ENGLISH: This is the Leaning Tower of Pisa, straightened for our dear friend Carlo62. We spent an unforgettable day with Carlo and his beautiful daughter, being shown the sights of this wonderful city of Pisa. Carlo, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
ITALIANO: Si tratta della Torre Pendente di Pisa, raddrizzato per lo scherzo e per il nostro caro amico Carlo62 (il mio caro Carluccio). Abbiamo trascorso una fantastica giornata insieme con Carlo e sua bellissima figlia. Come un grande tour operatore çioé, Carlo ci ha fatto vedere la meravigliosa cittá di Pisa. La giornata é stata bellissima ed indimenticabile. Mille grazie dal cuore, amico e spero che ci rivedremo un giorno presto.
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SnapRJW (31621) 2013-11-06 4:56
Hello Lisa - What a cracking shot, I love it in B&W and it's so unusual to see the tower cropped and presented like this. I like the detailing and contrasting light and shade. A very special shot. Dear Carlo has been such a honey in helping me with our itinerary in Tuscany and has also kindly offered to show us the sights when we are there. If I get a shot like this I shall be well pleased! Warmest regards rosemary
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-06 5:05
pochi minuti prima di tornare al lavoro, ma sufficienti per complimentarmi per questo tuo straordinario bianco e nero.
Hai trovato una giornata con una luce stupenda, ma la tua mano ha trasformato in una torre da fiaba quello che è probabilmente il campanile più fotografato del mondo.
Perfettamente inutile ogni commento di carattere tecnico: l'immagine si commenta da sè.
Un carissimo saluto.
Sergiom (63939) 2013-11-06 5:12
Very original to straightened the leaning tower of Pisa. I like the treatment a lot. The black and white gives a lot of texture. The sky is beautiful.
Have a nice day
snunney (87272) 2013-11-06 5:57
An unusual view on the famous leaning tower and one that suits black and white perfectly. Love the lighting and the repeating motifs of the arches. Splendid conversion to monochrome.
tyro (21106) 2013-11-06 6:57
Ciao cara Lisa,
I'm sorry that I've not been very active at critiquing for the past couple of weeks but I've been at a wonderful little TE meeting in the Scottish Borders and then down to Wales to vit my youngest daughter, her husband - and my newest grandson too!
So the leaning tower of Pisa don't lean any more, eh? That's good. I wonder how old Gallileo managed to drop those stones over the parapet without them hitting the lower floors? Mmmm.
This is a spectacular shot made all the more spectacular by your low viewpoint but also by the strong light which has given some wonderful contarsts which, of course, are always best appreciated in black and white.
Gorgeous rich tones and contrasts, glorious lighting and a very fine and interesting sky as a backdrop. Exposure, details and sharpness are exquisite as always.
rigoletto (34269) 2013-11-06 8:20
lol, straightening the tower of pisa brings to my mind superman and his kryptonite poisoning. the souvenir guys were not quite happy about it :)
wonderful pov, concentrating on the beauty of the structure rather than its tilt. the lateral light is wonderful and the black sky creates a wonderful backstage for the dramatic architecture.
baclama (18277) 2013-11-06 9:10
il me semble que je viens de la voir ailleurs...cette contre-plongée extraordinaire de la fameuse tour de pIse
mais elle ne penche plus? ;-)
macjake (58824) 2013-11-06 10:32
you stole my thunder! haha
I've always wanted to post a shot like this of this Iconic structure!!!
you have achieved God-Like detailing and sharpness here.
just look at all the ornate columns, its an easy wow for me.
and another great aspect of the photo are the wispy cloud trails, think about how the photo would look without them...
I have to say Lisa, this may be my ALL TIME favorite photo of yours! not kidding either...
see you around
fabbs99 (16799) 2013-11-06 10:33
Namaste ! Great shot of the leaning tower of Pisa in monochrome.Wonderful composition and clarity here. Black and white was a great choice here.I like it very much.TFS.
ChrisJ (101756) 2013-11-06 10:41
I love the unusual upward pov. The b&w conversion has worked exceptionally well and the repetitive circular patterns and subtle tones are stressed, rather than the colour. Good pp work which I didn't spot for several minutes, to lighten the shadows. Tfs!
besnard (54243) 2013-11-06 11:56
Une façon très particulière de présenter cette célèbre tour penchée. Je trouve le résultat excellent
Bravo et bonne soirée.
HimalAnda (10003) 2013-11-06 12:19
I like the POV and the very nice B&W treatment.
olive224 (2719) 2013-11-06 12:31
A dramatic and original POV for this famous Pise TOwer
Nicely done !!
carlo62 (36101) 2013-11-06 15:09
che dire.... grazie
sei sempre molto buona e gentile nei miei confronti.
