These are some of the most famous ruins in the world, Pompeii. This was taken near the Temple of Jupiter, in what was the centre of the city. In this shot you can see that some of the impressive columns were not actually made out of marble, but were in fact brick, with a facing of stone or plaster painted to look like stone. Pompeii is a fascinating site, because it is a pure Roman era city, with no other more modern buildings or adaptations. It's a huge site too, taking at least 30-45 minutes to walk from one side to the other without stopping. The best artifacts from the site are in a museum in Naples, but it's even better to walk the streets and imagine what it was like to live there almost 2,000 years ago.
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mesutilgim (86112) 2008-12-14 11:48
Wonderfull compo with very nice light. Nice warm colors and very good usefull notes. Very nice blue cloudy sky. Perfect light management.
TFS and best regards
Hunkar (6926) 2008-12-14 11:50
A clear image..
ocskaymarci (2684) 2008-12-14 12:02
The late afternoon lights helped you to catch Pompeii in a special atmosphere. You chose a perfect POV to present the Temple of Jupiter. The warm brown tones of the walls and the coloumns make a great contrast with the deep blue sky. Excellent contrast and quality.
porto62 (2313) 2008-12-14 12:07
Hi Alvin great compo and colours really caught the feeling of the old italian way,you got a great italian gallery by the way.The mix of shadow and daylightening are great TFS.Alain
Fis2 (86813) 2008-12-14 12:54
Very curious ruins. Wonderful place.
I like the frame. colors and super light.
JLG (2086) 2008-12-14 13:24
une tres belle vue superbement mise en valeur par des couleurs eclatante
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-12-14 14:39
optimal POV and framing to show this perspective of the ruins, the light and colors are excellent, great quality
ChrisJ (100136) 2008-12-14 16:27
I saw the Pompeii exhibition when it came to Australia, & would love to visit this historic locale one day. Good sharpness & warm cold colour contrasts. Tfs!
gneufeld (15890) 2008-12-14 18:37
This is an interesting image with excellent use of shadows and lighted areas to emphasize welcome contrasts. Well saturated colors and perfect sharpness and clarity. Well done and TFS. Gerald
nwoehnl (122) 2008-12-15 1:25
Nice shot from this iconic location, Alvin. Good lighting bringing a warm tonality in the ancient ruins, as well as a good interplay of light and shadows. Not least a fine perspective effect from the diagonals converging towards the right side of your frame.
carper (96) 2008-12-15 3:18
very beautiful place Alvin,
a fine perspective, a good light and shadow a very good quality job I like it, have a nice day.
Photo65Net (43120) 2008-12-15 3:45
Superb colors, and great perspective.
You caught beautiful details on these ruins.
Have a nice day,
Gerrit (49060) 2008-12-15 6:33
Excellent POV and wonderful site. The colors and contrast are fantastic.
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-12-15 7:49
Wonderful POv and colours in this excellent photojob.
I like a lot the diagonal and useful note.
Lovely clouds in the sky
Have a nice week
Dyerco (10185) 2008-12-15 8:54
Nice light on these ruins and a good strong diagonal line with this POV.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2008-12-16 13:40
Hi, Alvin -
A fascinating shot, not least because it shows us what lies behind the marble. Too many tourists in the picture, though. :-)
Nice balance and use of diagonals, too.
jjcordier (77014) 2008-12-17 0:58
Magnifique photo de ces célèbres ruines. La composition est idéale et la lumière superbement utilisée. Très beau!
keribar (43841) 2008-12-17 10:54
I am glad to see picture of totally different places than the great Nature of Canada, and see how the perfection is not due to the great sceneries only but to your skills and your way of trying to get the best. I appreciate every detail in this one, start,ing from the pretty colors, the framing, theh shadows the sky and the matching bacground plus of course the diagonal.
These days I am sending some pictures because I came back from Egypt withg a big collection. . We had some concerns because I was accompanied by my family, ( 10 all together) and like everybody we are impressed by situations which may happen to tourists all over the world these days. But everything went on perfectly and the trip covering Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, a boat cruise on the Nile and Abu Simbel lasted 12 days.
Hope you're OK, friendly regards - Izzet
jhm (140643) 2008-12-18 4:36
Pompeii, one of the most places for visitors,Pompeii is indeed a fascinating site.
You chose for a vertical perspective of the colums.
The white colums are very nice.
Thank you very much for your informative note.
What I really like here is a well composed picture with saturated and contrasting colours of this lovely ruins.
Also a lovely landscape in background.
Very well done, TFS.
toto (0) 2008-12-18 13:49
belle photo de ces vestiges de Pompéii avec ces colonnes, ces grandes dalles.
La vue avec ces montagnes en arrière plan, ce ciel superbe, donne un bel ensemble de toute beauté.
Rosa et toto vous souhaites de bonnes fêtes de fin d' années et une excellente année 2009, qu' elle vous aporte bonheur et prospérité.
aadilj (18102) 2008-12-19 1:48
Hi Alvin, I love that rich and wholesome blue sky and the twist with which it has been captured. the entire composition is absolutely vivid and superbly shot indeed. Glad to discover your work freind
leo61 (0) 2008-12-19 23:54
You choosed an excellent POV and managed a great composition.Amazing depth with these diagonals and wonderful light at this arch.Colors and contrast are great,too.
zeynepe (0) 2008-12-20 10:32
Pompeii certainly is one of my favorites among the ruins in the Naples area.The light adds a special touch to your lovely composition. Perfect sharpness, POV ...
Congrats and have a nice weekend,
npecanhuk (66894) 2008-12-21 11:23
Those ruins full of history are superb!
Your photo's excellent, with outstanding colors, sharpness and management of light!
I specially like the wonderful sky, the shadows of the ruins and their colors, enhanced by the sunlight!
TFS - Congratulations!
marietom (34607) 2008-12-22 2:25
Magnifique vue sur ces très belles ruines. C'est bien composé, avec une belle lumière.
danyy (0) 2008-12-22 23:05
une incursion en Europe et plus précisément aux abords du Vésuve, ce volcan meurtrier qui sévira encore.
Une photo bien divisée entre un ciel magniquement bleu et garne, et ces ruines si célèbres et touristiques.
Lumières et couleurs sont les points forts de la photo.
Meilleurs voeux pour 2009 et très joyeuses fêtes de fin d'année.
kensimage (8561) 2008-12-25 12:19
Hi Alvin--It's always a challenge to shoot this kind of location. There are tourists crawling all over, the obvious shots have all been done a thousand times already, and you often can't get in at sunrise or sunset. So the only option is to make a nice composition and execute everything technically perfectly. I'd say you've just about done that here--nice warm light, pretty clouds, and rich (if slightly oversaturated) color. I hope you enjoyed Italy! Merry Christmas, regards, Ken.
pierrefonds (57991) 2008-12-27 17:00
The prsence of the persons has an effect of scale. The diagonal line made bt the srep in front of the colums is an asset to the composition. The point of view leads our eyes toward the mountains in the background which is giving depth to the photo.. The picture is clear and sharp. The blue sky is filereing the light which is enhancing the colors. have a nice day.
- Copyright: Alvin Brown (Cormac) (26563)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-10-05
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D700, Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8, B+W 77mm Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Pompeii and Herculaneum, Tipica Italia [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-12-14 11:39