Nothing can prepare one for the splendor of Ephesus, even thronged by massed tourists the ancient city enthralls and is well worth visiting. Difficult to photograph without people invading the shot and under fierce light, the Library of Celsus is a magnificent structure. This small detail depicts one of four statues of wisdom –Sophia. She is a copy; the originals were taken to Vienna when the library was excavated.
The Greek letters describe the life of Celsus Polemeanus in whose memory the library was erected. Designed by the Roman architect Vitruoya, the library was a fitting memorial to Celsus, who was a Roman senator, General Governor of the Province of Asia, and a great lover of books. Celsus' son, Julius Aquila, began the construction in 110 AD. The library was completed by Julius Aquila's successors in 135 AD.
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jjcordier (73728) 2013-04-23 22:59
Très belle mise en image de cette statue du temple d'Ephèse dans son environnement de colonnes et joliment éclairée.
krzychu30 (15344) 2013-04-24 0:10
something different from what we used to see from Turkey.To see ancient remains in such good conditions must be a great feeling.Your presentation of it is magnificent.I like it to admire in close-up with so many wonderful details.
Have a good day
carlo62 (28397) 2013-04-24 0:15
questi antichi e bellissimi resti, fanno ancora sognare.
La mitica città di Efeso è ancora li, dopo millenni, a mostrarci le sue bellezze. Non sono stato in questa città, ma è grazie anche a questa foto, che posso apprezzarne lo splendore.
siudzi (32649) 2013-04-24 1:30
Very impressive scene you have seen and photographed. We can admire so many great and interesting elements of architecture and arts which were perfectly presented with good clarity and sharpness. Excellent work! Like it!
Noel_Byrne (21448) 2013-04-24 2:49
As Krzysztof mentions above, its so pleasing to see such well kept remnants of this ancient place, to be honest I know little of Ephasus, but when I think of it, in my mind I see complete ruins, certainly note beautiful carved details, columns and statues are you present here. I really like the effect of the shadow across the top of the statue of Sophia.
beautiful texture in the marble column too, and a beautiful idea to include the section of deep blue sky.
Thanks for sharing
tyro (18902) 2013-04-24 2:50
I remember visiting Ephesus some twenty years ago and being very impressed by the place. Such a pity I didn't have my nice digital camera when I was there and my 35mm pictures of this library are pretty grim to say the least. But the memory has lived on and I never cease to be filled with wonderment to think that this city once had a population of nearly a quarter of a million and this, I believe, was only one of three libraries in existence in the World two thousand years ago.
You have captured the splendour of this amazing place extremely well here in a very finely composed photograph. You have also managed the light very well too as I recall that the lighting here was very harsh indeed. Well done for still retaining detail in the deepest shadows and also in the very brightest parts of the image. The light, colour, exposure, details and sharpness are all exquisite.
snunney (79973) 2013-04-24 2:53
An excellent presentation from these ancient ruins. I like how you have framed the statue between the two marble columns. The light might have been harsh, but you have managed it very well. The detail is superb. Thanks for sharing.
arnie (1769) 2013-04-24 3:20
A great capture, nice shadow & light, good depth.
Not been since 2007 time for another visit i think.
A magical place.
williewhistler (12735) 2013-04-24 3:50
every so often I think that I must get around to scanning some of my slides and this encourages me to do so,for when we visited Ephesus I was still unconverted..
Not that I can remember capturing anything as nice as this lovely shot.
Despite the bright light you`ve portrayed all of the exquisite details perfectly.Really nice photography.
Sergiom (55325) 2013-04-24 5:20
J'aime beaucoup le jeu des ombres et de la lumière qui donne une belle texture à cette photo. Le point de vue offre une belle contre plongée. L'ensemble est d'une grande netteté.
madhumita_roy86 (2344) 2013-04-24 5:45
very creative shot...
like the statue & like to see ancient remains in such good conditions...
great sharpness...good contrast..
Nicou (117290) 2013-04-24 5:47
quelle compo et iamge sueprbe cpatage de cette statue quel rendu avec ces belle colonnes un bein bel ensemble.
bravo et amitié
timecapturer (45649) 2013-04-24 5:47
although I have travelled around Europe this place has evaded me and I do really want to see it. Been close a few times but never managed to fit it into my schedule. This is a superbly chosen POV and there is so much detail in this wonderful shot. Gloriously managed light full of fascinating textures. Irresistible!
Regards - Brian.
saxo042 (36918) 2013-04-24 6:32
An excellent picture with an abundance of interesting details, as well as an interesting note. The statue is nicely framed by the impressive pillars.
mkamionka (29425) 2013-04-24 7:35
I had a pleasure to have vacations in Turkey and took many tours but only organized and they did not have a tour to Ephesus. I was already in Pamukkale but they did not go further from Antalya.
