San Giorgio Maggiore

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    I stayed one night in Venice last September. My hotel was close to Piazza San Marco and I used the opportunity to get up early in the morning to photograph. It was a different Venice, almost abandoned with no tourists except a few photographers getting up early in the morning... (I was not alone). Some workers were cleaning the streets. A wonderful time of day to experience the city.

    The island of San Giorgio Maggiore is a famous landmark seen from the Piazza San Marco. The church was finished in 1580 and ever since people must have been intrigued by the classic beauty of this architecture. But it should take hundreds of years before a photo like this could be captured. Since those first photographic captures the same view have been photographed millions of times by all the visitors to this living museum.

    I decided to go for a classic BW treatment of the photo. So this is a homage to the old school of photography and a reminder of how the first photos of San Giorgio Maggiore may have looked like.

    Comments without graphics are very much appreciated. Thank you.

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    1. gregor H 69 months ago | reply

      I nominate this image for this week's pool contest.


    2. NWPhotoGuy 69 months ago | reply

      I nominate this image for this week's pool contest.


    3. nokkie1 69 months ago | reply

      I nominate this image for this week's pool contest.


    4. James Duckworth 69 months ago | reply

      I nominate this image for this week's pool contest.


    5. Gerla Brakkee 69 months ago | reply

      I nominate this image for this week's pool contest.


    6. gorgopis 69 months ago | reply

      CONGRATULATIONS!! You are the Winner of The Weekly Pool contest.

      Your win, will advance this image to the Monthly competition where it will compete for a place in the Image of the Year contest!

      Once again. congratulations!

    7. James Duckworth 69 months ago | reply

      Congratulations Hogne... this week had some good competition. It took quite a bit of viewing before I could decide.

    8. J.J. Taylor 69 months ago | reply

      Fantastic scene. Beautifully composed and interesting.

    9. jmark media llc 68 months ago | reply

      VERY striking image my brother!

    10. Sanja Buterin 66 months ago | reply

      Technical Execution: 7 = Good
      I dont think bw conversion is done correctly. Grey is dominant, I think u should try to do better conversion by channels, and to improve the blacks and whites. There are details in the building but i think is oversharpened in the area of birds.
      Maybe a little bit of lens correction as vignetting would fit good into this composition.

      Visual Composition: 9 = Excellent
      Very nice organisation of elements. Perspective and geometry are perfectly solved. Maybe a little bit to central at the point of the main object in the building. But lines are leading you directly to the most dinamic part of the picture - the birds. So composition is very correct.
      I like the panoramic crop.

      Artistic Value and Creativity: 8 = Very Good
      Nice concept and idea. B/W is siutable for this kind of composition,and definitely is a piece of art. You give it yours artistic stamp on this classical architecture, so made it unique one.

      Personal Impact: 8 = Very Good
      I feel like im somewhere there in the picture. I think with the birds crew :)
      Would like to visit this location one more and to see it in different mood like this,than the oridinary coloured one.

      Total Impression: 8 = Very Good

      (generated by the critique template)

    11. nardelli claudio 65 months ago | reply

      Veramente bella !!!!

    12. fotophriendly 65 months ago | reply

      Wonderfully captured image and processing~!~

    13. Radoslav_ 62 months ago | reply

      What a beautiful scene... perfectly captured.

    14. guerriere 57 months ago | reply

      Helt utrolig komposisjon. Ditt valg av sort og hvit for meg til aa tenke paa de store gamle fotografene.

    15. raytech_98 52 months ago | reply

      Beautiful shot - this will make an amazing wall art!!! Very well done!

    16. Rita Crane Photography 51 months ago | reply

      a beautiful classic image -- and the birds add a poetic touch.

    17. _.-♥Milla♥-._ 50 months ago | reply

      lovely! so peaceful and dramatic!

    18. Photo--Graphy [deleted] 49 months ago | reply

      Enorme !!!

    19. why 137 35 months ago | reply

      A 'gothic' Venice ...

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