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Stepping Back in Time

By WeeGeordieLass    
Decided to celebrate after getting the news from my Urology Consultant that I'm cancer-free by upgrading to a Nikon D7100. I'm to be scanned every six months for the next few years, but I feel very lucky to have "dodged a bullet". John and I went on a brief visit to Turkey as we both needed a much-needed break, and this is one of the first shots with my new camera.

This was the ancient Roman Amphitheatre at Aspendos in the Antalya region. Even though there were a few guided groups strolling around, the atmosphere was surprisingly very quiet...almost subdued. One can only imagine the savagery that took place there, and I feel visitors become very thoughtful when they enter the arena.

I spotted these two tourists and thought portrait format would suit the composition.

Any constructive criticism would be most welcome as I feel I have a lot to learn with my new camera.

Thanks for looking Guys Grin

Tags: Landscape and travel

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
17 Nov 2013 9:37PM
Hi and it's good to see you around again!

I like your take on travelogue, it's personal and you look for the human story. This is about quiet personal space, to contemplate. With a historical background screaming blood and violence just lurking below the surface. Places have voices.

The distance between the two women, sitting on a Z shape, is powerful. Each in her own world.

The perspective is odd. The verticals look true at first sight but I'm not convinced, I want to rotate this clockwise. Somehow it doesn't seem to be stable. I shall have a play with it and see what happens. A Mod may turn up.

Excellent news about your health.

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17 Nov 2013 9:44PM
Thanks for your great critique Moira and your good wishes...Grin
17 Nov 2013 9:55PM
Thanks for the mod looks better to me too. Also the highlights darkened a touch look better too.

Thanks ever so much for your help...GrinGrin

pablophotographer 6 952 335
17 Nov 2013 10:51PM
Great news Gordie, congratulations.

I would have preferred to see this picture in black and white, the red protective bars, are a pain to my eye.
One person can sufficiently express the message of stepping back in time, so I could also see this as a square format picture as well.

Aspendos doesn't sound like a Latin name to me.

Hannibal ante pugnam, lol
17 Nov 2013 11:56PM
This is a wonderful story, Elaine. I a glad that's your health is good now. And, a new camera as your reward in life!!

This is a most interesting photo. The two women make an interesting tension....there at the same time, and most likely unrelated. My wife and I eight years ago on our honeymoon in Tunisia saw the Roman colosseum there.....same thoughts about what went on. The floor, and the cells underneath were, are still intact.

pablophotographer 6 952 335
18 Nov 2013 1:31AM

Quote: My wife and I eight years ago on our honeymoon in Tunisia saw the Roman colosseum there.....same thoughts about what went on. The floor, and the cells underneath were, are still intact.


As I had thought, Aspendos is a Greek - (Roman??) city of Asia Minor ; the place is an Amphitheatre, it was used for drama and comedy plays, it's not an Arena, there are no cells, no killings are done in this place, the viewers on the lower seats stand on the same level with Orchestra, the center of the theatre where actors play.
paulbroad 10 123 1250 United Kingdom
18 Nov 2013 8:39AM
Congrats ob your news. Always a huge relief.

Technically good and a strong image. Two shots there for me, the top and the bottom. Either shoot two separate frames or just have the one figure. Either makes a different shot, but the one on red needed to be on the top right third , the bottom one, on her own, on the bottom right.

Split interest at the moment.

banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3894 Canada
18 Nov 2013 1:56PM
Hi Elaine. Good to hear your news. I misread your message by reading too quickly, and mistakenly thought the new camera was responsible, so forgive me!

Nice to see you traveling too.

This is a great location, and youve tried to show that steep height, but as you know the red fencing spoils it, as also does the second spectator, for me at least. That lady at the bottom though is perfect.

I would prefer if that piece of modern concrete wasnt there too, - I have uploaded a mod that severely cropped. It does lose the impact of your original, but isolates the one spectator in a surrounding that has no intrusions.

Just a suggestion.


TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
18 Nov 2013 3:54PM
Nice to hear you had some good news Smile And a nice way to celebrate too by upgrading to the Nikon D7100 - I upgraded to this same model about 6 weeks ago, and though many of the features were in my old D3000, this seems to have hundreds more! Grin I've just about got to grips with it though and love using it Smile A fine capture here, and a bit of a shame about the red fencing (why do they always spoil shots for us tourists?! Sad ), but I think the inclusion of the other person near the top works well despite this. Moira's straightening up of the image does seem to make a bit of a difference Wink
Trev Smile
18 Nov 2013 9:04PM
Hi Guys,

Pablo - I didn't think of turning it to b & w Pablo, but I think that would probably suit the scene. Thanks for taking the time to explain the history of the Amphitheatre - very interesting...maybe the tourists were quietly contemplating whether the plays were any good or not Wink

Peter (handlerstudio) - Thanks for taking the time to comment...these places are wonderful to visit aren't they? The atmosphere really stimulates the imagination. It's great that you found my photo interesting Grin

Paul - Thanks very much for your advice on the composition, much appreciated and I'll remember that tip for the future Grin

Willie - Your crop looks good.....yes, cleaner - I like it, thanks very much. Turkey was ok, but not a patch on India for photography Grin

Trev - nice to hear from you and thanks for letting me know your opinion on the comp. The D7100 menus have a familiar feel to my D3100 but as you say, it's a lot more's going to take me a while to get all of the new features under my belt. I'm trying to use the manual settings more - I don't just was to use such a fantastic camera on the auto settings most of the time Tongue Grin

TO EVERYONE - thanks so much for all of your good boss at work asked if I'd bought a new handbag and matching shoes as a celebration - "no blinkin' chance" I replied, "not when there's a fantastic D7100 within my budget" !!!! Grin Grin Grin
pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2024 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2013 12:06AM
Welcome back, Elaine, and it's so good to hear the happy news about your health.
I couldn't resist doing a modification to remove that red barrier.
At the same time, I rotated as in Moira's modification, and moved the person at the top over to the rightGrin.
19 Nov 2013 8:29PM
Hi Pamela,

That looks great...thanks for the mod - you're a dab hand at cloning and moving Grin


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