Comments: look up there

Whoa, nice crop. Love the hand pointing action.

Posted by Igor at November 9, 2006 01:28 AM

Du you think he's pointing at the dove sitting on Marias head?
Very nice picture!

Posted by Flow at November 9, 2006 02:03 AM

wow! nice shot...
reminds me of holidays...

Posted by katis at November 9, 2006 03:07 AM

good timing on this one, they are some big gates

Posted by damien at November 9, 2006 03:59 AM

Great shot ... :x
tfs :)

Posted by rizgul at November 9, 2006 04:09 AM

Because this photo is WAY too big for my monitor, I had no idea of scale as I scrolled down, so it looked like a normal size doorway with a fancy arch. It was only when the people appeared that I realised just how large this doorway must be!

Posted by Neil at November 9, 2006 04:25 AM

Another great shot that shows the huge scale of the door and arch, in relation to the couple at the bottom.

Posted by Andy L at November 9, 2006 04:53 AM

look how relax they are... I like it , thank you!

Posted by mojde at November 9, 2006 05:00 AM

Surprise, surprise... wonderful shot... seems to be heavily zoomed

Posted by Rahul at November 9, 2006 06:13 AM


I'm a close follower of your portfolio here and frequently save some of my favorites on my computer. You have a sophisticated eye and a gorgeous aesthetic. And in my judgment, this is the best piece you've ever posted here. I adore it. And I adore the story it tells.

Just perfect.

Posted by Kaelri at November 9, 2006 06:27 AM

Perfect title for this one. The fact I had to scroll to see the couple makes it better. It had me scrolling back and forward forcing me to explore all the detail.

Posted by ROB at November 9, 2006 07:05 AM

preuve que l'on est bien peu de chose...

Posted by véronique at November 9, 2006 07:37 AM

Great blog.
I´m looking your photos and they are incredibles.
It´s interesting this blog.
Un saludo, from Spain,

Posted by Luis at November 9, 2006 08:03 AM

massive vertical...i love it!

Posted by jesse at November 9, 2006 09:39 AM

Normally I don't like to have to scroll to see the whole image. This one, however, works perfectly as three separate images (at least on my screen). First, the beautiful arch detail, with the bird sitting on Mary's head. Next comes that amazing door. And finally, a little comic relief as the meaning behind the title is revealed. Great little vignette.

And, of course, amazing image as always.

Posted by Bryan at November 9, 2006 09:49 AM

I usually crop my photoblog images to avoid this. But this one seems to work. We start at the pinnacle of the arch and move down to find someone seemingly pointing back to the arch. It made me scroll up and have a second look.

Posted by bryan at November 9, 2006 11:40 AM

It's fantastic; I love the way the size of the people allow you to feel the magnificence of the door and architecture. Now I think I want to get an extra large monitor, just to view your (often very tall) photos all at once!

Posted by Kimberly Way at November 9, 2006 12:02 PM

One of your best!!!

Posted by George Dunbar at November 9, 2006 12:20 PM

ou tell a wonderful story with this image. Thanks for sharing.

Posted by martin at November 9, 2006 12:32 PM

Love the "bigness" of this photo. Really good :D

Posted by Ross Weir at November 9, 2006 12:50 PM

In fact, a lot of couples to discover. Great (in all meanings of the word) shot and crop!

Posted by Jonas Detarsis at November 9, 2006 01:36 PM

romantic shot!
I love it ...

Posted by amun at November 9, 2006 03:48 PM

I love this photograph, especially the amazingly sharp and gorgeous architectural bits.

I understand cropping is important but why does it seemed to get mentioned over & over by commenters? I would think most everyone here appreciates judicious/artistic cropping.

Your awesome work just gets better!

Posted by Cyn at November 9, 2006 04:00 PM

If I ever have a child, I will name him/her Look Up There, in honour of this beautiful photo. Duomo arigato.

Posted by Baxter at November 9, 2006 04:06 PM

Ok I guess this one was a wide angle shot that you cropped out? You did say handheld so that's all I can imagine. Wonderfull job though Sam. You'r camera would be nothing without your mind.

Posted by Nate at November 9, 2006 05:43 PM

Hey, the Duomo is simply an amazing work of art and architecture from michelangelo, and your pictures point that out wonderfully. I've been there in the summer as well, I might have seen you ;) The heat was absolutely killing, even for the locals it was extreme! but it was worth it!

Posted by Marijn at November 9, 2006 06:16 PM

Quite an amazing, tight frame so close up. Very interesting!

Posted by Abe at November 9, 2006 10:44 PM

Beautiful capture. The scroll down makes this shot even better, the door is amazing.

Posted by Ries at November 10, 2006 02:55 AM

Great choice of title. I like that I realy had no idea why it was called that until I scrolled down to the bottom.

Posted by David at November 10, 2006 08:50 AM

This is certainly an exceptional shot! I can only echo the praise of previous posters. I wish I had a larger display to fit it in. Not only is it a magnificent door but the seemingly animated touch of human life at the bottom of the photo is the icing on the cake for this scene. The canon 350D has done a good job of it too - maybe it had good glass? Thanks for the experience of enjoying this image.

Gavin Hart.

Posted by AzureGlobe Daily photo at November 11, 2006 05:33 AM

Wow! What a fantastic shot. The timing is perfect, the lighting is perfect, it is framed amazingly. Terrific!

Posted by Rick at November 14, 2006 09:28 PM

great shot & lovely details

Posted by Prashanth at November 15, 2006 04:14 AM
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