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Cultural Architecture from Iceland

Cultural Architecture from Iceland
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Copyright: Kristof Szekely (szekelykristof) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 983 W: 56 N: 2487] (12618)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-26
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Wonderful Iceland
Theme(s): Friday Theme for 2009/05/01 Cultural Architecture [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-01 0:27
Viewed: 2532
Points: 72
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
It has been a long time since I contributed to the Friday Theme, but now I come back… I think this shot suits to te theme of cultural architecture. This is the traditonal way of building countryside houses in Iceland (and also in Norway, Sweeden and Finland). The main special element that may seem unusual is the grassy roof. Its function – besides representing respect towards nature – is to hold the warmth of the house in winter, beacause soil itself is one of the best sealer material.
PS.: Sorry about the too large titles, some of you may not like it, but that’s a matter of taste. I usually like to put some documentation on some photos, especially on those ones that are important to me.

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Hi Kristof
Wonderful capture and place
Great light and colors

Hello Kristof,
Stunning green tones/ well contrasted with red roof...
Breathtaking scene
Selahattin E

Hi Kristof,
Nice shot, must be so relaxing and peaceful to live their with nobody else around. Looks like a large lawn to mow though! Lol. I love the grass growing over the roof, imagine what that will look like in ten-years :). Very nice backdrop and POV, the smooth lime green grass reminds me of a golf course.


Hello Kristof!
Beautiful image fron Iceland! I hope one day I will visit this country, too!
Lovely grass and wonderful houses!
Nice perspective!
Yes, maybe the write is to big and to strong, but the image is excellent.
Best regards!

Preciosa y atractiva imagen...saludos

Great addition to the theme Kristof and thanks for the interesting notes. Love the contrast of the red roofs against the dominant green, well done.

Magnifique participation au thème avec ces maisons si particulières éclairées de si belle façon par cette sublime lumière islandaise.

Good Morning Kristof,

The clarity of this shot really stands out.
How good that there are three buildings, great for composition! Their colour makes a good contrast with the surrounding green.

I am amazed that more countries don't adopt this idea of a grassy roof. It seems so sensible from the reasons you quote in your notes. Are their any problems associated with grassy roofs?

Kind regards,
Bev :-)

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  • Dawn Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 98 N: 3374] (17650)
  • [2009-05-01 1:56]

Hello Kristof.. what a beautiful photo, so colourful and so nicely composed and presented to us. Thank you for sharing your cultral architecture.


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-05-01 2:10]

Hi Kristof

Good compositional placement of the museum on the 1/3 axis below the centre line. Excellent sharpness & colour. I like the warm cold colour contrast, between the red roof & blue sky. Tfs!

Hi Kristof,

very serene image from Iceland. Lovely and idilic shot, it reminds me of a painting. :) Fine composition with great colours and adequate saturation. Excellent depht and sharpness...good frame.

Have a nice weekend,


hello Kristof
how are you friend?
another lovely shot
fine architecture good focal length
nice rich colours and fine dof
lovely shot

Manuj MEhta

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2009-05-01 3:10]

Hello Kristof,
A sharp focused and excellent lighted capture of a peaceful landscape!
Eye-pleasing colors and perspective!
The three houses are an impact to the composition!
Well done. Regards.

Francis Xavier

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  • lavan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 710 W: 2 N: 153] (4208)
  • [2009-05-01 3:33]

nice composition
good colors
nice one

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2009-05-01 3:55]

Hello Kristof
Yes, this image does suit the theme - very different to what has already been shown here.
Very sharp and clear - quite a stunning display.
And the titles - yes they're large - but that's your choice. They don't worry me, but if I used them I would do mine smaller :)

hi Kristof;
must be peaceful place, only the nature:)
very good point of view and fantastic colours
clear shot, great sharpness;
well done;
pozdrawiam Karolina

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-05-01 4:29]

Hi Kristof,
Excellent for the theme-- what wonderful landscape. Really a gorgeous composed photo. TFS Julie

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2009-05-01 5:16]

ciao kristof
bel contrasto architettura natura
grande lavoro

Hi Kristof
Very nice work my friend!Great shot.Regards.A.

That is amazing how they connected these little houses with rocks and grass! I love your notes here Kristof! I still don't know what to post...still thinking about it! Good job!

Hi Kristof, very interesting note and very interesting place. very good composition, with the buildings in the foreground and the sprawling hill behind. Great job.
Yeah, I'm not a fan of the text in the frame, but you're right - it's all a matter of personal taste... and it is your photo after all :):)
Have a great weekend

Hi Kristof
a visit to an open-air museum is a must in every country.
you posted a splendid image from a wonderful place.
good pov and well composed. the small typical houses surrounded with greenery and nicely set at the feet of the hill.
beautiful colors and clear details.

hi Kristoff now you a making me envious of you being in Iceland this is another grt shot with nivce pov and excellent details and colours thourghout
regards bryan

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  • werdir Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1416 W: 147 N: 2654] (11957)
  • [2009-05-01 8:38]

Hi Kristof,

Great architectural photo! Sharp, colorful and well composed. Nice POV. Your note is very informative also.


Hi kristof
an interesting architecture and beautiful landscape
wonderful peace here
have good week end

Hi Kristof,
Beautiful picture nicely composed for the theme,
great colors and light , great architecture and details,
very well done.

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  • Doudou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 2 N: 1533] (8802)
  • [2009-05-01 11:22]

Bonjour Kristof,

Des maisons telles que je me l'imaginées, simples, belles avec un superbe encadremnt de verdure autour d'elles!!!
C'est splendide, magique avec ses toits de verdure à la place des tuiles!!!

Hi Kristof,
What an amazing architecture vith superb colours, light and contrast.TFS.


Amazing architecture and well captured. Good pov, colours and sharpness.I think the cultural architecture from all over the world shows the ingenuity of the local people. TFS
warm regards
sorry no pts left

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  • dareco Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1672 W: 16 N: 832] (15528)
  • [2009-05-01 20:00]

I love the grassy rooftop, a very pretty place surrounded by beautiful scenery. Nice pov. TFS

Helo Kristof
This is just like from fairy and i like this pure placew and sipmley view
The black hut is invisable from plain ,right?
The roof is green
Exscellent shot

Bonjour Kristof,

Pretty nice shot for the theme. Immage is sharp and well exposed. Good color and saturation. Balanced compostion and nice presentation. Could be a touristic brochure. Nice work and TFS.


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-05-02 12:50]

HI Kristof
They look like they are in the middle of nowhere with the grass untouched.
A very nice capture and definitely a great one for the theme

Szia Kristof!
Szep, tiszta kep errol a gyonyoru helyrol. Nagyon szeretem a szineit, azt az igazi friss, ude zoldet, benne a hazikok vakito feheret a piros tetokkel es nagyon tetszik a termeszet-adta lehetosegek kihasznalasa.
Szep hetet kivanok!
Udvozlettel, Csilla

Bonjour Kristof
Fantastic, these contrasts of complementary colours
A very nice place, a very nice shot in a perfect composition
Friendly yours

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  • tafa Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 182 W: 13 N: 181] (1818)
  • [2009-05-14 11:33]

Splendid photo with fascinating and fantastic colours, I like a lot !Have a good day!

Very pritty photo
Clear and collourful
Very good

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