I love Florence, but it's so overphotographed!
I've tried a little different landscape form San Miniato door, hope you like it.
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Gand (6) 2004-09-22 3:45
Nice composition, and great DOF. Thank you very much for this beautiful moment.
RGatward (20052) 2004-09-22 3:50
Nicely framed shot, and even the frame is interesting, though I think I'd have cropped this to portrait format. The sepia also looks good.
Nottinghill (1089) 2004-09-22 3:52
Fine untypical POV. Not technically perfect but very private and individual. I tried a small WS, I hope you don't mind. Thanks for sharing
naxius (16685) 2004-09-22 4:02
Thank you for this very nice composition Alessandra. I plan to visit Firenze in the begining of october and you photograph give me an excellent idea of this beautiful city.
Where is this terasse?
The B&W mode works perfeclty.
flydragon (0) 2004-09-22 4:11
WELCOME TO TE ,o)
u tried different and did good ,o)
i remember this city verry nice
nice composition here and good work with th light
jhonny_blue (4956) 2004-09-22 4:30
Wonderful place and picture ! One of the most beautiful places in the Earth !
Thanks for this Ale.
Proxilva (2157) 2004-09-22 4:42
you seem to have jumped over 'el katena'
la principessa suo un poco ribelle? ;-D
helps the photo wich is beautiful and well framed
next year i'm defanitly going to Tuscani and Florence... I love that city
GrahamB (939) 2004-09-22 4:48
Great framing using the old doors with a large depth of field to keep everything sharp. well seen.
merpb (1995) 2004-09-22 5:09
Beautiful shot Alessandra, that is indeed an unusual view of the city.
I love the wide crop with the deep shadow framing the doorway to a wonderful vista, it implies much greater space beyond the door than we can see and acts as a visual block channeling the viewer into the image.
The deep DoF combined with the oblique light brings out the detail of the doors which gives foreground interest that is crisp but not fussy and so does not compete with the view.
One of my favorites, Great shot
nwoehnl (122) 2004-09-22 6:50
Well, Ale - this one really has an artist's touch :-) A beautiful alternative indeed to the more common ways of shooting Firenze's monuments and sights, in which your use of shadow and light reminds me of a painting. A beautiful view on the town behind, and a fine foreground with the old door, the chain, and the angled play of light and dark areas. Good choice of sepia. Very nice.
Cool-ice (5289) 2004-09-22 7:22
The composition is a real invitation for the spectator to discover the city.
The sepia and the grain give a welcome touch nicely associated with the game between light and shadow.
Excellent, ale !
elihesamian (26149) 2004-09-22 7:22
CONGRATULATION,...no need to words,...PERFECT.
clodreno (0) 2004-09-22 8:41
A very nice image.. I like this new "perspective" on the city.
Guenther (10915) 2004-09-22 9:09
Bellissima foto artistica, Ale! La scelta del B&N si addice perfettamente alla cornice scura e al terrazzo di ghiaia. Anche la catena ha la sua eleganza nell'inquadrare la scena in fondo.
Non è facile evitare foto scontate di posti troppo noti, tu invece ci sei riuscita benissimo! Aspetto la foto di San Miniato!
Galeota (10338) 2004-09-22 11:39
Very nice tones. You have made a good use of light and shadows in your composition. I like the slight noise visible on the sky, probably effect of your post processing.
cgrindahl (6113) 2004-09-22 12:50
What a glorious image Alessandra. The door framing the distant scene is itself a work of art. Very distinctive composition. And I love your choice of black and white with what appears to be a hint of sepia. It is evocative for me as well. I spent three weeks in Florence many years ago during a month long visit to Italy. I'd intended to spend only three or four days but was so overwhelmed by the beauty and the extraordinary art that I couldn't leave. I bought a history of Florence, a book about sculpture and the lives of artists and spent my days sitting on the floor of the Ufizzi reading about the painter as I gazed up at his work...Rafael, Leonardo, Michelangelo. I especially loved the Bargello where Michelangelo's Bacchus and Donatello's David stood without protective railings, allowing one to stand close, even touch the perfect surfaces of the marble. What a magical place...and the food... ;-)
Wonderful work with your Nikon. Thanks for sharing. I appreciate the distinctive workshop Marek did as well.
Hanssie (10273) 2004-09-22 13:26
Black and the doors, heavy doors....
And what we see, is a fantastic view on Florence, it is like an ancient picture and I like it very well !
Zanni (6108) 2004-09-22 13:54
Firenze città proibita. Perchè la catena per me simbolicamente sbarra l'accesso a questo belvedere sulla città. Già, ma proibita a chi? A chi non ha la sensibilità per il bello o a chi avendone troppa rischia di essere rapito dal fascino della città e di perdersi in essa come i mitici navigatori con le sirene? Ma poi: Firenze è ancora bella oppure il bianco e nero evoca gli antichi fasti di una città involgarita che ha perso il suo fascino?. Ai posteri l'ardua sentenza.
