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Copyright: Suzy Gitana (suzy) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 420 W: 36 N: 1214] (4355)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-14
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 50D
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): FOR..., why backslapping is wrong [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-07-14 11:33
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
A dear friend with great sense of humor, a good heart and an amazing photographer…

I want to thank you for all your support and smiles whether on TL or On my face…:) here's a big smile for you:D

You once posted that picture called: "Stop it" from my Lebanon and your note touched me deeply and I remember promising a dedication for you from the same place, *Location: Richard Lionheart Ruin, at Napoleon Bay*
At Byblos/ Lebanon…
20 minutes away from my own place:) spent 2 hours admiring the beauty of this ancient history and took endless shots, (honestly I didn’t know which one to post:) but I hope you like this one ….
In the WS you find almost the same POV "stop it" (sounds funny here when I say it:D…) but mine was from a low or direct one…

About the castle:

Byblos Castle, Jubayl in Lebanon is one of the important attractions in Jubayl that has withstood the ravages of time. It forms a part of the Jubayl Tours and receives numerous visitors who come to witness the architecture of the crusaders of the 12th Century the Period of the Crusades.

Byblos Castle is one of the masterpieces built by the crusaders as the mark of their victory in the holy land. It is located 34 degrees to the north and 35 degrees to the east of the city of Jubayl. It was built around the 12th century with limestone with the remnants of the Roman structure that was ravaged. The entire structure was surrounded by a wide moat to protect the main structure from encroachments by the aggressors.

Saladin, The Sultan of Egypt and Syria was at the height of power in the 12th century when he captured the town and ordered the castle to be brought down. The walls of the castle were dismantled in the form as it stands today in 1190. Soon after the fall of Saladin, The crusaders recaptured the historic town of Byblos and got the castle reconstructed and repaired in 1197.


tech: HDR… 3 different exposures with some colors adjustment…

F-Stop: f/16.0
Shutter speed: 1/100
ISO: 100
Focal length: 24.0 mm
Metering mode: pattern
Date: few hours ago…

c/c are welcome… always.. wishing you all an amazing evening or morning:)
and hope to hear from you… a smile for all of you too :D

PS: can you notice an eye made of the clouds on the left side?

bri, piccolina, chendis, tedesse, riverfriends, harpya, burak28, billyboy51, colvert, jjanczyk, chrisJ, Adri, gnada, tanburi, kanton, urs0114, cunejo200, manujmehta, tatara, ele_eng, Juliet, MLINES, Sharpshooter has marked this note useful
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Let the back patting begins! I'll give it a start!

Wow great PP work! Wonderful you honor such a great photographer with such a briliant picture!

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-07-14 12:02]

Hi Suzy,
Great shot and nice pp work, the dry grass and heavy sky are a great contrast, the detail in the stonework is good and the overgrown tracks lead the eye into the shot. The HDR is a great technique. TFS

Hey Suzy,

let me be the first member of your 'fan club' to give you a 'pat on the back'. ;)

This is another impressive photo with a well chosen POV which boost DOF tremendously. I like the strong contrast between dark blue sky and orange/reddish ground. Colors and sharpness are perfect. Well presented and executed, a job well done. Great gift for Jan, I am sure he will like it.




  • chendis Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 558 W: 186 N: 980] (6473)
  • [2009-07-14 12:33]
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Hi dear friend
beautiful architecture with a glorious past
dramatic sky with good light too
the colors are natural and the details well presented
A grate gift for a wonderful person
Have a beautiful week!


Excellent POV,great PP work!
A fine colours and good sharpness.
Beautiful job.

Hi Suzy:
I like your wonderful note since I am always interested in the history of this parts of the world; I like your image effects here to create a mood and well composed with lots of details!!!

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  • harpya Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6058 W: 174 N: 1935] (7534)
  • [2009-07-14 14:25]

Ciao Suzy

I like the photo, I like Ancient Arts!
You have a beautiful and strong natural light here,
and was tasteful use of HDR in the old architecture!
Great shot, beautiful place with super details!
Greetings my friend ..
I like the result!


