I can still remember the fun and excitement walking around the Old Town in Warsaw. Even the very first moment getting out of the taxi from the airport when it dropped us off around the corner from this same spot.
I was truly amazed at the beauty of this Old Town. I think I had to pick up jaw up from the ground! haha
For locals, I hope they don't take this place for granted, as its easy to do if you live here I suppose.
Similar to how some locals in Vancouver totally take for granted the near by Mountains in all of our city views.
For example...I remember traveling in Florida USA many years ago when everyone was still using film. So there I was at the store picking up my photos after being developed, and the store clerk was in AWE!!! She said to me with such excitement...where did you travel to? where did you go to see these beautiful mountains???
I forgot that I had a few local shots on the role of film, shots I had taken from my backyard!!!! The mountains were in the bg of each photo.
You never know right! Its so easy to take things for granted, such as I did with our local mountains.
This scene here does not need any introduction as it's been posted on TE several times. I just enjoyed the memory, and enjoyed the quiet morning atmosphere before the locals and tourists arrived. There must be an underground train here?? Because within 10-15 min hoards of locals emerged seemingly out of nowhere from this fg building with briefcases and high heels and suits...All I cared about was how the morning light was so beautiful.
Hope you like it
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Kamilutka (8107) 2014-02-22 6:35
I visited Warsaw last December and although I had been there a few times before it still managed to cast some spell over me. The Old Town is indeed full of beautiful architecture and your picture is showing it very well. The King Zygmunt seem to be looking at his town from above :-)
Lovely colors and well managed light!
All the best! TFS!
serp2000 (45098) 2014-02-22 7:19
Not everyone can say we were here with you. ;)
You are just a writer, or a journalist. This is very intereting story with so funny moments, like a your jaw on the ground, for example. Although I think everyone could be in same situation. ;))
So it was the morning time, and I thought this is the evening shadow on the column.
Best wishes from the Olympic country!
carlo62 (52216) 2014-02-22 7:36
bellissima la suddivisione tra luce e ombra, molto netta fino ad un certo punto e più tenue sulla facciata del palazzo a destra, mentre le facciate di sinistra risplendono al sole. Facciate molto eleganti, come elegante è la colonna centrale che sorregge la statua.
Noel_Byrne (32564) 2014-02-22 8:48
This sure is jaw dropping, all of these different colors and that beautiful detailed style watched over by the guy on the pillar with the big cross. (Guy on the pillar, hows that for educated, haha). A stunning scene, and in particular I love how the foreground is in shade and the main scene under beautiful light, which has also given a really fine color to the sky.
I fully agree with your sentiments, never take what we have for granted, who knows when the time may come that it will be gone, or changed forever.
saxo042 (37910) 2014-02-22 9:04
A very interesting note and a very fine capture with beautiful buildings and monument. Very attractive colours.
holmertz (56295) 2014-02-22 9:14
As a photo this is a fairly conventional kind of postcard, but its real value lies in the story behind it and your thoughts on places being so close to us we tend to overlook them. It sometimes hits me when walking through parts of Stockholm that I realize what a beautiful city it is, at least here and there, when I manage to see my own city with the eyes of a tourist. I guess we all get that feeling now and then.
Have a great weekend,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-02-22 10:16
The contrasting light and colours have given this scene a real punch Craig and the architecture can be enjoyed in fine detail. Your composition is not as quirky as many you post but I like the view and your excellent management very much. Warm regards Rosemary
dta (80328) 2014-02-22 10:23
Hello Craig ,
This is a beautiful view of the square , with an attractive contrast between the column in the FG with the superb buildings in the BG . Very good light management and a perfect framing .
Silvio1953 (148675) 2014-02-22 10:28
Ciao Craig, lovely composition with fantastic buildings, great urban view, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-02-22 14:23
it´s practically the view I had from my college(ok.from different side,but the King Zygmunt was as good visible as here:)
Superb memory from Warsaw and I bet nice memory for you,not only because the city,but also meeting you had with Malgo and Serghei,right?
Have a nice sunday
Corry (4508) 2014-02-22 21:14
Beau point de vue sur ce monument et les maisons avec leur toit rouge. Belle lumière qui permet d'en apprécier les détails. Bien fait.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-02-22 23:16
Cette lumière matinale sur ces bâtiments de Varsovie ne pouvait pas laisser indifférent un photographe comme toi. Merci de nous faire partager ce moment.
jhm (156668) 2014-02-23 4:42
This is very interesting story with so funny moments.
But you took a very nice picture of these building, with fine decorative elements.
Sharpness and clarity make these picture attractive.
