During my 10 day trip to St. Petersburg, i decided to pay a one day trip to the famous medieval city of Novgorod, which is a UNESCO heritage site. Despite the cold (less then 10 degrees), rainy and windy August weather, it was a great decision and a life time experience. Here you can see a part of the walls of St. Sophia Cathedral, a visitor and a puddle.
Novgorod boasts with its history and well preserved old architecture. St. Sophia Cathedral, built between 1045 and 1050, is one of the best preserved churches from the 11th century. It's also probably the oldest structure still in use in Russia and the first one to represent original features of Russian architecture (austere stone walls, five helmet-like domes). The Novgorod Kremlin, traditionally known as the Detinets, also contains the oldest palace in Russia (the so-called Chamber of the Facets, 1433), which served as the main meeting hall of the archbishops; the oldest Russian bell tower (mid-15th century), and the oldest Russian clock tower (1673).
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Noel_Byrne (23248) 2013-11-14 4:49
What a shot! This reminded me instantly of the MC Escher drawing of the never ending staircase. I know it’s a different subject, but the tones of this and the starkness of the architecture reminds me so much, its brilliant. The idea to convert this to black and white is wonderful, as it makes the tones so high in contrast and stark, and combined with the reflection, perfect! Really a class shot, thanks for sharing.
All the best
everlasting (14618) 2013-11-14 5:03
wonderful play with light, lines and contrast. The boy just has to be there to give the movement to this otherwise abstract image
Sergiom (58579) 2013-11-14 5:04
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. C'est très original et bien réalisé avec un point de vue très bas qui donne de la profondeur. Le noir et blanc est bien choisit.
adidas5nb (5225) 2013-11-14 5:13
well well well... all i can say is well seen and thought out my friend.
Wanda1 (14982) 2013-11-14 6:57
Good composition, 2/3rds 1/3rd. And I like that most of it consists of the reflection. Good contrast and tones, and the boy in the scene is the cherry on top.
Oceania (4766) 2013-11-14 7:19
You gave the majority space for reflections, what a wonder idea for composition. Nice thing is you include a walking person in the picture. It brings liveliness to the B&W photo.
imageme (1625) 2013-11-14 7:41
Hi Deniz, What a great image here, you have given plenty space for reflection.....very creative idea and we do not see it often. B/W suits it perfectly than put it in colours. The boy adds live to the quiet atmosphere of this photo. Thank for sharing
annjackman (19189) 2013-11-14 8:04
The large puddle has given you some impressive reflections. The figure walking is an important part of the composition. Great b/w work.
Kind Regards, Ann
abmdsudi (42528) 2013-11-14 8:27
A very good presentation here, an interesting point of focus using puddle of water to get the nice almost mirror reflection with some other intriguing details around. Mono treatment works well with excellent tonal contrast, the fig livens this shot. Congrats
holmertz (40007) 2013-11-14 8:37
This is what I call real puddle. It has produced larger than average reflections, well captured in a well balanced composition. The boy walking along the white wall is a nice detail and acts as a good phocus for the composition.
rbassin (17535) 2013-11-14 9:15
Du bon noir et blanc, j'aime bien cette composition avec ses reflets, la lumière et les contrastes.
Bonne présence humaine.
Manamo (3676) 2013-11-14 11:02
Beautiful mood Deniz!
I like the beautiful proportions here. the reflections taking so much space
The tones are well chosen and well executed too. There is a lot of balance all through this picture. Even the nice triangle in the foreground made by the reflection of the cathedral and the sky contribute to balancing the elements.
krzychu30 (15496) 2013-11-14 11:12
I think we don´t need any better incentive while considering what to see in Russia.
Your monochrome treatment only enhances strong graphics of the image and helps better to convey its unique mood.Everything seems to be perfect-even the kid,who´s passing by the scene.
emka (77266) 2013-11-14 12:16
Hi don G.,
if it is a puddle it must have rained heavily. But then you could do this marvelous photo. beautiful big reflections with some impurities on it. Wonderful mood. The presence of the man there in this point is very essential here. Have you waited for someone to come? very good idea to post it in black and white. Excellent composition.
