Walking towards the end of a street I liked this combination of different styles of architecture. As I decided to take a photo I was happy to see a person standing on the balcony. Not that I really needed anyone there, but I always prefer a balcony with a person than one without.
I was surprised that the woman seemed a bit startled as I snapped the photo, because I was certain she didn't see me. It was only when watching this photo on the monitor of my computer that I discovered another woman standing inside the room, and she was definitely looking straight at me. She must have "warned" her friend, who turned around without quite knowing where to look.
No harm done, I am sure.
This is from Toruń in northern Poland, a relatively small medieval city still partly surrounded by a brick wall and with a number of Gothic style buildings remaining. As far as I understand Toruń was largely saved from the destruction of WW2. One of the darkest times in Toruń's history may have been the occupation by Swedish troops in the 1650's. "We" were really a nuisance in those days.
I will add two more very ordinary street-photos from Toruń as workshops. They were taken minutes before and after this one.
And here is a larger version.
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Nicou (126366) 2014-07-19 7:03
très très belle compo et image uqle balcon avec la dame et la grille et la mise en valeur avec l'édifice en fond quelle vue et captage superbe compo.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37596) 2014-07-19 7:15
Snygg bild med två separata delar. Tegelstenarna och fönstren på den vänstra delen är en bra bild, för sig själv. Den högra delan innehåller många fina detaljer med en dam och en skylt som jag förmodar alla cyklister ändå skiter i, vad den än betyder.
Hälsningar från Storsätra Fjällhotell i Idre, nära Grövelsjön
emka (82638) 2014-07-19 7:33
Hi Gert, Nice composition in third (once I can write this :)), mix of old bricks and new walls. You were lucky that there is someone on balcony and someone inside. Funny this apron, it is very often worn in the kitchen, I have also a few like this but I never use them. Maybe this sign "does not apply to bicycles" is a bit aggressive here.
Nice Workshop photos and Emka is ready with help :). Such sign, black cross on the white was worn by Krzyżacy, The Knights of the Cross or The Teutonic Knights. Torun was founded by them in 1233. There are many castles built by them in northern Poland, biggest one is in Malbork. Torun castle was also built by them.
Warm regrads MAlgo
tyro (21144) 2014-07-19 7:36
Isn't it incredible how strange coincidences occur in our lives? You see, just yesterday evening I was having a discussion with a friend at our camera club, we started talking about astrophotography, the name of Copernicus came up, and my friend started to tell me that he had visited Toruń many years ago and remarked on having noted that Copernicus was very much revered in the town of his birth with statues and many other dedications to him. What a coincidence that I should now see these photographs from Toruń together with information about Copernicus!
So, yes, an interesting and very timely note. And three fine photographs too. On first seeing the lady on the balcony and judging by her posture and her dress, my first impression (having seen that sort of posture in the past) was that the lady was probably about to shake a duster to rid it of dust but now having seen her "spy" through the glass, I'm not so sure. Quite intriguing.
Anyway, that aside, I do, like yourself, like the contrast between the distant red brickwork and the white building with its rather fine balcony. And the big red and white sign certainly adds some foreground impact - I'm presuming that it means that vehicles (with the exception of bicycles) are forbidden from turning right.
A lovely canidid shot of excellent technical quality and good composition too. And, yes, I do like your other two pictures!
ourania (34485) 2014-07-19 7:39
this is a great composition, a dialogue of architectural patterns and textures, captured from a very good angle. I also like the presence of the road signs (in one of your workshop pictures too). I like the idea of road signs consisting a constant thread in your Polish series:) In this picture, it looks like the setting is the story and the human presence provides the subplot. In all three pictures there's someone who has spotted you and looking at you, a feature I also enjoy very much throughout your gallery, especially in crowded scenes :) Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great weekend,
rychem (25924) 2014-07-19 8:51
This is really a combination of different styles, I like beautiful balcony grilles and this here is interesting one, nicely observed
pajaran (53725) 2014-07-19 9:36
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o gradu sa opisom, lep pogled na terasu i gospodju ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazano mesto i trenutak, lepe boje.
Lepa ograda na terasi i fasada od crvene cigle.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article on the town with a description, a nice view of the terrace and Mrs. ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely shown the place and moment, beautiful colors.
Nice railing on the terrace and the facade of red brick.
Nice afternoon and all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Fis2 (88039) 2014-07-19 12:56
Interesting windows and reflections.
I like frame and colors.
bukitgolfb301 (37060) 2014-07-19 13:34
Hi dear Gert, how are you?
What a tasteful, unique and also impressive image, so eye catching image at all! Wonderful composition and combinatio image with the best balance of color and distance. Refecting with your high sense and inspiration as well.
Best regards and have a good Sunday! Takero from Tokyo
imageme (1790) 2014-07-19 15:36
Hi Gert, There is a lot to see in this image. The 'NO turn right sign' probably is for the bicycle only. Your angle gave you a bonus of another woman who was not very comfortable with your act. The red brick wall gives nice colour contrasts to the white house where the women were. Excellent composition and details. I would have cropped the top roof of the red one because I found it nicer without it. Thank for sharing
Tigerlily (3107) 2014-07-19 16:04
Very interesting note. We'(mis)understood' the sign said that you couldn't look the other way, must be shot at this POV...:-D. Interestingly, I could understand that the older generation might be still feeling a bit nervous when the camera was pointing at them... If a plain clothed Chinese person took photos of me in Beijing, I would asked myself why... I presume that person would be a police,or we say if I talked to you in the street...maybe it's more relaxed now.. who knows.:-D
lousat (79868) 2014-07-19 16:10
Hi Gert,your woom works very well creating this very nice close up.Beautiful contrast between the balconies,rebuilth in the same old style,and the lot of red bricks in background,perfect quality of detail and colors as usual.Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
dkmurphys (50748) 2014-07-20 1:56
Interesting urban scene with old and modern elements. I like the idea and the result of it. Good work.
