Once again, please open the image in a new window tab to see a much clearer and sharper image.
I have read many TE members advise about getting the best image quality out of this site. Seems like it doesn't matter if I upload images 800 pixels, 1200 pixels or 1500 pixels, they're mostly blurred - when in fact I know the image is not.
So please, right click the image to open it in a new window - thanks.
This is really starting to frustrate me to great lengths. Makes me want to drop TE like a ticking time bomb.
This was one of the places that was on my to-photograph list before arriving in Athens Greece.
And as usual I was very excited when i finally arrived here.
I knew the wide angle lens would be best suited to show off this oval running track.
The Panathenaic Stadium hosted the first modern Olympic Games in 1896. So for obvious reasons it was pretty darn cool to see this in person.
Of course its been kept up, and modernized a little bit, otherwise it would probably be totally run down and derelict.
It was great to see that local school children now come here with their teachers. When I visited, there were several classes playing volleyball in the middle area you see in the photo. The teachers would then escort the children in and around the stadium for history lessons.
I didn't use my tripod on this one. I just set my camera down on one of the steps you see, thats why its composed the way it is with the steps down low in the fg.
Hope you like it
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jemaflor (100085) 2014-08-23 9:31
Nice effect and pespective from this pov, light is perfect, contrast is well managed, tfs.
ourania (48706) 2014-08-23 10:31
this is a superb presentation of the Panathenaic Stadium, a beautiful sight in Athens. It's very difficult to show the whole of the Stadium from an inside point of view but you found a marvelous solution to this problem. Perspective and sense of depth are captivating. Another problem is the strong light, I've seen many photos, even in newspapers and magazines, where the texture of the stadium is too soft, because of the light, almost transparent. You dealt with this very electively too, definition is clear and robust all over. Great work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
boa (7543) 2014-08-23 11:35
you seems to be the only witness to the school class below. Totally empty seats in the arena. A good shot taken from a perfect angle, excellent symmetry too.
I can't see that this shot is blurred, it looks good on my screen. I try to upload 1500pixel images and most of the times they have the same quality as on my hd.
Have a nice weekend/
seres76 (1078) 2014-08-23 12:51
Güzel bir geniş açı. Güzel pozlama... Paylaşım için teşekkürler...
kasianowak (9693) 2014-08-23 13:00
Hi again Craig
Well seen and executed image. The symmetry and multitude of patterns make for a graphic and almost abstract composition. I really like the tiny people thrown into the distance by the use of wide angle lens, they create a strong sense of scale.
There are many technical issues on this site, e.g. red colour always looks muddy in my photos (and I know it is NOT as I've seen them in print). I hope you won't leave TE because of that!
npecanhuk (75660) 2014-08-23 14:35
Sharpness, exposure, colors, black & white borders and, above all, chosen pov and composition are all excellent and that means a superb visual result!
TFS - congrats,
Enjoy your week-end,
dekanski (5774) 2014-08-23 15:09
Great POV, nicely arranged!
carlo62 (52014) 2014-08-23 16:23
probabilmente, proprio grazie alla mancanza del tripod, il pov risulta essere molto interessante.
La linea delle scale sembra aprirci la vista sull'intero stadio e i punti colorati dei bambini aggiungono vivacità alla foto.
adidas5nb (5743) 2014-08-23 19:20
nice image with a great note.like the shapes and colors.good pov.
ikeharel (74733) 2014-08-23 22:01
Those kids sure gave good scale to comprehend the size of this Olympic stadium.
Symmetrical POV, sharp with good focal view.
Fine shot, have a nice sunday,
pajaran (63440) 2014-08-23 23:17
Interesantan tekst o starom pozoristu sa opisom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, kontrast i perspektiva, lepo pokazano pozoriste i trenutak sa ljudima.
An interesting article about the old theater with a description ...
Good time recording, contrast and perspective, well shown and theater moment with people.
All the best.
emka (102531) 2014-08-23 23:38
I have no problem with it as I use ONLY beta (except uploading) and provide a link to beta version of my photo. I do not like to open a new window, as then i do not see the note at the same time. But everyone has his/her own way.
Amazing shot this, Stunning symmetry, sharpness and so on. And how great that this stadium is still used, at last with kids and teachers. It looks as black and white, there is only small portion of green far away.
Warm regrads from lakes and forests. In short time the forests will be much bigger and thicker and the lake much deeper :)
Royaldevon (40988) 2014-08-23 23:39
I had to laugh at your lack of tripod ... now, you are photographing like most of us do! The steps have worked perfectly well! In fact, the steps have worked well in providing the most effective, central lead, from the f/g to the shape of the running track.
This is a wonderfully, visual pattern of lines, mostly concentric, some angular. The limited colour palette lays more emphasis on the pattern.
It is so exciting, so rewarding, to go back to the beginnings of such a massive sporting event!
