Has Gert got crazy? Is he getting old? A photo of a castle, and no people! What happened?
The answer is: I saw the light. I mean, I was sitting at an outdoor café in the Slovakian city of Trenčín, sipping on a glass of red wine, when the setting sun reached the angle that gave the light an incredible golden glow. The city's famous castle looked better than ever before, so I took the camera from my pocket and snapped a couple of photos. I must have finished the wine quickly and walked around while taking more photos before this special light was gone, because the two photos I show in the workshop were obviously taken from other angles.
Trenčín is a relatively large city in northwestern Slovakia, mainly famous for its large castle, originally built in the 11th century but rebuilt and restored so many times that the present version is largely a 20th century reconstruction. I fully agree with this quote from Wikipedia:
"It looks great from almost every part of the town but there is relatively little worth seeing inside it."
Here is a larger version.
In a workshop photo you can see the castle along with the city's "plague pillar", another WS actually includes people.
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lousat (98297) 2017-04-16 1:25
Hi Gert,i'm sure that you aren't crazy,but sometimes needs to post a view without people..ehehhehe...your gallery is the opposite of mine where isn't easy to find people...ehehe....a magnificent capture of this castle made in the best moment talking about the light,the WS too is good but it's sure that the best is the main pic. Happy Easter and thanks for share,Luciano.
ikeharel (79211) 2017-04-16 1:32
All three photos show well the castle and the surrounding town and the Plague-pillar.
Golden tone of the walls derived also from the local stone the edifice was built from, but afternoon light gave extra enhancement to this, absolutely marvelous sight. Main photo with an upwards POV, not under influence by the wine... awesome outcome.
My best regards,
GyurMaster (7623) 2017-04-16 1:44
That was my first reaction, what you wrote in your note. But than a I realized that you were already old, when I met you on TE! :-P
Joke apart: I think any of us would have done the same spotting these beautiful lights, except that I would have drinking beer before taking it. It is a really nice postcard like photo!
snunney (107513) 2017-04-16 1:45
You could not give up on an opportunity like this even if there were no people in sight! Well framed with superb warm/cool tonal contrasts.
Royaldevon (43931) 2017-04-16 1:48
Crazy, Gert! I don't think so!
You would have been crazy not to have taken this photograph!
The castle looks strong and imposing from this angle but takes on a magical quality with its golden coating!
The f/g gives different textures and colours but adds to the impression of strength.
The sky, with its soaring birds, couldn't have been better.
Have a lovely Sunday,
papagolf21 (110378) 2017-04-16 1:52
Bonjour, cher Gert,
Il est splendide ce château édifié sur une motte. Bien sûr, il a été modifié à plusieurs reprises au cours des siècles, mais il a le mérite d'exister. Merci pour la note et les photos présentées en bonus, c'est un régal.
mayjayne (7016) 2017-04-16 2:13
SO I must be crazy too - because I rarely have people in my castle shots :-)
Love the golden tones against the blueness of the sky. Very contrasting colours, but nevertheless, attractive.
Have a great SUnday,
ChrisJ (118927) 2017-04-16 2:15
A fine upward pov on the castle with the honey colored walls contrasting superbly with the blue sky to give a great warm cold color contrast. Good sharpness and it's similar in style to the castle in Bratislava. Tfs!
pajaran (66338) 2017-04-16 2:18
Interesantan pogled, lep trenuta, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici, dobar kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak sa pticama i oblacima. Lep zamak i trenutak sa svetlom sunca koje je naglasilo lepotu arhitekture.
Imajte lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.
An interesting view, good current, good text ...
Good work with beautiful photography workshop, good contrast, nice colors, nice moment caught with birds and clouds. Beautiful castle and a moment with a bright sun that highlighted the beauty of the architecture.
Have a nice day holiday, all the best.
dta (82960) 2017-04-16 2:36
Hello Gert ,
No people , but some life : birds in the sky :) . An amazing castle , taken from an attractive low POV , and of course , the wonderful golden light .
Silvio1953 (154133) 2017-04-16 3:50
Ciao Gert, fantastic warm light on fabolous castle,great POV, excellent clarity and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, Happy Easter, ciao Silvio
jmdias (69250) 2017-04-16 3:52
yes, it isn't a typical compo of yours. haha.
nice sample of the local architecture, very different of the castles of portugal, spain, italy, england, france, etc..the golden light created a nice view here..
jhm (160941) 2017-04-16 4:00
The first rules of your note can I not understand!
All your three pictures are pleasant to look at.
Your main picture is the most beautiful.
Composition and presentation are very nice.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a happy Easter.
kasianowak (10591) 2017-04-16 6:03
Shocking indeed... ;-)
The castle looks great, the light and colours are truly wonderful. But I've got to warn you, this is how it's starts. I mean the obsession with light. If you're not careful, the light will rule your life. It's a great inconvenience - getting up early, catching up on sleep at midday, then staying up late. Dropping everything and running out of the house/hotel/restaurant just in time to... miss it. Stop before it's too late... ;-)
saxo042 (37968) 2017-04-16 6:36
Verkligen ett fantastiskt ljus över detta imponerande slott! En bra bild trots avsaknaden av folk. Idag har vi bl.a. varit på Nationalmuseet i Oslo och sett Munchs berömda tavlor. Framför den mest berömda skulle ju varje besökare låta sig bli fotograferad med händerna på kinderna, roligare än själva tavlan...
