For I fan of history like me, this is one of the wonders of the world - Pompeii. I can't add too much to the history of the place, just give my personal observations. The site is much larger than I expected, and would take something like 45 minutes to and hour to walk from one side to the other without stopping or detouring (an impossibility, considering how interesting it is). There are a lot of Roman ruins in Italy, and indvidual places are more impressive than Pompeii, but at Pompeii it's a perfectly preserved ancient city. Not only the famous temples and statues that we are all familiar with, but also the shops, the houses of the working people, and all the details of daily life. No other place brought the world of the Romans to life for me like this place did. It's also a very eerie place to visit, because of the eruption and the fact that so many people died in tragic circumstances there. The plaster casts of people buried in the eruption are spine chilling. I don't want to give the impression that visiting Pompeii is depressing though, because it's not. Since everything is so perfectly preserved, it seems very alive, like the people just left for a moment and they will be back soon. You almost expect to see Romans walk out of of the buildings like they did 2000 years ago. Highly recommended to anyone interested in history.
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InasiaJones (31562) 2008-11-10 18:40
Pompei is indeed a mythical place, where it's easy to imagine the way it used to be in their daily life. In Naples, at the Archeological museum, you can see all the original artefacts from Pompei, including awesome mosaics.
Great light over these ruins and interesting sky to go with it.
cak (4923) 2008-11-10 18:57
effective contrast and debth front of the interesting clouds. thank u
BWJ (3090) 2008-11-10 20:52
This is a spectacular shot of the Temple of Jupiter! I like the way you have filled the frame with the temple. Including the small patch of green grass is nice with the rich colors and textures of the ancient building and that beautiful sky. Your picture is very clear and sharp too! Excellent work!
jjcordier (79289) 2008-11-10 22:25
Une très belle lumière qui met superbement en valeur ces célèbres ruines. Le ciel,est superbe avec ces deux nuages qui semblent jaillir de chaque côté de la colonne.
Fis2 (92245) 2008-11-10 23:56
Very curious place. Fantastic ruins. Good frame and colors. I like the light and sky. Photo has climate. Well done.
Gerrit (51730) 2008-11-11 0:00
Beautiful warm light on this impressive site. Good POV and framning.
Floydian (30970) 2008-11-11 0:16
Never been there, but for sure a place i would like to visit. Seems over-crowded with people on certain months, but still a must-see when being in that area.
You show a different view from Pompeii then we usual see and i like that. For some just some stones and pilars, for me a part of history and a place were Pink Floyd did a concert in the early 70s..!!!
Technical perfect, but i didn't expect anything else from that D700...
jonathan_hart (21274) 2008-11-11 3:16
the dominant pillar is quite central, but i still like the framing enough, there is a good lighting a,d colors tuned warm
carper (96) 2008-11-11 3:40
a very famous place Alvin,
It's not an easy subject but I like your pov here, the composition is well choosen and the quality is very nice, good photojob here, have a nice day.
Dyerco (10185) 2008-11-11 7:45
Nicely done. The clouds appear to embrace the ruins or at least welcome the tourists. The composition is well balanced and the exposure is spot on.
cdmonson (4910) 2008-11-11 15:48
I like it. It's a pity you couldn't have included the whole building in that frame, but that's a minor complaint. I love those clouds, and the sun. I'm not such a fan of the central placement of that main column, but at the same time it gives it a nice bit of symmetry.
I'm with you--I love history. When my wife and I went to Mexico, my favorite places were not the beaches but the Mayan ruins. Europe would kill me. :) Nice work.
hispic (9652) 2008-11-11 19:07
Very impressive dancing clouds by using the entire stage of blue sky. It seems a beauty competition of human versus nature. The light on the column of the forum placed at the middle is really beautiful.
Have a nice day, Hisashi
kensimage (8565) 2008-11-11 23:47
This is definitely a place I'd like to visit, Alvin--and I hope I get clouds as nice as the ones you show here! Nice lighting and rich color (perhaps slightly oversaturated in the sky.) Regards, Ken.
PixelTerror (0) 2008-11-12 2:06
Thanks for the good note and advise, sharing similar interests as yours I won't miss the visit if I ever pass in the area. I don't mind the central framing and I appreciate the bottom position that maximizes the subject, lightwise it seems it has been a rather difficult time of the day, although there is already plenty of light at 6.28 AM ;-)))
Have a nice day JY
jhm (146712) 2008-11-12 4:10
Exactly a hand with fingers these old column,Pompei is indeed a mythical place with the a lot ruins.
Colours and sharpness are superb.
Composition and presentation are very well.
Very well done, TFS.
gneufeld (15890) 2008-11-12 18:40
Great details of this piece of ancient history. I think centering the tallest column in this one was the right thing to do - sets a cornerstone for the rest of the image. Good colors and excellent clarity and sharpness. TFS. Gerald
Emile (20352) 2008-11-14 6:53
I haven't been there, the occasion to visit Pompeii was just there last September during a cruise around Italy, but instead we visit Capri. Your shot has a wonderful composition, good colors and frame, your POV is also very good, beautiful sky. I see that you have the new D700, it's a very good camera.
batalay (37451) 2008-11-16 15:18
Pompeii certainly is one of my favorites among the ruins in the Naples area, but my single most favorite is Paestum, a couple of hours away by car. There 6th century BC Greek temples abound and are in such pristine condition that you get the feeling that you would not be surprised if a group of "citizens wearing togas" would suddenly appear, speaking in some dead dialect of the region. I love the colors, resolution and dominant column placed at the vertical bisector of the image. I see that you have graduated to the Nikon D700, as has Izzet Keribar. Congratulations.
npecanhuk (72112) 2008-12-06 10:44
The sky with those clouds was simply fantastic so you could compose this image so nicely with the ruins of Pompeii! I was there in 1999, I always wanted to be there and I enjoyed it a lot! However, as the day went by, it got cloudier and cloudier and I sort of felt a bit sad there and went away! I wouldn't certainly do that with this kind of sky!
Excellent photo job as usual!
TFS - Congratulations!
My warmest regards,
donluicu (24724) 2009-01-11 14:27
this is a beautiful image, and good note...
indeed Pompei is a big site, rich historically
- 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, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Pompeii and Herculaneum [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-11-10 18:27