As i mentioned in my last post, I really wanted to add another photo or two from Gdansk - such a beautiful city.
Our dear friend Malgo (emka) asked me if I went up the church towers in Gdansk....well of course I did.
Its an opportunity i never miss. In fact when I was in Torun Poland for 2 days, I went up the same Church tower 3 times! I'm crazy...just say it, its ok :)
So here is another Church top view, showing off the tenement houses, looking rather like doll houses from this tall height.
I also added the Map View if you're interested
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Indrasish (2853) 2013-09-07 23:31
My dear friend,
Excellent shot here.. I like the composition and the vertical framing.. Thanks for sharing.. I also like the superb image quality and nice colors.. And thanks again for attaching an interesting note with it.. Very well done..
Good morning from Kolkata and have a nice sunday..
emka (77306) 2013-09-07 23:40
Hi Craig, haha, I asked if you were on this tower and voila, we see you were. And what about the tower of Saint Mary? I try to climb the towers also although I have then vertigo. beautiful view of the rows of old tenement houses. I do not remember well, but I think that after the war when they rebuilt the Old town, they gave much space (the rows of greenery).
I prepared for today also the view from the tower :).
carlo62 (31324) 2013-09-08 0:04
bella foto e bella città, ho letto un pò di storia, conosco la distruzione che ha colpito la città, ma conosco anche la forza con cui è stata ricostruita, così come era, con le sue bellezze.
Ottimo pov per poter ammirare queste facciate che si ripetono su vari livelli, sembreno tutte uguali, in realtà ognuna ha le sue caratteristiche.
snunney (82487) 2013-09-08 2:11
Your high viewpoint gives an excellent view over these attractive tenement buildings. I see you couldn't avoid the passers-by:-) Anyway, they do give a good sense of scale. I like the excellent detail to be observed in these houses, all of which seem to have a character of their own despite being of similar construction.
Romano46 (17436) 2013-09-08 2:43
foto molto piacevole per l'originalità del punto di ripresa e il particolare taglio che permette di evidenziare una delle caratteristiche di questo angolo di Polonia.
Questa volta hai abbondonato il tuo grandangolo, ma anche senza di esso il risultato è di notevole pregio.
Sempre molto curato anche nitidezza e colore.
Ciao e buona domenica
Nicou (120328) 2013-09-08 2:53
quel vue plongeant et image sueprbe quel graphisme sur ces bâtiment avec ces toits découpés quelle architecture et ensemble sueprbe l'enchaînement des toits.
Bravo et amitié
tyro (20012) 2013-09-08 4:00
This is another of your fabulous photographs taken from on high - no wobbly legs in your case when you climb up these high towers!
A lovely view of some very fine architecture and a fine composition which is held together perfectly by the inclusion of the tiny group of tiny people on the pavement below. Excellent light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
P.S. And I love your inclusion of a map too - that's brilliant! How ever did you learn how to do such a clever thing? :o)
P.P.S. Another thing I learned - did you know that if you look at the location map which you have included in this (and other shots), that you can click on the multicoloured "Google" logo at bottom left of the map and it opens a new page with a much bigger map that also includes the little yellow man? Then you can explore the scene at street level - like this!
PaulVDV (21955) 2013-09-08 4:09
I think you took this picture from on the top of the tower of St. Mary’s Church / Bazylika Mariacka. When visiting new places I also like to climb towers and other higher viewpoints. A few years ago I've also posted a picture taken on this tower. Bird's eye views are always fascinating for me.
The composition here is very attractive with the different rows of wonderful facades alternated with the greenery.
Best regards, Paul
Noel_Byrne (23252) 2013-09-08 4:33
Dolls houses is the perfect decription, these are so quaint and so cure, and this angle shows them off to perfection. I love that the rooftops of the houses are so pristine too, so many time we see from above that the care given to the most visible aspect of a building is not always given to the less visible. I can picture Noddy driving happily through these streets.
All the best
rigoletto (34255) 2013-09-08 4:39
i wonder till what age we can climb up those hundreds of stairs to see these bird's eye views. was obviously not a sunny day in gdansk but the effort was worth the result. ps: sorry that you decided to dismiss the last lima photo.
jhm (138192) 2013-09-08 4:41
We get almost a three dimension image with the three streets and all these fantastic facades.
Large architecture picture with excellent depth and perspective.
Absolutely splendid done with high quality made.
Lovely colours and pleasant to look at.
Splendid composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
saxo042 (37268) 2013-09-08 5:14
A very beautiful old town this is with these rows of similar houses along the narrow streets. The roof provide a very attractive pattern.
PS I also enjoy the map view!
batalay (35365) 2013-09-08 5:15
Your notes are always personal and engaging. I was in Gdansk just as the Berlin Wall was tumbling down (c. 1990), but had very little time to climb up the tower. I like the architectural details of the roof line, variations on a common theme, evident in this bird's eye view — steep roofs, different gables.
Silvio1953 (120522) 2013-09-08 6:56
Ciao Craig, lovely composition with fantastic facades, great POV on beautoiful city, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
krzychu30 (15496) 2013-09-08 7:38
Gdansk´s architecture looks beautiful from this high perspective and presented by you in so nicely created diagonal rows.Superb architectural shot and it´s your another original and creative vision of this beautiful city.
