Baalbek - The Grand Cour seen from the Jupiter Tempel and captured with a focal length of 10mm. After 1998 I had the chance to visit Baalbek a second time in 2006. The modern city of Baalbek changed a lot, but not this beautiful Roman ruins.
Baalbek is an ancient city 56 km northwest of Damascus. Originally it was probably devoted to the worship of Baal or Bel, the Phoenician sun god, although no traces of an early Phoenician settlement have survived. The Greeks called the city Heliopolis [city of the sun]. It became very prominent in Roman days and was made a separate colony by Augustus. Both Greek and Roman architects employed their genius on Baalbek's buildings. Among the most imposing Roman remains are the temple of Bacchus and the temple of Jupiter. The city was sacked by invaders and was destroyed by an earthquake in 1759.
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Budapestman (82620) 2009-11-20 3:27
a very spectacular photo of this beautiful architecture, the composition is superb, the colours and lights are very nice, the POV is attractive. Beautiful place, Tfs! Have a nice day!
snunney (101522) 2009-11-20 3:38
A good perspective over these ancient ruins. I like the presence of the man with the brush. He introduces a touch of levity and creates a good sense of depth. The clear blue sky is the perfect backdrop. Very good colours and detail.
asajernigan (21427) 2009-11-20 3:50
This is a nicely composed shot of this ruins. The presence of the man in the foreground adds depth and life to the scene. The lighting and colors are fine and the photo has excellent sharpness and depth. The lens distortion does make the photo seem to be tilted, maybe some correction in PP would work here.
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2009-11-20 5:01
Hello Achim! Wonderful man, amazing temple, excellent ruins. Very good POV and composition. Perfect capture and exposure. Very good take. Well done!
Nicou (145048) 2009-11-20 5:12
quelle vue et pronfondeur, avec cet homme en premier plan qui tient son balais, quel beaux vestiges un cile bleu limpide, une merveille.
Bravo et amitié
Bluejeans (64251) 2009-11-20 5:42
Magnificas esta ruínas tem lindos detalhes, gostei do homem em primeiro plano com a vassoura na mão , bonito tons de azul do céu , parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
Bom fim de semana
wolf38 (31296) 2009-11-20 7:45
Hallo Achim. Zurück in die Vergangenheit. Leider ist der Libanon noch ein weißer Punkt auf meiner persönlichen Landkarte. Die Tempelanlage ist beeindruckend. Sie erinnert mich etwas an Palmyra. Die Personen im Bild sind ideal verteilt. Insgesamt ein guter Schuss. Sehenswert. Viele Grüße, Wolfgang.
sacimar (26815) 2009-11-20 9:24
interesting archeological place, I like the way you captured the image, good details and interesting perspective, it's a good composition,
Have a nice weekend!
Vasa (515) 2009-11-21 3:36
From your position the view is complete and superb, Achim. The subject is great. Your best souvenir from many of your travels. So proud of your work and your friendship,
Royaldevon (40222) 2009-11-21 3:52
When we visit a site we are consumed with wonderful emotions and memories and it is not always easy, especially with ruined sites, to pass this on to the viewers. However, your pov, sharp focus and inclusion of interesting details has overcome any such problems! I find this an amazing place and would love to visit it too!
Have a good w/e,
jlbrthnn (76037) 2009-11-21 4:50
This very broad image liberally offers a very great quatity of details to us which it is pleasant and interesting to see. The image is of quality. Cheer.
Have a nice day
peppe59 (14555) 2009-11-21 5:21
great history between these stones, magnificently photographed from you. Good aim week
rodgerg (55767) 2009-11-21 5:59
A very good view of this famous ruin with aplesant prospect effect and a great depht. Image rich in details very well collected. The three peoples give element of life and too interesting idea of the sacle of the place. Superb blme sky too.
Have a nice We,
ciakgiak (30431) 2009-11-21 6:25
this is a very spectacular architectural image with a superb composition, the colours and the light are splendid, the POV works very well here.
Have a nice day!
ymrk (15085) 2009-11-21 7:22
Achim,this is also hot,and also very old architectures belonging to times of old.And you had succesfully showed this to us.Take care,
anokutan (15097) 2009-11-21 8:40
The lighting and colors are fine and the photo has excellent sharpness and depth.Perfect capture and exposure. Very good take.
nirvana73 (0) 2009-11-21 13:05
very nice place
i like architecture came from ancient ages
goos light and colors
thansk for sharing
siolaw (38292) 2009-11-22 20:39
I went to this temple in 76... that is long time ago, and there was no tourists there, already because of the war... I like the wide angle effect and the man and his broom achor well the shot in the FG, and also gives a humorous touch, if you consider the vast extent this guy has to sweep!
Graal (103034) 2009-11-22 23:52
an interesting place, good presentation. Fine POV. Well composed image. Good note also. Amazing historical place.
jmdias (65511) 2009-11-23 1:16
very interesting photo, showing the general view of these famous roman ruins.nice framing with a pwersonage well positioned. I liked the sharpness, pov, framing and light. well done
delpeoples (58804) 2009-11-23 2:49
Hi Achim, those Romans really travelled didn;t they? These ruins are wonderful and made even more interesting and dynamic by your wide-angle lens. I like the inclusion of the man at work, it gives an everyday feel to something that is so far from every day. Nice work, TFS, Lisa
Longroute (19396) 2009-11-23 6:47
What a perspective!
Thanks to the wideangle you could show a large portions of this interesting Cour. A very clear photo and an interesting subject. Good light management in spite of the strong light.
A very good presentation.
Velera (237) 2009-11-23 9:51
Photo with splendid composition, I like the attractive details and the spectacular POV. Well done
JCG (35129) 2009-11-23 11:18
Not easy to do the housework in this place !!! Beautiful and interesting photograph on archeological site where the wide-angle lens offers an effect of space very appreciable. I like much the quality of the image allowing us to see many details. Thank you Achim.
With all my friendships and a very good evening,
ChrisJ (116044) 2009-11-23 16:02
Excellent perspective, sharpness & high pov, & the people add scale to the ruins. I would burn in the strong fg highlight. A wonderful blue sky & well composed. Tfs!
adores (45845) 2009-11-26 15:45
Baalbek is very famous and your photo really shows why. The ruins are really impressive. Good colours and good pov to show the ruins. I like to see the man in foreground!
Angshu (56760) 2009-11-29 20:06
Fine picture of the Grecian ruins, with optimal use of your wide lens. The man in the Fg apparently sweeping the floor is a good addition. Lots of interesting details in the frame...good work!
- Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) (43669)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-05-08
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 350 D
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/500 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: 2006/05 Liban, Syria, Jordan
- Date Submitted: 2009-11-20 3:13