Something old and different today, a few days ago fello member Liliana asked me why I have never been to Romania, actually I went there in 1997 and in 2000, but most of my negatives were damaged if not destroyed in a coffee spill accident (with milk, no sugar). A few, such as this one, survived, but the better ones died. This was taken in Brasov at around sunset, I do not know which church this is, at the time the famous Black Church was totally under scaffolding.
The title was inspired by a song by Black Sabbath, I did not disturb this fellow I hope. Since I cannot identify the church, I will write about the song: Ian Gillan, formerly of Deep Purple (the voice behind "Smoke on the Water"), briefly joined Black Sabbath in 1983, the resulting sound was a unique blend of "Black Purple", I personally liked the songs, though the sound quality and album cover artwork were both atrocious. An excerpt from the lyrics:
The force of the devil is the darkness the priest has to face
The force of the night will destroy him but will not disgrace
To get into his mind and to his soul you gotta set alight
The flames of doubt so deep inside inside
The devil and the priest can't exist if one goes away
It's just like the battle of the sun and the moon and night and day
The force of the devil, that's we're all told to fear
Watch out for religion when he gets too near too near
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sothy81 (9630) 2007-01-30 21:06
Hi Tan, this is a very nice photo. I love the charming of this architecture. Very nice lighting. Excellent photo. Sothy
Didi (60588) 2007-01-30 21:07
A good quality of scan and I appreciate this particular luminosity on the church.
Sorry for your negatives.
siolaw (38292) 2007-01-30 21:25
Truly your 'photographed countries' looks like UN listing!
And a good addition here, with a fine scan, having warm colors and light.. framing and sharpness are fine too.. the inclusin of the priest completes the image
singuanti (15250) 2007-01-30 22:21
Hi Tan. What a great array of colors you've got here. I don't think you bothered the man at all. The image quality is so good I thought you took it with a modern digital camera. tfs Tan.
flory (4848) 2007-01-31 0:28
a very good quality of scan,love this type of church,now today the famous Black Church is not under scaffolding..fine details of the church/warm light..sorry for your negatives,but this one deserves my complimentes..
cbrman (21675) 2007-01-31 1:36
Tu as très bien cadré cette chapelle ! La distorsion est quasiment invisible et les couleurs sont superbe ! Ton cadrage est excellent ! Il y a juste une peu de bruit dans l'image mais cela participe presque à l'ambiance religieuse !
Bien vu !
jjcordier (79297) 2007-01-31 2:12
Et un pays de plus à ajouter à ta collection déjà plus qu'impressionnante! beaucoup d'originalité dans l'architecture de cette église.
mineelci (1535) 2007-01-31 2:17
very interesting note indeed but i liked it:) TFS.
Kirych (2707) 2007-01-31 3:02
Interesting note and good shot! I like warm light and composition witj man.
thea0211 (1365) 2007-01-31 3:51
good morning tan,
beautiful image of beautiful architecture - nice colors and well composed
euk (188) 2007-01-31 4:01
Since I cannot say anything about this picture, I will write about the weather:
It is pretty cold outside but the night is dark!!!
ktanska (27844) 2007-01-31 4:48
Those spires indeed remind me of my owd visit to Romania. Beautiful architecture, impressive sloped landscape and human presence adding some friendly atmosphere.
Gerrit (52047) 2007-01-31 4:59
Hi Tan, good view on this charming church. The positioning of the priest makes it more interesting. Perfect composition and good colours.
vincz (19113) 2007-01-31 5:05
Great luminosity on the church and around. I like very much the priest going down bringing scale and human element. A beautiful construction.
PixelTerror (0) 2007-01-31 5:55
and congratulations on adding yet another splash of yellow on an already quite rich map !
Despite the coffee incident (Quit coffee, with beer you won't ever spread milk on your negatives again !) this papagolfade turned out very well, the angle is dynamic and the coming priest is a plus here.
