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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 71 W: 2 N: 140] (672)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-11
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF-S 18-55
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-21 12:12
Viewed: 1823
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
We visited Priene under grey clouds and sometimes a shy sun. I found this city very impressive and nostalgic and even more after reading its history.
I added more contrast to the clouds by selecting the sky.

Priene (Ancient Greek: Πριήνη, Priēnē) was an ancient Greek city of Ionia (and member of the Ionian League) at the base of an escarpment of Mycale, about 6 kilometres north of the then course of the Maeander (now called the Büyük Menderes or "Big Maeander") River, 67 kilometres from today's Aydın. It was formerly on the sea coast, built overlooking the ocean on steep slopes and terraces extending from sea level to a height of 380 metres above sea level at the top of the escarpment. Today, after several centuries of changes in the landscape, it is an inland site.
Priene was told to have been first settled by Ionians in the 11th century BCE. After successive attacks by Cimmerians, Lydians under Ardys, and Persians, it survived and prospered under the direction of its "sage," Bias, during the middle of the 6th century BC. Cyrus captured it in 545 BC; but it was able to send twelve ships to join the Ionic Revolt (499 BC-494 BC). It was a Persian colony until Alexander the Great's conquest. Disputes with Samos, and the troubles after Alexander's death, brought Priene low, and Rome had to save it from the kings of Pergamon and Cappadocia in 155.
The ruins of the city are generally conceded to be the most spectacular surviving example of an entire ancient Greek city intact except for the ravages of time. It has been studied since at least the 18th century and still is. The city was constructed of marble from nearby quarries on Mycale and wood for such items as roofs and floors.

The five standing columns of the Temple of Athena, designed by Pythius of Halicarnassus and looked upon as the epitome of an Ionian temple, form Priene's most familiar land-mark. The temple was built as a gift from Alexander the Great; he made a donation for the completion of the temple. This is also proven by an inscription on a tablet belonging to the temple, which reads “King Alexander has dedicated this temple to Athena Polias” which is now in the British Museum.


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Another fantastic view from this renowned historic site with great details, Catherine, MF!

The sharpness and POV are well done. The clouds add great mood into the shot. The placement of the giant pillars standing tall in this lovely landscape add majesty to the shot. Well done!

Best regards,

Haha:) i also cathed you here MF!:)
Another great presentation from a great ancient city from Turkey here. I do not why:) but i feel with familar with this scene:) Also i am remembering how you escaped quickly when you see the legless lizard, Pseudopus apodus:)) hehe...
TFS and have a nice night/WE!
with vipers:)))


Bonjour Catherine,
Pas facile de photographier des ruines. Bonne présentation des cinq colonnes qui forment de belles lignes. La couleur des colonnes se mélange harmonieusement à la terre.
Merci et bonne soirée.

Hi Catherine,
An artistic composition with beautiful framing and well balanced color contrast,the arm colors of FG elements with gray clouds and enhanced textures looks like some painting work,good sharpness and details,beautiful POV and good DOF,love to visit such historical places.
Best Wishes

Heello Catherine

I love the POV on this image. Awesome work and color.


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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2010-05-22 2:28]

Hi Catherine,
A good POV to capture these ancient ruins with the FG complimenting with the BG.
Nice columns spred on the ground with the erected ones on the right of the perspective balanced well by the tree.
A very warm cast rendering this shot a classical one, which ought to be. You chose the right lighting.
Well done.

Francis Xavier

HI Catherine...nice powerful tones and composition...nice work.


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