THE LARGE VERSION.
For lovers of art Florence is pure magic! In this panoramic view from the Piazzale Michelangelo, one can see most of the dreaming spires of the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. From left to right, on the extreme left is the Ponte Vecchio, built in 1344 to replace a Roman bridge that had been swept by the flooding of the Arno River two centuries earlier. Then in the mid-16th century, it was restored by the artist/architect and art historian, Vasari. During WWII, the Ponte Vecchio was the only one of the bridges across the river not destroyed by retreating German Troops. The spire (and the building below it) is the Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Museum, home to the greatest collection of Renaissance art in the world. The second spire belongs to the Barghello Museum, harboring many of the finest Renaissance sculptures. The Barghello's collection includes marble statuary by Michelangelo, one of Donatello's famous bronze statues of David, as well as the bronze David of Verrocchio. The latter is thought to have been modeled after Leonardo in His Youth. The white tower with the flat top is the Campanile, designed for the Cathedral, the Duomo, by Giotto. Between the two towers it is possible to make out the dome of the Baptistry, famous for its doors created by Ghiberti and named, "The Gates of Paradise," by Michelangelo.
The dominant landmark, Brunelleschi's Miraculous Dome, completed in the 1430s, was crowned a generation later with a 2.4 m (8 ft) diameter gilt ball by the 19-year old Leonardo (it is too small to be visible in this photo). The spire on the far right belongs to the Basilica of Santa Croce, where many of the great sons of Florence, including Michelangelo, Machiavelli, Dante, Galileo, Volta... have crypts. Danté's, however, is empty, since he was buried in Ravenna, the town of his birth. The empty crypt is maintained for him at the Santa Croce, in the unlikely event that one day his remains will be brought to Florence.
As for Galileo, in trouble with the Church at his death in 1642, he was initially buried in a small room next to the novices' chapel at the end of a corridor. A century later, he was partially forgiven, and his remains were moved into the transept of the Basilica. However, one of his fingers was detached, but eventually found its way into the Museum of the History of Science, an unobtrusive building behind the Uffizi. This is also where several of Galileo's original telescopes are kept.
Of the trio, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael, the unrivaled titans of the High Renaissance, only Michelangelo is buried in Florence. Raphael, who hailed from Urbino, was buried in the Pantheon in Rome. And, of course, Leonardo is not buried in Italy, but in Amboise, France, where he had lived the last three years of his life.
Inspired by my good friend, Didi Massoud, the 'Master Taylor' who routinely stitches multiple images, for this panoramic view I took three photos with my Nikon D200. Then I stitched them together using HP-Software, and cleaned it up in a cursory manner with Photoshop CS-4. The original panorama shot measured 8000x2500 pixels, with a file size of 15 MB. In the present LARGE VERSION, I reduced the image to 2000x625 pixels, and 3.9 MB, then 'saved it for web and devices' at 400 KB.
Finally, a complementary version of this photo was recently submitted by Giorgio Mercuri. I recommend strongly, seeing Giorgio's photo after seeing this image.
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snunney (103207) 2011-10-08 8:00
This is a splendid panorama from the lovely city of Florence. The eyes naturally across the frame taking in the five focal points offered by the river and bridge, the three bell towers and the cathedral. Fine technical presentation.
Suppiluliuma (3913) 2011-10-08 8:20
A fascinating narrative of the Renaissance della Firenze, as well as a fine view of this magnificent city.
JFS (32459) 2011-10-08 8:27
Hi my friend!
IMPRESIVE panoramica of this beautiful city. Excellent presentation, lots of fine details. Good deal of balance...My compliments!
Have a good WE!
Sonata11 (33969) 2011-10-08 8:28
Wow !!! Awesome. This is so beautiful capture. We where at the some spot in 2008. I wish to be over there one more time. The panorama is gorgeous, flawlessly executed, colors, sharpness, clarity, POV and DOF are excellent. I love it. Perfect job. Congratulation !!!!
