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Gateway To Your Hearts Desires

Gateway To Your Hearts Desires
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Copyright: Ay Da (chiaraluna) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 421 W: 90 N: 411] (1897)
Genre: Places
Medium: Black & White
Date Taken: 2006-01-06
Categories: Architecture, Mood
Camera: Canon Powershot G6
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Old houses [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2006-01-09 12:48
Viewed: 4446
Points: 40
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
hello all :-)

i'd like to introduce you to one of my favourite spots in Perugia.. discovered thanks to a really lovely afternoon last friday spent with my dearest Edie in that beautiful elegant city full of little suprises and secret corners that hold wonderful sights and stories..

other than being enchanting in it's own right and tucked away in a beautiful atmospheric part of the city full of visual pleasures and a rich sense of history.. this is no ordinary arch... Edie tells me that according to legend, if you pass through it true love will be yours forever... (hence the title) so needless to say i did not let that opportunity escape ^_^

no real PP here other than the usual b&w convertion, USM and levels boost.. my passion for black and white made me choose the convertion however it must be noted that the stripes here on the arch, as you'll find throughout Perugia, are in wonderful pink and white marble and also a joy to the eyes for this.. so i've added the original as a workshop so you can see the colours too.

hope you enjoy my little gateway of lovers hopes and dreams.. many of us need all the help we can get :-)

hugs and best wishes,

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Beautiful, Ayda! this is a classically good architectural shot, and I like it in B&W.
needless to say, I hope walking under it brings you a desired effect;)
well done!

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  • ciore Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 727 W: 3 N: 118] (2478)
  • [2006-01-09 13:05]

i see you walking through this beauty,Ayda ..
i imagine i could take photos about you ..
a little story wiht your shilouette there ..
Thank you for sharing,dear :)
hug to you

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  • mwebr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 448 W: 141 N: 666] (3402)
  • [2006-01-09 13:18]

Hey there Ayda,
Great shot from Italy. Awesome composition and lighting with great sharpness/contrast.
Really enjoy the contrast here. It just pops off the screen and has great dimensionality to it....maybe more ways than one :O).
Excellent vision and time of day for this shot. Very nicely done!

Nice to be critiquing one of your shots again and glad things seem to be working out in Italy.

take care,

Hello Ayda, :)
As much as I love the softness of your portrait shots I like the high contrast on this one!! The tiny sharp details makes it almost graphic like! Definitely the B&W gives it a much different mood than the original colour version!

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  • c3101 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 0 N: 93] (1250)
  • [2006-01-09 16:13]

Excellent image Ayda. Very nice contrast, nice textures and great tones. Lovely composition.
Good job.

  • drymd29 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1146 W: 242 N: 659] (7658)
  • [2006-01-09 17:47]

Wonderful angle to shoot; just ignoring the long lines; like a portait taken aside.
NIce double entrance from left and to the right.
To the right you cropped 1/2 cm too much, I believe.
Thanks Ayda
Huub (not using the points anymore)

mmhhhh... I walked under that gateway....
but I have to find again the true love... ;-(((
I like the POV of your image, how it seems to transform the subject in a lego constructiom
well done

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  • padre Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1419 W: 90 N: 263] (4035)
  • [2006-01-09 18:54]

Adya this is a delightful contribution of lines, shapes, and patterns. It works well in b & w. Very nice work. B

I hope I can pass thru that one too...you have amazing perspective in your photos...tfs

Ciao Ayda,
I can imagine you and Edie walking through this beautiful arch, I would have really enjoy that day...
next time.
I like the POV you choosed, it seemes almost you felt a kind of jealousie and just showed us a little corner of that doorway ;-P



Nice to say different work from you Ayda...to let show us the beauty of the Perugia. This photo is nice play with lines and curves...B&W is a good choice Ayda.
Take care,

Hugs for you and Bodmin ;-)


Hi Ayda,
it's a wonderful architecture, I love those churches in black/white like it Firence or Siena, wonderful. Excellent shot, I enjoyed looking very much, ciao
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Please take mo to your favorite/secret spot!!!

I love the BW tones and texture.

great stuff!


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  • Dingo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2505 W: 368 N: 2626] (11966)
  • [2006-01-10 16:17]

I'm a colour guy, so I prefer the colour version, Ayda... of the gate, that is. In the colour version the port blends in with the background too much. On the other hand, I think the gate in b&w isn't that beautiful. So, I think I'd have selected the background and had converted only that to b&w, leaving the gate in colour... What do you think ?
TFS anyway ;o).
Say, any results yet from passing throught the gate ? ;o)

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  • edie Gold Star Critiquer [C: 659 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2006-01-11 5:08]

Great tribute to the beauty of my city dear,just a sensitive person like you can capture so well the moood of Perugia,the angle you choised is perfect to show the main feature of this place,the intimate atmosphere that you feel when pass through the arc...
Brava e TFS.

Very good architectural shot Ayda. When I see it in black and white it reminds me of the days when that was the only type of film I could buy, then afterwards everybody went crazy for the coloured film. I still admire black and white for certain subjects. This is one of them. I like the composition, but I think it would have been better if you showed more of the entrance to the arch. This way I could see where people walk through to get their good luck. That's only my choice, but I'm sure you like this point of view. Maybe take one of each view. I looked at the workshop version, and that too looks good in colour, a rather warm version.

after seend edie;s picture is nice to watch this point of view!!

beautful colours in the original, but i like also the B&w, foor the dream gate..


I like you presented it in B&W. It looks more impressive that way. And i like the title you gave it, hope this legend is true; then you both lucky to passed there ;)
Nice with sharp textures.

Beautiful capture and B&W effect. Quite "dramatic". Well done.

Bella questa immagine, riporta a memorie lontane.
Ciao Lucio

Hi, Ayda--

Very nicely composed, and the B&W is definitely the right way to go. The color version is nice, but this is much more dramatic.

looks great in this color tones,and very nice details in the compo,excellent light on the columns.

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