The word window originates from the Old Norse ‘vindauga’, from ‘vindr – wind’ and ‘auga – eye’, i.e. "wind eye". In Norwegian Nynorsk and Icelandic the Old Norse form has survived to this day (in Icelandic only as a less used synonym to gluggi), in Swedish the word vindöga remains as a term for a hole through the roof of a hut, and in the Danish language ‘vindue’ and Norwegian Bokmål ‘vindu’, the direct link to ‘eye’ is lost, just like for 'window'. The Danish (but not the Bokmål) word is pronounced fairly similarly to window.
Window is first recorded in the early 13th century, and originally referred to an unglazed hole in a roof. Window replaced the Old English ‘eagþyrl’, which literally means ‘eye-hole,’ and ‘eagduru’ ‘eye-door’.
Many Germanic languages however adopted the Latin word ‘fenestra’ to describe a window with glass, such as standard Swedish ‘fönster’, or German ‘Fenster’. The use of window in English is probably due to the Scandinavian influence on the English language by means of loanwords during the Viking Age. In English the word fenester was used as a parallel until the mid-18th century and fenestration is still used to describe the arrangement of windows within a façade.
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serp2000 (43106) 2012-01-26 1:43
In Russian language this word means "okno". Good presentation of theme, useful note and attractive composition. Fine saturation, nice frame.
Budapestman (82620) 2012-01-26 1:50
a superb atmosphere with attractive colours and lights I like the composition and the details, superb play with forms and lines, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
snunney (94835) 2012-01-26 2:02
The quirky angle of view makes for an interesting and unusual composition accentuated by the saturated tones and some lovely shadow play. I like it.
Nicou (136112) 2012-01-26 3:01
fantastique effet et cadrage, sueporbe éclairage et ocmpo avec cet ewtte et ce jeu d'ombres et lumirèes, fanmtastique.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (49288) 2012-01-26 3:03
beautifully angled composition and a superbly lit image. Facsinating shadows that give such excellent depth and relief to the shot. Wonderful!
Enjoy your day - Brian.
Zengi001 (2739) 2012-01-26 3:19
Your POV makes these ordinary windows an extraordinary wiev.
willperrett (9401) 2012-01-26 3:29
I very much like the distorted perspective in this image. The colours too are strong, vibrant, and not too overcooked. Nicely seen detail.
JFS (32459) 2012-01-26 3:39
I like the way you took this façade, good play of shadows, very appealing!
have a good day my friend!
Sergiom (73374) 2012-01-26 5:35
Peut être seulement des fenêtres mais sous un angle qui les avantage et sous une lumière qui les fait briller dans l'image.
brianmcc (6219) 2012-01-26 8:01
another lovely bright and vivid picture of the smaller details of rome. superb low viewpoint creating an interesting perspective. the light is fantastic to help produce the well saturated colours.
Cretense (68701) 2012-01-26 8:57
Interesting architecture photo, great low POV and "strange" perspective! Great framing and composition, great light management, beautiful colors and textures! I particularly like the long shadows!
prasun984 (5590) 2012-01-26 11:05
very nice perspective to captured this shot...nice play of light & shade over the yellow tone wall...nice textures wall around the open windows...
very nice light management with nice color contrast & sharpness...
vasilpro (41215) 2012-01-26 14:31
Wonderful composition with beautiful architectural details, excellent POV and diagonal presentation with graphic mood, lovely warm light and contrast, vivid colors, very nice framework, TfS!
jjcordier (79295) 2012-01-26 23:13
Un cadrage audacieux et efficace sur cette façade lumineuse aux superbes couleurs.
Silvio1953 (136675) 2012-01-27 3:11
Ciao Daniel, lovely and original composition with beautiful windows, fascinating reflections, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (115533) 2012-01-27 10:45
J'aime la façon d'avoir cadrer la façade, les reflets bleu dans les vitres sur un jaune lumineux de la façade, vraiment une belle réalisation
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4814) 2012-01-29 22:49
The tilting did really much great effect on the over all composition. Love the creative angles, the brilliant and vibrant colors! The blue reflections on the windows are a bonus! Great compo!
lpi (4857) 2012-02-01 1:45
Un joli cadrage sur cette belle façade colorée.
J'aime ce jeu d'ombre et de lumière.
Bluejeans (64251) 2012-02-02 5:29
Ola Daniel ,
Uma foto bem colorida com esta parede amarela cheia de luz , bom grafismo conseguido com as janelas e sombras , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
aloyho (6798) 2012-02-02 17:56
This is a nice catch and I love the POV and composition which is very attractive and appealing.The light and shadows are on the spot as they brought out the shapes and colours to its very best. I also admire your sensitivity to beauty in the least expected places. Well done!!
kiks (11785) 2012-03-30 10:26
yes, just windows but the cchoice of pov and the shadows make this a great compostion.
- Copyright: Daniel Draghici (dkmurphys) (55861)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-08-17
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon Coolpix
- Exposure: f/3.5
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My Windows, Caput Mundi [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-01-26 0:55