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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: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2008-12
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sony 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom
Exposure: f/11, 1/6 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): "Beyond my control !!!", mbrito back in time, by himself [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-03-05 12:38
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Favorites: 1 [view]
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo was taken inside the castle walls of «San Gimignano», a charming hill town of 7000 inhabitants, which has preserved its medieval appearance more completely than any other town in Tuscany.

This town stands 334 mts above the sea level on the site of a small Etruscan settlement dating from the Hellenistic period (third to second BC). Its history begins around the Tenth Century.

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.

When in 1199 the town became a free commune, ridding itself of the Feudal ties to the bishop of Volterra, it began its impressive growth as an urban centre.

The terrible palgue of 1348 and a subsequent fall in population dealt a severe blow to the trading economy of San Gimignano.

The deep crisis led the governors of the city to declare their submission to Florence in 1353.However, the beauty of the town and its artistic and architectural importance, have led in recent years to an excellent economic and cultural revival. (*)

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.

However what impressed me more was the strong and well conserved medieval architecture, and those cosy and narrow streets surrounded by walls and arcs made of stone with the soft touch and the dark tones of very ancient times.

It is this atmosphere that I want to share with you today; hope you like.


(*) data extracted from www.abctuscany.com/siena/san-gimignano/index.cfm

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2009-03-05 12:43]

Hi Jose

The monochromatic approach has created a unique impression, as if you would expect knights walking thru the beautiful medieval plave. Very good POV and approapriate mood.

Compliments and TFS

Hi Jose,
The b/w presentation emphases the structure in the architecture and makes the mood even stronger. Good choice. Good POV and note too. TFS.

Chao Jose

Beautiful Tuscany photograph , moving people and beautiful architecture scene with attractive tonal color are golden parts of this photograph.I like the atmosphere.

Black and white works so well here Jose! I think I'd have a great time shooting this town. If it weren't for the people, it would look like a 19th century image. Wonderful shot.


Hi José,
Wonderful daily life presentation from Italy in black and white. Perfect technical features, well captured moment that gives a pleasant mood of this image. Fine shot, I like this Italian series of yours very much. TFS.

Ola Jose!
It's very moody photo with atmosphere peculiar to medieval architecture. B&W tones work great here emphasized character of this place.
Greetings from Warsaw, Ewa

Hi Jose,
Lovely presentation and composition inside the castle walls of San Gimignano, nice mediaval place , excellent POV. and details,
Excellent black and white picture with great contrast and a well taken picture..
well done.
My compliments

This reminds me of an old photo from the early 1900's! Wonderful processing on this Jose! Excellent sharpness! The color makes it look so cool, like old yellowed film! Nice work on this!

Ola Jose:
bela foto P/B.
com muita perfundida e muito bem equilibrada.
o peso dos arcos com o movimento das pessoas e a perfundida da rua, conseguiu uma execelente fotografia.
PS/fiquei sem pontos,

Boa noite, amigo!

Hoje vou cortar o hábito de comentar umas a seguir às outras pois somos vizinhos da mesma página :)
O que dizer sobre este trabalho "full of mood"? Penso que essas paredes cheias de histórias podem falar...
Meus parabéns, José. Está 5*

um abraço

Boa noite jose
Beautiful archs and place...I love the mood you have given.
This one is close to the heart.
You move me.
My regards

ciao Jose..
i know so well San Gimignano.. i'm really you visited.. it's a place full medieval and with a mood really intense! the only defect of S.Gimignano is its exaggerate commercial vocation.. everytime it looks so artificial!! ;(
detail you have chosen.. in this saturated tone.. is effective and with a nice look to the architecture of the town.. good PP.. and good scene of common life! thanks
ciao Marco

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-03-05 17:10]

Hi Jose...

Beautiful composition - excellent shot, nice colors an details...
Very nice capture with a moody medieval architecture.
Well done and well presented.

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-03-05 17:24]

Hi Jose,
Ah, San Gimignano, what a good memory you bring back to me with this photo! I have fallen under a spell of this medieval city! I took this photo : http://www.treklens.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=117516 after I have gone up on the "walls from which there are fine views of the rich agricultural farm land which surrounds the town" as you said!
You sepia treatment addds more charm at this image. Beautifully done! Annie

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-03-05 18:32]

Hi Jose
I love portals especially old ones, they give off so much history and charm to a city.The narrow streets take you back into times.You were lucky to get more than one and its quite impressive.
Good shot, the atmosphere is very present.

Excellent texture. Nice old style photography effect. Good depth.

Hi Jose
Wonderful capture and place
Great architectural details
Take care

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-03-05 23:53]

Hi Jose...
Beautiful [email protected] shot...
Nice tones, texture...
Nice composition...
Have a nice weekend...

  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-03-06 0:35]

Superb compo, superb mood !


Salam dear Jose
Compliments for this fantastic PP work that make this shot seems old fashionate
great shadows and strong highlights. BRAVO
Regards, Alireza

Ola Jose! Wonderful POV and composition. Good focus. Original art work. Well done! Boa viagem!