Ultima notazione: ormai ogni tua fotografia è come un best seller!
Rockyboy (20598) 2004-09-22 16:19
J'ai eu l'occasion de passer à Florence en 1999 mais trop peu de temps... J'étais en vacances en Ligurie et nous avons décidé d'aller pour une journée à Pise et Florence. Je n'ai donc vu cette ville que le temps d'une après-midi... mais je me souvient avoir bu un excellent cianti dans un restaurant de cette superbe ville.
Le cadrage à travers cette porte est en tout cas très bien pensé tout comme la conversion en couleur sépia. Bravo!
Endy (1025) 2004-09-22 23:18
Splendid photograph alessandra and very well framed. I like the way you used the door to create a frame to your picture. The sepia is a great addition to your picture, it creates a special atmosphere life if we came back to the conquistador time.
Well done and thanks for sharing!
weiphoto (335) 2004-09-23 0:21
I like your deep shadows and angled light. Have never visited Florence, but this view is inviting, even w/chain and it's shadow in the pix. Nice background of the cathedral, also.
pamastro (7218) 2004-09-23 1:16
This is a very dramatic entry onto Florence, Alessandra. Very nicely done giving us a different view of the city. The landscape of the city already lends itself to being a painting but seeing it like this it becomes even more like one. It also seems like opening onto another world. You could even say moving from the "dark ages", represented by the dark room, to the Renaissance and beyond and all the glory it had to offer. The sepia gives a nice touch to this that is worth sacrificing the colors for. It softens the adjustment from darkness to light. Very good job.
manny (21833) 2004-09-23 5:48
This is a classic picture of Florence. You have such a quick mind to frame your shot this way. May salute to you.
baska (0) 2004-09-23 7:22
Wonderful photo! Bravo!
ma-tibou (4568) 2004-09-23 9:51
Une porte ouverte sur une ville que j'addorerais visiter, florence la magnifiques et ses trèsors architecturaux. Choix du sépia, très original, bien vue.
Piotr (0) 2004-09-23 10:35
Beautiful Florence panorama Ale!
Nice perspective through old doors, good old sepia colours
Very well done
harold (2363) 2004-09-23 10:49
Une vue originale, porte ouverte sur la beauté d'une très belles ville.
Gix (3565) 2004-09-23 17:53
Ciao Ale... accidenti questa me l'ero persa! (sono stato via...)
Che posso aggiungere alla messe di commenti in varie lingue??
Forse è ora che la smetta di inviare foto mie e mi limiti a guardare quelle (sempre migliori) degli altri...
Sontuosi complimenti signorina Torri!
sohrab (7439) 2004-09-26 8:22
this is by far your best photograph in my opinion
it takes me back in time
infact you'll find similar shots in on the last page of the national gepgraphic magazines, un der the 'flashback' section. so yo uknow that im giving you a big big compliment
i look forward to seein more photographs from you
havent een able to see too much work online because of exams
Dionysos (1234) 2004-09-30 9:57
At first, congratulations for trying to find a not over-photographed scene. I think most of us should think about this 'overphotographed subject' problem.
Also, the result of your experimental shot is a CLASSIC !
pascalbene (1717) 2004-10-07 15:12
I like your point of view of this public (turism) and private (aristocratic)town : Firenze. Congratulation.
CoolDan (2516) 2004-10-10 19:49
En effet, c'est une présentation très différente de Florence. C'est très bien composé. et l'utilisation du sépia est judicieux. Well done Alessandra.
Homerhomer (4080) 2004-10-15 12:03
Alessandra, your goal was to present it in a different and interesting way and you have definetely achieved it, and then some. Not only the view is beautiful, but the place you photograph it from. The textures, the light, the feeling one must get when they open the gate and see the city.
loupiot (3909) 2004-10-19 6:40
Gradisco molto questa visione di Firenze attraverso la cornice di porta. Una porta che si apre sulla città, e che li invita a scoprirla. Buona idea l'utilizzo di toni seppia, che dà un aspetto vecchio a questa fotografia. Una buona realizzazione, bravo!
Carma (2440) 2004-10-24 12:56
I peep into your galery and find nice photos there:-). This one gives a nice and unusual view on Florence, old town through old door. Door give us a special feeling of time.
I like the composition and light. Game of shadows is perfect.
tellerka (180) 2004-11-18 5:42
It's great idea to make a shot.
yohaneseko (109) 2005-01-30 9:03
Excellent photo, bravo!! The light is very good. I wonder what happen if you take the shot a bit from the middle.