All the best and have a nice WE,
HFASSOURAKIS (4) 2011-10-08 10:19
my beloved city
my dream place to live
i have to remember lovely moments there
excellent pov and colors
many thanks my friend
francio64 (39888) 2011-10-08 11:51
bellissima panoramicadi Firenze con un ottimo taglio stretto.
Sarebbe stato bello vedere anche una Large Version :)
Well done and TFS!
isabela_sor (47748) 2011-10-08 11:55
Another lesson for us, master
Perfect postcard and together wth the note impresses me
Hugs from Romania
PaulVDV (30667) 2011-10-08 16:32
Excellent stitch and panoramic view with most of the well known buildings of Firenze on the picture.
Excellent clarity and sharpness and very colourful.
Best regards, Paul
edge (7409) 2011-10-08 19:33
Hello Bulent, Lovely view of this area. Delightful panorama of Florence and its environs. It is one of those pictures, that the viewer must conclude, it is somewhere in Italy. I have been to Italy many times but not to Florence. When we lived in Austria, we made several trips to Venice, Verona and Udine. Later we have been to Rome, Pisa, Milan and along the Italian Riveria on cruises. Even went to Siena on business, reviewing our Studay Abroad Program there, but never to Florence. Having said all that, I would also like to say "good job" with the stitching. Never ventured there, but confine my effort to using extremely wide angle lenses on my Canon. An admirable work. Regards, Roger:
emka (102531) 2011-10-08 23:32
Fantastic view of Florence from Piazzale Michelangelo. So many wonderful things can be seen here. perfect job of stitching. Large version would be here excellent addition. Very interesting note as always.
ChrisJ (116674) 2011-10-09 3:17
A fantastic wide angled panorama of Florence with good sharpness & excellent framing. Although I've never been there I can pick out the Arno River at left, with its distinctive covered bridges & the 2 towers & Chapel at right look familiar from countless images I've seen of them. Thanks for sharing.
limielski (0) 2011-10-09 3:42
What a wonderful panorama of Florence (Firenze)
I was only just passing through here :-( going to Nice in France.
I must try to use your panorama software. I use Autopano pro or Stitcher Unlimited 2009, sometimes PS CS5
Your panorama and your skill of stitching represent the highest level.
Hansaphotos (8323) 2011-10-09 3:48
What a fine panoramic view you`ve created here. We can really feel the weight of history on this broad outlook, well accompanied by your interesting note. A well framed shot, very well taken from a perfect selected vantage point. Thanks for sharing. Great work:) Have a nice Sunday.
Best regards, Erling
golden (2289) 2011-10-09 9:04
Oh i miss it so much.... :(
I will go in a few days for an exam so i'm gonna have a taste of this beauty!!
Have a nice week,
Uhu (8607) 2011-10-09 9:21
I was in Florence only once, but I think that I love the place. This photo includes more or less all of the main sights there - great work!
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-10-09 9:43
Hello Professor Atalay,
It has taken me awhile to grasp what is presented in your image. Then I realized that you have photographed and covered almost entire Florence in one frame. I have been looking at your intriguing image with a stunning clarity for sometime now. I would very much like to see the birthplace of Renaissance at much larger size. Wouldnt be possible to create a special exhibition at your University? This image must not stay available exclusively for TE members, but it should be made more public somehow. I am totally convinced that the image will capture even those who are not particularly interested in architecture. The photo will capture all who see the image.
With my very best regards,
Have a very productive week ahead, professor
P.S: It is true that you have created a series of beautiful Architectural Portraits with bare trees. It seems that your talent knows no limit. I wonder what Leonardo would say to you. He would have thousands of questions for you and would be most fascinated with your scientific knowledge. He would also be very interested in you as an artist. Bulent meets Leonardo would make a best seller.
bebbetto (40) 2011-10-09 9:57
Excellent panorama of this unique city. I lived In Florence 9 months during my military service.
The stitch is perfect and also light and details.
