January 23, 2014

Neighborhood Masterpiece

Photograph by Dave Yoder, National Geographic

Like a presiding spirit, the cathedral—duomo in Italian—of Santa Maria del Fiore keeps watch over the streetscapes of Florence, including this block of Via dei Servi, a few hundred yards northeast of the church.

See more pictures from the February 2014 feature story "Brunelleschi’s Dome.

31 comments
Ray Wilson
Ray Wilson

Love it, Dave ! Not many people would have seen that photo, well done!

Ray Wilson

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Dave Yoder
Dave Yoder

Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

In answer to the questions about light, it was shot at dusk shortly after the floodlights on the duomo were turned on. So there's a little natural light on the sky, floodlights on the dome, and as usual, not much light light gets down into those narrow streets. The raw file looks just like what you see here.

Dave

Jim Tokheim
Jim Tokheim

Great composition and execution! Reminds me of what one of my first photography instructors told me, "Take your picture - of whatever, and then turn around and see what else there is to photograph - the great shot may not be the obvious one". 

Shannon T
Shannon T

I love this shot. What an original way to get a photo. Old and new converge.

Sandra Hickman
Sandra Hickman

Very interesting and lovely to capture this type of shot. Perfect timing as well for the darkness in front and the light of the sky in the mirror in the background. Of course the Cathedral sparks a lot of interest for me as I just love the architecture in old buildings. Excellent photo.

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

Dave Yoder — 'Il Duomo' Photo of the Day.  I wonder about a furtive nightime street photo:  What is the photographer doing out there, then?  The mechanics of nightime photography are in play.  Then, there is the arduous task of maneuvering the eyepiece to properly juxtapose the precise elements of a composition into the frame.  The standard photograph of Il Duomo in Florence, Italy taken on a blue sky day showing tourists feeding the thousands of pigeons on the plaza —  is suggested to the viewer in the car side mirror.  Gary Conn

Lola Rosique
Lola Rosique

A wink between the past and the present. Beautiful picture!!!

M. Clendenen
M. Clendenen

I love taking side mirror pictures of what's behind us.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

The shot is more clever than we think!  It appears to be late evening/ or night on the street but the reflection catches the remaining light on the church very clearly. So as to make it a good picture, and an unusual one. Yes, I do like it.  j.e.s.

isaiah wiggins
isaiah wiggins

this pic is amazing it looks like the downside of vegas 

Kathy Jantzen
Kathy Jantzen

Thanks for bringing back memories of my trip to Florence!  We stayed just down the street from this shop!  What a magical city!

Omer Izhar
Omer Izhar

ITS JUST LIKE ME

THE PHOTOS OF MOHAMMAD OMER IZHAR STYLE.

GREAT.

KEEP IT UP


T. López
T. López

Beautiful shot, very original and smart

Laurent Vandepaer
Laurent Vandepaer

Why is it day on the duomo reflection and night on the rest of the picture?

Tom B
Tom B

It just goes to show that great photographs can be taken from any location. Just don't forget your camera :)

Juwy Lim
Juwy Lim

nice way to shoot a story relates to what's behind you.

Jude Wills
Jude Wills

@Joy Saldanha  ... there's also a hint of the evening sky in the window eflection at top, far left. :) nicely done


A. Gallo
A. Gallo

@Laurent Vandepaer it's evening everywhere, the sky reflected in the mirror it's the same sky reflected in the window.

A. Gallo
A. Gallo

@Laurent Vandepaer@A. GalloIf you have still doubts I can also say that in the mirror isn't daylight. It isn't so dark during the day, unless it rains heavily, but there aren't that type of clouds. And the streets near the duomo are very small, so the street lamps make this effect. :) Of course, it's possibile that the photo has been retouced, I don't know this, but it doesn't seem necessary. 

Have a nice day

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