THOMAS JEFFERSON'S PASSION
The third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson (1743 – 1826), was a brilliant polymath, as enthusiastic about science and technology as he was about political philosophy. As a student at North America’s second oldest university, the College of William and Mary, he had studied the Law, but claimed that his favorite teacher had been the Scottish born physics professor, William Small, after whom the institution’s physics laboratories are now named. President John F. Kennedy, once hosting 41 Nobel Prize Winners at the White House, remarked "I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever been gathered at the White House — with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
Jefferson served as Secretary of State, Ambassador to France, Vice-President for one term (1797-1801), and President for two terms (1801-1809). He is credited for the Louisiana Purchase (from France), virtually doubling the size of the infant United States, and commissioning the Lewis and Clark expedition that revealed the beauty and the westward extent of North America. He personally prided himself as the founder of the University of Virginia. Despite these remarkable accomplishments, it is for his wisdom and eloquence that he is perhaps best known among Americans. As the principle author of the Declaration of Independence, he wrote, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” (These are just 35 words of the 1320 contained in the Declaration)
Monticello, the home that Jefferson built for his family on a hilltop in Charlottesville, Virginia, was influenced by the work of the Paduan architect Andrea Palladio (1508–1580), and became the most famous example of Jeffersonian neo-Classical architecture in the United States. Although he never saw it personally, it was the dome of the Pantheon in Rome that inspired the dome at Monticello, as well as his design of the Rotunda at the University of Virginia. Monticello puts on display Jefferson's talents as an architect, and many of his myriad inventions — including a 7-day mechanical clock. The construction of his architectural masterpiece commenced in 1768 and lasted four decades. Unhappily, for him, although happily for the burgeoning United States, he was absent for most of this time while in the service of his country. Accordingly, the best description of his beloved house is that for him it served as an occasional getaway and ultimately his retirement home.
Earlier today, I visited Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia with close friends from Memphis, Tennessee. Exactly a year ago, I had visited Jefferson's beautiful plantation, also with good friends visiting from Memphis, and shortly afterwards posted an image similar to the present photo. With plenty of time to ruminate over how to improve the photo, this time I lay on the ground next to the tiny fish pond. The vantage point, with the camera no more than 20 cm above the surface of the water, suggests that the the body of water is a lake, rather than a 6m wide pond.
I dedicate this image to my friends, the Memphisians.
This image will be placed in a new group theme, DOMES. I Welcome others to contribute.
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cayden (2183) 2010-05-31 21:18
Merhaba Bülent bey,
Çok güzel bir sunum yapmışsınız. Renkler mimari doku ve yansımalar çok güzel bir kare çıkarmış.
yeln (11504) 2010-05-31 21:33
excellent photo. Postcard photo of fact! I like nice reflections! good sharpness and good p.o.v.
serp2000 (37859) 2010-05-31 22:05
Hi, Bullent,my neighbour today,
I am so glad to have letter from Virginia! My daughter works there 2 days (Hernborn? town...) as a lifeguard ('Work&Travel" student programm).
I live in West Ural, Russia, I am not ukrainian Serghei :)) We have 11.05
In the end, fine vertical composition, nice reflection, good useful note.
PixelTerror (0) 2010-05-31 22:41
Nice building, having placed it by the pond offers you a very nice reflection as a bonus.
Have a nice day JY
emka (73115) 2010-05-31 23:08
I would like to see you laying on the ground and making photos :). But you got wonderful effect in this way - the reflexion is beautiful. Very nice place. Beautiful colours.
TRB (13559) 2010-05-31 23:39
Renkleri, netliği, yansımaları, görüntüsü ve pozlaması ile muhteşem bir çalışma.
Elinize sağlık, selamlar
tober (8797) 2010-05-31 23:42
Merhaba Sayın Hocam, fotoğraflarınızla sadece doğal ve mimarî güzeliklerle yetinmiyorn, aynı zamanda yeni kıtanın iki-üç yüzyıllık yakın tarihi hakkında da bilgi sahibi oluyoruz. Bu da onlardan biri. Elinize sağlık. Saygılar. Tolga
snunney (79491) 2010-06-01 2:13
A splendid composition of this equally splendid mansion. Well framed by the trees and benefiting from the lovely reflections. Very good light, colours and sharpness. I hope you enjoy your trip to Oxford.
npecanhuk (60816) 2010-06-01 3:40
That's a very beautiful and pleasant picture!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, dof, soft natural colors, vertical format, black & white borders and composition are all excellent!