Have a great Sunday,
lousat (94684) 2014-08-24 1:57
Hi Craig,a magnificent perspective from this stadium,caught in a perfect symmetry and with very bright detail everywhere.I read some bad things about the olympic village of Athens builth for the recent olympic games and now completely in ruin and abandoned,it seems better this old one builth for the first games....ehehe....have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
siudzi (34141) 2014-08-24 2:06
Excellent presentation of this amazing architecture of Athens! The perfectly executed symmetry was a brilliant concept for this composition. Depth and perspective made the view so attractive and wonderful. Very well done!
Have a nice day!
holmertz (56095) 2014-08-24 2:25
You really managed to pack a lot of people into this picture :-). They may be far away and look small but they still contribute a lot to the atmosphere. After all, this place was built for people. This perspective captures the impressive size and design of the stadium very well. It's still going strong after so many years.
Have a nice week ahead.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-24 3:20
superb shot of this stadium, it just begs being captured with a W/A lens doesn't it? Your POV and use of the symmetry and straight lines make it work so perfectly, and therein lies the problem with the way they squash landscape images on this site. I share your frustration because you obviously go to great lengths to post flawless images and this is degraded by the way the site is run. Not sure how we get this changed though, and I still cannot access the forums to see what others think or put in my six-penneth! As for leaving the community here - well all too many great photographers have already gone and it has made no difference to how this site operates, which is a shame, but it has diluted the quality of what appears on a day to day basis.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
tyro (26138) 2014-08-24 5:12
Yes, I sympathise with you about the degredation in quality we see here on "new" TE when pictures are "shrunk" to just 790 pixels wide and I think all you can do (as you have) is to refer people to view your images at full size either by opening them in a new tab or window or by viewing them on "beta" TE.
I really admire your dedication to your beloved tripod but, really, I can't think that I would ever feel the need for a tripod if I were shooting with a shutter speed of 1/400 second - do you really need one at such a fast shutter speed? Have you got St. Vitus' Dance? Hee, hee.
Anyway, again after some research, I see that this place was apparently first built with wooden seating, rebuilt in marble in 329 BC and enlarged in 140 BC, finally being renovated for the 1896 Olympic Games. What incredible history! And it looks like just the place I could imagine Ben Hur (and Ben Him if you're a fan of "Family Guy"!) racing around in his chariot.
Your use of a wide angle has exaggerated the perspective very effectively and you have produced a wonderfully composed photograph here with lovely light and amazing details and sharpness.
marabu61 (11189) 2014-08-24 6:02
The difference in quality between the picture here and the one opened in a new window is indeed stunning, I never realized that there was so much of a difference before, so thank you for pointing that out.
The view over the old olympic stadium is superbe, the depth given by the wide angle lens is amazing. The stairs in the foreground provide the perfect leading line towards the running track and the forlorn school children in the empty round.
Great tribute to a great place with such a long history.
have a great sunday
Noel_Byrne (32512) 2014-08-24 8:00
An iconic building, and just as you say, it's so nice to e it still being used. Funny that so many modern Olympic stadia built a long time after are now unused. This looks like a sturdy place too, there is a fine sense of strength in its design, I really like this angle you chose, having the steps low down in the foreground like this dag my eye into the scene,
Cool that the people were the too, giving a great sense of the scale of the place,
jjcordier (79297) 2014-08-24 23:07
C'est vrai que la différence de netteté est très étonnante!
Tu as trouvé le POV parfait pour photographier ce stade olympique, berceau des jeux.
mesutilgim (96260) 2014-08-25 11:53
Nice capture of this stadium in Athens today reserved for future's sportlers.
Good pov and many interesting notes.
TFS and best regards
cornejo (44635) 2014-08-26 7:39
Hi Craig, great view with excellent perspective of this old Olympic stadium, nicely composed and shot with a great pov, in this great and beautiful picture. An interesting image of an interesting place, very good sharpness, depth and quality. A good job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
alvaraalto (17892) 2014-08-26 11:16
Lovely Point Of View. The result is a strong graphical image with a great depth. I wonder what the people in the arena are doing.
Tue (40770) 2014-08-26 12:41
Perfect photo of this piece of Olympic history. You chose a great POV, I like the symmetry very much and the stairs in the foreground lead the eye nicely towards the race tracks.
PiotrF (20608) 2014-08-26 15:34
Beautiful, symmetrical image of the Panathenaic Stadium.It is a beautiful place. Your picture is very well taken.
adores (46079) 2014-08-30 3:35
This seems huge and impressive, I imagine it during the Games. It's a very good pov, I like the stairs leading us to the centre and the children there add a lot to the shot!
amaryllis (37039) 2014-08-31 5:23
une superbe perspective sur ces arênes et théâtre avec une belle symétrie que tu as su donner à ton cadrage
clic (17605) 2014-09-16 15:32
I presume the ladies, deprived of binoculars by then, occupied the lower seats by the race track for a better view on male attributes; they had to compete naked in the stadium!
Hypnotizing view on history, thanks to the 16mm setting.
kwekwekan (1078) 2014-12-23 10:44
I really like the composition and POV in this shot a lot - it brings out the shapes and design of this famous stadium and the foreground gives the viewer a really good sense of the age of the place with the textures of stairs and benches. Not easy to get an original shot of an oft photographed place, but you have done so here. Well done.