Dear frioends, I'm going for a trip in Austria and Germania, see you later, here you are a preview from Monaco di Baviera, take with my old D70
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Munich is the capital and the largest city of the German state of Bavaria. It is located on the River Isar north of the Bavarian Alps. Munich is the third largest city in Germany, behind Berlin and Hamburg. About 1.42 million people live within the city limits. Munich was the host city of the 1972 Summer Olympics.
The city's motto is "München mag dich" (Munich likes you). Before 2006, it was "Weltstadt mit Herz" (Cosmopolitan city with a heart). Its native name, München, is derived from the Old High German Munichen, meaning "by the monks' place". The city's name derives from the monks of the Benedictine order who founded the city; hence the monk depicted on the city's coat of arms. Black and gold—the colours of the Holy Roman Empire—have been the city's official colours since the time of Ludwig the Bavarian.
Modern Munich is a financial and publishing hub, and a frequently top-ranked destination for migration and expatriate location in livability rankings. Munich achieved 4th place in frequently quoted Mercer livability rankings in 2011. For economic and social innovation, the city was ranked 15th globally out of 289 cities in 2010, and 5th in Germany by the 2thinknow Innovation Cities Index based on analysis of 162 indicators. In 2010, Monocle ranked Munich as the world's most livable city (in 2012, Munich was ranked fifth in Monocle's ranking, yet remained the highest ranked city in Germany).
The year 1158 is assumed to be the foundation date, which is only the earliest date the city is mentioned in a document. The document was signed in Augsburg. By that time the Guelph Henry the Lion, Duke of Saxony and Bavaria, had built a bridge over the river Isar next to a settlement of Benedictine monks—this was on the Old Salt Route and a toll bridge.
In 1175, Munich was officially granted city status and received fortification. In 1180, with the trial of Henry the Lion, Otto I Wittelsbach became Duke of Bavaria and Munich was handed over to the Bishop of Freising. (Wittelsbach's heirs, the Wittelsbach dynasty, would rule Bavaria until 1918.) In 1240, Munich was transferred to Otto II Wittelsbach and in 1255, when the Duchy of Bavaria was split in two, Munich became the ducal residence of Upper Bavaria.
Duke Louis IV was elected German king in 1314 and crowned as Holy Roman Emperor in 1328. He strengthened the city's position by granting it the salt monopoly, thus assuring it of additional income. In the late 15th century Munich underwent a revival of gothic arts—the Old Town Hall was enlarged, and Munich's largest gothic church, now a cathedral—the Frauenkirche—constructed in only twenty years, starting in 1468.
When Bavaria was reunited in 1506, Munich became its capital. The arts and politics became increasingly influenced by the court (see Orlando di Lasso, Heinrich Schuetz and later Mozart and Richard Wagner). During the 16th century Munich was a centre of the German counter reformation, and also of renaissance arts. Duke Wilhelm V commissioned the Jesuit Michaelskirche, which became a centre for the counter-reformation, and also built the Hofbräuhaus for brewing brown beer in 1589. The Catholic League was founded in Munich in 1609. In 1623 during the Thirty Years' War Munich became electoral residence when Maximilian I, Duke of Bavaria was invested with the electoral dignity but in 1632 the city was occupied by Gustav II Adolph of Sweden. When the bubonic plague broke out in 1634 and 1635 about one third of the population died. Under the regency of the Bavarian electors Munich was an important centre of baroque life but also had to suffer under Habsburg occupations in 1704 and 1742.
In 1806, the city became the capital of the new Kingdom of Bavaria, with the state's parliament (the Landtag) and the new archdiocese of Munich and Freising being located in the city. Twenty years later Landshut University was moved to Munich. Many of the city's finest buildings belong to this period and were built under the first three Bavarian kings. Later Prince Regent Luitpold's years as regent were marked by tremendous artistic and cultural activity in Munich (see Franz von Stuck and Der Blaue Reiter).
Following the outbreak of World War I in 1914, life in Munich became very difficult, as the Allied blockade of Germany led to food and fuel shortages. During French air raids in 1916, three bombs fell on Munich. After World War I, the city was at the centre of much political unrest. In November 1918 on the eve of revolution, Ludwig III and his family fled the city. After the murder of the first republican premier of Bavaria Kurt Eisner in February 1919 by Anton Graf von Arco auf Valley, the Bavarian Soviet Republic was proclaimed. When Communists had taken power, Lenin, who had lived in Munich some years before, sent a congratulatory telegram, but the Soviet Republic was put down on 3 May 1919 by the Freikorps. While the republican government had been restored, Munich subsequently became a hotbed of extremist politics, among which Adolf Hitler and the National Socialism rose to prominence.
