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Old August 21st, 2005, 02:46 PM   #1
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Great BIG Tallinn Photo Thread pics from 20 th August


Okay, here goes... the single biggest photo thread i have ever made.... 60+ photos... bear with me (it gets more exiting in the bottom, but look through it ). Anyhow... not your ordinary Tallinn pics here (okay, well... some are ordinary, and boring, but i promise.... you will not regret looking in this thread... and waiting for all the pics to load.... )Some unseen places... and some mag pics... Enjoy!
I was on this little trip with Karackhal... CHeers

P.S the start is slow... gets better in the end! (NO SCROLLING DOWN! )

This is where we started our trip... the downtown (dont click on the little X, we escaped it as fast as we could :P)

we set our sights to a place, where i hadn’t been before (or... mby i had), Top of Tõnismägi... to get there we took the trolley... but it did a weird route on that day... and we ended up somewhere in Mustamäe, one of the suburbs of Tallinn... uh... noticed something interesting... demolition of a building.. Yeeey! Took a shot of it... like it

Okay... as we felt quite far from the place we intended to go... we decided to alter our chosen destination, and set afoot to our workplace (ive been working the last week), anyhow, it seemed quite close... so we started walking there... on the way we felt funny... it was as if we had stepped 30km from was a green patch with private homes, it was between the commie suburb of Mustamäe and downtown... it was quite trainquil, seemed weird, thinking that commies were 500m away and the downtown approx 1.5 km away... but it was so green and peaceful! Didnt make many pics of that place... just 1 :P
a nice house....

k... thats that... after 20minutes of walking we arrived quite close to our workplace... and from there already we could see civilization in a urban way... anyhow... Osten Tor and Fksm are easly seen from there Mind the people taking the last of the sun on a stadium nearby

Osten tor rising out of greenery... and some people sunbathing ... eh lol...

So here we are... my workplace... we are currently renovating this 1953 soviet era little residential block of flats, looks quite crappy... but belive me... they look awesome when finished 

okay... enough of that... we took a bus to the place we intended to go in the first place... Tõnismägi area... on the way i took a pic of the Ministry of Finance midrise...

just a couple of steps from the location of this photo we turned left... away from the busy street and on to Tõnismägi. A quiet side street, it was very tidy, and high quality Heres some pics :P

Mmm, it had quite nice architecture...and the whole place had nice atmosphere, because its on a hill it is kinda separated from the rest of central Tallinn that surrounds it...

The street we walked on was very pleasant, sorry for the bad quality of the pic 

I just loved the side street!

More of the building

and the last time... the street again

heres the street we walked on... further up and up Tõnismägi

the german embassy was next to that street... loved the architecture!

reached the top of Tõnismägi... on the pic you can see the Estonian national library (a huge limestone building with a freaky cool pyramid on its top)Because it sits on Tõnismägi (mägi = hill) the pyramid is seen from most places in the city.. oh, and also on that pic you can see St.Charles Church. Sorry for the overexposure!

here you can see the top of the National library slightly better

the ministry of finance building, from Tõnimägi

Tall Hermann seen from Tõnismägi, Yeey! The flag! It was Estonias Reindependance day  Cheers!

Some small building... i liked it...

Some new residentials on Tõnismägi, i kinda liked them... reminded me of parts of Helsinki!

The base was quite nice, these buildings dont have to be awfully urban, because they are not next to any major street..... the cool portrait caught karackhals eye and it was worth to take the shot!

The other side of the residentials, there were 3 quite identical ones...

Side of National Library

Okay, then we exited Tõnismägi... heres a common view of st.charles church

Turned 180 and headed that way

Oh i just love this area..... turned 180 and back and again and back... roller coaster

rrr.... so coool architecture!

a bit of midrise in the mix....

Pärnu road

Other side


... got on a tram... took pic of Karackhal while he took pic of me...

In the tram again... people coming from Kadriorg park from the celebrations (reindependance day)

This guy rocks, i love his clothes... this must have been a special day for him(well ofcourse, for every estonian )

Yeeey! Love is in the air... and roses in pockets :P

k... then we headed up to Fahle... the old cellulosis plant

went there out of curiousity, is Tornimäe already visible?!... wanted to climb up there again... well, so i did! (for you who dont remember how this view looked a year ago... well... that big yellow thing wasnt there )

and the view to the left... Yup Osten Tor has also grown (duh)

Fahle is right next to the building on whats roof i stood... man the people to get an apartment in Fahle will have the most kickass view in S&B... as you can see they have assembled the big crane next to fahle and the construction of floors on top of the old structure will soon commence!

