When we spent 4 days in Florence, we made sure to take a full day trip into Sienna.
Now having been to Sienna, I wish we had another full day there. Such a beautiful rustic medieval type of city.
Photos could be taken at every turn, I don't think i've ever walked away from a single day-trip with so many good photo opps!
On a personal note, living here in Canada, I've always wanted to travel to Italy and come home with a photo like the one i've posted here today - the collage type of scene with all the historic homes and buildings.
We just don't have anything like it here in Canada.
Needless to say I was thrilled to see such a scene in person after seeing it in photos online. Now I can say I have one to call it my own!
Hope you like it
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snunney (100774) 2014-09-01 1:58
An excellent capture from this beautiful city. Your high vantage point allowed you to encompass a wonderful selection of architecture with the grey-blue dome of the church making a splendid focal point. Perfectly exposed with superb colours and clarity. Thanks for sharing.
Giustiniani (3632) 2014-09-01 2:05
tu nous offres une belle ballade au dessus de cette ville magnifique. Il est vrai, qu'on ne sait pas toujours , nous européens, apprécier le trésor que représente un patrimoine historique aussi ancien. Merci de nous le rappeler.
Gerrit (52097) 2014-09-01 2:09
it's been a long time that i've been in Sienna and I don't even have photos from there but I can still recall my staying there very well.
You made a beautiful photo (from the cathedral tower?) that shows the narrow street and many old houses.
photographer_sg (4414) 2014-09-01 2:11
Superb composition! The mosaic of colours and textures is a real visual delight captured with perfect framing and excellent sharpness. The church tower stands out like a jewel. Great picture and thanks for sharing it.
have a great new week ahead.
Noel_Byrne (31668) 2014-09-01 2:34
To me this looks just like a scene straight from one of those asterix comics I used to read as a child. The scene is brimming with beautiful architecture and long, long history. This is a bird's Eye view to be proud of. I see you melon you don't have any views like this in Canada but you do have mighty sky scrapers. If you're interested in a nice medieval castle or two I'm sure we could come to an arrangement on a swap? :)
P.S. Many thanks for your comment on my creepy navigator sculpture, really appreciate it!!
delpeoples (58600) 2014-09-01 4:37
Coming from a new country too, I see your point. We just don't have that type of architecture. Aren't the textures, tones and contrasts amazing? I like the tight framing here, the vivid colours and the warm light. It works well having no sky in the scene at all. Well done.
Sergiom (81809) 2014-09-01 5:45
J'ai aussi beaucoup aimé Sienne. Une belle ville à découvrir, avec toutes ces petites rues qui partent de la grande place. Ici, le point de vue est remarquable sur ces superbes toits.
dkmurphys (60031) 2014-09-01 7:31
Italy is for sure an open air museum. I guess is the only country with so many old cities well conserved. Good panorama, it looks wonderful.
Janusz1974 (2824) 2014-09-01 7:59
I really like this picture. Composition and frame are excellent. The detail is really nice, with the tiled roof in the foreground and church in the distance. You've really captured the architectural character of this place...
tyro (25714) 2014-09-01 8:59
What a fine note you have written - and I'm so pleased that you and Tosca enjoyed Sienna so very much.
This, of course, could be nowhere else on Earth but Italia! The colours are beautifully warm - the colours, in fact, of sienna (an earth pigment containing iron oxide and manganese oxide) and burnt sienna (the same pigment heated) - which blend beautifully and contrast well with the tiny patches of greenery throughout your picture.
Yes, I agree, this is alsmost a collage and a beautiful one at that, with the fine church taking pride of place in your composition.
Wonderful colours and light, a perfect high viewpoint and stunning technical quality too.
P.S. Just wondering (in case I'm lucky enough to visit this place!) from where you took this shot. Was it from the very tall belltower at the cathedral? Looking at Google Earth, I suspect that might have been from where you took this as the church in your shot is not the cathedral itself (I think) but a smaller one.
holmertz (54315) 2014-09-01 10:18
I love those roofs, and the narrow streets we can't even see, and the church crammed into a tiny space, and the little squares here end there. This is a great view, surprisingly straightforward ;-) and a very fine light. I was in Siena once and really liked the city. Commercialism wasn't too painful (although this was 23 years ago, maybe it has changed), at least not compared with neíghbouring Pisa.
serp2000 (44578) 2014-09-01 11:33
Yes, we are posted similar photos, but frankly speaking "your" town looks not so compressed by the buildings ;)
Anyway, I like this view of the famous Sienna.
Although this view reminds me a lot of similar places in Spain, for example. The South European cities have got numerous common details.
Greetings from Ural,
photoray (13981) 2014-09-01 11:45
Attractive 'birds eye view' of Sienna, a sea of red tile roofs, medieval buildings going in varying angles, and the light colored Cathedral dominating the scene.
Not the typical tour book view, and the unique elevated vantage point makes for a fine image.
And I am stimulated to stroll the paths through this medieval jungle of history.
thanks for sharing,
PaulVDV (29533) 2014-09-01 11:47
When you like views like this one and you want to stay longer in such a town, I think you can go back to Italy a dozen times. You will also find a lot of other European countries very interesting. I personally have had the pleasure to get to know several smaller towns in Spain and I can assure you that in this field Spain has a lot to offer. On the other hand I still have a large wish list of places to visit in Italy.