Excellent perspective and depth picture.
Wonderful composition, nice presentation.
Very we done, TFS.
Have a nice Sunday,
jcpix (13930) 2014-02-23 8:23
I think its human nature to not fully appreciate something until it's no longer available...or is even within distance, but you never take advantage of it, a la the Grand Canyon!? :)
There really is something magical about that small window of early morning, just before the day and life of a city kicks into gear...and it looks like you found it! The streets may be empty, but the warm light and anticipation of the new day is perceived with this shot. I love how the entire backdrop is exposed to the sun, while the shadows have kept the foreground blanketed...but risen right to the base of the column, creating super contrast and separation.
I can certainly understand the sentiment and attraction to this place, made all the more special be meeting with other TE members. Your note aids greatly in the respect and mood of this imagery. Now that the day has begun...ready, set, photograph! :)
Have a good one. Take it easy,
worldcitizen (9014) 2014-02-23 12:52
These Polish facades are so beautiful I can imagine wanting to photograph every one you see, and ending up with a million photos! I like that you included one entire front-facing facade, and then the row of others on the side.
About taking our hometowns for granted, I frequently remind myself how lucky I am to have these NYC views. I don't want to become complacent about my surroundings, and I'm always looking around like a tourist. People often ask me if I'd like to be photographed with whatever landmark I'm taking pictures of! They can't tell that I'm a native and I've seen it all before. :-)
emka (102780) 2014-02-23 14:46
Hi Craig, Haha, Funny story. I am "local" who took it for granted, as I used to work nearby for many years. Nice memories from our meeting. I remember well when I was walking with serghei and you and Tosca were waiting for us near the castle. it was fine day. Do you remember that we had pierogi near this building, just on the right? There is no this place any more, the building is destroyed and they want to build something else. it was very controversial and there were protests but in vain.
"locals emerged seemingly out of nowhere from this fg building"... lol. In this building indeed is escalator (moving stairs), the first in Warsaw, the pearl of socialism, a gift from Soviet Union. They were very big attraction when they were open in 1949. They are still used.
Fantastic light and sharpness, rather less known composition.
WArm regrads MAlgo
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-02-23 22:08
Great shot, great place great note.
Yes we do not appreciate what we have in our own back garden, so to speak.
I like you Pov, in the shade so the Old Town, quite literary looks like it's waking up in the sun.
tyro (26138) 2014-02-23 23:43
How right you are! It is so easy to become complacent and not realise what treasures actually lie on your own doorstep!
Another beautiful photograph of these magnificent buildings in central Warsaw, very well seen, appreciated and captured too. The dark foreground which also encompasses the base of that tall column makes a wonderful setting for the classical buildings lit in lovely early morning or late afternoon light which brings out all the colours and textures in them.
Fine composition, lovely light and colours and exquisite details and sharpness.
Nicou (146956) 2014-02-24 2:25
la statue tout en noir se découpe parfaitmeent devant cette maison sueprbe image et captagee et le cile pur et limpide et cette architecture sueprbe.
fabbs99 (17175) 2014-02-24 23:18
Nice presentation of the old town square in Warsaw..Lovely colors and excellent sharpness.Very well done .TFS.
mkamionka (39213) 2014-02-25 6:35
I think it is the matter of sensitivity. I was never bored when I lived in places like Krakow, Munich or Los Angeles but later and exceptionally now I am being challenged much more by living in much less attractive places. Many other factors contribute to the fact if we can appreciate a place or not. I remember when I lived in Lubeck I had a quite bad job there so I hated the town as well although objectively it was nice. I liked Hamburg a bit more as I saw it always on the weekend away from work. But a friend of mine who came from Lubeck felt the opposite: she had some sort of bad experiences in Hamburg so she hated it and she loved Lubeck.
Beautiful picture from Warsaw. I have just visited it twice and quite a long time ago, not having too much time. I remember this square -it is quite important for Poles especially facing other direction.
Fantastic light conditions, with plenty of attractive shadows. The column is perfectly placed in the frame, you had a great weather too.
nikkitta (17066) 2014-02-27 14:44
So good explained what local felt or don t watch, waiting to travel to take photos, your anecdote is good, made me remembera similar one with some lost photos in a memory card
Went to a chinese that in Argentina are the best for this kind of task, found some photos..taken in China and said, marvelous landscape...
Vever be in Warsaw but the buildings seems here quite atractive, colors, architecture details and inviting cafe
Like the way the man on top seems to be taking care and watching same way as you did
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (70519)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-07-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax 50-130mm F2.8
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/320 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-22 6:25