In 1923 Hitler and his supporters, who were then concentrated in Munich, staged the Beer Hall Putsch, an attempt to overthrow the Weimar Republic and seize power. The revolt failed, resulting in Hitler's arrest and the temporary crippling of the Nazi Party, which was virtually unknown outside Munich.
The city once again became a Nazi stronghold when the National Socialists took power in Germany in 1933. The National Socialist Workers Party created the first concentration camp at Dachau, 10 miles (16 km) north-west of the city. Because of its importance to the rise of National Socialism, Munich was referred to as the Hauptstadt der Bewegung ("Capital of the Movement"). The NSDAP headquarters was in Munich and many Führerbauten ("Führer-buildings") were built around the Königsplatz, some of which have survived to this day.
The city is known as the site of the culmination of the policy of appeasement employed by Britain and France leading up to World War II. It was in Munich that British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain assented to the annexation of Czechoslovakia's Sudetenland region into Greater Germany in the hopes of sating the desires of Hitler's Third Reich.
Munich was the base of the White Rose, a student resistance movement from June 1942 to February 1943. The core members were arrested and executed following a distribution of leaflets in Munich University by Hans and Sophie Scholl.
The city was heavily damaged by allied bombing during World War II—the city was hit by 71 air raids over a period of six years.
After US occupation in 1945, Munich was completely rebuilt following a meticulous and – by comparison to other war-ravaged West German cities – rather conservative plan which preserved its pre-war street grid. In 1957 Munich's population passed the 1 million mark.
Munich was the site of the 1972 Summer Olympics, during which Israeli athletes were assassinated by Palestinian terrorists in the Munich massacre, when gunmen from the Palestinian "Black September" terrorist group took hostage members of the Israeli Olympic team.
Most Munich residents enjoy a high quality of life. Mercer HR Consulting consistently rates the city among the top 10 cities with the highest quality of life worldwide—a 2007 survey ranked Munich as 8th. The same company also ranks Munich as the world's 39th most expensive city to live in and the most expensive major city in Germany. Munich enjoys a thriving economy, driven by the information technology, biotechnology, and publishing sectors. Environmental pollution is low, although as of 2006 the city council is concerned about levels of particulate matter (PM), especially along the city's major thoroughfares. Since the enactment of EU legislation concerning the concentration of particulate in the air, environmental groups such as Greenpeace have staged large protest rallies to urge the city council and the State government to take a harder stance on pollution.
Today, the crime rate is low compared to other large German cities, such as Hamburg or Berlin. This high quality of life and safety has caused the city to be nicknamed "Toytown" amongst the English-speaking residents. German inhabitants call it "Millionendorf", an expression which means "village of a million people".
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blueaquan (261) 2012-12-04 9:24
Sometimes when I have to critique Photographs taken by experts like you, I always have a confusion whether some technicalities have been created deliberately or not!
I was drawn to this image by the Vibrant colours of the Buildings, which is the subject I presume you are trying to show. It is almost like somebody has highlighted the Buildings using a spotlight! Wonderful dance of light here.
However the left corners of the image appear dark, smudgy and without details, was it a result of a polarising filter or vignetting?
Anyway, it renders an old world look to this image had it not been for those modern cars!
alpi1500 (1520) 2012-12-04 9:30
I like clouds.Very nice colors and excelent POV.
