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made in italy_Colosseum of Rome
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Copyright: Jose m brito e silva (mbrito) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1929 W: 117 N: 3017] (13240)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-12-27
Categories: Architecture, Artwork, Nocturnal, Mood
Camera: Sony DSLR Alpha-100, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): "Photos with soul" [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-01-26 11:54
Viewed: 2263
Favorites: 5 [view]
Points: 138
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The «Colosseum», or «Roman Coliseum», is an elliptical amphitheatre in the center of the city of Rome, the largest ever built in the Roman Empire. It is one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering.

Occupying a site just east of the «Roman Forum», its construction started between 70 and 72 and was completed in 80 AD under Titus. The «Colosseum» had further modifications being made throughout almost the six centuries during which it functioned as a real «Temple of Death».

Originally capable of seating around 80,000 spectators, the «Colosseum» was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles. As well as the gladiatorial games, other public spectacles were held there, such as mock sea battles, animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology. The building ceased to be used for entertainment in the early medieval era.

It has been estimated that about 500,000 people and over a million wild animals died in the «Colosseum Games» (*).

A fantastic construction, still today, but a true «Temple to the Horror»

It was with clearly intention to call the attention also for the horrors that had had place in its interior that I saturated the sky trying to give it an apocalyptic fire aspect.


(*) data extracted from wikipedia

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This is so good Jose! Very moody and dark! The sky makes it that much more dramatic! I love the golden tinting, it also adds to the drama! Very nice work in putting across the horror that went on here! What humans do to each other in the name of sport!

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  • Reflex Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 639 W: 205 N: 43] (1347)
  • [2009-01-26 12:03]

Very original view of this well known Colosseum. Nice atmosphere and nice perspective work ! Well done !
Best regards

Fantastic shot ,José, in all senses of the word
The Colisée seems there out of time for ever

I really don't what say! Excellent, perfect, full of emotions... It's quite different view on this well know symbol of Rome. I love this golden tone.
Regards, Ewa

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  • Beger Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3311 W: 1066 N: 5188] (23042)
  • [2009-01-26 12:08]

Hi Jose,
Awsome use of the wide angle here!
It is the first time I see the Collosseum in this dammatic aspect! Powerful image with this infernal mood. Excellent PP work! Congratulations! Annie

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  • mi_per Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 215 W: 27 N: 369] (3825)
  • [2009-01-26 12:14]

Hi Jose
Very impressive shot - nice perspective and dramatic atmosphere.
Excellent PP work and very interesting story.
Best regards

Hi Jose,
Amazing composition and with great colors and sharpness, Excellent Point of view and lovely details of the Architecture, Nice Note of the Roman Colessium and presentation, Nice perpective and wanderful sky colors.. Excellent work..
Great picture..

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  • sande Gold Star Critiquer [C: 62 W: 1 N: 4] (2)
  • [2009-01-26 12:24]

The color gives a feeling by this picture you have made.You can feel what happens there.I think it is very well done.

Best regards Ben

Coliseum is burning? Non it'a another magic work of my friend Jose. Ciao.


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  • kbucho (358)
  • [2009-01-26 12:59]

Excellent shot.

Ciao Jose, fascinating sepia composition with splendid wide angle on Colosseum, fantastic sky, very well done, ciao Silvio

hi jose.
us alpha guys must stick together.

wonderful image with good pp work.
the sky is on fire.

i like the pov, very dramatic.

hi jose
really impressive!!!
great pov & gold hues!!!

Hi jose

That is really a wonderful Composition. very interesting Architecture here excellent prospective u've delivered here. Yes the sky really added alot but i am most interested in the architecture here. This is amazing...

I've tried to give it a workshop as its an old building so i've just posted my opinion.
I hope u wont mind :)


Hi Jose,
you are sincerely fantastic, this is really a masterpiece. I have never seen Colosseum so beautiful.
What a fantastic version, congratulation dear friend.
Best regards

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  • MLINES Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1350 W: 102 N: 1081] (9125)
  • [2009-01-26 14:43]

Hi Jose, A new POV showing the two walls, which i've not seen before. Good atmosphere through PP of the threatening skies and interesting notes. TFS. Murray.

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  • Dot Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1583 W: 40 N: 3488] (13942)
  • [2009-01-26 14:56]

HI Jose
Your pp of the sky paid off as you got what you wanted us to feel. Eerie and scary almost as if the stench of death was hanging over it.
This is a great shot.

no comment...

