I went to Krakow with my wife & a couple of friends, this is a night shot of the famous St Mary's church inn the main square, the temperature went down to -21.
Krakow's original St. Mary's Church was destroyed during the 13th-century Tartar raids; rebuilding began relatively soon after.
The present church was built on the foundations of its predecessor, which was built before the town plan of 1257. This is why it stands slightly askew from the main square.
The new St. Mary's Church was completed in 1397; the towers were added in the 15th century.
In the 20th century, St. Mary's Church made an appearance in the film Schindler's List.
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Gerrit (49772) 2010-12-21 11:33
wonderful nightshot from a fantastic place.
I like the low POV.
nels (2621) 2010-12-21 12:48
hello wilson, realy beautiful night shot of such a famous square, you can almost feel the cold love the colours
COSTANTINO (57275) 2010-12-21 13:38
I red your useful notes about the famous
St.Mary s church
in my opinion your shot is an
excelent night shot with so many
details very wellcomposed and
people all around,everybody
interested in something
mesutilgim (86660) 2010-12-21 13:50
Very nice wintery scene, good seen and captured. Perfect light management,good layout.
TFS and best regards
polter (7239) 2010-12-21 13:54
As it seems there is almost no snow in Kraków ;))
Well taken. In summer the place you took the photo from was occupied with numerous flowers sellers.
Soda-light adds some fairy accent to the scenery.
PaulVDV (23037) 2010-12-21 14:34
Very beautiful nightshot and winter view of Krakow's Rynek Glowny with the Basilica and a part of the Cloth Hall.
The low POV gives a good result.
I visited Krakow and this square in summertime a few years ago. In summer this square had a lot of terraces. A different atmosphere, but I think this town is attractive in any time of the year.
Best regards, Paul
emka (81866) 2010-12-21 14:48
I missed this photo of yours. So you came to Poland in such a snowy time! Great to see Krakow in your lenses. Splendid night shot, amazing colours. I like it.
Were you also in Warsaw?
giorgimer (34897) 2010-12-21 15:32
Wonderful place, amazing atmosphere by the lights, good composition
Budapestman (82620) 2010-12-21 16:19
Hello Wilson, Welcome back!
a beautiful nocturnal photo of this famous church, the composition is very nice, great lights and details, Tfs! Have a nice evening! Kellemes estét kívánok!
pierrefonds (58311) 2010-12-21 16:41
The presence of the people has an effect of scale. The distance between the people in the foreground and the church is giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of St.Mary's church. Using a tripod, a ISO of 1800 and a shutter speed of 1/$ of a second are bringing out the colors. Have a nice day.
danyy (0) 2010-12-21 23:00
des très beles lumières et couleurs nocturnes, l'ambiance est spéciale mais en tous cas, pas mal hivernale.
Un ciel un peu bruité, c'est facile à corriger.
TopGeo (38206) 2010-12-21 23:10
Hi Wilson, An overview of the city as decorated for Christmas! Like the night with portokoli colors! A set in an atmosphere and wonderful nightshot from a fantastic place and architecture.
I like the low POV.
pajaran (53320) 2010-12-22 7:05
Lep trg i trenutak ...
Lep pogled preko trga u snegu na lepu arhitekturu.
Dobar nocni snimak i tekst, lepa fotografija.
Dobar ugao i ostrina snimka, dobar rad i kompozicija, moje cestitke.
Prijatno popodne sa lepim vremenom.
A beautiful square and a moment ...
Nice view over the square in the snow on the beautiful architecture.
Good night shot and text, beautiful photos.
A good corner sharpness and length, hard work and composition, my congratulations.
Lovely afternoon with beautiful weather.
All the best.
danos (88295) 2010-12-22 8:52
welcome back in the site after your long absence,with this superb night shot with St. Mary's church to dominates perfect in the scene with the snow to be spread on the ground.The presented people add life in this dreamily shot.
