Şirince is a beautiful hill town only 8 km (5 miles) east of Selçuk, 12 Km from Ephesus, in the Aegean hinterland south of İzmir.
Şirince is one of the very few genuinely beautiful historic villages left in the Western seaboard of Turkey. Almost all houses date from the 19th century or earlier. The hills are covered with olive groves and vineyards, and fringed by pine forest. The inhabitants make wine and olive oil. They produce some of the best peaches in the land.
Tourism has unfortunately arrived. It has turned Main Street into souvenir-alley. On some weekends the "downtown" crowds looks like a plague of locusts.
The name of the town is pronounced she-RIN-jay. It means Pretty town. The town had a different name before - Cirkince ("ugly") until the 1930's, when a governor of Izmir Province got into his mind to transform it.
The village has 650 people, 35 donkeys and a dwindling number of goats. The average altitude is 350 metres (1000 feet) from sea level.
There are about 15 restaurants, several cafes, a phenomenal number of souvenir and junk stalls, three groceries, two barber shops, a health clinic, and a Mathematics Institute. For everything else one must go to Selçuk, the district town 8 kms down the hill. The public minibus to Selçuk runs every half hour during daylight.
I took this picture from the window of our Hotel's restaurant.
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miumiu (5365) 2014-08-05 2:17
l like this charming and beautiful landscape in the background. The POV is superb with the rooftops.
The colours are very splendid and lovely.
photographer_sg (3257) 2014-08-05 2:18
Hello Angus human
That is a beautiful view of the colourful and picturesque village. I liked the composition with the foreground tiles, unconventional but very appealing with perfect framing. Really envy the inhabitants of this lovely location.
Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
holmertz (38067) 2014-08-05 2:36
A very attractive composition with fine balance between the reddish foreground and the background dominated by green tones, with lots of brick roofs interspersed. It's a lovely scenery and you have done it full justice with your perfect handling of the light and the colours.
dta (63802) 2014-08-05 2:49
hello Angshuman ,
I like a lot til roofs , so I like this composition where you've included them in the FG , with the view of the other houses of teh village and the green hills in the BG .
I seems to be a charming village , but a pitty that it is now victim of its success ...
pierrefonds (55418) 2014-08-05 4:21
The distance between the roof in the foreground and the hill is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details, the colors of the roofs and of the houses. The godd luminosity is bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
jhm (136120) 2014-08-05 4:25
Your picture is very well carefully made, with the roof in foreground.
Perfectly sharp and clear.
Very well composition, nice presentation too.
Excellent done, TFS.
Mesut09 (340) 2014-08-05 4:28
Hello my friend.. it is nice to see the photo of sirince from a tourist..:) My homeland is so close to sirince.. but do you know? i have never gone there.. i will go there when i get my opportunity ..:)
lousat (73219) 2014-08-05 4:40
Hi Angshu,truly beautiful this village,these houses remind me the albanian small city of Berat,builth on a hill in the same style,great capture from an excellent point of view and the usual top quality of detail and colors! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Nicou (117770) 2014-08-05 7:37
quelle image quel graphisme de tuiles ocres en premier plan sur ces toit et la vue en fond sur les maisons superbe captage.
Bravo et amitié
maria-v1981 (10814) 2014-08-05 8:21
A very pleasant point of view. A great shot of this village which seems to climb this hill.
A lovely little village with some very nice houses, all in the same style and colours. Well framed, excellemnt colours and intresting details to explore!
siudzi (32725) 2014-08-05 13:05
An interesting presentation of this beautiful place! Your high POV works very well to show us that fantastic landscape full of amazing details. Well done!
npecanhuk (61882) 2014-08-05 16:57
Interesting and attractive place!
Beautiful and pleasant-looking picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, black borders and, above all, horizontal format, chosen pov (over some rooftops) and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
abmdsudi (40604) 2014-08-05 19:32
Beautiful panoramic view of a peaceful looking village sitting nicely on the gentle slopes and lovely lush foliage adding the lively green to soothe the general scene. I love your ideas, having the well detailed roof tiles jostling for position in the foreground to lead the eyes smoothly into the landscape. the earthy colours, character and textures all make a lovely image. This is excellent observation and composition. Awesome shot, Congrats
papagolf21 (83670) 2014-08-06 0:07
Cher ami Angshu,
Voilà une bien belle proposition photographique par-dessus les toits.
Magnifique horizon empli de charme et de beauté.
macjake (53342) 2014-08-06 2:37
reading your note, its too bad that tourism has taken away some of the shine and charm of this town.
Looking at your photo, this place looks stunningly photogenic.
I love how you decided to place the rooftop so close to the bottom and so upfront. Makes for an excellent focal point, our eyes are drawn to it right away.
The bg shows off the lush landscape and the architecture.
Beautiful photo from top to bottom.
wouldnt change a thing.
pajaran (49225) 2014-08-06 3:11
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o selu sa opisom, lep pogled na crvene krovove i zeleno brdo ...
Dobar snimak, kontrast i perspketiva, lepo pokazni ceveni krovovi i kuce sa belim fasadama u selu.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lepe boje.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article about the village with a description, a nice view of the red roofs and green hill ...
Good picture, contrast and perspective, nice guiding the red roofs and houses with white facades of the village.
Good work and composition, beautiful colors.
Nice afternoon and all the best.
Fis2 (82736) 2014-08-06 3:31
Very impressive roofs!
I like POV and colors.
Have a nice afternoon
rychem (20375) 2014-08-06 9:01
The view of this village is simply beautiful, you have composed the photo very well with attractive roofs in the FG, compliments
emka (74237) 2014-08-06 22:39
Hello dear Angshu, What a marvelous view of these red roofs. I had no idea you visited also this part of Turkey. How nice is this slender minaret. Really pretty small town and fantastic presentation.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Didi (55145) 2014-08-07 9:38
Nice point of view from the house roof
Without the mosque I thought you were in Italy
stego (23328) 2014-08-07 10:46
When I saw all that green in the thumbnail I thought that it had been shot on the Black Sea coast. But after all, I passed in this region by bus in July or August and there were still green areas, so it makes every sense that in May it is like you show here. Maybe it is a bit over saturated, but everything else looks great; you succeed in showing the bucolic beauty of that village.
Graal (95764) 2014-08-08 0:00
nice landscape. Good shot from high POV. I like the green and styles of houses. Well photo-job.
Have a nice WE.
bukitgolfb301 (34706) 2014-08-09 1:15
Hi NAMSTE dear Angshuman
Great idea to make roofs a big portion in front to enhance the small houses in comparison, this is your another professional work and technique, I admire.
All the best and have a good weekend! Takero from Tokyo
danos (83833) 2014-08-10 2:43
nice the panoramic view of the place over the red tiles of the house on the foreground,as we can see the other houses of the village and the greenery that surround it.I like the light and the colour management as the beauty of the scene.
adores (34740) 2014-08-12 17:22
It really looks like a beautiful town. I like your pov and these old roofs and chimneys leading our eyes to the traditional houses on the slope. Vegetation gives very nice tonalities also.
Tourism brings a good income to the population but it can have terrible effects sometimes.
cornejo (28820) 2014-08-13 10:18
Hi Angshuman, I like this photograph of this beautiful composition with the interesting view villa, very well captured with good pov on this beautiful image with good sharpness, depth, good light, color and quality. Excellent and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy rest of the week.
All the best from southern Spain.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (55003)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-05-24
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO, RAW, Marumi 72mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/50 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Turkish Delight
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-05 1:55