Powerful, dramatic, intense, striking - really does stand out in the gallery, Jose. Wonderful pp work and very atmospheric shot.

Wonderful dramatic creation Jose.
You have really brought out an exceptional sense of pending doom.
Great color in the sky, superb masterful processing.
Great vision.
- Vincent

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-01-26 20:44]

Hi Jose...

Great art photo of well known Colosseum...
Very nice and peaceful shot with moody sky.
Superb posting my dear friend!
Best regards,

Bom dia Jose,

this shot is...

M like moody
A like amazing
D like dark
E like exlellent

I like impressive
N like no words

I like imaginative
T like technically perfect
A like absolutely fabulous
L like love the sky
I like interesting
A like artwork

Excellent work dear Jose. This is really powerful image...It can take me back in Nero's times and I can actually imagine the Rome burning.


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  • jazrr Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 330 W: 77 N: 98] (2228)
  • [2009-01-26 22:58]

Hi Jose:
Absolutely beautiful. Very nice composition, beautiful colors and great mood.


Good morning Jose,

I really think this is a fabulous image. It is very artistic and the light and composition look like a painting. You have done extremely well and I want to congratulate you for that.


  • pozaru Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3627 W: 881 N: 2607] (21386)
  • [2009-01-26 23:38]

Wow, what a mood !!!

congrats and thanks,

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-01-27 1:16]


Merveilleu le Colysée, quelle couleur et se cadrage qui donne un aspect de mouvement, fantastique compo.

Bravo et amitié


Hi Jose,
What a wonderful tones as if a 3D shot.
Incredible beauty
Selahattin E

Dear jose
The photo is superb and you did a very artistic superb worked.
The must interesting photo I have seen until today of this amazing place. great artistic interpretation.
You have been more than great.
my regards

Ciao Jose

E voce fez novamente!!
Eu estou vendo uma roma antiga!
O Coliseou tem la teus encantos
neste predio velho, mas teu dramatico céu
é maravilhoso, e a atmosfera criada aqui
é fantástica!
Parabens novamente!


Hello Jose
very moody and dark effect
perfect war sky and very nice to image past time
good shot for a good advertising holliwood film
Yes week end!
Boa tarde


No comment! :-) And it's made my master!

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-01-27 11:15]

Good work ,because it so hard to get balance in here Jose.
Ive got a brilliant 28mm,but its damn difficult to use sometimes;]]

Wow Jose, what a dramatic presentation of this colos !! Never saw it this heavy way.
Super in colors, POV and exposure. Great job done. TFS.

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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2009-01-27 13:00]

Hi josè, wonderful shot. A real masterpiece...
Compliments, Adele

Hi Jose,
Very impressive view of arhitecture vith superb lighitng and perspective.TFS.
Um grande abraço,


Ola Jose,
Belo,belo trabalho,otima cor.Bonita fotografia.

HI Jose...this is a great shot...wonderful tones and point of view...nice deep saturation of the colors.


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  • trekks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1995 W: 141 N: 3390] (13665)
  • [2009-01-27 20:30]

hi Jose

I like your version of this icon. The mood and color tone of the sky is really well captured for this piece of ancient history as your subject feature. Superb work.

tfs, bill

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  • azaf1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 733 W: 61 N: 1257] (7137)
  • [2009-01-27 22:42]

WoW, Jose

A very impressive composition reminding of the Apokalypse. Great pp work on it


Salam Jose

Just I have to say that I am learning of your works. Great shot, great PP work, and this remembered me "The Gladiator" movie...BRAVO


great picture and indeed it does raise apocalyptic thoughts !!!
very dramatic shot , i love your new lens

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2009-01-28 11:42]

Hello Jose,
A marvelous picture with architecture. Very good contrast and colors.
Thanks and Beautiful one greets.

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  • skobek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 129 W: 0 N: 437] (2389)
  • [2009-01-28 12:08]

Welcome Jose,
surrealistic picture of Roman Coliseum. Marvellous nocturnal view.
Regards - Slawek

Hello, Jose -
Unusual and interesting perspective on this much-photographed ruin; your use of the wide angle view is a unique approach. Great work in PP to creat the effect in the sky. Well done.