Have a nice Christmas,Danos
serp2000 (40990) 2010-12-22 10:20
Good low Pov! I like a night view of Krakow. Impressive architecture, fine colours. My congratulations!
patdeph (35748) 2010-12-22 13:35
Wooow,what a splendid scene!I love the golden tones of the whole picture,that creates a fantastic harmony,and this is superbly enhanced by the light on the church.Magnificent!
MLINES (12516) 2010-12-22 14:26
Hi Wilson, Good composition, the two figures add a lot of "feeling" to this photograph. Tremendous definition of the impressive church in the centre. Seeing all the snow on the ground makes it very much an appropriate "white Xmas" but i guess it is a little too much for many air travellers this week. All the best for 2011. Murray.
lousat (79125) 2010-12-22 14:31
Hi Wilson,how i like these atmospheres and these moments,a beautiful pic from Krakow taken from a great point of view,very impressive perspective and excellent sharpness and colors.Thanks for share,have a good night,Luciano
jlbrthnn (76037) 2010-12-22 15:27
It is a pleasure to see you among us. You have made a picture that matches the mood of Christmas, we do not have to Montpellier. The low point of view lets you see things differently and comfortable. Light, crisp, colors are nice and good. Bravo.
pablominto (53744) 2010-12-22 23:15
I can almost see the cold here, and not only because of the thick clothes of the people!
A fine low light capture, with the special effect from artificial light...
A well balanced composition with a good feeling of depth!
Graal (98650) 2010-12-23 0:08
nice image from my country. Good shot and presentation from Cracow. I like it. Well done photo.
Have a nice day.
Nicou (125150) 2010-12-23 0:44
Grandisoe image, quelle cpatage, quelle douceur dans les tons, avec les personnage, ce temps d'hiver, une merveille un bijou d'image.
Bravo et amitié
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-12-23 1:02
Amazing scene, gorgous people. Famous Polish St. Mary's Church.
Excellent evening. Fine lightness and brightness.
Superb POV and capture. Good DOF.
CLODO (30836) 2010-12-23 2:16
Good mood, with the low POV leading the look on the couple of persons and the church.
rodgerg (55767) 2010-12-23 6:14
Welcom for your come-back in TE and congratulations for this excellent cityscape. The excellent managment of a note esay light give this beautiful harmony in the colors. POV well selcetd too with the poples which give life to the image. impression of dynamism too.
UlfE (14641) 2010-12-23 8:38
Very nice to see that you are back with a post after a long absence.
Wonderful night shot. I really like the colours. It shows that a cloudy sky is no problem when taking night shots. The snow also contributes to the attractiveness. The inclusion of the two men in the foreground is great. You were lucky they did not move too much. I wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Cricri (108693) 2010-12-23 9:04
Très belle présentation de l'église, une prise nocturne aux teintes particulière qui rend l'atmosphère hivernale agréable
JCG (35129) 2010-12-23 23:20
I am happy to see you again among us with a new photograph. Much snow this year in Europe !!! What is unequally appreciated, especially on the Paris region in this moment A good visual angle for this panorama, I like this light low-angle shot which gives depth to the image. Lighting is well managed also. Pretty and pleasant glance, thank you Wilson.
With all my friendships, a very good day and I wish you a Merry Christmas like with all your family,
JFS (32459) 2010-12-24 12:20
Impressive and magic shot. In spite of the cold the atmosphere is calid. I like the POV very much.
gunbud (34066) 2010-12-24 20:55
What a splendid night scene you present us with here.
The lovely church is beautifully framed by lovely architecture on each side.
The light here is superb bringing out rich colors and sharp details.
PJE (20758) 2010-12-24 21:28
Hello Wilson. Merry Christmas to you and your family. I have to say I love the lighting in this setting. Excellent work.
Silvio1953 (125647) 2010-12-25 1:03
Ciao Wilson, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family, Fascinating composition with fantastic church, lovely couple in FG, amazing color of sky, great perspective and splendid light, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
BluSimo (9392) 2010-12-25 1:58
what a splendid shot. the church in oblique position on the center of the vanishing point is well positioned. all the lines converge towards of it, while the persons in Fg make a beginning point that works very well. the orange splendid shot. the church in oblique position to the center of the escape point is a lot very made. all the lines converge towards of it, while the persons in Fg make a beginning point that works very well. orange clearly tonality is also much beautiful one.
anducina (8407) 2010-12-25 3:10
Excellent night city scene, I like the balance of that photo-the beautiful architecture, the snow, the silhouettes of the passers-by on the FG, the gold light, the well-chosen POV.