Hello My dear Suzy.
A picture right to my heart.!
Wow what a complement you give me here. Thanks a lot for that.
I just turned my chair 180 degrees to have a look onto my pictures at the wall in size 40 / 30 cm. framed in wood and behind glass.
Yes the ruins from this Castle is still hanging there, Captured in Februari 1974 .! I had a great time in Lebanon those days.
Thanks one more Suzz, it means a lot to me.
note: Yes your Workshop foto comes very close to the one hanging behind me and which I uploaded ones on TL.
Ciao ciao from Jan

Hi Suzy
Wonderful capture and place
Great details and PP work

Hi dear Suzy,
What a superb historical shot vith wonderful POV, light and perspective.Great sky.TFS.


Brilliant HDR, I have fond memories of Byblos and Baalbeck having spent my 21st birthday there in the Early 70's and you have shown this great architecture as I remember it...I often wondered if it would have suffered over the years but it still looks remarkable and your positional shot is perfect
Well done..thanks for sharing

Bonjour Suzy
Et avec la mer au pied à ce que je vois; c'est superbe.Du coup je suis allé me promener du côté de Byblos ...avec GoogleEarth; magnifique !
Votre HDR est comme le POV le choix parfait.J'ai été tenté de faire un ws avec un 2e oeil pour ce visage d'en haut...
Belle dédicace à Janone
Je vous souhaite une bonne journée

Hello Suzy! Excellent ruins. Wonderful old architecture. Amazing colours. Superb saturation. Perfect capture. Original effect. Good luck!

dear suzy
very beautiful HDR shot. excellent pov and beautiful dynamic sky.
i wished a less yellow tone in the foreground and a less contrast to seems green tones lighter.
tfs peiman

Hello Suzy,

Magnificent pp work!
Stunning efect! Amazing colours and lovely composition.

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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-07-15 4:21]

dear Suzy,
the contrast between dim cloud and clear castle make unusual view like timeless space, like spaceless time...
our consciousness is always like in a dream, our life story is truly like in a novel or fantasy...
your feeling is surely like these parallel rails from nowhere to nowhere...
someday you'll remember this scene in uncertain sensation, the reality maybe in it.
thank you,

well Suzy
I m in late and everybody said what their brain and heart suggested.(+ or -)
The composition is well made in your style, well I consider you artist for the effect you give to your shots, always like a signature.
Sometime I m little envious of your effects (because I do not know how you made!)
The problem or the matter critiquing artist photos is always the same, you can like it or not, more or less.
But if I and lot of people here give you green smile is not for back patting or backslap or handclaps etccc, usual words used by someone, that sorry I do not understand why they missed their time in spending these words, but only because WE LIKE YOUR WORKS.
The difference is that, in my case, is that some Masters here are afraid of new experiences, they ate new artist because they are limited in theyr knowledge.
Well if someome was honoured to start the back pattings, give me the honour to close this poor discussion, in the hope that someone here will understand that the major part of us is here to learn posting (not perfect shots) and to relax little by this crazy life .
today no greensmiles by me, sorry, today I m not a part of your band, but sure you understand that I found that eye made by the clouds! :)

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2009-07-15 6:10]

Hi Suzy

The yellow ochre colours of the buildings contrast well, against the blue black clouds. Good pp work, although I would have burnt in the strong highlights. Adequate sharpness, & the railway track adds nice lead in lines towards the old ruins. Tfs!

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  • Adri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 520 W: 26 N: 1877] (12221)
  • [2009-07-15 9:53]

Hello dear neighbour Suzy,

An amazing HDR-picture have you posted here!
You have perfectly captured the remnants of this rich and eventful history.
I like the contrast between de colorful foreground and the beautiful cloudy sky very much!
Well done my friend!

TFS and greetings from Netherlands,

Ciao Suzy, superb composition with beautiful ruines and fantastic sky, splendid warm colors and wonderful light, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • gnada Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2538 W: 70 N: 4788] (22221)
  • [2009-07-15 10:54]

Hi Suzy..!

Great shot and nice gift for our friend Janone...
Nice colors and clarity!
Excellently done!