It's a great view over the roofs, with tiles all in the same colour and the houses have such beautiful pink and yellow facades. The dome of the church towers nicely over it all.
Best regards, Paul
alvaraalto (15284) 2014-09-01 11:49
I guess you took this picture from the Torre del Mangia. I remember the beautiful view from the tower over the wide surrounding.
Sienna and Florence are my favourite cities in Italy.
Great presentation with the church surrounded by all that red roofs.
siudzi (34141) 2014-09-01 11:59
Love it! Extremely beautiful and smartly taken presentation of this charming old architecture. So many interesting details to be admired here...:) excellent one!
Fis2 (99720) 2014-09-01 12:27
I like church.
Super colors and sharpness.
I like it.
I am glad that the interior of the hut you like.
Tue (38710) 2014-09-01 12:40
I can imagine why you were so keen on getting a photo like this one, it's really beautiful! Very nice to see all the different shades of red and orange of the roofs. The composition is also very good with the church on the right hand side.
dta (79098) 2014-09-01 12:47
hello Craig ,
A wonderful view of the roofs of Siena with the church and the square tower as two focal points .
The light is especially beautiful .
cagla (4246) 2014-09-01 13:33
Hi Craig, this is my favourite point of view, I always think that the roofs characterise the cities. In Dubrovnik old city for instance, you can choose the very few houses which were not hit during the 1991 bombings, from their grey roofs. This is a very old city, probably having many legends, each window must have old people living in the houses who have many stories to tell about the past... Thanks for sharing and your nice note. Regards.
lousat (92892) 2014-09-01 14:56
Hi Craig,you be sure that i like this pic,very useful because in never been there,like in Rome or the south of Italy...ehehe...in effect this is the typical view that a tourist think to take before the start of trip,a magnificent and rich view of the old heart of Siena,made with the usual top quality,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
npecanhuk (75592) 2014-09-01 19:52
I visited Siena back in 1999 and just loved it... as I loved Tuscany, a region in Italy I'd love to go back to!
Your picture of that city is wonderful!
Special regards to the chosen high pov, skyless composition, soft light and colors!
TFS - congrats,
jjcordier (79297) 2014-09-01 23:24
Bon point de vue sur ces toits de Sienne qui entourent l'église bien placée dans la compo.
Silvio1953 (145645) 2014-09-02 6:55
Ciao Craig, great POV on fantastic city, lovely composition with a lot of roofs, excellent clarity, fine details, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
emka (99999) 2014-09-02 18:42
Hello Craig, Fantastic view of the red roofs. Siena is really marvelous town, specially the unusual main square.
I have just arrived to Perm. I just check some posts and I will go by bus to meet Serghei and Jason so very soon :))
jhm (154564) 2014-09-03 3:50
You took these picture out of the height with a very well result.
The church dome is the real eye catcher on these nice picture.
You took a very nice panorama view about these area.
Also a nice perspective and depth picture.
Excellent composition, nice of colour too
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
carlo62 (50101) 2014-09-03 14:23
io abito in Toscana e ogni mese vado a Siena per lavoro, ma posso dirti che non mi stanco mai di vedere questa città, con i suoi tetti e le sue strade strette.
Per fortuna riesco a vederla anche fuori stagione, quando ci sono pochi turisti e la città è più naturale.
Grazie per i tuoi apprezzamenti e per questa bellissima foto.
annjackman (21899) 2014-09-04 10:26
I understand your love of Italy and the beautiful city of Sienna. There is something timeless about the buildings, especially from this super view point. A really gorgeous image and one that makes me want to pack my bags and hop on a plane to Italy!
Best wishes, Ann
adores (45715) 2014-09-05 15:09
This is a really great pov and I like how you filled the frame with the old houses and the dome. A very interesting city, I believe one can really spend several days there! I like the colours a lot!
aliabazari (16170) 2014-09-05 21:47
Very beautiful shot of urban architecture. I like the density and compactness of the image. Composition, very well done. Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture.
ourania (47136) 2014-09-11 8:33
I've been to Siena too, stayed there for a few days, years ago. I think it's awesome. I like very much how you filled the frame with this view of the city from above. Exquisite details, colours and perspectives make the description accurate and fascinating. The viewer can get a lot of information about the architecture, the network of streets and alleys, the daily life in this timeless and lively place. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
ikeharel (72903) 2014-09-21 3:45
Picturesque town Siena and taken from atop a tower, show well the labyrinth built houses and in contrast some more modern building on far side. Those old dwellings looks almost same style, but not with any urban planing when built long ago, the only edifice stand-out is the dome of the church that is different in archi.-design.
Light and shadows mingle superbly on photo.
Have a nice new week,
pierrefonds (67563) 2014-09-21 5:53
The wideness of the area is giving depth to the composition The point of view is showing the details of the architetcure of the buildings and of the church. The good luminosity is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.
Periko (5544) 2014-10-15 19:21
Beautiful display of roofs, with the dome and its different color dominating the scenery.
Should be fun getting lost in these streets without a map, but with a camera in hand.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-10-15 20:13
love the feel of the medieval town and the natural and unkept sense of beauty in the shot.like the angle and the framing.
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (69173)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-01
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/8, 1/125 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2014-09-01 1:42