I love that wonderful reflection!
TFS - congratulations!
My warmest regards,
faletiz (10759) 2010-06-01 5:22
beautiful photos with superb reflexes. A composition very fascinating and well accompanied by the note very interesting.
Have a nice day
Urs (14082) 2010-06-01 5:28
Fine shot of Thomas Jefferson's mansion and your excellent note. I like the reflection of the building in the pool very much. Jefferson had a very interesting life. Thanks for sharing all the well researched information. Good photo job.
Thanks for your critique, yes it is a general store, but no fresh food products.
Bluejeans (64247) 2010-06-01 5:33
Que linda composição vertical , ficou muito bonito o reflexo do edifício na agua ,a nuvem por cima da casa está fantástica ,gostei muito das cores , lindo lugar para conhecer, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Fante (5429) 2010-06-01 13:34
beautiful photo of this very interesting architecture. Excelent composition with great POV. Perfect sharpness and nice water reflection. Bravo.
Leconte (5795) 2010-06-01 16:13
nice effect of the POV on this body of water, nice reflections of this beautiful mansion and this big tree, a beautiful balanced composition,
BWJ (3022) 2010-06-01 19:28
I love this superb shot of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. The clarity and sharpness of the reflections are amazing. I am impressed you were able to make the small pond look much larger than it really it. It’s simply beautiful!
adores (34348) 2010-06-01 20:26
The composition is very good, the reflection seems almost like a painting! Good colours and sharpness also! Even the sky helped!
Hansaphotos (6415) 2010-06-02 6:16
Once again a brilliant photo to show us the beauty of Mr. Jeffersons architectural masterpiece. You manage to convey the illusion of the pond being a lake. Very good colour- and light management, and splendid effect of the reflections in the "lake". Brilliant work! Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.
Best regards, Erling
JCG (35129) 2010-06-02 6:27
Your friends left the fatherland of Elvis for that of Jefferson during the weekend !!! Very beautiful photograph on this splendid residence which sheltered this important character of the USA. Good choice from the point of view with this pleasant and luminous reflection which gives much of depth to this composition. The natural colors are pleasant and harmonious. Once again thank you for the instructive note and the complementary photograph in WS where one discovers the statue of this famous president who had to be photographed many times !!!
With all my friendships of Versailles which to find the sun and with soon,
jlbrthnn (79791) 2010-06-02 9:20
I read your note captivating and full with teaching, thank you. I also saw the ws gathering these merry, and educated people. The photograph is skilfully made up, benefitting from the light and calm of the wind to offer an interesting reflection to us. Excellent realization. Congratulations.
Have a nice day
macjake (52014) 2010-06-02 13:12
i appreciate the long detailed write up, it really provides us with important info, all of which makes the photo that much better.
this is like having 2 photos in one. I enjoy the bottom half more so than the top half. the water reflections appear to be like a painting.
Have a great day
bukitgolfb301 (34474) 2010-06-02 13:24
Hi my dear Bulent
So wonderful secnary shot!
Victory of usage of symentry reflectio perfectly!
Clear/fresh comfrotable color, perfect framework and very deep/sharp description as usual. Congratulation on your fine job! Thanks for your sharing and have a good midweek!
worldcitizen (6473) 2010-06-02 13:52
Here is another thoughtful and well-executed photo from you. :-) I looked at the previous shot, and they both offer different and interesting POV's. As you said in your note, this view makes the pond appear larger than it probably is, and Monticello can be reflected in its entirety. I like the trees framing each side as well.
Dyerco (10185) 2010-06-02 20:34
Wonderful exposure and amazing clarity plus a history lesson. It's funny but I remember as a kid collecting stamps and Monticello was featured on one of the US stamps in my collection and I still have it.
Cricri (101189) 2010-06-02 23:09
Bel utilisation des reflets en cadrage, la lumière et les couleurs sont belles, très jolie présentation
Good day for you
papagolf21 (83214) 2010-06-03 4:29
Bonjour, mon cher ami Bulent,
Lors d'un séjour de Thomas Jefferson en France en tant qu'ambassadeur, il fréquente différents salons littéraires et s'imprègne de l'esprit des Lumières. Témoin des premiers temps de la Révolution française, il porte un jugement sévère sur la monarchie absolue. Grâce à son ami La Fayette, il participe au débat de rédaction de la Déclaration des Droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen de 1789, avant de rentrer aux Etats-Unis.
Un grand merci pour cette superbe image et la note d'accompagnement.
Cretense (68685) 2010-06-03 5:19
Hello, dear Bulent!
