Craig would like to see some more photos from Ukraine, so the next one from my archive.
When I went to Odessa, I imagined what fantastic photos I would make on the famous Potiomkin Steps. Of course, I looked at the scenes from movie, trying to remember them and use similar povs. But then I was very disappointed with my results. I could not find good POV, there was ugly blue fence on one side and under the stairs were many cars difficult to avoid.
The stairs were designed to create an optical illusion. A person looking down the stairs sees only the landings (see Workshop), and the steps are invisible, but a person looking up sees only steps, and the landings are invisible (here). A secondary illusion creates false perspective since the stairs are wider at the bottom than at the top. Looking up the stairs makes them seem longer than they are and looking down the stairs makes them seem not so long.
Odessa, perched on a high steppe plateau, needed direct access to the harbor below it. Before the stairs were constructed, winding paths and crude wooden stairs were the only access to the harbor.
The original 200 stairs were designed in 1825 by Francesco Boffo, St. Petersburg architects Avraam I. Melnikov and Pot'e. The staircase cost 800,000 rubles to build.
In 1837, the decision was made to build a "monstrous staircase", which was constructed between 1837 and 1841. An English engineer named John Upton constructed the stairs. Upton had fled Britain while on bail for forgery. Greenish-grey sandstone from the extreme northeastern Italian town of Trieste (at the time it was an Austrian town) was shipped in.
The steps were made famous in Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 silent film The Battleship Potemkin; according to the fictionalized account in that film, soldiers opened fire on the people on the stairs on June 14, 1905. According to journalist Chukovsky, who was in the city during the events, it is unknown whether the Cossacks at the top of the stairs, that were filled with people, actually opened fire on the stairs. In Eisenstein's movie the horrific events that actually took place in various parts of the city were concentrated at the stairs. That there was, in fact, no Czarist massacre on the Odessa Steps scarcely diminishes the power of the scene ... It is ironic that [Eisenstein] did it so well that today the bloodshed on the Odessa steps is often referred to as if it really happened. (after Wikipedia)
I observed another funny illusion. When you look up the steps, the people are mainly going up. When you look down, also the people go down.
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ChrisJ (87654) 2013-01-10 3:34
It's really not that bad. Good sharpness, a nice upward pov, excellent colour & saturation and the people going up the stairs animate the scene. The few persons descending add interest. And you have a blue sky, a rarity in China & Korea. Nice dedication to Gert, Bulent, & indirectly, Craig. Tfs!
holmertz (27182) 2013-01-10 4:27
Thanks for the dedication. I also found it disappointingly difficult to take good pictures here, but you did well with this one. Enough of colourful people for a lively view and well used long perspective that makes the stairs look like hey will never end. There is nothing to do about the ugly blue fence.
Sergiom (40107) 2013-01-10 5:59
Elles sont impressionnantes ces marches. J'aime leur largeur qui se rétrécit vers le haut dans un effet entonnoir. J'aime voir tous ces gens qui marchent dans la même direction.
saxo042 (31856) 2013-01-10 8:50
A very interesting contribution with both a good note and a good picture. This is a good reason to join TE, you can see normal daily life pictures from places all over the world, that you will never vist yourself. I am sure I will never travel to Ukraine, but I do enjoy this capture. A good POV with a lot of eye-catching colours.
ACL1978 (6091) 2013-01-10 10:37
On the contrary, Malgorzata, I like what you've done with this shot, as there's a real feeling of upward movement to observe here. The blue fence, while I'm sure ugly in person, fades away in the shot itself as one is more focused on the figures climbing, the real detail that draws me into the shot. Good brightness and color throughout as well.
bukitgolfb301 (30383) 2013-01-10 19:05
Hi dear Malogo
Oh this time is not from africa but from Ukrine. You have so much styles to present, depending uopn the area, subject and so on, I admire you very much. Thanks for your sharing and have a good last working day!
Takero from cold Tokyo
macjake (39932) 2013-01-11 5:24
I know that you're not 100% happy with the results, but that often happens when expectations are so high, you reach the desired location and its 'what the heck!' We have all been there!!
but I have to say though, I think its very successful.
and thats because I read the entire Note. Now i understand what you are talking about with regards to how the steps were designed, and the WS photo shows that very well.
its actually quiet funny, how we see people going UP, and the other photo only people going DOWN.
be happy with this one!
kennyblack (4193) 2013-01-11 11:25
The beautiful staircase and many details lead the eye towards the 'high where there is a beautiful blue sky makes this photo very nice for those who admire it.
Very well run and a good result. Thank you and congratulations.
The best greetings, have a nice evening ... Marin
s_lush (15636) 2013-01-13 21:51
Thanks for the interesting, informative and well illustrated story about the Potemkin Stairs given by you in the note! I have not been to Odesa for several years. Last time I was at the bottom of the stairs at night. It s a pleasure to see it under daylight. Excellent composition, interesting architectural and daily-life compositional elements, good light and perfect quality!
Silvio1953 (99133) 2013-01-15 0:41
Ciao Malgorzata, great perspective on lovely staircase, nice composition with a lot of people, excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio