Firenze

View of Firenze (Florence), Italy from atop the Giotto’s bell tower of the Cattedrale Santa Maria del Fiore (or simply the Florence Cathedral).

It was quite a workout to climb the 414 steps to the top of the tower, but the view and the experience from the top of the tower was breath-taking (causing me to tweet this from there.) I arrived at the top just in time to watch this magical sunset taking shape and clicked off about 50+ exposures. Loads more to come from this amazing place – both from outside to the inside.

December 5, 2009 | 45 comments
D700 Italy

EXIF: Aperture: ƒ/10 | Exposure bias: -4/6EV | Focal length: 14mm | ISO: 200 | Shutter speed: 1/80s |



45 comments

  • yz on 05.12.2009 @ 13:12

    beautiful
    the weather was ideal for a spectacular shot, well done

  • claude on 05.12.2009 @ 14:59

    Very nice picture, what an impressive sky!!

  • Ryan Rahn on 05.12.2009 @ 15:24

    Wow, great job with the lighting/exposure. The orange glow of the sun in the distance adds a ray of hope to this otherwise ominous image.

  • MARIANA on 05.12.2009 @ 16:00

    And in 5 minutes storm is coming all over the city :))

  • Jasper on 05.12.2009 @ 16:29

    Totally sick shot! Amazing sky!

  • Elaine- on 05.12.2009 @ 18:09

    how weird all the building roofs are the same color... wonder what they are made of.... very cool shot!!

  • Antoine on 05.12.2009 @ 18:38

    The photograph is superb. Colours are of the landscape and the sky is splendid. Very nice capture.

  • rady on 05.12.2009 @ 19:08

    very beautiful sight, awesome shot!

  • rian on 05.12.2009 @ 19:53

    how odd is it that when i read "firenze" it reminds me of fire.. similar to this fiery sunset that you captured, it's like a firestorm that falling down on the city.. very nice shot! :)

  • justin van leeuwen on 05.12.2009 @ 21:05

    This is wonderful, I really hope you got some SWEET HDR's while up there.

  • Eugene on 05.12.2009 @ 22:27

    Awesome shot! Looking forward to more!

  • Vogelmann on 06.12.2009 @ 04:28

    What. The. Fuck. This is breathtaking.

  • Claus Petersen on 06.12.2009 @ 04:43

    Those clouds combined with the light coming through them, makes me think of aliens on the way to take over this city ;-) Nice mood you have created here.

  • Papigiulio on 06.12.2009 @ 04:59

    Sick shot mate, digg the clouds and sun contrast!

  • THEYS on 06.12.2009 @ 07:48

    Great job with the lighting/exposure.Bravo!

  • george@minimalistics on 06.12.2009 @ 09:45

    I was looking at the same view last night - in a TV documentary about Italy. Just the usual Italian blue skies and nowhere nearly as good as this very atmospheric interpretation...

  • paul on 06.12.2009 @ 11:00

    brings back memories this one, magical place. thanks for the flashback mate, look forward to some more ;)

    all i need now is a flashforward sat infront of the tv watching the lottery numbers ;)

  • minimodi on 06.12.2009 @ 11:47

    thats a mighty scene. beautiful!

  • Csaba/EyeVision on 06.12.2009 @ 12:53

    Amazing light. I like the dramatic sky with the touch of the warm tones of the setting sun. Well done.

  • jelb on 06.12.2009 @ 13:00

    Bonsoir,
    Great processing..beautiful tones and depth..bravo!

  • Klaus on 06.12.2009 @ 13:28

    Amazing Faisal ... the dramatic sky makes a amazing mood

  • sherri on 06.12.2009 @ 16:41

    Looks like it's laid out in squares. Not just the structures I mean, but the blocks. I'm not saying this right:-), of course a block is always a square, but this seems so defined. Anyway, beautiful capture.

  • Bob Towery on 06.12.2009 @ 17:31

    What a spectacular shot. Great city, for sure. But man, that is a lot of steps. Good for you for making that climb!

  • Andrés on 06.12.2009 @ 17:52

    Very beautiful wide angle of an equally beautiful city.

  • Turnbill on 06.12.2009 @ 18:32

    Fantastic sky and beautiful city scene!

  • Tokyo Luv on 06.12.2009 @ 22:29

    Wow, that moment, with that point of view, could have done a nice HDR!
    Did you made one? Still this shoot is amazing!

  • fabrizio on 07.12.2009 @ 02:57

    incredible Faisal... simply incredible a very wonderful panorama to a beautiful city

  • Sylvain on 07.12.2009 @ 04:48

    Wow !
    I thought it was HDR at first ! Wonderful point of view and process, your colours are beautiful.
    Nice work !

  • remy on 07.12.2009 @ 05:13

    each of your pic is really a story, well done!

  • joshi daniel on 07.12.2009 @ 07:03

    this is too good!
    this is one of your best shots!

  • Ariel on 07.12.2009 @ 08:31

    Fantastic. The weather was with you...

  • Oscar on 07.12.2009 @ 10:26

    Nice panorama of Firenze... great coulours

  • hoi on 07.12.2009 @ 13:32

    Wow...this is beautiful!

  • micke bergling on 07.12.2009 @ 14:10

    WOW.... so cool shot

  • Nick Lewis on 07.12.2009 @ 17:31

    As the Italians would say, "Multo buono". I would have done the same given a view like that, was it dark by the time you were done? :-)

  • Otto K. on 07.12.2009 @ 20:17

    beautiful! what a great sky.

  • Krista on 07.12.2009 @ 21:43

    Incredible shot! That sky is amazing!

  • don on 08.12.2009 @ 10:37

    What a fabulous place to shoot from. I envy you the great viewpoint. Fine shot with a very dramatic sky.

  • Luis on 08.12.2009 @ 21:39

    Wow, love what the clouds do in this one...

  • Marco Marques on 09.12.2009 @ 14:15

    Terrific sky. Great capture! Congrats!

  • Jessyel Ty Gonzalez on 09.12.2009 @ 20:11

    Wowza, chief. Wowza...

  • Sunil on 10.12.2009 @ 12:09

    Wow....this is really amazing. Is it a sunrise or sunset? I really like the two different tones on both side. One Warm and one cool....Grt capture.

  • aleksarus on 29.12.2009 @ 05:27

    Great dramatic sky! Super!

  • Ian on 15.01.2010 @ 17:19

    Wow! What a fantastic sky. Love it!

  • LightningPaul on 19.01.2010 @ 10:07

    Very nice view. The vignetting at the left bottom corner is too strong.