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Piazza Del Campo HDR

Siena, Toscany October 2010 HDR

Piazza del Campo is the principal public space of the historic center of Siena, Tuscany, Italy and is one of Europe's greatest medieval squares. It is renowned worldwide for its beauty and architectural integrity. The Palazzo Pubblico and its Torre del Mangia, as well as various palazzi signorili surround the shell-shaped piazza. At the northwest edge is the Fonte Gaia.
The twice-per-year horse-race, Palio di Siena, is held around the edges of the piazza.

Gores of brick paving viewed from the Torre del Mangia
The open site was a marketplace established before the thirteenth century on a sloping site near the meeting point of the three hillside communities that coalesced to form Siena: the Castellare, the San Martino and the Camollia. Siena may have had earlier Etruscan settlements, but it was not a considerable Roman settlement, and the campo does not lie on the site of a Roman forum, as is sometimes suggested. It was paved in 1349 in fishbone-patterned red brick with ten lines of travertine, which divide the piazza into nine sections, radiating from the mouth of the gavinone (the central water drain) in front of the Palazzo Pubblico. The number of divisions are held to be symbolic of the rule of The Nine (Noveschi) who laid out the campo and governed Siena at the height of its mediaeval splendour between 1292-1355. It was and remains the focal point of public life in the City. From the piazza, eleven narrow shaded streets radiate into the city.
The palazzi signorili that line the square, housing the families of the Sansedoni, the Piccolomini and the Saracini etc, have unified rooflines, in contrast to earlier tower houses — emblems of communal strife — such as may still be seen not far from Siena at San Gimignano. In the statutes of Siena, civic and architectural decorum was ordered :" responds to the beauty of the city of Siena and to the satisfaction of almost all people of the same city that any edifices that are to be made anew anywhere along the public thoroughfares...proceed in line with the existent buildings and one building not stand out beyond another, but they shall be disposed and arranged equally so as to be of the greatest beauty for the city."[1]
The unity of these Late Gothic houses is effected in part by the uniformity of the bricks of which their walls are built: brick-making was a monopoly of the commune, which saw to it that standards were maintained. (Ingersoll)
At the foot of the Palazzo Pubblico's wall is the late Gothic Chapel of the Virgin built as an ex voto by the Sienese, after the terrible Black Death of 1348 had ended.
Image details
Image size
3841x2592px 4.25 MB
PENTAX Corporation
Shutter Speed
1/80 second
Focal Length
10 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Oct 30, 2010, 1:20:59 PM
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pablo-klik's avatar
WOW  BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MANUVEBO's avatar
Saludos desde Chile, excelente fotografía :D
erene's avatar
Fantastic job!
sunflower901's avatar
Wow, just wow. There are no other words for this!!
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bx's avatar
good, i was wondering with what program you make the HDR files (dont tell me it's photoshop) :D
ISIK5's avatar
Photomatix Pro + Photoshop :D
smrdncr's avatar
Işık selam.yine olağanüsü bir Hdr seri.Profesyonel olarak bu işi yapıp yapmadığını bilemiyorum.Ancak kişisel görüşüm artık bunu düşünmelisin ve artık sergilere katımalısın.Kendi tarzını oluşturdun ve bence üst seviyedesin.Eğer yazdıklarımı zaten yapıyorsan benim bilgisizliğim.Bunun için özür dilerim.Başarılı çalışmalarının devamını dilerim.Herşey gönlünce olsun.Sevgilerimi ve saygılarımı sunarım.
ISIK5's avatar
Çok teşekkür ederim :D Yarı profesyonel olarak yapıyorum diyelim. Mustafa Sandal'ın son kapağını ben çekmiştim mesela :D Ama dediğin gibi sergi açmayı düşünüyorum yakında. Şu İtalya serisi tamamlandıktan sonra sanırım. Davetiye gönderirim ;)
Willbo91's avatar
Great image! I think i can see the same man three times too :) x
ISIK5's avatar
I think they're triplets :D
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elionora's avatar
I just love looking at your photographs. Sometimes I wish we could alter our sight to view the world with that much more color and dimension. Great work as always!
ISIK5's avatar
They should invent a HDR glass or something :D
elionora's avatar
They really should! lol
SuperSnappz's avatar
Beautiful place and shot, nice processing too.
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