THE DIVINE PROPORTION IN ANTIQUITY shot May 1975
This photograph was shot in 1975. It was an overcast day, and I had shot a 36-exposure roll of Kodachrome-25 slide film, when suddenly a shaft of light broke through the clouds and selectively illuminated the Parthenon. I shot another roll of 36 slides.
I've always felt that the best vantage point for photographing a building is from a corner, since "two point perspective" is immediately evident. The "parallel" lines defined from the roofline, base, etc. all converge at a pair of vanishing points on the horizon line. Indeed, this particular image, shot from a lower point than the base, illustrates "three-point perspective," with the lines of the columns all appearing to converge at a high point in the sky above the Parthenon.
The Greek army in 479 BC defeated the Persians at Plataea, ushering in a period of peace and prosperity, the Golden Age of Greece. The period saw an unprecedented explosion in artistic creativity that included the development of the Athenian Acropolis in honor of the city's namesake and patron goddess Athena. In 447 BC work on the temples astride that massive stone outcropping commenced. Fifteen years later in 432 BC the Parthenon was completed, although work on the other buildings continued for another thirty-five years.
Collaborating on the design of the Parthenon were Athens's premier sculptor/architect Phidias and the architects Callicrates and Ictinus. The columns fluted shafts topped with capitals of the Doric order supported a pediment with Phidias's sculpture, carved as no stone had ever been carved before. The friezes consist of ninety-two metopes in low relief alternating with vertically fluted triglyphs. The sculpture in the pediment, depicting the Olympians after their victory over their dreaded enemies, the Titans, is meant to be emblematic of the victory of civilization over barbarism. The east and west facades of the Parthenon both form golden rectangles, or exhibit length-to-width ratios of phi, or 1.618, (where phi is inspired by Phidias's monogram).
The architects introduced several imaginative measures to eliminate unfavorable optical illusions. For example, a perfectly straight horizontal line would normally appear to sag in the middle, because it would naturally be sighted against the horizon, which itself has a convex curvature; columns which are cylindrical would appear to be concave midway up. In order to counter these effects, the Parthenon was built on a convex base of 5.7-km (3.5-mile) radius of curvature. Columns rising perpendicular to a convex curvature, however, would diverge slightly at their tops, an effect that would be barely visible, but a source of subtle discomfort. In order to avoid a splayed appearance the columns were aimed or sighted to converge at a common point approximately 2.4 km (1.5 miles) in the sky. The midsections of the columns incorporated a slight bulge, entasis, negating the optical illusion in the other direction. How they arrived at these happy numbers is a mystery, but the scheme clearly works! Finally, they used fluted columns, grooved vertically, as opposed to plain cylindrical columns, which would have appeared lumbering and heavy.
On a personal note, I have visited the Parthenon many times. On one occasion, I was there with a friend, an academic dean. At the end of the day, when we were just about to leave the site he bent over, pretending to tie his shoe laces, and picked up a loose stone as a souvenir. Clearly nervous, he confided to me his utter terror of being discovered in stealing a piece of the hallowed edifice, Who knows what part of the building it came from? he mused in a whisper. But just then a large truck appeared and dumped tons of stones for tourists visiting the next day.
Nikon F, Kodachrome-25 (slide film). 50-mm fixed focal length lens, f/1.4, 1/60th second exposure.
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scalerman (26900) 2008-01-21 22:26
Bulent: indeed, excellent old slide and superb POV as usual, and your note, although exhaustive, is a pleasure to read. thanks, c
GilbertB (12258) 2008-01-21 22:50
Salut Bulent, belle vue de ce temple, les personnage en donne la dimension.
AROBN54 (11475) 2008-01-21 23:01
Warm greetings, Bulent,
what a magnificent shot! (and to be such an antiquated one) I love that two sided view and the excellent contrast. The lighting is superb and the people give it a great sense of scale. Your note is outstanding as always. Beautifully done! Many thanks and warmest regards,
marjan (6279) 2008-01-21 23:55
shotrly , it is excellent , superb composition and POV, nice strong coloure and userful info,
meltemi (0) 2008-01-22 0:06
this is an excellent example of how to handle light and perspective. Beautiful colours and great depth of field for this magical compostion. The very nice light and strong contrast work very well with the misty background. Really a good picture with an excellent presentation. Love also the frame.