I think you shot the photo from Piazzale Michelangelo.
macjake (70515) 2011-10-09 11:11
i knew i liked this one as soon as i looked at it in the small thumbnails.
If i could only visit 1 Italian city, it would be Florence. looking at this overview, its easy to see why.
its great that you chose to include the large trees in the composition aswell, makes it more natural and lush.
in the large version we can see the sharpness and quality that you obtained.
great looking pano
bukitgolfb301 (43562) 2011-10-09 15:38
Hi my dear Bullent
This your new posting is unusual appraoch as you, very unique extreamly cropped format.
But still and always attractive and tasteful image from you. I understand your point and intention very well.
Sharp and clear presentation is comfortable very much.
Thanks for sharing with your finest work and have a good start of week, Best regrads.
Takero from Tokyo
shevchenko (20548) 2011-10-09 20:06
Good panaroma version to show the old city, good contrast in between the magnificent church to other low buildings in the city, distinct large photo, well done.
delpeoples (59184) 2011-10-09 21:29
Merhaba dearest Bulent
Ahhh, this photo makes me sigh with delight. What a superb panorama, razor-sharp with such beautiful even colours. Look at all those icons of florence, the churches, the towers, the bridges and the Arno. Simply amazing. I hope you have this hanging on your wall or in your office. Congratulations.
Un caro abbraccio
PS: Sorry I have not followed up the National Geo article on 9/11 as discussed, I've been unwell. But will organise myself soon :)
Atousa (7131) 2011-10-09 23:36
A very nice view n an excellent result.. it is really magnificent with great elements.. thanks for adding the large version as well.. a fine presentation.
Best regards, Atousa
satyakki (672) 2011-10-10 0:38
Its a nice panoramic shot stitched to perfection. Normally,we do not tend to bother about the composition in any panoramic shot because the entire emphasis is to capture as much as we can in the canvass.But, i see that the fact that you have chosen to keep the Duommo to a bit of right and off-center of the frame, has added to the overall composition.
I have also noticed and experienced myself that stitched pan-shots tend to be narrower.Just wondering if you can help how to widen the narowwer side so that it does not look like a thin strip.Great Work.( I was out of TE for long, will catch-up with your photos soon)
ikeharel (74733) 2011-10-10 0:47
A typical view iover Firenze, from Piazza Michelangelo.
The oblonged crop creat an astonishing concetrated scenery of the town's main monuments.
Light was OK, just the overhanging smog prevailed - as I encountered when I was there - probably a standing dust on the valley.
Didi (60590) 2011-10-10 0:49
Hi my friend
Fantastic great view.
I fell jumping into the decor when I open the large version.
Very good stitch quality and nice dominant point of view.
jhm (156458) 2011-10-10 0:52
Indeed our friend Didi is a great specialist for stitching work.
You do this very well, I can not find one mistake.
Splendid panoramic view from Florence, we see almost all details with towers and bridge.
Composition and colors are pleasant.
Very well done, TFS.
resat1972 (7576) 2011-10-10 8:28
panorama etkisi muhteşem yakışmış
photoray (13981) 2011-10-10 16:40
Like everyone else a fine panoramic view of one of earth's greatest art cities. Rome, Florence, and the Appian Way are my top three Italian 'Valhalla List' places to visit.
I remember from a Roman history class, the David statue outside is a replica, yet most tourists believe it is Michelangelo's original. The original is inside the museum.
And thanks for the informative note,
congratulations, and keep up the fine visions,
annjackman (21899) 2011-10-11 1:01
Your picture reminds me just how beautiful Florence is. The Ponte Vecchio, the Duomo and Santa Croce are shown here in context of the lovely terracotta-roofed buildings of the city. I have been lucky to attend several small conferences in Florence over the years and always felt inspired by its beauty. You chose an excellent vantage point (a famous one) and made a great stitch. Of course the note is both thorough and interesting as usual. Excellent work!
anokutan (15097) 2011-10-11 3:40
Bülent bey merhaba,
Harika bir perspektif.Çok güzel bir panorama olmuş.Saygılarımla.