Sergiom (89275) 2017-04-16 6:43
Quel bel endroit. Un beau château au sommet de son pic avec une vue sur toute la région environnante. Une lumière dorée de fin de journée qui ajoute beaucoup aux charmes de l'endroit.
Nicou (152062) 2017-04-16 7:12
Ce vol d'oiseaux dans le ciel et quel chateau fnatastique quelle architecture dominante et ces tons ces rayons doux qui mettent en velru le tout sueprbe.
adramad (49992) 2017-04-16 8:13
Splendid composition, with this beautiful castle, which with its varied volumes, towers and battlements, has a magnificent structure, colorful ideal with that warm tone of sunset, the sky is also ideal.
Excellent POV, with very good lighting, color and sharpness to enjoy the details.
Very good work. I like it
Enjoy a happy sunday
Very best regards.
rychem (43360) 2017-04-16 8:34
A very attractive castle and you have taken this photo with fantastic golden light, your POV shows the height of the castle
Fis2 (107448) 2017-04-16 8:36
Excellent light and colors .
Photo has climate.
I like it.
Cricri (126750) 2017-04-16 9:09
Jolie teinte donner par la lumière de fin de journée, la prise en contre bas et le vol des oiseaux dans le ciel , belle présentation
cornejo (47288) 2017-04-16 11:29
Hello Gert, very good photograph of this beautiful and interesting castle, very well captured in this interesting image, with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and interesting work perfectly done, my congratulations, my friend. Thank you for sharing this beautiful work.
Good night and happy start to the week.
Affectionate greetings from the south of Spain.
mohammad_H (10126) 2017-04-17 6:33
Elegant and eye-catching
Light and good image, High Definition
Best wishes for you
emka (107795) 2017-04-17 14:16
Hello Gert, Fantastic golden light, I had similar light in Palmyra and lately in Zaragoza. You sipped wine in cafe, I run as crazy to catch as much views as possible. The Workshop pictures are nice , there are some people, but this is the best. Impressive view. Why I haven't been in Trencin, I love such castles :(. Have you been also up there?
Kind regrads Malgo
aliabazari (16304) 2017-04-17 20:48
I hope you are fine
A good shot of this beautiful architecture. Exposure clarity and very well done.
boa (7715) 2017-04-18 7:04
galen har du nog inte blivit men onekligen en bild som jag inte skulle kunna identifiera som din i en "blindtest" Jag förstår dina tankar här, fantastiskt vackert ljus, som dessutom inte väntar på fotografen. Här gäller det att vara snabb! Slottet i sig själv är kanske inte det vackraste som jag har sett(många olika stilar)men det ser kraftfullt ut där på kullen, badande i vacker kvällssol, snyggt!
ps. Jag önskar dig en trevlig resa till Baku. Ska bli intressant att höra och se bilder därifrån. Det gick alltså bra med visumet?
Jag har börjat fundera på Indien i Sept. istället. Kan inte riktigt bestämma mig. Vi får se framåt vad det blir.
sacimar (28975) 2017-04-18 7:26
beautiful building with a nice light, I like the perspective you chose, the different shapes of the building catch my attention, well done,
PiotrF (23138) 2017-04-18 15:08
Last photo in the workshop. There are people there! They are not interested in the beautiful light.
Light very good and beautiful view of this castle.
pierrefonds (71711) 2017-04-18 17:57
The light of the setting sun has a marvelous effect on the colours. The point of view is showing the details of the castle. It is clear and precise. Have a nice day.
macjake (73061) 2017-04-18 18:08
I like this side of you haha.
you should post and take more shots like this more often :)
reading your note, its easy to understand why you grabbed your camera, the lighting is golden yellow and yet the sky still maintains its blue hues for a lovely contrast.
thanks for this one, looks great. cheers
gervaso (16825) 2017-04-19 5:02
The golden tones given by the light of this time of the day make the image very attractive! The low POV is also great to show the castle, making it look really imposing! Wonderful place and composition! Very nice job!
mcmtanyel (29700) 2017-04-19 21:39
I like the golden rays of sun bouncing off the castle against the bluish sky.
PS. Yes, I'm still a Turkish citizen. I think ~100% of the population of Turkey will find themselves on the losers' side.
COSTANTINO (70230) 2017-04-20 11:31
Helo dear Gert and have a nice time
the title of your photo describes everything here
because we have an artisrtic photo captured in the
golden half hour this castle is fantastic
dominating the place and touching the ky
it seems like a dream like a poem
dale54 (9120) 2017-04-21 9:57
hello gert.. i've been here awhile back..but you shot here is eye catching with this late gold light against the blue sky! impressive! tfs dale
Periko (6390) 2017-04-21 10:35
Beautiful golden appearance, taken at the right moment.
The low point of view creates a nice perspective.
Not often we are in the right place to take a special photo, like this one.
dekanski (6110) 2017-04-23 13:32
all 3 are nice!!!
But, the one with plague pillar (in WS) I would differently compose - a few steps back, one step to the right and zoom only on the statue and castle, without pillar itself.
PaulVDV (32723) 2017-04-24 22:54
Wow! Not your typical kind of picture but one that for many people will be a reason to visit this place. And I believe also a reason to visit TE.
The light is indeed very beautiful and provides attractive yellowish tones on the castle making it stand out well against the blue sky.
The people usually present on your pictures have been replaced here by birds. So it's not a dead photo.
Best regards, Paul