Warmed by the sun, lapped by the gentle waves of the Black Sea and sheltered from northern winds by the Ai Petri, Yalta is full of charms and attractions. Picturesque landscapes, unique natural, historical and architectural monuments give Yalta an undeniable character all its own. There are here beautiful summer palaces of Russia’s last royal family and their surrounding gardens and wineries where world-class dessert wines are produced.
Not far off, Livadia Palace is the city’s most famous landmark, the place where Winston Churchill, Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Joseph Stalin convened the Yalta conference in 1945 to decide the fate of post-war Europe.
All three leaders were trying to establish an agenda for governing post-war Germany. Premier Stalin, insisting that his doctors opposed any long trips, rejected Roosevelt's suggestion to meet on the Mediterranean. He offered, instead, to meet in the Crimea. Each leader had an agenda for the Yalta Conference: Roosevelt asked for Soviet support in the U.S. Pacific War against Japan, specifically invading Japan; Churchill pressed for free elections and democratic governments in Eastern and Central Europe (specifically Poland); and Stalin demanded a Soviet sphere of political influence in Eastern and Central Europe, an essential to the USSR's national security strategy.
There was an agreement that the priority would be the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. After the war, Germany and Berlin would be split into four occupied zones. The Polish eastern border would follow the Curzon Line, and Poland would receive territorial compensation in the West from Germany.
Churchill alone pushed for free elections in Poland. The British leader pointed out that UK "could never be content with any solution that did not leave Poland a free and independent state". Stalin pledged to permit free elections in Poland, but forestalled ever honoring his promise.
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raszid62 (18583) 2010-09-27 22:54
te¿ lubiê bardzo grac w szachy, a tu ch³opaki jeszcze graj± w ,, piêknych okoloiczno¶ciach przyrody'', jak mawia³ in¿ Mamoñ z ,,Rejsu''. ¦wietna i pe³na kolorów kompozycja.
batalay (35747) 2010-09-27 23:23
I think I know the very spot where these fellows are playing chess, and what a lovely spot it is. I think they were at the same spot two weeks earlier. The note is nothing short of superb. Regarding the story of Stalin's doctor opposing any long trip for him, local lore has it that it was his fear of flying the kept him from flying. Roosevelt's illness is frequently given as the reason for his giving away Eastern Europe. It would be good to know the truth.
danyy (0) 2010-09-27 23:28
des couleurs vives pour cette scène placide. Dommage pour la présence un peu disgracieuse de cette poubelle à ordures, malgré sa jolie couleur :-).
mauro61 (52623) 2010-09-27 23:47
mi piace tutto di questa foto dalla luce, ai colori, alla bella ambientazione e alla posa tranquilla dei due che giocano a scacchi.
un caro saluto
jasmis (57824) 2010-09-28 0:19
Fajner, ale szkoda, że ten kosz psuje zabawę.
kordinator (18606) 2010-09-28 0:28
Excellent colorful composition,perfect framed.
Attractive composition and cosy atmosphere.
Good reflections and great lights.
Well written informative note.
jurek1951 (42160) 2010-09-28 1:18
no takich czasow to bym chcial dozyc,w takiej sceneri to napewno przyjemnosc grac w szachy,pozdrawiam
dkmurphys (50032) 2010-09-28 1:44
Very nice scene, a good mood and calm atmosphere. The view is also very beautiful. Good capture.
Have a great day.
holmertz (41797) 2010-09-28 1:46
There are not only great colours in this photo (including the waste bin), you also give us a fine view of the sea and the distant light-houses, and of course the typical view of two elderly men playing chess outside. And it seems that at least one of them also reads books. A very attractive and pleasant photo.
Longroute (19396) 2010-09-28 1:50
I like this nice scene: the two man playing at chess in front of the sea! It's a kind of mix between a seascape and a street life and a well balanced composition too. You found a fine light and those colourful flags make the scene even more alive. It looks like Greece or southern Italy...
rodgerg (55767) 2010-09-28 3:53
Excellent presnettaion of this sympatic scene of life with the attitudes of the two players very well colected. An image very well coloured nad with a composition well balanced. the differents elements on the right of the image give vived colors. the prospect open on the left give depht to the image.
Very good photowork.
jjcordier (76860) 2010-09-28 4:24
Assez symbolique ici, la célèbre conférence ayant un petit côté jeu d'échecs!Forte concentration devant le jeu sans se laisser distraire par la mer agitée et les étendards (et la poubelle!) colorés. Joli moment!
Kofman (2360) 2010-09-28 5:15
świetne, kolorowe zdjęcie oddające atmosferę całej Ukrainy z miłośnikami szachów, którzy grają wszędzie, gdzie tylko miejsce na to pozwoli. Prawdziwa pasja.
