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made in italy_Siena
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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: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom
Exposure: f/22, 1/30 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): mbrito back in time, by himself [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-02-16 12:27
Viewed: 1997
Favorites: 1 [view]
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
«San Domenico» (St. Dominic's Basilica) is a vast brick church in Siena. The current church dates from 1226, but it was founded by the Dominicans in 1125 as part of their friary, San Domenico, and is closely associated with St. Catherine of Siena containing her head in a reliquary.

«Saint Catherine of Siena» (1347-80) was a lay-affiliate of the Dominican Order famed for her intellect and mystical visions of Christ. Her house and shrine is in her hometown of Siena, Italy.

Catherine was born in Siena on March 25, 1347. She was the 23rd child out of 25 (her twin, the 24th, died at birth); her parents were Giacomo di Benincasa, a cloth-dyer, and his wife, Lapa.

As a tertiary or lay affiliate, Catherine lived at home rather than in a convent. Far from leading to laxity, this arrangement allowed her to practiced austerities that a prioress would probably not have permitted.

She is especially famous for fasting and practicing physical mortifications in ways that sound unhealthy to the modern mind; the recent scholar Rudolph Bell uses her life as an example in his book Holy Anorexia.

In about 1366 Catherine experienced what she described in her letters as a Mystical Marriage with Jesus, and in 1370 she received a series of visions of Hell, Purgatory, and Heaven. After these visions she heard a command to abandon her withdrawn life and enter the public life of the world.

Catherine began to write letters to those in authority, especially begging for peace between the republics and principalities of Italy and for the return of the papacy from Avignon to Rome.

She had a detailed correspondence with Pope Gregory XI, also asking him to reform the clergy and the administration of the Papal States.

In June of 1376 she went to Avignon herself as ambassador of Florence to make peace with the Papal States, but was unsuccessful. She impressed the Pope so much, however, that he returned his administration to Rome in January of 1377. In the Great Schism of 1378 she supported Pope Urban VI, who summoned her to Rome. She lived there until her death on April 29, 1380).

Pope Pius II canonized Catherine in 1461, and her letters are considered one of the great works of early Tuscan literature. Her feast day is April 29 (*).


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Hi friend!
Wonderful photo from Italy!Nice colours and composition.

hi Jose
fantastic shot grt details good not i cant wait to get to Italy in sept looking forward to seeing it for real

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  • lele Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 796 W: 48 N: 1708] (11179)
  • [2009-02-16 12:42]

ciao jose
bellissimo scatto
ottimo lavoro
interessante pov

Boa noite Jose,

you will have to stop posting such good images, because I am running out of the words to comment on them. They are so good that I really don't know what to say. :)

Linda imagem, perfeita nitidez.Gostei da suavidade das cores e iluminação.

Great work dear friend. Once again you made me love Italia even more.

Um abraço,


Hi Jose !
Original POV and soft tones. I propose an other version (WS) more bright. (attention, some spots in the sky : dusts ?)
Bes regards

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-02-16 12:58]

Only the cars are telling me that we are in 2008..what a place jose!


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  • papera Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 109 W: 21 N: 794] (3246)
  • [2009-02-16 14:08]

hi Jose',
another one of your timeless shots - I don't know how you manage to obtain this light, but it really gives the image a distinctive quality.
the interesting thing here is also that although the biggest part of the composition is filled with the other buildings, the church still dominates the composition. you're leading the eye exactly where it should go.

This is "picture postcard" perfect! I love the darker tones, the moodyness of this scene is very nice! I love all the rich colors, earth colors! The sharpness and detail is amazing! Nice work Jose!

Ola Jose!
It's well balanced composition which put the focus on church in foreground. As always you achived excellent light and colours! I like this wonderful italian atmosphere on your photo.
Regards, Ewa

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2009-02-16 15:19]

Hi Jose:

What a beautiful view of this church.
Nice saturated colors and POV.


Hi Jose,
Another old place and architecture ,
great tone of colours and presentation,
great details and perpective ,Nice composition,,
very well taken and done.

Hi Jose...this is a nice image...perfectly composed..great light and details.


Bom dia Master
Another wonderful shot from your Italy serie
Great note
Take care

Ciao Jose,
Love this view, very charming one!!! and very well composed!
TFS, Carine

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  • JOya Silver Star Critiquer [C: 19 W: 3 N: 0] (315)
  • [2009-02-17 0:36]

this is really excellent image.

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-02-17 0:41]

I love your dark tones.
hm, maybe dark is not the right word. Maybe mature&wise is better


Hi Jose,
I like the photo very much. The main thing for me here: I can hardly see signs of our time (except for bottom left). For me it makes the picture more attractive.

Hi Jose
your Italy series is a real treat to the eyes.
you succeed in bringing the most essentials of this beautiful country in outstanding photos.
fantastic capture of colors.
excellent pov and dof.

