The doors of the churches of Budapest are open all day. Often when you step in, you are witness to organ rehearsals or, as it happened to me last time, to quite otherworldly Gregorian chant recitals. Whether it is these or the palpable silence that shield you from the continuous stream of noise of the city outside, these churches are perfect places for introspection and prayer. This shot I took of an old lady praying behind the glass pane by the entrance of the Baroque Servite Church, built in the early 18th century, in downtown Budapest.
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tcht (7565) 2007-11-11 16:01
Hi Sasa...this is a really beautiful scene with amazing atmosphere. the light is great and what I like the most has to be the decorative framing here, very well seen and taken!!
AnimeshRay (9087) 2007-11-11 16:07
What a grand view, Sasa! Ornate incarnate, tastefully rendered, in subtle shades of sepia and gold. The melding of dark shadows and gold is what is striking here, and that all important golden bokeh of the woman. I can almost hear the plaintive rings of Gregorian chant in the background.
A marvelous take.
bombilla (3406) 2007-11-11 17:27
God is in the details, someone said. Kirkegaard? But the Baroque details of gilded ages do make one wonder what's God got to do with it . . . Interesting. This photo reminds me of George's recent post of the Ford machine with the man barely discernable in the background. Perhaps a similarity. Humans lose their identities in the face of great systems of order. Hmm. Anyway, gold for the pious (in the afterlife anyway). That's an old formula that still operates, eh, Sasa? (Since there's almost never anything I can suggest to improve your immaculate conceptions, may I be so bold as to remark that in this shot you have at least three tiny white specks that could be corrected in a moment. On her shoulder, near her, say, wrist, and one below, just in the very bottom center of the frame between two gilded leaves.) Viszlát, -Hugh
SergeMtl (290) 2007-11-11 22:04
This very poetic, excellent composition, rich burnished look to the colours. Reminds me of my grandparents and old musical instruments.
wolf38 (31270) 2007-11-11 22:48
Hello Sasa. You have a view for unusual motives. The photo has artistic quality. Aesthetically and tendencyful. A benefit for the eye. Very beautifully. Best regards, Wolfgang.
cbrman (21645) 2007-11-11 22:58
Une très belle image colorée avec une belle ambiance ! J'aime bien le grain que donne la sensibilité que tu as choisi ! L'aspect doré de l'ensemble nous plonge bien dans cet univers baroque !
Bien vu !
jjcordier (75668) 2007-11-11 23:11
Magnifique photo où tout est suggéré de façon très délicate. Excellente réalisation.
ninaL (21348) 2007-11-11 23:43
What makes this shot, is the DOF and the fabulous light !!!
Gold light, is something of priceless for photographers.
I like it a lot.
Best regards. Grazyna.
flory (4848) 2007-11-11 23:59
oo,those 'jewels' ghotic with so incredible texture!is art there.and love the golden light for a silent moment..
delnaja (2054) 2007-11-12 0:09
outstanding atmosphere... the grainy background is what I love most... something very intimate capture. In my fav's them!
Dpbours (222) 2007-11-12 4:39
I did my churches last night - well, two that is - with the light art festival. Think you'd like it here right now, though the mood in one of the two churches had little to do with Gregorian chant recitals :-).
A very interesting point of view. Perhaps a slight bit too blurred in the background for me, but I also understand that you did not want to harrass the lady in your photograph by disturbing her one-on-one with God... Praying in itself has a mystical power to it, so in that sense the blur is surely justified.
vapours (8264) 2007-11-12 4:42
Strong atmosphere through the darkness and the warmth provided by the golden metal design. Wouldn't mind seeing a bit more detail from the person in front of us, but it doesn't kill the image, as the emotion is so strong.
aralda (1240) 2007-11-12 4:56
Great, great job! The silhouette of the woman is straight out of a painting, and the ironwork, shown to such advantage, provides a beautiful frame.
Iva_R (1352) 2007-11-12 13:08
Je trouve cette photo vraiment superbe, et d'une grande délicatesse. Ce qu'elle m'évoque, c'est recueillement et tristesse...
eleparc (24063) 2007-11-12 17:02
Brilliant! this woman in a blur, almost unreal while the golden wrought iron is well in focus and real, is a fantastic idea to render the solemnity this scene... Once again you are succesful at trying new paths to explore.;-)
luisafonso (862) 2007-11-12 19:08
Very beautiful dear Sasa. The way those baroque patterns frame the golden lady is very poetic. And the light... So simple, yet so full of dreams. Only you to produce such scenes.
serge44 (273) 2007-11-13 2:11
beau détail des volutes ouvragées des grilles du choeur,bien belle illustration de ton titre
Polonaise (5802) 2007-11-13 16:59
Yes...We have both sinned, Sasa dear...
