In mathematics there is a problem called "close packing of spheres," and has applications in crystallography. In the magnificent village of Positano on the Amalfi Coast of Italy, we had just stepped off a small ferry from Amalfi and would soon sail back to Amalfi. Close-packing of architecture, and the remarkable skill of the Italians to build on virtually vertical surfaces rushed to mind as I shot this photo. I steadied my Nikon D200 — with an unusually sharp 70-210 lens — on a concrete post on the dock, and clicked away. People speak of the Italian sun, it can be more intense, revealing the vivid colors of the architecture. It is even more ideal if is in the morning. Positano is one of the most picturesque towns in Italy, or for that matter, in the world.
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Noel_Byrne (20694) 2013-10-30 7:05
I always say how much I love to see tiers of manmade structures like this, and what a wonderful example! I would be prone to think, why choose this difficult location to build a town, (of course the sea is a large part), but what a cool side effect that it seems everybody in the town gets to enjoy a phenomenal view! I love your crop of this image, it’s a really engaging shot. One of those that I would sit and study, as I peer in each window and door in turn!
Thanks for sharing
holmertz (37011) 2013-10-30 7:08
The buildings are incredibly closely packed and your framing and tight cropping does full justice to this spectacular view. There is an interesting variety of shapes and styles of windows and balconies. This must be what a town will look like when everybody wants the same perfect view and there is little space available.
Silvio1953 (115825) 2013-10-30 7:15
Ciao Bulent, my today neighbour, lovely composition with fantastic house, great italian style, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
lousat (72181) 2013-10-30 9:14
Hi Bulent,really beautiful whit close up on the Positano facades,perfect moment too whit the best light to warm up the details and the colors,i never been there,your pic is a good advertising for my country..ehehe...have a nice evening and thanks,LUCIANO
amaryllis (33426) 2013-10-30 10:57
Gigantesque de voir toutes ces maisons de couleurs, de modèles différents, serrées les unes contre les autres et l'ensemble sous une belle luminosité
serp2000 (37859) 2013-10-30 11:11
Glad to see your new photo. First of all, perfect sharpness. Good cropped photo, impressive compression. No, I don't want to live here. ))
Best wishes from Russia!
Romano46 (16578) 2013-10-30 11:24
non c'è dubbio che Positano sia tra le più belle località costiere dell'Italia però spesso mi chiedo anche se sia stato un ben o un male che la natura sia stata completamente stravolta per una costruzione così intensiva da nascondere la roccia che altrimenti sarebbe stata visibile dando corpo ad un paesaggio più naturale.
Questa architettura è indubbiamente fantasiosa con archi e colonne che si susseguono in forme e colori diversi. Sono case o alberghi di grande pregio però a mio avviso la natura è stata forzata in maniera eccessiva a vantaggio di poche persone che hanno la possibilità di godere di simili alloggi. Una situazione ben diversa da quella che nell'ottocento avevano notato i rari viaggiatori .
Passando alla foto complimenti per la bella ripresa. Il tele ti ha aiutato ed ha compresso i piani ma questo era sicuramente il risultato che volevi ottenere. Ottima nitidezza e colori eccellenti permettono di apprezzare al meglio questa visione.
Ciao e buona giornata
jemaflor (80616) 2013-10-30 12:06
Interesting architecture taken from a good pov, perfect light and sharpness, tfs.
Vasa (16736) 2013-10-30 17:16
The shot is so worth seeing. The big presentation is so welcome and I admire the spectacular scene. What idea my dear friend Bulent nad what souvenir from your Giro d'Italia. Always meet you with emotions. Have the best continuation!
worldcitizen (6473) 2013-10-30 17:33
I like this tight view. There are so many facades...so many balconies and windows. I could spend a bit of time studying them all. Not including any sky in your composition makes the houses seem even more tightly packed together since they fill the entire frame. I wonder if the residents ever feel like they don't have enough space and privacy. I think I've only spotted a couple of people out on their balconies, but I'll have to look again. :-)
delpeoples (52445) 2013-10-30 18:04
hehehehe maths never crossed my mind when viewing these man-made wonders as recently as a month ago. But I take you point. Your tight framing complements that concept beautifully. I love the colours, the textures and the wonderful sense of history that this photo exudes. The image is sharp as a razor and brings back such happy memories spent on the beach below with my father and my family 20 years ago and with my loved one celebrating our anniversary last month.
