Hi TE friends
Today, I decided to recover some old pictures from my collections... This is the Rynek (Market Square) in the lovely Krakow
The Rynek was laid out in 1257 after the Mongol hordes swept through Cracow. At two hundred metres squared, it became the largest market place in Europe. It really is vast - and beautiful - to say the least. And yet it never feels too big, as the Cloth Hall, which runs right down the centre, provides a sense of balance. Some of the great dramas of Poland's history were played out here, and it remains one of the most vibrant and inspiring places in the country.
From its beginnings, the Market Square was the commercial and social heart of Cracow. It was an emporium of the Black Sea trade, and a spring-board for Poland's links with the West. Besides this, it was a place of festivals and public gatherings. Although people are rarely executed there today, the Rynek is still used as an arena for parades, both religious and secular. Above all, the Square is the place for Cracovians to meet, young and old. In this respect it is the city's drawing room. The phrase 'Pod Adamem' meaning 'under Adam' (this being the statue of Adam Mickiewicz - Poland's greatest bard and a serial philanderer) is regularly used to mean 'meet up under the statue'.
The Rynek has a great sense of majesty about it. And to lap this up, there are several vantage points from which one can view the square. Many of the buildings are very grand, as the aristocracy wanted their palaces here. They went to town in this respect, lavishing money on their architects. During the summer, when the cafes bring out their chairs, the entire ring pullulates. It is a good place to sit and watch the world go by. Indeed, with its buskers and flower-sellers, its mad pigeons and mime-artists, its wonderfully lively and varied architecture, the Market Square is never a dull place. It is one of the real joys of Krakow.
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Jonathan_Tree (0) 2009-10-30 1:36
Wonderful night shot, good POV and composition. Fine light and shadow. Original composition. Good quality.
JanD (0) 2009-10-30 2:04
Wonderful shadows, wonderful contrast, good exposure. Very interesting work. Original shot. Mysterious effect.
jhm (146712) 2009-10-30 2:22
I love your enlightenment of the wonderful buildings.
Excellent perspective, good presentation too.
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
I wish you a very nice autumn weekend,
mkamionka (33703) 2009-10-30 2:49
Beautiful work dear Aires.
What a wonderful place! :)
Very original composition.
Although the light could be a bit better for my taste.
The lower parts are quite dark in comparison to the sky and intensively illuminated building. But I wouldn't know how to improve it, except for HDR may be. Becaue later the sky would become too dark and the building fragments would be burned and earlier there would be no blue hour effect.
Beautiful work though, thaks for sharing
ktanska (26369) 2009-10-30 3:22
Quite special architecture. Poland is not the first place that comes to mind of those arches. Looks like a cosy place to have dinner on a good weather. Well working diagonal angle and good exposure.
jasmis (57906) 2009-10-30 3:37
Ohoho! What a surprise! Fine evening shot. Have you something from Jelesnia? :)
Regards my dear friend.
BeBeHooker (0) 2009-10-30 3:56
Wonderful cloths-hall, nice shot, very nice lightness and brightness. Very interesting exposure.
siamesa (28105) 2009-10-30 4:23
Uma maravilha de foto noturna.A diagonal valorizou os arcos e os detalhes do prédio. parabéns.
Bluejeans (64251) 2009-10-30 6:21
Oi amigo ,
Que beleza de praça com este edifício com estes arcos, a iluminação esta linda , bom ponto de visão em diagonal , uma bonita foto na hora azul , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
francio64 (39784) 2009-10-30 6:23
bella blue hour con ottima gestione delle luci.
Notevole il DOF e lo sharp!
hardyuno (4650) 2009-10-30 11:05
it seems a very nice market place in Krakow. You have done a very good job with the POV and exposure. Colours and depth are prety good, too.
Have a nice evening
Cretense (68695) 2009-10-30 12:27
Beautiful blue hour photo, excellent architecture shot and great daily life scene! Excellent framing and composition, great diagonal perspective and flawless light management!
JT50 (1491) 2009-10-30 14:24
A majestic building.
The facade lights and the
lighted arches gives a
perfect evening atmosphere.
Great capture with a fine
Have a nice photo shoot weekend.
delpeoples (56084) 2009-10-31 2:07
Ola Aires, the blues and golds of this Blue Hour shot are so attractive to the eye. Good blur of people really shows the liveliness of the place. The image is exceptionally sharp and well-composed. Great job, TFS, Lisa.
danos (92682) 2009-11-01 12:05
what a night shot of the Market Square with the well illuminated building to steal the show.I like the details,the sharpness and the clarity of the scene, as the shadows of the passing by people.Informative your note too.
Have a nice week,Danos
pablominto (53746) 2009-11-04 7:03
This is a fine composition with a strong diagonal feeling!
Good low light exposure, great details in the building and the restaurant in front...
Lovely blue hour colours and the special mood is well conveyed!
- Copyright: Aires dos Santos (AiresSantos) (56155)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-09-17
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Benq DC C60
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/3 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Praças - Squares, Arquitetura - Architecture [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2009-10-30 1:31