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The Beauty of Firenze

The Beauty of Firenze
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Copyright: Suzy Gitana (suzy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-03
Categories: Architecture
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Hello Beautiful Sky..., AMAZING ARCHITECTURE, Amazing blue! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-04-11 0:11
Viewed: 2917
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
... Brunelleschi's Dome…

Ref: http://www.italyguides.it/

Florence, Italy is the city that gave birth to the Renaissance. From the artwork of Michelangelo, to the scientific advancements of Galileo, Florence has been home to some of the greatest advancements in the arts and sciences. Architecture is no exception.
Often revered for its beauty, and often photographed as the centerpiece to Florence as a city, the Duomo is often overlooked as a breakthrough in engineering. While many people admiring the bas reliefs on the Baptistry, they forget to look up and marvel at the dome of the Duomo - until recently the largest dome in the world.
The construction of the dome was nothing short of a miracle, using construction techniques and truly innovative engineering concepts, Flippo Brunelleschi, the dome's designer, created a Renaissance masterpiece that has not been rivaled.
So, what did this Cupola have that was so amazing?
Brunelleschi had a brilliant idea: modeled on great Roman architecture, like the monumental Pantheon dome, that he'd studied and redesigned as a young man; he designed an octagonal, self-supporting dome, that didn't need a centre, built from different materials: stone down below where the curve was minimum, for greater resistance, and bricks above as they were lighter. Furthermore, the double pensa was formed by two spherical vaults placed one on top of the other, the internal one more than two meters thick and the external one just 80 centimeters.
These two parallel shells are connected by brick 'spurs' and have two different functions: the internal one is the real roofing while the external one, besides protecting from water, is there to thicken the dome profile, making it visible from afar.
But the most talented, really brilliant idea was how the bricks were fitted into each other, 'fishbone fashion', in the way that had been used in Tuscany prior to that, but never in similar circumstances. The secret of this colossal structure's balance lies in this knowledgeable jointing game, making the dome a complex, but perfect mechanical device.
Once finished, the dome was something extraordinary, never seen before.
Two years after the Cupola was finished in 1436, they added the crowning lantern in white marble, taking the total dome height from 91 to 114 metres, a really impressive height, and not just for that era.
'It's as though the sky is envious' wrote Vasari,' as it keeps on shooting thunderbolts down at it, believing that its height has almost exceeded the height of air'.

Tech: darkened the sky, saturated the colors to add a strong contrast, cropped a bit from the left side and that’s it I guess…………………………………………………………..

Story: It was an unforgettable day (my birthday) for me surrounded by all this beauty and inspiration, taking 10000ss of photos and dealing with a Radio that keeps on saying: “come on now, we need to catch the train, (or we’re hungry)… let your cam rest for a while com’onnnn Suzy” heard it like zillion time during that trip but huh Do you blame me? ……………………………………………………………………… Hum!!!!!! Let’s see! :)

Am gona sound like that radio now and say: com’onnn don’t forget to C/C before you catch the next train :)

Thank you… and Happy Easter:)

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Hello Suzy,

Very sharp clean photo. The architecture of beautiful Firenze is outstanding helped by the blue cast of the sky. Lighting is adequate. I like the square format you adopted.
Nice result. Regards.

Francis Xavier

Hello Suzy,
Wonderful cityscape. Stunning contrast of blue sky with roof tiles.
Selahattin E

Ciao Suzy
wonderful image of Firenze
perfect in sharpness and cityscape
good colours and light

Bonjour Suzy
Le bleu d'une mer absente dans le ciel tourmenté d'un paysage souvent vu et pourtant totalement renouvelé par votre photo aux détails précieux et aux contrastes magiques .
A bientôt

Good morning Suzy,

mia Italiaaaaa!!!! Mio amoreeee...ah I am in love. Wonderful view on the beautiful Firenze, perfect colours and presentation. How I wish I was there right now. Your image made my day a bit better...believe me...it did. Thank you for that.

Have a wonderful day and enjoy!!!!!!



Hi Suzy,
Wonderful view of Florence, it brings back nice memories to me :-)The red roofs are perfect captured, only a pity the cathedral is a bit tight against the edge of the picture. Anyway a fine posting.

That is a lot of roof tops, well photographed :)

Amazing photo Suzy, such a great vantage point over this awesome city. So clear and sharp, with such deep and interesting colours in the sky. Well captured.