Have a nice day,
peter1892 (1681) 2007-01-31 6:08
Hi Tan - a good view on this church, lots of parallel vertical lines (the chruch spire, turrets, the trees). Two human elements help with the scale here, the priest on the path but also that person in the door of the church itself.
Gillan's time with Sabbath was odd - apparently when they played the Reading Festival in England that year he didn't know any of the lyrics so they printed them out on cue cards & laid them on the stage floor. Of course, the dry-ice covered up the cards! ;)
asajernigan (21427) 2007-01-31 6:53
This photo has nice quality for a scan. The lighting and colors are good wiht nice sharpness. The trees frame the church nicely and the priest adds a human touch to the photo.
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-01-31 7:23
Evan if is old, is a very good picture! I don't know the name of the church,too, but the colours and point of view is beautiful! Thanks for puting in this photo. It vas a nice gesture.
Have a lovely day!
leonorkuhn (16235) 2007-01-31 7:41
Very nice church. These towers reminds me a castle. Very good frame, colors and details.
Greetings from Brasil
donluicu (24724) 2007-01-31 8:00
this is an eastern Europe Papaglofade...
excellent shot, very nice note..
congrats my friend
Tue (37832) 2007-01-31 8:39
I really like the atmosphere in this photo. Mostly because of the pleasant colours I think. The church architecture looks very interesting here and you placed it well in the composition together with the trees. Well done!
ALIRIZA (16423) 2007-01-31 9:52
Renkler ve ışık harika. Kilisenin sivri kulelerini yukarı doğru sivrilen ağaçlar çok iyi dengelemiş. Ellerinize sağlık...
Philippe (11836) 2007-01-31 12:01
Hi, Tan. An interesting church that stands well out on the forest and the sky. the statue on the left and the priest create a good depth in the picture. The trees on the right frame the picture very well. A good quality scan.
carper (96) 2007-01-31 12:31
well what an unusual photo of yours Tan,
very good pov, the perspective is very nice and there is a fine balance in the photo, good photo job here.
munte (373) 2007-01-31 13:32
The church is called "Sfantul Nicolae" (St. Nocholas). The oldest and the most beautiful Romanian Orthodox church in Brasov.
Firsts church on this site is dated back to 1292. The current stone church was built in 1495.
It is not very large, but cleverly placed on top of a small hill so it dominates the soundings.
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2007-01-31 14:58
Binanın görünümü ve ışığı süper... Eline sağlık, selamlar.
isabela_sor (47748) 2007-01-31 15:08
Very niceeeee!!I like it so much
Did you like my country,Tan :)?
All the best
pboehringer (770) 2007-01-31 16:05
Hi Tan, my first impression was the surprise of the noise in this picture that as strnage as it might sound - I like the noise. Than readin gyour note regarding your lost Romania picture I ask myself how the good ones might have looked. This one is already pretty dam good. Despite the noise it is sharp, colorful and breathes charm.
anesugur (18789) 2007-01-31 16:41
Çok güzel bir yapı.
Çekim açısını da iyi ayarlayınca sonuç çok başarılı olmuş.
IgorDeleze (585) 2007-01-31 16:55
Great vertical framing!
The colors are beautiful. Excellent composition with the man in the way.
tcht (7565) 2007-01-31 17:01
Great shot of the church, well composed with the priest. The warm and soft lighting on the structure is great and the details are nice, especially that of the clock. Lovely work from Romania, another yellow bit on your map :)
john_c (24666) 2007-01-31 22:04
Perhaps old and different, but this goes straight to my favourites - and that's before even reading your inspiring note...The church appears as out of a storybook, with the monk perfectly positioned in the foreground to enhance. The lighting and surroundings combine with the ornate and beautiful exterior to mesmerize. And there is that air of history about it, of swirling events, and somehow of darkness and light. First rate.