Cricri (122473) 2011-10-11 9:27
Très bon panorama d'une qualité parfaite et une présentation soigné, excellent travail, belle réalisation
kato (11630) 2011-10-11 9:29
You're capturing well complete view of this town by panoramic view and gentle color tone, so it's impressive to see this town with settled atmosphere. A river and mountain range in back have wrapped this town gently.
baddori (20157) 2011-10-11 22:48
Foto lunga, razionale che evidenzia una delle caratteristiche di Firenze l'assenza di alte strutture.
In questa foto esprime tutta se stessa.
Padronanza della sintesi in campo lungo
vasilpro (41619) 2011-10-12 8:34
Wonderful panoramic composition, excellent POV and three shots stick, beautiful view, lovely light and colors, very nice framework, TFS!
Warm regards, Vasilis.
paololg (31448) 2011-10-12 14:17
Ciao dear Bulent,
This image is not only a pleasure for lovers of Florence, but it is also a joy for the eyes of all lovers of photography. The format "large version" was the best choice to show us the panorama of Florence, explained very well in your interesting notes about the Italian Renaissance.
Technically, the quality is perfect, with amazing clarity that allows us to appreciate every detail. It's was like taking a nice tour in Florence in your company. Thank you, dear friend!
Ciao, have a nice Thursday!
mesutilgim (96260) 2011-10-13 0:38
Günaydın sevgili Bülent,
Mükemmel bir Floransa panoraması.
Bana neler neler anımsattı. Mesele Atatürk'ün ünlü Milli Eğitim Bakanı Reşit Galip'in bir sözünü: Türkler İstanbul'u fethettiklerinde, o devrin ünlü Bizanslı Biim İnsanları, başlarına nelerin geleceğini bilmediklerinden İstanbuldan İtalyaya kaçtılar. Floransaya, Romaya, Venediğe yerleştiler.
Sonraları o insanlar işte, Rönesans'ı yarattılar !
Selam ve sevgiler
papagolf21 (105240) 2011-10-13 1:53
Bonjour, cher ami Bulent,
Il suffit de cliquer sur l'image et l'on découvre avec délice la beauté de cette ville mythique.
Les détails ressortent à merveille. Ravissement général du regard et de l'esprit.
Très belle réalisation.
agulberk (3794) 2011-10-13 11:51
Merhaba Bülent Hocam
Bakış açısı,kompozisyonu,kadrajı,derinliği , netliği ve mükemmel sunumu ile çok güzel bir şehir panoraması.
Her zaman olduğu gibi ayrıntılı imformatif notlarınız çok etkileyici.
Paylaşımınız için Teşekkürler
MLINES (12516) 2011-10-14 0:51
Hi Bulent, Superb vista looking over one of the most beautiful and mysterious cities anywhere in the world. The larger image shows a lot of detail with fine clarity and colour. TFS, Murray
erhan1958 (15733) 2011-10-14 2:02
harika bir panorama olmuş ve hakkettiği değeri görmüş
tober (8797) 2011-10-14 2:24
Merhaba Hocam, sanatın ve mimari estetiğin önemli merkezlerinden Floransa'nın panoramik güzelliği ekteki geniş fotoğrafa bakınca daha güzel belli oluyor. Çekim noktanız çok iyi seçilmiş. Tamamlayıcı notunuzla birlikte yine belgesel değerinde bir fotoğraf. Elinize sağlık, saygılar.
Fis2 (102276) 2011-10-14 3:39
Wonderful view, beautiful panorama.
I like colors and key.
Budapestman (82620) 2011-10-14 3:45
a picturesque view with spectacular panoramic composition, the architectural details are beautiful, the POV is very attractive, the colours and lights are very nice likewise, great shot, Tfs! Have a nice day! Kellemes napot kívánok!
Sergiom (84371) 2011-10-14 5:38
Un plan large de plus réussi à partir d'un point de vue parfait sur une des plus belles villes du monde. J'aime beaucoup la netteté des détails et la belle lumière.
