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The Castle of Gordes

The Castle of Gordes
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Copyright: Mario Belanger (EOSF1) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-10-21
Categories: Architecture, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 40D, Canon EF-S 10-22 3.5/4.5 USM, ISO 400, B+W 77 010 UV-Haze 1 x
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2010-02-06 5:43
Viewed: 1694
Points: 54
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Under the rain, again, here's a part of the Castle of Gordes, a beautiful medieval village.

''The castle and the church, which dominate the village, impress their stature upon the visitor, as if to protect Gordes'inhabitants and extend upon them their respective influences, as was the case in the past.

The castle, rebuilt in 1525 already, existed in 1031. Well preserved, and carefully restored, it brings together the architecture of the troubled medieval period with the new ways of the Renaissance.

This imposing monument is strongly guarded with its round machicolated towers bearing terraces for the artillery. Three storeys of "Renaissance windows" have been pierced in the tall curtain walls and today, one can still notice many a cleverly located arrow slit on all the surfaces of the construction (towers, walls and bartizan). The South façade opens up towards the sun, facing the old town. Behind the fountains, a vaulted passageway pierced into the wall opens onto a courtyard leading to a monumental spiral staircase, which connects the entire building.''

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A very dramatic post Mario - wonderful sky as a BG for this tower.. I like again the wide angle perspective with the wide lens..
Mood - you've certainly got that with this image.


Very cool shot, it's the lighting I think that makes this shot. It is simply amazing and a great capture. A very small looking castle it seems. Very nice shot, TFS.

Bonjour Mario.
Un commentaire intéressant accompagne cette magnifique image du château de Gordes.
La perspective de la contre-plongée donne une bonne ligne de fuite à la photo.
Un bon travail sur l’éclairage contribue aussi à cette superbe réussite.

Bonne journée.

Hello Mario!
Great architecture and great PP work!
Beautiful colours, light, detail!!!
Lovely perspective!
All the best!

Hi Mario
interesting architecture.
perfectly captured from a low pov.
impressive castle under the dramatic sky.
in ws I tried to brighten the castle's lower part and figure. I hope you don't mind.
best regards

Hi Mario - Great subject for your superwide! Good sharpness, and the sky really makes the shot more dramatic.

Hello Mario,
Interesting picture and story.
What a pity that it was raining again!
Is that the reason that the picture is a little dark below?
But I like it anyway:)
t.f.s.and greetings,

Hi Mario,
this is mystic and the sky so angry and dramatic.
I love this view up and the light on the tower.
Fascinating post, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Mario!

This is just breathtakingly beautiful!!! You are a great inspiration to us. I really admire your work. This sky is very fitting for this structure.

You are the best!


hi there,
a very balanced shot exposure-wise. the lighting is spot on. overcast conditions n the cloud creates an amazing mood. beautiful!


Hi, Marion. This is a beautiful photo with the dark clouds giving a contrast.I congratulate you on a excellent choice of the POV. Your choice of framing also goes along with the subject. The composition and the colors are very good. Cheers.

Outstanding. Great POV, rich tones and colours and just the right POV for this one. The sky is spectacular and beautifully controlled, as is the rest of the image; sharp, clear.

The cyclist at the bottom is subtle, an easy detail to miss, but adds a good sense of scale.


Bonjour Mario,
Superbe présentation et perpective de ce magnifique château , excellent note sur le sujet et très belle composition,
superbe lumière et détails,
couleurs de toute beauté

bonsoir Mario

Superbe photo!!!
Architecture extraordinaire avec une lumière très intéressante...le ciel sombre contraste joliment avec la lumière du château!!!

hi Mario, another wide angle to shot a singular construction, taking best advantage of the bad weather conditions to make it look more dramatic.


Hello dear Mario!

Amazing and dramatic shot. Very beautiful tones and mood. Dramatic sky with great details of the architecture from a low POV that gives good DOF. The inclusion of the woman with her dog gives life to the shot or it will seem as antique. Very nice and historic architecture.

TFS, indeed lovely POV!

Best Regards,

Ciao Mario, great view of splendid castle against a fantastic grey sky, wonderful POV, very well done, have a good Sunday, ciao Silvio

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2010-02-07 4:27]


tu nosu préstente que des merveilles, quelle cadrage et effet, cette fuynce et effe,t ces couleurs, le dégradé des tons dans un ciel gris, le rendu sure les peirres, fantasitque et le personnage donne bien l'échelle.

Bravo et amitié


Hello Mario

A spectaular image here of this castle. The sharpness is excellent. Thanks for the history.


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  • JT50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 273 W: 6 N: 320] (1524)
  • [2010-02-07 7:03]

Hi Mario,
I like your perspective with the
backward tilt. The structure looks
grand against the dark sky. Clear and
sharp architectural details. Well done.
Enjoy your day.

  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2010-02-07 7:19]

Hello Mario :)

Splendid building and beauty her exposition.
Beautiful colours and light, it pleases me very.
I congratulate realization...fantastic, miraculous effect.

I apologize for lack of points :{

With best wishes.

Hola Mario
Buena imagen de este edificio con su impresionante torre , buena luz ,color , encuadre y texturas .una excelente composicion , felicidades
Buen trabajo
un saludo

Hi Mario.
Nice capture of this part of a castle.
Beautiful architecture.I like that little corner tower in right side.
Friendly greetings.Alin.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2010-02-07 20:43]

Magistrale démonstration, Mario!
La contre-plongée, les couleurs et le ciel dramatique donnent une superbe image. J'aime beaucoup les tonalités plus sombres dans le bas de l'image, tu as dosé magnifiquement la progression de la lumière, ici! Toutes mes félicitations! Annie

hi mario,
superb angle and dramatic composition you took here my friend, reminds me of the movie LORD of the RING (two tower i suggest...very good contrast and crisp details..



Ciao Mario,

a great control of the image in every its member: from the light to the prospettva to the colors.


Hi Mario..this is a nice perspective for the shot...great mood...this one would look good in Black and White I suspect....


hi mario
great shot of this castle,very good detail and excellent overcast sky really makes the building stand out.

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