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Time for a break

Time for a break
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Copyright: Jean Dwyer (jean11-3) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1481 W: 0 N: 3257] (16374)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-10-10
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ10
Exposure: f/4, 1/640 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2012-10-21 0:49
Viewed: 1248
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
We stopped off at this lovely little village called Monteriggioni; "a small but perfectly formed medieval fortification".
Time for a wander around and a cup of coffee.

The village was built in 1203 by the Sienese to defend their northern border against the Florentines.A massive structure, its easily seen from the road and instantly recognisable, a ring of walls studded with 14 towers.

Part of the wall can just be seen in the distance on the r/h/s of the shot.
I loved the warm colour of the stone.I wonder when this was built? Whoever built it, would never have guessed that in 2012 it would be a bar/restaurant!
Thanks for looking.

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To corjan3: Cloned outjean11-3 1 10-21 07:26
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Hi Jean
It looks as though the light wasn't the best so a good capture with lots of interest throughout. I just wonder if it could be improved by a slightly tighter crop, thereby removing some of the less interesting foreground and the person in green on the right and the sliver of door on the left. A good capture none the less

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-10-21 1:37]

Hi Jean

Its the colours and their mix that grabs the eye first, such attractive tinges of time past captured here for us. As you say, much time has passed and its used as something totally different to what it was built for, no doubt. You chose such a good angle giving us much info and interest. The greens throughout the image link up well, the amount of foreground to me is perfect...even the minimal amount of yellow from the sign has its place within the capture, a touch of old and new.

Neat job executed here Jean, your tour and catalogue of images are excellent, I can feel the pleasure you had in taking them. tfs.

stv ;o))

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-10-21 1:44]

Hi Jean,
A really wonderful place. Siena offers a lot to the tourist. A nice treatment to this architectural beauty. A nice coffee bar to visit and enjoy a good Italian coffee in this marvelous ambient.
Well done for this sharp and neat image.
Enjoy your Sunday.

Francis Xavier

What a wonderful architecture captured with amazing light and contrasts, Jean!
The sharpness and DOF are excellent, and details of the facade of the building are well caught.
Exposure is well handled, and colors are original.
Well done!

Have a nice Sunday.

Kind regards,

Bom dia Jean,
You and Francis Xavier are exploring one of the most beautiful regions of Italy and producing small photographic wonders, as is the case here.
Nice picture, very well done, as is the custom of you.
Bom domingo

Hello Jean,
A very beautiful image. I agree with Bob's suggestion of a slight crop and I also feel the wires and aerials detract from the character of the building and so I further suggest cloning them out where they stand against the sky, which would be easy. They are fine on the building itself. Perhaps a little perspective correction to remedy the leaning of the walls would work. I might try a workshop if you don't mind. With that I happily award my two points. Well done.

Hello Jean
Very old but attractive structure with warm colors.
Wonderful as a Ristorante..like the plants over the table.
Beautiful atmosphere emerges from your picture
Good Sunday

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-10-21 7:44]


trèws belle iamge et cpatage de cette belle vielle maison avec la végétation qui la garnie sueprbe cadrage et mise en valeur.

Bravo et amitié


Ciao Jean, great view on nice house, lovely composition with excellent perspective, splendid light and colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Lovely shot Jean. I love the textures of the old stone with the green vines and the blue sky. I like the way you have included the arch and the old wall to the right of the shot. I may have cropped out the photographer although I can understand why you may have left him/her in. Very pretty place. I would love to visit Tuscany again.


Olá jean
I like thesimplicity and the joy of thios house.Colors and textures look very sweet. Ir is not a spetacle but is the siimplicity I like
um abraço

The building does look like it was built long time ago and also look very sturdy. It still amazed me to see buildings that are hundreds if not thousands years old and still in use. In Nevada, we designate a 50-year old building as a landmark! Nice soft lighting and good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.

HI Jean...nice shot. Great tones and colors. Nice exposure.


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