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Three speedboats outside Rovinj, Croatia

Three speedboats outside Rovinj, Croatia
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Copyright: Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8423 W: 483 N: 16439] (74309)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-08-28
Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2018-03-07 0:52
Viewed: 1064
Points: 80
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I had in mind to call this photo "Brick roofs and satellite dishes", which were the details that mainly caught my eyes. I could also have called it "Postcard from Rovinj", because a postcard is what it is.

Here is a larger version.

Rovinj on the Istrian peninsula in northwestern Croatia is a small town attracting a lot of tourists. Its history goes back to the Roman empire, after which it became part of the Byzantine empire, the Venetian republic, Austria and Yugoslavia. The Venetian heritage is still very strong, as this photo shows. Well into the 20th century a majority of the population had Italian as their native language.

The church standing on top of the hill is dedicated to Saint Euphemia, built in 1736. It is for obvious reasons the most famous landmark of Rovinj. Some of you may find it too close to the centre of the photo. I tried a cropped version placing it neatly towards the side but found that some sharpness was lost, so decided to keep it like this. Every rule can be broken sometimes, even the holy rule of thirds.

An alternative photo can be seen in the workshop.

The approximate map coordinates from where I took the main photo are 45.08086 13.63596.

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10209 W: 161 N: 16898] (129581)
  • [2018-03-07 1:01]

Witaj Gert!
A very nice view.
Beautiful city, curious architecture.
Excellent frame, colors and sharpness.
I like church and tower.
Good colors, light and sharpness.
Well done.
Warm regards.

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10389 W: 174 N: 18540] (82599)
  • [2018-03-07 1:48]


what amazing place with this group of colorful houses and the venetian church above. I guess I never had seen an image of this place. TFS this beauty.

take care


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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14379 W: 0 N: 16314] (174773)
  • [2018-03-07 2:06]


quelle vue quelle belle ville avec le clocher dominant qui surplombe le tout et la forme de la colline et des maisons superbe comme un chapeau et ces bateaux sur le plan d'eau fantastique vue.
Bravo et amitié

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9600 W: 57 N: 16384] (60548)
  • [2018-03-07 2:10]
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Hello Gert,
Cool title for the photo. Have you seen the film? I think it should have won the Oscar for Best Picture. A wonderful and clear photo of the town and the church and its tower high above the houses of the city. The colours are wonderful and very well-saturated. The speedboats are very well included.

Dobar dan.
Danas smo komsije sa fotografijama na TE.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad sa lepom fotografijom u radionici, lepo pokazano, dobra perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepe fasade i crveni krovovi, lepa arhitektura.
Zelim vam lep i uspesan dana, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Today we are neighbors with photographs on TE.
A nice look and a moment, interesting and good text ...
Good work with nice photo in the workshop, beautifully shown, good perspective and contrast, nice colors, nice caught moment.
Beautiful façade and red roofs, beautiful architecture.
I wish you a nice and successful day, all the best.

Hello Gert,
Rules are made to be broken after all ;-) I have no problem with the placement of the church tower, which lines up rather nicely with one of the speedboats. A cut above the average postcard I would say. Optimal technical quality.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24936 W: 520 N: 42035] (180190)
  • [2018-03-07 5:02]

Hello Gert,

We get a very nice summery picture with three speedboats in foreground.
But the city Rovinj makes real impression.
The church and tower are the real eye catcher on the nice picture.
Composition and presentation are perfect done.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Bonjour Gert,

On ne voit pas assez souvent de photos de ce pays de plus en plus populaire auprès des touristes qui recherchent la nouveauté.Superbe village coloré pressé autour de sa belle église.



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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14772 W: 1051 N: 30223] (141791)
  • [2018-03-07 6:18]

Hello Gert,

I have never heard of this town before. But it looks similar to Korcula, apart from tall church bell tower. Good color and sharpness and the 3 speedboats add depth and layering to the composition. Tfs!

