The Gate of Athena Archegetis, west entrance to the ancient Roman Agora of Athens. It's located in the district of Plaka.
Gate of Athena Archegetis. It stands on the west side of the Roman Agora. The monumental entrance has a row of four Doric columns and a socle made of Pentelic marble. It was constructed in 11 B.C. with the donations of Julius Caesar and Augustus and was dedicated by the People (Demos) of Athens to their patroness, Athena Archegetis [Leader].
This is another quick photo captured a couple of minutes before my previous posting. The gentleman walking through was faster than I had predicted in the few seconds that I had to frame this scene and unfortunately I cropped his hand. I liked the scene, though, and wished to share it with you too.
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serp2000 (40344) 2014-02-05 23:28
What could be better? Excellent illustration of Athens, good compilation of the historic heritage and daily life. Very nice composition and marvelous colors, tfs!
krzychu30 (15498) 2014-02-06 0:53
what a magnificent juxtaposition!
Ancient ruins in the middle of the modern city.Must be great feeling to live in such amazing and contrasting city,like Athens.
I like also your presentation of this Gate.Central POV suits here well as it presents the Gate excellently and keep the context of the photo with the life going on around it.
Well composed and timed!
Have a nice day
jhm (139972) 2014-02-06 3:58
The same picture as your previous, bit out of an other angle.
Nice addition the two bikers and the man comes in the lens in foreground
Your picture is very well taken with a high sharpness and clarity.
Excellent composition, lovely presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Sergiom (61054) 2014-02-06 5:32
Il y a beaucoup d'action dans cette rue et dans ta photo.L'homme qui se dirige vers toi semble bien sérieux et les cyclistes semblent avoir beaucoup de plaisir.
Ces superbes colonnes en arrière plan sont vraiment très belles dans ce ciel parfait.
ikeharel (58133) 2014-02-06 7:26
A complementary photo to your previous post, Ourania, a front view of the gate, that show how great its dimensions are.
The elderly man who was in line with your camera, unintentionally draw the attention of the viewer.
marvelous timimg, and a fine picture.
Noel_Byrne (24846) 2014-02-06 9:29
I love seeing this place, and as I look at your posts of it, it seems such a part of daily life that nobody seems to even notice it. If I lived here I would be out taking pictures in every weather and every light! A beautiful thing to have as part of the cityscape, and with such history. Even the name of this place is so appealing.
I was very happy to discover an old Greek style portico of a demolished mansion exists in the outskirts of North Dublin, as when I seen it I immediately thought of your pictures from here. I'm hoping to go an photograph it on Saturday :)
All the best from Ireland
Silvio1953 (123477) 2014-02-06 9:45
Ciao Ourania, altra bella vista di questa splendida porta, mi piace anche la composizione col signore in primo piano e i ciclisti in azione, brava, ciao Silvio
PaulVDV (22673) 2014-02-06 10:43
The Gate of Athena Archegetis is a very picturesque monument at the tourist crossroads in the center of Athens. I've also posted a picture of it.
The bikers add life to the picture. Although I cannot remember to have seen many cyclists in Athens.
Best regards, Paul
mesutilgim (85358) 2014-02-06 11:37
Hello dear Ourania,
This one with just another pov than the previous one is also very nice.
TFS and best regards
eldancer1 (28513) 2014-02-06 15:49
I've studied ancient history in high school but to see photos of the structures as they are now still amazes me. I can almost hear the people making trades in those markets. Nice capture of the ruins and the various activities around it. Good lighting and nice details. Well done, tfs.
jcpix (13686) 2014-02-06 19:21
I like this secondary view of the gate, it has brought about a characteristic of its own from this vantage point. Amazing what a shift in positioning can do for the end result...although still recognizable from your previous picture, it has been given new life from this perspective.
Not only that, but the people involved with this shot bring more human interest to the scene, especially with the gentleman right up front here. What I really enjoy about this aspect is their angled placement...between him, the two bikers and the couple at the gate there is a nice diagonal line which intersects with the vertical columns, creating an "in and up" flow through the frame. A very nice, spontaneous shot...the slightly cropped hand is only a minor detail in the grand scheme of things....although I'm sure he'd prefer to keep all five fingers. :) Happy Friday!
mirosu (14440) 2014-02-06 21:26
Another excellently composed image with nice view up to the Roman Agora. You have managed the back light very well. I like the clean BG with well lit houses and also the inclusion of people on the road. Nice scene. Only what I do not like very much is the part of the car in bottom right corner (and the cut hand of the man). A small change of POV (from right to left would eliminate these minor distractions). Otherwise very well done.
Wish you a very nice weekend.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-07 1:09
Love the mix of modern and ancient in this composition. That's a few thousand years old stone gate sitting bang in middle of a modern city. Wonderful! The bikers and the passerby make it look like a busy place. Great shot with natural colours and warm sunlight. Thanks for sharing.
subhendu_bagchi (25814) 2014-02-07 1:20
namaste, here is a superb combination of street scene and architectural photography. Your chosen POV is great and the outcome is superb with fine light and excellent colour tone. Superb shot. Really enjoyed it. Tfs.
Nicou (123172) 2014-02-07 2:21
quelle vue superbe avec ces personnage ce cycliste qui passe et en fond ces arches et colonnes superbe.
Bravo et amitié
abmdsudi (43714) 2014-02-07 8:28
The ancient structure sits beautifully within your thoughtful composition and fine viewing indeed. The blue sky improves the light a tad for you and people presence lead into the subject nicely. Good light & exposure, clean and sharp richly coloured. Fine shot, Congrats.
holmertz (41707) 2014-02-09 7:28
Never mind the cropped hand. The man is well placed along the diagonal created mainly by the two cyclists and the couple standing by the pillar to the right. This invisible line gives a good balance to the composition, which features the same combination of old and reasonably new as the other photo. I might have considered using the clone-stamp to erase the car in the lower right corner.
mcmtanyel (14117) 2014-02-09 18:54
Another nice photo of Athena's gate. I like the two bikes passing by - could have done without the old gentleman but a photographer has to take what circumstances give him; no gentleman, no bikes! I also like the rich blue of the sky.
nikkitta (14858) 2014-02-10 15:49
Hola Ourania querida
Miss this one, like people on the captures and here they are in full action, the ciclist at the back and the worried man the front
At the very back, another view of the old gate
People, old and modern architecture
Very well done
aliabazari (15837) 2014-12-10 22:46
Hi dear Ourania
Athena good shot of the gate. Composition and Exposure Well done to the man in the foreground. I like the people.
Thanks for sharing