Warsaw's Castle Square is a historic square in front of the Royal Castle – the former official residence of Polish monarchs – located in Warsaw, Poland. It is a popular meeting place for tourists and locals. The Square (in a more or less triangular shape) features the landmark Sigismund’s Column to the south-west, and is surrounded by historic townhouses. It marks the beginning of the bustling Royal Road extending to the south.
The square is a hub for tourists and locals, who gather to watch street entertainers, participate in rallies, watch concerts and even engage in break dancing.
The photo was taken during my only few hours visit in Warsaw on my way back from China. The weather was horrible all day and when I had already given up any photos, suddenly I was blessed with this nice light.
Surprisingly the square was not busy despite pre Christmas rush, so there are only few pedestrians in the image.
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ACL1978 (7511) 2014-02-25 17:27
Hello Kamila - a bright, colorful postcard from Warsaw! The light on the cathedral in BG is beautiful, but you've still managed to record good color in shadow, so well done on the light management. Looks like a beautiful area, very reminiscent of the one city in Poland I've actually visited, Gdansk.
photoray (13418) 2014-02-25 17:43
Interesting Warsaw Castle Square scene with pedestrians strolling, the Christmas decorations on the lamp posts, then the sun radiating the church and rooftops.
ricardomattos (5155) 2014-02-25 18:53
Very atractive architecture. You got a nice light here and a very nice composition. I like a lot!
Congrats ! Hugs !
serp2000 (41882) 2014-02-25 20:04
Dobroje utro, Kamila,
I like your choice of the new and fresh point of view.
I love this Square, this is place of the TE-meetings too. Fine postcard style, attractive colors and very informative note. Thanks!
Check the title, please. CastLe and SqUare. ))
daddo (25553) 2014-02-25 20:31
Hi Kamila. what attracted me to this photo even in thumbnail was the lovely light and the subsequent warm hues. Of course the details are beguiling as well. Nicely framed. regards. Klaudio.
jurek1951 (42194) 2014-02-25 22:12
pieknie pokazana architektura placu zamkwego.ladne swiatlo,super kolory,pozdrawiam
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-25 22:22
Yes, the light is magnificent. The colors have their own vibrance.
Nice serene photograph.
jjcordier (78388) 2014-02-25 22:34
Superbe lumière de fin d'après midi sur ces magnifiques bâtiments de Varsovie.
jemaflor (88787) 2014-02-25 23:30
good angle on these beautiful houses, the light in particular is so lovely and colors are pleasant, Tfs.
emka (85217) 2014-02-25 23:52
Haha, dobrze mi znany widok :). A więc w drodze z Chin zatrzymałaś sie na chwilke w Warszawie. Miałaś sliczne światlo, nawet jesli to byl krótki czas. Świetny kadr, pieknie pokazane moje miasto ze świątecznymi dekoracjami. urocze zdjecie.
carlo62 (38024) 2014-02-26 0:49
pochi giorni fa ho visto questa foto fatta da Craig, dalla parte opposta, adesso ho NBA visuale completa ed è veramente bella.
Bellissime architetture e splendidi colori, la luce è proprio bella.
È incredibile leggere la data e vedere che sembra settembre.....
dkmurphys (52233) 2014-02-26 1:23
Very beautiful postcard from the center of that beautiful city. I like the golden sunlight over the roofs and upper facades.
Have a good day.
holmertz (44458) 2014-02-26 1:25
This was a big jump from China, but actually I find this just as beautiful. particularly thanks to the fantastic light. It's a great photo altogether, with all these fine façades and the pedestrians, who may not be so many but quite enought to make the view lively. But most of all I enjoy the area between the pillar and the lamppost, where the light falls so beautifully on the roofs that are clustered in a way reminding me of a cubistic painting. This spring/early summer I plan to make a tour of Poland so I will soon enjoy this view myself.
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-02-26 2:07
to jak najlepsza pocztowka z Warszawy!
Scena i perspektywa,ktora juz widzielismy co prawda wiele razy,ale za to swiatlo jakie tutaj mialas i klimat jaki ono tworzy sa niezwykle i sprawiaja,ze zdjecie nabiera nowego blasku.
Romano46 (18472) 2014-02-26 3:10
mi hai sorpreso.
Mi aspettavo un'altra bella foto della Cina ed invece oggi proponi una Varsavia ricca di colore e di luce.