BennyV (18069) 2008-01-22 0:19
I must have seen zillions of pictures of the Parthenon, still this one caught my attention here, so all kudos to you!
vincz (19113) 2008-01-22 0:42
Very impressive shot of this magnificent monument. It is really carrying the essence of it, huge, impressive, so well designed. Excellent quality for htis old picture scan. Great note.
evanrizo (456) 2008-01-22 1:03
Hi dear Bulent.
So old shot! But the result is really WONDERFUL on light control, sharpness and contrast.
You notice gives a big content to read-:)
My best wishes.
WepWaWet (3798) 2008-01-22 1:03
Merhaba Bulent Bey,
33 yillik... Enfes bir fotograf. Muhtesem bir bakis acisi ve olaganustu guzel renkler. Gokyuzunun rengi ile Parthenon'un renk birlikteligi muthis. Beylik terim ile tam bir kartpostal. ELinize saglik.
anes_lc (14968) 2008-01-22 1:14
a real postcard ,this place couldn´t be present in a better way .the blue sky is lovely ,this place must be magical
great picture my friend
snunney (101602) 2008-01-22 1:19
This is a very impressive image of a much photographed landmark. The point of view is very well chosen and helps us appreciate the grandeur of the structure to great effect. Excellent light; the darkening blue sky adds much to the ambiance of the scene and provides a good contrast for the old stones. Superb scanning and pp work to bring this 33 year old photograph to life.
delic (6735) 2008-01-22 1:55
Fantastic color in the sky creating dramatic contrast with the Parthenon. It's a pretty good scan for Kodachrome, looks even better than some digital images. Tight framing works well but some more room on the right wouldn't hurt. The scattered visitors add color and a reference to the time this was shot, esp. the lady in red. Best wishes,
wishlist (4133) 2008-01-22 2:06
Good Morning Bulent,
what a wonderful shot here! I'm amazed by the impressiveness of the Parthenon standing so well against the centuries and the dramatic sky. Perfect choice to include the people giving a good perspective and proportion. I really like this shot!!
Thanks for sharing
tober (8797) 2008-01-22 2:31
Merhaba Saygıdeğer Hocam, fotoğrafınız neredeyse benimle yaşıt. Görüntü olarak da günümüzün kaliteli olarak tanımlanan fotoğraflarından çok daha üstün. Çekmiş olduğunuz açı son derecede güzel. Beyaz sütunların gökyüzünün o eşsiz mavisiyle sağlamış olduğu uyumu çok beğendim. Notunuzun son kısmı da oldukça hoş. Saygılarımla, Tolga
lilimih33 (9918) 2008-01-22 3:01
Wonderful place to visit!
Beautiful blue sky and good point of view!
Parthenon is a big building!
kibele66 (3087) 2008-01-22 3:55
Hello Dear Bulent,
I saw many Parthenon photographs, I took many Parthenon photographs, but none of them were like this one. You've very well explained the way how you took the photo. But what makes it unique is also the contrast of the sky and the illuminatiın of the Parthenon i think. The tone of the sky emphasises the beautiful details of it.
Thank you and best wishes
mursaloglu (8682) 2008-01-22 4:59
Dear bulent bey
I always interested about the archeology and your picture is a little jewel about this ofcourse. Fantastic very fine details and interesting POV and perspective. Best regards sir . ihsan
chpp (4281) 2008-01-22 6:44
very nice capture, and very nice quality for being an old one.
Spectacular light on the building contrasting with the dark sky
very nice composition
TGULUMSER (13252) 2008-01-22 6:57
Hello Bulent Bey,
It is hard to believe that this photo was taken 33 years ago. A great capture with a wonderful sky and excellent sharpness,
Congratulations and best regards,
stego (24132) 2008-01-22 9:46
A divine photo also! The POV may look banal, but it is actually very effective and nice. The mysterious dark sky helps the temple stand out. I like the presence of the people. They don't disturb anything and give a sense of scale and a bit of colour.
The technical quality (sharpness, colour saturation, etc) is remarkable for an original more than 30 years old.
TFS, Regards, José.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2008-01-22 10:28
Hello, Bulent -
Great image, great perspective, too,and the people are a nice touch. And a real interesting note - especially the stones part! You left out the part about the Turks using it as an ammo dump, and the Venetians then blowing it up, though.
I visited the Parthenon three years before this shot, but I didn't get anything like this. Later it closed to visitors because of the wear and tear; do you know if it's opened again?
I've also been to the British Museum, where a group of us were given a private tour of the Elgin Marbles by the curator, Ian Jenkins. He solemnly informed us that the marbles would be returned to Greece only over his dead body. So far, he seems to be getting his way.
carper (96) 2008-01-22 11:09
it was a very good time for me 1975.
