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Old town alley

Old town alley
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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7861 W: 441 N: 15442] (70840)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-06-16
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon Ixus 1000 HS
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-10 4:06
Viewed: 4030
Points: 66
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is from the Old town of Riga, capital of Latvia. I spent a day there on my way home from Georgia some time ago.
I thought this was a fairly nice view, and I was not the first one to enjoy it. I realized that when, to my great surprise, I found that fellow TE member boa had earlier posted an almost identical picture from the same place. I think I had stepped maybe one meter forward and one meter to the left from where he was standing.

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Hi, Gert, my neighbour today,
Did you came by plane to Riga from Georgia? Thanks for this post, I'd like to visit Riga and Tallinn sometime too. Very nice view of the narrow cozy colourful streets of the old Europa. But somebody said, that the blocks of Riga are not so interesting for visit.
Have a good WE!

The specific elegance and charm of the old town buildings have been retained. This is done even while expressing the colourfullness of the 'new economic order'. The turn of the street gives us an intellegent play of light and shadow. The dark grey dome high on the background - with the scaffoldings for repair - are significant and balances the composition. The lady in the foreground is taking a photograph, I suppose. This makes the whole picture dramatic.
Thanks for sharing.

Bonjour Gert

J'aime beaucoup ce cadrage vertical qui attire le regard dans la galerie. Les couleurs sont exceptionnelles męme dans les bas niveaux ou il devrait normalement y avoir de l'ombre.



Beautiful shot of a hidden gem of a city, Gert. I spent a day ni Riga last year, and was pleasantly surprised by its size and charm. The old town is wonderful, as you've captured here - tiny winding streets that appear as if out of a fairly tale, gorgeous preserved or reconstructed churches and public buildings, and pleasant restaurants and cafes.

I like the multi-layered way you've captured it here, with buildings rising up over buildings until we get to the large cathedral (which you can go to the top of, by the way, for a bird's eye view - maybe I'll post a shot from there some day). Wonderfully brightly colored buildings here, and the inclusion of another woman taking a shot from the same locale underscores your story about seeing a similar photo here, as well as adding a nice human element to the front of the frame. Well seen and captured!


Hej hej Gert,
It is a small world - and through TE it can get even familiar - almost everywhere. I had a similar experience here when I discovered a 20 year old shot in a post of a waterfall near Mapleton, Queensland taken from a almost identical POV along a walking trail by Chris Jules (ChrisJ) in the same year and month.
Anyway - nice to see how places develop or remain the same. Did you ever make use of the button 'I've traveled here'?

HAve a great WE.


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13818 W: 0 N: 16050] (169358)
  • [2012-08-10 7:30]


merveilleux graphsime et cpatage quelle belle rue étroie avec ces facades colorées ces clochers en fond qui ressortent grandisoe e tle pavage, la dame en blanc quel ensemble.

Bravo et amitié


Hello Gert. A remarkable photo of Riga. Everything here is architecturally interesting. The city has developed fantastically after independence. Unfortunately, I had little time for a detailed city tour. Your photo in the upright format like that very much. Rgds, Wolfgang.

Hello Gert,
I love how you have laid out your composition in the vertical frame so that we have a very intersting, comprehensive and comfortable view of this lovely, picturesque part of the city. The sides of the narrow road provide great perspective and additional framing that draw us irresistibly towards the centre of the frame, intriguing from top to bottom. The many colours and textures, the architectural details and atmosphere have been captured with superb clarity. The diversity of lighting has been controlled very effectively and the picture is very appealing. Well done and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,

Hello Gert,
I really love your vertical composition, I like the way you caught this beautiful place, the light and the colors are really attractive, and the quality is excellent.
Congratulations and TFS.
Best regards

Hi Gert,
a beautiful street atmosphere with splendid architectural details, the colours and lights are amazing. Great shot, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!

Hello Gert!
Beautiful street!
Attractive picture!
Special regards to the exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition!
TFS - congrats,

I like the wonderful array of colours, largely in the warmer tones. Nicely captured to move the viewer from the bottom to the top.

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  • kato Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1386 W: 219 N: 3395] (11630)
  • [2012-08-10 23:35]

Hello Gert,

You're capturing well this alley by a good angle and excellent tone, so it's intersting and impressive to see the old alley and buildings with the atmosphere of medieval times. It's impressive in tall architecture as cathedral in behind. And, some people in alley draw out a good effect.
Have a nice weekend.

Kind regards,

Hello dear Gert,
Very nice capture from old town of Riga.
Perfect pov. Specially the orange fassade at right creates a perfect contrast with the blue of the sky.
Many hidden beautiful details in the scenery.
TFS and best regards and have a nice weekend

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  • boa Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 568 W: 2 N: 1442] (7899)
  • [2012-08-11 2:08]

Hej Gert,
it is interesting to see same view but during more pleasant temperatures. Not much have changed since i was here. Scaffolding around the church and different shops perhaps is the only things i can see that have changed.
My shot was a little overexposed with burned out highlights but you have handled the light much better. I like the warm saturated colors here and it was good for the overall impression to include the woman to the right in the picture. Well done!
Ha det bra.

ps. Glömde att tacka för kaffet. Nästa gĺng bjuder jag!