Hi Jose!
Amazing B&W compo,good contrasted with perfect perspective!lovely place! Unique presentation! well done.
Compliments and TFS

Ola Jose.
Great and perfect moody picture of this Charming Hill Town in Tuscany.
Wonder how it will look in colour?
You managed to get the verticals in good upright position.
Using a perspective tool ?
Have a good 'last' day of the week.
Regards, Jan

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-03-06 1:32]


superbe image, ce arches qui s'enchaînent sont fantastiques, avec cett ambiance mytérieuse, superbe.

Bravo et amitié


Hello Jose
San Gimignano is really fantastic place to live and visit
great mood here and wonderful black and white

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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2009-03-06 6:01]

Nice tones, texture, perspective...

Hi jose

Last critique of the night for me. The arch frames the bg scene beautifully. Good sharpness, with a nice sepia tone, in this superb street scene. Have a great weekend!

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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2009-03-06 8:43]

Hi Jose:
I like the B&W. It takes you back in time.
Very nice contrast.
Great composition and POV.
Nice textures and excellent PP work.


Hi Jose,
Great architectural and historical texture shadows and mood
Selahattin E

Olá José
Muito bonita a tua foto.
parabens e bom fim de semana

hello Jose, your special attitude to photography is always very well performed, i like how history and daily life get mixed up here, what italy is you can see and love in your mood. like your persepctive pov and choice of bw....
best to you

Ciao Jose, great B&W view of splendid medieval town, great perspective and wonderful light, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

HI Jose..nice black and white tones..great details and light..nice work.


dear j, next time i'll tell you about my strong association with san gimignano , where i spent many a summer during my univresity years... great atmosphere which you honour with your image!

Hi Jose, an excellent capture of this historical street from a nice POV with fine composition MF!
TFS and have a nice WE!

ciao Jose',

I have never been to S. Gimignano although I always wanted to go... it seems to me a great place full of angles and corners to discover, like this image of yours shows.
I like the way you treat your images, because you always manage to twist the light in a way that, despite the signs of modern life, turns the image into a timeless shot.
Have a nice weekend... =)

Ciao Jose

Eu gosto do teu mood
Roma tem tudo para fornecer boas fotografias
deste naipe! é so ter bom gosto e criatividade
que se faz maravilhas com elas.
Excelente visual my friend...
Teu bom gosto é sempre impecável.


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-03-07 9:29]

Hi Jose,
beautiful W&B work.Good perspective.Many thanks for this beauty and your note.TFS.Necla.

Ola Jose,
Another superb B&W photo vith superb POV, lighting and perspective.TFS.
Um grande abraço,


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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-03-07 11:59]

Hello Jose.
Interesting serie Made in Italy by you.
Farmacia here on the left make it for me.
Regards my friend.
Janek Kloss

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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2009-03-08 8:10]

Hi Josè, another excellent B & W. I love S Gimignano for the particular atmosphere. Compliments, Adele

Ciao Jose. Un gioco, regale, di chiaroscuri soffusi. Al top.


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  • mi_per Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 215 W: 27 N: 369] (3825)
  • [2009-03-08 15:22]

Hello Jose
Wonderful daily life photo.
Superb light and texture in a wonderful composition with a great POV.
Great architecture and moody photo.
Best regards

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  • Alexia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 0 N: 221] (2466)
  • [2009-03-08 16:33]

Ciao..magnifica questa foto
mi piace molto
l'effetto del bianco e nero


Dear Jose,

it's always difficult to say anything new about your extraordinary work and the impact it has on me. Always that atmosphere that can not be told except by feelings...

Have a great week!

Ola Jose,
Bonita perspectiva,POV,gosto do pb e da otima luz.Parabens.

Me gusta mucho la perspectiva excelente la eleccion del blanco y negro, muy buena definicion de la fotografia


Hi Jose

Good shot, I like the texture especially. All that creates excellent mood.


Hello Jose,
...and at the end this fantastic B/W with a great POV and a suggestive retrò atmosphere.
Well done.
Regards, Giorgio

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  • k-2 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 605 W: 26 N: 503] (3638)
  • [2009-03-15 8:18]

This photo has the look of a timeless postcard. The multiple arches and alley are a great combination of geometries. A bit dark for me but because I like the mood I kept starring at it to see more detail. TFS. Karin

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2009-03-15 14:53]

Hi Jose, a great B/W that gives us the sensation of going back in the time. Beautiful!
Ciao, cinzia

A fabulous scene like a memory. I remember this town.
It's been many years since I was there.
This is a classic treatment for a superb shot José.
What I love most here is the light.
- Vincent

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-04-19 8:31]

Hi Jose,

Beautiful play of light and shadows.
interesting arch details and excellent POV.
Very nice one Jose...


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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2009-04-28 18:24]

Hi Jose, A good ambiance of historical lanes flows from this image. Arches are often a fine subject and they certainly are here. I see that you could have a book made of your photographsa s they convey a wonderful mood. TFS. Murray.
PS I am getting ideas for my june visit to Italy from your compositions.

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