17 year old and going for the first time on holyday to Austria with the train. Yes memories....
very nice scan here Bulent and thanks for the good moment, good photojob, have a nice day.
xavshot (69835) 2008-01-22 12:19
une lumière extra pour faire ressortir cette architecture et la "simplicité" de son graphisme. J'aime beaucoup l'ambiance.
jonathan_hart (21276) 2008-01-22 14:17
you have surely find the best vantage point indeed
the light against the dark cloudy sky is amazing,
the photo is maybe old (older than me) but it's a timeless image
emka (100793) 2008-01-22 14:41
Impressive view of the Parthenon and excellent, as always, note. Very interesting.
Matthew-Watt (5934) 2008-01-22 16:39
I had to laugh when I read that last paragraph in your note; it puts many things into perspective. I have a 'stolen' piece of Uluru in my room, perhaps the same arrangement happened there. Very good image quality here considering the age of it, you are very lucky to have visited so many times. My parents hope to visit here next year on their world trip - how I wish I could go with them! I like the deep saturation and change in colour gradient across the sky. Also, thank you very much for your kind birthday wishes. Have a good week.
sothy81 (9630) 2008-01-22 20:25
Hi Bulent, long time no see you. Hope new semester treats you well. I love this shot. Very nice light and color contrast. You show great architecture here. Simply a simplicity one. Nothing is more complicated than simplicity. You made it here. Sothy
berek (50504) 2008-01-22 21:35
Merhaba Bülent bey,
gökyüzüyle beraber bütün içinde muhteşem görünüyor. bot için teşekkürler. ellerinize sağlık. selamlar
hello_ishan (1571) 2008-01-22 21:36
I can't believe that this is 33 year old. Excellent... I like your details especially "two point perspectives" & "three point perspectives". The lower point shooting gives a beautiful view of the structure along with the blue sky. TFS.
Docarmo (9665) 2008-01-22 21:56
This image shows a good planned perspective, as you told us in your note - I will keep it in mind.
The famous building is strongly prominent against this beautiful deep blue sky.
The narrative of the stones for tourists is very funny :-)
Thanks for sharing,
pablominto (53746) 2008-01-22 23:25
A classic composition, and I admire the quality from 1975!
Great point of view to expose details in the ancient structure, sharp fin e details actually...
Interesting to see images this old for several reasons, also because it shows that top equipment back then delivered a quality that can compete even today!
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-01-23 0:29
Excellent perspective of this old and impressive monument. Strong contrast against this blue deep sky. It goes to my theme 'blue hour'. The people give us a good scale.
TFS and greetings
azaf1 (15929) 2008-01-23 1:28
Bulent good morning
This i a unique capture as it stands out so nicely against the blue sky. It has a great perspective and the people standing give a true measure as to its dimensions. Had it had a little more air on the right, it would have been exceptional
MLINES (12516) 2008-01-23 2:07
Hi Bulent. A classic photo of this historical ruin. You have managed to get the perfect perspective. Also as it is uncluttered it looks as it shoul without too many tourists scrambling, just enough to give the scale we need. Excellent notes as always. TFS. Murray.
salvator (19110) 2008-01-23 6:40
Hello Bulent Bey,
Wonderful pov and superb image. The pov, the sharpness and details, and the saturated colors from the overcast sky, and the tones in the sky iteslf are absolutely wonderful.
Best personal regards. Salvator.
gokanlam (6605) 2008-01-23 8:57
Very nice architecture with the clear colors..Your perspective makes it more effective as you said.. Thanks for the note..
jhm (155249) 2008-01-23 9:06
Hello dear Bulent,
We see here a picture of 33 year old, but then made as great perspectief picture, you chose a excellent angle, precise on the corner, so we see both sides of this Parthenon. Composition and colours are extraordinarily for a scanned picture, my compliments for this one.
Again we get a great book as note, I learn every day something on TE, this is very pleasant
Happy that you're very active for write on TE.
Thanks for sharing.
mineelci (1535) 2008-01-23 11:37
çok güzel gerçekten. Gökyüzünün maviliği taşın beyazlığını iyice ortaya çıkarıp muhteşem kontras oluşturmuş. Hele nottaki hikayeye bayıldım. çok güzel bir anı:))) selamlar
Tue (39404) 2008-01-23 14:31
Excellent photo of this wonderful ancient place. You chose a great POV to capture the Parthenon. I love the dark blue sky, it makes the white architecture stand out wonderfully and the inclusion of the people is great to add scale. Well done and thanks for sharing!
missmoon (77) 2008-01-23 15:11
i love to see very famous places from your camera
all textures with your photos are very useful and interesting
nivaldo (15417) 2008-01-23 16:46
A great picture, a great note!