Have a great Christmas and a good 2011 !
siolaw (38290) 2010-12-25 5:01
Good to see you around!
Nice one here with low POV... The two people anchor the shot in the FG well and the church and surroundings form a great background.
The blurred passer-byes give movement to the scene as well.
npecanhuk (67464) 2010-12-25 7:20
Although a bit grainy, I love the overall visual results here: chosen pov, composition and colors are wonderful!
TFS - congrats,
eldancer1 (29463) 2010-12-25 9:18
Beautiful capture of this beautiful church. I like your pov and it has a good dof with sharp details for an evening shot. Nice colors. Well done, tfs.
axiotea (21649) 2010-12-26 0:47
Long time no see:)
A fine pov to discover the church and the other edifices of the city. It is well illuminated and the couple in FG is a good addition for this compo.
Best wishes to U & family ;)
diomed (13926) 2010-12-26 14:57
aqmazing nocturne capture with a curious ant attractive orange light in the sky. Nice architecture, animated scenery, perfect light management.
Nice new week
yeln (11504) 2010-12-27 0:35
zelo zanimiv POV! meni je zelo več! tople barve v teh hladnih dneh so prijetne za oko. lep prostor za druenje v teh pred prazničnih dneh. dober strel! tfs!
ob teh in tudi ob prihajajočih praznikih elim obilo sreče in zdravja ter osebnega zadovoljstva, vojko
papagolf21 (87410) 2010-12-27 0:42
Bonjour, cher Wilson,
Très belle prise de vue nocturne bénéficiant d'une illumination étonnante ! la beauté n'en est que plus marquée.
Un voyage qui fait rêver.
Excellentes fêtes de fin d'année.
jmdias (57029) 2010-12-27 0:54
amazing view of this famous church. I liked the lower pov, the position of these personages and the color and lights around. perfect job, a magic mood. TFS
mauro61 (52623) 2010-12-27 8:24
inquadratura dal basso particolare con la grande piazza illuminata e la cattedrale sullo sfondo.
Perfetto l'inserimento dei due soggetti.
un agurio di buon fine anno a te e famiglia,
siudzi (34113) 2010-12-27 10:08
Very nice winter shot of the Basilica of Virgin Mary. Really like your interesting point of view, very good colours and lights. You achieved a great exposure and composition as well. Amazing work.
holmertz (42799) 2010-12-27 10:48
You have created (or captured) some spectacular colours in this night shot and achieved an almost supernatural atmosphere. It's a great composition with those two persons suitably placed in the foreground and the magnificent church well lit and superbly sharp in the background.
jhm (141273) 2010-12-28 3:20
You shows us a perfect light management,good layout
Excellent perspective through your splendid choice of angle.
Nice captured and good composed.
Very well done, TFS.
archimatica (20325) 2010-12-28 13:43
Great low pov for this interesting sight.
I like colors and situation.
BWJ (3064) 2010-12-29 19:06
This is an excellent night shot of this beautifully lit square and magnificent church. The POV is very well chosen and shows off the square to a good advantage. The picture shows wonderful mastery of exposure. Definition is superb and the golden tones are very well rendered and so pretty. Minus 21 degrees is really cold. It must have been a challenge to take pictures.
Warm regards and Happy New Year!
adores (38697) 2010-12-30 17:40
Good to see you're back:)!
Good composition and colours here!The church in background and the snow remind me of Christmas. A good winter photo!
Happy New Year!