Sono stato molto felice di avere fatto la vostra conoscenza ed è stato un vero piacere mostrarvi ciò che io non smetto mai di ammirare.
La foto è bella e originale, sia per la posizione dritta della torre, sia per il bellissimo b&w.
Spero anch'io di incontrarvi di nuovo e, magari, ascoltare un po' di musica dei Queen ;)
Un caro saluto a tutta la famiglia
jjcordier (77818) 2013-11-06 23:09
Impressionnant POV en contre-plongée et très bon rendu en noir et blanc. Très bonne photo.
Noel_Byrne (26101) 2013-11-07 0:46
It can never be easy to find a new way to shoot something as iconic as this, but fair play, you;ve done just that! By straightening the tower, you have created an entirely new perspective on for me, where I focus on the building, and not the tilt, and it is a beautiful structure. Love the upuwards point of view, slightly dizzying and very appealing, especially with those wispy clouds all around. Beautiful choice in B&W.
Highmountains (2255) 2013-11-07 2:27
Waao ! Its kind of "Absolute" !!
Perfect positioning, clarity, detail and fantastic play of light and shade... Excellent use of b/w - unusually bright and lively.
The fine feathery clouds only add to the effect.
Its a beauty, Lisa... Cheers !
When I saw the 'leaning tower', I was actually more enamoured by its pristine whiteness of both - the tower and the Cathedral.... The white structure was fascinating across the green lawns...
Great one !! Thanks for sharing !
lousat (79772) 2013-11-07 2:55
Ciao Lisa,la prima foto storta che sembra dritta della storia di TE...ehehhehe...davvero magnifica aldila' della raddrizzatura,il lavoro in pp e' eccezionale con questo bianco e nero soft e con questo cielo da fine del mondo.Bellissima.Buona serata,Luciano
gojo (1769) 2013-11-07 3:36
Great compo of this often photographed tower. Like it in bw!
Fine sky too.
abmdsudi (44964) 2013-11-07 5:44
I am impressed with this shot, Superb perspective makes a pleasant change to see it from this angle and good imaginative break from the "normal" tourist viewpoint. Great detailed shot of this wonderful architecture in mono version i think not the easiest building to take but it looks straight to me. This grand image is superb, so clear, and pin sharp with excellent tonal contrast. I love it, Congrats
Didi (58064) 2013-11-07 8:50
Une tour de Pise bien droite cette fois-ci
Excellent travail du contraste en Noir & Blanc
La lumière directionnelle donne un bon relief
dkmurphys (50730) 2013-11-07 10:01
Very original view of this symbol. I'm happy for your great time there with Carlo.
photoray (12968) 2013-11-07 10:08
Ciao Italia Lisa,
A different and impressive monochromatic view of the famous icon. Like looking from the base of a giant missile aimed heavenwards, and the elaborate columns and arches layered a top one another.
ourania (34395) 2013-11-07 11:10
Ciao cara Lisa,
una foto originale e superba per Carlo. Mi piace tantissimo la composizione minimale e simmetrica, la profondita' e la chiarezza che fanno spiccare tutti gli elemeti architetturali e le tessiture. Il gioco fra luce e ombra e' delizioso e la precisa resa delle tonalita' di grigio fa' un' impressione ricca ed incantevole. Mi piace anche il contrasto discretto e giocoso delle nuvole. Lavoro meraviglioso, complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona giornata,
PaulVDV (23413) 2013-11-07 11:48
An impressive and excellent sharp view upwards.
And a very original approach of the famous tower.
This sight makes me think at 'The Tower of Babel' by Pieter Bruegel the Elder (ok, with some imagination).
Best regards, Paul
cebe (1483) 2013-11-07 12:31
Nice to see an original view of this famous tower. Me that like things being straight, I feel like having a sort of revenge here. The b&w works very well. Pleasant details to look at.
Best regards, Claude.
jadesgran (5369) 2013-11-07 13:49
I must admit that I prefer colour in my photos but this is lovely and I`m sure Les will love it.
Best wishes to you and K,
williewhistler (14997) 2013-11-07 13:50
I do like this lovely shot,the Tower is a perfect subject for BW and your treatment of it is most impressive,the contrast and tones are just lovely.
A very impressive photograph.
Kindest regards Les.
Mics (753) 2013-11-07 23:00
Wow! another wonderful shot from you :-) dramatic and can steal one's attention.
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-11-07 23:04
B&W at its best!
And I really love this upward perspective!We see often pictures taken with upward perspective,but this one stands out among others!