In great proportions!
paura (47186) 2008-01-23 17:55
A supperb photo here. The excellent point of view allow us to see the amazing construction there. Colors are also very nice.
Abraços do Brasil.
keribar (43841) 2008-01-23 22:18
What a great light and what a great picture of this immortal monument. I am not sure that we can take it today, because it is always under repair, and it seems as if the scaffolding will continue, besides there are always chains or other obstacles which block entrance between the columns. So I am glad that you are aware of the value of this vintage Kodachrome, and keep it well -
Friendly yours - Izzet
ChrisJ (116068) 2008-01-24 0:38
A fantastic shot of the Parthenon, with marvellous illumination, contrasting against the ominous dark blue sky in the bg. Good work!
ysabaner (1069) 2008-01-24 0:41
Bülent Bey merhaba,
Bu güzel tarihi yapıyı çok güzel açıdan almışsınız, renkler ve netlik mükemmel, elinize sağlık.
danos (99782) 2008-01-24 7:56
excellent this old shot, as also and her transformation in digital form and her presentation in TE.Indeed this construction was and is in nowadays, the glory of the ancient architecture as also and in a large number of other innovations.It is incredible that you write in your note about the academic dean. But the most incredible is that a large truck appeared and dumped tons of stones for tourists.Very informative your note too.
Emile (20352) 2008-01-24 8:25
Your work with the scanner is excellent and the shot taken of the Parthenon is magnificent. The dark blue color of the sky enhances the impressive architecture, good clarity, sharpness and POV. The people add scale to your shot.
Well done. TFS.
gracious (20025) 2008-01-24 10:23
What a great shot of this mighty place!
excellent pov with perfect sharpness, vivid colour and details!
after 33 years, this is still a perfect and beautiful presentation! just great!
wishing you well always
CatherineD (4864) 2008-01-24 11:50
What a perfect shot with a very impressive sky. The fact that it is 33 years old add more interest too. It is really an historical document. Congratulations.
erel (11890) 2008-01-24 12:33
Renkler ,ışık ,kadraj ve netlik süper . tebrikler. EREL
FrankT (192) 2008-01-24 14:11
Splendid building and a very good view on it.
Dyerco (10185) 2008-01-24 20:22
Your image held its colour well and the scan did it justice. I was there in 1979 and walked on this wonderful site but I think that is no longer the case. Great light against the dark sky.
sanita (81) 2008-01-25 5:46
You seem to always have been good with the camera, and for that we at TE is thankful, because we reap the benefits by being able to see something better every time we look at your pictures. Thanks
claudeD (39865) 2008-01-25 9:24
very impressive picture with a good composition , excellent colors and sharpness.Thank you for this detailed note.
With regards from Luxembourg
cfreire (11741) 2008-01-25 10:21
Superb composition about this great historical place. The perspective leads our look to beautiful blue sky. Excellent contrasts among the building and the blue space. Congratulations. Regards, Consuelo
ahaberal (6469) 2008-01-25 13:04
fotoğrafın tarihi ilginç,biz daha makineyi tanımadan önce.
sanırım dia 'dır.
aslında yunanlılar bu fotoğrafı belge diye saklamalılar
bizsu (1015) 2008-01-25 14:45
WOW ! Congratulations. Fantastic photo !!!!!!
Best regards, Zsú
PixelTerror (0) 2008-01-26 2:42
A very god scan and conservation quality for this oldie, I share your point that the side approach results when possible in the most attractive results as we can see 2 faces and get depth from it, I'll add here your light bottom up approach that magnifies the building.
Have a nice week end JY
Cretense (68703) 2008-01-26 6:08
That's the scale, there's the harmony, there's the model, there's the eternal beauty. Excellent, in its simplicity, photo, timeless! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!
alvaraalto (16160) 2008-01-26 11:55
Lovely traditional angle for this famous Doric temple.
I agree with your point of view about the perspective, all the more the columns are also deliberately converting .
A good old photo of a very good old temple.
kensimage (8565) 2008-01-26 15:42
White against blue--how very suitable for Greece! It looks like one of those island towns. You're right about shootiing from a corner--it gives the feeling that the building is reaching for the sky.