Straordinaria in particolare il calore di questa luce che hai saputo esaltare con una bella saturazione a completamento di una composizione molto ben fatta.
Ciao e buona giornata
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-26 3:24
a place that is a TE favourite, and justifiably so. This is just a perfect capture of it. Immaculate detailing, composition and light management make this one of the best shots I have seen of it. Well done - it looks amazing in this beautiful presentation. Stunning!
ikeharel (62111) 2014-02-26 7:59
Good evening Kamila,
As you had written, you were blessed with beautiful light over the palace roof-tops and the tower.
This gave an extra grandeur to its marvelous architecture's.
The square is still bussy, just as the holiday coming-up, but it is not crowded as one may expect. maybe in summer time's.
Fine clear image, well taken from a superb chosen point of view.
williamcoombs1 (363) 2014-02-26 8:04
This is a lovely photo! You do so well to manage such mixed light, while capturing the colours and the human interest down in the square. A terrific result. Thank you.
abmdsudi (46196) 2014-02-26 8:06
A delightful golden hour shot as focus of interest rests on the stunning castle bathed by subtle warm light and colours. A pleasing viewpoint and cropped with some other attractive features around and you are right to include group of people in the area where the eye is drawn to as well. A cracking shot, excellent clarity and shadow play. This is just great! Congrats
dta (70959) 2014-02-26 8:10
A splendid square in Warszawa , with superb architecture . The composition is perfect , and the light glorious .
saxo042 (37602) 2014-02-26 8:21
I really enjoy the warm sunshine here and had to check the date you took this picture. To my surprise I see that it was around Christmas. Now I notice that people are well dressed. But still, a very warm and pleasant picture with many beautiful buildings.
rychem (27478) 2014-02-26 8:41
Piękne, czyściutkie zdjęcie, jedno z najciekawszych miejsc w Warszawie, światło dopisali choć to najkrótsze dni w roku, swietnie zrobione
cebe (1483) 2014-02-26 10:27
Lovely light and colours, well composed and descriptive city view. A very pleasant photo.
Best regards, Claude
adramad (40178) 2014-02-26 10:51
One of the most enchanting views, which are captured in this city, I also have a picture in my gallery, with the top of the roofs.
Here we see a broader picture with all the beauty of the facades, with Sigismund's Column and the ultra high church behind all, a wonderful set.
Ideals these sunset colors.
Also both sharpness, such as lighting are great.
Well taken photo. I Like
Enjoy a nice day.
Silvio1953 (129332) 2014-02-26 11:12
Ciao Kamila, lovely composition with fantastic light, great view of beautiful square with fascinating architectures, excellent clarity and wonderful warm colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
PaulVDV (24191) 2014-02-26 11:32
The low sun makes the colourful facades and roofs look even more pretty than usual.
So you could enjoy a splendid bright end of a day that wasn't much special.
Also on a winter evening this square looks very lively.
Best regards, Paul
cornejo (35123) 2014-02-26 11:47
Hi Kamila, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting composition in this interesting place with beautiful edificos the background, very well captured in this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, light and beautiful color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Fis2 (89363) 2014-02-26 12:13
Jaka zmiana miejsca ;)
Ciekawe swiatlo a co za tym idzie kolorystyka.
Jest klimat, krol Zygmunt sie usmiecha...
Podoba sie praca.
williewhistler (15413) 2014-02-26 12:15
Hello Kamila ,
such a lovely portrayal of the architecture of the Square,the vibrant colours are delightful and the details sharp and very clear.
A most attractive winter scene.
Kind regards Les.
mesutilgim (88504) 2014-02-26 13:22
Hello dear Kamila,
Another masterpiece in your gallery.
Perfect pov and layout.Nice warm colors, specially warm sunlight on the edges of the cathedral an buidings is great.
TFS and best regards
jcpix (13812) 2014-02-26 17:46
Talk about being in the right place at the right time, this small window of opportunity has paid off immensely...what a beautiful mixture of color, light and architecture. You spent those few hours very wisely! :) A popular city which has been featured many times, each one just as captivating as the rest, and you've certainly provided a terrific view of this well known location. A lot of good detail in the shadows to compliment the days fading sunshine. It may have been late December, but this is warm and welcoming. Enjoy the new day ahead. All the best.
fabbs99 (16815) 2014-02-26 20:38
Excellent shot of this Warsaw's Castle Square.Nice colors and excellent sharpness.Very well done.TFS.