AKITA (15125) 2010-12-30 22:49
a beautiful view shot of orange church in orange circumstances,
tone of colors feel warm and delightful,
and your low POV makes attractive perspective,
orange lighted cloudy sky looks wonder dome ceiling like a space colony,
thank you for your excellent shot,
claudeD (33982) 2010-12-31 9:08
A wonderful night shot from Krakow with an excellent composition and perfect sharpness.Perfect light managment.Very well done.TFS.
I wish you an excellent new year 2011!
With rgards from Luxembourg
paololg (31448) 2010-12-31 9:37
Ciao dear Wilson,
beautiful nighttime image in which you have managed the light in perfect way getting a pleasant depth. Excellent the definition of the details. Congratulations!
Ciao, have the best end of year! :-)
romanaa (7966) 2011-01-02 5:15
very nice night picture bringing snowy Xmas atmosphere and fine details of beautiful architecture of Krakow.
s_lush (16134) 2011-01-02 14:40
This well illuminated historic square is captured by you from the very good point of view and with highly interesting composition. The light, colors and quality also are perfect here. Excellent presentation of such a great architecture!
Longroute (19396) 2011-01-03 0:18
Really an outstanding photo with a very strong visive impact.
The peculiar light of course is one of the major features but actually the whole composition is very interesting and well built. I like the low pov and the inclusion of the two people at left. Well captured and well framed.
(With Neatimage you could clean the sky from the noise...)
Happy New year,
bukitgolfb301 (36708) 2011-01-03 1:50
Hi my dear Wilson
This is anopther marvelous shot. Victory of control of light and color, and low angle shot, which contribute to a wonderful tasteful atmosphere. Perfect framework and very very resonable composition as usual. Thanks for your sharing with finest work, have a good day and best regards,
Angshu (56190) 2011-01-03 7:47
A fine low angle shot in freezing cold ...we can see the frosted stones in the FG. The St. Mary's Church lit by artificial light is a goof focal point
Wish you & your dear ones the very best for 2011
ManuMay (35847) 2011-01-03 11:06
A spectacular play of colours and light superbly captured, great point of view and realization...the tripod use becomes here really important!!
jemaflor (86608) 2011-01-04 11:47
good angle and choice for the composition with church and people, light is well captured, good nightshot.
Charo (51210) 2011-01-06 16:24
The photo colors are fantastic and light, great.
The golden tones contrast with the cold snow and gives great warmth to the image.
Excellent perspective and atmosphere.
bona (13117) 2011-01-09 14:46
nice nightspace photo. I like the not dark sky and the people in forground.
A beautiful architecture. To much cold there?
Greetings from Brazil
josepmarin (57833) 2011-01-10 0:19
Looking at this photo I can feel the cold of that chill night in Krakow, though I was not there.
You have caught skillfully this atmosphere in a very well executed night image, in which the lighting of the splendid architecture of the square provides a high aesthetic quality to your composition.
I like the perspective created for such a low POV.
A nice work.
delpeoples (53659) 2011-01-11 3:03
The low POV you've used here has brought out the very best. I like the warm tones and the exposition. Impressive that the f/5 achieved such sharpness, I would have probably used at least an f/8 in these conditions. Great job, thanks for sharing and I wish you a lovely day.
Vasa (16778) 2011-01-13 17:43
Many nice images you posted lately Wilson friend. Your trip in Poland is fruitful and inspiration is evident. I like so much the atmosphere on this toil, with orange dominate.
So glad to see you from time to time. Have the best winter and kind idea about spring.
bracasha75 (24583) 2011-01-14 3:22
It is great to see you and m,e here back
What to say here exept amaizing shot and great view on this wonderful church
dumbo (4541) 2011-01-15 6:35
This is a nice nigh shot from snowy and beautiful Krakow. I like this composition with those people on the left and nice old buildings on the background. It's a little bit noisy, but I think you increased the ISO because it was so dark. Anyway this is a great photo.
ilDottore (5252) 2011-01-17 11:37
Nice shot from Polish Kings' Town Kraków... I like perspective here. You captured perfectly a winter magical atmosphere and interesting old architecture.
Greetings from Dublin!
wolf38 (31282) 2011-01-19 23:04
Hi Wilson. A very nice picture of winter. Very nice light. And very atmospheric whole. Well seen and presented. Rgds, Wolfgang.