Co do uwag dotyczących kosza do śmieci, to uważam, że dobrze, że jest, bo przynajmniej pokazuje, że są miesca na Ukrainie, gdie śmiecie mają swoje miejsce do wyrzucenia a nie są rozrzucone wszędzie gdzie się da.
ade71 (2228) 2010-09-28 9:40
Ciao Malgorzata, bellissima questa foto fatta agli scacchisti in posa. Molto belli anche i colori e la luce. Semplicemente fantastica!
Buona serata, Adele
Silvio1953 (123643) 2010-09-28 10:21
Ciao Malgorzata,, carini i due vecchietti che giocano a scacchi in riva al mare, ottima composizione, magnifici colori e splendida nitidezza, brava, ciao Silvio
vasilpro (40933) 2010-09-28 13:34
Wonderful street composition, excellent light management, lovely colors, beautiful scene, very nice POV.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
AKITA (15125) 2010-09-28 14:16
wow, it is Yalta, very historical place indeed,
this shot looks something suggestive me political games...
anyway, relaxing men are splendid in this clear light and air,
colorful scene against wavy blue ocean and comfortable sky,
thank you for your wonderful shot,
asajernigan (21298) 2010-09-28 14:45
This is a great daily life shot. The me seem so entranced by their chess game that they don't notice their beautiful surroundings. The lighting and colors are great as is the photo's sharpness. The yellow waste basket adds a nice point of interest for the shot.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-09-28 22:26
Stalin and Churchill splitting Europe and waiting for the Yank comrade ? Nice seaside scene under a fine light, not a fan of the orange bin but if it helps keep the city clean...
Have a nice day JY
s_lush (16134) 2010-09-29 1:54
This peaceful, or even idyllic, and colorful sea-side scene reproduces the recreational atmosphere of the Ukraine's main sea resort. Very well composed with such nice compositional elements, as the lighthouse between the beautiful sky and sea, the well decorated post and so on. Even the yellow trash can is at a good place and looks great. A wonderful capture of the highest quality!
npecanhuk (66362) 2010-09-29 3:33
Brightness and colors are wonderful!
The pov was very well chosen and the composition is superb (effective, pleasant and attractive)!
Sharpness, pp, contrasts, black & red & white borders are all excellent here too!
Nice place and moment!
TFS - congrats,
yeln (11504) 2010-09-29 12:20
zelo prijetno presenečenje je bila danes vaša kritika. najprej hvala lepa za njo.
odličen trenutek ujet na "film". dva človeka zatopljena v miselno igro. tako zelo sproščena sta na soncu in z lepim in kontrastnim ozadjem. zelo profesionalno narejeno! TFS! čestitam!
lep večer, vojko
Angshu (55936) 2010-09-30 7:28
A fine image of daily life with fine nature...the sea with lovely colour in the BG. The lamp post with highly ornated base & the colourful clothes add a lot of flair to this picture. Of course the main attraction are the 2 guys playing chess!
saxo042 (37578) 2010-09-30 9:01
The two peaceful chessplayers here probably didn´t know that they placed themselves perfectly for your picture of them, sitting at the orange waste bin and under the brightly coloured flags (?). A very pleasant place to sit by the sea indeed. A very interesting note too!
mesutilgim (85478) 2010-09-30 23:31
Good morning dear Malgorzata,
Wonderfull moment you've captured here.
Very well composed and perfect light; nice vivid colors.
Very good and usefull notes as well.
TFS and best regards
Waylim (25360) 2010-09-30 23:55
Great shot, a slice of life in this part of the world, as the people enjoying a round of chess game, not only a good daily life shot, the inclusion of the colorful banner in the right position adds so much to the composition with layers of diffent element from the foreground to the distant landcape and beaturfiul sky with lovely clouds. very nice. Have a good weekend.
jemaflor (85536) 2010-10-01 9:55
Well framed, good light and effect with all these colors, interesting scene well taken, tfs.
macjake (57074) 2010-10-01 10:36
I can see why you wanted to photograph this daily event.
very peaceful, watching two friends play a friendly game of chess by the waterfront.
they look very entrenched into the game!
bright, colourful, heartwarming
pablominto (53744) 2010-10-02 0:47
Several interesting elements in this frame, except the main stars of the show!
An original place for a game of chess, as the wind is blowing in from the Black Sea...
A colourful, well balanced composition!
andywo (4725) 2010-10-03 7:32
Fajna, klimatyczna scenka znad Morza Czarnego. Gra w szachy w takim miejscu musi byc czysta przyjemnoscia;-)
Juntas (7960) 2010-10-05 16:08
Hi Emka. A strange photo to me; people in Portugal don´t play chess on the streets. Very nice scene with beautiful colors and a well mastered composition. Great light and sharpness. Well done.