There sure is a lot of mysticism surrounding that golden ratio. In reality as I understand there is no perceptual difference in aesthetics in a range of ratios, say 1.55 to 1.70 or so. But people like to think there is something magic about some exact number.
Have a great weekend, Bulent, regards, Ken.
DLM (6479) 2008-01-27 3:34
Very impressive image, Your POV is spot on.
This amazing building really stands out against the brooding sky, wonderful informative notes as always.
hatti52 (12786) 2008-01-27 6:54
rengarenk giysili modeller,Parthenon'un ihtişamlı görüntüsü ve koyu mavi gökyüzü ile şahane fotoğraf
adores (45869) 2008-01-27 7:46
Good work with the scanner.This must be a wonderful place to visit.The pov is really good to show the parthenon and those tourists are wonderful there, especially those taking photos and the woman in red that makes a nice contrast.They also give us a good idea of the real dimension of the monument.
Very complete note also!
MeAT (1174) 2008-01-27 19:11
Thank you for the tip on shooting from an angle. I guess I must have done it a couple of times without realizing it but I'll remember it for sure next time!
emjleclercq (15780) 2008-01-27 23:06
The picture is in itselft a nice "antic". Excellent point of view and framing to show the classical proportions of the most famous of the Greecian temples. I just wonder if it would have looked as impressive at the time when it was painted with bright colors, as suggested by some studies of the famous sculptures now in the British Musuem.
All the best,
Tezic (17867) 2008-01-28 0:40
harika bir açı ve ışık çok güzel ve etkileyici bir kare ... tebrikler...
setenay (7706) 2008-01-28 0:54
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Mükemmel kadraj ve perspektifle çektiginiz Parthenon,muhteşem sütunlarıyla mavi fonda cok görkemli görünüyor,derinlik ve renkler harika.Fotografını çeken turistlerle orana bakılırsa yapının azametini görebiliyoruz.Elinize saglık,tebrik ederim.Selam ve saygilarımla
Silvio1953 (146613) 2008-01-28 1:41
Hi Bulent, great composition with splendid architecture, superb blue sky, excellent POV, very well done, ciao Silvio
Bluejeans (64251) 2008-01-28 5:54
Ola amigo ,
Fantastica esta tua foto com 33 anos fizeste um belo trabalho de scan , escolheste um belo ponto de visão sobre o templo , o ceu ficou muito bonito originou um belo contraste com o templo , parabens!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
belido (19934) 2008-01-28 7:02
I was in a work trip so didn't have time to check your photography work. I really fell confortable to understand what you are talking about with this title thanks to your book. More than 30 years and it's still a great image. I like to see those film posts a lot in here. Excellent!
PS: give more time and then I'll check your other works.
zeca (19762) 2008-01-28 9:47
Besides the beauty and perfection of the architecture, your work here is just great, finding the best perspective and well using your gear to catch the weather enhancing it all. A beautiful shot capturing something that really deserves 36 shots...
siolaw (38292) 2008-01-28 21:19
Yes, this type of building is better seen from a corner, as in here... The framing and POV therefore are good, colors and sharpness are fine too, specially considering it is an scanned, old photograph...
An elaborate note as usual!
papagolf21 (103736) 2008-01-29 0:58
Bonjour, mon bon ami Bulent,
Ce sont les Grecs qui nous ont légué le plus beau mot de notre langue : le mot " enthousiasme" - du grec "en théo", un Dieu intérieur.
Une photographie de 1975, qui n'a rien perdu de sa beauté. Ah ! j'imagine cette photo sur grand écran !
Un pur plaisir.
sayeed_rahman (6459) 2008-01-29 8:44
An informative note with a fitting jokey anecdote to end with...always goes beyond the post,i always believe the note is what holds a post together..ive seen some great pictures every now and then..never gets the eyeballs..very little views..the whole purpose is lost!
As for this one...wonder how you managed the sky..think it is the perfect canvas for the neutral colour of the pillars..the geometry of structures is quite sharp too.
33 years - hunting for the old ones in the attic or the basement :) ?
toto (0) 2008-01-29 13:48
Belle photo de ce Parthenon qui en impose toujours autant, impressionnante construction qui reste et restera toujours un monument superbe par son architecture et par sa représentativité importante pour les époques. Très bon POV qui nous montre l' angle et le ciel même au travers de ces colonnes.
