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Basilica of Boteanu

Basilica of Boteanu
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Copyright: Chris Jules (ChrisJ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14372 W: 1040 N: 28868] (136972)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-07-10
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Nikon D 90, Polarizing Filter
Exposure: f/0.7, 1/21 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2017-07-23 1:08
Viewed: 598
Points: 42
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a late afternoon shot of the Basilica of Boteanu in the warm, golden rays of the sun. ('Biserica' in Romanian). I might add a workshop later showing another shot taken from the side just a few minutes later, without the direct light. It's near the Romanian Athenaeum, & in Rosetti Street (Strada). It dates from 1682 AD. From the Bucharestian website:

"Boteanu Church. A wooden church was built here in 1682, being initially called "Bradu-Boteanu Church". In 1760 it was replaced with a larger brick wall church, and it was restored in 1790. The latter was however demolished in 1909, and it was replaced by the actual structure, accomplished in 1911. The steeples were highly damaged during the 1940 earthquake and they were cut off shortly afterwards to avoid any accident. For the next 72 years they stayed like pictured here, to the right. In 2012 they were rebuilt and now the church is close to its 1911 shape. Look for the Oriental style arches under the roof, they are quite typical for Wallachia, where they often meet Baroque decorative elements.
GPS - N44 26.419 E26 05.935"

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Hello Chris
You did a great job by catching the last sunbeams of the day on the beautiful basilica.
I also like the comparison with your workshop pictures picture showing the effect in the lightning by a slightly different position.
An excellent photo-technical job of high quality.
Have a nice Sunday. Groet Rob

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13917 W: 0 N: 16108] (170320)
  • [2017-07-23 2:09]


tout est en dorure quelle vue avec ce dorure au sommet qui se fondent avec le tout quelle compo et rendu des tons et la forme archtiecturale sueprbe mise en valeur.
Bravo et amitié

Hello Chris,
The buildings in the background make me think of the Ceausescu era, but the basilica reminds me of the more true nature of Romanian culture. I guess the design of the church is fairly ordinary but the warm light makes it look exceptional.
Kind regards,

Bonjour, cher Chris,
Cette Basilique semble en relief tant la qualité de l'image est excellente.
Le cadrage est parfait pour restituer la beauté architecturale de l'ensemble.

Dobro vece.
Interesantan i lep pogled, dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici, dobar kontrast i ostrina, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepa crkva i detalji na fasadi, lepe kule sa krstovima.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje.

Good evening.
Interesting and beautiful look, good text ...
Good work with nice photo in the workshop, good contrast and sharpness, nice colors, nice moment.
Nice church and details on the facade, beautiful towers with crosses.
Good afternoon and all the best.

Bonjour Chris,

Le sujet est bien cadré. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de l'architecture de la basilique de Boteanu. La lumière de la fin de l'après-midi rehausse la beauté des couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6096 W: 277 N: 11782] (90803)
  • [2017-07-23 5:01]

Hello Chris ,
For sure , the late afternoon light enhances the beauty of this church .
Contrasts are superb .

Ciao Chris, great view of fantastic architecture, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonjour Chris,

J'aime beaucoup cette contre plongée.La basilique est belle et le point de vue lui donne de l'amplitude. La lumière sur les murs jaunes est magnifique. Quelle belle netteté.



Hi Chris
A wonderful architectural chapter in this superb image of this iconic building, isn't only an image, it is also a whole story and thank you for taking the time to provide such interesting write-up. Appreciate the warm colour, contrast and massive amount of detail, and potential for camera meltdown......
Super shot, Congrats
Best wishes

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9719 W: 157 N: 15685] (125127)
  • [2017-07-23 8:33]

Witaj Chris!
Very nice fragment of Basilica.
Beautiful towers.
Excellent frame, colors and light.
Well done.
Nice afternoon.

Hello Chris,

You waited for the right time to capture these attractive towers and sculptural details in beautiful, low sunlight. The colours and the details are excellent.
The composition is very well considered.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

Hello Chris,

An excellent upper portion view of Basilica of Boteanu, an unique warm color contrast with great sharpness and light, I like your perfect framing, well done my friend.

warm regards,


Hi Chris
Eye-catching combination of complementary colours, yellow building looks great on the canvas of blue sky. Warm afternoon light really suits the architecture.
Best wishes

Hi Chris,
we see so many photos from other locations but not so many from Romanian capital. This is a beautiful architecture, and of course captured in splendid warm sunlight. What I find interesting is that the details of the temple are so rich and well done while at the same time on both sides there are those communist blocks of flats quite aged and damaged, they contrast interestingly here.
Excellent work,

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4094 W: 2 N: 6980] (34278)
  • [2017-07-23 16:31]

Hello Chris,
Wonderful shot of the Basilica of Boteanu.Perfect exposure, fine composition and nice colors.
Fine presentation.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24512 W: 523 N: 41034] (176508)
  • [2017-07-24 0:47]

Hello Chris,

A lovely architectural picture with wonderful details.
An excellent composition and lovely sharp presentation.
Sharpness and clarity are superb.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Hello Chris,
Golden tone walls and turrets beautifully appearing on this upwards POV.
Immacilate outlinesand fine contrast rendered.
have a nice new week,

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15562 W: 159 N: 27210] (142886)
  • [2017-07-24 7:39]

Hi Chris
Belle lumière d'après midi réchauffant les couleurs de la Basilique , bien mis en valeur sous le ciel bleu et le cadrage serré
belle journée

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10255 W: 144 N: 25647] (124503)
  • [2017-07-25 23:24]

hello Chris, The Romanians like the yellow colour. Many churches and other buildings are like this. BNeautiful three towers. Excellent composition, lovely light.

Kind regrads MAlgo

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10589 W: 174 N: 18011] (80029)
  • [2017-08-08 1:56]


amazing contrast between the colors and shapes against the blue sky. I liked the intense lower light you goto in the moment. nice differences from the greek style.



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