
pierrefonds (59382) 2010-10-08 15:36
The point of view is sending my eyes toward the middle dome which is giving depth to the composition. It is also showing the details and colors of the architecture of the church and of the buildings. The good luminosity is bringing out the colors. have a nice day.
bukitgolfb301 (37328) 2010-10-08 16:21
Hello my dear Bulent
So wonderful shot you catch.
Perfectly considered framework and matured composition as usual. The proprtion of the main mosic ornament is quite appropriate. So bright and comfortable color and so clear/sharp presentation in the detail are marvelous too. Comgratulation on your good job and thanks for sharing, have a good Sat.!
jafadabret (56501) 2010-10-10 6:42
Ces villes anciennes demandent de les aborder en marchant pour en percevoir leurs mystères. J'aime ces formes de bulbes et les couleurs vives. Les pavés ont une autre allure que nos voies goudronnées.
Uhu (8523) 2010-10-14 5:24
Slightly funny to see this cream-of-neo-Russian-style building being the postcard from Tallinn, where they usually don't like us so much, ha!
Anyway, it's nice that it's it the good condition, and you made a perfect photo - as usual.
windosil (1158) 2010-10-21 3:22
Very belated greetings, Bulent!
This looks too good to be true, so many thanks for including a glimpse of a car among the magnificence.
I remember as a teenager in the 1930s being entranced by a book about these three countries, then independent. Estonia was my favourite of the three, but decades later I met an American girl of Lithuanian parentage and discovered how deep was the hurt in her family at the loss of their country's freedom.
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-11-13 11:26
Hello Again Professor Atalay,
One of my professor’s wife was from Estonia. And they were saying that if his wife goes back to her motherland she would not be allowed to leave Estonia again. So, up until the collapse of USSR she was not able to go back to see her family.
Regarding the photo, the pitched roofs of the houses in the foreground very nicely frame the main subject. The Orthodox Church in the background looks very impressive. I also like how the opening in the wall allows our eyes to travel naturally though the arched way up to the Church. The colours are very nicely understated. The vertical format compliments the verticality of the church in the view. It is a very skilfully framed view. The somewhat under exposed image conveys the atmosphere of the day very well.
Very best wishes, Professor
Have very pleasant week ahead,
P.S: I thank you for your reviews, it is always very rewarding to hear from you.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (36505)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-06-26
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor, 62mm UV
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): DOMES, SPIRES AND MINARETS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-09-16 23:59