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made in italy_San Gimignano

made in italy_San Gimignano
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Copyright: Jose m brito e silva (mbrito) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
Genre: People
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-12
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Exposure: f/11, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): mbrito back in time, by himself [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-23 13:51
Viewed: 2042
Points: 112
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Old men next to the wall that encircles the village of “San Gimignano”, near Florence (Italy), waiting for the tourists that invade the city in successive and uninterrupted waves.

«San Gimignano» is a charming hill town of 7000 inhabitants, which has preserved its medieval appearance more completely than any other town in Tuscany.

The town is famous for its numerous towers which make it conspicuous from a great distance and provide one of the most remarkable sights in Italy. It is possible to walk along the 13C walls from which there are fine views of the rich agricultural farm land which surrounds the town.

Tells the history that the characteristic towers of the town was where the rich families lived in; and the height of each one of these towers gave a public notice of the wealth of each one of these families. Witch means that the more high was the tower richest was the family who inhabited it.

You can find more information about “San Gimignano” in my previous posting «made in italy_14».


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  • bupga Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 6 N: 406] (2982)
  • [2009-03-23 13:58]

Nice composition Jose, the tones is very appealing to me.


Nice work my friend!Great shot.Regards.A.

Boa noite Jose,

perfect mood in the photo to match my mood in the past couple of days. Wonderful choice to convert this image to B/W, because it really adds up something special to this image...some undetermined feeling.

I like how you have composed this image...mighty wall, that has been standing there for centuries and small people, fragile creatures that last only...a moment. This is good way to show how 'big' we really are...Well, maybe we are big..bigger than eyerything else in the world, even if our time is limted...we are mighty in our brains, our thoughts, our deeds.

Obrigado para mostrar esse lugar maravilhoso.

Um abraço,


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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-03-23 14:23]

Hi Jose...

Oh this looks so nice!
I like that sepia colors and the composition you did is great!
Excellently done - fantastic details and colors.
My compliment,

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  • sande Gold Star Critiquer [C: 62 W: 1 N: 4] (2)
  • [2009-03-23 14:31]

I like your style. I think your pictures are to good for TL. But keep on posting them ,so i as an amateur can enjoy your work.

Thanks Ben

Boa noite Jose
There are little things...that time doesn´t change. Just old men spending time talking each others and in the door of the village like gardians. Lovely mood of eternal gradians of old villages.
My regards

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-03-23 14:44]

Hi Jose,
I think that this is the first clear inclusion of people in your splendid "Made in Italy" serie!
Excellent choice of this typical scene of these old city invaded by the tourists! You did it discreetly and the result is so timeless.
Beautifully done! Annie

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  • papera Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 109 W: 21 N: 794] (3246)
  • [2009-03-23 15:08]

this light... I should stop looking at your pictures at night =)
I have been shooting for a while with my 50mm and my 85mm lenses - but perspectives like this make me want to get my wide angle lens out of the closet...
this picture, more than others, has a strange, fascinating eerie atmosphere...
good night =)

ciao Jose..
a rare example of truly life in S.Gimignano near the walls.. and it's not so frequently.. as i told you.. the town is sure so beautiful as it's touristic..
i'm really happy.. you discovered this precious jewel.. the town is always full of atmosfere.. all medieval.. with interesting architectures and old stories..
your capture is full of an interesting mood.. your PP.. desaturation.. and light.. give a touch of past (last century, i mean) and i find it really superb!
many thanks
ciao Marco

Hello Jose,
Perfect mood, texture and lightness.
Nice to see your series of "Made in Italy"
Selahattin E

Amigo José,

Ao ver seu belíssimo trabalho senti-me transportado à Idade Média. Uma fotografia cheia de mistério e encantos, ao mesmo tempo! A escolha do sepia para este tipo de trabalho é perfeita!
Parabéns por mais uma grandiosa apresentação e obrigado por compartilhá-la conosco.
Um grande abraço,

Ciao Jose.
Interesting shot with fascinating and dark atmosphere.
The walls inclination let the eyes to go throughout the full picture. The old men (retired men I suppose) is a typical road view of the small cities in Italy.
Well done

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-03-23 20:38]


I like the warm yellow sepia tone, which adds an archival flavour. Nice repetition of the people against the wall, with superb sharpness & tonal range. Tfs!

