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Main square (or street) of your city
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 5:11 pm    Post subject: Main square (or street) of your city Reply with quote

Post here a photo of the main square or street of your city (town, village).
Manual focus lens only.

Here's the main square of my town (it's not square though - I'd say trapezoidal). On the left you see the old thermae:



Lens is Contax Distagon 15mm.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

C'mon... all living on mountaintops? Wink


PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, I'm on a river Shocked


PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orio wrote:
C'mon... all living on mountaintops? Wink


Laughing does ridge qualify? Seriously, finding something square here in the woods is not so easy. My partner's and step-son's cabins are rectilinear, but my abode is dome-shaped. I haven't been to town in years. Very Happy


PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:17 pm    Post subject: Re: Main square of your city Reply with quote

There are several squares here, which would classify as the Main Square depending on whether year is 1550, 1809 or 1950. I try to avoid them as much as possible because they're the most photographed locations in this city and provide little photographic interest to me, I'm too local to shoot them Very Happy They are however excellent areas for testing, lots of open space and plenty of opportunities for different compositions.

Helsinki Centrail Railway Station square
Leica R7 with Leica Summicron-R 35/2 on Velvia 100, f/5.6



Helsinki Old Market Square and the City Hall
Zeiss Ikonta 524/16 with coated Tessar 75/3.5, f/5.6 and 2 seconds on Ilford XP 2



PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Western Square Budapest



Hero's Square Budapest



Don't know which is the main one I think we have no main one.


PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lovely squares...I live on the side of a hill Rolling Eyes Most Australian country towns have the main street as the centre...you guys are so lucky those old buildings are stunning Cool


PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mo wrote:
Lovely squares...I live on the side of a hill Rolling Eyes Most Australian country towns have the main street as the centre...you guys are so lucky those old buildings are stunning Cool


I gladly replace them to your parrots Laughing


PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mo wrote:
Lovely squares...I live on the side of a hill Rolling Eyes Most Australian country towns have the main street as the centre...you guys are so lucky those old buildings are stunning Cool


Ok, if no square then show main street!


PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:33 pm    Post subject: Re: Main square of your city Reply with quote

Esox lucius wrote:
There are several squares here, which would classify as the Main Square depending on whether year is 1550, 1809 or 1950.


With railway and market squares taken, let me add the definitive tourist spot of Helsinki. Behold, Senate Square:



(Samyang 14mm f/2.8)



(Olympus 35 RC)


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2010 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow Arkku, I sw the full size of your colour image, what an image quality!
I was expecting good from Samyang 14, but not this good!


PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orio wrote:
Wow Arkku, I sw the full size of your colour image, what an image quality!
I was expecting good from Samyang 14, but not this good!


Yes, I was quite surprised by the Samyang's quality myself. I was expecting it to be just good considering the focal length but it's actually good for any focal length. I was half-expecting to sell the lens after testing (pre-ordered at a lower price) but it's definitely a keeper.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 1:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another view of my main piazza, again Distagon 15mm. Contax version:



PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And yet another view, this time with the Contax Vario-Sonnar 28-85:




PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 4:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

... and one again, the last, Distagon 15mm again:



PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked Shocked Orio A simply stunning beautiful town that you live in!..and I am jealous of the lens you have Cool


PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Mo, go on and publish your main street view, this is not a competition on who has the nicer buildings, rather a way to see photos of the places where we write from.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orio, I don't what to say, except to repeat the word "stunning". In fact, it
looks like many of the European posters probably live in these wonderful,
historic areas. I'm afraid that my home town here looks like some kind of
"Toy Story" in comparison, with gaudy storefronts and the usual urban
sprawl. There is a "sort of" town square though, and I'll go get an image
of it.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laurence wrote:
Orio, I don't what to say, except to repeat the word "stunning". In fact, it
looks like many of the European posters probably live in these wonderful,
historic areas. I'm afraid that my home town here looks like some kind of
"Toy Story" in comparison, with gaudy storefronts and the usual urban
sprawl. There is a "sort of" town square though, and I'll go get an image
of it.


Larry, you have already posted your main square picture:

http://forum.mflenses.com/hanging-meadow-and-talchako-mountains-velvia-50-t32547.html

We all know you live there really Smile

Aside from jokes, I like to put a place together with a name.
Usually in forums there is this thread where members post their faces. I also like to put a context around the names. Doesn't really matter the beautiful or ugly.
Many people do not like to post the photo of their houses (understandeably, given the weird people that you can meet sometimes); so I thought that the main square of the city or town or village could do it.
Main square, or main street, if no square exists.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I just live in a street with houses, but just down the road from me is a typical English village with a narrow street. A house behind the large tree (which you can't see) is where the actor John Mills lived, in this small village there are three pubs.



PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Excalibur wrote:
Well I just live in a street with houses, but just down the road from me is a typical English village with a narrow street. A house behind the large tree (which you can't see) is where the actor John Mills lived, in this small village there are three pubs.



Well one of the most beautiful I seen many times similar in movies.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Attila wrote:

Well one of the most beautiful


+1 I love the old British countryside houses.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of 4 main squares in the city centre... I'd say the second one Smile



PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What a great thread idea, Orio!
I will participate a little later.


PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

***Well one of the most beautiful I seen many times similar in movies.***

Probably as Pinewood studios is only about 3 miles away and may have used this village many times.

For Orio:-

About 400 yards from my house they were making a film with Romans in full uniform and sun tanned hairy barbarians Cool The Rolls is from a few houses down where the guy is a collector and just uses it on sunny days