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The pearl of the Balkans


The pearl of the Balkans
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Copyright: Christian Loste (chrislo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 368 W: 114 N: 871] (4097)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-08-15
Categories: Nature
Camera: CANON EOS 550D, Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8 XR Di II LD
Exposure: f/8, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-11-20 7:14
Viewed: 1971
Points: 51
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
If you had only one reason to visit Macedonia, this would definitely be Ohrid, the pearl of the Balkans.
Ohrid is a city in the South-West of the Republic of Macedonia, located on the Eastern shore of Lake Ohrid. The city is surrounded by mountains and is 700m above sea level. The old town is dominated by the imposing Samuel fortress. Sixty years ago, people still used to build their houses with the stones of the ramparts. It has been restaured ever since. Ohrid has a rich religious heritage as attested by the numerous churches and monasteries in town. It also bears the name of « Jerusalem of the Balkans», as the city is an important site for Orthodox Christianity. The cobblestone old town with its narrow winding streets has been well preserved. Ohrid is the 7th largest city in Macedonia with some 56 000 inhabitants. It is also the tourist capital of the Republic of Macedonia. Classified in 1979 for its role as a nature reserve, the region of Ohrid provides refuge to a large number of endangered species, both animal and vegetal.
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S’il ne devait y avoir qu’une seule raison de visiter la Macédoine, ce serait sans aucun doute Ohrid, la perle des Balkans. Ohrid est une ville du sud-ouest de la République de Macédoine, située en bordure du lac du même nom. La ville est entourée de montagnes et se situe à 700 m d’altitude. La vieille ville est dominée par l’imposante forteresse de Samuel. Il y a une soixantaine d'années, les gens construisaient encore leurs maisons avec les pierres des remparts. Elle a été depuis entièrement restaurée. Ohrid possède un riche patrimoine religieux comme en témoignent les nombreuses églises et monastères présents dans la ville. Surnommée la Jérusalem des Balkans, elle est un haut lieu du christianisme orthodoxe. La ville basse, constituée de ruelles étroites et sinueuses, reste bien conservée. Ohrid est la septième ville la plus peuplée de Macédoine avec près de 56 000 habitants. C’est aussi la capitale touristique de la République de Macédoine. Classée en 1979 pour son grand intérêt naturel, la région d’Ohrid est un refuge pour un très grand nombre d’espèces animales et végétales, qui sont pour certaines en voie d’extinction.

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Hello Christian,
This is a very nice picture with a good-looking couple in the pleasant foreground and a great view of the interesting town across the lake. The tree is well placed and covers the sky nicely and the colours and light are very good.
Regards,
Gert

Bonsoir Christian
L'image est bien composée avec ce couple bien placé dans le cadre.Cela semble être un moment de bonheur devant ce paysage.
Bonne soirée
Amicalement
Gildas

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  • Zucca Gold Star Critiquer [C: 284 W: 2 N: 1] (8)
  • [2013-11-20 11:42]

Bonsoir Christian,

Le couple et l'arbre sont bien placés au premier plan, belle vue d'ensemble sur la ville dominée par sa forteresse, excellente note pour accompagner la photo !

Bonne soirée,

Sylvain

Hello Christian,
Very nice capture from Ohrid with perfect pov and layout.
The two beachers in the front part adds a nice taste to your compo.
Many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards
MESUT ILGIM

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  • daddo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3581 W: 114 N: 6321] (28592)
  • [2013-11-20 13:51]
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Hi Christian. When I saw Ohrid more than three decades ago I saw it in its aging and original state, several building crumbling,streets narrow, dark and unwelcoming. But, I found the place fascinating, the setting incredibly beautiful. I hope the restorations and modernization haven't changed the character too much. Interesting you haven't mentioned the Albanian population- I was very much aware of their presence during my stay. The sunny photo displays the city well across the lake with the fortress clearly visible. The foreground is also of interest. Regards. Klaudio.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2664 W: 0 N: 6292] (48112)
  • [2013-11-20 21:40]

Very nice summer photo, inviting to visit Macedonia, it is the typical climate of southern Europe, well captured scene with a beautiful city in the BG
regards Ryszard

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13118 W: 298 N: 26106] (104786)
  • [2013-11-21 7:21]

Hi Christian,
a really nice view of the opposite side of the lake with the young couple to enjoy the sun and the beauty of the environment.I like the excellent light and colour management as the excellent placement of the tree in the frame.

Regards,Danos

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 12604 W: 0 N: 15607] (158586)
  • [2013-11-21 7:50]

Hello

tu mes réchauffes le coeur avec cette iamge ici il neige et je vois ce personnes cool au soleil en train de bronzer, merci c'est sueprbe quelle compo avec le bel arbre et cette ville en fond un belle brune cela est bien beau et fait envie d'y aller.
Bravo et amitié
Nicou

