A tourist taking a picture of the lower part of the Old town of Tallinn, Estonia, from the Toompea Hill in the city centre. The church is called Oleviste Kirik and is dedicated to the Norwegian King Olav II (995–1030, also known as Saint Olav). It was originally built in the 12th century, rebuilt about two hundred years later and got its present tower in about 1500 AD. For some decades in the late 16th century it was supposed to be the world's tallest building after a storm had destroyed the central spire of Lincoln Cathedral in England in 1549.
When the husband of the woman taking that picture discovered me, he quickly asked her to move aside to give me an undisturbed view. That was of course a very nice gesture, but they didn't know that I was mainly interested in using her yellow pack as a foreground for my own picture.
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rbassin (20318) 2013-08-18 8:25
un point de vue intéressant et bonne insertion du touriste dans le cadre, ça crée une ouverture sur la ville.
Fis2 (90859) 2013-08-18 9:17
Curious view, beautiful tower.
I like vertical frame and composition.
psamaddar (1089) 2013-08-18 9:54
Hi Gert..well composed tall framing..good clarity and color...liked your POV.
saxo042 (37724) 2013-08-18 9:55
Du lyckades ju iallafall få henna att "sitta ivägen" för, som de trodde, huvudmotivet med kyrkan. Vill man ha med folk i bilden, händer ju sådant lätt. Du sa förstås inte att hon skulle förevigas på TrekEarth. Men en snygg bild blev det ju.
wolf38 (31284) 2013-08-18 9:59
Hello Gert. The view of the old town from here is in my memory. The view is over the houses, churches and even the more modern building, - to the sea.
The people were very attentive and went to the side. Of course, the boy with the yellow backpack in the foreground a good idea. Interesting that you have selected the upright image format. But surely you have captured with your camera from here also images in the horizontal format.
Informative text as always.
ktanska (26061) 2013-08-18 10:03
It's an excellent place to look at the old town of Tallinn. You captured little photographer's viewpoint well. Yellow backpack adds good colour variation. I also like those fresh spring leaves.
emka (87538) 2013-08-18 10:24
Hi Gert, haha, the husband of a woman wanted to be kind but he didn't know your interest:) For you the photo without this yellow backpack would be much less attractive. Nice view of Tallin red roofs and the church dominating the area.
bayno (18344) 2013-08-18 10:59
the scene is well framed with a vertical cut that works well, good light and colors, great depth and sharp allow us to enjoy the beautiful details of the church, the tourist is a great element of the composition...
serp2000 (42220) 2013-08-18 11:30
Good evening, Gert,
Very nice spring view of Tallinn, I like this PoV, precious sunny colors. I have big sympathy to the Baltic countries and their history. Thanks for the note.
Have a good week!
pajaran (55597) 2013-08-18 11:45
Interesantan tekst sa datim podacima ...
Lep pogled na krovove i toranj Crkve ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i perspektiva, lepe boje.
Lep trenutak sa gospodjom.
Prijatno vece i sve najbolje.
Line of text with a given data ...
A nice view over the rooftops and church tower ...
A good time recording and perspective, beautiful colors.
A nice moment with Mrs.
Good evening and all the best.
ourania (37398) 2013-08-18 13:21
the yellow backpack is eye-catching indeed and makes your picture special and unique -and very playful too, as you've created fascinating competition to the main focal point of your composition. I love how, starting from the ledge in the foreground, one element leads elegantly to the other, our interest is distributed delightfully around the frame, clarity is excellent, the colours beautiful and the yellow backpack mysteriously integrated and not distracting at all. The view is wonderful and the light is fantastic. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely week,
nikkitta (17018) 2013-08-18 14:45
You were right, the yellow backpack attract the attention that then goes to the roofs and church of Tallin, old and nice ones
Like also the artistic branch at the top left
Thanks to your notes and photos I am discovering these countries
Well done, regards
eldancer1 (32826) 2013-08-18 19:49
sometimes it pays to be sneaky when taking pictures of other people, I do the same with tourist in Las Vegas. Beautiful architecture and thanks for the wonderful information. Learn something new everyday through TE. I like your pov and it has good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.
cargus (9602) 2013-08-19 0:17
Wonderful composition of colors you framed. The clarity, colors and lights very well managed. Well done.!!
jhm (145204) 2013-08-19 4:25
You try with these picture to show two elements.
First the woman sit for take these picture, two, a panorama image with church and totally area.
Your picture is very well taken, with excellent details.
You chose a very well angle, this gives depth and perspective.
