The Ancient Theatre of Orange is one of the best preserved of all the Roman theatres, one of only three that still have their original stage sound walls. It was built early in the first century.
Playing a major role in the life of the citizens,
who spent a large part of their free time there,
the theatre was seen by the Roman authorities
not only as a means of spreading Roman culture to the colonies,
but also as a way of distracting them from all political activities.
Not unlike television, come to think of it...
The exit is to the left of the stage :)
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lousat (75506) 2011-05-13 8:15
Hi Benny,magnificent choice of point of view and magic game between lights and shadows.I like a lot the perfect and warm saturation,great sharpness and...very interestinf theatre too.Thanks for share,have a nice weekend,Luciano
InasiaJones (31448) 2011-05-13 8:26
Your photo makes me think about one of Woody Allen movies called Mighty Aphrodite.
You might have shoot under different conditions before taking this photo, as your ISO were boosted to 800, while your exposure time is at 1/4000 seconds. The consequences aren't dramatic, but you might have a little bit more noise than necessary, as there was sufficient light to shoot at ISO 100 with the same aperture, or to open at f/11 at ISO 200 without problems.
Your point of view brings a sense of height and offers us the view that the most elevated spectators would have. You also took care to select the part of the scene where light is plenty, avoiding to include too much shadow that would have lessen the interest of your image. By placing yourself at this angle, instead of being full frontal, there is a sense of diagonal that offers more dynamic in your presentation.
Have a good weekend!
Ninello52 (7542) 2011-05-13 10:00
This magnificent Roman theater! Your beautiful shot from the top with the semi-circle on top of the stairs. Beautiful light on the architecture of the theater with the largest area in the shade!
LOOOK13 (19046) 2011-05-13 12:07
Trés belle prise d'un théatre connu dans le monde entier!
Une lumière puissante bien gérée, et un POV bien trouvé.
hgupta (1323) 2011-05-13 22:07
Lovely POV and use of light. The entire frame is crafted superbly. Well done and thanks for sharing.
samson (1355) 2011-05-14 2:41
The local government did well to preserve the outdoor theater. Many other governments would have torn down foreign colonial monuments. The stage and seatings look new too. Good view from your lens
npecanhuk (64182) 2011-05-14 7:08
Wonderful ruins of that Roman Theater!
Very attractive picture of it!
Sharpness, exposure, chosen pov, colors, horizontal format, black & white borders, contrasts and composition are all excellent here!
TFS - congrats,
delpeoples (52999) 2011-05-14 19:41
Jeez those Romans were everywhere. I knew they were in these parts and of course everywhere else, but I've never seen Roman ruins in France. So this is a a real treat. It's always difficult to convey the magnity of these arenas, especially with the problems of light and shadee. I had that problem in Sicily. But you have done really well, taking up all the frame with the beautiful convex lines of the amphitheatre. A little confused as to the ISO800 but did you leave it on by mistake? Anyway, matters not. Great job, great title.
jhm (138192) 2011-05-16 4:12
Wanneer we dit nu zien moeten de mensen zoveel jaar geleden gigantische voorstellen hebben gedaan aan de verantwoordelijke in die tijd.
Het spreek nog steeds tot de verbeelding, ik ben er persoonlijk nooit geweest, maar het moet indrukwekkend zijn.
Zeer mooi foto werk, prachtig gedaan. Bedankt.
buscape (6219) 2011-05-16 6:05
well chosen high POV with a good angle shows the whole beauty of ancient architecture. This is really a beautiful Roman theater. Well done, I like it.
pippotirella (687) 2011-05-16 11:06
congratulations for the shot, excellent colors of the Roman theater and the geometry of the steps
abmdsudi (42540) 2011-05-17 6:11
Another monumental image and history lesson, intriguing and awe-inspiring! What a fantastic looking place full of interest. This shot is superb along with interesting narative. Well composed with good high vantage point to give such large size and depth to the scene. The detail captured here is brilliant with some wonderful rich tones, an extraordinary piece of architecture given its age and really looks great. Love the scale of this with all the tiny people in this impressive amazing theatre. The colour contrast is beautiful too. What a majestic image in all respects, gorgeous postcard processing effect and absolutely brilliant shot. Congrats, TFS
mesutilgim (82990) 2011-05-18 9:48
Nice capture with good and interesting notes.
The aged stage builds a nice contrast with the modern seats.
TFS and best regards
Angshu (55375) 2011-05-29 5:42
You high POV from the concentric stairs leads us right into the stage. Strong graphic effect and the colour of the wall, of ochre-ish stones is interesting. If anyone got bored, the only way out was to pass in front of the actors...is that the case?
patdeph (35748) 2011-06-16 12:46
I like this high POV very much,making the place rather impressive,This also very beautiful with the old bricks wall,and there is a nice play of shadow and light.
magalik (6103) 2011-06-18 11:27
I like this one too. A good place for graphical shots.
I didn't know this theatre. Really nice. It gives the desire to assist to a play there. Better to come with a cushion. ;)
I like envrionment like this one where humans appear very small, it always generates an interesting atmosphere.
Nice shot with a good quality. Nice discovery for me.