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The Duomo, Florence

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 20 October 2011 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Low, early morning sun forming a natural chiaroscuro street scene in Florence with, prominent in the background, the city's cathedral: the Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore, or the Duomo as it is ordinarily called.

Wikipedia on 'Chiaroscuro': "When discussing Italian art, the term is sometimes used to mean painted images in monochrome or two colours.....the term early broadened in meaning to cover all strong contrasts in illumination between light and dark areas in art, which is now the primary meaning."

NIKON D700 1/500 second F/11.0 ISO 200 16 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Ryan Hammond from Tucson, United States

Another fantastic photo!

20 Oct 2011 5:12am

@Ryan Hammond: Thanks Ryan!

Hans ter Horst from Ruislip, United Kingdom

Perfect composition, beautifully lit in this, what must have been, a tricky backlit shot

20 Oct 2011 5:36am

@Hans ter Horst: Thanks Hans....Florence is a city where the light always seems to be beautiful, no matter what the time of day!

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Fantastic bw ! I like very much the way the light is distilled and of course your always excellent composition

20 Oct 2011 5:37am

@Marie LC: Thanks Marie!

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

The early morning photo sessions in the almost deserted streets are often providing exclusive opportunities for making gret pictures.
This is a brillinat exemple.
The heavy contrast on this perfectly clean image is a wonder.

20 Oct 2011 6:34am

@Gérard Beullac: Thanks Gérard! the light and exposure method - I photographed in RAW using the histogram 'expose to the right' method and then in post processing I lightened the heavy shadows in the facade of the Duomo to give what you can see here. I could have lightened the shadow areas even futher but I didn't want to lose the feeling of that intense light.

It's the degree of darkness of the shadows that make the light areas seem as bright as they are and knowing how far to go in post processing is always the trickiest part.

Ralf Kesper from Attendorn, Germany

Excellent light management. Really well made!

20 Oct 2011 7:35am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Wonderful B+W, love the shadow!

20 Oct 2011 8:28am

Tinx from Kuressaare, Estonia

Very good!

20 Oct 2011 9:14am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Beautiful B&W.

20 Oct 2011 2:52pm

alex centrella from California, United States

S T U N N I N G . . . . . !

20 Oct 2011 4:33pm

janina from Melbourne, Australia

...yes, a lovely view, but without that woman?, :O)

20 Oct 2011 6:44pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Superb deep contrast Ian, I love that mysterious second shadow next to the woman.

20 Oct 2011 6:56pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

quality sir...lovely contrasts and shadows.

20 Oct 2011 7:00pm

Gilles from Entre Bussy et Bruxelles, France

stunning compo. The high contrast accentuates the dramatic mood ... 5*

20 Oct 2011 8:39pm

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Classic shot.

20 Oct 2011 10:17pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

wonderful work with light and shadows as the vintage buildings loom in the background...

21 Oct 2011 2:14am

Enzo from Lausanne, Switzerland

Fantastic bw !
Excellent light management !
Perfect composition !

22 Oct 2011 10:44pm

JCJ from Troyes, France

très beau contre-jour

23 Oct 2011 9:48am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Absolutely beautiful, excellent photo.

23 Oct 2011 10:07am

Scene by Sharon Photography from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

masterful ~ I love the "feel" of this photo

23 Oct 2011 10:53am

Brian from Irving, TX, United States

love the angles and shadows in this picture

24 Oct 2011 3:16am

Alex from Italy

great backlight!

30 Oct 2011 5:40pm

sázkové kanceláře from praha, Czech Republic

great b/w work BRAVO

31 Oct 2011 11:20pm

BlindPoet from Whangarei, New Zealand


1 Nov 2011 12:08pm

sunstonemaria from California, United States

wonderful contrast, wonderful composition!

3 Nov 2011 6:07am

Eric C. from Ivry sur Seine, France

Superb !!

11 Nov 2011 11:43am

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

I seee what you mean, gorgeous shadows cast here.. thank you so much.

8 Oct 2012 11:53am

1/500 second
ISO 200
16 mm (35mm equiv.)