Angshu (56760) 2008-01-29 20:10
Hello Professor "A"
The picture quality belies it's age..as does the majestic structure. Under the deep blue sky, the marble radiates a wonderful sheen. The people are a great add for the idea of scale. You've found the best perspective to show the beauty and perfection of the architecture & as always your note is a learning experience.
With Warm Regards
gunbud (34066) 2008-01-30 8:58
Wonderful capture of this iconic ancient Greek arichtecture. The well detailed white marble contrast beautifully with the vivid blue sky. Excellent prespective that catches beautiful lines to this old beauty. Very informative historical note.
mesutilgim (95776) 2008-01-30 9:01
Selam sevgili Bülent,
Muhteşem bir kare. Bakış açısı, kadraj, renkler herşey dörtdörtlük.
Bu 33 senelik kare, bir başarı öyküsü.
Ege'nin bu tür oyunları var işte. Fırtına bulutları arasından bir an güneş parlar ya da senin yaşadığın gibi şimşekler çakar, antik çağın bu güzel taş yapıları da pırıl pırıl çıkarlar ortaya.
Selam ve sevgiler
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2008-01-30 9:04
Wow, such an old and great image. Exellent light in this ancient place. And I love the story with the stone and truck ;).
jaywalker (16101) 2008-01-30 9:37
Hi Bulent, The clear blue sky looks very welcoming &, although you mentioned it was overcast, this looks like a wonderful exception, the Parthenon is a place I visited in the late 90s &, it always makes me think how good the work force must of been then, however I could imagine that a whip or two was used on the workers, a great photo &, TFS, kind regards Wilson.
jean11-3 (2799) 2008-01-30 9:58
Hello Bulent, a classic scene beautifully taken;I can't believe it is 33 years old!
I agree with you that taking the shot from this vantage point is a very good idea.
Your little tale about your friend and the souvenir made me laugh out loud,thanks for that.
The deep blue sky is a lovely backdrop for the ancient building.And as always the people give a good idea of scale.
Tfs, regards Jean.
JCG (35129) 2008-01-30 12:13
Firstly thank you for this always interesting note which supplements the photograph. Beautiful catch of sight of this universally known monument. This sky of ink and the good light emphasize well the Parthenon. Framing gives a good depth to the image. A scan of any beauty. Thank you Bülent.
With all my friendships,
syd1946 (18663) 2008-01-30 23:39
Indeed one the most impressive images of Parthenon I've ever seen.And too old to make the image more important.I like the color contrast between the temple and the deep blue sky.Seems the point of view is the best to enjoy the created graphism.Very well done,comgratulations for your note also!
Graal (103034) 2008-01-30 23:42
good "portrait" of famous Parthenon in Athens. Old picture but well quality. Interesting note. I like it.
TopGeo (38216) 2008-01-31 6:07
Hi Bulent! excellent shot! those who you write also for this Monument of Humanity of all! he will be few. The picture speaks alone her for the History! Amazing work! I praise also you. I greet! with many I thank!
meb (766) 2008-01-31 6:30
even if the picture was not beautiful (which actually is!) the note alone deserves the time I spent reading it! As always your notes are enjoyable and instructive. I took pictures from the same corner in 2002, but the Parthenon was under heavy restauration and I don't know why most of the side, which is instead in your picture, was missing. I too have this bad habit to take small stones when I visit an historic place, I'm glad to know they are kindly provided by the Tourist Office! I won't feel bad anymore... just kidding of course.
Cricri (121201) 2008-01-31 9:22
Belle présentation du temple qui resort a merveille sous un bleu sublime du ciel, bon POV et composition, compliment
jpinkham (870) 2008-02-01 20:15
A fine bit of personal and ancient history both here, Bulent. The lighting is special; the detail, crisp; the point of view, as you say, all the stronger by catching the corner. Fine color and contrast, and skillful use of line in and perspective in the composition. A very thorough, excellent note, as well -- and what a funny anecdote at the end!
Edyta_B (8) 2008-02-02 13:35
Excellent and impressive old photo which shows this marvellous ancient temple. I like the frame, lighting, lovely contrast between white and dark blue, and visible many architectural detalis. Great quality of picture, too. So I love the image very much :).
