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Houses of Siena

Houses of Siena
Photo Information
Copyright: Francis Xavier Camilleri (fransx) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-13
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Nikon D7000, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-10-21 1:05
Viewed: 1275
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Siena was a proud, wealthy, and warlike independent city-state during the Middle Ages, until its final defeat by Florence. Medieval Sienese art (painting, sculpture, architecture, etc.) is unique and of great historical importance. Some of the famous artists who lived and worked in Siena are Duccio, Simone Martini, and Ambrogio and Pietro Lorenzetti. Sienese people are fiercely proud of their city and their neighborhood (contrada). The Palio is all about neighborhood pride and rivalry, and also constitutes the unbroken continuation of a Medieval tradition associated with religion, pageantry, trash-talking, bragging, and occasional violence. It is taken very seriously and is in no way a put-on for tourists; in fact, you are likely to be less welcomed during the Palio than at any other time, and there isn't the slightest doubt that Siena would run the Palio with great enthusiasm regardless of whether any visitors ever showed up. That said, this is a city which depends and flourishes on tourism. Siena was a very poor little city for a few hundred years after its defeat, which is the main reason that its lovely Medieval buildings were never torn down and replaced with modern structures.

PP work: HDR

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Hello Francis, an excellent PoV of this ancient town.The buildings all huddled together, and with beautiful natural colours.
Looking carefully, I notice no satellite dishes,thank goodness!
The green fg, the blue sky and the colourful buildings sandwiched in between, all add up to an attractive postcard.
Tfs, regards Jean.

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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 1:43]

Hi Francis.

Excellent mix and tones here, the hilltop full of homes under a vivid blue sky grabs the attention from the start. I like the effect the HDR has to this scene, its very defined and with high clarity. Very pleasing image indeed, one to be content with, tfs

stv ;o))

Bom dia Francis,
Picture of great strength and refinement, beautiful colors and great composition from a well chosen POV. Excellent lighting and colors, everything plus a superb sharpness.
Bom domingo.

Hello Francis,
A beautiful and unusual view of these medieval buildings. Wonderful graphic appearance in excellent quality. Well done, my friend. Enjoy what is left of the weekend.

Hello Francis
I love all these houses piled one on the other...Good idea to included végétation in FG..good light with this blue sky
High clarity
Well done
Good Sunday

Awesome capture of this hillside village. Details are sharp with good lighting and wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Good sharpness and detail. Taken from a nice pov and nicely balanced with sky.

Ciao Francis, great parade of lovely houses, superb sky with nice clouds, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-10-21 12:32]

Hello Francis Xavier,
Great design with beautiful color and so much detail of the Siena architecture. Beautifully put together with warm lighting. Thats beautiful view. The composition is excellent and effect of the image.
My best regards.

You managed to fetch superb details in this shot, Francis!

The focus on the buildings is well done against a lovely partially blue sky.
Sharpness and contrasts are fantastic, and exposure is just right.
Well caught colors of the facade of these buildings.

A nice shot all in all!

Kind regards,

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  • john1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 438 W: 0 N: 886] (8448)
  • [2012-10-21 13:58]

Hi Francis,

Wonderful album of Italy, all this buildings with the pastels colors.
Excellent POV and DOF, hte sharpness and the light are perfect for this composition.
Splendid contrast of colors, TFS.
Have a good week.

Hi Francis,
Nice perspective of this old town huddled together and the blue sky emphasizing the tall tower in the BG.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-10-22 8:18]


quelle vue sur cette ville de Sienne c'est une très belle vielle avec la végétation en premier plan ces maisons sueprbe ensemble.

Bravo et amitié


Olá francis
I like the composition...the architecture is fantastic you achieve good colors and textures. I must tell you that I like so much the houses that I will let less sky in the photo. It is a fantastic place
um abraço

Hi Francis
perfect capture of a wonderful neighborhood in Siena. all those pressed-together houses look amazing. splendid HDR treatment for good sharpness and clarity. nice composition and beautiful vivid colors.

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  • linus Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1797 W: 13 N: 1442] (15482)
  • [2012-10-22 20:47]

Hi Francis,
An impressive shot of Siena. The HDR treatment works well on the buildings, may be not that well on the greens in the foreground. You really get a pretty good impression of the town. This would have made a nice large format post.

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