historical centre of Athens
The historical centre of Athens can be divided into three areas, all totally different from each other and fine examples of the three main historical periods:
1) The archaeological area, the green belt of the city, is a concentration of the most magnificent monuments of classical Greece situated inside an enormous pedestrian area which links parks, green areas and archaeological sites. It's a unique place of extraordinary beauty! Within the park there are the capital's main archaeological museums.
click here for details 2) The ancient quarters, nearly all pedestrianized, have been well preserved and are full of exceptional samples of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Neoclassical architecture. They are the ideal place for people who want to discover Athens of old times.
3) The Modern Area of the historical centre has been the institutional, commercial and vital centre of the capital for the last two centuries. Unlike the other two areas, it has maintained a rich architectural energy throughout the years, and today can offer the onlooker original contrasts between classical and post-modern aesthetics, with colonnades and reflecting glass façades. The area is dominated by tall modern buildings literally leaning against 19th century villas; it should be explored in depth and appreciated for its continual evolution, , which gives us an insight, with each detail, into the way humankind is developing in a vital architectural contest.
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snunney (79973) 2014-01-13 6:04
Good use of partial desaturation to make the balloons the focal point whilst giving the rest of the scene with its interesting mix of architecture a nostalgic look. The patterned tiles in the pavement make a good set of lead lines drawing the viewer into the action.
jurek1951 (40949) 2014-01-13 6:30
a splendid photo of this famous place, the composition is spectacular, great lights and architectural details,
papagolf21 (83634) 2014-01-13 6:31
Bonjour, cher Costantino,
Excellente initiative de dé-coloriser une partie de l'image, le sujet principal ressort à merveille.
Bel effet général et réussite totale.
lousat (73117) 2014-01-13 8:34
Ciao Costantino,c'e' tanta arte in questa piazza ed anche nella tua foto,un modo molto originale per mostrarci il luogo con questo cocktail di colori e bianco e nero davvero ben riuscito!! Buona serata,Luciano
manrezaei (1837) 2014-01-13 9:39
Excellent B&W work.Very nice color balloons you captured here.
Very well done.
cornejo (28760) 2014-01-13 10:58
Hello Costantino, very good photograph of this interesting composition in the center of town, very well captured in this interesting and beautiful image with good sharpness, light and color. Very good and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good evening and happy start to the week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
PaulVDV (20845) 2014-01-13 10:59
A famous square in the center of Athens with a great view. I remember this place from my visits. But I did forget the curving lines on the pavement.
I like your idea of partial desaturation for this picture with only the balloons in colour.
Best regards, Paul
holmertz (37985) 2014-01-13 11:37
This is a fine photo with a clever use of partial desaturation. The old buildings are beautiful and the conversion to B&W tells us of their old age and the history of Athens, whereas seeing the balloons in all their colours reminds us of life going on presently in the city. It's a well composed photo very nicely rendered.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-01-14 3:04
I like the partial desaturation effect on this photo. It makes the balloons stand out so well. The architecture of the BG building and the pattern on teh cobbled path in the FG are the other attractive elements of this photo. Good photo showing a nice view of the square, I like it. Thanks for sharing.
Noel_Byrne (21666) 2014-01-14 4:37
A perfect subject for selective color, and I see that Dora the Explorer is included in the bunch, the same as when I see these balloon sellers in Dublin, Dora always peers out from the middle! Your PP work here makes the balloons stand out perfectly from this fine architectural B&W scene. Like mentioned above, the wavey lines create a fascinating lead into the image too.
mohammad_H (8859) 2014-01-14 7:30
Using Photoshop to create a beautiful image
A good resolution
siamesa (27731) 2014-01-14 13:22
Boa noite Costantino
Beautiful effect in the photo in B&W. Very beautiful scene.
danos (83767) 2014-01-14 22:34
πολύ όμορφη παρουσίαση της Πλατείας Μοναστηρακίου, με την πωλήτρια με τα έγχρωμα μπαλόνια να τραβάει την προσοχή του θεατή.Η θέα της Ακρόπολης στο βάθος συμπληρώνει το όλο σκηνικό.
mirosu (12684) 2014-01-15 1:30
Super use of selective color in a beautifully composed shot of a wonderful street scene.
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Nicou (117644) 2014-01-15 2:40
la touche de couleur de cette marchande de ballons de couleur ressort parfaitement quelle vue avec ce pavage le rendu sur le pavage sueprbe cpatage et compo.
Bravo et amitié
ourania (27522) 2014-01-15 9:38
μια πολύ όμορφη σύνθεση, προσεκτικά ενταγμένη στο τετράγωνο κάδρο. Μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ το βάθος και οι προοπτικές, ο τρόπος που αξιοποίησες τα ιδιαίτερα χαρακτηριστικά του πεζόδρομου για να οδηγήσεις τον θεατή προς το πυκνό και ενδιαφέρον σκηνικό. Τα γνωστά, διαχρονικά μνημεία συνδυάζονται θαυμάσια με τη ζωντάνια της κίνησης. Η μονοχρωμία κάνει την ατμόσφαιρα νοσταλγική και τα χρωματιστά μπαλόνια προσφέρουν μια γλυκαιά ένταση. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλό σου βράδυ,
macjake (53268) 2014-01-15 11:23
excellent note you have written for us!!!
I had no idea Athens was broken down into specific areas like this.
My girlfriend and I will be visiting Athens/Greece in May/June this year :)
I like the color pop, and I like how the scene is mostly set in the bg and up higher in the frame too.
the empty fg is ok because of the patterns.
shevchenko (19051) 2014-01-15 18:28
Good contrast in between the colourful baloon with the old city, creative idea to make the colors selection, nice artistic photo, well done.
adramad (35807) 2014-01-16 12:58
A wonderful composition with the image of the old mosque and the bazaar view of the Acropolis in the background, a fantastic job of post processing with the image in B & W, except balloons, that give a nice chromatic touch.
The brightness and sharpness are also perfect.
Have a good night.
mcmtanyel (11089) 2014-01-17 20:27
I like the use of selective color here. I think I have seen a photo from a similar angle from compatriot of yours. I understand the building on the right is a subway station and the one on the left is a former mosque now used as a museum.
aliabazari (12643) 2014-01-18 17:38
Hi Costantino Dear
Beautiful record. I have always loved is attractive to the people. Thanks for sharing
clic (14416) 2014-01-20 7:20
Geia sou Costantino
Vous avez effectué un travail magnifique en laboratoire virtuel qui attire l'attention sur l'éclat des couleurs qui crée un équilibre visual ideal à l'édifice ancestral de gauche.
subhendu_bagchi (25341) 2014-01-27 1:04
wow, a great one here. Love the colour treatment you done here. Very good depth and sharpness. A great street photography. Enjoyed it a lot. Tfs.
mkamionka (29523) 2014-01-29 8:07
Hi Constantino (or Costantino?),
very attractive spot with interesting architecture, I like especially the Byzantine style as it is completely absent in the north and seems always so exotic to me. Nice idea with the balloons colored and everything else desaturated. I have to finally learn how to do it :) I like also the wavy curves on the pavement which make a nice foreground.
Very well done!
serp2000 (38441) 2014-02-02 7:13
Oh, yes, it's so familiar part of Athens. I know this place and I remember this ancient church. We were here with Danos during our TE-meeting, excellent colors management. Well done, Costantino.
adores (34740) 2014-02-02 16:02
I like this idea to make the balloons stand out in this busy square. I guess the photo works even better this way. Good scene!