Ciao Gert, great view of lovely town on fantastic sea, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 108 N: 906] (527)
  • [2018-03-07 8:05]

Dear Gert!
Famous town.
Amazing cityscape.
Fantastic tower.
Perfect point of view.
Good exposure and capture.
Superb colours.
Nice image.
Good quality.
Well done!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12184 W: 126 N: 21980] (112225)
  • [2018-03-07 8:47]

Hi Gert,2 beautiful postcards this time in tour gallery,great view of Rovigno with its typical houses and colors made in italian style,i like a lot the WS too,the quality is perfect,but with the digital camera is too easy.ehehe...have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-03-07 9:00]

Hello Gert,
nice the panoramic view of the island with the church to be the eye catching of it.The lot of the houses are spread all over it with the red bricks of them to contrast perfect with the blue of the sky and the sea.I like the presentation of this beautiful place of Croatia.


Hello Gert, very good view of this interesting and beautiful city taken from the sea, very well composed and captured in this good and beautiful picture. An interesting image with good sharpness, light, color and quality. Very good and beautiful work perfectly done, my congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.

Good night and happy rest of the week.
All the best from the south of Spain.

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6128 W: 277 N: 11966] (91892)
  • [2018-03-07 10:27]

Hello Gert ,
Both the main post and the Ws are beautiful , and especially attractive is the architecture of the croatian coast ... even with satellite dishes ! :)

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  • ric50 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 0 N: 202] (769)
  • [2018-03-07 11:14]

Hi Gert,
A great blend of colors in this scene. The church looks as dominating and impressive as it was no doubt meant to and the foreground action on the water brings it all alive.

Kind Regards,


Dear Gert,

I had a faint memory of photo taken in Rovinj and I found it in your gallery. It was the tower, which was in my mind.


This picture is even more spectacular thanks to the speed boats.

Best Wishes,

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 1693] (13957)
  • [2018-03-07 11:25]

gert hello and good evening to you...your angle-POV is outstanding,very beautiful scene,with this massive church its the icing on the cake! tfs dale

Hello Gert,
A very picturesque place presented on a most colourful photo.
I like to visit such places ... but there will be throngs of other travelers together with me.
Yes, the picture in the WS is composed in a very attractive way. Ideal to complement the main photo on which we see the town much better ... and I just love those colours.
Best regards, Paul

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4268 W: 2 N: 7337] (35776)
  • [2018-03-07 16:21]

Hello Gert,
Interesting picture from Rovinj.
Beautiful, colorful house facades.
A good viewpoint of the captured image.
Perfect exposure and good color saturation.
Good work

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3588 W: 0 N: 8388] (59347)
  • [2018-03-07 21:22]
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You wrote in the title about boats, but they do not attract our attention, it is a beautiful town located on the peninsula, boats are only a bonus, a perfect photo,
regards Ryszard

Hi Gert
first things first...funny you posted this photo bc my girlfriend and I just booked our first trip together, to Croatia. We're going in late may to June for 2 weeks. Can't wait. We're doing the usual places like Dubrovnik, Split, Zagreb, an Island...any tips or advice of places to visit. Something the tour guide books wouldn't have.

and yes, I've already planned out a couple of abandoned buildings hahaha

as for your post, I too prefer the WS photo - happens to me as well, like with my previous photo. The WS photo has a more creative compo, and not JUST bc its a more creative compo, but bc it works so well. Sometimes creative compo suck haha

still, this one is very 'pretty' and gives a fine overview of the city, along with its slow progressive height. nice one. cheers

Nice iconic postcard with the beautiful sea side town. Very picturesque and attractive. Good capture.