Ciao Gert,
spazio e colori sapientemente costruiti in una piacevolissima composizione.
Il vicolo della cittŕ vecchia porta lo sguardo alla graziosa casetta alla fine del vicolo e la profonditŕ č assicurata dalla donna in primo piano e dal formato verticale.
Eccellente lavoro, T F S !
Buona domenica

نمایش زیبا و دید خوب شما
وضوح خوب و رنگهای زیبا
مدیریت در نور
روز خوبی داشته باشید
Show your beautiful and good vision
Good sharpness and beautiful colors
Management in the light
Have a nice day

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  • TopGeo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4033 W: 93 N: 8299] (38220)
  • [2012-08-11 7:55]

Hello Gert! Very beautiful photo, excellent subject, wonderful, peaceful place! great composition and framing, great perspective! Excellent light management, wonderful colours and Very impressive photo, perfect in any aspect! Excellent perspective, fantastic "lead in" line of FG and characteristic of architecture details!!

Warm regards,

Hi Gert
Your compo is enjoyable and it's obvious why this spot is popular for photographers. Tthe slight curve of the road that invites the eye in combined with the architecture and soft pastel colours are a delight and you have taken full advantage of the situation so well. A place full of peculiar charm. Very good image quality, Well done.
Warm regards

Hej Gert,
A very pleasant street view and much nicer conditions than the other photo here. Very attractive colours.

Hej Gert,
A very enjoyable take on Riga this is. I like the bright local colours but the way you played with perspective, sending the eye on an angular journey through the narrow streets is great. The position of te blond woman and the direction she's facing strengthens this effect.
Regards from Rotterdam,

Boa noite Gert

The point of view is fantastic. Spectacular capture of this street and the beautiful architecture.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10139 W: 144 N: 25364] (123503)
  • [2012-08-11 23:48]

Hi Gert, Indeed,almost the same POV taken, but the photos with different mood, as boa was there in winter. Wonderful view from the Old Riga, not much people there, but the girl seems also appreciate the view.
Warm regrads from Warsaw


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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9445 W: 268 N: 3085] (103038)
  • [2012-08-12 0:09]

Hi Gert,
Old Town in Riga is nice. Good composition. Beautiful old narrow street with the colourful facades of houses. Well presentation.
Have a nice Sunday.

Hi Gert,
Lovely image, full of great atmosphere. Great elegant architecture and in very good condition.

I like your composition with the lady on the right helping with the proportions and balance. And the omnipresent scaffolding! Just about all intersting buildings have some of that! I wish would had moved jus a step on the right so that the clock was full in sight but that is just neat nitpicking!

Thanks for sharing


Hi Gert,
charming street view. I think I recognize the tower, you had a bad luck to see it with the construction but because it is partially hidden the construction does not disturb too much. I like how colorful are the houses. Latvia is another of the countries so underrepresented here on TE so I am glad to see that.
Kind regards,

  • placombe Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 648 W: 167 N: 1077] (7873)
  • [2012-08-17 13:22]

Splendid composition, depth of field and colors.
regards from Canada

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  • bayno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1344 W: 297 N: 2538] (18348)
  • [2012-08-19 9:54]

Ciao Gert,
beautiful alley colorful and a stupendous cathedral in BG, you run the light in a masterly manner, great depth and sharp, and beautiful light and colors....
good evening...

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  • Angshu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7851 W: 324 N: 16060] (56760)
  • [2012-08-20 3:52]

Hello Gert
I remember having commented on Boa's picture...I presume which was taken in the winter months. Nice colourful pastel facades of the houses...the one in bright orange especially eye catching! Its interesting to note that a few things have changed between the two pictures (yours & boa's) amongst which the signages & maybe the colour of the house...
Best Regards

Hello Gert

Superb colors with perfect amount of saturation.Also very good tones and contrasts.Very interesting atmosphere.Nice job!

Best Regards

Hi Gert

Such lovely characteristic architecture. The colours are beautiful and the tight framing was superbly judged. These little alleys are the reason why we all travel to Europe and you have captured that sense of atmosphere and history beautifully.

Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day

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  • fotka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 496 W: 9 N: 1189] (5665)
  • [2012-09-18 6:01]

Hi Gert,
It is a nice shot from downtown of Riga. I like how you composed your photo of narrow street with colorful houses and Riga's Dome Cathedral in the background. The colors, light and sharpness are very good.
Best regards,

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  • mirosu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1572 W: 0 N: 3418] (16313)
  • [2012-10-16 5:27]

Hi Gert,
Excellently captured buildings from very well selected low-angle viewpoint. The view from lover angle makes the buildings majestic and dominant. Excellent deep DOF and great vivid colors. Well done.

Hello Gert,
Good picture of Riga, never there and it is interesting for me to have a general view of a street of this capital
Very well selected pov, I can see an hipopotamus on the shop board, excellent light, pov, clear shot

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