This is the Piazza del Campo in Siena, which is one of the most impressive town squares I've ever seen. Whe you go to Siena you have to walk through narrow streets, following the signs to find this place. As you get closer there is no indication that a large open space is near, and you wonder if you have taken a wrong turn. Finally, I went down through a narrow passage way, under an arch and down some stairs, so the view ahead was not really visible. Then I came out of the 'tunnel' and into the light and space of this huge square. The effect is quite amazing, even overwhelming, and I'm sure the designers did it intenionally, to enhance the visual power of the square. The Campo is so large that they hold a horse race here every year (the Palio), which absolutely packs the square.
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Roly (2024) 2008-10-29 18:46
Wow, that's different than your usual posts! You had adverse light conditions here, but did nevertheless a pretty decent job. The colors are a bit too saturated for my taste, although I like the rich brick red. I love that place, and the vertical view down from the top of the campanile.
Nelu_Goia (3116) 2008-10-29 18:58
The best thing about this photo is the composition,in my opinion.
I see the colors a bit too saturated on my monitor,both for the buildings and for the sky.
Nevertheless,the composition makes for that,so a whole green smiley from me:)
marjan (6279) 2008-10-29 23:32
hi Alvin, excellent shot ofthis wonderful place. Good note .
PixelTerror (0) 2008-10-30 6:33
Another favorite place... and you got better weather there than I did, which plays a role in lightening the facades on the left side, even though 24mm full frame is already something you clearly lacked a bit of angle here which makes framing a bit tight, getting 3 verticals views to stitch would be challenging though because of all moving people.
Next San Gimignano ?
Have a nice day JY
Dyerco (10185) 2008-10-30 7:11
Nicely composed with the tower on the right and off centre. The harsh light has made the exposure difficult but you did a great job under those circumstances. I too find the colours quite saturated on my monitor but I understand that Acer monitors are like that.
Floydian (30970) 2008-10-30 7:56
Ha, this one is so famous, we all have that photo when goping to Siena, so i'm glad you also have it now ;-)
The saturation is very intense, i can't remeber anymore if if it was like that when i was there, but for sure it looks great the red against the blue in the sky...
josepmarin (58357) 2008-10-30 13:05
Really this one is a magnificent square, its architecture is a marvel, and your setting puts in evidence its majesty and its elegance.
The people give it many life and dynamism, and I like your work with the light and with the colors.
A beautiful composition, my friend.
gneufeld (15890) 2008-10-30 15:11
Impressive! Your note certainly gives a flavor of the ambience of this place - seems it was worth the time to fine it. Good photojob too - clear as a bell and sharp as a tack as they say, and the colors are rich and vivid. Well done and TFS. Gerald
cdmonson (5164) 2008-10-30 15:19
Different composition from your usual style for sure. That's commendable, branching out into new areas (it's something I need to do more). I don't mind the color saturation, but then I've never been there so I don't know what's normal. A couple things I think could be better: the image seems tilted slightly to the right. This is probably a result of the extremely wide angle caused by the stitch, but it could use a little compensation in my opinion.
The other thing is the tower--it's a bit of a tight crop against it. It can't be helped now, obviously, but perhaps a lower perspective would allow you to get the people in the shot and the entire tower with a little breathing room. Just an idea for the future. Purely experimental, as this is coming from a guy that's taken maybe 10 pictures of buildings in his life, haha...
Anyway, it's a nice shot overall, and like your others it makes me want to visit Italy. :)
robiuk (10807) 2008-10-30 17:00
this is definitely kind of holiday photo one can be proud
of! Somewhat atypical square that evokes scenes from the
distant past, Romans, etc...
Good compo with warm colours and pleasant colour contrast.
kensimage (8565) 2008-10-30 23:14
It looks like a much wider angle than 24 mm, but OK, I believe you. This square is a beautiful place (I've been there!) and you brought out its character well. Maybe it's somewhat oversaturated, but I like the warm tones, and I like the fact it's filled with people. Regards, Ken.
Fis2 (96737) 2008-11-01 1:43
Very interesting place. Good frame. Super POV and beautiful colors. Well done.
keribar (43841) 2008-11-06 11:05
I am not very keen on TE these days, but I wanted to see your new works and discovered that you were in Italy. Now I think that this picture is a lesson for all those who would like to take correct travel and architectural shots. Every works so well here particularly the composition, and the attention you give to architecture: I am supposed to do the same in my pictures and I cannot imagine a better frame for the Campo.
Friendly yours - Izzet
brevbrev14 (140) 2008-11-06 12:19
Ciao Alvin, you have been in Italy..i hope you like my country
a classic scene really well captured, and with very good colours
donluicu (24724) 2008-11-14 13:41
Siena is a really nice city, not far from Firenze, with the beautiful piazza del palio,
i see you just coming back from Europe, wath trip have you done?
Signal-Womb (13048) 2008-11-19 3:54
Hi Alvin, I was here in 2003 and it brings back some nice memories. I would love to visit and tour Italy again with camera. This is the classic view and you captured it well. I wonder did you climb the tower, this was something I wanted to do but was on a guided tour and time was limited. Well done.
- Copyright: Alvin Brown (Cormac) (26565)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-10-07
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D700, Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/800 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Piazza del Campo [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-10-29 17:09