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Gates of Paradise
3rd PlaceGates of Paradise
AllenP


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Challenge: Doors, Gates, Knobs, Locks & Handles (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Canon EOS-5D Mark II
Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II
Location: Florence, Italy
Date: Nov 13, 2011
Aperture: f/5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: Nov 14, 2011

In the main square of Florence, Italy right across where the il duomo (cathedral) is located, there is the San Giovanni baptistery. The east side of this baptistery is where you will find these doors which are fenced so that people are not be able to use them to go in and out of the baptistry. The fence is quite close to the doors so the only way to photograph them unobstructedly is to go as wide as you can. I had my 16-35mm with me so I squeezed my camera through the fence, went as low as I could go and took some shots until I was happy with one.

Michelangelo called these doors "Gates of Paradise", but they were created by Lorenzo Ghiberti. Lorenzo actually included a mini-sculpture of his own head on these doors. The original panels of these doors are actually kept in a nearby museum. These golden panels are only replicas.

Statistics
Place: 3 out of 159
Avg (all users): 6.8322
Avg (commenters): 8.0000
Avg (participants): 6.6143
Avg (non-participants): 7.0411
Views since voting: 3096
Views during voting: 252
Votes: 143
Comments: 22
Favorites: 4 (view)


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11/23/2011 11:01:41 PM
Great use of perspective to emphasize the grandness of these doors. Congrats on the ribbon!
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11/23/2011 04:32:02 PM
Been there, been impressed, even more impressed by your great image. Awesome pic of an awesome artwork.
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11/23/2011 02:46:14 PM
Lovely lighting and processing. Congratulations on the ribbon.
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11/23/2011 12:52:57 PM
Congrats Allen......I love the fact that you get to travel all of the world and we get to see the amazing results here at DPC! Congrats!!!
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11/23/2011 12:27:42 PM
stunning immage...you deserve the ribbon
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11/23/2011 12:18:49 PM
Well done,had to be near here somewhere.
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11/23/2011 06:21:30 AM
Fantastic image! Congrats on the well deserved ribbon. I just love the overwhelming feeling one gets from the perspective.
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11/23/2011 06:17:51 AM
Fantastic light, I love this. Congrats Allen!
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11/23/2011 05:48:07 AM
Congrats Allen, great shot, especially considered the circumstances
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11/23/2011 04:22:08 AM
Great shot Allen, you do get about a bit.
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11/23/2011 02:09:23 AM
congrats Allen, awesome door, nicely shot. I remember it well. I can't believe I beat you for once, and without leaving San Diego, whoo-hoo!!!! :)
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11/23/2011 01:52:45 AM
I kinda figgered this had to be yours. I remember the doors very well, from my long-ago visit to Florence. Congrats!
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11/23/2011 12:24:40 AM
This turned out great despite the challenge you faced to shoot them- congrats Allen!
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
11/22/2011 07:07:48 PM
Il Battistero di San Giovanni of Florence. Surely the gates of paradise.
Great, absolute great peeking inside the paradise where the birds are chirping and where there is no sadness or pain....
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11/21/2011 06:16:29 PM
Nice imposing perspective, what a great set of doors.
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11/20/2011 08:47:25 PM
Great perspective. I love the lighting!
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11/20/2011 06:13:45 AM
Well two tens in a row. This is outstandingly beautiful and a blue contender. 10
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11/19/2011 07:43:41 PM
Nice point of view and detail.
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11/17/2011 04:29:48 PM
Its all about the perspective.
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11/17/2011 11:16:12 AM
Beautiful. Great perspective, I like the muted colours, fantastic sharpness. Ribbon maybe?
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11/16/2011 12:18:49 PM
Love the fact you picked this angle.
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11/16/2011 09:04:38 AM
WOW love it! Great light and fantastic composition!
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