Anyway this place is still on my list, I hope to get back to Turkey and visit it.
Your photo is amazing I really like the effect, it is so monumental, the marble columns so huge and impressive. Plus you caught some inscriptions in the foreground. Very encouraging to visit. I am also positively surprised that you managed to capture it without crowds of tourists, I have never seen a photo of this place without people yet.
Excellent capture, TFS
JFS (32459) 2013-04-24 7:41
Splendid detail of this marvel, i admire the sharpness, i can see everything! And this piece of blue, blue sky!!!!!
holmertz (37671) 2013-04-24 7:43
Turkey has an amazing cultural heritage, although much of it actually came from other cultures. It's an interesting part of the world with a fascinating history. Its Greek treasures are almost as rich as those in modern Greece. This is a magnificent example and you have composed this picture very well, using the pillars to frame the statue and including the Greek scripture on the side. You exposed it superbly in the "fierce light".
Romano46 (16580) 2013-04-24 10:16
hai ragione nel parlare delle difficoltà di fare foto decenti nei siti archeologici e nelle località affollate di turisti.
Ne so qualcosa io che a Roma, che è la mia città e che ho il vantaggio di conoscere molto bene, se voglio fare delle foto decenti di zone monumentali, sono costretto a muovermi all'alba, meglio ancora se nei giorni festivi quando la città e i turisti ancora dormono.
Più tardi certi luoghi sono quasi impossibili da fotografare. Però a volte la luce è sfavorevole per fotografare determinati luoghi e monumenti e lo diventa solo in ore affollate.
Ma tornando a te e alla tua foto in questo caso devo dire che hai colto un bel particolare con un POV che dona particolare imponenza e lo fai con una bella luce da te sfruttata a meraviglia anche per trarne una nitidezza più che eccellente.
I miei complimenti.
Ciao e buona serata
manrezaei (1837) 2013-04-24 10:47
A very nice shot of Ephesus. On my last visit to Ephesus the weather and lights was very bad to capture beautiful photos. You well managed the superb photo of this wonderful historic place. Very well done.
bukitgolfb301 (34612) 2013-04-24 14:18
Hi dear Rosemary, how are you?
So well considered framework shot. Perfect balance and great composition you did. Sharp and clear image as usual. You captured perfect light and wonderful color! Great job!
Takero from Tokyo
rogerl (1544) 2013-04-24 16:53
Rosemary, an interesting, very complex, image with great detail and clarity. I love the column on left, with the grays and blues, against the deep blue sky. This looks like quite a place to visit. Thanks.
dkmurphys (46990) 2013-04-24 22:33
Spectacular detail in great textures and ancient shapes. Well taken, artistic result.
mesutilgim (80586) 2013-04-25 4:06
Amazing capture from my homecpountry ! In this wonderfull library of antiquity we spent -with a group of friends- a wonderfull evening under full moon (with special permission of the Austrian head of the excavation team)drinking red wine and listening to the lecture of a friend about the greek philosophers and poets of the region ! Those were the days !!
TFS and best regards
delpeoples (52731) 2013-04-29 21:22
Hello dear Rosemary
My mother would agree with you, Epheseus has been on her Bucket List for years. I really love the gritty textures here, the amazing colours and the exquisite way you have handled the extremes of light. You've done a particularly good job with the light falling on the statue, showing all those beautiful details. Mum and I just went to the Alexander the Great exhibition on the weekend, it was amazing, and of course your photo (particularly the Greek writing in the FG) reminds me of his amazing achievements.
Cheers and thanks for sharing
Angshu (54917) 2013-05-09 22:41
A week to go before we embark on our Turkey tour...hence to see this wonderful shot is indeed a pleasure!
Have seen hundreds of pictures from Ephesus, but almost every one of them are the wide views! That's one of the reasons why I like this closeup shot with the statue of Sophia framed by the pillars and the small slice of sky seen in the BG
ourania (27174) 2013-05-18 14:33
this is a magnificent picture with a very attractive rich composition, with amazing depth and sharpness and a most impressive colour and contrast management. I love the textures, the light, the strong colours and the artistic shadows that paint the picture as much as the colours. The impact of the image is immediate, powerful and long lasting as it seems to describe effectively both the glory of the past and the fascination and mystery evoked by the present state of the ancient library. Stunning work, congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely Sunday,
- Copyright: Rosemary Walden (SnapRJW) (29358)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2010-09-03
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Ruins
- Exposure: f/20.0, 1/160 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
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- Date Submitted: 2013-04-23 22:41
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