Waylim (25368) 2011-01-21 0:09
Beautiful night shot, the noise level is a bit high but didn't take away the beauty of the photo and the atmosphere is nicely capture. I like the glow of the sky in rich warm tone that match very well the golden light. Good composition and nice POV that lead us into the plaza, and the ghost image of the people show moment of the people walking. Thanks.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-01-25 5:14
Très belle place avec cette église d'une grande beauté !
On a de la peine à imaginer que des promeneurs et des photographes puissent aimer sortir avec des températures aussi basses.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2011-01-28 9:15
You were in Poland and didn`t visit me? ;)
Lovely winter scenery of the centre of Kraków. Beautiful light and interesting part with these two men ;). Greetings for your wife :).
Didi (57724) 2011-01-29 9:28
Vey nice warm lights, interesting low position who gives a deep foreground.
korbee (6617) 2011-01-29 13:10
The low position you are using works so well here Wilson,fantastic looking polish katolic architecture,its a wonderful night although it looks bloody cold ;]]
adramad (39150) 2011-01-31 5:17
A wonderful composition of the main square of Krakow, POV capturing magnificent Cloth Market part of the image and focusing the beautiful church of Santa Maria, great handling of the exhibition with a large result in sharpness and color. Well done.
Have a nice day. Best regards.
mkamionka (31265) 2011-02-01 6:16
I have studied in Krakow and I like very much this place. Very pleasant presentation at a fantastic time of a day.
I like the brown tone of the sky. Although I am wondering if noise filtration could not make it smoother. However, the noisy surface has the advantage that it seems as if it was snowing.
andywo (4725) 2011-02-10 10:42
Very good winter shot from one of the most beautiful polish city. Interesting composition, and nice lights.
sevy (15365) 2011-02-11 1:05
I like the mood you succeed to share with this photo. You used well the high sensibility of the camera and the sky, reflecting the orange color of the urban lights is giving an overall tones welcome on this view.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2011-02-27 5:10
beautifull temperature with these warm tones. You have also well captured the light.
polpo56 (15134) 2011-02-27 5:50
I like this picture because it has a very interesting shot. Artificial light reflecting against the white snow and cloudy sky gives a nice color to the image.
Have a nice afternoon
gmg (4202) 2011-03-02 8:45
The original point of view adds interest to the picture of a very well known landmark.
Interesting shot, very well done
thaprem (2554) 2011-03-14 9:53
A very interesting angle and the colours are so romantic!
dkmurphys (50408) 2011-03-15 1:36
Very beautiful night capture, incredible scene. Well done, enjoy the day.
MichaelTrezzi (3368) 2011-03-15 13:52
Hello Wilson, This is a really beautiful scenem very well lit. Like the composition. Thanks for sharing. Kind regards, Michael
kiks (11749) 2011-03-23 13:45
I love the tones on this image and the composition. Persomnaly i found the noise (specialy on the sky) to disturbing. This can ezsely be corrected with PP what i hink would improve the quality.
kmangwani (338) 2011-06-06 22:11
What you have here is perhaps the favourite all time, and I can see by the number of views this image has recived. Very sublime yet contains so much energy.
Wahclellaspirit (3963) 2012-07-04 9:40
This is an incredibly beautiful night scene! The warm colors cooled by the snow, or vice versa adds much to the scene, but the light on the beautful Cathedral is awesome...
Noel_Byrne (25730) 2014-12-28 2:03
There is little I can say that hasnt already been said in the many well deserves comments above, but I did want to comment on this beautiful image. It is like looking at a scene from a fairytale as the majestic church rises up above the street. The light on your scene really adds to this magic. A perfect composition too, the spires rising into the night sky from the buildings on either side are such an excellent frame. Really nicely done, thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Wilson Beckett (jaywalker) (16101)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-12-13
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 60D DIGITAL, 18 - 55 mm EF-S 3.5:5.6
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/4 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): My favorite photos on my sight [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-12-21 11:22