View from the ruined Castle of Monolithos on the Greek island of Rhodes. Located in the small town of Monolithos and on the northern side of the village of Gennadi, this Venetian landmark stands high above the surrounding landscape, being perched atop a 240-metre / 787-foot rock. The castle was built in 1480 by the Knights of Saint John to protect the island from attacks. In fact, this castle was never conquered. Widely ruined today it offers great views to the sea and the two islets opposite to it. The castle remains are very interesting and the setting quite dramatic, with stunning views across the western coast of Rhodes.
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tyro (26138) 2014-04-11 1:16
How nice to see this picture back! I was trying to write a critique on this - and also try to give you a geography lesson into the bargain - but then it disappeared! Nice to see it properly located now. :o)
Again, you have written a very interesting and informative note about this place and given us a beautiful photograph too.
What really amazes me here is just how superbly you have managed the light, whether that be largely at the time of taking or by means of your very expert processing - or a mixture of both. The contrasts in light levels here must have been very substantial yet, despite that, we can see full details in the brightly sunlit distant view and also in the deepest shadows inside what, essentially, is a cave. And not a trace of any of those horrid "halos" which can so easily plague a contrasty image such as this when it's subjected to inexpert processing.
Good composition, gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and, as always, exquisite details and sharpness.
krzychu30 (15512) 2014-04-11 1:18
this is truly delightful view!
But as much as the view in the distance I like the FG and the way you mastered available light here.
The end effect is evocative and atmospheric!
Have a nice day
daddo (27330) 2014-04-11 1:47
hi Brian. original composition and technically a difficult one to do well since you were shooting in a shaded spot into the light. Very different from your English shots in some ways and not in others as one still sees your mastery over light and love of textures. Regards. Klaudio.
snunney (103389) 2014-04-11 3:32
Again, you show your mastery of lighting with this perfectly exposed image. The hole in the castle wall makes a fine porthole onto the delightful background scene. Lovely warm light and colours and excellent sharpness. A delight to view.
kasianowak (9737) 2014-04-11 3:55
I like the effect of "a photo within a photo" you created here. The blue landscape in the distance looks more interesting than it would without the frame made of old castle ruins.
Have a nice weekend
Nicou (146928) 2014-04-11 6:33
quelle iamge et compo fantastique ces arches de pierres avec le ouverture et la vue sur l'eau en fond et ce rond lumineux sur le sol quel rendu et cadrage quelle maîtrise des tons grandisoe.
Bravo et amitié
Romano46 (18472) 2014-04-11 7:37
ogni giorno mi chiedo cosa proporrai nella tua foto giornaliera e spesso è una sorpresa vedere con quanta inventiva sai riprendere spesso paesaggi già di per sè molto suggestivi.
Questa foto dalla Grecia è particolarmente intrigante e la successione di archi, di luce e penombra, conduce in maniera magnifica l'occhio verso il promontorio che si allunga nell'azzurro dell'acua.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
rychem (39563) 2014-04-11 9:11
Really a fantastic view of the coast, it must be a picturesque place, I like these spots of light, very well done
dekanski (5788) 2014-04-11 9:16
Great, maybe just a little more light inside! The composition is brilliant.
mjw364 (1464) 2014-04-11 12:49
A nice frame within the frame and good use of light too. A thoughtfully composed image.
Noel_Byrne (32556) 2014-04-11 13:35
When I win the lottery and build my very own castle this is the kind of place I'll build it. What a spectacular view! While I am used to being in ruined places and castles, its such a cool surprise to see this amazing blue vista spread out beyond. The puddles of light are magical too and make this look like the kind of place I would expect to find pirates treasure.
All the best
jjcordier (79297) 2014-04-11 22:34
Un très joli travail sur l'exposition de l'image (pas facile à réussir!). Un cadrage qui donne beaucoup d'originalité à la photo.
HimalAnda (10669) 2014-04-12 0:43
This is an original point of view! The light and the exposure are perfectly managed.
delpeoples (59188) 2014-04-12 5:50
Sorry I've been so behind with my critiquing. Mum's finally out of hospital after 3 months, so things should quieten down a bit.
Anyway, this is a stunning shot, and just as stunning is the superb way you balanced the light and shade. The subject itself is fascinating, a little reminiscent of the same subject that Ike has posted today. Anyway, you have found a little treasure here, and as usual, have done it great justice. Thanks for sharing.
ChrisJ (116676) 2014-04-12 17:50
The thumbnail doesn't really do this justice. It was a pleasant surprise upon opening to see all the subtle shadow detail and brickwork, and the perspective leading to the open enclosure nicely framed by the arch and providing a vista of a wonderful seascape. Good sharpness & color saturation. Tfs!
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-04-14 0:36
Love this, the view through the hole of the ruin is stunning.
Well managed especially the light and Dof.
macjake (70519) 2014-04-17 9:54
I have to say, i hate taking these types of photos.
Getting the correct exposure and lighting is so hard.
So basically I just avoid these scenes.
but good on ya to make it come out looking as great as it does - not sure how you did that.
In its prime the view from this Castle must have been amazing. Cool shot.
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-23 2:06
A striking shot that draws us into the scene. Excellent management of the light and a perfect composition.
Thanks for sharing and also for the informative notes
Thanks for sharing
mkamionka (39209) 2014-04-28 6:18
fantastic composition, I like very much how you have used the structure as a framing for the beautiful view in the distance. Very well balanced exposition which was so challenging obviously. Amazing place, excellent presentation,
- Copyright: Brian Denton (timecapturer) (49288)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-05-18
- Categories: Castles, Daily Life, Nature, Architecture, Ruins
- Camera: Sony Alpha 200 DSLR, Sigma 10-20mm, Hoya Super UV
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-11 0:57