Have a nice day
lousat (89822) 2012-12-04 9:49
Ciao Silvio,una luce stranissima ma stupenda che concentra l'attenzione sulle facciate oscurando auto e resto,grandi colori e dettagli raffinatissimi fin su quelle due cupole che sbucano dietro i caseggiati.Buona serata e complimenti,Luciano
ourania (44302) 2012-12-04 10:18
molto bella la vista, la composizione, la profondita', la luce dolce e calda che esalta i colori pastelli ed interrope l' oscurita' del ambiente. I contrasti e l' atmosfera sono affascinanti. Mi piace tanto il senso di movimento offerto dalle auto. Monaco mi piace tantissimo, ci sono stata due volte e Leros ha fatto un gemellaggio con una cittadina molto vicino, Aschheim. Mi ricordo luci e colori molto diversi e trovo l' atmosfera drammatica del tuo scatto incantevole. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buon viaggio,
sabermonajati (11177) 2012-12-04 10:21
this buildings have similar facade but different color of walls and roofs exist amazing contrast and you shot excellent frame from them.
carlo62 (46413) 2012-12-04 13:03
la luce sembra concentrarsi sulle facciate degli splendidi palazzi al centro, mentre il resto è adombrato e meno in visata pur creando un bellissimo insieme.
tedesse (25135) 2012-12-04 13:16
Excellent POV and composition.
Beautiful architecture, lovely colours and good sharpness. Very well done.
Gigidusud (20825) 2012-12-04 13:36
Un bel PDV su questa bellissima architettura colorata.Fantastico cielo e luce stupenda.Bravo!
Ti auguro un bel viaggio:)
krzychu30 (15512) 2012-12-04 13:46
sometimes it´s very nice to rummage in old photos to find so fabulous photo like this one.Ok.maybe it has not the best quality,but it captured well the beauty of this Bayern architecture.I like the colorful facades and the way they contrasts with the grey surrounding.
Wish You wonderful trip to Austria and Germany
tyro (24360) 2012-12-04 16:00
Ciao caro Silvio,
A very interesting and informative note and an excellent photograph too considering that it was taken eight years ago!
The details and clarity in this picture are superb and the colours vibrant and strong. Excellent composition, lovely bright light on the façades of the buildings and perfect exposure. The dark moody sky makes the buildings stand out beautifully.
P.S. Enjoy your trip to Austria and Germany!
Sonata11 (33763) 2012-12-04 17:53
wonderful composition and framing as well great. Beautiful architecture of those buildings and beautiful surroundings. Splendid colors, sharpness, clarity, POV ,DOF are great. Perfectly well done. I like it and I enjoying with pleasure. Thanks for sharing.
mirosu (16041) 2012-12-04 23:17
Ciao Sivio, Great note, excellent photo. Perfect light contrast and very nice colors. The well lit houses are excellently arranged in the frame.
dkmurphys (57476) 2012-12-05 1:00
Very nice capture with the colored buildings. The contrasts are great! Well taken image.
snunney (97489) 2012-12-05 4:37
The dramatic sky and the play of light along the façades is quite something and makes an interesting contrast with the shadow areas, particularly on the left, though maybe there is some room for more detail here. However, I can see this may be down to personal taste.
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2012-12-05 5:18
a nice oldie !!! Really pleasant this composition, rich of details and colours.
Sergiom (77323) 2012-12-05 5:53
J'aime beaucoup le jeu des ombres et de la lumière. On dirait bien que la lumière ne frappe que les maisons colorées. Les formes et les couleurs sont superbes.
jhm (151432) 2012-12-06 5:04
Thank you very much for your interesting notes.
A lovely view about this nice square, with the pleasant facades.
Very nice capture with perfect pov and layout.
Sharpness and clarity together composition are perfect, nice done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
sacimar (26205) 2012-12-06 10:48
good image of this square, I like the line of facades in different colors, the sky is other good element in the composition, well done,
Schnappilic (9690) 2012-12-08 6:12
A splendid picture with great atmosphere and beautiful colors. Good light and shadows! Well done!
elenimavrandoni (0) 2012-12-08 13:42
Ciao Silvio, bella composizione evidenziando la tipica architettura tradizionale degli edifici bavaresi! Incantevoli colori drammatici e bei colori vivaci! Migliori Auguri!Eleni
milad_abazari (1648) 2012-12-09 10:12
Hello dear friend
Good shot selection and camera angles, warm colors. Nicely done. With respect
TopGeo (38216) 2012-12-10 8:06
I like the sky with clouds. Very nice colors and excellent POV. Nice detailed image pleasant for look at architecture .
Excellent composition, good presentation too.
Very, very impressive photo, very atmospheric, with a beautiful peaceful feeling! Technically !
ciao Best regards
Cricri (117853) 2012-12-11 11:13
Ciao ami Silvio
Belle alignement des bâtiments colorées sous le ciel nuageux, deux tours qui ce distingue au loin, intéressante et belle réalisation