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Serenity at Byblos Ruins

Serenity at  Byblos Ruins
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Copyright: Carol Dorion (CAROL50) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 853 W: 113 N: 2287] (8960)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-10
Categories: Nature, Architecture, Mood
Camera: Sony DSC-H50
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/80 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-25 9:55
Viewed: 2613
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Captured this view from between two houses on the main road a little south of the grandiose ruins of Byblos , an ancient town tracing its history as far back as the 5th millenium BC making it one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited towns .Today 22,000 souls make Byblos ( Jbail in Arabic ) their home. The ruins are fabulous by day , i wanted to catch some mood at sunset time as the ruins are not accessible after 6 PM thus i chose this point of view with this old Ottoman-era house ( a part of the archaelogical site ) sitting on a low bluff right by the seaside . I think that, as is , with its visitors gone this site has gone back to sleep if i may say ,sunk back to serenity and tranquility . I am hoping that i caught it just right ,in PP i cropped it to an even more panoramic format by removing some of the sky , erased a wire in bottom right corner that crossed diagonally the first forefront tree and the field behind it , played lightly with curves , i mean litghtly just to bring a bit more life to it but in keeping with the ambience , sharpened and framed ,
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I encourage everyone to visit Lebanon before it is overrun by tourists , this country needs you , the Lebanese are very friendly and before you turn your head around some locals will have already spotted you and your ears will resonate with their heartfelt ' Welcome to Lebanon ' , you are bound to hear these simple words as often as you can smile back at them. Thanks to the Lebanese people for their friendly welcome , a highlight of our trip but there is much more to this as you will see in my next posts , thanks for looking ,

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To teamill: Hi Trudy !CAROL50 1 05-25 15:03
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Hi Carol,
The mood in your photo is wonderful. The softness of the setting sun positioned nicely on the right gives the photo that serene feel. I like the placement of the house to the far left and the emptyness of the rest of the photo. But I can't help to think that a little more room on the bottom would have been nice. But, I don't know what is there so you probably had a good reason not to do it.

Hi Carol ,
What a lovely composition rather a post card and text book composition,beautiful wide angle with nice almost 16:9 view,very well managed with low light as you beautifully exposed the sun in this hazy weather condition plus gives a good details of FG elements,very well captured and a beautiful presentation of this ruins,well done my friend.
Best Wishes

Nice one Carol .. this sort of brings some of your stories to life for me! It all sounds so interesting, and I really look forward to more shots to complete the scene in my head.
I like the way you've composed this .. with the building far left and the palm trees balancing the right side. Fantastic low light of evening .. love that glowing orange ball in the sky :)and the gradient of colors. Lovely!!
talk to you soon my friend
(oooh, rain, rain and more rain here ... one day it will stop and everything will explode into colors! :)

  • CMJC Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 154 W: 193 N: 124] (1191)
  • [2010-05-25 12:48]

belle composition de l'image et surtout belle ambiance; sérénité est le mot qui convient pour cette vue d'un lieu mythique qui plus est ☺

Bonjour Carol
Superbe photo avec une belle atmosphère très bien rendue par cette brume qui enveloppe le paysage.La couleur rose du soleil diffuse en douceur dans la brume.Magnifique!Bravo et TFS.Catherine

great mod, good composition,

well done Carol

dd ile de la Réunion

HI Carol...nice shot...wonderful tones and colors..nice mood shot...


Boa noite Carol
Good note about Lebanon
I like the mood in the air...Very well composed...with very powerful elements...the light over there is realy singular.
There is a softness in this image that architecture and nature are toghether in beauty and peace.
Really great my friend
Um abraço

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