Thanks for sharing, have a beautiful day
SnapRJW (29246) 2013-10-31 2:20
Hello Bulent - A man-made beehive with a cell for each occupant. Isn't this so fascinating? There's a wonderful cohesiveness to the architecture here, harmony of colour and similarities of style and yet individuality too. Your pin-sharp closely cropped shot is perfect! Warm regards Rosemary
PaulVDV (20385) 2013-10-31 3:20
It looks like the people have built their house on the roof of the house underneath them.
The view is stunning!
Excellent cropping. Beautiful alternation of red and white.
Best regards, Paul
mesutilgim (79934) 2013-10-31 3:25
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Ben bu kareyi İstanbuldan da tanıyorum ama buradaki estetik nuhteşem !
Selam ve sevgiler
jhm (135058) 2013-10-31 4:01
You know, I am no traveller but when I see these composition of all the houses, I get a little bit chicken meat on my arms.
You took these picture with a very well quality.
Composition and presentation are nice.
Also the background gives an extra touch to these nice picture.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
ebingul (1898) 2013-10-31 5:59
Merhaba Bülent bey,
Güzel bir kadrajla çok güzel bir foto elde etmişsiniz.Işık,renkler ve keskinlik harikulade.Tebrikler.
carlo62 (27512) 2013-11-01 1:02
un ammasso colorato che colpisce immediatamente l'attenzione.
Un colpo d'occhio incredibile e tutto italiano.
Bello scatto, è impressionante ciò che si vede.
PS se torni a Livorno fammi sapere, magari ti mostro qualcosa che ancora non conosci.
mirosu (12518) 2013-11-01 5:14
Nice to hear from you. I like this beautiful photo.
Outstanding photo with excellent details, nice colors, perfect light, very good clarity. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions. The view up is excellent. Well done.
Wish you a very nice weekend.
eldancer1 (25105) 2013-11-01 7:48
Wow! Looks like a beehive! They have million dollar view of the ocean but I can see a few problems like where do you park your car and how to get to those houses in the middle. But I'm sure as humans being to adaptable they have ways to get around those problems. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
resat1972 (7247) 2013-11-01 13:57
Merhaba Bülent Bey
sanki karmakarışık ama bir o kadar da rengarenk
farklı bir düzenek..
çok güzel bir deneme
mcmtanyel (10407) 2013-11-01 21:35
İyi Geceler Bülent Bey,
We fins ourselves face to face with these rows of buildings. They look like miniatures with marvelous shadows. I am glad you clicked away, your effoerts yielded at least one fine photo.
Unfortunately, State College is at least 3 hours' drive from me. i would have loved to meet up if it were closer.
Cricri (101189) 2013-11-02 2:33
Quand on ouvre la vignette, c'est une grande surprise, de voir ce style de bâtiments colorées avec les balcons, baignée par une belle lumière et un cadrage extra, superbe
mkamionka (29187) 2013-11-02 12:41
wow this is very impressive. The buildings are so closely packed that it seems not realistic but rather as if someone would merge several photos in Photoshop. It is an interesting amalgam of styles and designs. I like very much such busy compositions.
Very well seen and captured,
Hansaphotos (6415) 2013-11-02 12:59
Excellent shot of this picturesque village. Well chosen tight framing. Lots of interesting details. Great work! Thanks.
Enjoy your WE.
ChrisJ (94770) 2013-11-02 15:26
This looks familiar. I will have to upload my shot of Positano. The REAL one! I mistakenly uploaded one of Amalfi, but that whole stretch of coast from Atrani to Sorrento is magical. Effective tight framing with very good sharpness here. Tfs!
zoomer (6) 2013-11-02 16:46
Hi,exquisite detail and clarity.It is a charming setting in spite of being so crowded.All the best Wolf.
rbassin (16250) 2013-11-04 13:04
un bon cadrage sur ces façades, d'une architecture densifiée et d'une esthétique agréable.
