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The ramparts of Kotor

The ramparts of Kotor
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: 2010-09-14
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Camera: Nikon D90, Tamron 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 (IF) Macro
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-10-09 1:40
Viewed: 2015
Points: 26
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A view of the ramparts on the mountain of St. John from behind this attractive building in the town of Kotor, Montenegro.
The Spiljarskia Gate leads to the Bembo Bastion and the Gurdic Bastion ramparts where one can climb up to the top of the St. John Mountain that backs the city. The ramparts have positions at various points; within them is a network of communications as well as additional buildings including the Church of Our Lady of Remedy from 1518. On top of the mountain is the San Giovanni castel at a 280 meter height dominating the eastern bay, the fortification system and the city. Behind the castle hill the inhabitable and mountainous countryside further ascends toward the Lovcen. The circumference of the outer wall is 4.5 km, with a thickness between 2 to 16 m, and a height up to 20 m.

PP work: HDR

chrisJ, inaam, parasbhalla, Saba, mikio, brech, mvdisco, Doudou has marked this note useful
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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-10-09 1:48]

Hi Francis

Wonderful repetition of the fg windows with good sharpness & nice warm cold color contrasts.

There's a slight halo around the mountain peaks noticeable at right. I usually increase the feather margin to 100 or even 200 rather than about the 30 that I'm guessing this was pp'ed with? The churches & stone forts dotted around the hillside add good depth & interest. Tfs!

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  • inaam Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1816 W: 39 N: 465] (4859)
  • [2011-10-09 4:35]

Hello Francis,
It's a beautiful snaptshot that is providing a glimpse of Slavic architecture. Behind the roof, the mountain has a peculair stratum and some construction on it is looking interesting. A nice photograph, well done my friend. Thanks for sharing.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2011-10-09 6:12]


Quel cadrage avec ces fenêtres superbe iamge et compo avec la vue sur les montagnes ce beau bleu de fenêtres avec le toit sombre et ces édiffice accroché à la montagne, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


Love the POVwith such amazing details, Francis!

Great focus on the roof top windows against a wonderful looking hill.
The contrast is well kept and light is delicately handled.
Good work!

Have a nice Sunday.

Kind regards,

Happy choice of POV, Francis.
That's a great photo of that exquisite and magical place.
Perfect control over everything that makes up the picture.

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2011-10-09 8:48]

Hello Francis :)

Very picturesque architecture and composition,
and the realization in beautiful, natural colours and perfect light.
The fantastic, very interesting effect...congratulations!

Best wishes.

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  • RSK Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1089 W: 589 N: 1943] (14753)
  • [2011-10-09 12:25]

Hi Francis Xavier,
Quite a mixture of architecture,progressing from the old to the new from the background to the foreground,Good details with the foreground building & I like how the background is a little softer as it blends well with the clarity of the foreground.You have certainly captured the terrain that one would view if lucky enough to be visiting the town of Kotor.
Best Regards

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  • jackal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 790 W: 26 N: 808] (9654)
  • [2011-10-09 15:44]

Hi Francis,
good control of the HDR process, it has enriched the colours but still looks natural.
The windows would make an attractive shot just on their own.

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  • mikio Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 127 W: 61 N: 385] (1327)
  • [2011-10-09 18:43]

Hello Francis,

You're capturing well this scene by a good composition and excellent clarity/tone, so it's impressive to see four windows well arranged and designed with elegant style. And, the mountain with houses, rock and green in behind draws out a good effect for the whole, too.


Hi Francis,
A nice point of view and great work in HDR.
Nice details and architecture,
Good perpective , contrast and light,
very well done..

Nice choice of perspective to include the attractive window frames with the mountains. A nice combination.

Bonjour Francis Xavier,
Joli POV de ces remparts, les constructions de la montagne sont d'une très grande richesse et le fronton de cette demeure en premier plan contraste de superbe façon avec l'arrière plan!!!
La note est très intéressante et les chiffres donnés sont impressionnants!!!
Joli partage dont je te remercie!!!

Hi Francis..nice shot...I like the prominent foreground house which stands out nicely against the background.


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