Nicou (128896) 2014-02-27 1:09
Superbe vue et image de ce square mervielleux quel les tons sont doux et agréable ce cendu sur ces édifices historiques avec ces lampadaires ce ciel et la petite forme douce quel ensemble.
Bravo et belle journée
mohammad_H (9726) 2014-02-27 1:41
buildings with beautiful architecture, eye-catching and has a wonderful view of the background particles, and the glorious color and light management
Best wishes to you
Mics (809) 2014-02-27 2:02
Lovely hues made this architecture extra beautiful. Good composition with the inclusion of the two buildings on the side not radiated by light that served as added factor for more focused attention on your subject at the center. Nice work!
Oceania (5174) 2014-02-27 6:24
The golden tone on this picture is fabulous. The architecture is wonderful. The composition is outstanding. It's a really really enjoyable picture.
photographer_sg (4410) 2014-02-27 6:44
Beautiful composition. The excellent framing and vivid colours with good sharpness make this an engaging picture. Lovely details of the lamps. Thanks for sharing and have a nice evening.
Sonata11 (33615) 2014-02-27 8:26
Wybacz ze nie opisuje wszystkich zdjec, ale jestm bardzo zajeta. Przybyla piekna koklecja Twoich zdjec. Sa wprost sliczne.
Przepiekna jest ta pocztowka z Warszawy. Oh!, az mi sie wierzyc nie chce ze ostatni raz w Warszaie bylam w 1971 roku. Pamietam jak zaczeli budowac zamek. Zaczal dopiero wyrastac i piac sie w gore. Slicznie wykonane zdjecie. Bardzo mi sie podoba.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam, Barbara
SnapRJW (31625) 2014-02-27 9:19
Your patience was rewarded with excellent light and your photograph conveys the mood of late afternoon very well. The people seem to be heading home as the sun's last rays warm the rooftops and taller buildings. This brightly coloured area is a superb contrast to the softer, shadowy tones of the building below. This is a very fine shot Kamila; pin-sharp with good detail and balance, it shows off the charms of Castle Square to perfection! Have a fine evening. Rosemary
ourania (35852) 2014-02-27 11:07
a beautiful architectural and street scene, harmoniously composed and with lovely colours. I like very much the solid and elegant way in which you've framed this charming urban view. The buildings, the column, the lampposts and the people are very well placed and there's a fine interaction among them. You made the most of the gift of the light, it has added a very pleasant warm touch and intriguing graphism to your image. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely evening,
SWEETFREEDOM (23378) 2014-02-28 5:25
i like the lights over the top of the buildings and ther gorgeous colors.
danos (89911) 2014-02-28 7:32
excellent the warm light as falling on the upper part of the Warsaw's Castle square,with the excellent painting on the houses to make the place so beautiful as inviting too.I like the architectural style of the buildings as the excellent light and colour management of the image.Well done.
yquem46 (38750) 2014-02-28 13:16
Splendid colors on the Warzaw houses and a golden light on the scenery
Well composed and full of live with people walking
best regards, have a nice WE
kato (11630) 2014-02-28 19:17
You're capturing well this plae by a good angle and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see a row of buildingswith colorful facade in front, the tall tower with statue standing on square and street lamp on pavement. The evening light is effective and makes the tasteful atmosphere in this place. Here looks like the place which is worth visiting.
rbassin (19649) 2014-03-01 3:35
Une bonne prise de vue, la lumière sur le haut des toits est superbe.
macjake (60596) 2014-03-01 11:20
haha...now you post this scene too :)
no snow huh? thats good and bad i guess...good because it makes it easier to walk around, but bad because the snow would also be beautiful in the scene.
sweet lighting all around, warm tones, shade, light, attractive composition too.
npecanhuk (69508) 2014-03-01 11:25
Wonderful urban details!
Very beautiful and attractive architecture picture!
Sharpness, management of difficult light, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
pajaran (54548) 2014-03-01 12:27
Interesantan i dobar tekst o mestu i dvorcu, sa opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano mesto i arhitekuta, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicija, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa svetlom koje je naglasilo lepotu arhitekture.
Prijatno vece i lepa noc, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Interesting and good article about the place and the castle, with a description ...
Good time recording, sharpness, contrast and perspective, nice place and shown arhitekuta, beautiful colors.