I don´t know how did you manage to climb all these towers during your Europe trip:),but it was worth every effort.The view is magnificent!
Btw.it´s really a great feature with the location map you´ve enclosed to the picture.
Wish You a nice sunday
cagla (4178) 2013-09-08 10:07
Hi Craig, a very clear view of the well known beautiful city. Thanks for sharing. You might be too young to remember, Gdansk is for me the famous city of the big strike in Lenin dock which started under the leadership of Lech Walesa who then became the president in the year 1980. It is nice to see thru your shot that the city is in peace now..:) Have a great day...
holmertz (40049) 2013-09-08 10:07
A great view and the houses look quite fantastic. I think it's mainly the roofs that reveal that they are not actually hundreds of years old. What a relief that they didn't quickly build cheap, grey mass-produced boxes after the war in the ruined old towns.
limielski (0) 2013-09-08 10:53
Your next wonderful photo from Gdansk. As you know I'm to lazy to go up :-) but looking at your photo It was worth to go to the top of the tower! A very attractive view and the narrow tenement houses looks beautiful and more interesting. I like it!
Have a nice Sunday evening!
PiotrF (7418) 2013-09-08 11:18
Good vertical frame, beautiful city view. Excellent quality, some good details
Nice composition. Colors, contrast are excellent.
Of this tower will be more photographs?
dkmurphys (48446) 2013-09-08 12:03
I like the diagonal of your pov. A true spectacular city indeed. I am intrigued by the astonishing similarity with Amsterdam buildings...
Have a nice week ahead.
gildasjan (41544) 2013-09-08 12:17
Le point de vue en donne sur ces architectures si typées de cette ville.Verdure et toits de tuiles apportent un bon contraste avec le blanc.
worldcitizen (6801) 2013-09-08 14:04
Nice one Craig!
The high POV and focus on the facades is great. I also like the alternating layers of buildings and trees. The architecture in Poland seems amazing. I really like the different designs near the top of each building, and the rows of windows.
lousat (75506) 2013-09-08 14:53
Hi Craig,great pov and great capture,a pic that remember me a lot Prague..ehhe..i like the diagonal perspective and the usual top details and colors.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
jcpix (13550) 2013-09-08 21:06
Add as many from Gdansk as you want, I don't think anyone here is going to complain...not when they're as good as this! What a great dimensional view, this elevated perspective offers up a stunning look over these beautiful buildings. I'm afraid I've become far too out of shape these days to climb a tower like this, so I commend you for not only doing it...but three times....wow, good for you! Come to think of it though, 'round' is a shape, right...maybe I could actually do it. :)
I have some miniature souvenir houses that I bought in Amsterdam a long time ago that look a lot like these buildings. In my minds eye, from this height, I could see this as a macro shot...putting them all together to form this same picture. The people below give it away though! :)
Love the vision, this composition is a beauty, the vertical format stacks everything up just right in layers. A top notch image!
Have a great one. Take care.
jjcordier (75590) 2013-09-08 22:39
Superbe point de vue sur ces façades de Gdansk. Excellente composition verticale en plusieurs plans.
mkamionka (30212) 2013-09-09 8:55
I like this place and this view very much although I think he light was not optimal here and it made the place to appear a bit grayish. I can only imagine that in a stronger sunlight it could get more attractive with the red roofs and plenty of green vegetation contrasting nicely. The repeated motif of a townhouse and repeted rows of them cutting the frame diagonally contribute to an eye pleasing geometry -your trade mark.
Very well spoted and captured,
rogerl (1544) 2013-09-10 9:29
Craig, this rooftop shot gives a great feel for the architecture in this city. The only other place I've seen this narrow tall style is in Amsterdam (although admittedly I haven't been in that many northern European cities). It is very interesting visually, with different building styles next to one another. Thanks.
Graal (96756) 2013-09-10 23:46
Gdansk is near my city, about 80 km. Good presentation of Old Town. Amazing high POV you had. Nice look on the old tenement houses. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
ChrisJ (96568) 2013-09-11 11:07
I love the double layering here and the superb downward pov from a high elevation. Good sharpness, colour and saturation. The diffused light has helped rather than hindered the rendering of the subject. Amazing repetition of patterns and shapes. Tfs!
ikeharel (55972) 2013-09-14 6:15
Beautiful town Gdansk from a high POV, Craig.
Red roof-tops and streets view are fabulously in clear view on.
Unique for this town are the 4 stories narrow buildings - like I saw in Amsterdam, but a bit diff. styled.
Have a nice weekend,
Angshu (55375) 2013-09-19 21:45
What is instantly likeable are the houses and their typical 'shape', which is so central European...In fact it looks like a lrage toyland. Quite a lot of houses we can see here, even in the absolute FG. Even the layers work well with the greenery and the house roofs. The details are fascinating..
Cheers and have a great WE
Corry (4508) 2013-09-21 5:31
Belle prise de vue en plongée sur ces séries de maisons bien alignées et leur pignons à motifs. J'aime bien la composition. Bonne journée.
serp2000 (39526) 2014-03-20 7:04
Thumbs up! Excellent photo of Gdansk, Craig.
Good title for so attractive composition!
Funny note, I can imagine how you went up to that tower 3 times. Wow! It makes me laugh!
Thanks for memories!
All the best wishes,
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (55504)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-29
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-09-07 23:24