Window of an old villa built on the cliff's edge with a view to the Mediterranean, in the ancient town ruins on Ashkelon. One WS with a diff. perspective on.
It was a prominent port city, evidence found that it was established by the Cnaanite sometime in the 19th century BC. Location on the Via-Maris, a major road from north to south, towards Egypt, had a merchants port and its inhabitants exported goods throughout the near Mediterranean countries.
Occupied later by the Persians, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders and Ottomans – all left a notable mark on life there, excavations found on the large area with the 4000 years old wall 2.2km length around the old city, and many ancient houses, villas, public-buildings, a basilica and a port.
Situated in the south Israel coastal plains, exact location on map: 31.6631, 34.54404 , on the far part of the National-Park.
Both pic.s are 16:9 aspect ratio. Managed the backlight by just a bit.
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mesutilgim (97474) 2014-04-12 1:29
Hello dear Ike,
Another lecture for a "good pov" ! Allthough quite strong contrasts, the result is just perfect !
Interestig notes and hints makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and have a nice weekend
jhm (159891) 2014-04-12 1:40
Thank you very much with these interesting note.
Nice picture, also your workshop, alone a little bit dangerous for falling stones.
You chose a very well angle, and a nice point of view.
Excellent captured, nice presentation too.
Good contrast picture too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-04-12 1:41
a very effective photo of this interesting architecture, great details and POV,
pierrefonds (71051) 2014-04-12 4:47
You had a good idea to use the arche to frame the sea, it is also giving depth to the composition. The point of view is showing the details and the colors of the ruins. The good luminosity is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-12 5:04
there is something appealing about viewing the blue sea through the walls of a ruin. It just adds to the romantic atmosphere I suppose and this is proof positive of that effect. Love the shadows and glorious textures here.
Enjoy the weekend - B.
carlo62 (54870) 2014-04-12 5:20
è incredibile come siano ancora in piedi queste antiche pietre, anche se la costruzione è diroccata, ha un suo fascino, soprattutto grazie alla vicinanza del mare e del suo colore.
Buon fine settimana
ourania (51079) 2014-04-12 5:30
I like very much how this ruined but still interesting ancient structure looks like a cave but with wide openings and a marvelous view at the back:) You fitted superbly this particular part of the structure in your vertical frame and ensured fine depth. The stone textures are rendered in an excellent way and there's a wonderful contrast between them and the smooth, blue parts. The workshop picture is very interesting and appealing too. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
delpeoples (59772) 2014-04-12 5:31
Wow what amazing ruins on the seaside. I am surprised that they have survived at all. I like your POV which was a difficult one to take, given the extremes of harsh light and strong shade, but I think you did well to balance it out as you did. Well done, and a fascinating subject.
Silvio1953 (152823) 2014-04-12 7:26
Ciao Ike, lovely composition with fascinating ruines, great window on on beautiful sea, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
kato (11630) 2014-04-12 7:34
You're capturing well this old villa in ancient times by a good macro and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the old villa accumulated with the small stone and window whice is faced to the Mediterranean. These ruins are footprints of the historical changes to now from ancient times. It's also impressive in blue color contrast between the sea and the sky.
nikkitta (17068) 2014-04-12 8:18
Like to read about places, so read the very informative note about such many civilizacions being at this place
It s moving to watch so old ruins still standing of a corner of a contruction
Very creative way to present them withj the blue Mediterranean sea at the back, creating so a good contrast
Very well done, regards
lousat (97497) 2014-04-12 15:07
Hi Ike,very original capture in a great exposure,very very difficult to manage so well these different light levels,a very good result,i like it!Have a nice Sunday and thanks,Luciano
jcpix (13948) 2014-04-12 15:07
Old ruins like this are always fun to play with when it comes to composition, there's usually plenty of original ways to frame a shot...which is enhanced even more over a sea front "window." Very nice exposure control to keep highlights in tact and still have a clear definition in the shadows. The arched opening on the right is a nice, solid shape within the framework to bolster the entire scene. I can almost hear the waters out in the distance while I sit quietly looking through these old stones. :) Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Take good care.
papagolf21 (109160) 2014-04-13 1:54
Bonjour, cher Ike,
Deux images, deux réussites, surtout celle présentant le passage d'un navire.
Ce vestige avec voûte semble inquiétante quant à la résistance.
En tout cas, sujet très intéressant.
Cricri (125786) 2014-04-13 4:16
Les deux présentations sont bien présenter , la "fenêtre" des ruines ouvrant sur la mer, bonne gestion de la lumière, le contraste des couleurs, belles présentation
fabianoleite (11971) 2014-04-13 16:46
Excellent perspective, hightlighting the hole and the sea behind, in a wonderful composition. Congratulations!
mcmtanyel (28936) 2014-04-13 20:42
I can see why you uploaded both of the photos together. I can't decide which one I like better. Hoping to see these sights and take in the smells for myself. (It looks like the Israeli Consular strike is over.)