Excellent creativity transforms this often photographed building. Good job.
Warm regards

Hi Jose, what a perfect capture of this famous amphitheatre from nice POV and great perspective. Colours and details are great MF!
TFS and cheers,

Hello Jose,
end of the world, volcano is getting ready, Got is angry....
very magical impact of the scenery and light you have captured here.
Regards Caesar

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 624 W: 0 N: 993] (4864)
  • [2009-01-29 2:52]

Hi Jose,
excellent shot. Very dramatic and superbsly composed. Very exciting and captivating photo.
Brilliantly done.


Hello Jose... Very moodya and artsy work. COliseum is great from any point of view. But Your postprocessing makes this look more dramatic.
Thank You for sharing,

Hi Jose,
Great shot of graet Collesseum....
Wonderful architectural built from ancient.
I love it.tfs.
Dr.Seyfettin Güner

MB my dear friend

This is an outstanding capture.Powerful image,perfect POV and composition,superb colours and sharpness,great PP work.WAW!!!
Thanks also for the note.

Grande abraço

José Diogo

ciao Jose
never seen something like this!! it's out of time.. great intense and effective PP!! thanks
ciao Marco

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  • subs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 302 W: 0 N: 296] (2670)
  • [2009-01-30 6:41]

Hi Jose,
You've brought the Colosseum back to life with this shot. I can almost hear the ancient crowds roar. Very strong mood portrayed. And great artistic work. Bravo!

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  • Romeu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 306 W: 0 N: 220] (1859)
  • [2009-01-30 18:49]

Olá José,

Espectacular! Excelente uso da tua nova lente. A atmosfera está perfeita.

Estás em grande!
Um abraço,

Hello Jose , yours serie of Italy is wonderful! What cities visited in Italy?
If you comes in Genoa tell me!

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  • cinca Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 323 W: 2 N: 143] (4456)
  • [2009-01-31 13:13]

Hi Jose, another great image of Rome! Tones, the wide angle and pov create an original and moody perspective. My compliments!
Ciao, cinzia

Hello Jose,
this one look so amazing,so gorgeous so beautiful ... Perfect work.Love it

warm regards

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  • Alexia Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 189 W: 0 N: 221] (2466)
  • [2009-02-04 15:29]

Ciao...semplicemente stupenda
questa immagine..


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  • cycle Gold Star Critiquer [C: 190 W: 0 N: 3] (1873)
  • [2009-02-05 13:04]

incredible Architecture shot...

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  • boonie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1234 W: 64 N: 1548] (7842)
  • [2009-02-06 11:09]

Greeting Jose
I have had a chance to visit this building and find your effect interesting in a couple of ways. You selected a time with very few people about. Your lens selection added to the mood created by the colors. Additionally your notes add to the achieved mood.


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  • Doudou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 2 N: 1533] (8802)
  • [2009-02-08 10:15]

Bonjour José,
Tu nous offres une très belle perspective du Colisée de Rome, l'effety paraît tridimensionnel, chapeau l'ami c'est la perfection même!!!

Hola Jose.

Espectacular toma del Coliseun como si viajaras a otra epoca en el tiempo con un gran tratamiento.

Jose Luis.

Hello Dear Jose.
Hiking east I see ? haha
A very good photo impression of Rome's most atractive scene.
The warm skilight suits it perfect.
ps. 'back in town' but with a flu. Will post later.
Cheers, Jan

Olá José
Esta foto é "monumental". Sinto a vida que jorra da arquitectura através da cor quente que se complementa com as nuvens que conferem ainda mais profundidade afectiva (parece fogo). Quase que se consegue manter uma relação fantasmática com o espaço. Alude ao sangue jorrado e absorvido neste local. Basta fechar os olhos e voar.

Ola Jose,
you've done here an excellent work. The sky seems to frightening us like a bad spririt!!!
I love the perspective you gave to the monument! It seems more impressive! TFS

Hello Jose,
Very nice work I like it.. It´s something like many years ago...Good work ..
My best Regards

Boa noite José.

Esta está de tirar o fôlego... Este efeito ficou perfeito, dando um Mood excelente! Realmente é "Photos with soul"
Meus parabéns, amigo.

um abraço e obrigado pela nota.

Ola Jose:
uma captura fantastica.
com um ceu numa bela perespectiva.
bom trabalho

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  • moli Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1349 W: 256 N: 2110] (13344)
  • [2009-03-09 10:56]

Hello Jose.
Wonderful building with wonderful light.
great old timmer and very effective picture.
Janek Kloss

Phantastic.. all without people..
very dramatic photo of the collosseum
great atmosphere

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