TFS and Happy Easter,

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  • GLJ Gold Star Critiquer [C: 54 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2009-04-11 2:18]
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Bonjour Suzy
Beau cadrage et très bon accord de couleurs entre ces toits et le bleu.
Bravo et bonne journée

Hello Suzy!
Outstanding architecture from beautiful
Firenze, perfect sharpness in this cityscape
i like blue tones, Wonderful view.
Compliments and TFS

hello Suzy
how are you friend?
WOW! what a shot
fine POV
great light and colours
fine focus, sharpness and details
full frame shot beautiful background.
great work

MAnuj MEhta

Goede middag dear Suzy.
Lovely looking overview of beautiful Florence. (Firenze)
The dark blue sky gives it a extra bright look at the roofs and the Dome is an excellent eyecatcher in it.
Have a great weekend dear Suzy.
Ciao ciao from Jan

Hello Suzy! Amazing cityscape. Excellent colours. Perfect work. Great effect. Good luck!

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  • LeoM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 0 N: 61] (304)
  • [2009-04-11 3:32]
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Aaahhh Firenze is truly still as beautiful as I remember it :-) Great job on the slight post processing.

Well Done!


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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-04-11 5:02]

Hi Suzy

Good repetition of the sea of red-orange roofs, with excellent sharpness & colour. I like the flattened perspective from the zoom. Tfs!

HI suzy.
fantastic view of the city.
very good capture.
beautiful Suzy.

best regards

BEAUTIFUL shot Suzy! Excellent shot against the darker BLUE BG, I love how it makes the buildings pop out! What a view!

Hello Suzy,
The blue Venetian sky certainly is a good medium for showing the tiled roofs. What a fantastic view with admireable details and texture. My compliments....Danilo

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-04-11 6:25]

Hi Suzy...

Wonderful capture and nice view of Florence..!
Perfect in sharpness - Nice cityscape,
good colours and details.
Best regards,

Wonderful sunlight on the dark rainy town Susy,well done on the right moment and spot,a pitty the tower is a bit close to the frame,I can imagine you were impressed ;]]


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-04-11 7:29]

HI Suzy
The pp of the sky adds to make this shot really stand out.
All those red roofs especially the dome are remarkably sharp and outstanding.
Great shot.
Happy Easter.

Hi Suzy
Wonderful capture and perspective
Great place
Have a nice weekend

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-04-11 9:04]

hi Suzy

I like it!

Very strong blue tone in the sky to make a good contrast to the color of roofs and with such a good POV to show the fine architecture and the dominant Dome towering into the blue sky!

Excellent work. Bravo.

tfs, bill

Fantastic POV and DOF.
Wonderful cityscape,interesting architecture,splendid colours and light.
Good note.

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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2009-04-11 10:16]

Hi Suzy, wonderful picture of Florence. Beautiful POV, good details and colours. Compliments my friend, Adele

Ciao Suzy. La luce di Firenze è inarrivabile. L'hai colta in un contesto diverso ma sempre affascinante. Bellissima vista.


Selam Suzy,
What a superb cityscape vith great POV, lighting and perspective.TFS.


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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2009-04-11 22:51]

Hi Suzy

Great framing of the Brunelleschi dome. The details are very sharp and the enhanced blue in the sky makes it really attractive

Have a good day and TFS

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-04-12 9:18]

Hi Suzy,

Interesting architectural details, POV and composition is excellent.
Hope i can visit this place someday...vibrant colors and nice presentation Suzy.


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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2009-04-12 14:04]

Hi Suzy, The orange roofs and the spectacular dome make this an excellent composition. The dark clouds give it a very brooding sort of ambiance. Wonderful place, well presented. TFS. Murray.

Hi Suzy,
so very beautiful postcard..Bring me back some nice memories :))

thank you sweetie:))

ps thank you so very much for your wonderful comment :))

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-04-13 9:23]

Hello Suzy.
Good looking panorama of tghe city presented.
Interesting point of view and looks effective.
Janek Kloss

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-04-13 18:48]

dear Suzy,
too vivid the back blue is, that I cannot notice it is Firenze...
your motive is that blue or orange roofs of this old beautiful city,,,
anyway in this contrast, you selected unique point of view, it shows this old basic city jumping to modern time now.
maybe we lost ourselves in this dense buildings between the ancient and the modern...
thank you,

Hello Suzy,

Excellent shot with wonderful colors and great perspective!
Congratulations ans TFS.

Le dôme rouge se détache formidablement bien sur ce fond bleu intense. Très belle composition !

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  • mbrito Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
  • [2009-04-16 8:46]

Hi Suzy
Wonderful Firenze view, very sharp, very clear, with great light and colour. Excellent cityscape.
Congrats, mb

What a wonderful compo, my dear friend Suzy! Amazing! Well composed, colors are well saturated, great light and lovely blue tones of the BG. Congratulation, friend :o)


Hi Suzy, I was in this city many years ago, and back then it was one of my favorites in Italy!
Love your perspective here and all the reddish roof tops. Great sky color too.
Great shot

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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-05-07 14:47]

Hi Dear Suzy,
beautiful view from Firenze.Well composed.Very good light and sharpness.TFS.Necla.

Hi there,
Great point of view, the colors, angle... everything!!
Very good, congratulations

Have a nice day !!!

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