Tobias__Ortmann (2638) 2008-02-05 8:28
very beatifull building I love greece and their culture
I think they have one of the beatifullst building in the antique
you show us this building very well althoug your camere wasnt so good like today they are
the sharpness is perfect and the blue look amazing
very well done
Chris3 (511) 2008-02-06 12:02
Very nice capture of the Parthenon.You made the right decision to take a photo of the Parthenon,because it's very impressive and beautiful.However,you make it even better.
jackart (6702) 2008-02-06 12:57
Proportions of this great architecture are perfect, but Your shot is excellent too. Very good frame and impressive colors. Thank You for a very useful note. It teach us a lot about architecture.
jmcl (14535) 2008-02-07 12:37
What a magic and moody sky .. wondrous the way this palette of colors can amplify such thoughts about this place .. a unique image of an often photographed structure .. stunning and thoughtful.
Great note .. I love the end.
jrj (34843) 2008-02-08 1:33
You had a fine day Bulent back in 1975 for this grand capture of the old temple/castle.
It's immpressively well conserved still with well saturated colours and in good sharpness. Your shooting position at the one corner is also good to present two of the walls as in this setting.
giorgimer (34941) 2008-02-08 1:37
I love classical architecture, I posted some shots from Sicily in my travelogue. Here I like a lot the contrast with this dramatic sky.
Very well done!
Charo (51212) 2008-02-08 3:39
A pesar de ser una imagen clásica del Partenon, me gusta mucho ese cielo cielo azul oscuro haciendo gran contraste con las viejas piedras.
Estupendo ángulo y muy buenos detalles.
avene (12675) 2008-02-09 21:33
impressive shot, very good illustration to your note about vantage points, I find the illusory convergence of the columns creates an uplifting feeling to the scene, I like it a lot. beautiful blue, the combination of the colour of the sky and patterns of the building makes me think of an inverted Greek flag :) like others, I'd like to see a little more space on the right, but that's a minor point. excellent shot.
wishing you a great Sunday,
Greg1949 (9011) 2008-02-15 5:26
The weather made the shot magnificant. I have not had such good luck with shots here, too much sunlight sometimes makes it color and definition less. I loved your closing quip, so true...
banyanman (7789) 2008-02-15 7:32
Wow, Bulent, this must be the best quality 33 year old scans of a transparency that I have seen on TE. How do you store your transparencies? Do you have access to one of those zero humidity coolrooms that museums use for storing old film and prints. It certainly has the feel of film and the contrast against the dark sky is superb. How many more gems like this do you have hidden in your archives? Cheers . . . David
rigoletto (34279) 2008-02-16 21:53
Hello Dear Professor,
The selective natural lighting in front of those contrasting grey clouds is really great. A superb old photo of Parthenon, and your mathematical, calculating eyes made a great composition out of it. Really hard to find such beautifully presented photos from there. Congrats,
Rosa (0) 2008-03-01 13:10
Belle vue de ce temple qui ressort a merveille sous un beau ciel bleu ,
les personnage en donne la dimension sur cette superbe image, excellent POV , merci pour le partage.
anesugur (18789) 2008-03-01 14:06
Merhaba Bülent bey,
Bu kadar güzel ve net bir fotoğrafın çekim tarihini görünce çok şaşırdım.
Tebrik ederim. Sizin ustalığınız oldukça uzun zamanlı.
Nic-n-Jen_Inc (176) 2008-03-24 20:44
A spectacular photo of our history. Very dramatic with the dark sky. The beautiful detail of the architecture is very captivating. Nicely done.
Hellas (6955) 2008-05-23 3:17
A great exposure coming from the past!
You created a rare image professor and you know it very well! Parthenon looks more original than in nowadays because there were no tractors around. I wonder about the equipment available at the time you captured this one. The camera and the film! I enjoyed the funny happening! Thank you very much for sharing.
Greetings from Greece,
BWJ (3094) 2008-09-04 21:06
This is a striking capture of the ancient temple with well chosen perspective to display its classic grace. The lighting is very pleasing and colors and textures are beautiful. The note is outstanding including several lessons.
Nessie (918) 2008-11-10 11:40
I was sure you would have stuff from my country! ;-)
Your whole collection is really interesting but I chose this picture because of its intimacy! Wonderful POV, great composition, amazing colours and details! Very weldone batalay!
ifanik (21679) 2009-03-17 12:39
Just beutiful my friend
The photo and the note
Jakab (3867) 2009-05-02 14:00
funny, I have just mentioned Betty the Parthenon as an example and now I see it on the front page of the TE!
The old scanned photo keeps pace with those taken by digital cameras. Your notes are exceptional both as for photographical technics and the architectural science and art of the ancient Greeks - despite two and a half thousand years there are common aspects, finally optics do not change with years.