Bonjour, cher ami Gert,
Ah ! le choix est difficile entre les deux prises de vue. Pour ne pas faire de jaloux, j'aime les deux !
Merci pour la note toujours bien écrite.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16066 W: 159 N: 28010] (147264)
  • [2018-03-08 2:03]

Hi Gert
Une vue superbe sur la ville, les bateaux ajoute du dynamiste, bonne lumière et couleurs, très belle image
Belle journée

Hello Gert,

This is a very attractive scene, and for me, the composition works perfectly well. The warm coloured roofs act like steps to the proud, focal church, perched on the hill.
However, your w/s suites my preferences even better. I like the tree anchoring the f/g and creating a natural border for the off-centre buildings.
It must have been a difficult decision for, maybe, the main post is a little sharper!

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

Hello Gert
Your search for a good title for this lovely postcard intrigues me. My first impressing was a warning finger above town or, because it is a church on top of the hill, it could be a reference to “our Lord in Heaven”. But I think three speedboats suits the best for this earthly scene.
Have a nice day, groet Rob

Hello Gert,
Very nice capture of this typical scenery in Rovinj taken with good pov and perfect light.
Very good sharpness. The 3 speedboats adds life to the scenery.
Good usefull notes as well.
TFS and best regards

Hi Gert,

The composition is well divided, the sky, the city and the sea. You have captured well the action of the speed boats. The point of view is showing the details of the houses, buildings and church. The light is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.


Hello dear Gert and have a nice time
and a happy new day
thanks for sharing with us this
wonderful postcard remitted from
you to all of us describing
Rovinj a small town attracting
a lot of tourists with great history
which goes back to Roman Empire

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10619 W: 146 N: 26757] (128339)
  • [2018-03-08 22:56]

Hello Gert, I quite forgot that we were in Rovinj in the same year, I was in May, after the TE-meeting in Venice. Rovinj was my favorite small town in Istria. Most classic sight but very attractive with the cathedral tower dominating the view. (Have you climbed this tower? I did :)). The speedboats make this composition a bit special.

Kind regrad s MAlgo

Hello Gert.
Sensational panoramic from the sea, of this beautiful population that goes up the hill, with the church on top of it, a place that I enjoy a lot and that allowed me to capture many of its beautiful corners.
A fantastic photo, with beautiful natural colors, very good lighting and excellent sharpness.
Well done. I love.
Enjoy the weekend.
Very best regards.

Ciao Gert
per fortuna i tetti sono molto lontani, altrimenti tutte queste antenne paraboliche sarebbero state proprio di troppo.
La vista è comunque molto bella e mi piace molto anche la versione del ws.
Buon we

From the WS and the main photo, Gert, I think the main is much more appealing. though the complementary posted as WS is no-less beautifully taken. Both show this lovely sea-side town from diff. angles.
Sight with the blue sea and boats passing, contrast the red roof-tiles houses built as a labyrinth on the hill, with the church tower prominently upon the top, high above all other houses.
Wish you a nice weekend,

Hi Gert,
I am not sure I would have noticed the hundreds of little white circles if you hadn't mentioned them in your note. And yet they are very eye-catching once you see them. They contrast very well with the very imposing, historical church tower.
The dynamic is created by the speedboats.
A dream place.
TFSd have a good Sunday !

Oi, Gert!

Foto linda, a paisagem é exuberante e o contraste está perfeito. A luz também é excelente e as vivas, deixando a foto ainda mais atraente. Foto bem proporcionada também.

Hello Gert,
Two lovely views of this densely built town. I like the WS photo slightly better because of the framing by the pine tree.

Hello, Gert!

Beautiful view of the city from the sea, with the church tower really standing out in the composition, which indicates the prominent position of religion. Beautiful colors, helped by this open sky, and the sharpness is also perfect! Wonderful job!

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  • Didi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 8670 W: 4460 N: 15277] (61503)
  • [2018-03-16 11:14]

Hi Gert
Very good lights ambiance and very nice view on this big village
Very nice place
Best regards

You cannot allow the rule of thirds rule your life. Although you did use it in relation to the proportion of the sea in the frame. ;-)
Nice to see a postcard from a place I haven't been to.
Have a nice Sunday

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