Experiencing Florence first hand was akin to a child’s excitement in a sweet shop. Around every corner there was a wonder to marvel at, be it architecture and art or the smells and sounds of a busy city, the crowds, poor weather and endless walking were worth it!
Santa Croce was possibly my favourite church, smaller that the Duomo and with far fewer visitors it was set in a large piazza where we could sit and watch the passers-by.
This shot was taken in the late afternoon when, after a grey day the sun made a fleeting appearance casting its light on the church’s pretty façade.
The façade of Santa Croce was added to the incomplete building 300 years after its initial construction. Until 1865 the front of the structure was a simple Florentine limestone.
The Neo-Gothic style façade with three cusps and covered with bichrome marbles followed Florentine architectural models.
The beautifully figured marbles used were of different types: the white marble was quarried in Seravezza, two kinds of red marble were taken in Cintoia and in Bolgheri, the light green was brought from Prato and the dark “serpentine” from Pisa, the black marble arrived from Asciano, yellow marble from Siena while and another red marble was imported from Egypt.
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jemaflor (82874) 2014-05-26 23:12
Interesting and beautiful architecture, perfect light and sharpness management, good result, tfs.
siudzi (32955) 2014-05-26 23:28
Oh, what a fantastic shot of this wonderful church! Its unique and original facade was presented so smartly with contrasting dark blue sky in the background. Excellent execution as well as the charming composition. Love it! Thanks for sharing!
Have a nice day!
jjcordier (75080) 2014-05-26 23:31
Joli cadrage de la remarquable église Santa Croce de Florence.
emka (76213) 2014-05-26 23:41
Hello Rosemary, So you are (or was) in Florence. It is a wonderful town isn't it. Excellent presentation of the facade. And how interesting is interior.
WArm regrads MAlgo
lousat (74853) 2014-05-27 0:45
Hi Rosemary,the best choice of the moment to take a pic of one of the most beautiful and famous churches of Tuscany,absolutely great the light,perfect to create this high contrast between the facade and the spectacular sky in background,a great advertising to my country...ehehe....very well done! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
federico (2179) 2014-05-27 0:51
hi rosemary a very well contrasted photo, with an inspiring cloudy sky backing the church, good composition too
dta (64852) 2014-05-27 1:29
Hello Rosemary ,
Superbe capture de cette remarquable église à la façade éclatante , sous une très belle lumière . Le ciel est de toute beauté .
snunney (81673) 2014-05-27 2:27
A fine capture of this elegant church. I like the choice of the wide angle lens and the inclusion of the statue, which makes a very good frame. The people milling about enliven the scene and offer a sense of scale. The dramatic sky makes an excellent backdrop for the architecture. A well exposed image with superb colours and detail.
Looks a pleasant place to while away the time sipping Campari, though you and I seem to be in a minority when it comes to that drink:-)
annjackman (18933) 2014-05-27 2:42
I am so glad that the Florence trip was successful. It is interesting that you say that Santa Croce was your favourite church as it is one that always comes to my mind when I think about Florence. The architecture is very well shown in this delightful picture set against a dramatic sky. Gorgeous clarity and I like the small splashes of colour in the clothes of the visitors. I did wonder whether cropping out the white van on the edge of the picture might stop my eye straying towards it. That might however imbalance the cloud formation in the sky. Perhaps clone it out!
A really super image from Florence.
Kind Regards, Ann
shreya2000 (1029) 2014-05-27 2:43
beautiful picture showing the architecture. People are enjoying outside the building. I like it.
timecapturer (47320) 2014-05-27 4:41
a place that I have yet to experience, having only spent a couple of hours in this beautiful city with no time to take in the architectural wonders. This shot is full of atmosphere and exquisite detail. The church looks amazing!
Regards - B.
Royaldevon (28329) 2014-05-27 5:23
Great to have you back and you will certainly have some fine shots to share. You are already making me feel envious, wishing I was back there!
This is a very well composed shot, the off-centre building sharp in every detail. It is difficult to photograph anywhere in Florence without including people but, you know, they add life as well as scale.
My warm regards,
tyro (19724) 2014-05-27 7:30
This is a delightful photograph from Florence and this beautiful church stands out stunningly against the deep blue sky also and against its far less inspiring neighbours. The light, colours, contrasts and exposure are perfect and your composition is very pleasing too.
A fine note as well!
P.S. I note your discussion with Ann about the white van on the left, so I've done a very quick (and not very accurate) workshop to try to rid you of that. I've also done a little to try to reduce that queer effect which, at least to me, makes the church appear slightly as though it is falling backwards. See what you think - and I hope you don't mind!
PiotrF (6622) 2014-05-27 12:36
Nice view from Florence.Interesting and unique picture. Wonderful detailed picture.Magnificent colours and clarity. Well managed shot.Excellent captured, composition and presentation be superb.Interesting note. Very pleasant picture
carlo62 (30409) 2014-05-27 14:14
certamente un eccellente inizio, una delle chiese più belle della regione, soprattutto al suo interno, completata dai tanti personaggi che riposano tra queste mura.