Sonata11 (33151) 2013-11-04 19:43
very beautiful composition of this architecture with fascinated management of light, colors, sharpness, clarity. Like it. Perfectly well done. Tfs.
Best regards, Barbara
papagolf21 (83214) 2013-11-04 23:47
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Excellent cadrage pour valoriser l'architecture particulière de ce joli village. Les maisons s'accrochent à la montagne d'une bien belle façon.
Les couleurs chantent merveilleusement.
Nicou (116170) 2013-11-05 4:48
quelle vue sueprbe iamge et graphsime de façades ces couleurs ces fenêtres sueprbe et les balconcs avec le portes ces encadrement blanc avec des formes d'architecture sueprbe.
Bravo et amiité
rigoletto (34197) 2013-11-06 7:25
dear professor, this close-packing view brings to mind the tradtional postcard view of mardin, doesn't it? :)
very nice crisp details presented with a beautiful lateral light soaking the pastel colors. your tight cadrage was indeed essential here.
nikkitta (13220) 2013-11-06 16:15
Quite agree with you, one of the beautiful cities of the South, but better is Ravello up in the mountains ( where Gore Vidal had a villa)
Now congrats for taking a creative capture, a close up of quite different houses and colors
They, in general have arches in common
Well done, warm regards
willperrett (5876) 2013-11-11 8:41
Not sure why you needed to steady the camera on a post with a shutter speed of 1/500 sec with only a moderately long lens, but the result is fine! I like the way the long lens has squashed the perspective, which emphasizes your point about close-packing. Good work.
Gigidusud (13235) 2013-11-18 11:53
Great close-up on Positano. Splendid colors and nice light. Good idea! I love this place!
Greeting from Marseille and warm regards to family.
Didi (54995) 2013-12-09 11:35
Hi my friend
Very good concentration of buildings with a nice lights ambiance
photoray (10107) 2013-12-09 13:53
Like everyone else an impressive architectural image of Positano stacked up the hillside.
I am attracted to the numerous variety of arches a trademark of classical Roman architecture.
ikeharel (52181) 2013-12-14 8:06
A magnificent clear shot over the labyrinth built town on the slops, a known place and always charming in view.
Countless balconies for the benefit of tourists to enjoy the sunny days in summer - but when I was there in 5/1980 it was unusually rainy day...
Have a nice weekend,
macjake (52014) 2013-12-14 14:57
its easy to see why people are enjoying this photo of yours!
Now thats what I call close neighbours!
looks a bit like the real life lego-land too :)
the way its composed works well, it highlights that specific closeness to its core. well done.
I havn't received any email from you about the cruise....I know Michael has tried to email me from TE and it didn't work either...not sure why.
hope to talk to you soon
Angshu (54703) 2013-12-22 22:15
Dear Professor 'A'
You have been busy of late and as I read your intro, you seem to be enjoying every bit of your time...bravo for that!
This is indeed a fascinating picture with the perspective compressed and creating a collage of lovely buildings on the colourful coast of Amalfi
PS : In case if we do not interact within this week, I wish you and all your loved ones a very merry Christmas..and also a very fine New Year
daddo (22616) 2014-02-07 20:52
Hi Bulent. So close and personal- one wouldn't want neighbours who are constantly arguing as in this case they are next door with no fence or garden to separate one lot from another- a case of close packing of souls. I presume much that we see is actually holiday accommodation? Best wishes. Klaudio.
i9l2y1m8a8t3 (4768) 2014-03-24 19:14
Italian architecture amazes me especially those cities alongside the coast. It fascinates me how they stack those houses together so compact that it creates nice patterns that play with shapes, sizes and different geometrical figures. Sharp image, a nice emphasis on these houses. Great note as well!
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (34715)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 70-210 f4.5-5.6
- Exposure: f/11, 1/500 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): SYMPHONY OF COLORS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-10-30 7:01