Going back through my archives from 2011, I found this which was taken of the same entrance off Via della Repubblica in Amelia as this one. I liked the decaying stone and mortar as well as the washing hung out to dry at the window of number 165!
Amelia really is the most delightful of old cities in Umbria with beautiful ancient architecture and wonderfully interesting narrow streets. Again, you can see this entrance if you look at this map and drag the little yellow man down to the red cross and pan around - you can identify it by the number 161 on the wall.
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mesutilgim (68590) 2013-01-17 15:29
Good observed and captured !
Very good pov through this typical narrow street with good light on the walls.
The laundry of Nr 165 is of course the bonus of the capture.
TFS and best regards
ACL1978 (6103) 2013-01-17 16:53
Nice little nook you've found, John - a feature of Europe that is incredibly rare here, these very narrow streets. There are a couple older areas of Boston where you might find something akin to this, and possibly in some of the other older cities, but not much.
You've found a way to make this narrow passage feel open and inviting by including #161 with its potted plant in the frame, and the light shining down from above has a similar effect. The slight upward tilt of your viewpoint (not POV...) adds a sense of climbing the stairs, drawing me in. Nicely taken!
npecanhuk (54207) 2013-01-17 17:13
Very beautiful picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, slim black borders, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
macjake (39962) 2013-01-17 19:20
where on earth have you been hiding this photo?
if you have any more that are similar to this i'd be posting them.
When i saw your name attached to it, I was thinking to myself...thats scotland?? lol
I forgot you went to Italy.
I'll have to re-view all your Italy shots now.
gotta love the charm eh! what a scene. the lighting and exposure levels are superb, and of course the clothes are the icing on the cake.
PS - I'll have to also check out that pano website you keep talking about too :)
jjcordier (63042) 2013-01-17 22:29
Joli cadrage de cette petite ruelle typique et bonne maitrise de l'exposition, jamais facile dans ces lieux.
lousat (58414) 2013-01-18 1:58
Hi John,a beautiful pic taken in "Silvio" style..ehhe..great composition looking for the small details of the unknown corners of Amelia,magnificent work,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
sandpiper (6095) 2013-01-18 2:02
wonderful architecture and alley way. As you say, this sort of place just begs exploration.
timecapturer (31250) 2013-01-18 3:18
a classic Umbrian shot this. So much character, texture and beautifully rustic. Your composition is just perfect as are the DOF and clarity, but it is your light management that makes this so attractive and enchanting. Superb!
Enjoy a great weekend - Brian.
saxo042 (31856) 2013-01-18 3:44
A typical Italian street scene with many interesting details and architectural solutions. Very interesting to join the yellow man and see the rest of the street!
willperrett (3057) 2013-01-18 8:13
Well, you're no' in Bonnie Scotland for sure! Instead this is archetypal Italy, complete with washing and the little arch. I assume these are for support purposes: they don't seem to have any other function. Sensible choice of vertical format, and a very pleasing composition.
jhm (123116) 2013-01-19 1:41
Exactly back to the fifties with these lovely picture.
This is nice as archive picture, through the age of the building, is these picture attractive.
Your picture is made with a great quality and perfectly composition.
Sharpness and clarity are excellent detailed.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Noel_Byrne (8055) 2013-01-19 7:50
I also love these little narrow streets with the stairs up and down and around. It makes every avenue an adventure to go exploring! I say that from a distance though, as I have not been to many towns with this excellent type of architecture, but its always a joy to see others images of it light here. Really like the sliver of light on the doorway and the plant which adds a nice touch of greenery and life.
All the best
Royaldevon (18339) 2013-01-19 13:05
This is so intimate, it's like looking into someone's backyard; I love it! The textures grab you immediately, as do the commanding lead lines. There is a strong desire to go up the steps, knock on the door and continue the investigation. I don't suppose you did that?
My warm regards,
holmertz (27198) 2013-01-19 13:24
This looks like one of those narrow alleys I love to explore in far away towns, twisting and turning around so many bends only to end up at someone's kitchen door. Apart from the decaying walls and the laundry I also like the sun shining on the door from the sky hidden from view fairly high up. The little green plant is also nice.
brianmcc (5536) 2013-01-20 4:09
this is a lovely detailed and intimate scene of the back streets of the tow. you have spotted the opportunity well and executed it perfectly. wonderful exposure, i love the little shaft of light on the right side of the wall. the steps act as a great feature leading the viewer through the scene, while the potted plant is also a nice little additional feature to add colour and contrast to the natural tones in the stonework.
have a lovely sunday,
delpeoples (45684) 2013-01-21 3:10
Ahh so we're getting a little nostalgic for il Bel Paese? I don't blame you, this photo does it for me too! I love the characteristic old architecture, the old plaster, and especially the hanging laundry (something the South is famous for, but I'm glad to see the Umbrians hold their own at). The colours and textures are very rich and you've dealt with the shaded areas superbly. Ahhh big sigh...and maybe an Italian vino to enjoy this even more. Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (13579)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-01
- Categories: Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-01-17 14:55