Hi Jose
Another well-balanced shot of made in italy series.
Excellent monocolor tone with great mood and compo. Just looks like NODBEH wall in Israel.
Regards, Alireza

Hi Master
Wonderful capture and timing
Great atmosphere and note
Take care

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-03-24 1:04]

Wonderful scene, wonderful tones.


Ola Jose! Wonderful work. Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, great Polish poet XX century, lived in San Gimignano. Saude!

Hi Jose!
What a wonderful capture and atmosphere!
excellent B&W tone, with great mood !
Another superb scene, of made in italy series.
All my compliments and TFS

Hello dear friend Jose.
Very photogenic picture with the old Italians included.
In Sicily where our son lives, (Scordia) it is also very common that the 'old Boys' occupying the whole street, while 'Madam' prepairs the dinner at home.
Dont try to drive through that street, even the Police will have a word with you, haha
Complements Jose.
Ciao ciao from Jan

ciao Mr Jose
a wonderful view and moment of this beautiful town in Tuscany
great pp work

Hi Jose.

Very nice POV and composition. I like the group of men with one, looking at his watch, eager to enter the village and the another which seems to go back because he is tired to wait. :) TFS

Kind Regards

Ola Jose:
bela captura dos personagens,bom DEPH,criado com a muralha.
bom trabalho.

Hi Jose,
Excellent perpective of the wall and well presented and composed picture, excellent tone of Black & white sepia and good sharpness,
good work again,I like it..

Dear Jose,

this time I will just say PERFECT and enjoy your extraordinary atmosphere... AGAIN! :-)

Have a great day!

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  • milas Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2841 W: 398 N: 3076] (34114)
  • [2009-03-24 8:09]

Merhaba dear Jose...
Beautiful shot..
Beautiful colours, good detail and light..
Well done..
Best regards..

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  • Emma Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1397 W: 6 N: 1920] (10153)
  • [2009-03-24 10:25]

Hello Jose,
The location for the photo - and the sharpness and colors in B& W are not excellent could at all be better. Owing to for this so good photographic work.
Best regards.

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-03-24 10:51]

hi Jose

Very interesting to see that you have found them standing around the wall in winter and presenting your POV in B&W for your series of Made in Italy. I wonder why the class is always part of society in Italy and India, and it is lasting till today. A fine TL post.

tfs, bill

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2009-03-24 13:05]

Hello Jose,
I find no more words around my praise to express, your picture am great.
Best regards.

Ciao Jose,
in questa foto oltre alle solite caratteristiche che ti distinguono c'è l'emozione nel vedere questi signori che aspettano l'ondata di turisti.
Bravissimo, grandi complimenti.
Un abbraccio

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  • degani Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 0 N: 242] (2673)
  • [2009-03-24 13:30]

hi José,
San Giminiano for me is one of the most beautiful city I have seen, this picture of the wall of the city is quite unusual and it is really very, very nice, you are a great interpreter of day life,
kind regards

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-03-24 14:45]

Hello Jose.
Good moment captured and well presented.
Looks interesting and has a lot of detalis.
Janek Kloss

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-03-24 14:59]

Hi Jose
Seems no one has asked why do they wait for the tourists.
Are they to be guides or are they looking for what this crisis is building a handout?
This reminds me very much during the depression when people would amass this way in the hopes of getting a job or being picked for one.
Excellent shot.

Hi Jose..nice black and white shot..great range of tones..nice details.