E' un piacere rivederti qui, anche se ti preferivo seduta al mio tavolo...
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-05-27 17:33
welcome back after break :-) This is actually lovely picture with great example of Italian architecture at its best. Good choice of POV and nice perspective. I like the wide angle which allows proper view at the church and some of its surroundings. The peoples' presence is subtle and not disturbing the whole composition, on the contrary it makes it more complete and adds some vivid colors.
Nice work! Thanks for sharing
abmdsudi (41936) 2014-05-27 22:55
Lovely photo of this beautiful architecture stretching up to the heavens and the flow of people is great addition from dark into light as they approached the church. Such large building that you've captured the dynamics here, nicely detailed and the deep blue sky compliments the outline of the building admirably. Great refined work, tfs
Tks to your lengthy info notes.
delpeoples (52897) 2014-05-28 3:51
Bentornata carissima Rosemary!
I have missed you, TE hasn't been the same without you. I hope (actually I know) that you had a marvellous time in the "lolly shop" that is Italy. This photo is a stunning announcement of your return. Beautiful colours and the details are such that it seems three dimensional. The people seem dwarfed by the majestic edifice of the church and I like the bokeh effect.
Un abbraccio forte forte
Nicou (119293) 2014-05-28 4:49
J'espère qu tu as passé de très bonnes vacances quelle vue superbe quelle architecture et rendu sur la façade fantastique iamge et cadrage avec le beau ciel.
Bravo et amitié
Kielia (23261) 2014-05-28 8:33
you are adding a very beautiful impression of this well known church to the existing gallery. Your POV is very well chosen and the management of the light is – as usual - excellent. The dramatic clouds are the icing on the cake. My compliments also for the notes!
Cricri (104267) 2014-05-28 9:20
Bon retour sur TE, j'espère que vous avez bien profiter de votre séjour en Italie, en tout les cas cette première promet pour la suite :-) merveilleuse façade sous un ciel magnifique, très belle réalisation
ourania (29263) 2014-05-28 9:44
and welcome back! I feel this way too about Florence, stayed there once for five weeks and know it doesn't take much to feel nostalgia for the city and the experience of walking through its wonders. I like your dynamic composition, the beautiful church is so attractive and imposing in your frame but the neighbouring buildings and the street scene are important and significant as well. The appeal of the contrast is overwhelming, this sky is a marvelous backdrop. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
photoray (11351) 2014-05-28 12:59
A beautiful classical architecture, and surprising to me the façade was completed in the 19th century for Santa Croce appears much older, and secondly, the 6 pointed star. Plenty to appeal to historical fans, the Trinity entrances, large rose window, statues on every tower, multiple arches as borders, etc...
And good for you to make it to Florence and share this attractive image.
Periko (2557) 2014-05-28 17:47
Interesting facade of unusual pattern. Well lit and in a nice colour.
Ninello52 (7542) 2014-05-30 0:34
Sono felice sapere che sei stata in Italia! La prossima volta che ritorni vieni a Roma. Molto bella questa immagine di Santa Croce, soprattutto il cielo...e la luce filtrante...fantastico!!!
Best regards! Nino.
Silvio1953 (119453) 2014-05-31 12:33
Ciao Rosemary, I'm waiting for your photos from Castelluccio :), great view of fantastic Church, superb sky, splendid light, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio
PaulVDV (21569) 2014-06-01 3:09
My first impression was that this picture was taken at the blue hour. The sky with its dark and light blue clouds and also some white is a splendid backdrop.
Of course this church is a real beauty! You present us its wonderful architecture in detail, very clear and sharp.
The white of its facade makes it stand out strongly against the slightly dark foreground and that blue sky.
Best regards, Paul
gildasjan (41342) 2014-06-02 4:23
Cette architecture et ses teintes est merveilleusement mise en valeur devant le rendu des couleurs de ce ciel.Une très agréable image bien contrastée.
mkamionka (30068) 2014-06-02 6:12
beautiful piece of architecture it seems so unique. You captured it in a great light with very dramatic sky as a background. Florence is very very high on top of the cities which I would like to visit someday. (Just 2nd position after Istanbul).
macjake (54824) 2014-06-15 13:00
its so fun to see this church now that I've seen it in person only a few weeks ago :)
we ate at the restaurant just to the right, they had the best pasta with meatballs!
the brooding skyline really makes a strong impact here doesn't it, you had good timing that way.
a photo with strong color contrasts and attractive light, nice one.
see you around
adores (35576) 2014-06-26 15:35
This is a beautiful and famous church and the quality of the photo is great! I like the light a lot and the wonderful dark sky makes a good contrast with the facade. The people in front let us realize the church is bigger than it seems!