Longroute (19396) 2011-10-14 12:37
I've been in Florence several times for rather long periods of time, having attended my professional training there but never had the chance to see this panorama! I was too busy all the time! (:-)
Very fine Bulent. A clear and vibrant image, rich in interesting and famous monuments. So well captured, framed and stitched.
A very good contribution to TE.
All the best,
jemaflor (100085) 2011-10-15 1:11
Well made this panoramic format, great view with these monuments and also the famous bridge, nice light and colors, tfs.
rodgerg (55767) 2011-10-15 3:54
Excellent panormaic of this fabulous nad very nice city. This large composition give an excellent view to the skyline of Firenze with the famous edifice which arise in the cityscape. Image rich in details well collected ( you have very well collected the reflections of the Ponte Vecchio in the Arno river).
Have a nice WE,
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2011-10-15 4:29
a nice panoramic presentation here. Like those beautiful architectures at the frame captured nicely with excellent depth and sharpness. We can get fine details in the large version. Superb composition and nice photowork. Tfs.
tatadalou (7459) 2011-10-15 11:08
The wide version is beautiful, you see all the highlights of Florence with a plethora of details. You've found the perfect panorama.
Thank you for offering this beauty.
arijit_ghosh86 (795) 2011-10-16 0:45
Nice panaromic view of beautiful city..sharp and bright skyline andd green in the bottom..really good view..
peppe59 (14555) 2011-10-16 2:45
This image is taken from Piazzale Michelangelo, fantastic view of Florence,
very nice close cut with superb clarity.
giorgimer (34941) 2011-10-16 3:55
this is the view I most like in the world, each time I go there my emotions are always unforgettable. Very good image
patdeph (35748) 2011-10-16 7:15
superb stich that I don't still konow to do,in spite of the explanations of Didi.The large version gives numerous details ,completed by your excellent and very instructive note.Magnificent!
npecanhuk (75660) 2011-10-16 7:21
Superb panoramical photograph of FIRENZE!
So many details to be seen and enjoyed!
Sharpness, exposure, colors and contrasts also pleased me a lot!
TFS - congrats,
yedirenk (11244) 2011-10-16 9:23
merhaba Bülent hocam,
harika bir Floransa panoraması.şehrin siluetleri ne güzel korunmuş..ne gökdelenler var ne de şekilsiz binalar..tarihi yapılar çok etkileyici..elinize sağlık.selamlar
danyy (0) 2011-10-16 23:49
fantastique prise de vue panoramique et le sujet s'y prêtait avec sa profondeur et ses montagnes en arrière plan. Une foule de détails où l'oeil aime s'arrêter.
Une touche bien calculée de ciel et de verdure viennent parfaire la vue.
Mamont (144) 2011-10-17 7:43
This is a great panoramic view over Florence you have created. I was there in the end of August, just 2 weeks after you, and it resembles me about a good time spent in Italy. Thank you for the very informative description and related historical facts.
serp2000 (45046) 2011-10-17 21:07
Good morning, Bulent, (we have got 10 a.m. here)
I like a panoramic photos. Excellent one! Outstanding presentation of this famouse place. The historical note is very interesting and useful to me.
I have the plans to visit Italia too.
Graal (103036) 2011-10-17 23:18
very nice panorama from Florence. Superb quality of large version. Good note, too. I like this picture a lot.
Have a nice day.
TopGeo (38216) 2011-10-18 3:39
Hello Bulent! Excellent idea note info and capture of see a perfect large image by Florence's artistic and architectural heritage, one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and the city is noted for its history, culture, Renaissance art and architecture and monuments amongst others, and still exerts an influence in the fields of art, culture,,
jlbrthnn (76039) 2011-10-18 4:01
The photo obviously very interesting is outstandingly realized and assembled. I appreciate the small format, and especially the magnificent big format, bright, clear and detailed. I also appreciate the very well drafted note. Bravo.