Yes, definatly the best view is SB... one way you see the sea, the old town, the new city... the other way.... Lake Ülemiste and woodlands...

Okay... after i had taken these pics... i went down and drove next to my school... meheh... then i did a daring feat... i climbed to the top of the building next to my school (about 6 or 7 floors ) The view wasnt worth the climb 

Zoomed in on Tornimäe... Grow my darling!

A shot in to the gleaming sun...

Mwuahaha... then... i just stepped into a skate park something... and some russian kids were foolishly hurting themselves there... this shot is worth a thousand words...

uuuu.. now the exiting part i promised you... for the highrise lover... Yumm...
well, me, karackhal, and also one of my classmates... headed to Pirita... onto one huge Monument...
heres a piece of the monument, and my classmate...

made it just in time for the sunset!

apparently so did some other people

oh... that dude was lucky...

So... sucky skyline

Yeah... those people on the boat were pretty lucky too

Heres the ship, and part of the gargantuan monument i was taking these pics on 

Arriving in Tallinn... galore

the skyline, cant get enough of it...

getting darker...


we are blessed with this skyline

now a darker pic.. with the seaside and Pirita road

okay... thats it from there.... just one more pic to go... i had a chance to go up to Olümpia Hotel... to the 21st floor... took this pic from there... sorry, i know its dark, but my tripod wasnt with me there  so it has to do!

WOW... this was Long hope you enjoyed it... and didnt get sick of all the skyline views

As if this wasnt enough.... Karackhal will also add his pics to the lot soon! Comment away!

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Old August 21st, 2005, 03:02 PM   #2
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Best shot of the thread .
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Old August 21st, 2005, 06:13 PM   #3
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The night shots are ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!
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Beautiful thread ch1le and nice comments
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Old August 21st, 2005, 07:36 PM   #5
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Those sunset and evening pics are very nice, good job!

Originally Posted by ch1le
Some new residentials on Tõnismägi, i kinda liked them... reminded me of parts of Helsinki!
Oh my god, that black & white box epidemic has spread to Estonia. Yeah, some years ago I liked them aswell, but they have spread like wildfire - every damn place is now full of them and I'm totally fed up. In my opinion, colorfull freshly renovated old commieblocks are much better than those black & white 21st century boxes.


Rather nice downtown density - I really like those funk buildings and tram rails!

You should be very proud of this beauuutiful silhouette! I'm green with envy..

This is damn beautiful pic, definitely my favourite!

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Old August 21st, 2005, 07:43 PM   #6
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What a charmer of a thread, ch1le!

Your running narrative and the photos go together very nicely. Of course i remember some of those views, buildings & places very well, and it's pleasant to see them again. Thank you!
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Old August 21st, 2005, 08:59 PM   #7
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This is one of the best threads I've seen here. It's amazing what a 350D can do for your photography (and you were planning on buying a D50? Shame on you!).

I'll start with good stuff.
This is a great photo. I'm glad you decided to include some of the building you're standing on to that picture. Really like it, looks so peaceful and tranquile.
Here's another one. Mostly for the same reasons, too. You were lucky to be there in the right time. Looks very professional.

Now, I'll start the bitching.

You had tons of skyline pics. The biggest problem with them in my opinion is the cropping, as I said when we spoke in MSN. They might be a touch more strinking if you were to crop them more tightly. Also, you had cropped some of the photos so that there isn't anything under the buildings. I'd like to see less sky and more sea/ground under them. And, one more thing about cropping; in a pic like this I find the road a bit distracting.
This one might be a great photo, but it is a bit underexposed. If you can, make it a bit brighter, and I'll use it as a wallpaper.
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Old August 21st, 2005, 09:10 PM   #8
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Hehe, it was a hard time for my modem, but it was worth to download all your stuff The sunset pic (without the flying dude) is awesome
What was said on different forum, shouldn't be a matter here.

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Old August 21st, 2005, 09:13 PM   #9
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very nice pictures. You sure were the right man on the right place this time
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Old August 21st, 2005, 09:52 PM   #10
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First of all, you weren't kidding around in MSN when you talked about your photos, ch1le! I thoroughly enjoyed this thready because of the variety of subjects, the personal touch and the fact that you showed unseen places -- not the inner business center or old town. Everything was definitely above the average SSC quality.