HFASSOURAKIS (4) 2011-03-12 3:21
DEAR Mr BULENT
THANKS A LOT FOR YOUR STOPPING BY TO MY PHOTO AND THANKS FOR YOUR KIND CRITIQUES.
ALSO THANKS FOR THE SHARING OF THIS AMAZING PERSPECTIVE PARTHENON VIEW, EVEN OLD SEEMED ALIVE.
BUT I WILL STOP AT THE LAST PARAGRAPH REGARDING THE COLLECTING STONES AND THE STUPID TRUCK.
I AM COLLECTING STONES TOO FROM ALL ANCIENT PLACES I GO AND THERE ARE MANY FAMOUS OR LESS IN MY LIFE.
I JUST WONDERING : DO WE "HIDE" A LORD ELGIN INSIDE US ? IF WE HAD THE POWER AND THIS HIGH LEVEL OF VANITY WE SHOULD DO THE SAME AS HIM ?
NOW WE MAKE THE LESS OF WHAT HE DID.
TAKING MEMORIAL STONES. LOW LEVELS OF VANITY.
I BELIEVE THAT EVERY SMALL STONE OF SUCH ANCIENT PLACES ARE SACRED, ARE THE KEYS THAT TRAVEL US TO OUR PAST MEMORIES, ARE MEANT TO STAY WHERE THEY 'VE BEEN FOUND. AND WE NEED THEM TOGETHER WITH US TO PLAY THE KEY ROLE TO OUR MEMORIES MEETING THEM HERE AND THERE IN THE HOUSE.
I THINK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SPEECH AS I SAID WE HIDE A "SMALL" LORD ELGIN INSIDE US.
THANKS MY DEAR FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO THINK SOMETHING DIFFERENT I THINK EVERY SATURDAY MORNING.
BEST REGARDS FROM GREECE
MJR (3360) 2011-05-15 12:45
Marvellous. Who hasn't seens a picture of the Parthenon ? But a perfect angle, accompanied with such complete notes - never ! In truth, I knew much of what you write, but I go away with a new gem, columns converging at 2.4kms alt. ! And stones delivered for the Lord Elgin in us all ! I love it !
Suppiluliuma (3913) 2011-06-05 23:47
Dear Bulent Bey,
A splendid note, a shockingly amusing final and majestic view of this grandiose temple. During years of tour-guiding, I found that strolling thru the ruins of archeological sites demanded a lot of imagination. Excepting the relatively-well conserved theatres -thanks to their solid structure bending on the slope of the hills in a seismic region-, these bunches of stones look anonymous. But, in Ephesus, or in Parthenon or Palmyra, the talent of the architects of the antiquity reveals itself, thanks mainly to the restorations of the 20th century.
We are lucky to contemplate these edifices in their almost- full glory.
kabel (1930) 2011-06-09 21:23
Bulent, thank you for the excellent notes which I found very helpful in viewing your photo of the Parthenon from a different perspective. The old slide held up well. Good to know scanning sorks on some of th archives. Wonderful perspective.
serp2000 (44684) 2014-03-11 4:48
Hello, dear Bulent,
I was here two years ago and I can say the Parthenon looks forever young. I see the same traditional Greek colors.
We were here before 2 hours of the TE-meeting with Danos.
Frankly speaking I have tired with these political fuss around the Russian-Ukraine relations.
elenimavrandoni (0) 2014-03-11 19:45
Bulent, I am amazed by this "old" photo because no matter how many years will go by...this monument will always stand to remind of the History of the World and where it began..A monument that is presented here beautifully to show all its glory!
Your note is divine as is your image and for me to see and enjoy both is a very sentimental thing to do..
I thank you very much for indicating to me this priceless piece of your collection, well worth it!!
my warmest regards,
Noel_Byrne (32090) 2016-01-01 8:49
Your photo of the beautiful erecthion led me to this thanks to your link, and I am so glad it did. WHat a stunning shot of this most famous landmark, I have never seen the like. The sever lack of people I guess maybe is a sign of the incredible age of this photo, but the fact that the structure is front lit in a strong and almost cold light, while behind that wonderful backdrop of threatening stormy sky. Brilliant photo.
Gigidusud (21151) 2016-04-19 14:51
Hello dear Bulent,
Indeed this light is divine. Very nice presentation of this temple on blue sky background. An old photo that has not lost its charm.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (39271)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1975-05-00
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon F, Nikor 55mm Macro
- Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Acropolis, Steliosk Favourites [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-01-21 22:22
- Favorites: 2 [view]