This is the 35th photograph from my trip to Turkey.
This trekking/holidays lasted 3 weeks and its route includes the most famous and interesting places in Turkey:
Istanbul - Izmir - Selcuk - Efez - Dilek National Park - Pammukale - Fethiye - Saklikent Gorge - Olu Deniz - Antalya - TERMESSOS - Kapadokya - Istanbul.
Antalya and its closest surroundings were our next stop. The city made a really big impression on us. However we couldn`t wait to see one of the best preserved ancient cities of Turkey - Termessos.
This misterious place lies at an altitude of 1050 metres in the Taurus Mountains. The area was declared “Güllük/Termessos National Park and Protection Area” due to the best examples of its regional flora, flowers and maquis vegetation, and unique fauna, primarily wild goat.
I`m really glad that we saw a picture of this place somewhere and we added Termessos to our itinerary immediatelly. I really wanted to photograph it by myself as it is probably the most spectacularly sited ruined city in Turkey.
Unfortunatelly Termessos is not accessible directly by local transport. The most comfortable way to get there is to rent a car. If you`re not afraid of 9 km walk just take a bus like we did. They run between the Antalya bus station and Korkuteli. Drop-off at the road junction to Termessos. The walk takes about 2 hours at a steady pace. It`s not so tiring even with another 20 minutes steep hike up to the ruins.
The main target of all tourist is the theater located on top of the hill. It shines grey under the sun, offers an eagle's eye view of the valley below. The rocky grey of the mountains in the background mixes to the green of the pine forests.
Termessos is a sort of "Machu Picchu" of Turkey, a picturesque tumble-down ruin on the top of a mountain. That`s why it fascinated me so much. I took a lot of photos of this place and chose only the best ones, taken during very late afternon with fantastic golden light. This is 2nd one. Another ones are coming soon.
Taken with 10d and wide angle lens. Hope you like it!
More notes and views from Turkey in my travelogue:
The Best of Turkey.
Thanks for visiting!
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mineelci (1535) 2007-01-18 11:39
great tour indeed. İ am glad you liked my country a lot:)))
joseelias (0) 2007-01-18 13:05
This is fact a spectacular place. Not only the ruins are fantastic, but the location where they are is unique. I particularly like the perfect harmony of this human construction with the surrounding natural environment. Modern architects should look at these examples of the past. The clouds are also a very good detail as they bring a dreamy atmosphere to the scene.
The POV is classical but nevertheless very well seen. The positioning of the background hill in the same axis as the stage works very well as it concentrates our view in the centre of the photo. This is a good example on how to break the rules of composition. Also like the framing, particularly symmetrical space in the top and bottom, with the narrow strip of sky, and it’s “mirror” in the bottom with the compressed row of seats. Still, there are some of things that could be improved to make this photo better. Fortunately they are mainly in the post-processing area.
What I notice first is the general aggressive feeling of the photo which prevents looking at it for a long time and eliminates a lot of details. The very strong contrast, which creates those dark shadows contrasting with very bright spots, especially in the centre of the monument, makes it difficult to observe the details in a pleasant way. Maybe because of this, the image seems to be somewhat over-sharpened and hard to decipher in some parts.
Also, the use of the polarizer added to this effect, because the darkened sky does not fit well with the strong brightness of the areas in the ground. It created an effect that makes me feel that the sky does not belong to this picture.
The best part is that these most of these issues can be compensated because the image came from a good camera, and even if they are not originated from a raw file, there’s a lot of information in the jpeg so that the graphical program can retrieve information from both dark and bright areas, and create a milder image.
yo_fauzan (62) 2007-01-18 13:44
very good photo.
nice compo and colour.
Albrecht (11281) 2007-01-28 8:56
Wonderful view on the theatre and the sky and colours and sharpness are very good.
- Copyright: Patryk Moriak (patriik) (1935)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-10-08
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Sigma 10 - 20 EX DG, Hoya Polarizer
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: The Best of Turkey
- Theme(s): Archaeological and Ancient Sites of Turkey/Part 3 [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-01-18 11:02