Dag Christian,
De parel van de Balkan is schitterend gelegen aan het meer. Deze pittoreske plaats met zijn rode daken wordt mooi bekroond door een fort, hier goed zichtbaar tussen twee overhangende takken.
Het religieuze en culturele patrimonium te samen met het mogelijke relaxen aan de oevers van het meer, moet wel heel wat belangstellenden aantrekken.
Vreemd genoeg heb ik twee jaar geleden een Vlaams echtpaar gesproken die vond dat er niets te beleven viel. Dit lijkt me echt onmogelijk. De weinige foto's die ik ooit zag van Ohrid tonen mij een heel aantrekkelijk stadje. Ik ben zeker benieuwd naar meer beelden over Macedonië.
Deze foto lijkt me al heel overtuigend. Je hebt hem echt mooi en aantrekkelijk samengesteld en in prachtige natuurlijke kleuren getoond.
Groetjes, Paul

Dear Christian,

I totally agree with your title, but this is confirmed by the note much more than by the photograph itself!

greeting

Saša

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 23244 W: 523 N: 38458] (166580)
  • [2013-11-23 1:31]

Dag Christian,

U heeft u zeer goed opgesteld om dit koppel in de voorgrond te positioneren en niets te verliezen van de stad in de achtergrond.
De boom en de rivier zorgen voor extra kleur, maar ook voor diepte wat in deze foto zo mooi wordt weergegeven.
Heel mooi panoramisch beeld als vakantie foto.
Goed gedaan, bedankt.

Prettig weekend,
John

Ciao Christian
sembra proprio un bel luogo, la foto ci mostra la bellezza del paesaggio e la tranquillità.
Ottima composizione.
Buona domenica
Carlo

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13254 W: 1022 N: 25780] (125349)
  • [2013-11-24 4:48]

Hello Christian,

A superb summery scene of the couple relaxing on the beach with a fine backdrop of the blue water contrasting against the warm skin tones of the sun bathers and their hot pink towel and orange day pack. The overarching tree frames the scene nicely. Tfs!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14404 W: 156 N: 24946] (131940)
  • [2013-11-24 8:42]

Bonjour Christian
Une belle image du couple prenant le soleil devant une vue splendide sur la ville, belle image romantique
Belle soirée
cricri

Hi Christian.
This couple puts a nice romantic touch to the beautiful composition, superb perspective of the population on the other side, the tree and its branches add a great love and a magnificent graphic image.
Very good image quality, the lighting is also ideal.
Very good job. I love it.
Have a nice Sunday and a good start to the week.
Best wishes.
Luis.

Bonjour Christian,

Une jolie scène reposante dans un décor enchanteur. Les éléments, couple et tronc d'arbre sont bien placés dans l'image et l'eau permet au regard de glisser vers le village aux toits rouges. La belle luminosité donne des couleurs naturelles pour une image de grande qualité.

Meilleures salutations

Jacques

Hello Christian,
looking like a page from a holiday brochure this is a most attractive photograph,with the tree forming a very nice natural frame for the sun kissed couple it`s a truly delightful shot.
The inclusion of the distant city adds an extra interest.
Nicely done.
Regards Les.

Hi Christian,
beautiful composition. It works so relaxing. The view far in the distance is magnificent and it is perfectly framed with the tree. The couple adds a very pleasant touch, an element of action. It is always nice to include someone enjoying the view in the foreground.
Excellent work,
M

Hello Christiane - I love this composition, the couple have attractive body language both leaning slightly towards each other and giving the impression that they are very much a couple. I also like the contrast between their warm skin tones, the colourful towel and the wider view. Evocative and beautifully managed. Warm regards Rosemary

Hi Christian,
I´ve heard a lot about Ohrid(both the town and the lake)and I must say your picture is like a best tourist prospect encouraging us to visit this beautiful region.
I like the way you composed and framed the scene.This couple sitting in front of the lake and admiring the view and atmosphere is really a superb addition to your shot.
It´s quite hard to explain,but they definitely affect the mood of the scene.

Have a nice day
Krzysztof

Bonjour Christian,
Une jolie carte postale de ce bel endroit de la macédoine,
belle composition et prise de vue,
Excellent cliché avec de beaux détails bien présentés,
tous mes compliments....Michel

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  • jcpix Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1862 W: 2 N: 3787] (14008)
  • [2013-12-07 15:46]

Bonjour Christian,

More than anything else here, I love the atmosphere that is conveyed with this image. Well, a bikini clad woman is really at the top of the list, but still, it's a terrific mood that you've portrayed. :)

A bright, sunny day while sitting on the grass and having a view like this is one of the simple pleasures in life, and you've done well to share that ideal, essentially placing us on scene. I feel as if I'm sitting there myself to soak up the sun while enjoying the water and cityscape off in the distance. Thanks for sharing the moment and sentiment captured.

All the best,

Jason

Salut Christian,
La composition est parfaitement équilibrée avec ce couple, l'arbre et la vue sur l'eau, belle luminosité et couleurs plaisantes.

Hello Christian!
and a Merry Christmas to you!! :))

what a beautiful, warm view to see on a rainy day like we are having here in Stockholm! :) A nice couple enjoying their time together on a lovely sunny day in a beautiful place... Excellent capture, I like it very much!
best wishes,
Elena

beautiful photos of the lake Ohrid, beautiful composition with city in the background and couple on front, you have beautiful pictures of Macedonia.
mnogu pozdrav Darko

Hello Christian,
also I want to be once in Jerusalem of the Balkans, I'm talking about for 20 years, when it was still part of Yugoslavia. I saw a movie about it. Your photo is perfect, congratulations!
regards
Wolfgang

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