The Ecaterina's Gate
Ecaterina's Gate was built in 1559 for defensive purposes. It is the only original city gate to have survived from medieval times. In fact the fairy-tale looking tower is only a part of the original gate; documents talk about the existence of a wooden structure which was demolished in 1827. The original structure can be seen at he Weaver's Bastion where the large model of Brasov in 1600 is displayed.
Old documents mention it also under the name of Porta Valacce,the Vallah's Gate because it was the only entrance for the Romanians living in Schei. They were not allowed to use the other four entrances. During the Saxon rule of the 13th to 17th century Romanians were forbidden from owning property inside the fortress walls and such they settled outside the wall in the neighborhood named Schei. Romanians could only enter the town at certain times and had to pay a toll at the gate for the privilege of selling their produce inside the citadel.
The four small corner turrets (also seen in other Transylvanian towns) symbolize the fact that the town had judicial autonomy, and the "right of sword" (ius gladii) which was the right to decide on capital punishment. Above the entrance the tower bears the city's coat of arms, a crown on a oak tree trunk and roots. The Gate represents a transition in style. Underneath the four symmetrical corner-spires there is a small neo-classical front-piece with an inscription. The Renaissance, which had begun 100 years earlier in Central Europe, was beginning to make its mark in Transylvania.
The gate was in the care of the tailors' guild.
Taken on the 16th of December after a long walk through the cold, from a tripod with frozen hands. :)
I hope you enjoy it! I'll post a front view of the gate at a later time!
ISOSpeedRatings - 100
ShutterSpeedValue - 2 seconds
ApertureValue - F 8.00
ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
MeteringMode - Multi-segment
Flash - Flash not fired, compulsory flash mode
FocalLength - 17 mm
ColorSpace - sRGB
ExposureMode - Manual
White Balance - Auto
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bruce_wayne (1507) 2007-12-19 4:39
lovelu night shot...very good management of light, color matching is well done, congratulations!
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-12-19 4:59
O alta imagine, parca desprinsa din basme!
Superba atmosfera, splendide culorile!
Excelent, ca intotdeauna!
horatiuTT (4570) 2007-12-19 5:27
superba imagine de iarna,excelent contrast.Un loc intradevar feric.Cred ca as fi optat totusi pentru un nivel de saturatie mai scazut.
vero07 (1781) 2007-12-19 7:25
I like very much this blue and yellow composition. Excellent POV including the nice building between the trees, creating a natural frame. I like also this cold atmosphere.
Very well done!
johannes68 (3469) 2007-12-19 7:35
Hallo Eddie, sehr gut gelungen, schön eingerahmt von den beiden Bäumen - besonders Deine Nachtfotos sind ein Kompliment für Brasov! Und vielen Dank für den (wie immer) interessanten Kommentar!!!
Liebe Grüsse, Johannes
Cormac (26565) 2007-12-19 8:26
Wow, this is a very beautiful shot! The combination of colours is very good, with the warm yellow of the building contrasting so well with the cool blue of the sky. The lighting is very dramatic too. Excellent work!
Didier38 (710) 2007-12-19 8:44
Superbe lumière. J'aime bien la composition avec les arbres et les herbes qui forme un cadre naturel.
besnard (57102) 2007-12-19 9:43
Beau cliché nocturne avec une lumière bien maitrisée. C'est du bon travail très agréable à regarder.
Merci pour le partage et bonne soirée.
nicol_g (859) 2007-12-19 11:39
Minunata combinatia de culori, Eddie, si claritate foarte buna!
Insa vreau sa te felicit in special pt. pov-ul ales - original; in majoritatea imaginilor pe care le-am vazut Poarta este prezentata din fata. Bravo!
Thalivia (32) 2007-12-20 12:18
Hola Eduard! :)
Muy linda fotografia!
Me gusta mucho la combinacion de colores y en especial el "azul del cielo". Te felicito tambien porque elegiste un angulo muy bueno porque todos podemos ver el volumen del sujeto.
Cuando estoy mirando tu fotografia me imagino de repente un castillo de cuentas.
Bueno, no se que decirte.Es que todo me parece muy bien hecho ,
y no me queda mas que felicitarte
P.S. y espero ver muchas fotografias lindas
teutza (10590) 2007-12-20 13:44
yey..ce lumina fantastica!!!!!
este foarte eye catching poza ta!
imi place si rama
p.s. mie imi place mult mai mult varianta nedesaturata:D
PixelTerror (0) 2007-12-21 2:08
If I come to Romania one day I'll make it to Brasov because I like a lot the pictures I see from there, including this one here, you got just the right moment to have the sun lighten the yellow tones and have the structures stand out in full glory. I wish there were less interfering branches to enjoy it even better, nice image !
Merry Christmas !
ARGI (3456) 2007-12-22 10:17
How excellent shot it is.Fantastic composition and colors. The most I like the sky color. I think this blue of the sky at late afternoon (or early evenung)is the best sky color of the day.
Wish you merry Christmas
Bruno40 (6658) 2007-12-23 7:40
veyr nice night shot, veru sharp and good exposure. I love the yellow tone of the ilumination.. makes it look like a castle of hansel and Gretel.
Cricri (123700) 2007-12-24 3:25
Vous avez attendu le bon moment pour présenter ce bâtiment illuminer par une douce lumiére et prise a l'heure bleu, c'est joli et bien agréable a regarder, compliment
Merry christmas for you and your family
atus (15856) 2007-12-24 7:17
very well captured and perfectly framed shot with the leafless trees. The diagonal perspective is excellent and the pov chosen is perfect. The light is very well managed and the colors are strong and attractive. Very nice one fitting with the present period of holidays.
Tfs and Merry Christmas!
aralda (1240) 2007-12-26 4:30
Imi place lumina galbuie si combinatia dintre galben si albastru. Unghiul e si el foarte inspirat, iar comentariul exceptional.
Iti doresc un Craciun fericit si un An Nou cit mai bun, cu multa sanatate si tot ce-ti doresti!
lousat (95838) 2007-12-29 16:28
This is wonderfull too !!! The light is perfect, a very 1st class pic,thanks for share,Luciano
hello_ishan (1571) 2008-01-17 4:50
The blue background & the light in the structure attract me a lot here. Inclusion of tree in both sides is a very good idea. Very good job my friend. TFS.
shevchenko (20548) 2008-01-30 19:37
Good pov to show an historical architecture with including the foreground branches, attractive color and good contrast, nice to see snow cover every things in the winter, thanks for sharing.
ayansadhu (1502) 2008-02-07 9:52
Nice shot with the details & ambient light too good on the canvas, well done
- Copyright: Eduard Baak (snowfalken) (1116)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-12-16
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS30D, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
- Exposure: f/8, 2 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2007-12-19 4:33