Excellent composition, nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice week,
subhendu_bagchi (25975) 2013-08-19 4:28
a nice composition here with the nice architecture at background with the nice yellow pack at foreground. Nice depth achieved by the pack. Great sharpness and clarity. The composition is a little tight at the left, though I like it a lot. Superb one. Tfs.
cornejo (36447) 2013-08-19 4:51
Hello Gert, lovely view of this interesting place, very well captured with a great pov in this great and beautiful photography. An interesting picture with good sharpness, depth and quality. A nice, good job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
macondo (18697) 2013-08-19 5:15
I understand completely how you felt about the well-intended attempt to remove the wife from the shot! This happens to me a lot, as I try to create an interest in the foreground of a photo. In this case, of course that yellow pack makes a great highlight, and the tree does a great job of framing her before the eye is drawn to the church. Excellent composition and fine exposure.
Sergiom (68708) 2013-08-19 7:05
Une très bonne idée qui donne une perspective complètement différente du paysage urbain mis en vedette par cette photographe. Un point de vue, par dessus l'épaule des plus intéressants.
Romano46 (18472) 2013-08-19 9:50
una foto molto interessante per la doppia contrapposizione tra il soggetto in primo piano che vivacizza l'inquadratura con il suo zaino giallo e l'architettura cittadina e la ciminiaera che rappresenta l'industrializzazione contro la tradizione rappresentata dalla chiesa con il suo campanile-
Ottimi colori e nitidezza di tutto rispetto.
Ciao e buona serata
Silvio1953 (131778) 2013-08-19 12:52
Ciao Gert, lovely composition with Young photographer in action, great POV on fantastic town, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
abmdsudi (47646) 2013-08-19 22:02
Summer has it's compensations, with the passing of winter to give us good photo opportunities. That's a great way to do this, having her on the left bottom frame adds so much extra value while we have a clear view of the city skyline. Ultimately she is there to give us a good balance and depth, the perceived foreground that seals it. Great shot, Congrats
Graal (100548) 2013-08-19 23:58
nice scene from Tallin, good captured. Nice vertical composition. Amazing glance on the main town in Estonia.
Have a nice day.
Nicou (131494) 2013-08-20 2:27
Avec ce sac d'école jaune quel captage de ce jeune le long du mure de la perspectiove le formeat allongé colle parfaitmeent et la vue sur la vielle tour grandisoe compo.
Bravo et amitié
SnapRJW (31627) 2013-08-20 2:44
Hello Gert - Sometimes random people in shots are a nuisance but here you have used the tourist to set the context and narrative of the shot. I like the vertical format, it works well with the lead in line created by the wall and the vertical push of the towers and spires in the old town. The fringe of green leaves completes the composition filling in the area of uninteresting sky. Good work. Warm regards rosemary
macjake (62350) 2013-08-20 4:25
with this composition, i feel as if I am the husband of the lady, as i'm peering over her shoulder.
This is only a small snap-shot of the city, but it has a real story-book-fairy-tale look to it doesn't it?
and it always amazes me to see modern satelite dishes in these centuries old architecture builds.
and its a bit odd to see the smoke stake to the left of the elegant church tower.
but nice shot for sure.
see you around, and if you happen to come across any abandoned cars/trucks take a shot! :)
kato (11630) 2013-08-23 0:41
You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the old town of Talinn. We can view the church with tall spire, crowded houses with red roof and Baltic Sea in the distance. And, her yellow pack is harmonized well eith town and the green leaf which hangs down from a tree in the point of entire color balance as you intended.
Angshu (56676) 2013-08-26 22:37
The yellow backpack does throw an 'interesting aspect' into the picture, its bright colour attracting our attention straight away. In the BG the church and the other buildings girdled by the hanging branch of the tree works well
Urs (14082) 2013-08-28 8:02
Good framing and with the person in the FG your photograph has a tremendous DOF. I would call it a picture of the picture. Superb town portrait
mkamionka (32937) 2013-09-14 13:46
may be he was jealous that you photographed his wife and that is why he asked her to move away? :)
In any case this is a great composition and having a photographer taking a photo makes always a great foreground. The view behind is very pretty and charming.
tatadalou (7305) 2013-10-28 20:08
The photographer forms an excellent foreground for the picture. It would have been a loss if she had quit her place. That's a nice point of view on the city, an excellent point of observation. The colours of the town are excellent, with beautiful green that mavellously complete the red nuances of the roofs.
Matyas (10010) 2015-05-10 2:11
Hello Gert! Fine title, fine scene, fantastic young photographer. Amazing cityscape. Wonderful colours. Good dynamic shot. Regards!