Have a nice Sunday afternoon.
danos (88903) 2014-07-20 2:13
nice the view of this section of the town as we can see the details of it.The traffic sign with the old woman on the balcony are the main optical elements of the photo.
marabu61 (9073) 2014-07-20 3:43
Intriguing combination of two very different architectural styles with the red brick building in the back and the 70ties edifice in the foreground. The prominent traffic sign seems almost to forbid the women on the balcony to enter her kitchen.
Good idea to include the WS shots as well, in brings this little series nicely in a context.
hejdå och trevlig helg
jhm (141985) 2014-07-20 3:54
Your three picture are all very well, certainly with all the children the next generation
With all perfect details.
You show us a wonderful sharp and clear picture.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
mohammad_H (9584) 2014-07-20 10:25
Cool shot of her reflection in the glass thoroughfare bike, looking at the woman, combining fun, attractive display Light Management
abmdsudi (44966) 2014-07-20 12:50
Really like the contrast in the colours in this shot; the imposing deep brown bricks against the balcony and all the detail these buildings have. You were there just at the right time to catch the woman, adding the impact visually to the surroundings. A technically well organised street shot and a great social comment, pleasure to view, Congrats
wolf38 (31282) 2014-07-20 22:26
Hello Gert. From a balcony you can watch the life in the streets. A nice snapshot from the Polish daily. Interestingly text. Such situations know all the photographers.
serp2000 (41364) 2014-07-21 4:01
Oh, I like similar daily life street scene, amazing combination of the architecture and some human touch. This view reminds me some photos of Wolfgang (from Germany). Craig and Tosca were in Torun, but I did not have enough the time for this wonderful old Gothic town.
williewhistler (15031) 2014-07-21 4:17
crikey,isn`t it interesting the things that you can learn on TE,from Copernicus to black flags it`s all here!
As is usual you have shown images full of interest,contrast and intrigue,a perfect start to my week.
Warm regards Les.
Royaldevon (31841) 2014-07-21 7:59
Ha! Ha! Gert, I thought the arrow was telling her which way to look!
It is a very well composed shot, showing good details of each building so that comparisons or contrasts can be made. The unexpected lady is very well placed in the shot, offering strength as well as humour.
My warm regards,
Graal (99146) 2014-07-21 9:37
interesting report from your visit in Torun. Good captured old historic places and scenes (WS). House here is rebuilt, there are Gothic bricks. Oh, yes, Swedish troops was there in 17 century, too.
Have a nice evening.
kasianowak (7321) 2014-07-22 4:05
She is definitely looking in the wrong direction! Is it because the street sign says "don't look right" (or it would be "left" in her case really...). :-) With that sign and your explanation it's quite a funny shot.
Thanks for this post, I haven't been there since I was a kid and I don't remember much.
Ps. I confirm what Malgo said about the Knights of the Cross emblem.
eldancer1 (30064) 2014-07-22 6:54
I don't think this lady is paying attention to the sign, she is going to turn right anyway. And I think having live in a police state those older women are more careful and probably not very trusting of foreigners carrying cameras. However, I don't think you will make a good spy if you didn't notice the other woman while taking this picture. The architectures looks simple but very functional. Well done, tfs.
Silvio1953 (126930) 2014-07-22 12:19
Ciao Gert, lovely composition with woman at balcony, great texture by wall, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
SnapRJW (31623) 2014-07-23 4:59
Yes Gert... the lady behind the window has her ghostly eye clearly fixed on you! I too like the contrasting architecture and note signs of remodelling in the brick building; I find it interesting to see how old buildings change and get reinvented over the years.
Your composition works well with the street sign providing local detail and adding depth to the shot.
mesutilgim (87382) 2014-07-24 12:49
Hello dear Gert,
I'd missed this one ! This is also very nice and enriched with many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards from "boiling" İstanbul !
jcpix (13724) 2014-07-26 11:29
Don't you just love it when you get more than you bargained for? :) Easy to see what would have been the first attraction in the architectural elements, but a big bonus was afforded by the two women on the balcony...well, almost two anyway. :) I love that inquisitive stare coming from behind the glass. If only the elderly lady could see the front of the street sign to know which direction to look!? :) Great WS pictures too, but this is definitely "the one." Hope you're having a nice weekend. Take good care.
macjake (58920) 2014-07-27 8:45
We spent 2 nights and 3 days here and enjoyed every moment of it. A small town for sure, easily seen in that amount of time but it allows you to really slow down and just take it all in.
probably one of my favorite smaller towns in Poland that we visited.
its kind of creepy to see the lady in the window, something out of a horror movie or something :)
a ghostly type of figure.
fun shot, I can see why you wanted to take this one.
Angshu (56406) 2014-08-05 6:45
The composition has been well thought of, keeping the two sign boards in the corner of the frame. Interesting to see the contrasting architecture style, with the iron stylized balconies also drawing attention. I agree, with the woman (rather women), this would not have been the shot as it is now!
aliabazari (16050) 2014-08-28 23:34
Hi Gert dear
Very beautiful shot. I love this shot and composition. Exposure well performed. Thank you for recording this nice picture
Matyas (5236) 2015-05-05 0:41
Hello Gert! Original composition. Superb POV and cut. Fine focus. Very good contrast and sharpness. Original picture. Greetings from Polska!