ChrisJ (114565) 2007-02-01 5:38
Wonderful colour, sharpness, & lighting, & a very good choice of a vertical frame & format. I like the graphism of the towers against the sky, & the lone priest, who adds scale & context. Tfs!
jammer79 (2722) 2007-02-01 7:41
Hi TAn, standart high quality shot of yours. :-)
The person does the job for me!
rhizomes (15343) 2007-02-01 12:11
Nice view of this church and interesting inclusion of this man...
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2007-02-01 12:53
A very interesting church you show us here. Very beautiful composition. Good point of view. Wondering a little bit to see no shadows.
Ann75 (0) 2007-02-01 14:02
For an oldie this is a fantastic one! The lighting is so special here and the colours are so vibrant. The priest walking down is definitely a nice addition to your photo! Great composition and excellent capture!
PS: Too bad about the negatives you lost due to a coffee spill.
gilou530 (34) 2007-02-01 15:54
une &église bien mise en valeur par ton cadrage la lumiére est top, le personnage sur l'allée est bien positionné
noahsark (1092) 2007-02-01 18:08
very nice picture, wonderful light - those colors are special. good compo with the priest.
colors and light*****
stego (24132) 2007-02-01 23:05
It's hard to imagine that this one belongued to the lot of less good ones, as it's wonderful with its warm tones and the priest. It's amazing the auntity of towers, even the tree close to the priest looks like one.
Thank you both for the photo and the reminding of Black Sabath and the colaboration of Ian Gillan with them. I hadn't heard from them for ages and I confess I don't listen to their music since a long time also, although they were one of my favourites in my youth. Ah, those guitars that seemed to cry like that unique voice of Ozzy Osborne... :D
Strangely (and maybe not), I think your photo combines very well with their music.
TFS, Regards, José.
Angshu (56758) 2007-02-02 4:00
Quite an unusual one from you! The POV is as usual good, I also like the perspective leading us to the regal building. And last but not least I loved your note
sebinho342 (19317) 2007-02-02 11:44
Hi Tan, ... kind of shot i would be proud to have in my portfolio but as i'm reading you this is only your second hand or third hand picture due to coffee accident. Everybody has his own referentials ;)
Lovely PP here, almost a drawing, i particularly love the tree and the church association
A very good job
sanalytis (1634) 2007-02-03 2:25
This image would of been nice without the priest, but adding that human element makes the image even better. Excellent composition and I really like the colors as well.
bazal (7900) 2007-02-03 4:37
This is a very interesting shot and a great note. I did not see, first, the link between your title and the song by Black Sabbath, and I also didn't know about the short collaboration between Ian Gillian and BS. Very interesting to learn that in front of this very nice church. The lyrics of the song are quite well fitting with this country, with its well known legends showing the fight of religion against evil (vampires, etc...).
Thanks for sharing!
Angelillo (9374) 2007-02-03 13:07
Beautiful shot. In my trip to Romania (one month ago) I took too a photo of this church, with snow. I'm not sure if I'll post it yet, but your shot makes me remember a very nice trip. It's a beautiful orthodox church devoted to St. Nicholas. And your compo is great, wiht the priest in the way, nice addition! Thanks, have a nice weekend.
berek (50504) 2007-02-04 3:47
ne mümkün gitmemen :-) hakikaten iyi bir kare Romanyadan . kartpostal gibi . kilise sanki oyuncak gibi görünüyor. elelerine sağlık.
sergio1 (12152) 2007-02-06 7:43
Lovely composition and pov. I like the nature frame and nice expossure control.
Photo65Net (43120) 2007-02-27 12:38
Thumbnail isn't on par with the regular version.
This one is very pleasant, with nice tones and colors, and the contrast between church and sky is just superb.
Stepan (27210) 2007-05-05 14:39
I like the oldies tones, makes it funny and nostalgic in a certain way. There is a kind of noise that fits well to the mood. And the compo is OK with the priest providing scale and life.
oanna (1202) 2008-08-28 22:49
hello tan,wonderful these warm well-saturated colors.well framed too.maybe next time you visit romania you won`t have accidents like the one you mentioned :).