Towering above the old city of Siena is the astonishing Cathedral (Duomo) of Santa Maria Assunta, one of the best examples of Gothic architecture in Italy. The cathedral was originally designed and completed between 1215 and 1263 on the site of an earlier structure. It has the form of a Latin cross with a slightly projecting transept, a dome and a bell tower. The dome rises from an octagonal base with supporting columns. The lantern atop the dome was added by Gian Lorenzo Bernini. The nave is separated from the two aisles by semicircular arches. The exterior and interior are constructed of white and greenish-black marble in alternating stripes, with addition of red marble on the façade. Black and white are the symbolic colors of Siena, etiologically linked to black and white horses of the legendary city's founders, Senius and Aschius.
I don't have much time for TE and photography these days... but wanted to share something from my last trip to Tuscany/Umbria. The place is unbelievably beautiful... but sadly, I didn't have the right equipment to capture all this beauty, as my faithful 18-200 was broken just before the trip, and I had to suffice with the plastic 18-55 from the kit. Thinking of new gear now...
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yquem46 (38666) 2010-05-20 1:52
Nice compo with the lines of brown houses in the FG, which contrast well with the clearer stones of the Duomo in the BG
Splendid light of course
have a nice day
papera (13952) 2010-05-20 2:00
no matter what equipment you had - this view is like a vision anyway... the warm afternoon colours, the sun, the elevated church and houses - it's a classic take on this Tuscan beauty, but full of charm and capable of bringing back tons of memories of Italian holidays :)
gildasjan (41544) 2010-05-20 2:01
Très belle lumière de coucher de soleil pour un bon accord de couleurs entre la pierre et ce bleu ciel.
francesav (749) 2010-05-20 2:21
Beautiful warm light of the sunset on the red bricks of Siena, and beautiful blue sky too. This is a common scene in Siena!
dta (65614) 2010-05-20 2:24
Hello Aleksander ,
A good presentation of this fine architecture . The cahedral , of course , but the interesting houses in the FG , too . Excellent sharpness and natural colors .
PixelTerror (0) 2010-05-20 2:25
Lucky you who went to Siena... Great timing on this image to get the light on the buildings to contrast against this spotless blue sky, overall very clean impression even with the "small" lens
Have a nice day jY
npecanhuk (64156) 2010-05-20 2:48
That's a beautiful picture!
Magnificent architectural details!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, horizontal format and composition are all excellent!
I was in Siena back in 1999 and I fell in love with that city! This image brought me good memories!
TFS - congratulations!
Longroute (19394) 2010-05-20 3:55
a great re-entry with this luminous picture.
I like how the cathedral emerges from the lower ocra houses. The play of volumes and lines is really interesting. A very strong Tuscany taste, much in my liking.
LeeLoo (0) 2010-05-20 6:53
Dear Alexander Pasternak!
Wonderful cathedral, very nice houses. Good point of view and capture. Perfect exposure. Ideal frame.
CMJC (4026) 2010-05-20 8:58
Sienne sous le soleil; 5 jours après pour mon passage il pleuvait et j'ai donc fait fort peu de photos...
très belle composition de l'image avec le contraste entre le Duomo et les maisons de briques dorées
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2010-05-20 9:00
My compliments! The atmosphere you got in the picture is...amazing.
aristo (3214) 2010-05-20 10:53
Wonderful photo from Siena,fabelous composition and great light managment,superb frameing.The light is outstanding and architecture is masterpace.
vasilpro (40933) 2010-05-20 11:58
Wonderful composition, beautiful place, interesting architecture, excellent light management, very nice POV, very good clarity, sharpness and contrast, lovely colors.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
Cretense (68687) 2010-05-23 3:10
Very imposing cathedral, beautiful city, excellent architecture photo! Great composition and framing, wonderful, warm evening light, beautiful colours and atmosphere!
- Copyright: Alexander Pasternak (pasternak) (15181)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-04-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 350D, Canon EF 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6
- Exposure: f/11, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-20 1:47