GUINIGI TOWER II
(The following text is reproduced in large part from my last post.)
Goethe once observed, Tuscany looks like Italy should [look]." The Cruise Ship Crystal Serenity, on which I was serving as a guest lecturer, docked in Livorno, the 15th century seaport on the Tyrrhenian Sea coast of Italy. Livorno is the gateway to Italy's Tuscan region and to many spectacular sights; including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the overwhelming prize of all, the timeless city of Florence. There are also the lovely towns of Vinci, associated with Leonardo, Sienna rich in medieval architecture, and San Gimignano, abounding in medieval towers, that was featured in a photo by HAKAN DELIC (delic). On this particular stopover in Livorno, I opted to journey to the charming medieval town of Lucca on a bus.
During the late Medieval and Early Renaissance days the Guinici family represented one of the most important families of Lucca. Paolo Guinigi, who ruled the town during the first half of the XV century, commissioned the construction of Case (House of) Guinigi, comprised of a group of mansions and towers, creating an unusually beautiful example of Medieval architecture. Construction on the Guinigi Tower seen in the photograph, commenced in 1384, and it is the only one of the four original towers to have survived. Rising to 44.25 m (145 ft), the tower offers a majestic view of the city. At the top of the 14-story tower is a hanging garden, featuring seven holm oaks grow. I am posting this image as a sequel to the last image I posted of the famous tower. As for the holm-oak, I am grateful to my friend STELLA MARINAZZO (meltemi) who pointed out that the tree atop the tower is a symbol of rebirth and of power for the Gunigi family.
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giorgimer (34939) 2007-05-25 5:27
I lov this wonderful tower in Lucca.
Compliments for your image, nice perspective
Mondaychild (378) 2007-05-25 6:06
it´s not easy to take a good photo of such a high building ... but you managed! Unusual perspective that allows you to show the building in its full height AND the details.
jonathan_hart (21274) 2007-05-25 7:57
this is an unusual photo considering the POV and the framing, and it has an interesting effect, nice detail of italian architecture, and it's funny to see a tree on the top ! good photo, well done :)
jhm (144294) 2007-05-25 8:42
This is a very difficult picture for taking, but you did very nice, the vertical perspective of tower gives a very great height, also you show us excellent the details of the front, also the windows are extraordinarily. The green tree above is a extra to the picture.
Have you a lovely long weekend,
meltemi (0) 2007-05-25 13:22
very beautiful light for this photo, the colours that you succeed to obtain are always fabulous, everything looks so sharp, the light sustans the brick construction. I like the tree framing the tower on the top.
The tower stands out incredibly well and the whole scene has a very dramatic look.
P.S. It's a great honour to be mentioned in your note. Thanks a lot.
Ertan (2988) 2007-05-25 17:34
Merhaba Bülent Abi
Mükemmel perspektif bir bakış.Derinlik hissi uyandıran harika bir kare.Çok beğendim.Ellerine sağlık
stego (24030) 2007-05-25 21:39
An impressive and effective pov. The angle of the sun could be better. A full grown tree on the top of a tower, that's quite an uncommon sight, although I know some other similar situations here in Portugal. Great exposure control.
The note is very informative and intresting, as usual.
dokadak (11518) 2007-05-26 8:54
Its a wanderful capture, good light and color... have a great weekend...
snunney (89996) 2007-05-26 9:36
A very vertiginous viewpoint on this lovely old tower with its trees. Perfect detail and very natural tones that contrast well with the lovely blue sky.
MLINES (12516) 2007-05-26 18:54
Hi Bulent. Good creative work on this one. Tuscany has a strong draw about iit somehow and this photo also has a lot of mystery about it. The angle chosen was risky but it paid off. TFS. Murray.
gbeli (1970) 2007-05-27 12:53
Beautiful photo of the tower.
Shooting from the ground makes a owe atmosphere.
I also like the tree on the top of the building.
