This is a follow up photo from my last post at the Duomo in Florence.
As you know, with such famous landmarks, especially when it comes to towers and domes there tend to be long long line ups. Sometimes the lineups can be for hours. To avoid the long line, you can often pre purchase a ticket online.
My girlfriend Tosca and I just arrived in Florence, and we thought we'd just give it a try. The lineup was only about 1 hour so we joined in.
While waiting, Tosca told me to just get out there and start taking some photos while she stood in line for the both of us :)
This is one of the photos I took. I also made sure I went out and brought her back some food and some ice cream while she waited :)
For those of you who have seen Tosca on Facebook, can you point her out in this photo? Special bonus points to any of you that can tell me where she is in this line up. The only hint I'll give you is that she's standing not sitting.
Thanks for looking
Noel pointed out to me that in Europe the famous character Waldo, and the books called "Where's Waldo" are actually called "Where's Wally".
I wonder why the name is different compared to the North American version?? Any ideas?
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serp2000 (45302) 2014-06-27 7:20
Hi, Craig, my neighbor today,
Another amazing story from your trip. Very interesting and original composition, impressive dominance of the grey walls, and the people like the ants. The colourful ants.
Best wishes from Ural,
emka (104140) 2014-06-27 7:38
Hi Craig, funny story and shot. Buying the tickets on line when oissible is splendid option, i try to do this. The figures are quite small, do difficult to see Tosca there. Maybe the girl in blue shirt on the left side of the gate? creative shot from Florence.
Warm regrads Malgo
snunney (104607) 2014-06-27 7:45
A lot of people waiting to go in the cathedral, much more so than Milan or Valletta. Good capture with the grey walls and niches adding much graphism to the composition.
holmertz (57285) 2014-06-27 8:06
I like the tight cropping of this photo and the well balanced composition (even though everything is leaning, as usual). The line of tourists complements the horizontal lines of the architecture very well, but the mere idea of waiting for hours to get into a building is just revolting. I have lost almost all interest in going to the most popular places.
lousat (95760) 2014-06-27 8:25
Hello Craig, but where are the photos of Tosca on FB? I've looked, but from Florence there are only 2 ... want to make us mad to give the answer to your question? However, I do not have the answer, on the other hand I'm seeing another beautiful perspective, it is very interesting to see my country through the eyes of foreigners and photos ... ehehe ...have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano
Noel_Byrne (33036) 2014-06-27 9:23
how nice Of Tosca to offer this and I bet you didn't need to be asked twice :) your pics from here have given me a completely new vision of this place, it is vastly bigger than I had ever imagined and this along with your capture of the done captures that so well. I like the idea behind title too, though On this side of the ocean he is known as wally, I wonder why the difference?
Sorry, rambling mind at work here, great and again unique shot of this impressive place
have a great weekend
mohammad_H (10058) 2014-06-27 10:03
زاویه ضبط دوربین ،برای نمای کلی و بهتر دیدن معماری مناسب
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-06-27 10:07
Hi Craig - What no umbrellas? The day we visited the Duomo it rained and as I said before we had a Firenze Card and jumped the queue. I felt rather pleased with myself as I didn't have to stand in line trying to keep dry! I like the way everyone seems occupied with tablets, cell phones, guide books or just chatting. The line of people gives a good idea as to the scale of the building.
Nicou (148320) 2014-06-27 10:14
quel rendu sur cette façade superbe vue et iamge quel couleur grise et les détails architecturaux et ces personnages sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié
photoray (13981) 2014-06-27 10:31
What little I know of Florence and Italy, from your interesting Duomo lineup I suspect there is plenty exterior subjects for photographing. I remember our Western Civilization professor relating that many visitors thought the replica David statue outside was Michelangelo's original, which was inside.
I am attracted to the Duomo's detailed rectangles covering the entire wall and very numerous. Not just a plain wall but one to capture attention.
Thanks for sharing,
delpeoples (59426) 2014-06-27 13:43
She stands in line for you for an HOUR, whilst you swan around Florence taking beautiful photos galore and feeding your face? Poor Tosca! And I hope she got more than a measly gelato for her troubles! Hahaha! Beautiful shot of the facade of this massive architectural masterpiece. The people look so small in comparison. It really makes me wonder how they built such huge structures in the days when there were no cranes, hydraulic lifters or the like. An interesting and original shot. I am guessing that Tosca/Wally/Waldo is in the blue tshirt and jeans looking at her iPhone, in front of the bloke in yellow. It's Wally over here too - Waldo who? :)
tyro (26142) 2014-06-27 16:21
This is brilliant! But what impresses me even more is the fact that Malgo could actually pick out Tosca from that enormous line-up! How did she manage that? I'm on Facebook too but I must confess that I look at it about once every six months - perhaps I need to do more homework there so that I can recognise people!