Beautiful photo, great "blending" of nature and architecture! Excellent composition and framing, fantastic reflections! Flawless light management, brilliant colours! Very interesting note about a great president!
kordinator (14831) 2010-06-03 6:46
Amazing architecture,magical clouds,Beautiful trees.
Incredibly well captured reflection on the water.
Lovely viev, beautiful atmosphere.
Soft light and colours.
Very good clarity and contrast.
subhendu_bagchi (25243) 2010-06-03 10:00
beautiful place and the architectural building is just superb. You have captured it very well with its reflection in weter. Nice colours. I like the reflected building in rippled water very much. The reflected building in water with upside down and with horizontal frame would be another interesting frame. Though it is also superb composition and I enjoyed it very much. Tfs.
jafadabret (56497) 2010-06-03 23:40
Cette photo est d'une beauté rare. J'aime beaucoup ce premier plan de reflets, une véritable peinture ! Le style de cette maison a été très en vogue à l'époque mais la force des architectes qui ont suivi c'est de ne pas s'y cramponner mais de se lancer dans une architecture très créatrice et novatrice.
Graal (95343) 2010-06-03 23:44
an interesting informations about 3rd President of the USA. Good presentation of historic place and house. Nice reflections and colours. I like it.
Have a nice day.
delpeoples (52445) 2010-06-04 19:34
Hi Bulent, as always, your Note is fascinating and gives us an insight into yet another amazing American. I love the symmetry of this photo. The light off the water is wonderful and you have balanced the composition perfectly with the positioning of the main subjects in the photo. TFS and I wish you a good weekend, Lisa
jonathan_hart (21274) 2010-06-05 14:35
there is a nice bright lighting on this beautiful place, and the most amazing is the sky with the big cloud complimenting the scene
Charo (51210) 2010-06-07 16:04
Superb composition of a beautiful house luagar reflected in the lake. The light and definition are excellent.
Very good the note that accompanies it.
sucaattin (666) 2010-06-07 22:40
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Güzel bir kompozisyon oluşturmuşsunuz. Işık, renk ve yansımlar çok güzel. Elinize sağlık.
ciakgiak (30405) 2010-06-10 13:57
Hello dear Bulent,
this is an extraordinary scene, very well composed in vertical, with great colors and reflections, and with an amazing sky! The quality is perfect.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2010-06-11 16:37
Merhaba, Bulent -
I had to read all the way through your (as usual) excellent note to find out what you'd done here, as I do not remember a lake in front of Monticello. Very good angle - and it helps that the clouds were nice and cooperative (unlike when I was there). Jefferson would have approved.
resat1972 (7247) 2010-06-12 13:33
merhaba Bülent Bey,
Yansıması renkleri netliği muthiş.
Dengeli güzel bir kadraj
Royaldevon (26449) 2010-06-13 3:51
Interesting notes accompany this fine shot.
You have chosen an interesting pov, across the water, enabling you to double the interest by capturing the reflection, as well. I'm a great believer in two for the price of one!
Have a lovely Sunday,
anokutan (15097) 2010-06-21 0:53
Enfes bir sunum Bülent bey.Dört dörtlük.Tebrikler.
danyy (0) 2010-07-25 0:01
une photo remarquablement construite à la vertical et en symétrie avec des reflets aussi parfaits que les lumières. Un magnifique ciel pour une prise de vue qui inspire le calme.
bmukherjee (1512) 2010-07-27 20:47
This is a fascinating reflection! The waves on the waters distort the image, and brings the brighter tones into good exposure... The composition is also very well balanced, with the tree on the left and the mansion on the right.
yedirenk (11244) 2010-07-27 20:51
merhaba Bülent hocam,
Dikey kadrajda enfes sunum..renkler,ışık ve netlik harika..tablo gibi oldukça zengin bir kompozisyon..ellerinize sağlık.selamlar,saygılar.
mumek (20198) 2010-07-28 4:43
Good morning Bulent!
Very nicely taken and composed scenery with beautiful view at the mansion. Excellent quality of the photo, superb natural colours and reflecions in the water. Thanks for very interesting and informative note.
gunbud (34066) 2010-08-24 16:16
Its been 30 years since I visited Monticello and this lovely image brings back fond memories.
The Trees make a beautiful natural frame for this splendid architecture as they contrast brillinly withthe blue sky and clouds in this striking reflections.
Very intresting historical note.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (34715)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-05-31
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): DOMES, SPIRES AND MINARETS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-05-31 21:11