Cretense (68695) 2007-05-27 16:03
Incredible this tree on the top! Excellent POV, perspective and composition in this photo. Beautiful colours too! Congratulations!
imago_lux (249) 2007-05-27 19:37
Great eyes you have Bulent! And smell... to find and capture special motifs!
salvator (19102) 2007-05-28 5:50
Hello Bulent Bey,
Wonderful pov, wonderful composition. The details and colors, especially in the sky are superb. I wish you an excellent week. Best personal regards. Salvator.
PS. Your flight of the blue heron photo is superb.
evanrizo (456) 2007-05-28 5:55
Oooooh it looks unbelievable, it looks great, the point of view-the perspective gives an amazing effect.
The notice is great-very very interesting.
Tezic (17867) 2007-05-28 14:42
öncelikle değerli kritikleriniz için çok teşekkür ederim...
bu fotoğrafda pencerenin kadrajın alt köşesine yerleştirilmesindeki özen en çok dikkatimi çeken husus oldu... Notunuz ise her zamanki gibi "akademik" ... tebrikler
erel (11888) 2007-05-28 15:34
çok hoş bir kare..renkleriyle,çekimiyle herşey çok güzel
papagolf21 (90510) 2007-05-28 17:11
Cher ami Bulent,
Voilà un cadrage très original qui met bien en valeur cette tour.
L'intérêt architectural est de tout premier plan ainsi que la note d'accompagnement.
Un grand merci, Bulent, pour ce partage.
zeca (19762) 2007-05-28 20:31
Very nice perspective of this interesting subject. The tower is very nice! I like the architecture and the textures.
jmcl (14535) 2007-05-29 12:58
Now there is something you don't see everyday .. it must be the highest oak anywhere. Really wonderfully thoughtful place and point of view .. I wish the sky was something else .. but I love the little shadow cast across the tower.
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-05-29 13:17
I like a lot this POV, it creates nice perspective and beautiful depth.
Colors are pleasant, overall a nice one.
singuanti (15250) 2007-05-29 22:29
Hello Bulent. I think the steep upward shooting angle is the star of the show here. Also the finely controlled DOF is also excellent. I think with all of those textures you have in the brickwork would help make this a good b/w shot. Very nicely done Bulent.
isabela_sor (47744) 2007-05-30 11:33
I was really intrigued reading your title ....now I understand :)Good POV.A very complex composition, because of this point of view, architectural details and good colors.Well composed shot
Thanks for your note too
All the best
anesugur (18789) 2007-05-31 2:26
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Çok iyi bir bakış açısı ile üç boyutlu gibi görünen çok güzel bir kompozisyon.
Elinize sağlık. Selamlar. Uğur
Angshu (56588) 2007-06-01 4:10
Dear Professor "A"
I had taken a similar shot in Cambodia, only difference was I was shooting into the light as well. I always like these POVs, looking up, because of the diminishing perspective of the verticals & also the height & majesty of the building appears exagerrated. The foliage at the top is a gret bonus, in fact, it makes the picture. I wonder how good this would be if you moved to the right placed the tower centrally & took the shot!
With warm regards
fkokol (1636) 2007-06-08 10:12
Harika bir noktadan yakalamissiniz kuleyi. renkler ve netlik cok guzel. ayrica harika not icinde tesekkurler. ellerinize saglik,
gunbud (34066) 2007-06-08 22:17
Wonderful POV that give us a look straight up the wonderful old tower seen in exciting details and warm color. The tree makes a very nice joining of man and nature atop the lovely tower. Very informative interesting note.
emjleclercq (15780) 2007-06-17 18:14
I believe this is the tower seen at the end of the very narrow alley of your previous post. The point of view is well chosen here, although I would have expected a vertical framing rather than horizontal. Very good sharpness (but was is the use of the small wire ring on thetower ?).
All the best,
Clementi (52514) 2007-08-10 13:53
I lov this wonderful tower in Lucca.
very beautiful light and colors for this photo.
i wnat add thi picture on my teme of tower of the world.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (36986)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2004-07-17
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: fujifilm fine pix 4700 zoom
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): ancient towers from all the world [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-05-25 4:53