Miguel82 (27752) 2014-04-14 18:45
These ruins nearby the sea are interesting to visit Ike, good report about that natural site, regards
batalay (40381) 2014-04-15 5:11
The Swiss Cheese-like ruins serve as multiple windows to the Mediterranean. What I also like here is that it is scene I remember from one of my visits to Israel. Thank you for the informative note.
ChrisJ (117715) 2014-04-15 6:02
Good warm cold color contrasts between the reddish bricks and the blue sky with excellent shadow detail and superb sharpness and framing. Punchy light contrasts and the arched ruins nicely frame the blue sea at right. Have a nice week!
adramad (49470) 2014-04-15 8:12
Sensational composition with the ruins of this ancient site, looks amazing as maintain their estabiidad these remains, as they give the feeling of having almost no support, great sea view, through a set of wall cavities.
Beautiful colors, especially in those blue.
Very good brightness, and sharpness.
Have a nice day.
Very warm greetings.
Didi (60590) 2014-04-15 16:38
An interesting subject
But exposure difference between shades and highlights is a little bit big
It's possible to arrange this before taking the picture by using RAW files
Otherwise in PP select the sky only and using a blue grad filter or decreasing a little bit the highligts
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-04-19 11:38
Ike, our pictures have so many similarities as they have our countries! I look at this picture that reminds me the castle in my village in Greece!!
a fascinating point of view and a marvelous ocean color!!
all the best
pajaran (65682) 2014-04-20 23:43
Interesantan tekst o starom gradu i rusevini ...
Dobar trenutak snimka i kontrast, lepo pokazana stara arhitektura, lepe boje.
Imajte lep i uspesan dana, sve najbolje.
An interesting article on the old town and the ruins ...
Good time recording and contrast nicely demonstrated the old architecture, beautiful colors.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.
eldancer1 (36343) 2014-04-23 6:30
I can just imagine when this building still in its prime, it's amazing architectural design and workmanship. A room with a great view, I can live with that. Good lighting and sharp details. Well done, tfs.
fritzi007 (12414) 2014-04-23 8:20
ich bin im Winter auch nicht am Berg wegen Lawienengefahr, im Sommer schon. Dein Information ist wirklich interessant, aber die Ruine sieht schon sehr schlecht aus, würde mich nicht in den Schatten stellen, dein Foto und Kommentar sind großartig!
clic (18484) 2014-04-24 5:23
I consider you took a chance to photograph those ruins of an ancient city because most of the stones don't seem to be linked with mortar!
They compose anyway an artistic peep-through on the softness of sea and sky behind.
PaulVDV (32587) 2014-05-09 13:01
What a great setting for the ancient town, so high above the Mediterranean.
Apparently Ashqelon has a turbulent history behind it and all its invaders have ever enjoyed the same view of the sea.
The bright blue water makes a good contrast with the stone colour of the ruin.
Best regards, Paul
jmdias (68605) 2014-06-08 10:05
here we have a notion how it was done the building and how the intricate was the use of the bricks. nice view of the structure and the sea ahead.
swapankumarroy (2849) 2014-08-30 7:42
An excellent choice of shooting position and your caption also. Very nicely shoot and maintained the foreground clarity and color balance. Good composition and tight framing.
warm regards and have a nice weekend,
berek (50508) 2014-10-06 23:11
Good morning Ike,
very creative framing. especially remarkable historical monuments. other image shows a large landscape for this area. I really liked them both.
silah (2798) 2015-01-10 6:48
An interesting point of view. Even it is midday shot is well exposed. I also respond your question about taking it for your computer. Visit that page and read my answer. TFS my friend. GREETINGS, Salih
Curious_Eye (1320) 2015-03-17 0:49
This must have been quite a place to live. A lovely view of the sea and a good capture of the ruins as well, allowing us to see a lot of the stone work. Well-managed light and beautiful blue of the sea and the sky. Congratulations on this simple and artistic shot!
With best wishes,
PiotrF (22898) 2016-01-22 15:41
Interesting place, nice picture
with the ruins of this ancient site.Fine details good shown. Thank you for your interesting notes.Nice work.
Royaldevon (43287) 2016-02-05 10:53
Different peoples appear to have been queuing up to occupy this site! It has undergone an amazing number of cultures! What a rich heritage must have ensued, though not always peacefully!
The villa had an enviable location! It's views over the sea are quite spectacular! You can imagine how much people enjoyed living here!
The walls have acted as an effective filter, to block the dazzling sunlight, whilst still allowing you the desired viewpoint. Despite the contre jour, the details and textures of the internal wall have been faithfully captured.
Have a lovely w/e,
- Copyright: Ike Harel (ikeharel) (78193)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-22
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ35
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/80 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-12 1:26