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"stones of Matera" III

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Copyright: Tsilla Nahari (tnahari) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 259 N: 4365] (26007)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-17
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-02-18 8:34
Viewed: 1755
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Sassi di Matera (meaning "stones of Matera") are prehistoric cave dwellings in the Italian city of Matera, Basilicata. Situated in the old town, they are composed of the Sasso Caveoso and the later Sasso Barisano

Matera has gained international fame for its "Sassi". The Sassi originate from a prehistoric (troglodyte) settlement, and are suspected to be some of the first human settlements in Italy. The Sassi are houses dug into the tufa rock itself, which is characteristic of Basilicata and Puglia. Many of these "houses" are really only caverns, and the streets in some parts of the Sassi often are located on the rooftops of other houses. The ancient town grew in height on one slope of the ravine created by a river that is now a small stream. The ravine is known locally as "la Gravina". In the 1950s, the government of Italy forcefully relocated most of the population of the Sassi to areas of the developing modern city. However, people continued to live in the Sassi, and according to the English Fodor's guide: “Matera is the only place in the world where people can boast to be still living in the same houses of their ancestors of 9,000 years ago.” Until the late 1980s this was considered an area of poverty, since these houses were, and in most areas still are, mostly unlivable. Current local administration, however, has become more tourism-oriented, and has promoted the re-generation of the Sassi with the aid of the European Union, the government, UNESCO,
and Hollywood. Today there are many thriving businesses, pubs, and hotels.

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-02-18 8:47]

Hi Tsilla,
A splendid panorama of this town in such a marvelous architectural structure.
Very natural colors of the stone with beautiful rooftops.
A very sharp image with so many interesting things to admire.
A very neat presentation.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

Hello Tsilla.
Wonderful POV for the Matera a historical city composed with 1/3 framing producing with superb sharpness and amazing DOF.
My Best Wishes

Hi Tsilla,Ciao
Nice panorama with great old architecture,
good point of view and lovely details,
nice colors and beautiful contrast and light,
my compliments

Hello Tsilla

What a lovely postcard you share with us today. A very artistic composition respecting the rule of the thirds. The details are pin sharp, the light is perfect and the depth of field permits to embrace the whose village.
Nicely done


Hell Tsilla

A very sharp image here of this town. I like the colors and the simple but well composed image.


Hi Tsilla,

You have shown us an interesting composition with an interesting note.
The depth and detail are excellent, this fascinating place seems to go on for ever. Great shot.



Landscape is very beautiful
Box and has a good composition
Control light and color is good
Good luck

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2011-02-18 13:16]

Hi Tsilla,
NICE job on this birds eye view of Matera. Really interesting and excellent details. Thanks for sharing this and have a good weekend, Julie

Wow Tsilla. what a beautiful shot. Wonderful composition, good color, sharp detail. Fantastic. TFS. Have a great weekend. Shalom, Lori

Hello Tsilla,
This is a wonderful, beautiful, fabulous work of art. If it is possible to improve it then I do not know what it is. Congratulations.

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2011-02-19 0:38]

Hi T Silla,
beautiful panorama from Matera.Well taken,well presented.Congratulations.Necla.

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2011-02-19 4:14]

Shalom Tsilla!
What a great capture of Matera! SuperB POV and DOF. Perfect management of the light and very good contrast against the cloudy sky.
Very well done my friend: congratulations.
Ciao! Vanda

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