Hello Suzy,
Nice light and colors.
Regards, Nebojsa.

Ciao Suzy. This is an hymn to the light. A winner idea this strong HDR. My best compliments.


Hello dear Suzy,

Excellent PP work and a wonderful sky!
Strong colors, perfect lighting and contrast!
Very good gift to our friend Jan!
Congratulations adn TFS

Hello Suzy,
Well seen and captured shot. Saturated colors
and touchy dedication
Selahattin E

Hello Suzy!
Wonderful capture! Excellent pp work!
great lighting,sharp warm colours
and interesting details,effective
angrily sky!! beautiful dedication
to a good friend and great photographer!
Regards and tfs

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2009-07-16 1:12]


quel effet ce ciel, fantastique, avec le rendu sur les vielle pierres, ces couleurs, cette ambiance, superbe compo.

Bravoe t amitié


Ciao Suzy,
good point of view.
I like it, particularly, the contrast that you have known how to give among the strong light on the constructions and the dark clouds in sky.
Sorry for my english.
Ciao Mari
P.S. I will look with slowly your gallery. I have seen that you have gone off beautiful photos.

Bonjour Suzy.
Belle présentation de ces ruines et bon post-traitement réalisé sur cette bonne photo.
Le ciel lourd et charger donne un bon aspect, bravo.
Bonne journée.

Hi Suzy!

Wow... what fantastic view!
Beautiful colors and details.
The contrasts between the great sky and ths hot colors are perfect.
Well done work, Suzy. TFS.

Um abraço,

Hello Suzy,
I am sure Jan will be be pleased with this photo and the dedication. The clouds are well defined, the image is composed well, architectural details of the historic ruins are well presented. Greetings!

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  • korbee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1483 W: 0 N: 1852] (14495)
  • [2009-07-16 13:19]

Looks like a place right out of the bible Susy,some specteculair colors,contrasting with the grey sky.


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  • ayse51 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2092 W: 144 N: 2110] (27563)
  • [2009-07-16 21:40]

Hi Dear Suzy,
beautiful historical plce and perfect HDR work.Beautiful coours.Congratulations.Necla.

hello Suzy
i really liked the pp work, you have given this architecture to an old look, few places are blown out but still dosen't take away the charm.
sky is dramatic.

Manuj Mehta

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  • ramon Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 294 W: 39 N: 824] (4058)
  • [2009-07-17 14:23]

Hi Suzy,

Very interesting to see this historical places through your eyes.
with your photo its like being on site. Excellent HDR composition,
very good contrast and sharp details.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 897 W: 0 N: 1845] (8705)
  • [2009-07-20 12:41]

Hi Suzy !
Beautiful picture.
Very nicely done and played, congratulations.
Have a beautiful evening,

Fantastic atmosphere you've captured in this shot dear Suzy
Nice present for Jan, nice details on these old monuments.
your pp work on this shot is professional as well
Best wishes

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  • Juliet Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1250 W: 106 N: 2911] (22323)
  • [2009-07-21 6:46]

Hi Suzy,
Excellent PP work on this. Dark cloud BG is great choice with the lighting on the structure. Good sharp details -- Bravo to a fine photographer and friend Jan. TFS Julie

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  • ade71 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 241 W: 35 N: 211] (2850)
  • [2009-07-21 10:33]

Hi Suzy, excellent contrast between the clouds and the lights over the field! Superb shot! Adele :)

Hi Suzy, Good composition of these famous ruins. The textures and colouring has immense appeal. The yellowing tinge makes this a timeless photo. TFS, Murray.
PS I agree with your comments on Jan, a full of fun guy.

Hi Suzy,
I quite like this one, can tell straight away that it's HDR. There's a few things that could do with improvement such as the sharpness and a decrease in the yellow tones, but in another sense I like it the way it is as it has a 'gritty' and raw feeling to it. The clouds are a nice feature of this scene, your POV is good too. Cheers for the very informative and useful note to help is really understand the photo.


Hi Suzy,,

these ruins are a great source of beauty actually. i like how you did your work here on the clouds.

tfs and rgds,

ps: i can see the eye on the left indeed.

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