Bonjour José
Great mood with this shot ; I 'm feeling to see a picture of a film from Vittorio de Sica : life, life here , very present.
Very good omposition , light and B&W choice
Best regards

Hi Jose,
Very interesting mood, composition. Good idea of b/w conversion.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-03-25 2:46]


quelle perspective sur ce beau mur de vielle pierre, mangigique fuyaance, les personnages donne un plus à l'image, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


Excelentes tons, amigo mb. Confesso que sou
fã de suas fotos e da maneira como as trata.
Composição forte, com boa perspectiva e bons
elementos. Meus parabéns e obrigado.

Grande abraço,

Hi Jose,
Nice atmosphere, so italian ! I propose an other version (WS).
Best regards

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2009-03-25 13:41]

Hi Jose, Your photos are interesting and somewhat timeless. The darker colours give a sort of brooding atmosphere. The notes add a lot of spice to this scene. We don't have many such walls here, so good to see this medieval structure. TFS. Murray.

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2009-03-26 3:21]

Good morning dear Jose

A capture that reminds me of the old Italian movies, a real topiography of the characters developing through their traditional way of life. Excellent framing and unique coloration. A really great one, my friend

kind regards

Hi MF Jose MB,
A wonderful capture of these tourist hunters:) from afine POV with great composition.
TFS and cheers,

Ciao Jose

Eu gosto dos visual e da atmosfera
que voce nos passa. A conversão ao B / W, porque
ela realmente acrescenta-se algo de especial para esta imagem
ao mesmo tempo que é uma foto recente, ela se torna
como se fosse antiga.
É muito bonito, sem duvida este humor
é fantástico e bonito!
Excelentemente bonito - detalhes e cores fantásticas.
O meu elogio,


Hi my fried. How are you? Another faboulouse shot and excellent virage. Next in Italian: "Questa luce crea un'atmosfera insuperabile"


Ciao Jose, lovely B&W composition with interesting people, wonderful perspective, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Maged Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 82 W: 9 N: 251] (2656)
  • [2009-03-26 14:19]

Hello Dear Jose
I think this is perfect shot, your comp is terrific .. old men ,old wall and old tower ,all with fine details in amazing gray sepia tone.
Great work my friend
Best regards

hello Jose,

i like this one too.. perfect shot and converted it in black and white.. remind me of yesteryear shot.. feel like im back to the future.. good one.. tfs..

regards, terry

Hello Jose
Wonderful daily life photo with excelent texture and light.
Great composition, great atmosphere.
Best regards

i know exactly where you took that picture
greta mood and the conversion is just perfectto express it !

Helo Jose
I belive that all good words are used from other member and i join me to all positiv critics for this lovely picture

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  • suzy Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
  • [2009-03-31 6:39]

VERY charming composition, the light and the colors suit the mood perfectly! authentic, simple and a touch of history portrayed in each and every single detail! the wall and the texture, their faces expression all combined and presented in an excellent style and effect! impressive!
tfs and regards Jose

This is such a mysterious photo Jose! I love it. The line of people against the wall leads your eye across, and then the man walking continues the lead. It's beautiful I love the lower tones, always have. Nice work Jose!~

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  • isa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 62 N: 139] (1593)
  • [2009-04-01 15:58]

Boa Noite José,
Excelente captura, interessante ambiente, a presença humana e a escolha do p&b estão muito bem.
Parabéns pela excelência da sua galeria, de mestre!
Saudações cordiais,

very beautiful
i like the mood here and pov
excellent choice sepia
best whishes

Hi José,
Very fine presentation of a simple daily life scene, well captured moment with beautiful black and white tones, really sophisticated use of conversion channels. TFS!

Welcome Jose,
beautiful and interesting Tuscany. Good composition with ancient wall and old men. Good connectin these components on the picture. Great B&W.
Regards in Easter time.

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-04-14 11:04]

Hi Jose,

Very nice perspective and classic effect image.
I like the sepia tones and works well with this
composition. Excellent composition and POV...


Magnificent atmosphere. You succeed to "catch" the sounds and savour of this citadel. Bravo

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