Alberobello in Puglia, southern Italy, hosts the biggest concentration of "trulli" in Italy, and thus the world. Although this image is more sunflower than trullo, it may be pertinent to offer a few words about these beautiful conical-roofed houses.
The trulli , limestone dwellings found in the southern region of Puglia, are remarkable examples of drywall (mortarless) construction, a prehistoric building technique still in use in this region. The trulli are made of roughly worked limestone boulders collected from neighbouring fields. Characteristically, they feature pyramidal, domed or conical roofs built up of corbelled limestone slabs. Alberobello is one of the best preserved and most homogeneous urban areas of this type in Europe. Its special features, and the fact that the buildings are still occupied, make it unique. Trulli were built directly on the underlying natural rock, using exclusively the drystone technique. The walls that form the rectangular rooms are double, with rubble cores, and are pierced by small windows. Fireplaces, ovens and alcoves are recessed into the thickness of the walls. The roofs, which are also double-skinned, spring directly from the walls, simple squinches allowing the transition from the rectangular to the circular or oval sections of the roofs themselves. These are built up of successive courses of grey limestone slabs, known as chianche or chiancarelle . The roofs of the larger building terminate in a decorative pinnacle, often apotropaic in function. There are ingenious provisions for collecting rainwater using projecting eaves at the base of the roof which divert the water through a channelled slab into the cistern beneath the house. Flights of narrow stone steps give access to the roofs.
I may post a photograph which gives a better idea of the buildings later!
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jemaflor (81314) 2013-11-07 11:53
Original composition about this town with trulli, interesting effect with this sun ... flower in the FG.
dta (63440) 2013-11-07 11:55
Hello Will ,
This is an original approach of the theme of the "trulli" . An excellent composition with a very good use of the DOF . The bee on the flower is the final bonus .
siudzi (32641) 2013-11-07 12:40
This perfectly captured sunflower looks awesome and lovely dominates at this scene. Absolutely marvelous presentation achieved with an excellent quality. Bravo!
Energysavingelk (945) 2013-11-07 12:51
Hi Will, this is reduction at its very best!
The shape (while not sharp) of a trullo, and just a (shadowy!) sunflower with a bee at work. Again the right man at the right place. Impressive, and well done!
Regards from Rhineland
lousat (72855) 2013-11-07 14:23
HI Will,a very orginal way to take a pic from Alberobello,i like how you use the blurred trulli in background and the light position on the sunflower,great idea for a great pic,very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Mics (649) 2013-11-07 20:55
Simply eye-catching! I love the inter-play of colors and how the the light harmonize its effect on the flowers and the bee, as if it has some story to tell...(aside from the note) High-quality and marvelous shot.:-)
emka (73743) 2013-11-07 23:56
Hi Will, Nice that we have trulli in the background, even blurry, otherwise the view of this beautiful sunflower would be in danger. Wonderful composition, yellow flower on the blue backgrou nd, we need nothing more. excellent presentation.
Warm regrads MAlgo
gojo (1715) 2013-11-08 1:50
Great composition. Pics of sunflowers are seen everywhere, but you rely made the most out of it, with the is great composition.
Great light tooGoran
timecapturer (45605) 2013-11-08 3:06
this is magic! The sun light caressing the blooms here is captivating and your POV inspired. It makes the organic colours come alive and set against the blue sky it works perfectly. The blurred backdrop adds to the effect as does the nectar searching bee. Wonderful and creative imagery! Love it!
Have a great weekend - Brian.
SnapRJW (29318) 2013-11-08 6:48
Sun flowers make a super subject Will particularly against a clean blue sky. The light on this one makes it pop and I like the way you have given the shot a sense of place with the distinctive roof adding detail and balance to the shot. Good use of DOF here. Have a super weekend Rosemary
krzychu30 (15344) 2013-11-08 10:49
I really like how you played here with DOF!Superb sharp and clear sunflower and nicely blurred Truli roof.Great juxtaposition both when it comes to its graphics and its composition.
Creative approach to the photographed subject!
mesutilgim (80534) 2013-11-09 7:34
Very nice compo with the sunflower (with perfect sharpness as mainfigur) and the tip of the trulli.
Enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and have a nice weekend
abmdsudi (40156) 2013-11-12 2:52
Great ideas with your framing, pov and shallow dof, yellow against blue is winning combination and effectively relates to the attractive ancient structure. Excellent moment captured when the light quality is at its premium, simply brilliant....
delpeoples (52729) 2013-11-13 3:04
Gidday dear Will
What a unique composition and one which I would never thought to have used. The vivid colours work very well together and the sunflower is stunning. This is a matter of personal taste, but for me the trullo in the background is still the star (and should always be, they're magnificent!) So for that reason I would have focussed on the trullo, blurring the sunflower. I see you still used a narrow DOF and yet still achieved the blurred BG. It's a personal quirk but there you have it.
Thanks for sharing this excellent and thought-provoking photo
cornejo (28503) 2013-11-15 12:05
Hi Will, I like this great photograph of this beautiful and interesting composition with beautiful flower, very well captured in this beautiful and interesting image with very good sharpness, nice color and light. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
adores (34734) 2013-11-20 14:59
An original shot of this famous place! I like the way you put the focus on the sunflower, leaving the roof of the trulli in the blurred background. A very good composition, we can identify the architecture and the place. Colours are excellent!
tatadalou (5641) 2014-01-07 14:34
Great light and focus on the sunflower, that enlightens all the composition. I like your choice of a low DOF, suggesting the trulli without showing us too much.
Good job !
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (6214)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-09-23
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM, Polarizing Filter
- Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-07 11:42
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