Good composition, well captured moment of light that highlighted the beauty of the architecture.
Have a nice evening and night, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
lousat (81666) 2014-03-01 15:36
Hi Kamila,absolutely beautiful! I like these lights ans your perfect exposure to give this special effect to the composition,great place,perfect details and bright colors too! Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2014-03-01 17:21
another beautiful one here. Like the colourful town which is just illuminated with a magical light. Great composition with fine depth and perfect light. Excellent shot. Tfs.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-03-02 1:00
This is wonderful view from a square in the city of Warsaw. Like the dominating placement of the castle in the frame one which it truly deserves. Perfect timing to catch the warm light of the setting sun on the beautiful palace. It has helped a lot to bring out the bright colours of the castle. Marvelous shot with superb colours and clarity. Thanks for sharing.
siudzi (34131) 2014-03-02 1:10
Fantastyczna pocztówka z Warszawy! Popołudniowe światło uchwycone na kamienicach oraz katedrze nadało scenie zupełnie nowego oblicza. Bardzo mi się podoba! Świetny kadr oraz realizacja. Brawo!
jhm (143469) 2014-03-02 5:18
Your trip to Poland has a wonderful picture applied, with the Royal Castle.
You play wonderful with light and shadow
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
A very well composition, excellent presentation nice captured.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
tenretin (2543) 2014-03-02 13:57
Nice shot, the color is bright but natural and there is a beautiful light. the composition is interesting, and the note.
mkamionka (32353) 2014-03-03 8:48
znakomicie wykorzystalas te kilka godzin w Warszawie. Bardzo atrakcyjny POV, wydaje mi sie ze z tej strony plac fotografowany jest rzadziej. Piekne swiatlo, chociaz na pewno nielatwe bo tak duzo cienia ale znakomicie sobie z tym poradzilas I efekt jest bajeczny. Wspaniale kolory I w ogole efekt koncowy. Wsrod zdjec z Chin to wcale nie jest mniej interesujace. Doskonala jakosc.
Cricri (110643) 2014-03-03 10:00
Très jolie cette image de la Pologne, j'aime le contraste entre les bâtiments colorées dans la lumière et l'avant plan dans l'ombre, intéressante architecture super bien présenter
Gigidusud (17673) 2014-03-07 14:34
Beautiful square with nice colorful architecture and splendid light. I like a lot!
Have a nice Week-end.
nikkitta (16476) 2014-03-09 14:10
Impressive poscard of the colorful square taken with good POV
It let admire the colorful houses, all of them, illuminated or not by the sun
What I like the more? The silhouettes of domes, crosses, statue and lampost in contrast with the sky
Great sharpness, congrats
ChrisJ (103565) 2014-03-10 7:51
Good sharpness and shadow detail with excellent warm cold colour contrasts between the sunlit, side-lit yellow facades of the imposing old buildings, and the blue sky. Nice to have some orange tinged clouds too telling us its sunset. The people add scale and animate the scene. Tfs!
COSTANTINO (59273) 2014-03-22 5:30
Hello dear friend
a historical postcard showing Warsaaw s Castle
Square which is a historic square in front
of Royal Castle the used colors create
a great photo indeed
people people and people down there
everybody interested in something else
have a nice and pleasant evening
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-03-28 8:15
Your composition is spot on with no wasted space and great balance between the buildings of this beautiful square. Nice exposure as well in difficult lighting conditions where there is such a contrast between sharp light and deep shadows.
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2014-03-31 14:56
very special and warm light enhancing the colors and a very beautiful composition!!
your work is stunning!!
tatadalou (7081) 2014-04-25 14:22
What a chance to have such a nice warm light while visiting this colourful place ! I like the "flat" composition, like a suerposition of different colours. Excellent light and sharpness management.
rigoletto (34269) 2014-05-02 3:12
very charming square! i wish we had such "chocolate box houses" in turkey too. so colorful, and it is your achievement to render these colors even though they are in half shade.
mirosu (15156) 2014-05-27 5:48
It is amazing what a difference good lighting can make to photograph. The buildings and the church are in excellent warm light. This shot wouldn’t have been nearly as good if taken under midday sun. Excellent composition with the statue statue, walking people and excellently lit buildings in BG makes this photo TOP. The ell saturated colors are beautiful and tight crop eliminates distractions and create more attractive image.
Very well done.