Gert posted a photo of Presidential Palace in Tallinn and was surprised that it was possible to come close to it. I was curious how it is and also went to Kadriorg Park. As you can see, the flag was there so President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves was there. He was elected by an electoral body on 23 September 2006 and re-elected on 29 August 2011.
It is no problem with walking around this residential palace. I didn't try to come close to the guard and to say hello to them, but I could come closer. Moment later there was the change of guards and next to me was a group of children also observing it. It seems that Estonians like the pink colour because the parliament building, next to Alexander Nevsky Cathedral, is also in pink colour.
For a few years during Estonia's first period of independence (1918 - 1940), the Estonian head of state worked out of the Kadriorg Palace, but in 1938, this purpose-built presidential palace was opened next to it, just up the hill. Since the building serves as the President's office and residence, it's closed to visitors, but you can still wander into the parking area for a better view and, if your timing is lucky, you'll see the honour guards marching out front.
Gert had better weather, with sun and blue sky, but not always sun shines.
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snunney (94953) 2014-02-17 6:39
The weather looks cold and rather dismal, but the pink façade helps warm up the composition! I like the symmetrical framing. The two guards, who must be terribly cold, enliven the scene.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-02-17 7:16
widac glowe panstwa dobrze pilnuja,jak na palac wyglada skromnie,pozdrawiam
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-17 7:26
questa foto è caratterizzata da una nitidezza e da una delicatezza di colori incredibile.
La giornata grigia e novosa ha reso ancor più delicate le tinte del palazzo che rienpe molto bene il fotogramma e trova una piacevole cornice nella neve che ricopre l'asfalto.
Questi sono i colori e le situazioni di illuminazione che io amo in maniera particolare, ma che, purtroppo, raramente si riesce a trovare.
Ciao, grazie dei tuoi commenti e buona giornata
Oceania (5202) 2014-02-17 7:53
Green roof, pink wall, and white trim, this Presidential Palace is so colorful. Honestly, it more likes a state building for governor here in the U.S. It seems like the security is thin. It must be a very safe small country in Europe.
rychem (32297) 2014-02-17 8:43
Gdybys nie napisała, to nie domyslilbym sie, ze to pałac prezydencki, wyglada dosyć skromnie, ale ujelas ładnie, z symetriia, która tu sie dobrze sprawdza, pięknie
williamcoombs1 (363) 2014-02-17 8:46
You have some of the best photos of Estonia!
Your use of the green, gold and pink of course are terrific - and all that great symmetry.
The tire tracks - so asymmetrical in contrast - add so much to this very fine photo.
Enjoy your day,
holmertz (49004) 2014-02-17 9:48
He he, seeing the title I almost expected you to have remembered my photo. Thanks for the link. How different this looks on a dull day in winter with the ground covered with snow. I guess the flag means that the president was at least in the country. Maybe there was a commission of small girls who once decided the colours of this palace and the parliament. They like pink, don't they?
Noel_Byrne (29235) 2014-02-17 12:09
Pink would not be my first choice, but it does look good in this building, with the green roof and the snow. perhaps it is pink so people can find it in the snow :)
Its great to be in a place where you can get so close to the important iconic buildings, and you are not instantly regarded with suspicion. That fact allowed you to get wonderfully close to capture this architectural symmetry so well.
tyro (23590) 2014-02-17 13:50
How interesting that you should post a photograph only a few months after Gert posted his of this place! But now, even with the president in residence, the palace looks a great deal quieter and only the two guards remain at the front door. No cyclists or tourists - well, only one and she's behind the camera!
A fine strong symmetrical composition with lovely light and colours which make the lovely building stand out perfectly against the dark aky and the snow covered ground. Perfect exposure and stunning sharpness too.
Silvio1953 (136797) 2014-02-17 13:54
Ciao Malgorzata, great view of beautiful builfding, wonderful colors,lovely symmetry and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
carlo62 (43605) 2014-02-17 15:07
non deve essere piacevole stare di guardia fuori, sembra tutto molto....freddo.
Ci stai facendo conoscere questa città, sfidando le temperature e ne hai ottenuto degli ottimi risultati, come in questo caso.
PS la ruota era in costruzione, per cui non poteva salire nessuno :)
worldcitizen (8202) 2014-02-17 16:46
This presidential palace is small compared to others, but it's definitely charming. I like the symmetry, and the two guards standing in front. The color is different, but it does look nice with the green roof. :-) I like that you filled the frame completely with the building, instead of taking a more pulled-back view. It's nice to see the changing of the guards in the WS, too.
jcpix (13846) 2014-02-17 17:30
Hi there Malgo,
A lovely trio of photos, and although I enjoy each one, the changing of the guard is my favorite from this entry. :) That being said, this main post is a worthy candidate to be presented just the same. The muted pastel colors stand out nicely against the overcast sky...I imagine this is much more vibrant under the sun, yeah? An instance where a straight forward composition works best, highlighting the shapes and architectural beauty, the tight framing also helps accentuate the detail and repetitive pattern. Despite dull weather conditions, this looks quite nice, and is a pleasant visual to go along with your note. You should have at least gone and knocked on the door to make sure they were really home, they might have invited you in for some tea :) Enjoy the day ahead. Take care.
batalay (37855) 2014-02-17 20:52
Simple and effective architectural portrait of the Executive Office Building. No doubt, the poor guards standing at attention in the cold would prefer being inside. I remember walking by this building during our walking tour of the city.
jjcordier (79295) 2014-02-17 22:43
Pas mal la "maison rose" du Président....et le service d'ordre n'a pas l'air trop agressif!
Nicou (136236) 2014-02-18 1:14
sous la neige avec ces trace en long et en courbe quel vue sur ce parlement il y une bien belle demeure le président avec ces deux gardes à l'entrée ce rose sur la façade ces encadremetn blanc et le nom bres de fenêtres superbe.
Bravo et amitié
annjackman (21674) 2014-02-18 8:03
I do like the symmetery so well done for standing in the right place. The pink façade and green roof make this an interesting building to photograph. Looks cold!!
Best wishes, Ann
- Copyright: Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) (91544)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-02-07
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Event
- Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-17 6:27