Have a nice day.
mursaloglu (8682) 2011-10-19 4:46
merhaba sevgili Bülent bey
Yaz mevsimi tatillerle geçtiğinden sizin değerli fotoğraflarınıza sürekli bakma olanağı bulamadığım için özür dilerim. Firenze'nin olağan üstü bu panoramik manzarası, gercekten dört dörtlük. Mükemmel bir perspektif ve netlik. Ellerinize sağlık ihsan
s_lush (16596) 2011-10-19 22:44
This large panoramic view gives us an opportunity to take an exciting virtual tour through Florence, from Ponte Vecchio to Santa Croce, having informative commentaries about the most prominent landmarks on this way. Excellent composition, highly interesting details and perfect quality of the image!
mkamionka (39133) 2011-10-23 2:07
I have never managed to get to Florence. It is on the very top of the cities I would like to visit.
This panorama is great, squeezing all the important sights in one view. It helps to get the orientation as well. Amazing POV, very well used,
Have a great Sunday,
Angshu (56760) 2011-10-26 0:56
Dear Professor 'A'
I stood in the same place 16 years ago witha film SLR in my hand with no ideas about stitching of pictures, or in fact anything digital in terms of photography! 16 years is all tat has taken to radically change the photographic ideas...today you show us a wonderful panoramic view which is only etched in my mind & not in any film with the famous Florentine landmarks vying for attention!
With Warm Regards
You seem to have less time for TE thanks for your busy schedule after retirement! Hope you're keeping well! Today we celebrate Diwali, the festival of light, a festival where we wish our close friends & family Happiness & Well being, wealth & prosperity. My family joins me to wish you & your entire family greetings for this magic festival of Diwali
worldcitizen (8996) 2011-11-01 16:45
This panorama is wonderful. It captures all of the beauty of Florence, and includes so many important sights. I like your placement of the bridge and river on the far left, and all of the amazing architectural details that rise into the sky in the rest of the frame. The greenery in the foreground makes a nice border, too.
Kielia (24077) 2011-11-08 3:42
a spectacular composition and a very beautiful impression of Florence taken from an excellently working POV. This is really the essence of this famous city. Excellent photo work! The note is also very interesting.
jafadabret (56501) 2011-11-11 23:08
La version large permet de contempler cette belle cité qui a su garder tout son charme et sa beauté. L'Italie a toujours fait rêver les artistes et ta photo nous replace dans la situation de ceux qui faisaient un voyage dans ce pays au début de leur carrière.
Silvio1953 (148411) 2011-11-21 11:11
Ciao Bulent, fantastic great view of magnificent Florence, lovely composition by great POV, beautiful natural colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Vasa (515) 2011-11-28 16:58
many nice pictures lately in your gallery. I take the road with you and it is the real pleasure. I admire this realization in Florence. Nikon is the tool. So glad to see you from time to time. Warm regards,
umutlu101 (13629) 2011-12-15 8:00
ustaca çekilip hazirlanmi$ bir panorama.
Urs (14082) 2011-12-15 23:12
Once again you visited one of my favourite destination, this time Florence with the Ponte Vecchio. I still remember my visit, which was in the 1970s, sitting in a small coffee shop to watch and being watched. Very good panoramic shot with fine details and good light management. Well done
kordinator (21293) 2011-12-21 3:36
This is fantastic panorama from this nice city of Excellent presentation, lots of fine details.
chanteuse (210) 2012-03-07 4:35
An impressive panorama indeed, and thank you for the very informative note! It seems to always be hazy up there but you have managed a remarkable sharpness in addition to a beautifully composed shot. I love the reflection of Ponte Vecchio. Regretfully I did not see the Bargello collection or Santa Croce - that will happen on my next trip - and I'd like to climb to the top of the Duomo as well! Thanks for sharing this and directing me to it. :-)
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (39519)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-08-12
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D200, 28-200mm F3.5-5.6 ED AF Zoom Nikkor, 67mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/400 seconds
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): DOMES, SPIRES AND MINARETS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2011-10-08 7:52