In regard to Moolio's and Jape's comments, I can only agree what they said and I'm not going to repeat their words. Some comments of my own:
I think this could work even better in b&w and with stronger contrast, it's nifty pic nonetheless
Bit overexposed (I know, sunlight at day is bugger) and it lacks a coherent subject
Crop the island -- thing -- from the left. It's very distracting. Otherwise, it's awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111111111111111111111111111
Together with the sunset photo and one of the skyline shots, this is absolutely my favourite picture of the bunch, like straight out from a horror movie -- or an epic drama with the female protagonist looking at the sea, waiting for her husband to come back
Another favourite of mine, somehow very moving moment -- one that you've captured quite nicely. Of course, it would be even better without distraction on the right, but I know -- it wasn't shot in a studio and you can't control the environment the way you want. Unfortunately. Older men are often very photogenic in their own way.

If this thread is a sign of things to come ... niiice (Still waiting for Lasnamäe, though )
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Old August 21st, 2005, 10:21 PM   #11
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Great job ch1le. One of the best threads ever IMO
The skyline is already very good, and Tornimäe will improve it alot.
Looks quite familiar Are those the residential buildings, that we talked about some time ago at MSN?
Definitely my favorite pic, you can just feel the atmosphere
Maybe too dark, but I still like it. The green illumination at the top of Unionbank looks cool

If this thread is a sign of things to come ... niiice (Still waiting for Lasnamäe, though )
I would like to see Lasnamäe too

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Old August 22nd, 2005, 01:04 PM   #12
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I enjoyed this thread too Calm but still dynamic city
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Very nice pics!!!!!
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 02:53 PM   #14
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I like the area around the Sokos Viru Hotel.

These pics are really impressive. Tallinn is a nice city and it's cool to see photos from other areas other than the old town. I really want to visit Tallinn now. I haven't been there at all this year.

The Tõnismägi residentials really do remind me of Helsinki.

I love that house with the medieval-looking tower. Awesome !!
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 06:33 PM   #15
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thank you all for all the great comments!

First of all thanx for the analysis
But... With those skyline pics, as you sayd ... had ALOT of them, had alot for a reason... tastes Some people like the rule braking pic with the HUGE sky and the little land (not your average one thirds rule ). Well, you dont like the road, but some may like it, as it adds a bit of atmosphere and field of view, as in ... whats really going on (also the road is cool ), plus there were many pics without the road
Yeah, im totally aware that the last pic is underexposed, but like i sayd i didnt have a tripod, used a TP roll and a glass as a tripod, was afraid of using high Shutters (used 10secs!)
Anyhow, once again thanks for the feedback!

@OL again, thank you very much
the contrast, bw idea would be pretty good i guess, but i liked the grafiti on it in colour

You are totally right about the islandrockthingy... i hate it too!

Glad you liked the other pics... i loved the old man!

@Simo THanks! Glad u liked it
and no, those are not these residentials!
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Now these here are some good photos and it's nice to get that oh-i've-been-there-feeling when seeing them.

Also I must agree with sdes and Oberleutnant, when are we gonna see Lasnamäe. And it would also be very nice of you to take more contrast new/old kind of pics, something like this one here: and even some of only old, worn down houses and such. That'd be nice

Oh, yes. And those skyline pics from pirita, just beautiful.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 06:59 PM   #17
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Argh... I'm here at the forum all the time, but I never seem to find anything reasonable to say...

But I have to comment on this one. A fantastic photo-thread, ch1le!

Many great pictures here, I also think that the sunset picture with the hanggliding dude is the best. One in a million shot! I quite liked the street next to the german embassy. I like the "kozy" narrowness of it. And the tree which almost stands in the way for the sidewalk. Nice!
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Great pics. Nice to see that you represent Tallinn and show beautiful and characteristic sides of Tallinn. Imo Tõnismägi is great place to make pics, because there are many arhitecturally nice buildings and fortunately it`s not ruined with commieblocks+ there`s a bit hilly landscape. Anyhow my favourite pics are sunset and skyline pics.
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Lovely personal touch, comments, great walk, cool dude and calm hilly Tõnnismägi area... and then the lake and then the nightside pics... all was great work worth doing and sharing with us, ch1le!

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Thanks for these beautiful photos, skyline of Tallinn looks very good - I like how new high-rises extend old skyline.
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