I think it´s also first time I see a picture of the Leaning Tower,that provides us not with classical,postcard view.
Beautiful and creative composition!
Have a nice weekend
mesutilgim (87294) 2013-11-08 5:20
Very nice b&w capture of Pisa !With good pov and perfect sharpness. Great effect.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Silvio1953 (126808) 2013-11-08 5:22
Ciao Lisa, complimentoni, hai raddrizzato la torre di Pisa, non c'era mai riuscito nessuno finora, gran bel POV e fantastico bianco e nero, bravissima, un abbraccio Silvio
dta (69442) 2013-11-08 5:43
I like a lot this B&W capture of the iconic tower . The low POV , the centering and the framing work very well . Beautiful contrasts and a fine sky with elegant little clouds .
ikeharel (60339) 2013-11-08 6:02
You fianlly made it to the Torre-Pendente, Lisa, and made it look as lost it's tilt.
A fine shot in details of the architecture's, with fabulous blue sky in B&W...
Great POV not all tourists think about when visit the intriguing place.
Have a nice weekens.
EstudioChispa (2070) 2013-11-08 7:00
How completely brilliant... There needs to be a TE theme for "New Takes on Oft-Shot Scenes," and this would be the first entry. This POV is pure genius and, dare I say, unique and original? The monochrome range of tones here is perfect -- more than perfect, as the bright white and the pitch black occur very close to one another near the center of the frame.
I wonder, though -- are we "under the lean" or are we on the other side? I can't tell from the foto, although ultimately, of course, it doesn't matter. Fantastico!
Cricri (109625) 2013-11-08 11:36
Hi dear Lisa
Extraordinaire le contre plongée, le contraste du N/B, le ciel gris avec des fumée de nuages comme si cela sortait de la tour :-)
Belle soirée a toi
ktanska (25301) 2013-11-09 2:08
Straight version shows well, that this tower has beautiful structure. I guess it would be somewhat famous even if it wasn't leaning. Low and close angle shows those columns well. Good sidelight too.
I hope the tower wasn't leaning towards you, as there could be a risk that it would fall over you!
willperrett (7646) 2013-11-09 7:08
Can't work out why you straightened it! As you know I'm a sucker for b/w, so was drawn to this like a moth to a flame. Shame about the slight halo on the left side to the tower, a result of burning in the sky with a too-large feather on your selection I guess. And it's maybe time to check your sensor for dirt! But I really do like it!
brianmcc (6185) 2013-11-09 11:10
this is a stunning picture, very visually striking. i love the black and white presentation. the contrast between the dark areas in shade under the arches, and the lighter sunlit is fantastic. the sky and wispy clouds are also superb.
npecanhuk (68118) 2013-11-12 0:54
I liked your idea, avoiding the traditional povs and compositions!
Black & white worked greatly too!
I really enjoy looking at this one!
TFS - congrats,
mkamionka (31457) 2013-11-12 5:36
seeing it previously on FB I believe I wrote "smoking hot" meaning that the clouds at the top look like the tower is on fire.
Very attractive close up of the famous structure. Great symmetrical composition with fantastic geometry.
B&W makes it feel as if it was an old photograph.
Gigidusud (17287) 2013-11-24 1:39
Pensavo di aver già votato questa foto, forse l'ho visto in FB :)
Splendida la torre dritta in versione B&W. Impressionnante la prospettiva. Brava come sempre!
Una bella dedica per il nostro amato Carluccio.
jcpix (13724) 2013-12-17 17:29
If for nothing else, big congrats for the originality! I would have essentially thought it was absolutely impossible for anyone to resist the urge to shoot this as it's known worldwide, on the slant. It didn't even dawn on me (hehe, "Dawn" from my last photo...just read Noels note if that makes no sense.)) that this was the Leaning Tower, what a refreshing take on an icon like this.
Suited sublimely for black & white, this carries such a timeless and classic appeal, and that play of light as it wraps around from right to left enhances the entire aura of this structure. Appears to be a slight halo on the left, but it's none the less impressive and creatively executed. Shapes, patterns and texture, oh my...just what I like! :)
Ciao for now,
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-03-25 18:19
Hi Lisa... just glancing through the galleries of shots people posted while I was away from here and caught up with this fantastic shot. I don't know that I've ever seen this landmark shot like this, and certainly not in B&W with such perfect symmetry. The light is great here, but I'm really drawn to the clouds above, which look for all the world like they're being flung from the top of the tower! It creates a really cool sense of dynamism, almost like the tower is falling forward and the fine sand or water is being flung from atop it on its way down. Or perhaps I'm reading too much in.... either way, beautiful take, and thanks!