It sounds as though Malgo also offered some good advice about buying tickets online to avoid the queues but, then, I guess you wouldn't have managed to get this wonderful detailed portrait of Tosca if you'd done that. But what a fantastic girlfriend Tosca must be - to send you off to have fun taking pictures while she waited in the line for you: but I guess you were the perfect boyfriend too, bring her back some munchies and an ice cream.
Oh, yes, the photograph. Almost forgot. A lovely "city lens" image with strong perspectives and some gorgeous light on the intricate facade of this beautiful building. There's little colour in the building itself but the multicoloured clothing of the queuing sightseers and tourists below add some fine "punch" to the picture. And, of course, it is technically perfect too.
P.S. Not sure about the Waldo/Wally thing but, then, you guys walk along the sidewalk (pavement) and drive your cars along the freeway (road). And your car has a hood (bonnet) over the engine at the front and your luggage goes at the back in the trunk (boot). Oh, yes, we wear pants too - but we wear them under our trousers.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-06-27 22:39
Je constate que tu as galamment laissé ta place dans la queue à Tosca (en bleu , en train de vérifier la qualité de ses photos juste devant l'homme au sac et bermuda jaune?)
Mics (980) 2014-06-28 0:25
I like your well balanced composition showing the scale of the architecture and how it mammothed all the tourists queueing for their tickets, making this an attractive shot.
Your note and how Tosca is so supportive of your passion in photography is indeed so sweet :-)...and... i must congratulate myself too for having a good guess that Tosca was the one in blue shirt and jeans.
Have a nice day to both of you,
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-06-28 2:20
haha,so there is however something,that your ultra wide angle lens can´t capture at once:)Great idea for a shot!The line looks really,really long(but you should see the line in front of,behind and around Vatican Museum:)
Have a nice weekend
timecapturer (49288) 2014-06-28 2:54
seen this post after Noel's Wally-fest shot, so it is all coming together slowly this morning. An image that gives us all a great idea of the magnificence of this amazing building.
Have a good weekend - B.
Sergiom (85877) 2014-06-28 5:34
Encore une fois, du très beau travail avec cette lentille qui donne l'impression que l'immeuble se penche vers l'arrière pour mieux montrer tous les détails de son architecture.
jcpix (13930) 2014-06-28 21:07
Not the next picture I was hoping to see here!? hehe
I'm with ya' partner, it's "Waldo." :)
I have to pat myself on the back, I spotted Tosca as well...but I admit, it was kind of a lucky guess. Glad I had the answer in some of your forum replies to confirm it. Great job making this a quiz, as well as an overall cool shot. And pass along some well wishes to your gal for letting you run wild while she held the line...you definitely got the better of that deal. lol
Quite an immense cathedral, isn't it? I love this completely different take on it too. I was able to recognize this gorgeous exterior right away, but this is definitely an original way to present it..as well as fun!
Next time you should have her in that traditional red & white striped shirt with the black rimmed glasses and hat....would make things a lot easier for the rest of us. :) Have a good one amigo. Take it easy.
Cheers from the lower 48,
P.S. I believe Canada is actually ranked 1.9 million'th, so don't be too hard on yourselves. lol I don't think we're going to be playing much longer either...but hey, you never know, we might just get lucky.
TopGeo (38216) 2014-06-28 22:23
Hello Craig An image repeating itself gives evidence of the building and the tail of people Very impressive presentation and the use of wide angle lens Perfect idea
Silvio1953 (150127) 2014-06-29 8:45
Ciao Craig, great view of fantastic architecture, lovely composition with a lot of people, excellent clarity, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Cricri (123650) 2014-06-29 22:25
Amusante ta note :-)
J'aime le résultat obtenu, le cadrage parfait avec les personnes si minuscules qui donne l'échelle a cette façade grise et donne aussi quelques touches de couleurs,
ikeharel (76005) 2014-06-30 7:22
By now I know the answer to the quiz, Craig.
Nice to see Tosca in Toscana...
The line to this cathedral always take a toll on the tourists patience and consume precious time - therefore we gave up seeing it indoor's, and I am sure the outside depicted archi. & art elements are more interesting, to my humble opinion.
anyway, found a nice subject, with humor always makes the task of "waiting" more easiliy pass.
abmdsudi (57112) 2014-06-30 11:25
Marvelous composition, you strike the right notes here! A feast on the senses with those luxurious details of the historic building's facade with striking colours on the fg to hold the focus in firmly while guiding the eyes so pleasingly to wonder around the shot. Immense capture coupled by your distinctive processing technique. Brilliant, tfs
bona (13739) 2014-07-02 19:48
here in Brazil we call Waldo by Wally name too. Maybe it because is more easy to latins speakers said Wally name. Tosca was very friendly to wait in the line for you took photo, I think you didn't like it. I'm being sarcastic :)
I like the crop here with the building façade without showing the sky.
adores (46297) 2014-07-18 16:12
Seems it was very easy for Malgo, she knows everybody:)!
It must be really worth the time waiting, it's really magnificent and huge. Good shot!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (70967)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-29
- Categories: Humorous, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/80 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2014-06-27 6:47