I would like to see Novgorod, and there is also very interesting place called Kizi, it is north of St.Petersburg. I hope to make such a trip one day. Or Transsibirian if I find someone who would come with me.
Warm regrads Malgo
SnapRJW (30909) 2013-11-14 22:35
Good square crop here Deniz and so well balanced composition-wise with the figure placed with pin-point perfection. I like the addition of the soft and narrow vignette here, it works well with the artistic interpretation of you subject. Nicely done! Warm regards Rosemary
sevy (15359) 2013-11-15 4:13
This place was perfect for a B&W treatment: bright walls and plenty of straigh lines.
In more, you added the silhouette to share the scale and give a human piece and you composed with the reflection.
daddo (23793) 2013-11-15 5:00
Hi Deniz.It is amazing what an imaginative photographer can do with a puddle. Excellent result, a feast for the eyes and as such, who cares if it's not in colour as there is enough there to stimulate one's sensibilities. As for the expression I used in my note, i like it too as it's something i imagine a Native American saying,but it is a term used in English in one's more poetic moments and not in normal conversation. Enjoy your weekend. Selam. Klaudio.
cebe (1481) 2013-11-15 5:48
Hello Deniz. Beautiful photo, very artistic. Nice reflections and shapes. Things to see on all the photo. The boys is an important inclusion here. Very careful and tasteful presentation too. One could perhaps wish some more detail in the very white wall behind the boy, or is it my monitor? Really original and beautiful photo. Claude.
resat1972 (7326) 2013-11-15 13:20
Merhaba Deniz Bey
harika bir yansıma
nefis bir sunum olmuş
macjake (55450) 2013-11-15 15:34
Oh man...great shot!
this proves my point exactly....I've always observed in reflection photos that the actual 'reflected' image will be better or more acurately exposed than the real building. take a look at your shot and you'll see what I mean by the middle white area.
Funny isn't it!!
having that boy walk across is excellent! what a great focal point for the scene...did you ask him to walk across? haha
wonderful crop and execution
Silvio1953 (120494) 2013-11-16 5:43
Ciao Deniz, fascinating B&W with fantastic reflections, splendid light and wonderful clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
CLODO (30040) 2013-11-16 6:35
superb double picture with the human presence at a strong point to give life to this B&W cityscape.
willperrett (6712) 2013-11-16 9:23
Fine monochrome, interesting geometries, great reflection. And an adherence to the rule of thirds. Satisfying work.
mjw364 (7338) 2013-11-18 4:17
Great image - love it! Love the tonal range but especially the composition for me. Very good.
lpi (4857) 2013-11-18 8:34
Un grand Bravo !!!
Graal (96730) 2013-11-18 9:46
amazing effect with reflections and pp in B&W. Good idea on composition. Good photo-work.
Have a nice evening.
ChrisJ (96522) 2013-11-19 6:33
Wonderful symmetrical reflections in St Petersburg in this marvelous b&w image. Good sharpness and tonal range and the people add scale and animate the scene. Splendid graphism and a good exposure on the highlights thanks to the superb density levels. Tfs!
COSTANTINO (54357) 2013-12-20 22:39
excellent minimalistic shot in sepi
athe reflections are unique and
create an original composition
your idea to present this scenery
in black and white is the correct
have a nice weekend
jmdias (54479) 2013-12-25 13:58
amazing work in black and white. the architectonic shapes and reflections created a graphic mood but the presence of the boy is the highest point in the compo. excellent result. TFS.
npecanhuk (64156) 2013-12-25 14:09
Hi Deniz! Wonderful black & white picture! Exposure, chosen pov and composition with Those reflections are true highlights here! Tfs! Merry Christmas! Neyvan
GyurMaster (717) 2014-01-02 5:08
Superb composition! Congratulations for this photograph!
- Copyright: Deniz Taskin (rigoletto) (34255)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2012-08-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, Sigma 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/30 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-14 4:33