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Encounter in Siena

By annettep38  
Many thanks for your c&cs regarding the hawfinch. I'm still working on it, maybe one day I'll work out how not to scare the birds
This is from Siena, italy.
a wonderful example of roman style brick architecture, sadly infested with tourists. I had to wait patiently for the place to clear till this local couple stood out from the crowd.

no2 is the original colour.
Walter (Gajewski) sent me this link last night. No idea how he guessed that I was then preparing this image, which took me 17 mins to take. Chris must have grown a beard whilst waiting Smile or ha had an excellent ice cream.

Tags: Architecture Toned Digitally manipulated Siena Medieval building

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
24 Feb 2012 12:42AM
Well chosen viewpoint for your shot, Annette: superb detail in all that brickwork and a well exposed image. And I do like that herring bone patterned floor.
Difficult to avoid tourists at a site like this but they add a bit of human interest and in no way detract in my opinion.

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taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
24 Feb 2012 12:56AM
Taking me straight to the Templar's Castle ---a fascinating view, I like to think of it peopled with whoever used to live there---Super photography
gajewski Plus
13 10 9 United States
24 Feb 2012 12:59AM
The lighting throughout is wonderful -- great detail as well. The tourists don't bother me. They lend a sense of time and place, tell a bit of a story.
I like both versions equally.
JPatrickM 11 2 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2012 1:00AM
Lovely shot, especially in the mono version.
mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
24 Feb 2012 1:06AM
A fine bit of stonework annette.
I think tourists are part and parcel of the things we have to put up with.
But during the Fringe here,it beggars belief the amount of them that walk in front of my camera as I am about to take a shot.
And it is no accident mostly.They know full well what I am doing and just could not care less.I cannot tell you who I find the worst offenders.
If I did,I would fear it could start World War 3 !!
gary_d 10 576 13 Wales
24 Feb 2012 1:15AM
The two images are equally good imo, we tend to forget when taking great images like this that we are indeed one of the tourists that we are complaining about. - gary
Ayoob 6 Australia
24 Feb 2012 1:33AM
A beautiful capture and very well presented , Annette..........Grin
User_Removed 9 26 2 United States
24 Feb 2012 3:04AM
Great photo of a magnificent courtyard. I do think what you did in V1 is best.
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
24 Feb 2012 6:16AM
An excellent pov, Annette, and I like the presentation of V.1 the best, very well captured. Carol
CaroleS Plus
7 433 3 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2012 7:21AM
I do like your chosen pov, the brickwork is amazing - Carole
luceombra 6 27 5 Italy
24 Feb 2012 8:22AM
Nice work. My fav is V1
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
24 Feb 2012 8:40AM
In small doses they add human interest - it's the hoardes that drape themselves over statues that annoy me. Love your processing on v1 Annette - gives it that timeless feeling.

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
24 Feb 2012 8:47AM
V1 without any doubt! Stunning.

SlowSong Plus
9 7.3k 30 England
24 Feb 2012 9:47AM
I do like your treatment of this place. Just beautiful columns and arches. But tourists certainly are a nuisance. I'd never be one myself. Wink
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2012 10:41AM
I like your treatment too - v1 is excellent. Your title reminded me that when I visited Sienna (many years ago), I bumped into an old friend who I'd lost touch with. She was working there at the time - small world!
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
24 Feb 2012 12:34PM
Your toned version is really very attractive. It seems to reflect the age better.
I also like the poem in the link....soooo true!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
24 Feb 2012 1:44PM
going for the lovely warm colours in V2...such a great shot Annette
Maiwand 11 3 73 England
24 Feb 2012 3:51PM
Excellent POV Annette. You have made a fine effort at showing the quality of this building.
LexEquine 11 19 United States
24 Feb 2012 5:22PM
'Love the toning, processing, Light, & Composition,' on this one, Annette,...with the v1 sepia Monochrome favored~

~ Peter
24 Feb 2012 6:21PM
Great composition and wonderful textures. Love the subtle tones of V1.
Like the toning treatment in V1' with the lovely light coming thru.. Nicely balanced

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