Hello Jose
I like this shot with beatiful architecture.
Nice details and soft tones..... liht is amazing.
I like POV in all yours photo.
Best regards

Hi Jose
I know well this place
great perspective
wonderful image
may be light...
very good

Hello Jose,
Wonderful texture of historical scene perfectly captured color tones
Selahattin E

Ciao Jose

Grande e espetacular fotografia!
uma imagem de boa profundidade, de
suave atmosfera e cores de não tão
impacto, mais suave aos olhos nos detalhes.
A Igreja Majestosa ao fundo é imponente
e de grandes detalhes em tua arquitetura.
Um Belíssimo cartão Postal!


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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-02-17 6:41]

HI Jose
These colours are fantastic, making your shots with this sharpness pictures look like they ar out of a book.

Ola Jose:
tem uma cor bem captura,gosto do edeficio a realcar do ceu.exelente POV.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-02-17 9:11]

encore un chef d'oeuvre à l'italienne, quelle belle vue, un merveilleux ensemble ce douces couleur, ce ciel avec la traînée de nuage, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


Bonsoir José
Another very personal view from Italy.The POV is very good and the picture perfectly thought.
Best regards

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2009-02-17 13:34]

Hi Jose, A fine composition showing some of the buildings styles around Tuscany. The colouring is what appeals to me in particular. Most interesting notes demonstrating the long and important history of this place. TFS. Murray.

Ola Jose! Ciao Jose! Wonderful composition. Excellent POV and capture. Marvelous colours. Original work. Well done!

Hello Jose,
Wonderful photo...

Tetszik a kép kompozíciója, jól kiemelkedik a háttérből a Bazilika. A képhez illő a visszafogott színek.
Gratulálok Laci

Ciao Jose, great made in Italy, fascinating view of this beautiful church, wonderful POV, splendid light and colors, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Jose !
Splendid composition,Fine colors and light!!!

Bravo Jose.
I'm very impressed by your note.
Good letter of History.
The picture is reall Tuscany, endored by so many people.
Good work.
Thanks and Cheers.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-02-18 9:04]

Hi Jose,
I already said you how I like the rendering of the old architecture's patina you did in this serie! I think you found the right tonality which we remember about the atmosphere of these beautiful medieval cities!
Congratulation for this impressive photo! Annie

Dear Jose,

another dreamlike-postcad shot with extraordinary composition that only you can make and beautiful, gentle shapes and colors that are always unique in your works. You're always making photos that are "almost" painted masterpieces! And thank you for that.

Greetings form Old mountain dear friend!

Hi Jose,
What a stunning architectural view vith great POV, colours, light and perspective.TFS.
Um grande abraço,


Hi Jose,
A fine capture of an historical city buildings from a nice POV.
Wonderful composition.
TFS and cheers,


Hi Jose
very nice image, many great details,
excellent sharpness, clear and precisely shoot,
many impressive buildings and great note..
bravo maestro..

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-02-19 3:13]

Ciao jose

Perhaps I would add a little brightness & contrast, & subtract a little green? Hard to say sometimes as it gives an entirely different mood. Good high pov though, with superb sharpness. Tfs!

Dear Jose how are you doing pal? Great POV and an enchanting composition. This is one of the brilliant architectural post!
The color tone, the mood, the light is just overwhelming!
Beautiful work Jose!

Wishing All The Best!

Ciao Jose,
splendido lavoro, eccellente sharpness e composizione superba. Questa tua serie dedicata alle bellezze dell'Italia è bellissima.
Un caro saluto.

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-02-20 0:27]

Hello Jose.
Great old buildings. Good perspective my friend.
Have a good weekend.
Janek Kloss

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2009-02-20 12:59]

I just love those colors, Jose, with the sharp details. All like an old painting

Just great

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-02-21 9:20]

Hi Jose...

Your composition of "made in italy" is really well arranged...
Nice work, perfect details and well composed photo...
Congrats my friend,

Welcome Jose,
interesting alley of old town with a view of the Basilica. Fantastic sky "made in Italy". Very good composition.
Regards - Slawek

Hi Jose,
this shot is fantastic, I love this view - and I love Sienna - it's a wonderful city.
I also like the warm colours in your shot, excellent work, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-02-22 9:09]

hi Jose

Amazing how you can turn a plain sector of the old part of town into something that is very pleasant with this darker tone, almost as if -0.7EV, yet it is a great mood of the church with the ambient light and the great blue sky. The soft light is very well captured here.

tfs, bill

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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2009-02-25 6:40]

Hi Jose,
I simply love the way the light hits this the buildings. Was this taken late evening. You have given us such a wonderful tour of Italy through your breathtaking photos.

Great pov which again is one of the characteristics of your photography and helps to create a good composition. I would love to award you some pts but Ive used my quota. Great job as usual,
Warm regards

Hi Jose,
Such a great architecture they do have in Italy. I'm a little jealous to that. ;-)
Strong composition and a great pov to this basilic. Good exposure too. TFS.

Beautiful landscape of the town. Nice soft light and clarity.

Hi Jose.

This is a great POV and composition. It is a little bit dark but I am not sure this is a bad thing : it gives some kind of calm mood to the place.


Helo Jose
The beautiful Italian style of biulding and nice view of Siena

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