My rusty giant overpowered the humble man for whom the rusty giant was created to help him cultivate...
The frilled art of genuine wooden work - overpowered the humble human itself in your charming photo...
We are the photographers of NOT a free will, Sasa !
We use our education, our knowledge of art, our greed for the popular recognition and cheap thrill - to produce the things for show off...
Hey...People around !!!
Come and see how aristically inclined we are...
OUR POV is better than YOUR POV!!!
The worst happened...
They came... They praised... They awarded...
And NONE of them said:
Screw you, George !!!
Screw you, Sasa !!!
What's God got to do with it ???
Don't ask me...
I have sinned...
I've read Hugh' critique before I've written mine...
Have a sunny (and frilled) one, Sasa !
Furachan (0) 2007-11-13 21:36
Ooh this is a tricky one, real magic. Not easy to pul off - focus smack on the filigree, old fella in the background blurred. hell of a picture, Sasa, and interesting to see you go from sepia's BW to a near monochrome gold approach ;o)It is all about gold, about barioque, about memories of gold and, yes.. (again!) teh Austro-Hungarian Empire...;o)
brevbrev14 (140) 2007-11-14 0:40
Hi Sasa, wonderful!
i love the golden tones of the image, the subject in the dark..the great use of the DOF...
a masterpiece of graphisme and human element!
marietom (34607) 2007-11-14 0:52
Une grande image graphique, comme d'habitude. J'aime les couleurs, et toutes ces courbes qui composent ta photo. Très bien vu.
Yffic (6106) 2007-11-14 5:22
A wonderful picture.
All your composition is very subtile with the fantom of the women.
The golden tones are very nice.
everlasting (14618) 2007-11-14 5:23
The light, the gold, the filigree of the frame all magnificent, but the most touching and tender aspect to me sasa, is that you kept the woman and her prayers private. We do not disturb her thoughts.
MiguelP (14470) 2007-11-14 11:13
Yes, respect for what you are portraiting... This is a superb photo Sasa, we are used to it with you, but this time you have handle the subject carefully. I´ve repeated many times I´m not a religious person, but I recognize in this photo my actitude toward those how need to believe. Take care Sasa.
bwiti (402) 2007-11-16 1:25
Again some mystery, this crossing vagueness and this beautiful golden light... There is something of the order of the magic in this one, the magic country of designsoul, congratulations...
toto (0) 2007-11-18 3:22
Belle photo de rambardes qui semble entourrer la personne dans le fond, très beau coup d' oeil,le flou de cette personne fait penser a de la dicression pour une personne en prière, bien vu, bien fait.le titre bien choisi,car il nous permet de voire cette photo avec d' autres yeux et nous permet de mieu comprendre ce que vous avez ressenti je trouve.
Merline (0) 2007-11-18 3:45
just to say that I love the composition with or without God:-) all those intricate curves in beautiful soft gold shining under the light, the blurred background and the praying woman. Or maybe she just wants a peaceful place to think, to close her eyes...whatever, the mood is subtle and conveys to each of us something...what we want to see in it as well.
rbcy1974 (20758) 2007-11-20 3:58
Very beautiful, on the one hand the blurred imae of the lady visiting the church on the other the clear details of the decorations
Very nicely done
JoseMiguel (860) 2007-12-01 14:52
I like so much the way you drive us to the dark center of the image, discovering there some character in some action...
The light and shadows play here is so effective, you made the proper "golden" frame to the scene with that lighted ornaments.
A great composition.
My compliments and best regards,
greg (2835) 2007-12-13 0:47
ha! what a gentle touch you have!
pcp (3394) 2007-12-20 4:13
wow, wonderful lights and the mood in your picture... great. well done
andante (7092) 2007-12-20 8:01
Sarolta, where have you gone? we miss your works of art here. I miss your art.
Best wishes... Happy holidays,
quillo (11850) 2008-12-14 3:49
Hola Sarolta, there are images as this
one that although they seem simple have
weight and meaning great, I like
the delicacy of the interior and
the effect gold of the adornments,
a greeting and that you have on a happy Sunday.
- Copyright: Sarolta Gyoker (designsoul) (21492)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-09-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D70, AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/20 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Bwiti la veut ! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-11-11 15:59
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