Sunday, November 9, 2008

Today's cityscape

Hilda, from My Manila gave me the idea of posting a photo of the same view painted by Butti. The painting looks as if it were painted from the top of a mast or even higher. I took the picture in 2003 from a boat so you can't see the hills behind the city.
The colours, as you can imagine, have been tinted with Photoshop to keep them similar to the ones used by the painter.
The cityscape is pretty much the same, the castle is there of course, but all those beautiful boats are missing. Today, luckily, all the far less beautiful oil tankers and container ships travel along different routes, thus bypassing the mirror of sea reflecting the historic city centre, which is now home to leisure boats, a few ferries and the occasional cruise liner.
As for the invisible hills behind the city, well they've all been built up now - a shame, but inevitable I suppose.

6 comments:

Bolina Stretta said...

Che idea interessante, quella di modificare la photo "stile Butti"..

Il colore verde del mare e' uno dei dettagli che mi piace di meno, il resto e' carino.

Ciao.

JM said...

Hilda had this fabulous idea and you've done it so very well!!! Fantastic!

Hilda said...

Thank you, Rob! Your photo is just as beautiful as the painting — love what you did with the colors.

The coastline is just as beautiful too, even though it's more built up. Too bad none of the boats I see docked there were sailing at the time you took this — would have approximated the painting more too. And I'm also glad for you that those container ships don't pass here!

Gorgeous! Again, thank you.

sondha said...

Davvero bella la città vista dal mare!

Tash said...

This is fantastic! Excellent idea & a really, really beautiful photo.

tr3nta said...

That water ain't real!!!????? the photo is stupenda...